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Friends of the Library Officers 2005-2006 President: Joan Ellison Vice President: Betty Jensen Secretary: Jo Ruud Treasurer: Kathy Forsgren Newsletter editor: Joyce Valley Friends of the Library Investment Board: Joan Ellison, Kathy Forsgren, Pat Krekelberg, Lloyd Nelson, Pam Westby

What’s on the Library Horizon?
By Pam Westby

Emerging technologies and changing library services will require an almost continuous state of change in libraries and information centers. I believe, the implications for leadership in those organizations in terms of organizational structures, staffing and managerial behavior will evolve over time. We are likely to see a few flagship libraries leading the way, with others following as funding and resources become available. Here are some of my thoughts on the future of public libraries as a whole.

1. Emphasis on leadership in libraries is growing. Partnering and communicating with the community has become an



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essential part of a librarian’s job. I foresee collaborations happening on every level and in every aspect. One possible direction I see leadership going is in the realm of corporate collaborations. Libraries use corporate grants to sponsor reading programs, and to jump start capital outlay projects. Is it possible that some day we will have a Target Library wing? With the broad distribution of information (including access to Internet), librarians are seeing changes in information gathering behaviors. Patrons are looking for and finding more specialized materials. They are demanding quicker turn around times on requests. As a result, libraries are putting more money into delivery services and are expanding their interlibrary loan services. With access to so many online resources in their homes, patrons are less likely to visit libraries. Fortunately, some libraries have found ways to overcome this trend by offering non-traditional services, such as coffee bars, reading areas with modern, comfy furniture, programming and interest group classes. In Pelican Rapids we act as the community’s social center. We are a neutral place for meetings and a safe haven for latchkey kids. We are seen as the cultural learning center for many of our refugees, because we offer English As a Second Language classes several times a week and literacy materials. The global sharing of information and the addition of foreign language collections, Spanish databases, and an increased number of patrons with low-English speaking skills has affected the hiring process. Human resource managers value signs of diversity and seek librarians with multi-lingual skills. Outsourcing is being explored by library officials. Many libraries already contract for services such as computer networking, website development, and cataloging. I think it is entirely possible, but not necessarily one I agree with, that librarians will also look for services in the areas of collection development, story time presentations and reader’s advisory. Management styles are changing. Staff is our most valuable asset, so investments in training and good communication methods are a priority. Administrators are looking to hire smart and enabling staff to solve problems together. Today’s world offers competitive information portals. Consequently we spend time collecting numbers and evaluating services to show our worth to funding bodies. Purchasing best sellers, expanding our audiovisual collection and computer access are just some of the ways that we ―compete‖ as libraries. Censorship is a threat to the privacy of the individuals of our country. Who could have ever predicted the imposition of the Patriot Act? The right to information and the struggle to protect the privacy of our patrons will continue as long as government and consumers are allowed to collect information about our searching and buying

habits. The American Library Association and the Minnesota Library Association are taking action to safeguard the privacy of our patrons. Lastly, local representatives and government officials need to hear from library users and Friends. People like you can promote continued support for library services by acting as advocates. In addition, your acts of kindness as volunteers and donors are testimony to your neighbors. Thank you for all that you do!

Library Hours: Monday: 10 am—6 pm Tuesday: 10 am—8 pm Wednesday: 10 am—6 pm Thursday: 10 am—8 pm Friday: 10 am—6 pm Saturday: 10 am—2 pm
Sunday: closed

Need an idea for a unique gift? We’ve found a great new series of books called, Welcome to the U.S.A. It is designed for 2nd through 6th graders. The books in this series provide kids with the opportunity to explore America from the comfort of their own homes. Academic enough for reports and kid-friendly enough for enjoyment; these books would make a great addition to our juvenile non-fiction collection. You can sponsor a state by purchasing a book for $20.00 and the book you choose will include your name or a name of your choice on the inside cover. A great way to remember a friend or loved one. Help fill up our map. Pick a state, then contact Tami at the library.

Local Authors & Poets Needed!
The Otter Tail Review is now accepting submissions for its second edition.

This work will consist of short stories, poems and nonfiction prose essays, with an emphasis on local writers. The overarching theme will be indigenous (i.e. Native American) and immigrant experiences; however, literary works in other genres will be considered. Publication and distribution is scheduled for Summer 2006. First-place winners in fiction, poetry and non-fiction categories will each receive one free copy. Proceeds from book sales will benefit local library and literacy programs. Please submit your work (with contact information) on computer disk (preferred) or printed hard copy, to: Otter Tail Review Tim Rundquist, Editor

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1220 N. Tower Road Fergus Falls, MN 56537 (please include SASE if you would like Or, online at

your work returned)

Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2006.

Questions? Call Tim Rundquist, (218) 998-0780 an unlimited cup
―Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.‖ Kathleen Norris

Library Coffee Bar
“Table of Contents” Beverages include: A variety of teas, flavored regular coffee & decaf coffee $1.00 for an unlimited cup

Good Words, Good Food, Good Evening
Join the writers of Pelican Rapids for a literary coffee house on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. Famous and not so famous authors will share their work. Fabulous volunteer bakers will serve mouth watering desserts, and the Library will provide fragrant cups of coffee, tea, or cocoa. Featured writers will be the winners from the Library’s ―of the gifts we can give‖ essay contest. Help us celebrate National Library Week with an evening at the Library—it’s a good place to be . PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Tami Skinner

Come into the library after 3:00 p.m. and on Saturdays and you will hear something unusual for a library...noise. We try our best to keep a balance between the buzz of kids and respect for the patrons who come for the quiet of a library setting. But it is a sound that pleases us because it means kids are in the library. Computers are in use, board games are played and the best part of all, books are being read! I am continually trying to come up with new ways to bring kids into the library. This past fall I tried some new things including an evening story time and non-school day events. I he ld a bedtime story time one evening that brought children in their pajamas for a bedtime snack and sleep time stories. It was during our icy weather in November but we still managed a small group of kids, some who are Wednesday morning regulars and some who find the evening story time a better fit for their schedule. Also in November during a school break, we showed the movie Madagascar. It was newly released on DVD so kids were anxious to see it. Over the winter break, I collaborated with the Pelican Rapids Youth Crew to host a graham cracker house-building event. We had close to 30 kids in the large meeting room one Wednesday morning creating,

eating and laughing. The even was a huge success with kids and families filling the library, I think this will have to be one we repeat. Continuing with my goal of getting kids in the library, I planned another evening story time for January, with the hopes of offering these monthly. Additionally, I am beginning a new campaign to boost our virtual library visits. My plan is to have kids write book reviews to post on the kids’ page of our website. I will publicize this through school visits and with the help of elementary school librarian, Julie Wellnitz. Posters will be offered to the first fifty kids who submit a review. To continue with the book review theme, I am hoping to have kids make ―book billboards‖ to advertise their favorite book. I have a big wall in the library that is perfect for the display. As one event happens, a few more are being dreamed up. I am always open to suggestions; please feel free to share your ideas anytime with me anytime.

, recently issued its 50th Anniversary edition. Every year, this report estimates how much money was given away by foundations, corporations, and individuals the previous year and the types of organizations the money was given to. In 2004, non-governmental organizations and individuals gave a total of $248.52 billion—that’s billion dollars. Here’s where the money came from: Total Giving $248.52 Billion From Dollars As a percent In Billions of Total Individuals 187.92 75.6 Bequests 19.80 8.0 Foundations 28.80 11.6 Corporations 12.00 4.8 As always, individuals gave by far the most money: 83.6% of all money given was from individuals either during their lifetime or from bequests upon their death. There are two pieces of good news here: all giving was up, and for the first time since 2000, giving by all sources exceeded the rate of inflation. It’s interesting to learn from this report that income in 90% of U.S. households is less than $100,000—and that most individual giving comes from these households.
From Grassroots Fundraising Journal 2005, by Kim Klein

Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy 2004

— Major Donor Wall Update In June of 2006, the Library will update the major donor recognition wall. Anyone who has made a single $1,000 to the Library or Friends of the Library between May of 2003 and December 31, 2004 will have their name added to the wall. In 2005, the Library and Friends of the Library changed their record keeping practices. As a result, anyone who has made a cumulative $1,000 contribution to the Library or Friends of the Library between January 1, 2005 to April 1, 2006 will also be included in the wall.

GIVING USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy 2004 Sponsor a state and help library kids tour our nation!

> Gift of cash, securities, real estate, capital gains, or other assets
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May be given as a memorial or to honor another person (as on the birth of a baby) Gifts may be pledged over a period of years Substantial gifts may be designated for a particular subject area or service

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Bequests Life income plans Transfer cash securities or property to the Endowment Fund flow for life or a specified period Life estate agreements Enjoy the use of the property for deduction Insurance beneficiary

in return for a guaranteed income of time


life while receiving an income tax


There are many unique ways donors may choose to support their public library. Make an appointment soon with your attorney, a Friends Investment Board member, or Pamela Westby, Library Director (218/863-7055) to discuss the possibilities. > Benefits to the donor may include
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Income tax deductions Reduced transfer taxes Limited capital gain taxes by donating appreciated assets Obtaining a lifelong income stream with minimal administrative responsibilities

> Recognition For those who choose to support the Pelican Rapids Public Library with a contribution to the Friends Endowment Fund

For a gift of $25—$99 Recognition in Friends Annual Report For a gift of $100—$1000 Recognition in Friends Annual Report For a gift of $1000+ Recognition in Friends Annual Report and on a yearly donor plaque and on donor wall



The Friends of the Pelican Rapids Library inaugurated the Endowment Fund Campaign with an Endowed base of $28,000 in December 2005. Only the interest income from endowment fund investments will be spent on materials, ensuring a perpetual source of income for the Library. All undesignated donations to Friends of the Library of $100 or more will be placed in the Endowment Fund. To see the Friends of the Pelican Rapids Library Investment Guidelines or to learn more about the Endowment Funds,, request a copy by calling the Library at (218)863-5904, or look at the Library web site at

Giving Decisions


Dear Volunteers and Friends of the Pelican Rapids Library:
As we ring in the New Year, I thought it would be fun to reflect on our past. There have been some real changes since we opened the Library doors 17 years ago. Not only have the 1980’s clothing and hairstyles changed from, big bangs and pant legs tight at the ankles, but the way we conduct library business. When I started at the Library in 1989, some libraries in our system still offered 16 mm film, LP records and even 8 track tapes for loan. During those ―early years,‖ we searched Viking Library System for book titles using a microfiche reader and cards. We checked out books by handwriting library patrons’ card numbers on small white cards found in the back of each book, stamping the book pocket with a hand stamp dabbed in an inkpad. At the end of each day, the stack of cards was alphabetized and filed in a card file kept in the drawer of the circulation desk. If someone wanted a book that was checked out, library staff would search through the card file and attach a note to the card. Circulation numbers were recorded by hand in a ledger and overdue notices were typed on an electric typewriter. The card catalog was paper cards in wooden file drawers with a metal rod to hold them in place. Now, in 2006, a computer and barcode reader are used to check out books. Library visitors can search for and reserve books by accessing the Library’s website on the Internet. In fact, the card catalog is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Library electronic databases make it possible to access professional journals, and magazine and newspaper articles for research or private study. It is even possible to borrow free ebooks (electronic books) from the MNLink site. For instance, I searched using the keyword ―Thailand‖ and the system retrieved 7 ebooks, including the title Treasures and Pleasures Thailand: Best of the Best. By checking out an ebook, library patrons have access to the book in its entirety, including its 42 colored plates. Should you be interested in learning more about these electronic resources, please contact one of our friendly librarians for assistance. The transformations of the past two decades may have changed the way library visitors access books and search for information, but the personal service by librarians and the pleasures of reading will continue to enrich lives in this decade and for years to come. Respectfully, Pamela Westby Library Director The Importance of Proverbs

Somali has a rich tradition of proverbs, passed on from previous generations and embellished by individual speakers. Proverbs play a very important role in everyday speech.

Intaadan falin ka fiirso.
Look before you leap. (literally, ―Think before you do.‖) This is one area where Somalis find English impoverished. Some will go to great effort to learn English sayings and use them far too frequently; others may translate literally from the Somali and hope for the best. HELP !! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ! Someone to audit Friend’s books Someone to run a Pelican memorabilia auction this summer People interested in working on a raffle quilt for the library this spring Someone to edit our newsletter
Hot Reads for Cold Nights 2006 winter reading program, at the Pelican Rapids Public Library began in January, but it’s not too late to register! The program is designed to make the cold months of January, February and March more enjoyable. Simply sign up, read books, earn prizes, and share the pleasures of books.

Everyone is invited to join in the fun! Readers receive a reading log to track the number of books completed. Prizes are awarded for every five books read, including a mug featuring the 2006 Hot Reads for Cold Nights logo at the 10-book goal. In addition, readers can share their thoughts about literature or specific authors by completing book review forms. This year’s program offers an opportunity to discuss books at a weekly share session in the Library’s coffee bar every Wednesday at 2 p.m. This Library program is made possible through the generous gifts of Lake Region Electric Cooperative and Lake Country State Bank.

Join the community discussion on the meaning of human rights on an international and local level.

Human Rights Video Project

February 23—Promises—history of the Palestine/Israel conflict thru a child’s eyes. Moderated by Pam Westby March 23—Well Founded Fear—the asylum granting process in the US. Moderated by Jeff Boese April 27—Going to School –Shows efforts to include students with disabilities in the public schools. Moderated by Wayne Woolever May 25—State of Denial—Chronicles the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. Moderated by Lisa Stewart

7 p.m.
Pelican Rapids Public Library
Upcoming Art Exhibits
February– Myron Sahlberg—portraiture March—Jon Solinger—photographs Alice Carlson—tea pot collection April—Elementary School May—High School June—Faces of Change—photo documentary Marion Eckstein—dolls July—Roland Jordahl—photographs

Otter Tail County Historical Society
Chris Schuelke, Executive Director

―African Americans in Otter Tail County: Discovering a Lost History,‖ will be presented in Pelican Rapids Public Library on Thursday, March 30, 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Otter Tail County Historical Society, the program is part of the Society’s Mysteries in History, a series of programs that will be presented around the county this spring.

African Americans have lived in Otter Tail County since settlement in the early 1870s. The largest concentration was in Fergus Falls, which at one point had one of the largest populations of African Americans in the state of Minnesota. In the midst of a sea of Scandinavian immigrants and Yankees from the northeast, black faces in Otter Tail County provided a distinct contrast. Who were these people? Where did they come from? Why did they settle here? The answer to these questions will be given by Melissa Hermes. As education coordinator for the Historical Society, Ms. Hermes initiated research on the history of African Americans in Otter Tail County. Through newspaper articles and historic photographs, African Americans kept turning up, leading to the question of why were they here. Hermes research resulted in public outreach that shed light on this otherwise obscure aspect of our local history. During the summer of 2005, Hermes was featured on the Twin Cities Public Televison show ―North Star: Minnesota’s Black Pioneers.‖ Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Commission in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Minnesota State Legislature, ―African Americans in Otter Tail County‖ is presented, free of charge. Hope to see you at the library on March 30. ―Mysteries in History: Stealing the County Seat and Other Local Legends,” Thursday, March 9, Perham Area Community Center. “Inside the Red Menace: The Communist Threat in Otter Tail County,” Thursday, April 6, New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. “Guilty or Innocent: The Adelbert Goheen Case,” Tuesday, April 18, Ottertail Community Center. “The Parkdale Mill Turbine Recovery Project,” Thursday, May 11, Dalton Community Center. “The Kensington Runestone: Fact or Fiction,” Thursday, May 18, Parkers Prairie Community Center. All programs begin at 7:00 P.M.