We're Back!
The Library is back on 1st Street!

We'll reopen on Monday, January 25 at our regular building at 101 1st St SE.

If that date sounds familiar to you, it's for good reason! The library roof collapsed on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 10:14 p.m. What better way to mark the one year anniversary then reopening!

I cannot thank our staff and volunteers enough - they are the reason we're able to reopen so quickly! (I know a month doesn't seem quick, but trust me, the 25th was a very lofty goal - and you'll notice we're not quite done)

Our staff: Sandy Arcand, Sharon Beaman, Christie Elliott, Marie McNamara, and Deb Weide

Volunteers: Maureen Alaboud, Dennis Carothers, Bella Henline, Doris Hintz, Cary Klingner, Martha Lusian, Jill Mertes, Jan Nordell, Virgil Panitzke, Marian Segersten, Janet Smith, Jenny Smith, and Barb Ukura.

A special thank you to Wally Schroeder and Pat Smith. They have been our dedicated handymen - securing shelves, hanging curtains, pictures, and everything else from the neverending whiteboard list.

We're so excited to be back at our library with all of our books in one place!

Thank you for your support and patience as we've worked to reopen! We're nothing without our patrons, and I hope you'll visit us soon!


P.S. If you haven't already, check out the photos from the move over on Facebook!
Library Hours
Mondays 10:00 - 5:00
Tuesdays 10:00 - 8:00
Wednesdays 10:00 - 5:00
Thursdays 10:00 - 8:00
Fridays 10:00 - 5:00
Saturdays 10:00 - 2:00
  • We're open for express service. What does that mean?
  • You can come in the building without an appointment to browse the shelves and check out materials
  • We ask that you make your visits brief
  • Masks are required in the building.
  • If you cannot wear a mask, please call us to arrange accommodation.
  • Computer Appointments are required for the computer lab.
  • We will have reserve pickup in the entryway and offer curbside delivery.

We want to be open for people to come in, but if the need arises we will go back to curbside only service.
Garden of Read'n Pergola
MIDN Christopher Boucher was home for the holidays and finished his Eagle Scout project - the pergola he built for the library in 2016! Check out the sign the next time you're at the library!
Stop by Abbey House one last time!
Stop by the JFHML Friends' Foundation Book Sale at Abbey House this week!

Please bring your own bag. Otherwise, we have boxes available.

Thurs, January 21: 12:00 - 6:00
Fri, January 22: 10:00 - 2:00
Sat, January 23: 10:00 - 2:00
Returning Materials
Please wait to return items until we reopen on the 25th!
While we're closed, check out our online resources!
Which are all made possible by Jingle Books!
Ebooks through Libby
As we're all social distancing, keep in mind that we have eBooks and eAudiobooks available with no personal interaction needed!

You can download the Libby App wherever you get apps. If you have a Kindle device, it's a touch more complicated but we're happy to help. Call us if you need help, or check out the tutorials from Libby.

LinkedIn Learning/Lynda.com
lynda.com helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Access a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.

Log in with your library card number and phone number.
Kanopy is an award-winning video streaming service providing access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films ─ titles of unique social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers.

America's News
Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S., including the St. Paul Pioneer Press and more. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Log in to the card catalog and find America's News under 'Online Resources' to access!
January Events
Thank You Jingle Books Donors!
Thanks to your generosity we raised $13,578.44 for books, programming, resources, and more at the library!

That surpassed our goal of $12,500 - the amount of our matching grant from Hallett Charitable Trust.
AARP Tax Help
Now Taking Appointments
Call the library to make an appointment for Tax Help.

Please note that Tax Help will work a little differently this year!
You'll be signed up for two appointments.
  • The first is to drop off your documents and have them scanned
  • The second is to sign and authorize the return.
  • Your second appointment is exactly a week after your first and at the same time
You must pick up a packet to fill out and bring to your first appointment.
  • Packets can be picked up at the library once we open on the 25th
JFHML Book Club
Thursday, January 21st @ 6:00
Join our Facebook group!

Monthly meetings will be held on Zoom until further notice.

Abby was a bit too optimistic scheduling book club during the middle of moving the library, so the December selection, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, is now the January selection!

And January's selection is now February's! The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
You can read or listen to it on Libby!
Book Sale at Abbey House
Thursday, January 21 - 12:00 - 6:00
Friday, January 22 - 10:00 - 2:00
Saturday, January 23 - 10:00 - 2:00
The Friends are holding a clearance book sale at Abbey House!
We're not taking donations for this sale - we'll start taking donations again in February to start Backstreet Books fresh!

It's also a wonderful time to renew your Friends membership!