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Posted on: March 27, 2020

An update from Library Director Amy Stenftenagel

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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...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Get library materials using curbside pickup!

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Libraries buildings are closed to the public, but we’re still here to help! Learn how you can pick up items from our libraries without even having to get out of your vehicle. 

From Friday, March 27 though Friday, April 10,  libr...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Modified services available during library closure

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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...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

WashCoLib has a new mobile app!

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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...

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Posted on: March 6, 2020

Our top checkouts of January and February

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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....

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Posted on: February 26, 2020

Nonfiction for fun! 14 librarian-recommended reads

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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...

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

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

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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...

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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Newbery, Caldecott, and other award winning books

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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...

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Posted on: January 27, 2020

Write, craft, learn at the library in February

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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...

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Posted on: January 7, 2020

Discover and preserve your family history at the library

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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...

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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Spark memories and conversation with Memory Minder Kits

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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...

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Posted on: December 30, 2019

Our most popular adult nonfiction of 2019

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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...

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Posted on: December 19, 2019

Our most popular kids and teens titles of 2019

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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...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

Our most popular fiction of 2019

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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 ...

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Posted on: January 30, 2019

Reserve an iMac at R.H. Stafford Library

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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...

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Posted on: November 12, 2019

Try our favorite cookbooks this Thanksgiving

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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...

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

Bienvenido – Welcome to Park Grove Library!

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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 ...

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Posted on: October 21, 2019

Libraries oppose new eBook restrictions from Macmillan

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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, ...

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Calling all kids, join a book club!

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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...

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Posted on: September 23, 2019

Our most popular checkouts of summer 2019

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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....

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Get more for free with your library card!

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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...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

6 online tools for a better back to school

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Many students (and parents) might think of the library as just a place to check out books or find a quiet place to study. 

And while we are excited about those offerings, Washington County Library also has a number of digital tools that can help s...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Our favorite back to school books for kids and teens

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The slight chill in the morning air and the aisles of notebooks and pens at your favorite retailer can only mean one thing – it's almost time to head back to school! In honor of this change in season, we looked to our expert children's librarian...

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Posted on: July 31, 2019

New longer checkouts and auto-renewals at WashCoLib!

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Beginning August 1, we're updating our loan periods and renewal policies to let you keep materials longer and make using the library more convenient! 

Under our new loan periods, books, audiobooks, magazines and CDs will be checked out for three w...

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Posted on: June 28, 2019

Take WashCoLib on the go while you travel

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With the official start of summer just behind us, it's time to start thinking about all the places you'll go this season. You can take Washington County Library with you on weekend trips to the cabin or week-long trips even further afield thanks to our mo...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Popular checkouts, past and present

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Because we're a bunch of book nerds, we love to pull together statistics about which books have been flying off the shelves lately. 

For this post, we tallied up the most popular books in the first third of the year (January through April), then c...

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Posted on: May 28, 2019

Get ready for Summer at Your Library

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Memorial Day is finished, which means we're in the final push before summer vacation! We're also in the home stretch getting ready for our busiest season at the library, planning programs and activities to help encourage kids, teens, and adults to make li...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

Unlock special deals and discounts with your library card

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Washington County Library cardholders are used to presenting their library card to borrow a variety of great materials, but now they can show their library card at several Washington County businesses to get special deals and discounts.

Show Your Library C...

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

Kick off Summer at Your Library on June 8

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Get ready to start celebrating Summer at Your Library at Washington County Library with kick off celebrations at every library branch this Saturday, June 8. These events are open to all ages and don't require registration. 

At the kick-off parties...

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Posted on: April 3, 2019

Minnesota libraries launch statewide author contest

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Minnesota libraries are looking for the state's best self-published books in adult fiction and young adult fiction through the Minnesota Author Project

The 2019 contest kicked off on April 1, 2019, and submissions will be accepted through May 31...

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Posted on: April 22, 2019

Programs focus on mental health in May

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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Washington County Library will offer a series of programs by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) at branches throughout the county.

These programs will focus on ways individuals can improve...

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Posted on: April 29, 2019

Celebrate Star Wars Day at the library!

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May the Fourth Be With You! Celebrate all things Star Wars at Washington County Library with family-friendly events at R.H. Stafford Library and Oakdale Library.

Star Wars Family Night May 3 in Woodbury

Celebrate everyone’s favorite galactic saga ...

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Posted on: April 8, 2019

It's National Library Week!

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This week, we’re excited to be joining libraries around the country in celebrating the ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise. 

April 7-13 is National Library Week, an annual celeb...

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