We Want Your Feedback!

Spring is coming, and with it, warmer weather! We expect that we’ll be able to offer some outdoor, in-person programs, in addition to our virtual programs, weather permitting. Please tell us your preferences about what kind of programming you’d like to see from us as we plan for March-May 2021. Thank you for taking the time to share your opinions with us!

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Cannon Falls Library Goes Fine Free Permanently

During these difficult times, the Cannon Falls Library and Library Board are finding ways to make the library more accessible and equitable to all members of the community. Under normal circumstances many people depend on the library to provide essential services such as access to internet, information, and resources. During this pandemic all of these services have become critical. As a result, the Cannon Falls Library Board voted to officially go fine free and eliminated all fines owed to the Cannon Falls Library that are older than one year.

“We understand that life happens,” states Cannon Falls Library Director Nicole Miller. “We also recognize that assessing overdue fines is not fair to patrons with limited incomes or to those who have lost their jobs. This is our way to let people know that we care and that we’re here to help you.”

The Cannon Falls Library is committed to providing equal access to every member of the community and eliminating overdue fines offers cardholders a fresh start to rediscover all that their library has to offer. By eliminating most fines, the library is removing barriers and making access easy, equitable, and enjoyable for everyone.

More and more libraries across the country have adopted fine-free policies in recent years based on research indicating that patrons return more items and return them sooner than when late fees were assessed. Libraries that have adopted these policies have also reported higher library use as formerly disenfranchised patrons resumed good standing status.

Says Miller, “I’m sure people are wondering ‘What does fine free mean?’ From now on, all materials owned by the Cannon Falls Library no longer accrue overdue fees. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to return or renew the materials! It just means you aren’t penalized if you return materials late. All lost and damaged materials still have fees, as well as overdue fines owed to other libraries in the SELCO region. So make sure to renew and return those library materials!”

If you have an idea for something more the library might do to meet an essential need, please contact us at cf_dir@selco.info or 507-263-2804.

Library Shelver Needed

The Cannon Falls Library currently has an opening for a part–time library shelver.

10-13 hours per week; afternoons and Saturdays

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Shelving library materials and straightening shelves using the Dewey Decimal System, helping to maintain the general good order of the library, assisting patrons in locating items, and checking items in and out. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. This job requires considerable kneeling, bending, and reaching high and low. Strong alphabetizing and numerical skills required.

Qualification Requirements

  • Ability to read and interpret documents.
  • Ability to order items both alphabetically and numerically.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with supervisors, Library and other City staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Ability to make arithmetic computations using whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rates, ratios and percentages.
  • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Working knowledge of the scope and physical organization of the library collection, including a basic understanding of the Dewey Decimal Classification system.
  • Working knowledge of computers and software applications.
  • Ability to type and enter information into automated system with speed and accuracy.
  • Ability to operate various types of office equipment.

For more information please call, Cannon Falls Library, at 507-263-2804. Position will remain open until filled. Applications available here.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $10.00 /hour

 

Expanding Browsing Appointments

Dear Friends,

Effective immediately, the Cannon Falls Library is expanding browsing appointments to every half hour, beginning at 10:00 am until closing. We are also extending our Tuesday hours to 7:00 pm. We are still limiting browsing appointments to 5 people, but will allow larger families to explore the library as a group. Please call 507-263-2804 during open hours to reserve your spot.

Computer use appointments will remain limited to up to 3 people at the top of the hour due to the need for physical distancing at public computers. Patrons will only be allowed 45 minutes on the computers before being asked to leave the building. Computer stations are sanitized after each use.

All patrons (except children aged 2 and under) are to wear masks while in the library, as a courtesy for others. Masks should cover both the mouth and nose.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of curbside service, we intend to continue this service. We are also continuing Mystery Grab Bags. Call 507-263-2804 during open hours to make requests and to arrange for curbside pickup. Requests can also be made by logging into your library account online with your library card number.

We are not presently allowing groups to meet in the library until further notice.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation through these trying times. As always, we strive to serve you as safely and as efficiently as possible. You are important to us and we appreciate you. Thank you, Cannon Falls!

Library Director Nicole

Now Hiring Library Assistant – Children’s Services

The Cannon Falls Library is seeking a dynamic, energetic, and creative Library Assistant to perform a broad range of library services specializing in developing programs for children. Activities include: conducting programs for children and creating promotional items to announce them; assisting the public with the use of modern technology; assisting the Director with community outreach; and contributing to the greater good of the library by supporting broader goals.

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to cheerfully and tactfully deal with a wide variety of people; strong organizational and time management skills; ability to design and implement fun, educational programs; ability to work independently and collaboratively; knowledge of library materials and the Dewey Decimal System; ability to perform clerical work such as using word processing, photocopying, emailing, and Internet tools.

Requirements: Minimum high school diploma or GED. The ideal candidate has a broad knowledge of childhood development, particularly in the area of language and literacy, has extensive experience working with children, and a minimum of 2 years of library experience.

Starting Salary: $20.15/hr, minimum 24 hours per week.

For more information call, Cannon Falls Library, at 507-263-2804 or email nmiller@selco.info. Applications accepted through June 24, 2020.

Stay Home MN – Discontinuing Curbside Service

Due to Governor Walz’s Stay at Home Executive Order, we will discontinue curbside service for the next 2 weeks. If you have requested any items, they must be picked up by 2pm Friday, March 27th. If you have a burning need for a new book in the meantime, please check out our ever-growing Overdrive collection. All you need is your library card.
 
All library staff will work from home. If you have research questions, please email or Facebook message us, and we’ll get back to you. We know this is difficult for you to not come to the library. We feel it, too. We can get through this together. Stay well, my friends!
 
Library Director Nicole

Online catalog will be down 6/17/19

On Monday, June 17th, our online catalog will be down all day for a SELCO-wide software migration. We will not be able to access our online catalog or request books for you that day. We will, however, be open and will be able to perform some limited circulation. Please be patient with us, and all libraries in SELCO. We wish to make this transition as smooth as possible and apologize in advance for any inconveniences.

Closed September 22nd

Due to the ongoing power outage in Cannon Falls, we are still closed today. We hope to be open on Monday morning. In the meantime, the Northfield and Red Wing libraries are operating under their regular hours.

New Bike Rack Ribbon Cutting Event – Rescheduled to Sat. Oct. 6th

This summer, the Cannon Falls Library received  several bike racks which have been installed behind the library in view of Mill Street.  The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at the library on Saturday, October 6th at noon.  Members of the Library Board and elected city officials will attend, and refreshments will be served afterward. Members of the public who ride their bikes to the event will have the chance to win prizes for “Longest Ride,” “Shortest Rider,” and “Safest Book Transportation on a Bike.”

The grant, part of a SELCO Special Legacy Project for library art, was available to interested libraries. Library Director Nicole Miller was attracted to the grant because of the numerous bicycle trails in Cannon Falls as well as the bike rack design, which mimics an open book with the word “READ” cut out of the book cover.

“I just think it’s a fitting addition to this town and this library to have them,” says Miller. “This is such a pretty town with a thriving art community and well-used bike trails near the library. It was the perfect opportunity to mix it all together!” She felt the timing was also right with the current Goodhue County initiative to encourage bicycling within Cannon Falls.

In an effort to encourage use of the bike racks, Miller is using grant funds to film a commercial by Luke Newinski. The commercial will be available on the library website, city of Cannon Falls website, Chamber of Commerce website, and viewable on the local access cable TV station.  It will also be unveiled at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

SELCO Legacy grants come from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF), which was created in 2008 from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution.

Roaming Readers Walking Club – Sept. 7th thru Nov. 9th

Fitness doesn’t have to cost money. It can be fun and free! Studies show that people are more likely to stick to fitness routines when they exercise with friends. So make some new friends or join with a friend for twice the benefit!

Join a librarian for Fit Fridays every Friday at noon. There will be a different fitness focus every 6-12 weeks, but the emphasis will always be on developing healthy habits that don’t break the bank.

Fall 2018 will focus on the health benefits of walking with Roaming Readers Walking Club from September 7th through November 9th. Readers will gather together at Hannah’s Bend Park at noon every Friday to walk the Mill Towns State Trail as a group. You can talk to fellow walkers about your latest read or anything you like. The walk will last under an hour, and return at Hannah’s Bend Park. Dress for the weather, because Fit Fridays will only be cancelled for rain.

Come when you can! It’s still free!

All participants must sign a waiver before participating.