Greetings from Park Rapids Area Library,

We hope this letter finds you well, and that you are settling into winter with a steaming cup to curl your hands around and a good book open on your lap.

We at the library are feeling content as we reflect on another year of serving our community and excited as we anticipate upcoming programs, projects and community partnerships.

We thank Hubbard County, the City of Park Rapids and, of course, our wonderful patrons for supporting our library in 2019.

This year, we welcomed our new youth and teen services specialist Mary Schwartz. Mary has stepped into her new role with pizazz, and both staff and patrons are happy she’s here. Keep your ears tuned and your eyes open for fun things to come for tweens and teens.

Erick, Leann and Rhoda each continue doing their part to create a welcoming environment, as they lend their expertise. Our substitute library assistants are second to none, and, as always, have gone out of their way to help keep things running smoothly. And, of course, we can’t forget our faithful volunteers, including the Friends of the Library, and the local library board.

As in Decembers past, and thanks to the Friends, our little evergreen is once again on display. If you’d like to make a donation toward library materials, or contribute to the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten fund via “the Giving Tree,” come to the library before Dec. 23 and choose an ornament.

We’re keeping busy with our “Leaders are Readers” literacy initiative. To date, more than 20 community leaders have accepted our challenge to read books from a suggested list and keep us posted on social media. Together, we’re promoting reading for enjoyment and providing an opportunity for conversation between people of different ages. Our gala on Jan. 16 will be open to all and include snacks, mingling and a lightning round of mini book talks.

Leann is getting ready for one of the library’s perennial favorites, “SnowTime to Read,” the winter reading program for adults. For every book you read, you’ll spin the wheel for a fabulous prize. Read 15 print, audio or ebooks and earn a free mug or water bottle. Registration begins Dec. 30.

We invite you to join us for more enrichment, adventure and memory making in 2020! Travel vicariously as college student Myah Schultz shares photos and stories from her semester in Wales (Jan. 23). Sing, and play along to music from the 1800s with local musician Mark Bridge (Feb. 20). Discover the magic of the northern lights through a presentation by area photographer and musician Debbie Center (March 12). Be inspired by keynote speaker Dr. Veronica Pinnick of NASA Goddard Space Center at our second Superstars of STEM event (April 4). To receive information about these and other events, email parkrapids@krls.org and ask to be included on our event notification email list.

We wish you a festive holiday season filled with love, laughter and literature!

Jodi Schultz is branch manager of the Park Rapids Area Public Library.