Community Survey

Strategic Planning is the focus as we progress into the fall at the Casselton Public Library. According to the Standards for Public Library Guidelines, published by the North Dakota State Library, every public library in the state must have a 3-5 year strategic plan on file in Bismarck. There are many benefits to developing this plan including having concrete goals and objectives that will help make decisions on programs and services more defined. It will help effectively allocate resources because we will have a formula for what our priorities are. Also, planning will help avoid changing for the sake of change – it will guide us in identifying what to change because this should be a conscious decision that is right for the library and for the community. As we begin this process we are asking the community to complete an online survey to help assess the needs of the community, to acknowledge the services the library is currently providing, and to determine what needs we may not be fulfilling. There will also be a paper version of the survey available at the library during regular business hours. We need everyone’s input so please take a moment to complete the survey whether you currently use the library or not. Each member of your family may participate also as we provide services to all age ranges. Thank you for your participation in this stage of our strategic planning mission.

The link to the survey is as follows:


George Poulson recently donated the book and DVD set titled The Ghost Army of World War II to the Casselton Public Library.  This donation was given in honor of his twin brother who served in this elite top secret unit during WWII.  Both items are ready for circulation at the library.  Pictured with Poulson is Sheila Krueger, Library Director.  scan0095

“Under The Sea” Book Fair

Volunteers are needed for the Casselton Public Library Scholastic Book Fair which will be held on Thursday, July 23 – Saturday, 25 in the Casselton City Hall Auditorium. This event is a huge fundraiser which helps in purchasing books for both the children and young adult areas of our library. Families, grandparents, and the entire community are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers.

The Book Fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, some adult bestsellers, and other great reads from more than 100 publishers. This years’ Book Fair will feature an “Under The Sea” theme with special prize incentive for customers who purchase a total of $50.00 of book fair products. There will also be activities for children of all ages to participate in so be sure to take part in the fun and stop by the Casselton Public Library during the upcoming Summerfest weekend. Better yet — sign up to volunteer!

Every Hero Has a Story!

2015 Summer Reading Program

Monday, June 1 – Friday, July 24

Get your SUPER POWERS ready! Your reading MISSION begins on June1, 2015! The summer reading program is a BOLD way for children ages 4-17 to BLAST their reading POWERS throughout the summer while participating in programs that are SMASHingly educational.
The 2015 Summer Reading Program is free and open to youth, preschool through young adult, and will involve reading logs, prize drawings, storytimes, and activity events.
HOW THE PROGRAM WILL WORK: All books need to be checked out from the Casselton Public Library.

Youth ages 4-12:
*Read 10 books and earn a Super Hero Bracelet
*Read 10 more books and earn a Mini Magic Cube
*Read another 10 books and earn the Super Hero Tote Bag

Youth ages 13-17
*Read 3 books or 300 pages and earn an Unmask! Lanyard
*Read 3 more books or 300 pages and earn Aluminum Water Bottle
*Read 3 more books or 300 pages and earn a Marcus Movie Theater Gift Card

There will also be activity sheets that can be completed for additional incentive prizes.

New books arrive thanks to Libri Grant

Due to a generous grant from The Libri Foundation, Bill Strawbridge, and Meg Wallhagen the Casselton Public Library received 86 new books.  This was possible through a match in funds provided by the Central Cass Student Council as well as donations from Casselton Community members.  The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality children’s books to small public libraries. The Foundation seeks to foster a love of reading in children at an early age and throughout their lives. Since October 1990, the Foundation has donated over $5.5 million worth of new children’s books to more than 3,000 libraries in all 50 states through the BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program. Libri All of the books are now available for checkout so come in and see our new collection!

Steak Fry Fundraiser

Make plans to attend our Steak Fry Fundraiser this Friday!  The grill will be ready, the steak exceptional, and the service top notice.  Come and help the community support the  local library.scan0062