News Flash

Posted on: August 4, 2020

Resources for your career and job search

Image of a job interview.

Washington County Library is ready to help you conquer your job search, whether you’ve just started looking, are rethinking your career, or need help prepping for the interview. No matter your age or level of experience, we have something that c...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: July 15, 2020

New databases offered through eLibrary of Minnesota

laptop computer with Google logo.jpg

Beginning this month, Washington County Library is offering an updated selection of online tools through Minitex and the eLibrary of Minnesota (ELM). 

This update includes two exciting new online tools for kids from Capstone, a trusted children&am...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: June 3, 2020

Resources on race for readers of all ages

resources on race adults

In light of recent events in Minnesota and the difficult, necessary conversations they have prompted, staff at Washington County Library have assembled a series of lists highlighting books for all ages to help with this work.

As our colleagues at Saint Pau...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: May 14, 2020

The top 10 ebooks we're reading while we stay home

person holding a kindle

Since mid-March, WashCoLib has seen a 41 percent increase in ebook checkouts on OverDrive and CloudLibrary. We thought it would be fun to take a peek at the ebooks that WashCoLib readers are downloading during quarantine.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia O...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: June 25, 2020

Computers available by appointment at Washington County Library branches

computer keyboard and mouse

Washington County Library branches will reopen with limited capacity on Monday, June 26. At that time, visitors will no longer need to make an appointment to use a computer. Learn more at WashCoLib.org/COVID19. 


Beginning Tuesday...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: May 1, 2020

5 ways to celebrate Children's Book Week

childrens book week 2020 logo

Children’s Book Week celebrates books for young readers across the book world. This year’s Children’s Book Week, celebrated May 4-10, invites you to "Read. Dream. Share." the love of reading across your community.&a...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Check out popular magazines digitally with RBdigital!

pile of magazines

While many users may only be familiar with RBdigital for audiobooks, the site also has a huge selection of digital magazines that are available with unlimited checkouts for new issues and previous titles. Digital magazines can also be checked-out as long ...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: March 27, 2020

An update from Library Director Amy Stenftenagel

washington county library logo in front of books

On Friday, March 27, Library Director Amy Stenftenagel sent the following message to all Washington County Library cardholders. You can learn more about the library’s response to COVID-19 and get an update on current services at WashCoLib.org/Co...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Beating cabin fever during COVID-19

Feeling a little cabin-fever? Kaylin Creason, a librarian at Lake Elmo Library, put together these free resources to keep you entertained and mentally healthy while you’re at home. Download or share the full infographic here!

Catch the opera (and...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Get library materials using curbside pickup!

Man Driving a Car.

Beginning Monday, June 29, Washington County Library branches will be open with limited capacity and reduced hours. Visitors can come to our buildings to pick up holds, browse materials, and use computers without an appointment. Learn more.  

A sm...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Modified services available during library closure

low angle photo of books

Update

On Tuesday, March 24, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to suspend all public-facing services at libraries and other county facilities through Tuesday, April 7. The library’s modified services, outlined below, will continu...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: March 11, 2020

WashCoLib has a new mobile app!

BLUEcloud mobile app photo

We’re so excited to share that we have a new mobile app! With this new app, you can access your library account no matter where you are. The app also makes it easy to browse the library’s collections, check out or place a hold on items...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Our top checkouts of January and February

RHS holds shelf TW

It’s time to look at some of our most popular checkouts of the year so far. The books that emerged as our most popular titles of 2019 continue to lead checkouts for the beginning of 2020, but one kids series was particularly dominant this month....

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: February 26, 2020

Nonfiction for fun! 14 librarian-recommended reads

person hold three nonfiction books

This post was written by Cate Triola, a librarian at Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove. When she’s not matching readers with a great true story, she enjoys cooking and reading about ghosts. 

Just as with fiction books, what each nonfic...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: February 4, 2020

Comic memoirs? Graphic biographies? 6 true stories to check out!

graphic memoirs collage 3

Comic memoirs? Graphic biographies? Many readers are familiar with the idea of comic books or graphic novels, but it can get a little trickier when you’re talking about true stories. But whatever you want to call it, illustrated memoirs and biog...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Newbery, Caldecott, and other award winning books

newbery caldecott 2020 winners

When it comes to picking the best books for kids, the number of choices can be a little overwhelming. Enter, the ALA Youth Media Awards!

The winners of these awards are announced each year at the American Library Association’s annual midwinter co...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: January 27, 2020

Write, craft, learn at the library in February

person writing in a journal

Don’t let the wintry weather keep you inside all month –  February is a perfect time to get out of the house and learn a little something new. This month, we have a full slate of programs for adults that focus on writing, craf...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: January 7, 2020

Discover and preserve your family history at the library

Photo of an old projector and slides.

Do you have photos or memories from loved ones that you want to make sure are preserved for generations to come? Maybe you want to more about your family history but aren't sure where to start? Washington County Library has the equipment, technology and k...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: January 6, 2020

Spark memories and conversation with Memory Minder Kits

memory minder kits on a table

Memory minder kits are now available to check out from libraries in Washington County! Designed for people experiencing memory loss and their caregivers, kits include a collection of materials and activities to trigger memories of life experiences. This h...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: December 30, 2019

Our most popular adult nonfiction of 2019

2019 popular nonfiction

This post is the final in our end-of-the-year peek at 2019's most popular tiles. We've already share our most popular adult fiction and books for kids and teens, which means we're closing it out with adult nonfiction! 

This list includes the 15 mo...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: December 19, 2019

Our most popular kids and teens titles of 2019

2019 popular kids and teens

This post is the second one in our end-of-the-year peek at 2019's most popular titles. We've already shared our most popular adult fiction

Today we have an epic list of 30 books that were popular among teens and kids. The list is split into teen...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: December 16, 2019

Our most popular fiction of 2019

three book covers

As 2019 winds down, we're taking a peek back to see the year's most popular titles among Washington County Library users. Over the next three weeks we'll look at popular adult fiction and nonfiction and titles for kids and teens. 

This week we're ...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: January 30, 2019

Reserve an iMac at R.H. Stafford Library

imacs at RHS

Our Create Space at R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury is now open! The Create Space has four iMacs available for reservations or walk-in use. The iMacs are loaded with the full Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes programs like Illustrator, Photoshop, InD...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: November 12, 2019

Try our favorite cookbooks this Thanksgiving

Image of a freshly baked apple pie.

If you're hunting for good recipes or looking to impress your Thanksgiving guests, check out these cookbook and recipe recommendations from our staff.

Plus, you won't have to buy something brand new - all these books are located in our catalog and are just...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: October 24, 2019

Bienvenido – Welcome to Park Grove Library!

Spanish Book Club First Meeting

Park Grove Library is no stranger to making sure their programs reflect their community. In response to community feedback, they’ve added numerous language programs, including Spanish Book Club, Spanish Play Date, and Adult English Learner Book ...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: October 21, 2019

Libraries oppose new eBook restrictions from Macmillan

#eBooksForAll graphic

Beginning November 1, Macmillan Publishers will only allow libraries to purchase one copy of new eBook titles for the first eight weeks after a book's release.

That means we will have just a single copy of new, popular titles by authors like Louise Penny, ...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: October 1, 2019

Calling all kids, join a book club!

Photo of kids discussing books at a book club.

Reading just got more fun! Kids in Washington County Library book clubs have saved mythical creatures with the Unicorn Rescue Society, brought books to life with mini-plays, and have even met the real-life authors of the books they read.

(Plus, they streng...

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: September 23, 2019

Our most popular checkouts of summer 2019

low angle photo of books

The leaves are turning and the air feels a little crisp, which can only mean one thing: fall is here! But before we dive into cozy reads and pumpkin spiced everything, we thought it would be fun to take a peek back at our most popular books of the summer....

Read on...

Life at the Library
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Get more for free with your library card!

free things graphic

When you think about using your library card, it's natural to think about what you can check out by coming into the library – books, magazines, video games, and more. But your library card also grants you access to digital tools and collections that can t...

Read on...

Life at the Library