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Library News and Events



Beginning October 10, and running each week for 10 weeks, a “mystery” medicinal plant will be featured at the Library. Library visitors will have the opportunity to make a guess at what they think the plant might be, then to look in a related folder to reveal the answer and additional related information. Native plants will predominate, but not all featured species will be native. Most will be familiar, though they may not be easily recognized.
Local musher Tim White will share his expertise with herbal medicines in a program at the Grand Marais Public Library.  In early 2017, White will present a program at the library featuring all the included plants and their medicinal uses. Watch the library calendar for more details as to the date and time.

assistant library director job posting

Assistant Library Director for the Grand Marais Public Library has been posted! The forms are available at the City of Grand Marais website.



The Grand Marais Public Library and WTIP Community Radio, in conjunction with the Grand Marais Art Colony and the Library Friends of Cook County, are pleased to announce a community book read of Linda LeGarde Grover’s “The Road Back to Sweetgrass.”
     The program encourages as many people in the community as possible to read the same book, and to explore it and its themes, and how they relate to our lives in Cook County. After reviewing many possible titles, representatives from the library and WTIP chose “The Road Back to Sweetgrass,” a novel by Linda LeGarde Grover, a member of the Bois Forte band of Ojibwe. “The Road Back to Sweetgrass” has been awarded the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award.
    “The Road Back to Sweetgrass” is set in northern Minnesota on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation, and follows a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their coming of age and the intersection of their lives as they navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family dynamics.  The story moves between past and present, Native and non-Native culture, history and myth, and tradition and survival.
     The community book read aims to unify the community by bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds through reading one book and promoting thought and discussion, as well as providing a variety of events that are free and open to the public and relate to the book’s topics.

 Following is a list of events taking place during the week. All take place at the Grand Marais Public Library unless otherwise noted.

*Carol Miller, American Indian Women Writers. Thursday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m.
* Author Linda LeGarde Grover, “The Story Behind the Road Back to Sweetgrass,” an in-depth look at Indian policies in effect at the time of the story, with emphasis on the termination polices in effect from the 1950s through the 1980s. Friday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m.
*  Felicia Schneiderhan: Memoir writing workshop, Saturday, Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m., Johnson Heritage Post.
* Author Linda LeGarde Grover, “Modern Anishinaabe Women – Links to Tradition and History” a look at continuity and adaptation as experienced by women illustrated by the characters in the book. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m.
* Marcie McIntire: Ojibway beadwork in historical context: a personal story, Saturday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m.
     Multiple copies are available for checkout at the Grand Marais Public Library. The book is also for sale at Drury Lane Books and other booksellers in Cook County.
     For more information, please contact Steve Harsin, Director of the Grand Marais Public Library, 387-1140, steve.harsin@alslib.info,  or Ann Possis, WTIP Producer, 370-1594, apossis@gmail.com

autumn storytime




library to construct poetry walk

The Grand Marais Public Library plans to construct a new poetry walk leading from the library front entrance toward the corner across from the Visit Cook County offices and Dairy Queen. Currently individuals walking between those businesses must walk in the street or through a sometimes mushy lawn. The committee in charge of the project envisions a sidewalk including poetry by local individuals, tied in to the Puzzle Tree sculpture added last year as a Legacy Program art project that was funded by through monies made available to Arrowhead Library System.
Application forms for those wishing to submit a poem are available online or may be picked up at the library or City Hall.

DVD's reviewed by Robert Stangler
Journey of the Universe, The living Matrix and I Am.

If you would like to submit a book review please e-mail Steve at gmlib@arrowhead.lib.mn.us.

Three Minnesota Libraries Selected as LJ's Star Libraries

Congratulations to three outstanding Minnesota libraries.  Library Journal has selected the Shoreview Branch of Ramsey County Library, Edgerton Public Library, and Grand Marais Public Library as this years Star Libraries in Minnesota.  Scoring and ranking is based on the "LJ Index, a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. Scores on the LJIndex are produced by measuring the relationships between each library’s statistics and the averages for its expenditure category."
Read the full article.

21 famous authors share their favorites


The Most Dangerous Book: the battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses

Book Review by Yvonne Caruthers


book review

Steve Harsin, library director,  has an interesting group of books: self- published ebooks which became so popular they decided to publish them as bound books. I am reading one now, Not Dead in the Heart of Dixie, by R.M. Kralik.

If you would like to submit a book review please e-mail Steve at gmlib@arrowhead.lib.mn.us.

Circulation Policies for DVD’s

Our Library Board has approved a few changes in DVD circulation, fines and account limits.
You may now check out up to 7 Grand Marais DVD’s per card and renew DVD’s for a week instead of 2 days.  Fines for late DVD’s have been reduced to 25¢ per day.  Also, your account may have up to $10.00 in fines and fees before your account is blocked.