One Book, One Community Read


The book selected for Hutchinson’s 2017 One Book, One Community event is
“Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 by Daniel James Brown.
You’re invited to read the book between January-April
and join in the community events!

Community Book Discussion
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
McLeod County Historical Society & Museum

The Hinckley Firestorm: Could It Happen Today?
Speakers: Wade Mapes, MN DNR Wildfire Prevention Specialist;
Mike Schumann, Hutchinson Fire Chief
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Hutchinson Fire Hall

The Hinckley Fire Museum Presents
Speaker: Carl Jerdin, Hinckley Fire Museum Volunteer
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Hutchinson Event Center


New Children’s Program

Thanks to the generosity of the Hutchinson Kiwanis Club,
the Hutchinson Public Library launched a new children’s program.
The monthly program combines a love of building with STEM learning.
Children are learning about science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics while having fun!


Project Bookshelf

Chimney-decorated drop-off boxes are located in the public library and the local elementary schools. Collection dates are from November 7 to December 9. 
The books will be distributed locally by McLeod County Social Services.
Since these books will be holiday gifts, they should be new books. Money donations to purchase  books are also welcome and should be sent to: Friends of the Library, c/o Hutchinson Public Library, 50 Hassan Street SE, Hutchinson.


Family History Research Series

Beginning in October, the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum is happy to announce a cooperative program series between the McLeod County Public Libraries and the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum. Each of 3 classes in our Beginner through Advanced program series will focus on topics and current methods in genealogy history research and how you can get the best results and find local resources to aid you in your search. Sign up for one or all 3 in the series. The Museum has brought together a team of local genealogists who have spent decades doing their own family history research. For more information, go to:

This project is funded in part orin whole with money from
Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.legacy_logo_cmyk - Required

Library iPads


If you would like to check-out one of our iPads, bring in your current library card.  iPads may be checked out for a two-hour period once a day.

There are some great apps to choose from, including the following news apps:  Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, CNN, NPR News and MPR News.

Younger patrons may enjoy the Lego Food, Lego Story Maker, Nursery Rhymes,
First Word Sampler
, or Minecraft apps.

As these are shared devices there can be no downloading of additional apps,
but we welcome suggestions to add new ones.

We welcome you to come on into the library, check out an iPad, and find a comfortable chair to browse the Internet or access one of the apps!

Check out Newsbank today!


Find information on topics related to business, education, health, politics and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, blogs, videos and web-only content  including the Hutchinson Leader, Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press and USA Today.  Also includes America’s News Magazines and Special Reports.


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Find information by clicking on a category and a topic including business, education, health, the environment, international Issues, jobs and careers, politics and government featuring 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, social issues, sports, technology and more.