Tricounty News

Library enriches catalog entries with NoveList Data

The online catalog at Great River Regional Library just got better.

Every day, more than 2,600 individuals search the catalog from home or other locations outside the library. Catalog entries describe each of the books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and magazines in the library system’s collection, and tell the reader which location an item is at, whether it’s on the shelf or checked out, and when it is due to be returned. More than 950,000 items are described and accounted for.


Inaugural art show a success

Eden Valley Area Library is now a year old. To celebrate, they held an art show Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17.

Even road construction and only a partial sidewalk didn’t keep people away. Neither did the dreary weather.W-IMG 5193

A number of artists brought their works to share; some demonstrated their art as well. Kathy Loch, the P.E.N. writing group, PJ Connors, Donna Rech,
Theresa Lambert, Pat Schultz, Sandy Millerbernd, Chris Gustafson and Laura Tollefson, Deb and Jerry Schulz, Jan Sheets, Marsha and Cal Davidson, Kathy Egen, Trisha Field, and Misty Aho shared their artwork. Art completed by EV-W elementary and high school students lined the walls of the event center too.

Author Dean Urdahl spoke about his latest book, Conspiracy. He talked about the local connections to the assassination of President Lincoln and to various conspiracy theories surrounding that tragedy. Conspiracy follows Uprising, Retribution, Pursuit, and The Collar and the Gun. A long-time high school history teacher, and current State Representative, Urdahl’s talks are always lively and packed with interesting historic facts.


Library board member sought

Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange (CMLE), the library multitype region in Central Minnesota, is seeking a new volunteer to serve as a citizen board member beginning as soon as possible. The initial term of board membership is two years.

CMLE is one of seven regional multitype library systems in Minnesota. The multitypes were organized in 1979 for the purpose of developing common ways for libraries of different types to work together. Each regional center tailors its services to the expressed needs in their region. CMLE serves 12 Central Minnesota counties: Aitkin, Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright. The member libraries include K-12, academic, public and special libraries. CMLE’s offices are located in the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center at St. Cloud State University.


Upcoming programs at Annandale Library

The Annandale Public Library is offering the following programs

Mahjong – Nov. 16

The Annandale Public Library still has openings for its Mahjong class. This class for adults is scheduled for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Nov. 16, 23, 30, and Dec. 7. Players will be assigned partners to play the game. Mahjong is an ancient Chinese tile game which combines skill, strategy and luck as players try to assemble a perfect hand (similar to the card game rummy). Participants must commit to all four sessions. If the class is popular, it may be extended. Registration is required.

Gobbling Up Books Storytime – Nov. 19

Children ages 3-7 are invited to the Annandale Public Library for a Gobbling Up Books Storytime 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. Children will enjoy stories, songs and a craft. The attendance limit is 24 and preregistration is required.

For more information, call the Annandale library at (320) 274-8448.

Art and author event exhibitors information

The Eden Valley Area Friends of the Library is pleased to present its first Art Show. This event will be held from 12 noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in the Event Center. Demonstrations and showings will continue until 2 p.m., when author, Dean Urdahl, will present his latest book “Conspiracy” – the story of events leading up to the assassination of President Lincoln. Demonstrations and showings will then continue followed by refreshments.

• Please sign up with Marilyn Peterson at (320) 290-1011, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , as soon as possible.

• Let us know if you will need a table for your demonstration or art exhibit.

• The entry fee is $10 ONLY if you are selling your art (give to Marilyn when you come on Sunday)

• Art work that goes up on our walls can be brought to the library the week of Nov. 11, – the librarians will put them up – make sure you sign the form stating that you want your art to be displayed through Jan. 1, (otherwise you should take it home after 4 p.m. on Sunday) and that the Library is not liable for it while displayed (Many Christmas parties and events are scheduled for December.) Be sure to complete the form stating your name and phone number and if you are selling – a price for your art.

• You may want to bring your demonstration items or art work (pottery, etc) in earlier – Marilyn will be in the Event Center from 1-3 p.m. Friday Nov. 15, and from
9-12 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

• A light lunch will begin at noon, with proceeds going to the Library. Refreshments will be served following the author’s visit.