Pequot Lakes Library: Library is open again

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Hi, everybody! Yes, we’re open again and it’s so good to be here.

Our hours are the same as usual, so please come in and get your supply of reading and/or watching materials. Three computers are still open.

Of course we are using safe practices, including being 6 feet apart and wearing masks. All books brought in are cleaned before shelving. You can come in to get your Kitchigami Regional Library books and return them here as well. As of last week when I worked here, Rasmussen Road was still closed, but you can still come in by the back door or the front.

Kids Summer Reading Contest

Since we are unable to have our usual summer reading program, kids in first through sixth grades are invited to partake in a new activity especially for the summer of 2020.


The Newbery Medal is awarded yearly to the best children’s book and our library has quite a collection of these award-winners. Children can pick up a list of the books at the library, read them all and, after returning the form to the library, will receive a certificate good at Dairy Queen.

What fun - good reading and good eating!

Book sale ... or not?

Our annual book sale will be held, but it will be much different this year. No donations arrived before January because of our decorating project and then we were closed because of COVID-19, but our volunteers will do their best to make your book sale experience the best it can be under the circumstances.

The sale will take place Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Six people will be allowed in at a time and we ask that you wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask, they will be available for purchase for $1.

If you have donations waiting, get them to the library as soon as possible. Remember, no moldy or smelly books, please.

Special thanks

Many thanks to the person who donated almost an entire set of Nancy Drew Mysteries to the library! The collection filled in numerous holes and now we can say that our Nancy Drew Mysteries are exactly what children from third through sixth grade will truly enjoy, starting with #1.


And of course, thanks to our formidable volunteers who came in a month early, under trying circumstances, to help with our curb-side checkout. We appreciate your service so much.

Dates to note

Thursday, July 9, 10:30 a.m.: First Thursday Book Club meeting at the south end of Trailside Park, Pequot Lakes. Book to read is “This Tender Heart,” by William Kent Krueger. Bring a folding chair and a bag lunch. Between bites, we will wear masks. Note the change in date. This time it’ll be the second Thursday.

Next month we’ll be reading a nonfiction by Eric Metaxas called “Amazing Grace,” about the British campaign against slavery.
The book club is open to anyone interested. There’s no need to call ahead.

Library information:

Address: 31117 Rasmussen Road, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Phone: 218-568-6181.

Website: Log onto our catalog at the website.


Hours: Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Closed Sundays and holidays.

The library has six computers equipped with DSL internet service available without charge to the public. Wireless internet is also available.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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