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Thursday, August 15, 2013 Tri-Coun News * www, tricountynews mn Library looks for feedback on open hours Great River Regional Library (GRRL) wants to know when you'd like to use the library. The library has posted an open hours survey on its website, griver. org. Staff want to know: Which GRRL location you use the most Whether you would prefer the library to be open the same hours each day or a range of morning, afternoon, and evening hours What day(s) of the week you use the library Which day of the week you wish the library was open What time of day you are most likely to use the library Which time of day you wish the library was open GRRL is the library system that operates 32 public libraries in Ben- ton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stea- rns, Todd and Wright Counties. GRRL provides the staff, materi- als and technology for library ser- vice; local municipalities provide the buildings. Open hours are set by GRRL. Library open hours range from 20 to 59 hours per week, depend- ing on activity level and commu- nity size. In general, the libraries in small communities are open fewer hours than those in larger communities. GRRL staff review library use each year, determining not only the quantity of material checked out, but also the times of day when libraries are busiest. "A lot of what goes on at the library is recorded on our comput- ers. That information provides a mine of data we are able to use to determine how busy we are," said Karen Pundsack, GRRL's Patron Services Coordinator. "What we don't know is how many people might use the library if the hours changed. We hope the survey can provide some of that informa- tion." Evaluating open hours and making adjustments to enhance patron access is a priority written into the library's strategic plan. The survey will be available through August. Staff will review the data and make any necessary changes for 2014. Editor's note: The Kimball Library is on the short list for pos- sible closure. Your response to this survey may help to save it. Community il illllllllllllli Vanasek Thomas Jonathan was bom to Jason and Tonya (Held) Vanasek of Lonsdale June 25, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces. He joins his big sister ]aelee. Proud grandparents are Mary Held and Dan Strohmeier of Watkins, John Grosz of Big Lake, and Michael and Roxanne Vanasek of New Prague. Great-grandparents are Regina Held of St. Cloud, and Janet I Ceplecha of New Prague. Bri,talshower National Night Out was Aug. 6 Fischer An open house come and go bridal shower is planned for Karl Fischer and Brian Lindbloom at 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. This .... will be at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Kimball. The couple is registered at Tar- get and Macy's. St. Cloud support group for families The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota spon- sors free support groups for fami- lies who have a relative with a men- tel illness. Led by trained facilita- tors who also have a family mem- ber with mental illness, the support groups help families develop bet- ter coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. Kathy Hokkala (wearing a badge), a member of the Meeker County A family support group meets in Sheriff's Posse, brought her horse to the National Night Out event St. Cloud at 7 p.m., on the sec- in Watkins Tuesday evening, Aug. 6, at the Watkins Community Fire ond and fourth Tuesdays of each Hall. Staff photo byAnton Matua. month, at Calvary Community Church, ]200 Roosevelt Road. For information, call Mike at (320) Several members of the Kimball Area Fire & Rescue Department 259-7101, or (320)492-2024. were on hand at the National Night Out event in Kimball Aug. 6. Mayor Tammy Konz posed with the department in front of their new rescue truck. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. Page 5 Viola Miller 100 th birthday Viola (Dockendorf) Miller will celebrate her 100th birthday from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. This will be at St. Philip's Church at 821 E 5th Street in Litchfield. Everyone is welcome. Please, no gifts. Blood Drive in Eden Valley Aug. 20 The American Red Cross will Call the American Red Cross be in Eden Valley from 1-7 p.m. at (866)236-3276, select option #3 Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the St. Paul's if you have questions regarding Lutheran Church. For you, as a health, travel, medications etc. donor, it is just a pint of blood, but Drink plenty of fluids and eat for the next person it is their pint of good meals before donating to life ... give blood, ensure a safe and pleasant expe- CallBonnie at (320) 282-1468, to rience. schedule your appointment today. Remember your identification - it is required to donate. , 1BE]ER * FOOD * FUN  DOUG KIELTY MEMORIAL Saturday, August 17 EVERY SATURDAY, 5 pm FOREST CITY 320-693-6711 Eden Valley Area Library's "Cat in the Hat" SUMMER READING PROGRAM/STORY HOUR Wednesday, August 21, 9:30-11 a.m. Featuring: Anti-Bullying Presentation & Friendship Theme Story, adivities, guest speakers, craft, and reading rewards! Preschool- adults are welcome! FREE PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact Judy: or (320) 266-5515 with a full ) kitchen for a catering coffee shop,