Programs at the Staples Public Library

The Staples Public Library is offering the following programs:

Read Down Your Fines

“Read Down Your Fines” Monday, Dec. 19 through Saturday, Dec. 31 at all 32 branches of the Great River Regional Library.

This is for children and teens younger than 17 who are unable to borrow library materials because of outstanding fines. It gives them the opportunity to regain library privileges just by reading at the library. 

Since the program began in 2013, 924 children have taken part. Individuals record time spent reading at the library on coupons available at the library desk. They are allowed to read materials of their choice, but it must be physical print materials such as a book or magazine. 

For each 15 minutes spent reading, they eliminate $1 in fines. Parents will be allowed to read down the fines of their young children by reading to them in the library. Procedures at each library may vary. Minors who want to read down their fines should speak with library staff.

Read Down can only be applied to fines for late return of materials. It can’t be applied to fines or processing fees for lost and damaged items. The program recognizes that children are not always at fault when materials are returned late. The program is also a response to research that says children who read often and are library users are more likely to be successful in the classroom. 

Read Down Your Fines is totally paid for through public donations. The average fine paid off is approximately $5. An average of 24 branches have patrons taking part each time the program is offered.

Page Turners Tween/Teen Book Club

Teens and tweens ages eight to 18 are invited to join the Page Turners Book Club meeting at the Staples Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 4-5 p.m. Enjoy a fun hour of book chat, games, activities and snacks.

Book Club for adults

Teens and adults are invited to join the Book Club for adults meeting at the Staples Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 22, 6-7 p.m. Read the book and join the discussion. Contact the library for title information at 218-894-1401.

The Staples Public Library is located at 122 6th St NE Staples: the hours are: Mon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue. 2-8 p.m., Weds. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. 2-8 p.m., Fri. 1-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services for 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright counties. It also provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly one million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.

Staples World

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 100
Staples, MN 56479
Telephone: (218) 894-1112 - Fax: (218) 894-3570
Toll Free: 1-888-894-1112
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