Cosmos Library News for February 2022

by Beth Cronk, Meeker County Librarian

Many exciting new things are happening at the Cosmos Public Library these days. From fine-free youth materials to laptops to bring home, there’s a lot to check out!

As of early January, Pioneerland Library System has eliminated late fees on all juvenile and teen materials. This includes books, CDs, and DVDs with call numbers beginning with E, J, B, and YA. The new policy applies to library materials for children and teens, regardless of the age of the library cardholder. Youth materials that are a month late will continue to be billed for replacement, as will damaged materials. Have old fines on kids’ materials? Talk to a library staff member about clearing those.

Cosmos Library is now offering laptops for checkout. With a valid library card, anyone can check out a Chromebook for four weeks and take it home. Need internet with that? Mobile internet hotspots are now available to check out at Cosmos Library for four weeks; they provide wi-fi at home for computers, tablets, and smartphones. Signal strength varies in the area, so you’ll have to try the hotspots to see how well they work at your house. One laptop is still available for in-library use, as are desktop computers.

The adult winter reading program is underway at the Cosmos Library, running until March 15. Participants in Winter Reads 2022 get a book bag for signing up, while supplies last. After reading and rating three books, participants can choose a prize, and after three more they can choose an additional prize. Prizes this year include coffee mugs, travel tumblers, carabiner key chains, bag clips, lip balm, extra-large candy bars, and book lights. The program can be completed entirely via curbside pickup if desired.

Cosmos Library offers Take-Home Tuesday once a month. Each month a different craft kit for kids is available to pick up and complete at home. Watch the library’s website at or the Facebook page to see when each month’s craft is available.

The Star Tribune is now available to read in the library or to check out for three days. It comes by mail, so there is sometimes a slight delay in receiving it.

Pioneerland Library System has a new subscription to Tumble Books, a collection of animated, interactive, and read-along picture books for children. These fun, high-quality e-books can be accessed through the library’s website or through the Tumble Book Library app. Visit and look for the tumbling book image on the left.

Cosmos Library is open Mondays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays 2-5 p.m., Thursdays 2-6 p.m., Fridays 2-5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fine-Free Youth Materials

We are very excited to announce that juvenile materials in Pioneerland Library System will no longer accrue late fees! This includes books, CDs, and DVDs with call numbers beginning with J, E, B, and YA.


New service for kids: TumbleBooks!

We are so excited to announce that Pioneerland Library System has a subscription to TumbleBooks!

Our library has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, and your family can access it from home! It’s unlimited, and it’s FREE for you to use.

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children.  They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading!

There are over 250 animated, talking picture books. The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles.

We hope that you will get the chance to check out the collections with your child!

You can use your computer, tablet, or mobile phone. All you need is an internet connection. There are no downloads: books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button.

Happy Tumbling, everyone!

Magazines and newspapers available for checkout

Feel like reading a magazine or newspaper? The Cosmos Library has the following publications available for checkout – 2 weeks for magazines, 3 days for newspapers:

Amazing Spider-Man comics
Birds and Blooms
Consumer Reports
Country Living
Country Woman
Family Handyman
Field & Stream
Good Housekeeping
Hobby Farms
Readers Digest
Sports Illustrated
Taste of Home
Litchfield Independent Review
Hutchinson Leader
West Central Tribune

Contact the library to request the issues you would like or pick them out when you’re in the library. All of these these publications can be checked out to you and delivered curbside.

Digital library cards now available!

Digital library cards now available!  You can sign up on Overdrive/Libby for a temporary digital library card that will allow you to check out our ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. You’ll enter your cell phone number to demonstrate that you live within our regional library system.

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