Inktober and Botober – Month of October

Inktober and Botober

Inktober is an art challenge that encourages artists of all levels to draw something once a day for the entire month of October. That’s 31 drawings in 31 days! Share your daily creations on social media with #Inktober.
The goal is to improve drawing skills and develop positive drawing habits. While there is an “official” list of drawing prompts released each year, following them is optional.
This year an Artificial Intelligence program called GPT-3 created additional prompt lists to choose from. The AI was shown a large database of past year’s lists, and then was asked to create its own. The results were… interesting. Share these creations with #Botober. #Inktober and #Botober drawing prompt lists are available to pick up in bookmark form at the CF Library, or on the CF library Website & Facebook pages.

Monster Mash – Month of October

The Cannon Falls Library wants to fill our windows with the best Halloween monsters we can find, and we need your help!  We need you to create and color the coolest, creepiest, weirdest, funniest, most spine-chilling creatures imaginable!

You can draw your own creature, or every Friday in October, you can stop by and pick up a monster coloring sheet at the front of the Library. Once your creation is complete you can email Alexa a picture of it at or you can drop off your drawing in our book drop at the back of the library (if you drop off a physical copy you will NOT get your picture back). Once we have your        creations, we will put them in our front windows!

You can submit as many monsters as you like!


Book Sale – Sept. 19th

Book Sale
Saturday Sept. 19th
10 am – 2 pm
Sidewalk in front of the library

The Cannon Falls Library and Cannon Falls Library Foundation will be hosting another Book Sale on Saturday, Sept. 19th from 10am – 2 pm, on the sidewalk in front of the library.
Kids Books – $.50
Paperback books – $.50
Everything else – $1.00
We still have many books available and we’ll be adding some new selections as well, so stop over and stock up for the cooler months ahead.


Drive by Goodbye for Ms. Cyndi – Sept 10th

Drive by Goodbye for Ms. Cyndi
Thursday Sept. 10th
Library Parking lot
4:30 – 6:30 pm
We invite you to come wish Ms. Cyndi farewell and happy retirement and thank her for all the great years as our Children’s Librarian with a drive by event in the library parking lot.
We will certainly miss her.

Bad Art Contest – July 17th

Bad Art Contest
Friday July 17th
11 am – 5 pm

Use your (lack of) imagination to create a terrible masterpiece! No talent required.
Bring submissions to the sidewalk in front of the library.
Public viewing gallery and people’s choice voting.

Reopening Monday June 8th

Reopening Monday June 8th

At long last, safety supplies and protective equipment are coming into the library for installation.
Beginning June 8th, the Cannon Falls Library will be open by appointment only for limited computer use and browsing the collections during our current, reduced hours of 10:00am-5:00pm on Monday through Friday. We strongly encourage all patrons to wear face masks while in the library, as a courtesy to other patrons who may be at higher risk and to library staff. We will also have hand sanitizer near the entrance. We ask that patrons please use hand sanitizer when entering the building.
Computer appointments will be taken at the top of each hour beginning at 11:00am. In order to ensure social distancing at our computer stations, we can only reserve 3 computers per hour. Patrons will make appointments for a 45-minute session. If you need more than 45 minutes, you will need to leave the library and make an appointment for the next hour, if it is available. During that 15-minute break, library staff will sanitize the computer stations with appropriate cleanser. All appointments must be made by calling 507-263-2804 during library hours.
Library browsing and checkout appointments will be made at the half hour marks beginning at 10:30am. We will make appointments for up to 5 patrons per hour, to allow for adequate time to browse the collection and check out books or movies. All seating has been removed to discourage loitering in the library. You will be allowed up to one hour in the library. All appointments must be made by calling 507-263-2804 during library hours.
The library will continue to offer curbside service and Mystery Grab Bags. The process remains unchanged. Please call the library to let us know you are picking up items you have requested and we will gladly place them outside on the table when you arrive. All items must still be returned in the outside book drop to allow library staff to clean and quarantine those items.
We look forward to seeing you.
Library Director Nicole Miller

Update – May 27th


Gradual Plan Being Created to Safely Open the Library for Services

The Cannon Falls Library is gradually opening for service. At this time, we provide the following: curbside delivery, online programs on Facebook and Youtube, mystery bag checkouts, phone and online reference services, and timely, factual information sharing. 

Governor Walz has allowed the stay-at-home order to expire and businesses to reopen, but they are cautioned only to do so if they can protect users. Since libraries are “high-touch” spaces, where people often spend a lot of time close together, libraries throughout the SELCO region are working on plans to address those needs.

Among our concerns in Cannon Falls are: number of people in the space, use of shared computing resources, and how to provide a safe user experience for both our patrons and our staff.

Strategies we are undertaking include: cleaning surfaces regularly with disinfectants approved by the EPA, spacing people out at safe distances by scheduling appointments on only half of the public computers at one time, not gathering in groups by offering book discussions, storytimes, craft classes, and fitness classes online, and installing protective equipment to provide protection between staff and patrons with sneeze shields at the circulation desks and public computers, hand sanitizer near the entrance, staff wearing masks, and strongly encouraging the public to wear masks.
Right now we do not have access to enough of the supplies we need to make it possible to reopen. Efforts are under way to obtain those, and to install the necessary equipment. We recognize that our services are essential to so many who are dealing with the pandemic, and in order to be accessible as quickly and safely as possible, anticipate a phased reopening, rather than a “the doors are now open” reopening. As we are able to begin that, we will advise our community through our Facebook page, our website, email newsletter, and by notices posted on our front door. 

Please bear with us at this difficult time as we are trying to be responsible and safe for all members of our community. We are excited to see you again soon in the library! 

Library Director Miller

Update !

We know many of you are wondering how Governor Walz’s reopening of businesses affects the Cannon Falls Library. Since closing, staff and the library board have been working on a plan to safely reopen with a phased approach, and we are currently waiting on delivery and installation of necessary supplies to do so.

We look forward to opening our doors to you soon, but will do so in a way that protects the safety and health of our staff, patrons, and community.

In the meantime we continue to offer curbside, virtual programs, and answering your questions in a “Dial-a-Librarian” kind of way. Watch this page and our website for further updates, and stay well!

Library Director Miller