La Crete Library has been in operation since at least 1962. (Committee minutes are on file at the library dating back to January 30, 1962.) We were first housed in a small building across the road from La Crete Public School. Mrs. Martha Nafziger spearheaded the birth of the La Crete Community Library.
La Crete Community Library has a strong partnership with the Fort Vermilion School Division and the La Crete Public School — they have been a school housed library since 1967.
During the extensive school renovations the library was temporarily moved. From May 2001 to April 2002, the library was squeezed into a small, cramped portable while waiting for construction to be completed. Then in April of 2002, the library was moved back into the newly renovated school where the La Crete Community Library shared it’s space with the Public School Library.
In 2015 the library moved out of the school and into its own stand alone building to better serve its patrons and to enhance its programming.
The following new information was gathered by Sara Lehn Harder’s in her book: Ever into New Horizon’s.
“In 1956 there was a severe crop failure and so there was a scarcity of everything including clothes. The Nafzigers wrote to their church in the South about it and I wrote to mine. We were overwhelmed by the number of boxes with useful clothes that arrived. The Bishop [Wiebe] did not want us to make beggars of his people. So, big clothing sales were set up in the various schools and people were helped by the cheap garments. The proceeds of the sale were used to establish a Christian library in La Crete. Martha Nafziger ordered fine Christian books and served as the first librarian.”
— pages 97-98
We are open 49 hours per week providing the school and community with library services. We have 1 Librarian, 2 library assistants, 1 student assistant and 1 book mobile staff (this position hours vary depending on demand and needs). Along with our staff we have many volunteers who assist our library.
For over 20 years the La Crete Library has excelled in Senior Services. They have two part time helpers who team up to offer a high level of service to our Seniors. This male and female team get to know the Senior patrons and visit the Lodge and Long-term care facilities with individually selected materials. They visit once a week, deliver materials, visit and even read to some of the patrons. The Library also takes referrals from other agencies who have patrons that would like this service.
In addition to the outreach program, the library also operates the following:
- Senior’s Book Mobile – serving seniors and shut-ins by providing them with a variety of reading material as well as craft/special interest magazines etc.
- Summer Reading Programs: offered during summer months to children, including crafts, readings, videos etc.
- Senior’s Tea – Held in June celebrating Seniors Week. Includes singing, poems, video and slide presentations.
- Add new programs, possibly targeting children and youth.
- Expand on existing programs, namely the Book Mobile to include more seniors as well as shut-ins and others who may not have easy access to the Library.
- Provide patrons with a separate stand-alone library facility.
Free to visit and utilize in house materials. Fees apply for some services as outlined below.
Membership: Family $20 / year; Adult $10 / year; Under 18 $5 / year.
La Crete Public School & Feeder School Student Memberships – Free.
Over 28,000 items in house:
- Senior home delivery
- Large collection of Christian books
- Computer and internet access
- Disc repair