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!





Genealogy Speaker at Library Saturday, Nov. 21st



Getting Started with Genealogy —  the Basics and Using the Internet

A Program by Certified Genealogist, Tom Rice

An introduction to the best practices of modern genealogy. We will review the basics and discuss the best way to do genealogical research and review basic record types. We will point out where you can find these records, and we will illustrate some key techniques for using the Internet for genealogy research.

Hutchinson Public Library

Saturday, November 21, 2015

10:30 to Noon

Tom Rice, CG, Certified Genealogists, is a professional genealogy researcher, lecturer and writer. He is a past director of the Minnesota Genealogy Society (MGS), a member of MGS’s education committee, a director and past officer of the Irish Genealogy Society International (IGSI). He is the managing editor of The Septs, the award winning journal of IGSI. He volunteers as a genealogy helper at the Minnesota Historical Society library.

He has attended eleven week-long genealogy workshops.

The program will be followed by a short meeting for all interested in joining a library-sponsored

Genealogy XChange Group.




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 December 7, 2015  from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library Meeting Room.  The topic for December is “Music.”

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.

“Girl on the Train” Read-Alikes

Girl on train

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.





the other woman's house


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.





gone girl


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!



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!