The Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library is pleased to offer the following services to the community. Tax Help continues through mid-April on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons between noon and 4:00 p.m. Three fully-trained AARP Tax-Help volunteers are on hand to help seniors and low-to-middle income individuals with their 2016 tax returns. Please call the Library at 546-8005 to set up an appointment. The popular adult reading program “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” will come to a close on Friday, March 10 with final raffle items to be awarded on Monday, March 13. Over 670 e-books have been downloaded by patrons since the beginning of January. The JFHML is proud to offer over 2600 e-book titles.
Visit http://jessiehallett.overdrive.com and download an e-book today!
Children’s Preschool Story Hour continues each Wednesday morning at 10:30. March themes include: At the Beach, Dinosaurs, Go GREEN, Captain Book & the Pirates and Peter Rabbit. A special Story Time Magic Show “The Magic Rabbit” with magician Robert Halbrook will be held on Wednesday, April 5. This program is made possible by Operation Round Up funds from the Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative and the JFHML Friends Foundation.
The Friends Foundation is in the midst of their 2017 Membership Drive. It is not too late to join with other volunteer Library supporters to make a difference in your community. Stop by the Library to pick up a Friends membership form. Many area businesses are joining in support of the JFHML. Look for FRIENDS OF THE JFHML window clings on local window fronts within our community and watch the Business Honor Roll GROW! Each week the electronic sign on Mainstreet thanks our Business partners. Visit www.hallettlibrary.org and click on the “Friends Foundation” link for more information. The Friends on-site used book store, BACKSTREET BOOKS, continues to bring in much needed revenue to reach the Library 2017 funding goal of $35,000. The Library has raised $22,000 in two short months.
The JFHML offers in-house checkout/usage of 8 Library i-pads, 2 Dell tablets for teen use in Curbside, and 2 LeapPads for preschoolers in Cattale Corner. With the addition of the updated computer lab, Le Connection, the JFHML is able to provide a wifi internet café , coffee bar and a 9 PC computer lab with printer capabilities. Your community Library is THE place to connect with others! Recent additions include XBox360 and Minecraft in Curbside.
JUNCTION 101, the new creative area for ages 8-12, is celebrating its grand opening this March. In 2015, IU2U (It’s Up to YOU!) was created as a vehicle to promote a teen program emphasizing mentorship, literacy and community beautification. Taking the JFHML teen mentorship a step further is the creation of JUNCTION 101 as a safe environment to develop relationships and a sense of community interchange The new area includes workstations, supplies and opportunities for in-betweens, (ages 8-12) with Legos, Spirograph, origami, Magna, Anime, coloring & crafts. Design concept classes will be facilitated by community members each Tuesday evening in March between 6-7:30 pm.
FREE classes include:
March 7 – FANCY LETTERING with Kim Gibson
March 14 – ELECTRONIC SWITCH CHALLENGE with Mike Besere
March 21 – CREATE with Sharon Simons
March 28 – WEAVING with Amy Sharpe
Pre-registration is suggested (for supply purposes) but not required. Call 218-546-8005 to reserve a creative spot for any of the above Junction 101 Make & Do Tuesdays. This project is made possible by funding from IU2U, the JFHML Friends Foundation and other donations.
Thinking ahead to warmer days, be sure to check out the vast assortment of gardening and home improvement books. Friend the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library on Facebook! During 2017, the JFHML celebrates 39 years of serving to the community as your proud your local source for information, programming, technology and the pursuit of leisure!