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I Love to Read Month: Stueve’s grandchildren love to read with her

by Karin L. Nauber

Melissa Stueve, center, along with two of her grandchildren, Bryxton Olson, age 6, and Layne Olson, age 3, read a book together. The children are very actively involved with reading and find a lot of enjoyment in it.

Bryxton and Layne Olson, ages 6 and 3 respectively, love to read.

It’s no wonder that they do when they have a grandma who loves to read, too, especially to her grandkids.

Melissa Stueve of Eagle Bend began taking her grandkids to the library about two years ago. That was when they signed up for the program at the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Eagle Bend Branch called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Bryxton completed the program with ease. Now he is learning to read and doing a good job at it, too.

“He loves to read,” said Melissa.

Layne will complete the program this coming fall.

Last Monday, they went to the library and were able to pick out some rubber ducks as their reading prizes.

Bryxton said that his favorite part of the reading was seeing the pictures.

“My favorite book is The Big Snow. I read it at school,” said Bryxton.

Layne doesn’t have a favorite book, but she does have a favorite author, that being Sandra Boynton.

Another of both children’s favorite authors is Patrick Perish, son of Cathy Perish who happens to be the Library Services Coordinator for both the Eagle Bend and Staples branches of the GRRL.

“I started watching Bryxton and Layne two and a half years ago. I’m not a crafty person, but I can read. Now they love reading as much as I do,” shared Melissa.

If you are interested in learning more about all the library has to offer, stop in and see what is available. You can also access many of their services through their website at

Some of their services include the monthly take and make crafts, take-home storytime, WiFi to Go (check out a mobile hot spot for a week), TumbleBook Library, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and a whole lot more.

If you prefer to come to the library in person, masks are still required, however, they do offer curbside pickup for those not wearing masks, according to Cathy.

With so many free resources, the library in Eagle Bend is the perfect place to go.


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