Selfies Project – Sign Up Now

Sign up now for the selfies painting workshop for kids and teens ages 5 to 18! It will be held in the city hall community room on Thursday, June 8th, at 3:00 p.m.  COMPAS Teaching Artist Heidi Jeub will be teaching students to create a portrait of themselves.

This event is free to attend but space is limited, so make sure to sign up in advance. Adults are encouraged to stay with younger children, especially those younger than age 8.

Dassel Public Library Summer Reading Program: Find Your Voice!

This year’s summer reading program theme at the Dassel Library for ages 18 and under is Find Your Voice! The Find Your Voice theme helps the library to encourage summer reading program participants to find the books and activities they love and are most passionate about all summer long, while reading and taking part in activities at the library.

Everyone who signs up for the summer reading program will receive a folder, a bookmark, and a game sheet or reading log.  They will also be able to pick out a book to keep, thanks to donations from the Dassel Community Chest and other local community members.

For ages 12 and under, the program consists of doing the Find Your Voice game.  Children will earn prizes for reaching spots on the game board by reading, attending library events, and being active all summer long.  Each time a child turns in a completed game sheet, their name will be put into a drawing for additional monthly prizes as well as prizes at the end of the summer.

Participants age 12 and up will keep track of the number of hours they spend reading. They will receive a prize for every 16 hours spent reading.  These participants will also be in monthly prize drawings as well as an end of summer reading program drawing.

The library’s outdoor story hours will start on Friday, June 9th, at 10 a.m. at the Dassel Bandstand. Outdoor Story Hour will run through Friday, August 18th. In case of inclement weather, Story Hour will be moved into the community room of the Dassel City Hall behind the library.

A special Stuffed Animal Sleepover will happen at the library June 23-24. Children can bring their stuffed animal to Story Hour in the morning or to the library during library hours on Friday, June 23rd. They can then follow along on the Dassel Library Facebook page to see the antics their stuffed animals get up to throughout the evening. On Saturday, June 24, they can pick up their stuffed animal during library hours and will receive a commemorative photo and certificate of participation for their stuffed animal.

The library has a number of programs planned for the summer thanks to funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund:

In June, COMPAS Arts Teaching Artist Heidi Jeub will be teaching a Selfies Project Painting Class on June 8th for ages 5 and up. Another COMPAS Arts Teaching Artist, See More Perspective, will be teaching a writing class on June 13th for ages 10 and up called “Exploring Identity through Hip Hop and Spoken Word Poetry.” Both of these classes are free, but do require registration as class space is limited. Contact the library to get on the list!

On July 14th at 10 a.m., Climb Theatre will present a show called “The Ant and The Grasshopper” in the community room of the Dassel City Hall behind the library. This show is designed for kids under 10 and will be in place of Outdoor Story Hour that day.

Library programs are free and open to the public. There are a few events that participants will need to sign up for in advance due to limited class space, so be sure to contact the library with questions you may have about participating in any of the programs.

Stay up to date with all of the library’s activities by visiting

Summer reading kick-off day is Monday, June 5, but children are welcome to sign up at any time throughout the summer.

Closed Memorial Day

Pioneerland libraries will be closed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.


Used Computers for Sale – Price Reduced

Dassel Public Library has gotten new computers for staff and the public, so we are selling the four used desktop computers.

The price has been reduced to $50 each. It includes the monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

All hard drives have been professionally wiped clean of all data and application software and Windows 10 has been reinstalled. Purchase includes Windows 10 license.

All computers are sold as-is with no warranty. Pioneerland Library System assumes no responsibility for the equipment after purchase.

Hard drive: 240 GB
Processor: Intel Core i5-6500/3.20GHz
Network card-speed: Gigabit
Memory: 8.0GB

For more information, call County Librarian Beth Cronk at 320-593-9447.





Curbside Service

Dassel Library will offer curbside service indefinitely. Call the library at the number on the sign, 320-275-3756, if you’d like your materials brought outside. Have your library card number ready.

Library staff can hand your bag of library materials to you on the sidewalk or bring it to your vehicle in front of the library. Let us know where you’d like us to bring it when you call.

Curbside service may be useful if you have mobility issues or a sleeping child in the car, or because of illness. Regardless of your reason, you are welcome to use the service!


by Beth Cronk, Meeker County Librarian

Here are some useful facts about the library in a Frequently Asked Questions format. I hope you learn a little something you didn’t know before!

How much does it cost to get a library card?
A library card is free! It’s part of the public services available to you as a resident of Minnesota. Once you have a library card, it’s also free to check out anything in the library collection, both ebooks and physical items. If you had a library card and it’s lost, there is a $3 charge for a replacement card.

How many books are in the Dassel Public Library?
The Dassel Library has about 8,400 books. It also has about 1,200 DVDs and about 400 CDs.

What if I want to check out something that the Dassel Library doesn’t have?
You can request things from other libraries in the Pioneerland Library System, which has a collection of about 620,000 physical items. If Pioneerland doesn’t have something, you can often request it from another library in Minnesota, using the MNLINK catalog. You can search both the Pioneerland and MNLINK catalogs online and request things yourself, or library staff can help you and place those requests.

Does it cost money to order things from other libraries?
No, the service is free to you as part of the interlibrary loan network in place in Minnesota. Our state is outstanding at providing access to library materials! Dassel Library gets two deliveries of those interlibrary loan materials each week.

How long can I keep a book?
Most books are loaned for four weeks. Some bestsellers are limited to just two weeks while they’re new; you’ll recognize these by the sticker on the spine that says “14 day loan.”

How long can I keep a DVD I’ve checked out?
DVDs are now loaned for two weeks.

Can I check out magazines?

Yes, magazines can be checked out for two weeks.

A book I checked out had a due date coming up soon, but now I found out that it’s not really due for a few more weeks. What happened?

Automatic renewals! This is a brand-new service our library system is offering. If no one has a hold on an item that you have checked out, and you haven’t renewed it before, the library’s computer system will automatically renew it for you once, three days before its due date. If you are signed up for email updates about your account, you’ll be notified by email when those renewals happen and when you have items that will be due soon.

I’m late returning a library item. How much will I be charged?

There is a charge of ten cents per day for late items, although there is a three-day grace period before those start being charged. Materials for children and teens no longer have late fees. If your item is a month overdue, you’ll get a bill for the replacement of that item. If that happens, once you return the item the charge will drop to a $3 late fee (or to $0 for materials from the kids’ section). If an item is damaged or lost, talk to library staff about how you can resolve that charge.

Can I use my library card in other libraries?

Yes, you can. Your Pioneerland library card will work in all libraries in the system. Our system stretches from Graceville to Glencoe and from Canby to Dassel. If you want to use a different library system in Minnesota, you can do that, too. Bring your card to them, and they will help you register as a reciprocal borrower in their system.

If you have more questions, stop in or call the library, and we’ll be happy to answer them.

What are the hours at the Dassel Library?

Monday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuesday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wednesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fine-Free Youth Materials

We are very excited to announce that juvenile materials in Pioneerland Library System will no longer accrue late fees! This includes books, CDs, and DVDs with call numbers beginning with J, E, B, and YA.






New service for kids: TumbleBooks!

We are so excited to announce that Pioneerland Library System has a subscription to TumbleBooks!

Our library has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, and your family can access it from home! It’s unlimited, and it’s FREE for you to use.

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children.  They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading!

There are over 250 animated, talking picture books. The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and exciting games and puzzles.

We hope that you will get the chance to check out the collections with your child!

You can use your computer, tablet, or mobile phone. All you need is an internet connection. There are no downloads: books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button.

Happy Tumbling, everyone!

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