Thank you to the following workers @ the MEGA BOOK SALE & Jessie’s Doll Boutique:

  • SANDY ARCAND
  • CATHY AYKENS
  • MIKE BESERES
  • DORIS CARLSON
  • KAY CHISMAR
  • ANN & Corryn EBERHART
  • JUDY HANSON
  • DORIS & TOM HINTZ
  • MARY JOHNSON
  • DOROTHY & DAN LEIGHTON
  • CLEONE MCGILLIVRAY
  • JEANNE RISNES
  • MARIAN SEGERSTEN
  • SHARON SIMONS
  • ELLEN UGLEM
  • BARBARA UKURA
  • & THE JFHML STAFF: DEB, SHARON, BECKY, CHRISTIE, ASHLEY, ABBY, JACOB, CAROL & PEGGI

Over $1500 WAS RAISED!

 

 

Click here to request a donation.

 

If you are interested in Volunteer opportunities at the
Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library please contact our
Volunteer Coordinator Judy Hanson at friends@hallettlibrary.org.

 

The Friends have a used bookstore, BACKSTREET BOOKS, and are always looking for store workers.

Click HERE for a membership form!

Greetings!

You are receiving this letter because you appreciate your local community Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library.  In 2011, a special group was formed to help promote and fund the services, programming, materials and technology which you have come to count on at the JFHML.  The JFHML Friends Foundation has 200 members, including families, individuals and businesses.

The Friends have been instrumental in providing financial support for the following: Author Talks, Summer Reading Program, Preschool Story Hour, Volunteer Appreciation, Le Connection internet wifi café & coffee bar, electronic highway sign, Book Page publication, Movie Days, American Girl Doll Tea, Cattale Corner, Hot Reads for Cold Nights, Sizzlin’ Thursdays, I-Pad-A-Monium and MORE! This list is endless because the impact the Friends have is limitless!

With their on-site Backstreet Bookstore, and creative fundraisers such as Jessie’s Boutique, the JFHML Friends can and do directly give funds back to the Library to assure quality services and sustainability for future generations. The Library has become a community hub of connectivity, an indispensable asset to be treasured and nurtured. We need your support to continue our work!

Please consider joining the JFHML Friends Foundation. Each February we conduct a Membership Drive. The Friends meet once a month, the second Tuesday at 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend.  You can do as much (work the Bookstore, attend meetings, help with fundraisers & community events) or as little (simply write a nominal yearly membership check) as you feel  Please click on the JHML Banner above to download a membership form!



JFHML Friends Foundation

Since the JFHML Friends Foundation was formed in February of 2011, some WONDERFUL things have been happening at your community Library. With the help of a Healthy Organizations Partnership (HOP) Start Strong grant from the Initiative Foundation, the Friends opened an on-site used bookstore “Backstreet Books” which features like new books, repurposed book art, crafts and greeting cards by area artists.

In 2012 the Friends acquired a $36,750 Technology and Literacy grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation which provides online card catalog access, over 2000 eBook titles, and ipads for in-house checkout. A partnership was formed with CRMC and the Crosby-Ironton School District to provide access for all literacy technology.  In July 2013, with the help of a TOP (Thriving Organizations Partnership) Financial Resiliency & Social Enterprise grant from the Initiative Foundation, the “Le Connection” area was opened.

This up-to-date computer lab, wifi internet café, expanded bookstore and coffee bar provides the perfect place to connect with others.  In 2014, the Friends worked together with the Hallett Trust in funding the NEW electronic sign featured prominently on the highway adjacent to the Library. The Friends also partnered with Library staff in creating the new CATTALE CORNER children’s area, which won runner-up at the Evy Nordley Best Friends Project Award at the October 2014 Minnesota Library Association Conference in Mankato.

The Friends have contributed over $40,000 back to the Library by sponsoring the following: Author Talks, annual Summer Reading Program, Preschool Story Hour, American Girl Doll Tea, Movie Days, Constant Contact, BookPage, WinWay Resume writing program, Volunteer Appreciation, popcorn machine, new camera & printer, library furnishings & decor, PlayAway audiobooks, ipads and MORE!!!

The Hallett Library would not be the vibrant, multigenerational community hub they are without the impact of the JFHML Friends.  If you are interested in joining this worthwhile group, the Friends are always seeking new members! Check out the Library website at www.hallettlibrary.org for more info, and “Friend” the Library on Facebook for the latest updates on fun events!

The JFHML Friends Foundation meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5-6 p.m.

2016-2017 BUSINESS HONOR ROLL:

BARRY’S PROPERTIES & INSURANCE
CHRISTINE OLSON SALES
COACH’S RESTAURANT & BAR
CROSBY FIRE DEPARTMENT
CUYUNA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
CYCLE PATH & PADDLE
DEERSTAND
DEERWOOD BANK
DEERWOOD LUMBER
DEN OF ANTIQUITY
EDWARD JONES-Seth Jackson
DR. JEFFERY FISH DDS
GUIDE POINT PHARMACY
HOLY SPIRIT HOLY YOGA
JACOBS REALTY-VERN LEWIS
KNIEFF’S SHORE ACRES
KOOP FUNERAL HOME
KOOP INSURANCE
MAUCIERI’S CATERING
MID MN CREDIT UNION
MIXED COMPANY
A KAVA HOUSE
NEIGHBORHOOD NATIONAL BANK
OFFICE SHOP
PAUL PERPICH DDS
PINE CONE ANTIQUES
RIPPLE RIVER GALLERY
RUTTGER’S BAY LAKE LODGE
SCENTSY-Barb Habighorst
SUPER ONE
TADPOLE MEDIA-John See
SEVERSON PORTER LAW
UNITY BANK

JFHML Friends Foundation

Since the JFHML Friends Foundation was formed in February of 2011, some WONDERFUL things have been happening at your community Library. With the help of a Healthy Organizations Partnership (HOP) Start Strong grant from the Initiative Foundation, the Friends opened an on-site used bookstore “Backstreet Books” which features like new books, repurposed book art, crafts and greeting cards by area artists. In 2012 the Friends acquired a $36,750 Technology and Literacy grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation which provides online card catalog access, over 1500 ebook titles, and 10 ipads for in-house checkout. We partner with CRMC and the Crosby-Ironton School District to provide access for all literacy technology.  In July 2013, with the help of a TOP (Thriving Organizations Partnership)Financial Resiliency & Social Enterprise grant from the Initiative Foundation, the “Le Connection” area was opened.  This up-to-date computer lab, wifi internet café, expanded bookstore and coffee bar provides the perfect place to connect with others.  The Friends have contributed over $20,000 back to the Library by sponsoring the following: Author Talks, annual Summer Reading Program, Preschool Story Hour, American Girl Doll Tea, Movie Days, Constant Contact, BookPage, WinWay Resume writing program, Volunteer Appreciation, popcorn machine, new camera & printer, library furnishings & decor, PlayAway audiobooks, ipads and MORE!!!

We would not be the vibrant, multigenerational community hub we are without the impact of our Friends.  If you are interested in joining this worthwhile group-we are always seeking new members! Check out our website at www.hallettlibrary.org for more info, and Friend us on Facebook for the latest updates on fun events!

Thank You Friend,

Peggi Beseres-Head Librarian

Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library

JFHML Friends Foundation Mission Statement:
The purpose of this corporation is to promote, enhance and support the work of the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library located at 101 1st Street SE, Crosby, MN, 56441.

  1. By raising funds for special purposes, programs and materials for the Hallett Library.
  2. By receiving contributions from private, public and corporate funding sources.
  3. By distributing the funds according to policy to the Hallett Library.
  4. By securing volunteers to support the Library endeavors.
  5. By being an advocate for the Library.

Established February 2011

Updated computer lab, expanded bookstore, wifi internet café & coffee bar.

THE place to connect with others…

Browse for like new books, repurposed book art, greeting cards by area photographers & artists and MORE!

Made Possible by a Grant from the Initiative Foundation, a regional foundation.

Library Friends Making a Difference

By Peggi Beseres
The buzz is out.  The JFHML (Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library) Friends Foundation, established in February 2011 with the help of a HOPStartStrong grant from the Initiative Foundation, is making a difference.

By working together with the Hallett Trust, the JFHML (who during this economic downturn has seen in INCREASE in demand for patron services and technology opportunities) needed to be proactive in ensuring the sustainability of the Library for the future. By creating a membership driven Friends Foundation as a fundraising arm of the Library, and by the success of the used bookstore BACKSTREET BOOKS, the Friends (180+ members to date) are well on their way. Stop in and check out the European-flavored shoppe, which opened July 12, 2011 and has received many positive accolades. One-of-kind repurposed book art is displayed daily, all book titles are $1-$3, and cards are available by local artists.

How does one become a Library Friend? Simply stop by the Library (101-1st St SE) and pick up a brochure, or visit our website at www.hallettlibrary.org for a downloadable application.  The JFHML FRIENDS FOUNDATION meets at the Library the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. We have adult volunteer opportunities available, crafters that keep our inventory growing, and what better Foundation to join than one which supports reading, encourages a passion for lifelong learning and offers social connections in a welcoming environment?  Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Join us as we grow together in support of your local multi-generation cultural hub, the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library.

New repurposed book art arrives daily.  These “Book Lamps” were created by local artist, Friend and staff member Karen Vukonich.  Lamps and lampshades are one of our bestsellers. Crafters meet at the Library monthly to create inventory for store shelves.

Home of Backstreet Books

The Ultimate Selection in Used Books
Located in the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library
The Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library is proud to announce the opening of Backstreet Books, a used bookstore located in the small study room on the ‘backside” of the Library. This JFHML FRIENDS FOUNDATION project was created to support the library by fundraising for special programs and materials. The store features high quality books for adults and youth, along with gift cards by local artists and repurposed book art.  This European-flavored shoppe is operated by the Friends who are always seeking new members.

How Did It Happen?

1. Take a plain study room in the back of the Library.

2. Come up with a catchy name.

3. Decide on theme (European flavor) & set décor accordingly.

4. Make (and hang)an awning

5. Transform a recycled display case. VOILA!!

What is Repurposed” Book Art?

Repurposed book art is an art medium designed to recycle older books into fun and imaginative items that can be both decorative and practical.
With inspiration from titles, illustrations, and the literal shape of the book, each item is hand-crafted by a JFHML Friend to bring joy and a deep appreciation of the longevity of a books life.

We are all book-lovers at heart…..  Thank you for your support of the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library.