CHECK IT OUT: The library is a gift you open all year round


Much like Santa’s elves, we have rushed and worked behind the scenes all year round to provide materials, services and opportunities to residents and visitors to the area.

In August, we made the long-awaited migration to a new computer system and a new catalog. Learning new things is difficult, and the patience our clients showed during those first weeks was a gift.

If you haven’t yet explored our new online catalog, we recommend that you give it a try. Connection is simple. You can view your list of withdrawn items, renew overdue items, and request more items to be withdrawn.

In addition to the physical items available in our library, customers have access to digital materials including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, even movies, music, and TV shows.

In addition to Cloudlibrary (eBooks and eBook Audiobooks) and Flipster (magazines), we now offer streaming options through Hoopla. Come in and ask us about BingePass – a new way to maximize the three Hoopla Crates allowed per month on your library card.

We are excited to be able to provide platforms for the digital needs of our customers. But there is no virtual substitute for an in-person visit to the library. Come see us and enjoy our Take and Make DIY kits (for kids in summer and adults in winter), the packaged snacks available in the youth and teen space, and our newly redesigned reading room with lush green plants. Use our internet, computers, wi-fi, copiers, scan to email, fax, read local newspapers, and browse our collections of books, movies, music and audiobooks.

Our annual winter reading program for guests aged 18 and over begins January 1 and ends February 28. Registration begins December 27. You can choose the paper version or online.

Going forward, we plan to return to in-person programs. Thursday February 24 at 6 pm, we will be hosting “Casita” at the Armory Arts and Events Center. Choreographed and directed by Susana di Palma of Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater, it is a poignant work inspired by the true stories of homeless women.

We hope to welcome author Anton Treuer in March to discuss his latest book, “The Cultural Toolbox”.

Our library is a gift that we can open and use all year round. We thank the Town of Park Rapids, Hubbard County and many townships for their continued support.

If you would like to contribute to the continuation and success of our existing and future library programs, including author visits, 1000 pre-kindergarten books, maker space, community outreach, reading programs, etc., we are happy to accept your donation. Checks should be made payable to the Park Rapids Area Library and delivered direct or by mail to 210 1st St. W., Park Rapids, MN 56470.

Happy Holidays to all ! See you at the library!

Jodi Schultz is the Branch Manager of the Park Rapids Area Library.


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