Monday, 21 January, 2019



By Amy Dettmer, Assistant Library Director

Sunday, December 23, 2018


The library is closed Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25. The library is open Monday, December 31 from 9 am-5pm and closed Tueday, January 1.

This fall, talented Twin Cities based singer/songwriter jeremy messersmith visited Grand Rapids. He played a show at the Reif Center with a band, but also played pop-up concerts around town. The pop-up concerts were done solo playing his ukulele. One of his solo concerts took place at the library and it was awesome! The best part was he, with help from a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, donated 6 ukuleles to the library and now they are ready for checkout.  Each instrument comes in a soft carrying bag with a tuner and a jeremy messersmith songbook. Checkout time is 4 weeks, with no renewal. It can be checked out and returned at the circulation desk. There is no charge for broken strings; however, if it is damaged and major repairs are needed, replacement fees will be charged.

There are items available in the Arrowhead System to help you learn to play the ukulele. Check these out:

First 20 hours: how to learn anything…fast by Josh Kaufman.  Forget the 10,000 hour rule. What if it is possible to learn the basics of any new skill in 20hours or less? Take a moment to consider how many things you want to learn to do. What is on your list? What is holding you back from getting started? Are you worried about the time and effort it takes to acquire new skills, time you do not have and effort you cannot spare? Research suggests it takes 10,000 hoursto develop a new skill. In this nonstop world when will you ever find that much time and energy? In this book the author offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible by showing how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. 101 three chord songs for the guitar, banjo, and uke by Larry McCabe. Ukulele chord finder: easy to use guide to over 1000 ukulele chords by Chad Johnson. What ukulele players really want to know : a guide, written for beginnersby Barry Maz. A beginners guide to the ukulele "dealing with everything, from ukulele sizes, prices and strings to how to grow your nails. Also includes [a] reference section and a very helpful glossary explaining those weird and wonderful terms that may baffle a beginner


Upcoming Programs

Saturday, December 29: Saturday Story Time. At 10:15 am and 11:15 am it’s time for Saturday Story Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books and songs, then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit. Families may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending this Story Time.


Friday, January 4: Tiny Explorers! At 10:30 am. This program is geared towards our littlest patrons, ages birth to 23 months. Sensory experiences will be available for babies to explore in a safe environment. Meet other caregivers! Please register at the Children’s Desk by calling 327-8823.