CHECK IT OUT: Library staff grateful for volunteers, young readers


Spring time is graduation time, and we’d like to give a big shout out to two of our graduating senior volunteers.

Sydney Koppelman began volunteering at the library twice a week in June 2014. Since then, she’s spent more than 500 hours shelving books, keeping the children’s space organized, and assisting with various projects, all while wearing flip-flops no matter what the season. Sydney cheerfully accepted whatever tasks we handed her. During her time with us, she has perfected the art of paper trimming and is second to none in alphabetizing with speed and accuracy. Sydney is heading to Gustavus Adolphus in the fall. We’ll miss all her help, but more than that we’ll miss her smile, and her cold, bare toes.

Cora Willenbring has volunteered since May 2015, often helping with technology and social media. Her willingness to spend time and her ability to troubleshoot have helped us out of a pickle or two. Cora was instrumental in setting up our Instagram site (@park.rapids.library) and our e-newsletter (email us at to subscribe). She has helped prepare for and clean up after numerous special programs and events. She has served as a substitute for story time. Perhaps, most notably, Cora is one of the few people who have successfully helped change the cartridge on our laminator. Cora will continue her college career at Concordia College this fall (if the library staff decides to let her go).

Congratulations and many thanks, Sydney and Cora!

In other news, we’re ready for summer reading! Join us June 1 through Aug. 1 to “Dig Deeper: Read. Investigate. Discover!”


Our summer reading registration is now open online at for the 2- to 10-year-old set and at for teens from 11-18 years old. If you do not have access to the internet, or simply prefer a paper format, you can call the library to register, and schedule a time to pick up your reading log.

This year’s summer reading program will include virtual programs, grab-and-go crafts, lots of reading, and, of course, prizes!

In case you haven’t heard, the book drop on the east side of the building is open for returns. Returned items are quarantined before being checked in. We cannot accept donations at this time.

Patrons are enjoying our contactless curbside pickup Monday through Friday. Materials can be requested through our online catalog at , by phone at 732-4966 or email at . Our regional delivery system makes it easy to bring in items from our other branches.

We continue working with the Kitchigami Regional Library System's (KRLS) director and board to begin a phased-in reopening of the library. This will be a multi-phased approach, in compliance with federal, state, Minnesota Department of Education, OSHA and KRLS guidelines. We ask for your patience as we acquire the supplies needed and make the necessary changes to our space in order to safely open our doors to the public.

Jodi Schultz is the Park Rapids Area Library branch manager and Leann Willenbring is a library assistant.

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