The Mission of the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library is to inform, educate, and culturally enrich the entire multigenerational Cuyuna Lakes Community.
- By offering a broad range of library materials and information services
- By providing a helpful and knowledgeable staff with quality services and programs
- By fostering positive social interactions and connectivity.
- By encouraging and creating opportunities for lifelong learning, knowledge through self-education, and the joy of reading
Hallett Library Credits Community Support
It takes a village to have and maintain a community Library. The Hallett Charitable Trusts sustain us with their generous operational support. The City of Crosby and its surrounding cities and townships also contribute financial support yearly. Along with tax-allocated funds for library services received from Crosby, the following cities give generously: Deerwood, Ironton, Cuyuna, and Riverton. The townships of Irondale and Wolford are also generous donators. We depend upon the support of the areas we serve. The monies received go towards the purchase of materials, programming, and services which go back directly to the residents in the Cuyuna Lakes region. We proudly partner with the entire population of school district #182 by providing e-book access to all students and their families. If your city or township is interested in contributing towards the sustainability of the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library (JFHML), a Library Board member would be happy to meet with you.
In addition to City & Township support, a multitude of entities provide funding for our annual Summer Reading Program. During 2017, the Library has received contributions for READING BY DESIGN from: Bay Lake Lions, Crosby Fire Relief Association, Crow Wing Power Community Trust, Cuyuna Firemen’s Relief Assn, Cuyuna Range Lions, Cuyuna Range Women’s Club, Deerwood Lakes Lions, JFHML Friends Foundation, Ironton Myrin-James American Legion and Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge. This year celebrates the 34th year of summer programming for K-6 graders. (Sign your child up in MAY for a FREE Reading by Design t-shirt.)
The JFHML Friends Foundation (the 501c-3 fundraising arm of the Library) consists of over 300 individuals and businesses who are advocates and fundraisers for the Library. This is a grassroots group, formed in 2011, to meet the future funding challenges of the JFHML. Since its inception, over $250,000 has been brought to the table by the members of the foundation, along with project grants from Bremer Trust, The Initiative Foundation and the Hallett Charitable Trusts. Examples of their impact can be seen by the yearly Jingle Books campaign for new reading materials, the successful Access For All e-books program, the electronic sign on the highway, IU2U (It’s Up to YOU!) teen mentorship project, and the expanded Backstreet Bookstore and Le Connection internet café.
Our mission is to work to provide a broad range of Library materials and information, a helpful and knowledgeable staff, quality services and programming, a welcoming and safe environment to foster positive social interactions and connectivity, to encourage lifelong learning, and to promote the joy of reading.
Let us continue to work together to keep our Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library vibrant, sustaining and a vital component of our community. Your support is essential!
Peggi Beseres JFHML Head Librarian