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Bemidji Public Library - Directions to Library
509 America Ave. N.W.
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone (218) 751-3963 Fax (218) 333-0523
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Hours: effective June 1, 2007
Sun Closed
Mon 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Tue 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Thu 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Fri 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Sherilyn B., Branch Manager
Colleen J., Library Assistant
Mandie K., Library Assistant
Deb O., Library Assistant
Minna F., Library Assistant
Seri S., Library Assistant
Kelly H., Library Assistant
Robbyn Y., Library Assistant
Paul W., Custodian
Jeff S., Custodian

Bemidji Library Map

Directions to Branch: From Bemidji Avenue turn on 5th Street and follow to America Avenue, building is on right, parking in front of building.

Brief History: The Bemidji Public Library was established on February 25, 1907. We joined the Kitchigami Regional Library System in 1970. We have been in our new building since May of 1995.

Behavior Policy: The Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS) and the Bemidji Public Library welcome all people to use the services and facilities of the library. The Bemidji Public Library and the City of Bemidji are responsible for establishing guidelines that provide for a safe environment for library patrons, volunteers and staff. These policies should also protect the library's facilities and materials. The goal is to provide a library environment that is conducive to patrons for reading, for research, to select library materials to borrow, for writing, and for attending library programs and events.

Meeting Room:
The Front Meeting Room holds up to 50 people. You may call the library 218-751-3963 to book a date/time prior to a confirmed reservation.Procedure and policy document signed and submitted to the library is REQUIRED for final reservation. You can make a reservation online at

Bemidji Public Library Events

February Library Events

- Snow Time to Read: Winter reading program for everyone ages 16 and older starting January 1st! Read 15 books to win a Snow Time to Read mug or water bottle. For every 15 books you read, you'll be entered into a drawing for more prizes. Log onto beginning January 1st to participate.

- Senior Surf Computer Training: Call 751-3963 to reserve a spot.
  Thursday, February 2 @ 5:00pm
  Tuesday, February 7 @ 8:00
  Tuesday, February 21 @ 8:00am

- 1,000 Books Befor Kindergarten Kick-off Event: Local author Don Houseman will be in for a special storytime and book presentation. (For more information about the 1,000 Books program, contact the library at 751-3963.)
  Saturday, February 11 @ 10:30am

- Book Discussion: The adult book discussion group is reading, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri for February.
  Monday, February 13 @ 12:00pm

- Afternoon Movie: For scchool early release day the library will be showing Muppet Treasure Island. Set sail with Long John Silver and all of your favorite Muppets.
  Wednesday, February 15 @ 1:45pm

-B.A.R.C. will be at the library from 10am-12pm. Call 751-3963 to sign your child up for a 15 minute session to read to the dogs.
  Saturday, February 18 @ 10:00am

-Library Closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of President's Day.

-YA Book Club: The book for February is, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
  Tuesday, February 21 @ 5:30pm

-Retro Board Games
  Saturday, February 18 @ 2:00pm

-Master Gardener's Program: Onen Markeson - Root Crops: Succesfully growing root crops such as parsnips, beets, and carrots.
  Thursday, February 23 @ 12:00pm

- Kid's Book Club: This month we will be talking about the book, The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood.
  Thursday, March 2nd @ 3:30pm

-Storytime with crafts for pre-k children and their families every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30am. Themes for February's storytimes are:
  • Superheroes!
  • The Teddy Bear's Birthday
  • Today's Weather Is...
  • Hedgehog in a Hat
The Bemidji Master Gardeners and th3 Friends of the Bemidji Public Library present, "Gardening 101."

February 23
Onen Markeson: Root Crops- Successfully growing root crops such as parsnips, beets, and carrots.

March 2
Cathy Peck: House Plant Propagation- Increase house and annual plants by asexual propagation.

March 9
Wally Peck: Gardening Tips-For vegetable and flower gardens as well as lawn and landscapes.

March 23
Cathy Peck: Rain Gardens- Small efforts affect water quality. learn how rain gardens can help mitigate water problems and beautify your yard.

March 30
Brick Fevold: Native Plants in the Home and City Landscape- Native plants have a special role in providing essential habitat for native insects and other pollinators.

History and Preservation in Minnesota Series
The Beltrami Historical Society will present a series of lectures on history and preservation in Minnesota. These lectures are made possible by Legacy funding.

March 6
David Grabitske- "Sarah Sibley: First Lady of Preservation"

March 13
Erik Hokuf- "Aircraft Preservation"

March 20
William Blackwell- "Native Language and Culture & Student Success"

March 27
Doug Ohman- "Minnesota's Vanishing Landmarks"

Children Events and Programs:

Regular Weekly Storytime for 3-5 year olds:
Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday at 10:30 am
Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Children's Book Club *NEW
Join us for our first meeting on Thursday, December 1st from 3:30-4:30pm. December's book will be "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin. We will also be naming our new book club and choosing January's book at this meeting.

B.A.R.C. Reading Program
The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) continue to visit the library once a month. Simply come into the library or call 751-3963 to register for one of the 15 minute reading sessions with one of the certified dogs. Parent-signed permission forms are required. The next program TBA.

Other Items of Interest About the Bemidji Public Library:

Local Library Board Meetings:
Library Board meets in the front meeting room on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Local Library Board Minutes

Book Donations to the Bemidji Public Library

Art and Sculpture at the Bemidji Public Library:
The Library participates in the First Friday Art Walk which is sponsored by the BCAC.

The Bemidji Public Library Board also has several pieces of sculpture that adorn the front gardens. The delightful sculpture “A Little Bird” is on permenant display in front of the library near the main entrance off of 5th St. Northwest in Bemidji. The sculpture was created by artist Julie Jones of Fort Collins, Colorado. It first came to the Library as part of the Bemidji Sculpture Walk. It was then purchased with funds from the Friends of the Library, the Bemidji Garden Club and a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council. The other sculpture "Celestial Orbit" that is also along the front gardens, was created by and donated to the Library by Bemidji Sculptor Suzi Rhae Ross. Every month the Art Wall has a new display from a local artist. This art exhibit is in collaboration with Gallery North, and is one of many locations in Bemidji's "First Friday Art Walk". Artists are encouraged to contact Ron Lyman 218-766-4486, the coordinator for the Library's art wall, to learn more about how they might be able to have their work on display at the Library.

Technology Services:
Free wireless Internet access and public Internet computers


Friends of the Bemidji Public Library operate the Red Door Bookstore in the Bemidji Public Library at 509 America Avenue, Bemidji. It is open to the public and staffed by Friends volunteers. Merchandise includes quality used books, sound recordings, and videos at prices from 10¢ to $6.00.
Tuesday 10:30 - 4:30
Wednesday 12:30 - 4:30
Thursday 10:30 - 4:30
Friday 12:30 - 4:30
Saturday 10:30 - 3:00

To join the Friends, fill out an application, make your check payable to the Friends of the Library and mail to: PO Box 1151, Bemidji, MN 56619. Annual dues support library programs and help to purchase books for the library. Membership levels are:
Student/Senior - $5
Individual - $8
Family - $15
Business -$30
Supporting - $100
Lifetime - $300

For information on volunteer opportunities stop by the Red Door Bookstore or contact Sharon Geisen at
The Friends Board meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 10am in the Red Door Bookstore and is open to visitors.

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