Hutchinson Library Friends Celebrate 25 Years


As Thanksgiving approaches, the Hutchinson Library is especially grateful to its Friends of the Library group for contributions that enrich library materials and services. The Hutchinson Friends of the Library was formed in 1989 and has now contributed 25 years of service.  Congratulations and thank you Friends!

The Friends group of volunteers contributes hundreds of hours each year sorting and pricing books that are donated to the library. These books are sorted into two categories:  indoor and outdoor sales.  Our outdoor sale on September 13th was a great success.  The total receipts exceeded $2,113.75 plus an additional $250 grant from Thrivent yielded a grand total of $2363.75.

The Friends also manage an ongoing indoor book sale each year.  This sale is always open during regular library hours.  The Christmas book sale will start just before Thanksgiving.  There will be many Christmas theme books that are new or nearly-new, jigsaw puzzles, and Christmas ornaments.  Stop in and shop for a Christmas gift for someone who loves books!

Donations in good condition are always welcome.  We would like to receive hard cover fiction or nonfiction, children or young adult books, audiobooks, and DVD’s.

If you would like to join the Hutchinson Library Friends the dues are just $10.00 annually but the friendships priceless.  For further information about Library Friends ask a library staff member.

What’s New

Key Fob Library Cards Now Available

New patrons will now have a choice between a standard library card or one that includes a key fob in addition to a standard size card.  Existing patrons may “upgrade” to the key fob type for a $3.00 fee.  If you have questions about these options, ask a staff member next time you visit the library.

Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Conference

Members of the Hutchinson Public Library staff and Hutchinson Library Friends organization recently attended the annual MLA conference in Mankato.  There were the usual excellent workshops which shed light on both traditional and cutting edge issues in Minnesota libraries.  One of the highlights was the keynote speaker, Josh Hanagarne, author of The World’s Strongest Librarian.  This compelling memoir about Josh, currently a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library, reveals his strength through adversity.  He stands 6’7″ tall, competes in strongmen contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette Syndrome.  However, books were his first love.  He travels the country as a speaker, sharing his life story and inspiring all to rise above challenges, great or small.  You can find an audio book version of this title at the library.


Josh Hanargarne, author of The World’s Strongest Librarian, arm wrestling author Stephen King

Newer acquired resources on Tourette Syndrome at the library include:

I have Tourette’s but Tourette’s doesn’t have me [videorecording (dvd)] / HBO and the Tourette

A family’s guide to Tourette syndrome / editors, John T. Walkup, Jonathan W. Mink, and Kevin St. P.

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 Non-Fiction Book Club

The newly formed non-fiction book club will meet Monday, November 3rd at 5:15 p.m. in the library meeting room.  The topic for this month is “Immigration: Yesterday and Today.”  Participants are encouraged to read a book of their choice and share ideas and insights on the topic.  Light refreshments are served and new members are welcome!

MN Historical Paper Craft Workshop

There is still time to register for this workshop on Monday, November 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the library.  Plan to attend to learn more about the history of paper crafts and create a wreath from paper to take with you.  The Minnesota Historical Society produces an excellent program, always well worth the time.  Stop in the library or call 587-2368 to register.  Space is limited.


MN Historical Society Workshop November 10th


Looking to make an attractive but affordable holiday decoration or gift this season?  On Monday, November 10, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Minnesota Historical Society will present a workshop at the library on paper mini-wreaths.   This two hour workshop will include the historical context of paper crafts along with an opportunity for all participants to create a wreath from paper and other inexpensive materials.

The history of paper is traced back to China around 100 A.D.  In the fourth century China began cutting paper for decorative purposes and patterns.  By the end of the seventeenth century paper cutting spread through the trade route to Europe.  A popular and intricate form of paper folk craft in Germany and Switzerland was Scherenschnitte, which literally means “scissor cuts.”  This and other related hobbies are still enjoyed today.  Many popular crafts incorporate paper and recycled materials as both an inexpensive and environmental friendly way to create decorative items.

If you would like to participate in this workshop, there is a sign-up sheet at the library.  The workshop is free but limited to the first twenty participants.  All supplies will be provided and light refreshments served.  Hope to see you soon at the library!

Pioneerland Library has some great resources for both adults and children on inexpensive paper and other crafts.  Just a few include:

Simply super paper : over 50 projects to cut, curl, twist and tease from paper / Sandra Lounsbury Foic,

Trash to treasure : [the year's best creative crafts].

Trash to treasure : a kid’s upcycling guide to crafts : fun, easy projects with paper, plastic, glass  

Recipe and craft guide to China / Joanne Mattern.

101 crafts under $10 : easy-to-make ideas for gifts and home / from the editors at Butterick.

Easy-to-do holiday crafts from everyday household items / [edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik].


“This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.”


Artists of Minnesota Show at Library This Month


You won’t want to miss the traveling mini art show sponsored by the Artists of Minnesota now at the Hutchinson Library through October.  There are close to 25 works exhibited in or around the display case.  The traveling show was in Hastings in July and August and will be in St. Cloud November through December.

The Artists of Minnesota is a diverse group with all levels of experience who gather together from around Minnesota to share ideas and experiences.  More information about this group may be found on their website at

The displayed works, most of which are framed, are for sale and range in price from $33.00 to $96.00.  They would make great holiday gifts!  If you see one you would like to purchase, just talk to a librarian and she can assist you.  If you have any questions about the exhibit, feel free to contact Joyce Young of Hutchinson who is the local coordinator or Carol Eurele, state mini show coordinator, at 320-249-7270 or

We also have some great newer books on the subject of art including, Saving Italy : The Race To Rescue A Nation’s Treasures From The Nazis by Robert Edsel; The Art Forger : A Novel by Barbara Shapiro; The Painter by Peter Heller; The Heist by Daniel Silva; The Long Way Home by Louise Penny; Michelangelo : A Life In Six Masterpieces by Miles Unger; Selling Russia’s Treasures : The Soviet Trade In Nationalized Art, 1917-1938 from the M. T. Abraham Center for the Visual Arts Foundation;  I always loved you : a story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas  by Robin Oliveira.  To learn more about these books, click on the links above to take you to the Pioneerland Library Catalog.  Hope to see you at the library!

New Non-Fiction Book Club in Hutchinson


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

The library will host the first meeting of a Non-Fiction Book Club on Monday, October 6th from 5 – 6 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library Meeting Room.  Come and join like-minded readers for a time of sharing and discussion.

New 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!

Support Your Library

Support Your Library
By shopping online, you can help us add to our eBook and eAudiobook collections. For more information, visit thePioneerland Library System OverDrive page.