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.

Murder at the Library! – Feb 9th

Not a real murder! But it is a mystery… at the library! On Friday, February 9th at 6:30pm, the Cannon Falls Library will host a Mardi Gras Murder for adults ages 18 and up.

Participants are invited to a masquerade hosted by Marshall Inglewood, the Governor of Louisiana. The party will be held at the governor’s posh New Orleans mansion, which just happens to be inside the Cannon Falls Library. Everyone is expecting an elegant evening with hor d’oeuvres, (nonalcoholic) drinks, and dancing – they aren’t expecting power outages, a mysterious theft, dastardly deeds, and unsavory scandal! Register today at or call 263-2804 to get your character assignment!

When you register, you will select up to 3 available characters you prefer to be for the evening. The library will contact you a few days before the event to tell you which character you have been assigned. Then you have the choice of coming dressed in costume on February 9th! Masquerade costumes are encouraged, but not necessary.

All interested adults are encouraged to register at the library by Wednesday, February 6th to get a character assignment. Space will be limited to the first 25 people.

Calling All Book Lovers!

Remember when you met your favorite book?  You spent hours together.  You loved every clever line, each moment of heart-racing suspense. You come back to those favorite passages again and again, the ones that speak to your heart like you are the only reader in the world. You feel such a connection to this book that you want to shout your devotion from the rooftops! Er… you know this is about books, right?

Cannon Falls Library wants to give you a chance to share your favorite book with other book lovers, listen to recommendations from other readers, and perhaps make a few new friends. To kick off Hot Reads for Cold Nights 2018, Cannon Falls Library staff invite adults of all ages, romantic status, and inclination to come to our Literary Speed Dating event on Friday evening, January 26, 2018 at 6pm. The goal of this event is to find a reading connection. No romance here, unless that’s your favorite book’s genre. No judgment. By hearing suggestions from other readers, perhaps you can find your next great read… or two.

Registration for this event is required due to limited space. You can register online at or find the link on the Cannon Falls Library website at, call the library at 263-2804 to register over the phone, or stop in at the library.

We ask that you come prepared with information about your favorite book- the physical book, if possible (bring your own, or check our catalog to see if we have it!), or at least the title and author information.  This way, you will be prepared to have conversations with other readers. You will be paired off with other interested readers and given a few minutes to talk about your favorite books before moving on to the next participant. Refreshments will be served at this FREE event.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights will run January 22nd through March 31st.

Library Assistant Needed

As some of you may know, our beloved Heidi retired this fall. We are looking for someone who can fill her shoes! The Cannon Falls Library is seeking a dynamic, energetic, and creative Library Assistant to perform a broad range of library services for the general public, specializing in developing programs for adults and teens. Activities include: conducting programs for teens and adults 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; ability to plan, schedule and organize workload; ability to design and implement fun, educational programs; ability to work independently and collaboratively; knowledge of library materials and classification systems; ability to perform clerical work such as using word processing, photocopying, emailing, and Internet tools.

Minimum requirements: High School diploma or GED. Availability to work some week nights and Saturdays.

Desirable qualifications: Experience working in a library and/or strong experience in program and event planning.

Starting Salary: $18.58/hr, minimum 32 hours per week including some weekends and evenings. The position offers health/dental benefits and PTO. For more information about the position, read here.

Applications are available at the Cannon Falls library, here, and Cannon Falls City Hall. For more information call, Cannon Falls Library, at 507-263-2804 or email Applications accepted through November 25, 2017.

Library Shelver Needed

We’re looking for a shelver to work Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays. Do you want to join our team? View the job description here. Stop by the library today to fill out an application! Or you can print it out from here.

I want YOU for Library Board

The library board has a couple of vacancies and is looking for a few good men or women to serve on the library board. We need one city resident and one rural resident of Goodhue County to serve for a 3-year term. What does someone do on the library board? In each monthly meeting, the board discusses policy and library use with the goal of upholding our mission and serving the community.  If you’re interested in being part of our library’s role as a thriving and vibrant part of this community, stop by the library and pick up an application.

Solar Eclipse Update

Attention: We were notified on Monday that our first batch of solar eclipse glasses were recalled. We quickly bought a second, smaller batch of 50 glasses from an approved, certified seller and hope they arrive in time for the event on the 21st. Whether or not the glasses arrive in time, we will make pinhole viewers and other ways to safely view a solar eclipse. Plus, we will live stream the eclipse from NASA in the library, rain or shine! Due to the cost of the glasses and the smaller quantity, we will have to ration them to one per family and only hand them out during the event. Thank you for your patience.

New Pilot Program For Homebound Patrons

The Library Board just approved a new pilot program to begin this summer – Libraries on Wheels! This service is for people who, due to illness or disability, age, or lack of transportation are unable to travel to the library to borrow materials. As long as they have valid library cards with Cannon Falls, they can use the service. How, you may ask? Like this!

  1. Check that you have a valid Cannon Falls library card. You can’t borrow materials without one. If you don’t have one, we can hook you up.
  2. Call the library at 263-2804 to register for the service. You will verbally acknowledge your borrower’s agreement over the phone, but will have to physically sign it when you get your first delivery. During this phone call, you will also identify what your reading or viewing interests are so we can find you materials that interest you most.
  3. Wait up to 2 weeks to receive your first delivery. Volunteers will pick up and deliver items on the same day every 2 weeks. They will call you on delivery day to remind you they will be there and the approximate time.
  4. If you choose to opt out at any time, just call the library to cancel the service.

You see? It’s pretty easy. If you’re interested, or know someone who would benefit from this service, give us a call.

As far as volunteers go, if you are interested in being a volunteer, please call us! We’re looking for volunteers willing to drive out to patrons’ homes, deliver library materials, and spend a few minutes chatting with them. We ask for a commitment of at least 6 months, every other week on the same day. Because of this highly personal service, all volunteers must pass a background check with the police.

We look forward to the benefits this new service will have on our community!