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Library News and Events

heebie jeebies

Wednesday, August 15 at 3:30 PM

Kids will laugh, move, and dance their way through Glen Everhart's show of original kids' comedy songs. Selections include "I've Got the Heebie Jeebies," "Camp-Ishy-Fishy-Stinky-Socky-Skeeter-Slappy-Toad-a-Hppy-Burpa-Lotta-Woodsa-Tickle-ee," "The 4 Headed 3 Legged 2 Armed 1 Eyed Monster," and "the Littlest Worm."


Summer Reading Celebration Picnic

Saturday, August 18, 2018
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Storytelling by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, prize drawings, food, and activities for all ages!


FIber Arts Guild donates cloth bags to library users

Grand Marais Public Library is grateful to receive 16 cloth bags handmade and donated by members of a Fiber Arts Guild interest group. Over the years, the library has received recycled plastic grocery bags from members of the community. These are provided to customers needing to cover books from precipitation or simply carry them home. Until the Guild donated cloth bags, we had no alternatives to offer. We are looking forward to receiving another donation of the beautiful, personal bags Guild members created.

Hear more from the Fiber Guild in this WTIP Roadhouse recording:



Follow the new youth services Instagram page @gmlibraryyouth to play “Where in the World is Gaston,” keep up with library events, and more. Show us where reading takes you this summer using the hashtags #GMPLsummer2018 and #readingtakesyoueverywhere.


do you accept book donations?

The library can accept excellent condition new books (published in 2017 or 2018) only. Why? Read more.

outta this world adventure story time

Thursdays, June 14-August 16, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Think you’re too old for story time? Think again! Kids 11-18 can stay after hours when we breakout the snacks, art supplies and fantasy novels to read aloud.

reading takes you everywhere: summer reading

Going on now!

Grand Marais Public Library launched its Reading Takes You Everywhere summer reading program on June 1, 2018, but it's not too late to join in.

Throughout the summer, the library will host a range of free activities for children and teens to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals. 

Activities include: Story time each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., June 5-August 14. Weekly themed scavenger hunts in the library. “Where’s Gaston,” a photo guessing game with prizes. Afternoon STEAM activities for elementary through middle school age. Instagram activities and online book group for teens (age 14 and up). Celebration picnic August 18, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. 

Where's Gaston?


Gaston, our Summer Reading mascot, has gotten loose in Grand Marais!

Fortunately, the children’s librarian is on his tail, but has only managed to snap a few photos.

Guess where he’s been from the photo clues, and be entered in a weekly prize drawing.


Story time!

Tuesdays, June 5 - August 14
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
All ages welcome.

As part of our Summer Reading program, we're hosting story time each Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Join Erika and friends for stories, crafts, songs, and more. Reading takes you everywhere!

mail-a-book program for county residents

Listen to this short WTIP audio clip

County folks, we know it can be difficult to return books to Grand Marais Public Library on time. Did you know you can borrow paperback books and other materials from the Arrowhead Library System via u.s. mail free of charge?

The items come to your mailbox; you return them through your mailbox. The same is true for city residents in assisted living. ALS Executive Director Jim Weikum joins Tracy Benson on WTIP to explain:


Library gets a New strategic plan, mission, tagline

Winter 2017

With much help from the community, the Grand Marais Public Library completed a strategic planning process this year that will guide our actions for the next five years.

Our new mission is:
The Grand Marais Public Library increases knowledge, inspires creativity, removes barriers, and builds community across Cook County.

Our tagline is:

Our priority goals are:
  1. The community will increase understanding and appreciation of the full range of human diversity.
  2. The community will have increased knowledge and utilization of library resources and programs throughout the county.
  3. People will enjoy a comfortable environment that gives them a sense of community belonging.
  4. Young children will develop a love of reading and improve their literacy.
We invite you to review the Strategic Plan for more information.

would you like to try e-books and e-audios?

This free app, created by Overdrive, is now available! Check it out HERE. Visit the library for one-on-one help getting started. We want this experience to be as exciting for you as it is for us.

The library gets 5 stars 10 years in a row

Grand Marais Public Library is pleased to announce it has once again achieved a 5 star ranking in the annual Library Journal Star Libraries standings. Joining Grand Marais this year are Ely with 4 stars and Baudette with 3 stars, giving the Arrowhead Library System 3 of only 5 libraries in the state to achieve this benchmark. Grand Marais has been ranked a 5 star library for 10 years running, one of only 13 libraries in the nation to do so. Read more.

Visit the Library Journal website and read about the 13 libraries.