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Lines from the Library 2017

Hallett Library Begins 39 years of Service in 2017   As the New Year is ushered in, many special events are on the horizon for the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library. In January, the popular Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult reading program kicks-off with readers encouraged to come in and pick up their packet…

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“Hot Reads for Cold Nights…”

Program begins JANUARY 3, 2017 Sponsored by the JFHML Friends Foundation Come along this winter at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library and enjoy our 13th annual adult reading program: HOT READS FOR COLD NIGHTS. Beginning in January 2017, HOT READS is intended to liven up the winter months and make reading more fun, encourage…

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Tax Help 2017

AARP Tax-Help Volunteers are on-site at the JFHML beginning Feb 1, 2017 Tuesdays & Wednesdays Noon-4 p.m. By appointment ONLY, call 546-8005 to schedule your time slot after January 9. This service is provided to low and middle income individuals with an emphasis on helping seniors.

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Jingle Books Thank You

Thanks to the generosity of MANY, the 2016 Jingle Books campaign was a resounding success, raising over $8,200 and with a match opportunity by the Hallett Charitable Trust, the JFHML now has over $16,400 of buying power in 2017 for BOOKS! AUDIOBOOKS! EBOOKS! PERIODICALS! DVDS! And MORE! We THANK YOU from the BOTTOM OF OUR BOOTS!…

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Library Stories
  • I have been a JFHML patron since its doors opened in 1978.  Mrs. Smith and her staff warmly shared this haven as I dashed in after school to find not only the latest bestsellers, but also curriculum guides to supplement my second grade classroom activities.  In 1991, I became a  library board member and was able to participate in the library’s expansion. After experiencing a brain aneurysm in 2003, I found it no longer possible to return to the classroom.  HOWEVER, Mrs. Smith and Peggi found numerous projects to ease me into “productivity.”  I have also continued to volunteer at the Summer Reading Program and occasionally work at Backstreet Books to sort donations.  I am an outreach reader at the Hallett Cottages and find myself on the library board once again.


    The JFHML is a community cornerstone that not only serves all ages & interests, but also recognizes the needs and talents of its individual patrons. Thank you, JFHML, for being a constant companion!

    Barbara Ukura
  • Several days ago we had a delightful experience of a “Shopping Spree” at the Backstreet Bookstore in the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library.  They have a variety of gifts and so reasonably priced! The library workers are all helpful and in every way, we were happy with our experience there. On our way home we commented that we thought Mr. & Mrs. Hallett would be so pleased if they could see the expansion and outreach of the library named in their honor.

    Jim & Olive Slye
  • The Hallett Library is my favorite Library in this area! I live in Emily and have available two other libraries plus the traveling Kitchigami bus library, all closer than Crosby. However, my main library is the Hallett Memorial Library.  The staff is super friendly and helpful. If I ask about a book, the librarian checks the computer.  If it is not in, I’m asked if I want to be on the waiting list. If it is in and on the shelf, the librarian asks if I would like to check it out and offers to go and get it for me. Another plus at the Hallett Library is that if a book is not part of the library collection, the title is recorded and often purchased. I then get a call that informs me that the book is waiting for me at the Library.

    Other interesting features at Hallett are the annual “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” program, the story time for children and many special evening programs scattered throughout the years.  The Backstreet Bookstore is a nice addition. The creativity being applied to recycling books, and the new look of the women’s restroom are added features. My congratulations and thanks to all who make the Hallett Library so special for the community.

    Shirley Anderson
  • Moved to Minnesota in December of 1993 (We had lived in Utah 35 years).  I got my library card in January 1994.  Jeanette Smith and staff immediately treated me as family. From 1995 until 2001, I became my Aunt’s library “gofer.” I would check out as many as many as 10-14 books  bi-weekly for the two of us.

    In January 1997, I started to take my grandson to Wednesday Story Hours.  I met Linda there, who became my grandson’s day care provider 2-3 days a week. Now the staff finds books for me to help with color schemes for my hand-embroidered dishtowels – fish, wildlife, vehicles, etc. Usually I meet “someone” or “someones” when I come here—it is truly a COMMUNITY CENTER.   And the Bookstore, coffee, computers, gifts and now the teen corner has really made it what it is! The staff is the best!!

    Carla Barker
  • This past Thursday evening I had a chance to sit down and talk about Waiting For Unicorns at my hometown library. I know it’s going to sound odd, but this was an event of a lifetime for me. Here’s why: I grew up in this library. I came two, even three times a week and the librarian knew me by name. She never even asked for my library card—she knew my number by heart. I came because I was welcome.

    And I came to peruse the books and make sure I hadn’t missed any new ones. I knew where all of my favorites lived in the stacks. Peter Pan, Where the Red Fern Grows, Pride and Prejudice, Caddie Woodlawn, My Side of The Mountain, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, The Story Girl . . . and so, so many more. These were my dear friends growing up, and the library was their home.

    I used to stand and gaze around me wondering what it would be like to have a story of my own living among the books I loved so much. And last Thursday that childhood imagining became reality. Waiting For Unicorns now resides on a shelf at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby, Minnesota.

    To the staff at the Library, especially Peggi, thank you for this precious gift. For keeping me in stories and for allowing me to find my way, one book at a time, into adulthood. I’ve been richly blessed by those who poured time and energy into that place and into me. Thank you for letting me share my own story and call the library home in a whole new way.

    Beth Hautala
  • I attended the 1st grade field trip with my son Isaiah & Mrs. Jensen’s class. I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the effort, patience and love that you put into the programs at the Library. It is obvious to me how much you enjoy your jobs. It is also very visible the admiration and respect that you have for the Hallett’s and Mrs. Smith (Oh my goodness I enjoyed when she was there!)

    One thing I realized, when thinking of my adult children’s time at the Library, my daycare kids @ the Library, all the way back to Franklin elementary…is that my love for reading began waaaay back then! We are a whole generation (2nd generations) of book nerds, and PROUD of it! I love reading out loud and listening to others too. It has been fun seeing it all develop throughout my history and now hearing it “full circle” of where it all began— at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library. Wow! I did not see that coming!

    Tammy Freeburg