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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 - June 2016

Storytimes in June: June 7-11 (no Storytime), June 14-18 (What Dads Can Do), June 21-25 (Going Buggy), and June 28-July 2 (Happy Birthday America).

Summer Reading Kickoff Program Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 am. "Magic of the Olympics" with Robert the Magician. Robert the Magician will be back with a show filled with non-stop action as he illustrates fiction, origami, and a crafty cookbook with his trade mark magic and illusion. This show is designed to get young readers hopping, sprinting and running into the library!

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:

There are many programs and events for kids to attend this summer during the summer reading program. Tuesday, June 14 at 2:00 pm there will be live board games at the library. Thursday, June 16 at 7:15 there is a movie night and stuffed animal sleepover. Saturday, June 18 at 2:00-5:00 pm come play Magic the Gathering with Accidentally Cool Games. Please bring your own deck. Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00 pm come learn curling tips and play tabletop curling. Wednesday, June 22 at 2:00 pm Mike Reeves will teach skateboarding tricks and safety tips.

Book Discussion Monday, June 13 12:00 pm. The book for discussion for June is Redeployment by Phil Klay.

NEW! YA Book Club Next meeting is Tuesday, June 21st @ 5:30pm. The book for discussion will be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The YA Book Club is for teens and adults who enjoy reading young adult books.

Craft Night Thursday, June 9 at 5:30 pm. We've got a special Craft Night this month with wonderful guest instructor Jane Carlstrom of "A Tranquil Nook". Jane is generously providing the materials and instruction for crafters to sew mini strawberries! If you don't feel like sewing, feel free to bring your portable project and relax with other crafters.

B.A.R.C. Monday, June 20 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm. New day and time for B.A.R.C. in the summer. Call 751-3963 to sign up for a 15-minute session for your child to read to the dogs.

Paul Bunyan: Loggin', Legends, & Lore - presented by David Ward Monday, June 20 at 6:00 pm. Humorous, fact filled outrageous tales from the Paul Bunyan lore! Meet personal friends of Ol' Paul. Kids will love seeing Paul's giant baby bottle and pacifier, along with other giant props, such as the huge mosquito from "The tale of the Mosquitobees". This event is funded by the Legacy Amendment.

Book Festival June 23-25. There will be several Minnesota authors coming to the Bemidji Public Library for our Book Festival. There will be authors from many genres; children, young adult, fiction, and non-fiction.

Thursday June 23
10:30 AM Children's author Michael Hall
5:30 PM Young adult author and activist Shannon Gibney

Friday June 24
10:30 AM Children's author Mike Huber
5:30 PM Adult fiction author and Linda LeGarde Grover

Saturday June 25
2:00-4:00 PM Memoir Writing Workshop with Michael Fedo*
5:30 PM Adult fiction and nonfiction author Michael Fedo

*Registration is required for the writing workshop. Please register here: or by calling us at (218) 751-3963

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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