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Friday, March 2 at 6 PM 


Film Summary:  Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient, tight-knit family, THE GLASS CASTLE is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar® winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls's best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Running time:  2 hours and 12 minutes.

The film series is open to everyone and free to attend. Note that films are selected for an adult audience and content may not be appropriate for all ages. Scroll down this page for the full schedule of movies.

eek! A mouse: tech help night

Wednesday, March 14 -- 6 PM - 7:30 PM


Trying to download your first eBook? Need to create an email account? Want help organizing documents on your laptop? We'll have some tech-savvy folks on hand to help you, one-on-one, with your technology-based questions.

This program is part of the library's Winter Series so mark your calendars and bring your questions to the library.

Taxes update

Hi everyone, Thank you for inquiring about when tax documents will arrive. IRS Tax Forms Outlet Program, which sends tax forms to libraries and post offices, has alerted us that a shipment of forms and booklets is on the way.

We are expecting to receive:
  • Form 1040EZ and its instruction book
  • Form 1040A and its instruction book
  • Form 1040 and its instruction book
No other forms were offered, but all are available at irs.gov.

Winter Reading Program: Read with a friend

Sign up beginning January 2
Participate January 9 - February 28

Children and teens:

The Winter Reading Program is here! Participants get an activity book, and can choose timed reading/activity logs or book title logs to track their reading.

At the end of the program, youths who turn in their logs get to pick a free book.

All participants will be included in a drawing to win a copy of Mary Ann Hoberman's You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together.

The Winter Reading Program also features Tuesday morning story times, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., beginning January 9 and continuing through February 27. Story times are open to all ages and besides the stories, may feature songs, crafts, and other activities.  

Winter series: free public events

January 3 to March 14

It's back! The library's Winter Series brings a variety of events to stimulate the mind and imagination.

All events are open to the public and free of charge, though some require advance registration and have limited group size.

Here's what we're planning:
  • January 3, 6 PM – “Roots of Pushing Chain”
  • January 5, 10:30 AM – Cass Gilbert Society, “Capitol Furnishings”
  • January 10, 6 PM – Tech Night
  • January 17, 6 PM – Bryan Hansel “The Night Sky”
  • January 24, 6 PM – Chris Welter, “Leaves from the Family Tree”
  • January 25, 10:30 AM – Duluth Art Institute “Metal Tooling” (limited to 20 participants)
  • January 31, 6 PM -- Beth Benson, "Walking without Words"
  • February 7, 3:30 PM – Duluth Playhouse “Mad Science” (for youths)
  • February 14, 6 PM – Tech Night
  • Februrary 21, 6 PM – Mary Mulari, “Vintage Aprons”
  • March 7, 5:30 PM – Chad Lewis – “Bizarre Burial Beliefs and Customs”
  • March 14, 6 PM – Tech Night

Friday night reels: a winter Film series

Friday nights from 6 PM - 8 PM
January 5 to March 9

Q: What do the following countries have in common: Cuba, Bratislava, Bulgaria, Tibet, Poland, the United States, Uganda, Pakistan, and Canada?

A: They all factor into the library's Friday Night Reels series!

Friday nights from January 5 to March 9, the library is transformed into a Free-Admission movie theatre. Enjoy light munchies and contemplate the films, which are intended for an adult audience.

Note: Everyone is invited, but the films may address situations or themes that could be challenging for younger members of the community.

The schedule for the series is:
January 12 THE TEACHER
January 19 GLORY
February 16 FENCES
February 23 QUEEN OF KATWE

Details about each of the films are released closer to the date.

tax resources

Here's a listing of other great resources and tools to help make the most of tax time.

Earned Income Tax Credit Eligibility: If someone worked in 2017 and made less than $53,930, they could be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Use this information to determine if someone might be able to claim the EITC this tax season.

Tax Credit Guide: Tax credits can be difficult to understand. Use this guide as a starting point when learning about federal and state tax credits commonly claimed by low- and moderate-income households.

Tax Preparation Checklist: Being prepared with all your documents is the key to claiming the maximum tax credits. Here's a list of what taxpayers should bring with them when they file taxes.

Free Tax Preparation Locator: Minnesota has more than 250 free tax preparation sites. The Minnesota Department of Revenue has a free tax preparation locator and an interactive map.

MyFreeTaxes: MyFreeTaxes provides free federal, state, and property online tax preparation to individuals and households with incomes of $66,000 or less in 2017.

Where's My Refund: Taxpayers can check the status of the refund. It provides the most up-to-date information and is updated once daily.

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.

Youth & Gender Media project

New to the library collection

Founded by award-winning filmmaker and media activist Jonathan Skurnik, The Youth and Gender Media Project produces short films and curricula that capture the diversity and complexity of young people who are questioning the binary (male/female) concept of gender.

Four DVDs and their accompanying study guides will be available for checkout. Take a look in our catalog for:
  • Creating Gender Inclusive Schools
  • I'm Just Anneke 
  • Becomming Johanna
  • The Family Journey (featured video above)

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.