New Library Catalog

catalog-plaWe are pleased to announce the launch of a new library catalog on April 1, 2014! After conducting usability tests with the public and applying two months worth of staff feedback, we believe that the new catalog will offer you greater features both functional and fun. You now have the option to view your account right within the same web page where you still are able to see what items you have requested and checked out and pay any outstanding fines right online! Our search capabilities have been beefed up and now allow you to be very detailed about what you might be looking for. Enhanced features such as book cover art similar to the previous catalog get an extra boost with imbedded reviews from trusted sources and a new Home Room feature on the main page has already been set up with different Rooms to help you find all your favorites in a particular area. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your library staff.

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Library IMPACT Survey

The Plainview Public Library is using a new tool called the IMPACT Survey to access how our community uses the technology services offered by the library.  The survey asks patrons how they use library technology services like public computers, wireless networks, online resources, and digital literacy training, and helps gather information about how to improve those services.  Getting a better sense of how our patrons are using library resources can be a powerful tool in determining what kind of services the library might need to offer and improving their outcomes. The library can provide better service with better knowledge of community needs.  It only takes 10-15 minutes and is completely anonymous.

Edited on 3/10/14.  This survey has closed and all links have been removed from the library website.

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Used Book Sale

Monday, February 24 – Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Used Book Sale has begun!  Check out 1000′s of gently used books and DVDs.  Proceeds from this sale will be put towards a meeting table and chairs for the children’s room.

DVDs & Adult Hardcovers: $1.00
Paperbacks, Children’s Books, Audiobooks, CDs, cassettes: $.25

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Mango Languages

We are pleased to announce that we now offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system. Mango is free for all library patrons, and can be done online or via apps (Apple or Droid). There are more than 57 foreign language courses available (including Pirate!) and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Click on the Mango graphic on the right to see what the program has to offer.

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Value of a MN Library

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Alison McGhee author visit

littleboybMinnesota author Alison McGhee will visit the Plainview Public Library on Wednesday, January 22 at 6:30pm. McGhee will read from her children’s books and discuss her creative process. Her books will be available for purchase and autographing.


This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


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Did you know that the library makes eBooks and digital audiobooks available to its patrons?  Through our subscription to OverDrive, we are able to offer a wide variety of books that that can be read or listened to on devices such as e-readers, tablets, and smart phones.  Information about OverDrive as it pertains to any certain device can be found on our website under eBooks.  The library also offers free WiFi for those in need access to the Internet for book downloading.

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What is a Book Party?

Book Parties are an opportunity to read a particular book or series of books as a library community. About a month before the event, copies of the selected title are made available for checkout. Families can read the book together or individually prior to the event. Then everyone meets at the library for activities and conversation related to that particular book. For example, our November book party focuses on the short novel Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen. Because this book is very short, Meg will read it aloud during the event. Children will also have the opportunity to imagine what a pilgrim looks like and to create that figure using clothespins and donated fabric scraps. We will discover that all of us have much to be thankful for and that a pilgrim can be very different from what we first envision.

Join us on Monday, November 25th at 3:30pm for this fun event.

molly's pilgrim

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Star Wars Reads Day

A star warsStar Wars Reads Day Party will occur Saturday, October 5th at 10am in the Children’s Room of the Plainview Public Library. Jedi fans of all ages are welcome! Costumes are encouraged.

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road!

Ticket CertificateThe Plainview Community Theater has generously donated tickets to The Wizard of Oz to be used by library patrons.  Keep an eye on the yellow brick road in the children’s room.  At random times from Friday, September 20th through Thursday,  September 26th, you may find a certificate that entitles you to a ticket that will admit 4 people to the Wizard Sneak Preview on Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 pm.

Updated 9/27 @ 9:30am: 10 of 10 tickets have been claimed.

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