HJ/EDJuly 24, 2006

Dassel Public Library

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

There’s no end to the interesting services available through the Dassel Public Library.

“Library services include free use of the Internet, Microsoft Word and Powerpoint programs,” said Head Librarian Sandy Ward.

That’s not to mention the oodles of books, magazines, tapes and videos available in the Pioneerland Library System, which the Dassel library can access. More than 500,000 books, magazines, newspapers and pamphlets are available through the system’s headquarters in Willmar, she said.

So, even though the Dassel library building is only 1,240 square feet in size, it opens into a whole world of information. The library is part of the city offices complex at 460 Third St.

Built in 1974 and remodeled in 1997, the Dassel library buys new and receives donations of about 20 books a week, Ward said.

The library also collects Campbell Soup labels, which can be used to get more books, she added.

In 2005, the air-conditioned library had 5,356 adult and child visitors. Seniors and mothers with children especially come to take advantage of the MNLINK card catalog which gives them access to any request from the entire state.

Adults usually request books from the best seller lists. John Sandford’s “Dead Watch,” has been especially popular this summer, Ward said.

It usually takes only two to three days for a requested book to become available.

Children have been avidly checking out the Magic Tree House books, she said.

This summer the library has been hosting the “Catch the Beat at Our Library” reading program for children ages 5 to 12.

A copy machine and Internet printing are available for a small charge. The library also will host its annual book sale during the Red Rooster Days weekend, she said.

Dassel Public Library Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

Friday, 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, closed.

Head Librarian:

Sandy Ward

Telephone number:

(320) 275-3756

Catalog is on the Internet:

iii.pioneerland.lib.mn.us

Pioneerland Library System:

The system was founded in 1983. It is one of 12 regional public library systems in Minnesota and serves a population of 156,000 in nine counties through 31 member libraries and the bookmobile.

System headquarters are at 410 S.W. Fifth St., Willmar, MN 56201. (320) 235-3162.


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