Lines from the Library – January 2018

Hallett Library Begins 40 years of Service in 2018 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 of materials explaining the program. This will be the 14th year Hot Reads has been offered. Readers who read 20 titles between…

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“Hot Reads for Cold Nights…”

Come along this winter at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library and enjoy our 14th annual adult reading program:  HOT READS FOR COLD NIGHTS. Beginning in January 2018, HOT READS is intended to liven up the winter months and make reading more fun, encourage people who are not frequent library users to come and explore…

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2018 Tax Help Available

Volunteers are on-site at the JFHML beginning Feb 6, 2018 Tuesdays & Wednesdays Noon – 4:00 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 2017

IT’S TIME FOR JINGLE BOOKS! The JFHML annual fundraiser DOUBLE YOUR DONATION!! UP TO $10,000 November 16 – December 31 Thank you from the BOTTOM OF OUR BOOTS! The JFHML Friends Foundation is proud to be a part of GIVE-TO-THE-MAX DAY.  On Thursday, November 16, www.givemn.org/project/Jingle-Booksvemn.org makes it possible for non-profits around the state to set up specific fundraisers to…

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Quillmaster Writing Group

What is QUILLMASTERS Writer’s Group? What is Quillmasters? Quillmasters is the Writer’s Group that meets each month at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library. Can I Join? Anyone is welcome to join Quillmasters. When do you meet? Quillmasters meets the third Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am at the JFHML. What do you do…

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2017 Year End Stats for the JFHML:

These figures speak volumes about the number of people and the types of services used by the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library now serving its 40th year of service on the Cuyuna Range.

The Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library (JFHML) houses over 43,000 volumes and was open 44 per week. Beginning in January 2018, the Library will be open 36 hours per week and will be closed on MONDAYS. 24/7 card catalog access is provided via the Library website www.hallettlibrary.org and there are 2700 e-book titles which can be accessed through either the website or via http://jessiehallett.overdrive.com.

E-Reader device help is offered by staff with no appointment.

In 2017- 25813 people walked through the doors of the JFHML.

Over 28929 books, e-books, audiobooks, DVDs and magazines were checked out.

4750 people used one of the nine computer lab PCs available in the Le Connection area.

Over 2400 accessed FREE wireless capabilities.

The JFHML offers 8 i-pads for in-house usage, 2 laptops and 2 DELL tablets for teens in the Curbside area, and 2 Leap Pads for preschoolers.

948 NEW materials were entered into the computer catalog system and 2279 were deleted from that system. The Library strives to keep current, up-to-date resources and provide the latest in fiction and non-fiction reading materials. Included in the collection are all genres for all ages. The JFHML houses 43,000 volumes in the library (this statistic includes all formats i.e. books, Large Print, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.)

2,700 e-book titles are now available for downloading through the Overdrive App. This collection is made possible with contributions from the $36,750 Technology & Literacy grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation (received in 2012), a partnership with

C-I School District #182, and continued support from the Friends Foundation and funds raised during the annual Jingle Books campaign.

In 2017, 3497 e-books were downloaded and enjoyed!

Subscriptions to 108 periodicals are on hand and 8 local, state and national newspapers are enjoyed by patrons daily. Along with a hard copy, the Library also has a courtesy weekly issue of the Courier available on-line.

Over 400 were assisted with their taxes by on-site Tax Help provided by AARP & RSVP. This program will be offered again beginning February 6.  Appointments are required.  Please call the Library at 218-546-8005 to schedule.

In 2017- 241 new patrons signed up for Library Cards.  There are 3480 active patrons. Students of the C-I school district are encouraged to utilize the JFHML collection, both on-site and in e-book format.

The 501(c-3) JFHML Friends Foundation, established in February 2011, continues to support the sustainability of the Library with its active 300 individual, family & business members.  Each year the Friends host a Membership Drive & an assortment of fundraising activities, including the successful Backstreet Books, used bookstore. This year the Friends held a Jessie’s June Jumble Book Sale, and held their second annual Holiday Open House.  Jingle Books raised over $22,000 for book purchases in 2018. In 2017 2200 Volunteer Hours were recorded. The Friends collected $2,835 in membership fees and had sales exceeding $6,000 in the Backstreet Bookstore -which celebrated its seventh year anniversary in July-additional fundraisers brought in over $2,200 of revenue. All proceeds from the Friends directly benefit programs, services, materials and technology at the JFHML. In 2017 the Friends Foundation sponsored the following: 9th annual American Girl Doll Tea, Holiday Open House, Constant Contact e-newsletter, Hot Reads for Cold Nights, additional audiobook & e-book purchases, Book Pages (a monthly book lovers catalog), Free Family Movie Days, movie licensing, Summer Reading Program, Pre-school Story Hour, promotional magnets, Jessie’s June Jumble Book Sale, two Volunteer Appreciations, partnership with  IU2U (It’s Up to YOU!)-Teen Mentorship program-book device help and MORE!

The Library website www.hallettlibrary.org, continues to inform and highlight Library activities since its start-up date of September 1, 2009. This site was updated monthly by Zach Asbach. The JFHML currently has 475 Facebook Friends. Please “friend” the Library today!

Story Hour was held 37 times, to a total attendance of 1,691.

The 34th year of the popular Summer Reading Program REDING BY DESIGN, was a GREAT success in July with 25 volunteers in attendance the four Thursday mornings of programming. A total attendance of 348 was recorded over the 4 week program.

While strengthening the impact the Library is able to have with all age groups, in 2017, the JFHML focused on the teen population with the continuation of IU2U (It’s Up to You!) teen mentoring project :  IU2U is a community program for youth fostering partnerships & relationships through positive interaction, beautification, literacy and mentoring.  The focus for 2017 was the creation of JUNCTION 101, a creative Make & Do Zone geared towards ages 8-12. The area opened in March 2017. Classes were taught by community members about: creative lettering, weaving, electronic switches, origami, collage and knitting. The teen area, Curbside, offers a large flat screen TV & Blu-ray player,  2 Dell tablets and an XBOX360 with Minecraft and other assorted games. Together we will work collaboratively to create opportunities to connect for all ages within our community.