BOOKS, ETC.: Check out what the library has to offer

State park passes, career resources and mobile hotspots are among the things you can find, besides books, at the Park Rapids Area Library.

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Libraries everywhere are for more than books. They have so much more to offer all of their communities. Park Rapids Area Library has many additional services. Here are a few to share.

Mary Niklaus
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State park passes

Starting in 2021, Park Rapids Area Library received a Minnesota DNR grant that allows us to offer seven-day Minnesota State Park passes to our patrons. We currently have two passes and they are available for check out at our circulation desk.

The pass is good for any state park in Minnesota. All you need to do is stop in to see if one is available and check it out with your library card. We will give you a flyer to place in your vehicle window.

In addition to the pass, we have park maps available, as well as one free walking stick thanks to a generous donation by a local craftsman. We have recently been informed that the grant will continue for five years, so stop in and check out a pass when you're ready for some hiking, sightseeing or just a picnic in the park!


Career Force Corner

Park Rapids Area Library is also involved with a statewide program called “Career Force Corner.” This is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Education (library services) and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This partnership was formed as our state officials see libraries as a great way to connect with our citizens in a safe and trusting environment.

Career Force Corner at Park Rapids Area Library has many resources available for people seeking employment. There are flyers and handouts as well as information available to connect patrons with other agencies who can help with resume writing, interview skills, and tools for the job hunt.

In addition, our staff can direct you to online resources including skills assessments, recorded training sessions and job listings for our area. With our computers available for patrons, this is a one-stop support for helping our citizens in their job search.

Internet hotspots

One more resource that has been popular this past year is our internet hotspots. Park Rapids Area Library has four hotspots that can be checked out, just like a book. These hotspots can be used for two weeks.

This is a great resource that gives those who are on the go access, or to those who do not have internet in their home or cabin. Stop in or give us a call and we can tell you more about these great tools.

Also, September is just around the corner, and it’s Library Card Month. Besides the resources mentioned above and our thousands of books, audiobooks, DVDs and periodicals, a library card opens a whole new world for you. We have computer access, numerous digital resources and lots of other programs and information.

These are just a few of the latest resources that are available at the Park Rapids Area Library. We continue to work to expand our reach and meet the needs of our communities through partnerships and other available supports.

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Mary Niklaus is a library assistant in charge of nonfiction at the Park Rapids Area Library. A retired school principal, she lives in the Menahga area.
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