By Roz Kohls
DASSEL, MN Mechele Pitchford of Dassel is bringing “something fun on a long winter night” to the Dassel Library Sunday, Dec. 7.
From 1 to 4 p.m., a class of crafters will assemble purses made from old books.
Pitchford is chairperson of the Friends of the Dassel Library, which was formed this summer to enhance the library. The class, which will be led by Minnesota artist Leslie Mullin of Burnsville, is an opportunity to bring patrons to the library, Pitchford said.
Mullin will bring all the supplies, such as the fabric that matches the spines of the books, to the class. The cost is $30 per person, and the class is limited to 15, Pitchford said.
The theme of the library’s current promotion is “What can you do with a book?” she said. Some of the purses made from books are on display now. The library is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 2 to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday 1 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
The purses can be used as Christmas gifts, and the class is convenient for those who don’t want to drive far from Dassel for Christmas shopping, said Pitchford, a fourth grade teacher at Dassel Elementary School.
Pitchford found out about the “pocketbook” artist from the director of the Pioneerland Litchfield/Dassel libraries, Jeanette Stottrup, and immediately set up the class.
Not only do the Friends of the Library want to attract more people to the Dassel Library, the group also wants to upgrade the library’s systems and computer, Pitchford said.
In addition, Dassel’s head librarian, Sandy Ward, has been posting notices on a bare white wall. The group wants to get a bulletin board for the space, she said.
Pitchford is putting together a proposal for the Dassel-Cokato High School’s art department. Students in Geoff Welles’ art classes have an independent study unit in January. Pitchford is proposing that students who are interested in making a mural around the library’s bulletin board, submit designs for it, Pitchford said.
A committee from the Dassel Friends of the Library will select a design and students will paint it in the mural, according to her proposal, she added.