New Chromebooks available for use in the library

This week three new special items became available for check out at the Zumbrota Public Library.  They’re called Chromebooks, and they are lightweight laptop computers designed exclusively for online activity.  Patrons can check out a Chromebook for use within the library as an alternative to using one of the stationary personal computers.  This provides the option of sitting anywhere within the library for greater comfort, convenience, and privacy.  For instance, parents might like the option of using a Chromebook at a table in the children’s area while their kids read, play with toys, or use a kids’ computer.  Or someone studying or filling out applications might like to take a Chromebook to one of the study carrels along the back walls of the library. 


The Chromebooks will only be available for use within the library; they cannot be taken home or outside.  Patrons will be asked to leave their driver’s license at the front desk while they are using a Chromebook.  The funds for purchasing the Chromebooks were graciously provided by a grant from the Community Trust. 

New Monthly Evening Lego Club


We are starting a lego club that will meet the 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30 pm.  On Thurs, Feb. 20 we will have a lego club kick-off party with contests, games, and prizes.  All ages are welcome to be in the lego club…even adults.

We will also be starting a monthly email newsletter to keep everyone updated on upcoming programs.  Stop by or email us if you want to receive the email newsletter.

Zumbrota Reads Title and Events Announced

The Zumbrota Public Library is excited to announce that the title for the second annual Zumbrota Reads program will be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Free copies of the book will be available at the library starting March 1.  Book discussion and other events will take place at the end of March.  For a full list of details and events, visit our Zumbrota Reads page:


Reading with Annie the dog


Annie the Reading Education Assistance Dog will be in the library Saturday mornings in February!  She is back by popular request.  Kids of all reading levels (even pre-readers!) can sign up for a special time to read with Annie.  She is a very good listener and an encouraging companion.  Sign up at the library or call as at 507-732-5211 to reserve your reading time with Annie.

Winter Reading Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winter reading challenge grand prize winners:  Tiffany Laack, Darlene Johnson, Kristen Donovan, Rose Berg, Katie Rafnson, Mat Wobig, Jan Holt, Heidi Clasemann, Angela Andring, and Joey Halverson.  Overall, we had 24 people complete the challenge and turn in their challenge forms.  Each person who completed the challenge received a small cup full of chocolate and a magnet.  Names were drawn at  random for the 10 grand prize winners, who will each receive a large ceramic mug filled with cocoa, tea, chocolate, and a gift certificate for Bridget’s Cafe.  A HUGE thank you to Bridget for donating those gift certificates!!!