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Library renewal focus of group

Published 10:02am Friday, March 30, 2012 Updated 12:03pm Friday, March 30, 2012

The Fergus Falls Public Library Task Force got a crash course in public libraries during its second meeting held on Saturday, March 24.

As a reminder, the library task force is a group of dedicated community members who will work over the next couple of years to get your input on the library.

For more information on the task force, including agendas and meeting minutes, visit the library’s website (www.fergusfalls.lib.mn.us) and click on the “Library Renewal Project” link from the main menu, call the library at 739-9387 or stop in and see us.

During the Public Libraries 101 meeting, the task force learned about how Minnesota public libraries, and Fergus Falls Public Library in particular, are structured, governed and funded.

I thought I would also share some of that information with you this week.

The mission of the Fergus Falls Public Library is to “connect people, information and ideas to promote lifelong learning, literacy development, and community involvement to assure the best quality of life.”

Every five years the library administration drafts a long-range plan, which is also updated each year to reflect that year’s efforts. The current (2010-2015) long-range plan can be found on our website under the “Library Policies” link.

The Fergus Falls Public Library is a department of the city and employs 8.4 full-time equivalent staff members. As a city department, the library is governed by the Fergus Falls city council.

The library has a five-person advisory board, which helps set library policies, budgets and determines service options and priorities.

The Fergus Falls Public Library is also a member of the Viking Library System, a federated regional library system with 11 independent member libraries.

The library is primarily a tax-supported institution that also receives funds from fines and fees, contributions and gifts, and grants.

The library also benefits from the support of its Friends group. The Friends of the Fergus Falls Public Library is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to “provide support and encouragement for the Fergus Falls Public Library.”

The Friends of the Library hold regular fundraisers and the funds raised go right back into library programs, materials and services. If you’re interested in learning more about the Friends of the Library, its annual membership meeting planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, at the library.

The March 24 library task force meeting also addressed library use statistics and future-planning, stay tuned for more information on those topics next week.

Thanks for reading and, as always, I look forward to seeing you at the library.

 

Erin Smith is the director of the Fergus Falls Public Library.

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