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.

Winter Reading Program Begins on January 5, 2015


With Christmas just a few days away, can the Adult Winter Reading program be far behind?   The theme this year is  “Book Your Winter Getaway.”  Participation in this program is a fun way to enjoy reading and using your library.  Register at the library and get a punch card to record the books you read between Jan.5 and March 13, 2015.  You will receive prizes for every 4 books read.   Prizes include a custom-designed mug or tote bag, small notebooks, note cards, chocolate, packets of tea, hot chocolate, popcorn, and more.  If twelve books are read, participants may choose a quality used book.  Those who complete the program by reading 12 books and filling out the book rating forms will be treated to a dessert buffet at the end of the program.

This year Pioneerland Library System and Plum Creek Library System jointly held a contest to create the theme and design the logo   Andrew Prekker, age 15, of Luverne, MN  is the winner of the 2015 WRP Logo artwork contest.  Andrew’s artwork was selected from 55 art entries from 32 artists.

We sincerely hope you consider participation in this program — reading is a great way to pass the winter months!  For more information, call Pamela Dille at the library at 587-2368.  Library hours are Monday through Thursday 10 am – 9 pm.; Friday and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.

Artwork design:  Andrew Prekker, Luverne MN

©PCLS/PLS “Book Your Winter Getaway” WRP

Funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy fund

Non-Fiction Book Club February 2nd

The next meeting of the non-fiction books club will meet at the library on Monday, February 2, 2015, at 5:15.  The topic for the month is “Love Story” Memoirs.   Please check with the library staff for non-fiction suggestions related to art.

Earbuds and Crematories


For several years the library has offered patrons free headphones to use at the computer stations.  As an option, this month we will begin to offer earbuds for purchase at $2.00/pair.  The earbuds come in a blue cloth case for convenient storage.  We will continue to service our younger patrons with headphones but encourage our older patrons to consider this convenient and hygienic option for receiving audio at the computer stations.  If you wish to purchase a set of earbuds, ask any staff member to help you.


Non-Fiction Book Club

The non-fiction book club met on Monday, December 1st to discuss the topic “Stranger than Fiction or Truth that Makes you Laugh.”  One of the books discussed was Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty.  As a result of an early traumatic experience, this author had a long, deep fascination with death and what happens to the body thereafter.  In her early 20’s she worked as an apprentice to the director of a crematory.   Using irony and gallows humor with her degree in medieval history, she shares research on “The American Way of Death” and practices of other cultures in handling and grieving their dead.   This is truly an eye-opening and sometimes hilarious behind-the-scenes look which in some ways demystifies death.  Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin Doughty has been interviewed on NPR and hosts the web series:  “Ask a Mortician.”  The non-fiction book club will meet again on January 5th at 5:15 in the library.  January’s topic is “Art-full Non-fiction.”  In addition to the recent popular title The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel, the library has other fascinating titles about famous art heists. One that bears special mention in the “truth  is stranger than fiction” department  is The Map Thief by Michael Blanding.  Ancient and rare maps are both beautiful works of art and practical tools to navigate the world.  The story of  esteemed map collector E. Forbes Smiley’s infamous crime of stealing priceless maps is one you won’t want to miss.

A good  biography recently acquired is The Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce by Sylvia Jukes Morris.  This book is the second and final volume on the life of one of the most talented and charismatic female public figures of the 20th century.  Price of Fame begins with Clare Boothe Luce’s arrival in Washington as the newly elected Republican representative from Connecticut.  She chose not to run for re-election in 1946 and used her articulate, glamorous presence to campaign for Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential bid.  He awarded her with the ambassadorship to the Italian embassy.  While serving as ambassador, she took a hard stance against Italy’s Communist Party and was later stricken by a mysterious case of poisoning that the CIA kept secret, suspecting a Communist plot.  Sylvia Jukes Morris is the only writer to have had complete access to Ms. Luce’s public and private papers.  Morris is the wife of Edmund Morris, author of the outstanding Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy.

With new books arriving at the library weekly, now is the perfect time to stop in and check them out.  Hope to see you soon at the library!

Congratulations Hutchinson Library Friends on a Terrific 25 Years!


This fall marks the silver anniversary of Friends of the Hutchinson Public Library.  The first organizational meeting of the “Friends of the Library” was held on Monday, September 11, 1989.  The by-laws were accepted and first officers were elected:  John Horrocks, president; Kim Tuomi, vice-president; Kathleen McGraw, secretary; Sue Munz, treasurer.  Three major committees were established:  Membership, Publicity, and Service to the Homebound.  Making the group official, Minnesota Secretary of State, Joan Growe, signed the official certificate of incorporation on October 27, 1989.

In 1990 Friends began sponsoring “Project Bookshelf,” a program initiated by Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Marlene Johnson to collect new books (not just toys) as holiday gifts.  These books were then distributed through Social Services to local children in need.  Hutchinson Friends member Jo Ellen Kimball headed up the first Project Bookshelf.  It is interesting to note that Project Bookshelf is still rolled out each holiday season as collection boxes for new books are now out in the local elementary schools, as well as, the Hutchinson Library.  Cash donations to purchase new books for this program are also accepted.

From its inception, the Hutchinson Friends of the Library adopted used book sales as a major fundraiser.  Receipts from the first Arts and Crafts book sale in 1990 were $305.00.  Both indoor and outdoor used book sales are still going strong and total receipts in 2014 were over $10,000.00!   As in 1990, the majority of these funds are earmarked for the library’s audio book and DVD collections.  The library welcomes donations of gently used DVD’s, audio books, hard cover and paperback books in good condition.  Textbooks, encyclopedias, and Readers’ Digests books generally do not have resale value, so we prefer that these types of books are recycled or donated to another entity.

The Hutchinson Friends sponsor other projects including Books for Newborns, National Library Week Activities, Adult Winter Reading Program, Author Visits, Children’s Summer Reading Program, computer and other technology purchases, School Readiness books, an annual subscription to the readers’ advisory publication Book Pages, and much more.

Today Hutchinson Public Friends boasts 55 individual, family, or organizational members, including a very active group of volunteers who meet weekly to sort, process, and price used books for resale.  One more thing, the Hutchinson Friends’ dues have not increased in over 25 years, which makes this organization one of the best deals in town!  Today, as in 1989, the price of a family/individual membership is $10.00, organizations are $25.00, and an individual life member is $100.00.  This entitles members to a free annual subscription to Inklings, the Hutchinson Friends quarterly newsletter, and all kinds of opportunities to volunteer and connect with old friends or make new ones.

If you are interested in joining the Hutchinson Library Friends group feel free to contact Pam Dille, head librarian, at 320-587-2368 or pamela.dille@pioneerland.lib.mn.us

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!

New Non-Fiction Book Club in Hutchinson


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

The library will host the next meeting of a Non-Fiction Book Club on Monday, December 1 from 5:15 – 6 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library Meeting Room.  The topic for this month is “Stranger Than Fiction or Truth That Makes You Laugh.”

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!