Facts from the Stacks
January 2021
The Saint Peter Public Library welcomes all people
and fosters a safe environment to connect, learn, discover, and grow. 
“In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim. – Linton Weeks, Washington Post, 13 January 2001”
― Tatyana Eckstrand, The Librarian's Book of Quotes
Staff Updates
Brenda McHugh, Library Supervisor
Brenda has been the Assistant Library Supervisor for five years and as of July, has stepped into this new role. Brenda will be responsible for children's programming and collection development.
Leticia Snow, Assistant Library Supervisor
Leticia has been a circulation clerk for five years at the library and started this new role in December. She will be responsible for young adult and youth programming and collection development
Cari Kelly, Circulation Clerk
Kim Horner, Circulation Clerk

Please join us in welcoming new staff!
Introducing Creativebug!
Patrons now have an all-access, no-boundaries pass to explore thousands of online classes and tutorials for craft projects. People of all skill levels can work alongside instructors to learn craft techniques. Many thanks to the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative for making this possible for our patrons! Click the button below and use your library card to get started!
Library Programs for all!
Library Receives 1000 Books Project Grant
The Saint Peter Public Library receives $10,000 from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s Early Childhood Education and Wrap Around Care Grant.
The Early Care and Education Wrap Around Grant program will help fund early care and education wrap around services for children birth to age eight from underserved populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Plans for this grant award are two-fold. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program that is newly implemented in the library for families with children age newborn - age 6. This program encourages families to read 1,000 books with their children before they enter kindergarten. The library will be partnering with Head Start and other early childhood groups to support family reading before Kindergarten.

The library will also be working with Saints Overtime, the current school age care program for tier 1 families. Ideas are in the works for ways to support this program and the children as they navigate distance learning and school age care.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) grants are awarded to nonprofits and local government units that support economic development, early childhood development and community vitality in SMIF’s 20-county region. 

About Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in the 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota. The Foundation has provided more than $114 million in grants, loans and programming within the region during the past 34 years. SMIF's key interests include economic and early childhood development and community vitality. To learn more about their work and mission, visit www.smifoundation.org.
Collection Highlights on Overdrive/Libby
Other Programming
Your Next Stack
Fill out the form - and a librarian will put a book stack together for you based on your preferences!
Cat in the Hat
I Love To Read Month
Breakout Box Challenge
Elementary Age and families
The cat is without his hat, whatever will he do? He is looking for help, HEY! He’s looking at you!
In 45 minutes, he needs to catch a ride on his balloon, his hat must be found before this afternoon!
So solve these puzzles, and open this box. His hat must be inside under all these locks!

This breakout box challenge is designed for grades 3-4.
Families with younger kids may also try this with adult
helpers. This pandemic friendly activity is only for one
family at a time to ensure safe distancing.

Click on Library Programs here to find this event and register for a timeslot!

Sat., Feb. 13, 8:00 - 1:00 p.m., SPPL
Our Vision: We envision the Saint Peter Public Library as a place where all people can gather and are welcome. We imagine our library as a place to create opportunities for lifelong learning which will strengthen our community.
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