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!

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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.

Genealogy Program at Library May 28th


Hutchinson Library will host a Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop on Thursday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. featuring genealogist Molly Schweinfurter.  With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, Molly will share how to get started researching your family tree and discuss some of the many types of records available using examples from her own research.

Molly Schweinfurter has over eighteen years experience researching her own family, tracing some family lines back to the 1600’s.  She has also conducted research in Europe while visiting ancestral homelands.  Molly has presented at the Minnesota Library Association conference as well as other Pioneerland libraries.

The 90 minute program will be held on the Hutchinson Library main floor.  Following the program, attendees will have the opportunity to view a demonstration of the library’s new microfilm readers/printer/scanner.   The program is free to the public and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.



Summer Reading Program

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Hutchinson Public Library urges families to shake, rattle, or roll to the library for Read to the Rhythm! The Library launches its Summer Reading Program with sign up June 8-13. During the summer months, the library will host a range of free activities for children, and teens that encourage and support a love of reading.  Participants also can win prizes for reaching their reading goals. We’ve planned a wonderful program for kids, ages 2-12, to make the library a great place to read, learn and discover what’s available for their enjoyment.  There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss.

Studies also indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who

don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests.  Registration continues through July 3. The program runs until August 29.


TATE_break dancers_COLORStories in the Park will be held Thursday mornings at 10:00am from June 18-August 27.  Pre-school and early elementary age children with their parents will enjoy books and other activities together.  Dancing will be allowed and maybe even encouraged, so come bring a blanket to the park in front of the library and join our guest readers.  Pre-registration is not required, but shady spots go fast.

PARK_DRUM_COLORThe Phoenix Drumline will present our kick-off for the Summer Reading program and Stories in the Park on June 18 at 10:00am.  We are so excited!  Please come and join us as we watch these special musicians!


Puppet Show:  For the eleventh year in a row, the Friends of the Library have again invited the Schiffelly Puppets to the library for an outside show in Library Square on Thursday, August 27, at 10:00am.  This year they will be presenting a brand new show called:  THE HIGH FRYING ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN.  This is a parody of the classic tale of the boy who never wants to grow up.   Join us for some great storytelling and audience participation. This humorous and fun-filled show is appropriate for the entire family!


iread8R.E.A.D.  Kids, grab your favorite book or choose one at the library and enjoy reading to a registered therapy dog or therapy rabbit. (Yep, you read that right!) We are offering the R.E.A.D. program to a limited number of children on Thursday evenings from June 25-July 30th.  This fills up fast so sign up June 8-13.


PARK_BOOK_COLORTeen Summer Reading Program: Join us for our Teen Summer Reading Program with registration beginning June 8th. Teens, ages 13 and up, can enter monthly drawings to be registered for fabulous prizes! The program runs until August 29th.

Teen Bookmark Design Contest: If you like to draw, then this is the activity for you! Design a bookmark that shows your love for books and reading. One Grand Prize winning design will be chosen! You’ll need the official entry form for the Teen Bookmark Design contest, available on the Hutchinson Library website or at the library. Check the entry form for full details. Entries must be turned in on or before July 24, 2015 to be eligible for the contest. All eligible nominees will be displayed for public voting August 3-31, 2015. The Grand Prize winning design will be printed as a bookmark and available to the public in the library during Teen Read Month in October.

CD Scratch Art Program Tuesday, June 30th at 7pm
Do you have old, scratched up CDs that just won’t play anymore? Before you throw them away, come to this fun event and learn how to make them into art! All supplies will be provided by the library. Snacks and materials will be provided. Event is open to teens ages 13-19. Please call 320-587-2368 to register as space is limited!


The library and 4-H are working together again this year to bring you the following program. 


How to be a Bird Brain Not everyone gets to be a bird brain!  Only those special folks that like to watch our feathered neighbors and try to learn things about them get to be in this elite group!  Are you one of them?  Do you like to watch birds?  Do you ever invite them to your backyards by putting out feeders and birdbaths?  Do you like to listen to them talk to each other?  If so, you just might be the perfect person to join a Prairie Ecology Bus Center naturalist at the Library Square Park and become an official Bird Brain!  You’ll learn simple tricks to identify birds, practice bird calls from our most common feathered neighbors, study bird artifacts up close and much more!  If you’re up for an avian adventure, then be sure to mark your calendar for July 9, at 10:00 am and make plans for a birdy-good time!

University of MN Driven to Discover

To learn more about the summer adventure at the library, please call Sherry Lund, Children’s Librarian or Kris Jones, Young Adult  Librarian at 320-587-9640, or email at sherry.lund@pioneerland.lib.mn.us or kris.jones@pioneerland.lib.mn.us .  You may also contact us through the website: http://www.hutchinso.lib.mn.us  .  “Check us out” on Facebook or Twitter.  These programs are free and open to children of all abilities. Our library is committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.  Hutchinson Public Library hours are Monday-Thursday 10:00am to 9:00pm & Friday – Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm.


“Girl on the Train” Read-Alikes

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The thriller Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins took Pioneerland Library System patrons by storm when it jumped to the top of the high demand list just as the book was released.   The story centers around Rachel who takes the same commuter train every morning and night, allowing her to watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck.  She thinks this couple has a perfect life, a life she once led, and feels she starts to know them, even going so far as to give them names: “Jess” and “Jason”.  The lives of “Jess” and “Jason” appear perfect, until one day on her commute, Rachel sees something shocking.  Rachel soon finds herself entangled in the lives of everyone involved, as well as, embroiled in a police investigation.

Kris Jones, Hutchinson young adult librarian, has compiled a list of “read-alike” books for Girl on the Train, as described in the Novelist Plus database.


The Collector by Nora Robertsthecollector

Witnessing an apparent murder-suicide during a job, professional house-sitter Lila Emerson is recruited by the alleged perpetrator’s brother, talented artist Ashton Archer, to help uncover what really happened. By the best-selling author of Whiskey Beach.



Losing You by Nicci Frenchlosingyou

Preparing to leave for a vacation, Nina Landry awaits the return of her fifteen-year-old daughter, Charlie, who had spent the night at a friend’s house, but Nina begins to worry when Charlie does not come home and no one takes the disappearance seriously.




Let the Dark Flower Blossom by Norah Labinerlet the dark

Orphaned twins Sheldon and Eloise Schell must each remember the horrible events of their past after their friend, the rich and scandalous Roman Stone is found stabbed in the heart.





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The Other Woman’s House by Sophie Hannah

A murder seems to have been  committed in a house about which a woman named Connie is obsessing. Once Connie discovers the house has been put up for sale she visits it constantly on the real estate website, and during one visit, she sees a body and the bloody evidence of a murder  in the house, but, the police cannot find any sign in the house that a murder took place there.



The Burning Air by Erin Kelly

Old wounds and long-buried family secrets come crashing down on the seemingly untouchable MacBride clan not long after matriarcburning airh Lydia MacBride dies. Connecting everything is a mysterious confession in Lydia’s extensive diaries and an outsider bent on exacting terrible revenge on the MacBrides.





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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

When beautiful Amy Dunne disappears from her Missouri home, it looks as if her husband Nick is to blame. But though he protests his innocence, it’s clear that he’s not being     entirely truthful. Gone Girl is not only the story of a disappearance, but a truly frightening glimpse of a souring marriage.



We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts.  Full of love, lies,we were liars secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction, and a shocking twist that you won’t see coming. Though this book is written for teens, it shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone looking for a fantastic read.






The Perfect Ghost by Linda Barnesthe perfect ghost

Em Moore, silent half of a writing team, is determined to finish the biography of film director Garrett Malcolm after the death of her co-author (and lover) Teddy Blake. Slowly but surely, she becomes spellbound by Malcolm’s charismatic personality, despite foreboding signs of dark family secrets and professional troubles.




The First Prophet by Kay Hooper

When her home is destroyed by fire, Sarah Gallagher, who woke from a coma with psychic abilities she cannot control, finds an ally in novelist Tucker Mackenize, who is the only one who can help her stop a mysterious enemy from eliminating her and everyone she loves.


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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!

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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.

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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.

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, May 4, 2015  from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library Meeting Room.  The topic for May is “Economics.”

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!