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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
Email Address:  
Web Site Address http://www.krls.org/branches/branch_bj.html
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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.
Staff:
Paul Ericsson, Branch Manager
Cyndi Fenske, Library Assistant
Paul Wilson, Custodian
Colleen Joyce, Library Assistant
Mandie Krueger, Library Assistant
Christina Massee, Library Assistant
Deb Ostman, Library Assistant
Seri Swanson, Custodian
Yvonne Walden, Library Assistant


Location:
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.

MNsure
MNsure Enrollment Sessions at the Bemidji Public Library ended with the March 31, 2014, enrollment deadline. Click here for a list of local partner organizations that will continue to provide support to individuals who have questions.

Library Events and Programs:

Summer 2014 Library Book Sale
Bemidji Guard Armory, 1430 23rd Street NW
Wednesday, August 20, 10:00 - 6:00
Thursday, August 21, 10:00 - 6:00

Monthly Calendar of Events and Programming Schedule: July 2014 & beyond

"Bemidji Writes" Local Author Series will continue every month throughout 2014. This series will provide area authors with an opportunity to talk about their writing and to meet with readers. We tentatively plan to have two events per month and events will be listed on the library's monthly calendar. Area authors interested in giving a presentation will find information about submitting their work(s) and other parameters about the series should use this application form or by calling the Library Branch Manager Paul Ericsson at 218-751-3963 x105.

Adult Book Discussion August title selection: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; September title selection: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
A monthly book discussion is offered the second full week of the month, Monday at noon and Tuesday at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. "Book Club in a Bag" titles are selected each month. Please contact the library 751-3963 to reserve a copy of book that will be discussed.

Senior Surf
Come SURF THE WEB at the Bemidji Public Library and learn the basics about computers and using the internet. Space is limited so you will need to call the library 218-751-3963 to reserve your session.

Children Events and Programs:

"Paws To Read" was the theme for the 2014 Summer Reading Program. Congratulations to all of the children who participated in setting a new record for summertime reading in Bemidji! Children who participated are encouraged to pick up their prizes by August 20, 2014.

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

F.R.E.D.
Fathers Reading Every Day is a special program which encourages adult men to read to the young children in their lives.There will be F.R.E.D. events scheduled for the fall 2014. If you have questions, please contact the Bemidji Library staff regarding this program.

B.A.R.C. Reading Program Upcoming summer sessions: June 9, July 21 & August 11, 10am-noon.
The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) continue to visit the library once a month (note the change to Monday's for the summer months). 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.

Special Events:

See the krls.org web site for a complete listing of all Legacy Fund programs in our region.



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

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.

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
Fax
e-books

Friends:

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.
Hours:
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 sharon.geisen@gmail.com
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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