Shoreview library set to close for upcoming moving process


With construction of the new Shoreview library wrapping up and a grand opening date set, attention shifts toward building’s interior.

The new library building in Shoreview will increase the library’s available space by 10,000 square feet, making room for many new interior features, such as interactive displays for children, 3D printers and increased sitting space.

With Shoreview’s brand new library building nearing completion and the optimistic word that its construction is on schedule, officials have announced the closing date of the current library building and the grand opening of the new one, which is 10,000 square feet larger. 

Shoreview’s long-time library building will close its doors to visitors at the end of the day, Nov. 23. 

The opening of the new building, an impressive $15.8 million, 38,000-square-foot facility, is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2017, allowing sufficient time to make the transition of setting up and moving materials from one neighboring building into the other. 

Though the construction is nearly complete, there are still quite a few interior tasks remaining, according to Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries. That’s because much of the interior’s planned design, furniture, art and interactive materials for children will come by way of fundraising — an ongoing project, according to the Friends, which has raised over a fifth of its $250,000 goal.

This newest addition to the Ramsey County Library system is meant to serve folks not only in Shoreview, but the surrounding communities as well. 

Library-goers might have noticed that a frequently used part of the current library is already closed due to work being done on the property — which will be the new home to the administrative offices of Mounds View Public Schools. That is, the library’s book drop for returning books was permanently closed Sept. 9. 

According to Carol Jackson, manager of Shoreview Library, folks should use a temporary book drop that has been set up in the upper parking lot near the entrance of the library, which is at 4570 N. Victoria St. The temporary book drop will close Nov. 23.

Because there will be a period of time that Shoreview will not have an open, operating library, residents are being reminded that they can return borrowed materials to any other Twin Cities public library. 

“Shoreview is centrally located to most Ramsey County libraries, including Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville and White Bear Lake,” the Ramsey County Library system said in a statement, noting that any will do for returning books and other items, as well as for borrowing materials or simply visiting. 

It’s not only a local place to check out books and DVDs, use computers and read periodicals that residents will miss for about two months. 

The last day for storytimes and other special activities and classes at the current library will be Nov. 17. Activities will resume in the new building Jan. 30.

Clubs and meetings held at the Shoreview Library, like Conversation Circles for English Language Learners, will not meet in December and January as well.

In August, the Ramsey County Library system was awarded a State Library Construction Grant in the amount of $806,500 for the Shoreview building project. 

The grant is a competitive dollar-for-dollar matching grant that helps public libraries fund renovation, construction and improvement projects. According to the Ramsey County Library system, it will use the funds to offset construction costs for the Shoreview Library to allow for the purchase of technology, as well as increase the furniture, fixtures and equipment budget.

Some of the new equipment residents can expect are an increased number of computers and possibly two 3-D printers. 

The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries announced that it will host a furniture and used book sale fundraiser at the Shoreview Library Dec. 1 through Dec. 4. The funds generated from the event will go toward the interior enhancements of the new library building. 

 

Jesse Poole can be reached at jpoole@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7815. Follow him at @JPooleNews.

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