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!




With February Here, Can Spring Be Far Behind? Latest Acquisitions in Gardening Books

Thanks in large part to the generosity of the Hutchinson Garden Club, Hutchinson Library has recently acquired several new and unique gardening books.  It’s never to early to start planning your landscape and gardens!

backyard foraging

Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat by E. Zachos

Includes everything from leaves and stems to nuts and seeds to roots and fungi.   This encyclopedic book includes where to find these items in nature (and look-alikes to avoid), recipes, and preservation advice.  Who knew milkweed could make a delicious flower soup?

Fine Foliage by Chapman and Salwitz

It’s not just about flowers anymore.  A big idea for containers and gardens today is foliage combining— creating a perfect mixture of foliage colors, textures, and shapes.  This little book has over 60 ideas for combining various foliages.

Gardening for the Birds by George Adams

This wonderful resource shares how to create a bird-friendly landscape.  It shows how to choose the right native plants to mimic natural ecosystems that will provide birds with food, water, shelter, and nesting places.  Also included are hundreds of native plant profiles and detailed descriptions of birds from every region in North America.

hellstrip gardening

Hellstrip Gardening by Evelyn J. Hadden

What is a hellstrip?  That ugly space between the street and the sidewalk.  This book shows how to transform that public space into a lush and beautiful place.  It includes details such as working with trees, laws and covenants, living with vehicles, along with choosing a style that works with the soil and sun exposure.

Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables & Flowers by Joseph Tychonievich

The author demystifies the science of plant breeding and shares how to pick the best parent plants: how to cross-pollinate; the best techniques to use for popular vegetables and flowers; and how to harvest and store seed.  Here is a resource to create a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and garden conditions.


Powerhouse Plants: 510 Top Performers for Multi-Season Beauty by Graham Rice

A “powerhouse plant” is one that changes beautifully and dramatically through the seasons, not just looking good for more than a few weeks of the year.  This book profiles outstanding multi-season plants from Abelia to Weigela, including perennials, annuals, groundcovers, vines, shrubs, and trees.

Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds, and Small Plots by Andrea Bellamy

Learn how to plan and build your garden — on balconies, in raised beds, up walls, at schools, across parking strips.  A comprehensive A to Z of edibles, including the best small-space varieties.

Also, A Good Read on a Newsworthy and Controversial Issue

On Immunity: An Inoculation  by Eula Biss

Another timely new acquisition addresses fear of the government¸ the medical establishment, and what may be in our children’s air, food, vaccines, etc.  The author tracks the progress of immunization and the protective impulse to make our children invulnerable while providing a thoughtful critique to more recent fears of vaccines and the toxins they carry.  She keeps the debate lively and informative.

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.

Ordinary Grace is 2015 “One Book One Community”

It is with much anticipation and pleasure that the Heart of Hutchinson “One Book One Community” unveils its selection for 2015:  Ordinary Grace by Minnesota author, William Kent Krueger.  This coming of age story, set in the 1960’s in small town Minnesota, tackles sensitive and tragic issues with the redemptive power of grace.  Ordinary Grace has received a number of awards, among others, the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery novel.


A three event Sunday series is planned for the 2015 One Book One Community:

  • 2 p.m. on February 8, PBS documentary “The Sixties” shown at the McLeod County Historical Museum.
  • 2 p.m. on March 22, community book discussion at the Hutchinson Public Library.
  • 2 p.m. on April 19,  author William Kent Krueger visit at the Hutchinson Event Center.

Looking for the perfect book to give family or friends this holiday season?  Paperback copies of Ordinary Grace are available for sale in Hutchinson at several retail outlets.  The library has two book club kits available for check-out.  They include twelve copies of Ordinary Grace and a reader’s guide for book group discussion — contact a library staff member to reserve a kit.  Also available for check-out are large print copies.

Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s One Book, One Community events — you won’t want to miss them!

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 a Non-Fiction Book Club on Monday, April 6, 2015  from 5:15 – 6 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library Meeting Room.  The topic for this month is “Science.”

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!