Blaine library to reopen after $1 million renovation

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 8, 2014 - 1:34 PM

Anoka County Library’s Northtown branch closed in March for a makeover. Doors open again on July 14.

Anoka County Library’s busiest branch will be back in business on Monday, July 14.

The Northtown library in Blaine will reopen after a $1 million renovation, which includes the addition of a drive-through book drop, more public computers and more comfortable spaces to browse and read.

Overall, patrons can expect a more open and user-friendly space.

The library, which closed in March for the renovation, should appear brighter. Book shelves will be lowered from 7 feet high to 5½ feet. The higher shelves were harder to reach and created a dark, tunnel effect.

Interior renovations include:

• The addition of 10 computer terminals with Internet access, bringing the total to about 30.

• The addition of four small conference rooms for public use.

• One consolidated help desk that will be centrally located.

• A new browsing area in the center of the library for quick trips. The area will include newly released books, DVDs, magazines and other items.

• A new teen area with soft seating.

• An improved children’s area, including a new story-time section where parents and children can read.

• Greater flexibility for future uses.

The Northtown branch at 711 County Road 10 NE recorded more than 250,000 visitors last year. An official grand opening is scheduled for September.

 

Shannon Prather • 612-673-4804

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