CROOKSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS ONE YEAR ANNIVESARY OF THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER OPENING

Thursday, June 20, the Crookston Public Library celebrated the first anniversary of its Family Resource Center opening. Members of the public stopped by to enjoy popsicles, play family games, and celebrate community.  

Victoria Ramirez, the Social Services Manager at Polk County Social Services, details the relatively new Family Resource Center for those who do not know much about it. “About a year ago, we developed the Polk County Family Resource Center, and the Crookston Public Library was our first site. We are colocated here, so they allow us to use their meeting room Monday through Thursday (two-hour block times). Then, we have a website and calendars so the community knows when we are available. We basically help families connect with resources.”

The Family Resource Center tries to promote several key businesses in the community, such as 

  • Polk County Public Health
  • Alluma
  • Help & Grow 
  • WIC Consultations 
  • TRI- Valley Opportunity Council 

Ramirez also wanted to note how lucky the community is to have the Family Resource Center. “We are the second county in the state that has developed Family Resource Centers, and we are part of a network of 41 states in the country. Polk County is actually being highlighted on June 26 nationwide for developing in rural communities and how to do it well.”

The event they ran Thursday, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., and many people stopped in. Many of them were Club Kid members, as they partnered with the library.