Featuring Our Own:
Libraries offer much
more than just books
March fundraiser will go toward
bringing in live raptor program
Great River Regional Library: Janet Katterhagen, Nancy Potter, Amanda Wehrspann, Mary Koczur, Heather Smieja
Local libraries can be considered a swiss army knife of knowledge. In addition to having services most known to people -- checking out items such as books or DVDs -- libraries also offer a wide array of other services like internet access, genealogy websites, printing, programs, and the list goes on and on.
For branches in the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) system, there is a new fundraiser that began at the start of March. In the past, GRRL has encouraged people to make donations of $5 through their "High $5" campaign. That has changed this year, as people may now donate any amount with a set goal to help bring something to each individual local library.
In Long Prairie, the library will be raising money to cover the cost of a program that would bring in The Raptor Center to town this July.
It is an event that is separate from their usual programs throughout the year, as it is not a part of the Legacy fund.
"We have the Legacy money, but it doesn't cover every type of program. This one is outside of it, so we thought we would try to get it. I feel like people will like having an eagle in the library," said head librarian Nancy Potter about the raptor program. "We have a very specific goal and every penny people give is going to stay here in Long Prairie this year."
The program is a learning experience where teachers explore the different types of raptors found in Minnesota and their role in the environment. Participants learn the three key features of all raptors and learn why they are different from other birds. They also talk about success stories about raptors such as the peregrine falcon and bald eagle.
Long Prairie will attempt to bring in this program. Other libraries will choose their own programs, or may elect to raise money for items like couches. The bottom line, the money raised will stay local.
"As we started reviewing survey results, we thought we would have more success if we planned a fundraiser that would keep the money locally," said Abby Faulkner, who works in public relations at GRRL. "People like giving to their libraries, not systems."
The goal in for bringing the program to Long Prairie is $646.75. People may fill out the short form and give the tax-deductible donation to staff at the check out desk, or mail it to: GRRL, 1300 W. St. Germain, St. Cloud, MN 56301. Make checks payable to GRRL.
A wealth of services
At the Long Prairie library alone, over 56,000 items were checked out in 2017. That included 20,300 DVDs, over 32,000 books, and 3,500 audio books. Internet stations were used 3,872 times and the WiFi was accessed more than 3,000 times.
There are also several programs put on for people of all ages throughout the year. These often range anywhere from magicians to authors to musical events, as well as classes that help teach participants art and technology.
"You try to get programs throughout the year and try to have a mix for adults and kids," noted Potter, whose branch gets $1,700 from the Legacy fund to go toward these programs.
To find upcoming programs, visit www.griver.org or stop in at a local library.
A library card allows access to many useful resources. Many of these are lesser known to be offered at libraries, including:
-Driving test practice
-LearningExpress Library - a source for studying for occupation exams
-Lynda.com - a website for learning a new skill
-Reference books - encyclopedias, directories, etc.
-Genealogy - websites like Ancestry.com are free with a library card.
-Homework help for elementary, middle, and high school students.
"People pay a lot of money to use ancestry.com and you can use tha for free with the library edition using their library card," Faulker noted.
GRRL also offers one-on-one help and has designated individuals available for scheduling around the region people may sign up for as part of the "book a librarian" program. If someone doesn't know how to use a new smart device, they may set up a time to be tutored on the device.
Learning how to use that smart device also offers a big advantage for using library services as well. The GRRL website is a great resource on its own, as card holders are able to do many things like ordering books and managing accounts while also having access to all the databases available.
Another one of those resources includes GRRL's new e-book and e-audiobook platform called "Axis 360." GRRL is the first library system in Minnesota to offer it. It is added to the current program "OverDrive."
Axis 360 is compatible with most devices and cardholders are able to download e-books and e-audiobooks using it.
Another new thing at GRRL is suite of resources, called "MN Writes MN Reads," to help local authors connect with local readers and beyond. It's a free, user-friendly collection of tools for creating, publishing and sharing e-books with readers across the state and potentially the country. The resource helps give local writers broader exposure and give readers access to locally-produced content.
At the end of the day, Potter believes one of the best services the library offers happens to be what its best known for.
"We get delivery five days a week," she said. "People order something and ti can be here in a day or two, which is kind of an amazing thing."
The Long Prairie library is open six days a week. M - 1-7 p.m., T - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., W - 12-6 p.m., Th 1-7 p.m., F - 12-6 p.m., Sat. - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Read down fines
In the past, libraries have had two times throughout the year to allow kids 16 and under to come in to the library and read down fines. That has changed to a year-round opportunity where kids can come into the library to read and get rid of $1 for every 15 minutes of reading.
The event only applies to fines, not cost of lost items. Kids may check in with library staff to get started.
"The fundraising for it was so successful that we have the funds to do it," Potter said. "If you see kids sitting around the library, that's often why they're here."
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