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Library News and Events


Friday, March 16 -- 12 PM - 1 PM

Learn about Indian culture, history, and celebrations through art in this interactive program for ages 6 to adult. Explore the use of art made from chalk, sand, or rice flour. Rangoli designs are a temporary floor art that people create and redo on a daily basis in India in order to bring good luck and happiness to the home. Create stylized Rangoli designs with flour or colored sand.
This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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

Tax documents are here! 

We have the basic forms on a display by the circulation desk, and also a book of "reproducible forms" for those forms that are less commonly used. Please feel free to come to the library to get the forms you might need.

All forms are also available at irs.gov.


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.

Last event:
  • 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   -- FRIDAY NIGHT REELS IS NOW CONCLUDED --
Check our collection for the films below, they are now available to circulate.

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.