The Dassel Public Library provides access to a huge variety of resources for the community. Book clubs like this one meet regularly.
Updated August 2021
Libraries are known as quiet places, but that doesn’t mean they’re not bustling with activity.
The Dassel Public Library provides access to a huge variety of resources for the community. Dassel Library has a collection of about 10,000 items, including books, DVDs, and CDs. The library also loans issues of 26 different magazine titles. Mobile hotspots are now available to check out from the library, for wireless internet access at home.
Dassel Library is one of 32 libraries in Pioneerland Library System, which means local library users have access to over 630,000 items in those libraries. Orders can be placed through the online catalog or by talking with local library staff, and requested items are delivered to the library twice a week. If a title isn’t available in Pioneerland, MNLINK offers access to materials from libraries throughout the state of Minnesota, and they will arrive in the delivery, as well.
Dassel borrowers can also borrow digital materials. Through the Overdrive service, the library system has a collection of over 9,600 ebooks, over 2,000 downloadable audiobooks, and about 1,200 digital magazine issues.
Every summer, Dassel Library offers a summer reading program for kids and teens to encourage reading throughout summer break. This year’s theme is Reading Colors Your World. The self-paced program is set up like a game, and kids move forward by reading, playing outside, eating colorful fruits and vegetables, making art, or doing other activities. They earn prizes for completing sheets. Other activities for kids will happen throughout the summer: take-home crafts, virtual programs, and small-group outdoor programs.
Story time takes place on Fridays at 10 a.m. This summer, story time is at the bandstand, and it will be cancelled in the event of bad weather. A short recorded literacy activity for young children will also be posted weekly on the library’s Facebook page and website.
Dassel Library also offers a reading program for adults, which runs from January to March each year, giving grownups the chance to earn prizes for reading books. Other special events related to authors, the arts, and Minnesota history are offered from time to time for people of all ages.
Through Pioneerland, Dassel Library has a homework help resource called Brainfuse HelpNow. This is a free online tutoring service for grades K-12 which provides access to one-to-one homework help from live online tutors, covering all major subject areas. It also includes an adult learning center with practice tests and other online resources. HelpNow is accessible from home through a link on the library’s website.
The Dassel Friends of the Library is a group that supports the library in a variety of ways. Meetings take place as needed. Contact the library to sign up.
Dassel Library is located on Third Street in the same building as the city offices. Hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For current information on library services and programs, go to www.dassel.lib.mn.us or call 320-275-3756.