Blaine Northtown Library re-opening

Almost four months after closing for renovations, Northtown Library in Blaine is re-opening.

Northtown Library in Blaine is re-opening Monday, July 14. This is sure to make readers of all ages happy, who have needed to find a new place to go since this library temporarily closed for renovations starting March 17. File photo

Northtown Library in Blaine is re-opening Monday, July 14. This is sure to make readers of all ages happy, who have needed to find a new place to go since this library temporarily closed for renovations starting March 17. File photo

Northtown Library, 711 County Road 10, saw the most visitors (250,000) in 2013 than any other Anoka County library and ranked second behind the Rum River Library for materials checked out (500,000).

The library closed March 17 so the interior could be gutted and reorganized and new features added such as a new reception area, a larger children’s room, a new young adults gathering area for teenagers with books and computers and new study rooms. The building footprint did not change.

A state library grant through the Minnesota Department of Education contributed $150,000 to the project, which was estimated to cost between $925,000 and $1.05 million. The final cost was not available when this edition went to press.

Northtown Library is open Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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