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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
Yvonne W., Library Assistant
Alice B., Library Assistant
Colleen J., Library Assistant
Mandie K., Library Assistant
Deb O., Library Assistant
Minna F., Library Assistant
Debbie T., Library Assistant
Seri S., 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 - July 2016

Read for the Win! summer reading program for kids ages 0-18. Begins Saturday, June 4th and runs through Saturday, July 30th. Kids, log onto your respective webpage to report how many minutes you've read (or had read to you). The more minutes you read, the more prizes you win!

Ages 0-5:

Ages 5-11:

Ages 12-18:

Monday, July 4 Library will be closed all day in observance of Independence Day

Monday, July 11 Book discussion at 12:00 pm. The book for discussion in July is The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.

Monday, July 11 at 6:00 pm-MN author Eric Dregni will present his newest book, Let's Go Fishing! Fish Tales From the North Woods at the library. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Tuesday, July 12 at 2:00 pm-Tuesday @ 2 summer reading event, building project with the Home Depot staff.

Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00 pm-8-bit pop-up card craft for teens.

Thursday, July 14 at 10:30 am-Children's stories from India. Enter a world of magic and imagination with Indian-born actor and storyteller Zaraawar Mistry, in his retelling of classic myths, historical stories and animal fables from India. These popular and entertaining stories encourage children to learn about Indian culture, wildlife, food and history. Greg Herriges plays live music on guitar and bouzouki (Greek lute).

Thursday, July 14 at 5:30 pm-Craft night. This month we will be doing paper crafts.

Monday, July 18 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm-B.A.R.C. (Bemidji Area Reading Canines) Note the different date and time for summer. Please call 751-3963 to register your child for a time to read to the dogs.

Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 pm-Tuesday @ 2 summer reading event. Geocaching at Bemidji State Park. Please pre-register for this event and pick up your state park pass at the library.

Thursday, July 21 at 7:15 pm-movie night at the library. Call 751-3963 for more details.

Tuesday, July 26 at 2:00 pm-Tuesday @ 2 summer reading event, Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics.

Wednesday, July 27 at 2:00 pm-"13 Lies My English Teacher Told Me" writing workshop for teens with Kelsi Turner.

Saturday, July 30 all day event-A Day @ Hogwarts. Sign up to take a class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the morning and afternoon. After hours at 5:00 pm there will be a birthday party for Harry Potter, complete with birthday munchies and a variety of games. To complete the night, at 7:15 pm there will be an interactive movie event.

Tuesday, July 19 Thursday, July 21-Annual book sale put on by the Library Board at Evangelical Free Church. Friends of the Library early bird sale, Tues. July 19, 4:00-7:00 pm. Wed. and Thurs. 10:00 am-6:00 pm.

Storytime themes for the month of July: Sea Sun Sand, The Sundae Scoop, Flutter-by Butterflies, and Going on a Picnic.

Tuesday, July 5 & 19 at 8:00 am and Thursday, July 7 at 5:00 pm-Senior Surf computer training. Call 751-3963 to make a reservation.

Tuesday, July 19 at 5:30 pm-YA Book Club for teens and adults. The book for discussion this month is Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple.

Children Events and Programs:

Regular Weekly Events:
Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. - Storytime for 3 - 5 year olds
Wednesday at 10:30 am - Storytime for 3 - 5 year olds
Thursday at 10:30 a.m. - Lapsit for 2 year olds with an adult lap
Saturday at 10:30 a.m. - Storytime for 3 - 5 year olds

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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