Congratulations Hutchinson Library Friends on a Terrific 25 Years!


This fall marks the silver anniversary of Friends of the Hutchinson Public Library.  The first organizational meeting of the “Friends of the Library” was held on Monday, September 11, 1989.  The by-laws were accepted and first officers were elected:  John Horrocks, president; Kim Tuomi, vice-president; Kathleen McGraw, secretary; Sue Munz, treasurer.  Three major committees were established:  Membership, Publicity, and Service to the Homebound.  Making the group official, Minnesota Secretary of State, Joan Growe, signed the official certificate of incorporation on October 27, 1989.

In 1990 Friends began sponsoring “Project Bookshelf,” a program initiated by Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Marlene Johnson to collect new books (not just toys) as holiday gifts.  These books were then distributed through Social Services to local children in need.  Hutchinson Friends member Jo Ellen Kimball headed up the first Project Bookshelf.  It is interesting to note that Project Bookshelf is still rolled out each holiday season as collection boxes for new books are now out in the local elementary schools, as well as, the Hutchinson Library.  Cash donations to purchase new books for this program are also accepted.

From its inception, the Hutchinson Friends of the Library adopted used book sales as a major fundraiser.  Receipts from the first Arts and Crafts book sale in 1990 were $305.00.  Both indoor and outdoor used book sales are still going strong and total receipts in 2014 were over $10,000.00!   As in 1990, the majority of these funds are earmarked for the library’s audio book and DVD collections.  The library welcomes donations of gently used DVD’s, audio books, hard cover and paperback books in good condition.  Textbooks, encyclopedias, and Readers’ Digests books generally do not have resale value, so we prefer that these types of books are recycled or donated to another entity.

The Hutchinson Friends sponsor other projects including Books for Newborns, National Library Week Activities, Adult Winter Reading Program, Author Visits, Children’s Summer Reading Program, computer and other technology purchases, School Readiness books, an annual subscription to the readers’ advisory publication Book Pages, and much more.

Today Hutchinson Public Friends boasts 55 individual, family, or organizational members, including a very active group of volunteers who meet weekly to sort, process, and price used books for resale.  One more thing, the Hutchinson Friends’ dues have not increased in over 25 years, which makes this organization one of the best deals in town!  Today, as in 1989, the price of a family/individual membership is $10.00, organizations are $25.00, and an individual life member is $100.00.  This entitles members to a free annual subscription to Inklings, the Hutchinson Friends quarterly newsletter, and all kinds of opportunities to volunteer and connect with old friends or make new ones.

If you are interested in joining the Hutchinson Library Friends group feel free to contact Pam Dille, head librarian, at 320-587-2368 or

Ordinary Grace is 2015 “One Book One Community”

It is with much anticipation and pleasure that the Heart of Hutchinson “One Book One Community” unveils its selection for 2015:  Ordinary Grace by Minnesota author, William Kent Krueger.  This coming of age story, set in the 1960’s in small town Minnesota, tackles sensitive and tragic issues with the redemptive power of grace.  Ordinary Grace has received a number of awards, among others, the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery novel.


A three event Sunday series is planned for the 2015 One Book One Community:

  • 2 p.m. on February 8, PBS documentary “The Sixties” shown at the McLeod County Historical Museum.
  • 2 p.m. on March 22, community book discussion at the Hutchinson Public Library.
  • 2 p.m. on April 19,  author William Kent Krueger visit at the Hutchinson Event Center.

Looking for the perfect book to give family or friends this holiday season?  Paperback copies of Ordinary Grace are available for sale in Hutchinson at several retail outlets.  The library has two book club kits available for check-out.  They include twelve copies of Ordinary Grace and a reader’s guide for book group discussion — contact a library staff member to reserve a kit.  Also available for check-out are large print copies.

Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s One Book, One Community events — you won’t want to miss them!

New Non-Fiction Book Club in Hutchinson


Like to read history, biography or books on timely issues ?

The library will host the next meeting of a Non-Fiction Book Club on Monday, December 1 from 5:15 – 6 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library Meeting Room.  The topic for this month is “Stranger Than Fiction or Truth That Makes You Laugh.”

Teen Book Club

 teenbookclub Hutchinson Teen Book Club!

2nd Tuesday

7 pm

Are you interested in meeting other teens who like to talk about books, have fun and lively discussions, and enjoy beverages and snacks?

Please come & meet Hutchinson’s new young adult librarian,

Kris Jones!

Support Your Library

Support Your Library
By shopping online, you can help us add to our eBook and eAudiobook collections. For more information, visit thePioneerland Library System OverDrive page.