To participate in the summer reading program, kids can sign up any time throughout the summer. The Summer Reading Program will officially end on August 31. When they sign up they’ll get a folder, bookmark, and a reading log, and can pick out a book to keep. They can also take some bonus activity sheets if they’re interested. The program is open to kids from preschool to age 18.
The summer reading program is always self-paced. Children work their way through the reading game sheets, earning spaces by reading or being read to for 20 minutes (counting up to an hour a day) and by doing other activities like being active for at least 20 minutes, reading aloud to a person or a pet, or asking library staff for a book recommendation. Teens have the option of doing a different reading log which simply counts hours spent reading. Whenever kids bring in a completed sheet, they can choose a small prize, and they’ll be entered into a monthly prize drawing as well.
The goal of the summer reading program is to encourage kids to read all summer long so that they keep up their reading skills and return to school in the fall ready to learn. Because of that, kids can do one sheet after another all summer until late August and keep earning prizes.
Story Hour will be held at 10 a.m. on Fridays at the bandstand in downtown Dassel, from June 10 to August 26. These are geared to age 6 and younger, but older siblings are welcome to come along. Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.
Our first activity of the summer will be a Stuffed Critter Campout at the library. Children are invited to drop off their stuffed critters at the library on Friday, June 10 and pick them up again on Saturday, June 11. The stuffed critters will do some fun library activities and then will go home with their human on Saturday with a picture from their evening at the library and a certificate for Courage in Camping. Everyone is invited to watch the adventures the stuffed critters get up to on the Dassel Library Facebook Page that evening!
Dassel Library is not currently putting the curbside table outside the front doors, but curbside service will be available 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.
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
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.
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!
Pioneerland Library System has online magazines available for your use through the Overdrive e-book service. Access them here: https://pioneerland.overdrive.com/library/magazines