Dassel Library

Belinda Jensen from KARE 11 came out to the Dassel Library as one of her programs at the four Meeker County libraries in August 2018! Photo from Dassel Library Facebook page.

Updated June 2020

Libraries are known as quiet places, but that doesn’t mean they’re not bustling with activity.

In Dassel, library patrons have access to books, magazines, reading programs, children’s activities, computers with Internet access, downloadable e-books, and a wide variety of free programs.

While things look different during the pandemic, Dassel Library is continuing to make knowledge and resources available to the community in a safe way.

Dassel Public Library is offering curbside pickup of library materials. This popular service provides appointments for library patrons to pick up books, movies, CDs, magazines, and even newspapers outside in a contact-free manner.  Materials can be ordered online through the catalog or by calling the library to order with assistance from a staff member. Library staff can choose a selection of materials meeting the general interests of the person making the request, or specific titles.

Dassel Library is one of 32 libraries in the Pioneerland Library System, so patrons have access to nearly 650,000 library items, including things for young and old, and for learning and entertainment.

Pioneerland also provides a digital collection through Overdrive, with over 4,500 ebooks and 1,600 downloadable audiobooks.  These virtual resources have been tremendously popular in recent months, and new books are added all the time. Instant digital cards are available through Overdrive for those who live in the library system but don’t have a physical library card.

Story Hour with Elisabeth is posted on Facebook on Fridays at 10 a.m., with the lively and familiar routine of songs, stories, and simple crafts geared to little ones.  Archives of online story hours can be accessed anytime through the Dassel Library Facebook page or the Dassel Library website.

This year’s summer reading program is called Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover! Dassel Library will offer the familiar summer reading game sheets for tracking time spent reading as well as outside activity, reading aloud to others, and other special activities. Completed reading logs can be turned in for a choice of prizes. The library is planning fun activities for kids that can be picked up to be done at home, or that involve doing self-paced activities outdoors.

Library staff are available to help with research and library account issues by phone or email: (320)275-3756 and dassel.staff@pioneerland.lib.mn.us. Get the latest information about Dassel Library at dassel.lib.mn.us and on the library’s Facebook page.

Through Pioneerland, Dassel Library has just launched a new homework help resource, 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 each day from 2:00-11:00 p.m., 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.

Everyone in Minnesota has access to eLibrary Minnesota and Ebooks Minnesota through the state library agency.  At elibrarymn.org, libraries offer access to magazine and newspaper articles, encyclopedias, test prep resources, and resume help. This is especially useful to students of all ages. The Ask a Librarian feature provides 24/7 access to live chat assistance by a librarian.

Ebooks Minnesota is the Minnesota Digital Library, a collection of books from the state’s independent publishers. These titles are available for an unlimited number of people to read at the same time. One Book | One Minnesota, the new statewide book club, offers the current title through this website.

Just for kids

Both the Cokato and Dassel libraries have a variety of programs designed just for little ones.

In Cokato, a variety of summer activities and challenges will be offered. Participants will create their own reading and activity goals and can complete badges using Beanstack or turn in completed goal records for prizes. Cokato’s 2020 summer reading program theme is Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover.

For more information regarding childrens’ opportunities, visit each library’s website.

FOCAL: Friends of the Library

Friends of the Cokato Area Library (FOCAL), and the Dassel Area Friends of the Library are volunteer groups that help with library events throughout the year, and promote the libraries.

FOCAL hosts a book club that meets the last Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. at the Grounds Coffee Shop in Cokato. This is an open book club; all adults are welcome. Check in with the Cokato Public Library for the club’s book selections and other details. FOCAL also hosts a book sale during the annual Cokato Corn Carnival.

Dassel Area Friends of the Library members help host an adult book club that meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. at the library. Book selections are available for check out. An adult winter reading program runs from January through March.

For more information about joining either of the friends of the library groups, contact the library.