Adult Winter Reading Program 2016

2016 WRP Artwork Color-2

The Winter Reading Program theme this year —  “Book Your Winter Getaway” — is the same as in 2015, but the graphics have quite a different look.  The artwork, designed by Lydia Luciano, conjures up a feeling of escape from a Minnesota winter to a warmer climate.  Snowbird vacations are not possible for everyone, however, books can provide the same much needed escape and they are available right here at the library!

The program kicked off on January 4, 2016.  After the first four books read, patrons may choose a mug or bag as their prize.  After reading eight books, participants select from a tray of sweets or other unique prizes.  The program will culminate on March 11th.  Those who read twelve books will receive an invitation to an elegant dessert buffet on Friday, April 1st, at 7:00 p.m. in the library.

It is not too late to participate.  Join us through these winter months in this celebration of reading.  See you at the library!


New at the Library: iPads!


The library is now offering iPads to our patrons!  They can be used to browse the Internet like a desktop or laptop, but are controlled by a touch screen instead of a mouse.  Patrons with current library cards may check them out for use in the library.

There are some great apps to choose from, including the following news apps:  Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, CNN, NPR News and MPR News.

Another app is TED, which contains short educational videos produced by a non-profit group.  TED’s origins are from a 1984 conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, producing video clips that cover almost all topics — from science to business to global issues

Younger patrons may enjoy the Lego Food, Lego Story Maker, Nursery Rhymes, First Word Sampler, or Minecraft apps.

Kids of all ages may want to try the Bill Nye science, the Toca Band music, or the Toontastic create a cartoon apps.

Many of the apps come with sounds.  To not disturb others, you will want to borrow one of our headphone sets or take the opportunity to purchase your own set of ear buds from the library for only $2.00/pair.  Of course, you can also bring in your own headphones or ear buds.

If you would like to check-out one of our iPads, bring in your current library card.  iPads may be checked out for a two hour period once a day.  As these are shared devices there can be no downloading of additional apps, but we welcome suggestions to add new ones.  You will just need to fill out a very short survey.  These requests will then be tested and approved by the technical staff at Pioneerland headquarters before they can be added.

We welcome you to come on into the library, check out an iPad, and find a comfortable chair to browse the Internet or access one of the apps!  Hope to see you soon!





Non-Fiction Book Club at Hutchinson Library


Like to read history, biography, science or books on timely issues ?

The library will host the next meeting of the Non-Fiction Book Club on Monday March 7th, 2016  from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library Meeting Room.  The topic for March is “Consumerism/Advertising.”

Wireless Laptops and ePrinter Are Here!


This past week the Hutchinson Library received two wireless laptops and an ePrinter for patron use.  The laptops may be checkout for one hour and extended an additional hour if not needed by another patron.   Stop in, check out one of these laptops on your library card, and find a comfortable chair to browse the web!

wireless printer

Looking to print at the library using your mobile device?  The library’s new ePrinter supports Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, .txt, .pdf, .html plus several image files.  (It will not support printing webpages via email at this time but the vendor is working on a solution.)  ePrint supported email clients currently include Outlook 2003, 2007, Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, Apple Mail (iphone, iPad, MacBook), Blackberry mail client, and Nokia/Symbian client.

The library is happy to extend these additional resources to its patrons and encourage you to use them when you visit the library.

Why Newsbank?


Why NewsBank?

The resources on Newsbank provide library patrons with valuable information on any topic imaginable. Each year Hutchinson Public Library purchases a subscription to Newsbank which provides access to newspapers and periodicals, including but not limited to:

Minnesota Newspapers

The Hutchinson Leader

The Duluth News Tribune

The Mankato Free Press

The  Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Saint Paul Pioneer Press

The West Central Tribune

U.S. Newspapers

The Christian Science Monitor

The Denver Post

The Kansas City Star

The Los Angeles Times

The Miami Herald

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Seattle Times

USA Today

News Magazines

Air and Space

The Atlantic

Field and Stream

Mother Earth News

National Review

The New Republic

The New Yorker



Popular Science

Science News


Working Mother

For access to The Hutchinson Leader and 23 other Minnesota newspapers, as well as, 28 major metro newspapers, plus 24 popular newsmagazines, click on the link below the Newsbank banner.   (This link permanently resides on the “Library Services” tab as well).  To access this information from home, you need to enter your Pioneerland Library card number.  You can visit the library or enjoy these publications from the comfort of your own home.  Try it today!



Hutchinson Library Acquires New Microfilm Reader Through Donation from the City and MN Legacy Fund


Library patrons will again be able to access the library’s microfilm collection of Hutchinson Leader newspapers.  A state of the art digital microfilm reader system was recently installed at Hutchinson Public Library.  The new networkable system replaced the library’s 1970-era microfilm reader.  This purchase was made possible through a $7385.00 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Funds plus a generous $2000.00 donation from the city of Hutchinson.

The ST III Digital Reader/Printer/Viewer/Scanner is equipped with the latest technology to capture digital images from microfilm, microfiche, and 16mm or 35mm film.  The system features optical character recognition (OCR) searchable text tools to allow for quicker text scanning and searching.

The microfilm reader system was installed on January 27, 2015 followed by a training session for library staff.  The new system is now housed on the main floor near other computers and is available free of charge to all library visitors.  Patrons may view, crop, edit, print and/or electronically transmit images.  Black and white copies printed at the library are $.15/per page and color copies are $.50/page.  The library staff is available to assist patrons with the new microfilm reader and invite all citizens to come in and use this new technology to access historical articles and other information found in past issues of the Hutchinson Leader.

Teen Book Club

 teenbookclub Hutchinson Teen Book Club!

2nd Tuesday

7 pm

Are you interested in meeting other teens who like to talk about books, have fun and lively discussions, and enjoy beverages and snacks?

Please come & meet Hutchinson’s new young adult librarian,

Kris Jones!