Brainerd library to open for scheduled visits

Brainerd Public Library announces it will be open for scheduled hours for patrons to come in to browse the library.

The library is calling it Grab & Go, a time of short browsing sessions available Monday through Friday during specified hours. During Grab & Go, customers wearing a mask can come into the library building to pick up requests, browse for 15 minutes or less, use the public internet computers or get assistance with brief reference questions.

“We are glad to be able to offer Grab & Go in addition to our other current services,” Jenny Hill, Brainerd Public Library manager stated in a news release. “We are still offering our contact-free curbside pickup by scheduled appointment and, as always, help people access library resources over the phone and by email. During any interaction in our library building, everyone is required to wear a mask and asked to maintain social distance for everyone’s safety.”

Face shields are not considered sufficient face covering unless accompanied by a cloth or surgical face mask, Hill stated. The curbside pickup by appointment is available for those who are unable to wear a mask as well as for anyone else who prefers that service.

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The Grab & Go hours are:

  • 2-6 p.m. Mondays;

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays;

  • 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays; and

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

Assistance is available by phone and email 9 a.m.-6 p.m Mondays; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Curbside service is by appointment only. Go to to book an appointment or call 218-829-5574. Reach the library by email at

An example of activity bags previously put together for a distribution event for the Crossing Arts Alliance creativity kits. Submitted photo
An example of activity bags previously put together for a distribution event for the Crossing Arts Alliance creativity kits. Submitted photo

Crossing Arts to distribute creativity kits

The Crossing Arts Alliance will distribute creativity kits 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 10.

The kits will be available on tables inside of the Crossing Arts building on Laurel Street in downtown Brainerd. These kits have two art projects — maracas and paper plate tambourines — and include a coloring sheet and more. Creativity kits are free to the public. Kits are limited. First come, first served.

The kits are brought to the community by The Crossing Arts Alliance members and supporters, Lakes Printing, and sponsored by Viva Musica! and the Belanger Family.

This month's creativity kit distribution will feature bags with artwork created from Lisa Jordan, Julie Ingleman, Patricia Lintner, Laurel LaBorde, Kerry Kupferschmidt, Mitchell Cory Nelson, Peg Serani, Carla Benjamin, Steven Weagel and Pam Landers.

For more information contact the nonprofit art center at 218-833-0416 or