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Farmington library move, renovation delayed

Even though it was supposed to be closed and temporarily relocated to Farmington City Hall for a few months, the Dakota County Library in Farmington isn’t going anywhere just yet.

The library’s move — and the renovation project that necessitates it — is being delayed for at least another month. Quite possibly, it won’t even happen yet this year, branch manager Barbara Svoboda said.

The Farmington library was scheduled to move across the street to city hall for temporary housing over the winter, to accommodate a renovation project to the library building itself. Originally, the renovation was supposed to be completed by June, but a few pre-construction details have set the project back.

The library was supposed to be packed and moved across the street by the end of November, so it could reopen in its temporary location on the second floor at city hall in December.

“We understand,” Svoboda said. “We have to make sure is everything is done just right the first time, and there are some details that came up that made the delay necessary.”

Even though the library is staying in its building for another month, no additional programs are being scheduled for December, Svoboda said. The Tuesday book club will meet, but library staff had not planned any storytime events for children in December because they thought they would be moving to the city hall space at that time.

The new timeline gives more time before the move, but not enough time to schedule extra events for the month. All of the programs that were scheduled for November are still going on, Svoboda said.

Under the new timeline, the library will be packed up in late December and reopen at city hall sometime in early January. It’s not clear if the delay will also push back the library’s re-opening next summer.

“It’s a disappointment at the branch level because we’re all excited for the project and we’re eager to get it started,” Svoboda said.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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