Hallett Library Sustainability
The JFHML Friends Foundation has an immediate impact on the sustainability of the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library, an independent public library in Crosby, MN.
Since the JFHML Friends Foundation was formed in February of 2011, some WONDERFUL things have been happening at your community Library. With the help of a Healthy Organizations Partnership (HOP) Start Strong grant from the Initiative Foundation, the Friends opened an on-site used bookstore “Backstreet Books” which features like new books, repurposed book art, crafts and greeting cards by area artists.
In 2012 the Friends acquired a $36,750 Technology and Literacy grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation which provides online card catalog access, over 2000 eBook titles, and ipads for in-house checkout. A partnership was formed with CRMC and the Crosby-Ironton School District to provide access for all literacy technology. In July 2013, with the help of a TOP (Thriving Organizations Partnership) Financial Resiliency & Social Enterprise grant from the Initiative Foundation, the “Le Connection” area was opened.
This up-to-date computer lab, wifi internet café, expanded bookstore and coffee bar provides the perfect place to connect with others. In 2014, the Friends worked together with the Hallett Trust in funding the NEW electronic sign featured prominently on the highway adjacent to the Library. The Friends also partnered with Library staff in creating the new CATTALE CORNER children’s area, which won runner-up at the Evy Nordley Best Friends Project Award at the October 2014 Minnesota Library Association Conference in Mankato.
The Friends have contributed over $40,000 back to the Library by sponsoring the following: Author Talks, annual Summer Reading Program, Preschool Story Hour, American Girl Doll Tea, Movie Days, Constant Contact, BookPage, WinWay Resume writing program, Volunteer Appreciation, popcorn machine, new camera & printer, library furnishings & decor, PlayAway audiobooks, ipads and MORE!!!
The Hallett Library would not be the vibrant, multigenerational community hub they are without the impact of the JFHML Friends. If you are interested in joining this worthwhile group, the Friends are always seeking new members! Check out the Library website at www.hallettlibrary.org for more info, and “Friend” the Library on Facebook for the latest updates on fun events!
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The Children of the JFHML Pre-school Story Hour sing their praises to donors!