Storytime is a summer tradition at the Pelican Rapids Public Library, for local kids, visitors and seasonal families alike.
Starting June 7, Storytime is every Monday at 10:30 a.m. —with stories, books, and activities for kids of all ages.
Storytime received a boost from the “Friends of the Library” non-profit recently, with a donation for $1,000.
Pictured are Library Director, Annie M. Wrigg, and new Children’s Librarian, Nanette Albright, along with Friends’ co-presidents, Joyce Burnham and Kathy Knuteson-Olson.
Storytime kicked off June 7 and will continue every Monday at 10:30 a.m. through July. The kick-off was Monday, June 7, with the theme “Reading Colors Your World.”
Flowers were donated by Andrew and Gretchen Johnson, of Riverview Place. Gretchen also assisted childrens librarian Nanette Albright with the planting activity, above.
The first Storytime of the 2021 season was kicked off June 7. Most of the sessions are expected to be outdoors. Pictured here, children gathered to hear stories about gardens, planting with volunteer reader Ruth Holmgren.

Friends of Library donate $1,000 for summer reading program 

The Pelican Rapids Library staff and Friends of the Library volunteers are gearing up for a great 2021 summer season. 

The Friends are donating $1,000 in support of the library’s Summer Reading Program entitled, “Reading Colors Your World,” which will run from June 7 to July 31. 

Summer fun at the library includes Story Time, which is held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Children are provided with read-alouds of fun stories, crafts, and activities. Story Time will be held outdoors, either in Veterans’ Park on the north side of the library building, or in the library’s covered patio area on the street side across from Arvig. Check the library’s Facebook page for location information. 

In addition, funding from Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) has also made it possible for families who cannot attend Storytime to pick up a backpack which will be filled with literacy activities. 

Trailer book sales return,  Tuesdays; during festivals 

Meanwhile, Friends of the Library volunteers, under the direction and energy of Ruth Holmgren, have been at work getting the used book sales trailer ready for the summer season. Located in the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot, next to the swimming pool, the book trailer will be open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, June 1. 

Friends will also be set up to sell from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on select Saturdays: Friendship Festival on June 19, Pelican Fest on June 26, and Art in the Park on July 24. 

Volunteers sought 

Holmgren is looking for more volunteers to help with these special days. Volunteers may choose their own hours to work and may include duties as cashiers, baggers, sorters, helpers, literary enthusiasts, or guides. 

Just stop by the trailer any Tuesday to talk to Ruth or call her at 218-849-2691.

All the money made from used book sales is donated to the public library for purchasing new books and supplies. So, come get extra summer reading for yourself and the kids for rainy days and support the Pelican public library at the same time.

Pelican Rapids Public Library hours are returning to pre-pandemic norms 

Monday-

Tuesday-Thursday: 

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Friday 

Noon to 6 p.m. 

Saturday

10 a.m. to Noon