I am writing to call attention to the amazing events happening at our public library. Pelican Rapids is fortunate to have this asset which connects thousands of people to our local businesses, parks, schools and community. Specifically, we are one of only four communities with libraries in Otter Tail County.
This summer’s weekly Story Time exploded the building with attendance ranging from 40 to 63 children. Community members and special guests included Amy Childers from DNR to talk about river ecology; Melissa Terry, Denise Lund-Smith and Mollie Moen had the kids moving and grooving with yoga, hula hoops, and music; Paper Plains brought their mobile art unit to show us how to make paper from invasive grasses infused with prairie grasses for restorative planting. Jackie Larson helped kids plant and care for the story time garden; Climb theatre taught groups about empathy through “The Lion and the Mouse.”
Ranger Don Del Greco dropped in from Maplewood State Park to talk about the awesome outdoors. These are excerpts from Children’s Librarian Sarah Davis in the Library and Friends Accomplishments presented at Friends Annual Meeting.
The library has new and awesome audiobooks thanks to a new service from Hoopla. Hoopla provides a new world of audiobooks … books about national parks, a professional volunteer who works as he travels, books on hiking, plus music and movies. Library Director Annie Wriggs presented this information and more to over 500 households through the Friends of the Library Spring-Summer Newsletter, April, 2019.
Speaking of Friends of the Library, we celebrated a year of volunteering and recognized 100 Library and Friends Volunteers, 25 Major Donors plus 8 Townships at our Annual Meeting on 8-15-19. Our program was provided by Kathy Evenson about her adventures teaching in Nepal and other places around the world.
I have more examples and numbers and I will continue to remind people about all that our public library provides to our community.
I also want to assure the City Council and others that the library communicates with them each and every month. The financial statements of deposits and expenses plus the current bills as approved by the Library Board are included in their packets and are available to the public online by clicking on Council Meetings, Council Packet at pelicanrapids.com.