Updated June 2020
Libraries are known as quiet places, but that doesn’t mean they’re not bustling with activity.
In Dassel and Cokato, library patrons have access to books, magazines, reading programs, children’s activities, computers with internet access, downloadable e-books, and a wide variety of free programs.
The Cokato Public Library is a branch of the Great River Regional Library System, which allows patrons access to nearly 1 million books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, newspapers, and more in 32 libraries in the GRRL system. With a GRRL library card, patrons can also access digital materials including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComicbooks, Music, and Movies/TV to stream. The Cokato Library has three public internet computers and wireless internet access.
The Cokato Library is located on Broadway Avenue and Fourth Street. Hours are: Monday, 2 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. For more information go to www.griver.org/locations-and-hours/great-river-regional-library-cokato, or call 320-286-5760.
Just for kids
Both the Cokato and Dassel libraries have a variety of programs designed just for little ones.
In Cokato, a variety of summer activities and challenges will be offered. Participants will create their own reading and activity goals and can complete badges using Beanstack or turn in completed goal records for prizes. Cokato’s 2020 summer reading program theme is Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover.
For more information regarding childrens’ opportunities, visit each library’s website.
FOCAL: Friends of the Library
Friends of the Cokato Area Library (FOCAL), and the Dassel Area Friends of the Library are volunteer groups that help with library events throughout the year, and promote the libraries.
FOCAL hosts a book club that meets the last Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. at the Grounds Coffee Shop in Cokato. This is an open book club; all adults are welcome. Check in with the Cokato Public Library for the club’s book selections and other details. FOCAL also hosts a book sale during the annual Cokato Corn Carnival.
Dassel Area Friends of the Library members help host an adult book club that meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. at the library. Book selections are available for check out. An adult winter reading program runs from January through March.
For more information about joining either of the friends of the library groups, contact the library.