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Farmington library will close for renovation

Feel like curling up with a good book on some of these upcoming cold winter nights? If you want to get that book from the Dakota County Library in Farmington, you’d better get there soon.

The Farmington library will close its doors at the present location at 4:30 p.m., next Tuesday, Dec. 31. Library services will resume at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 13, across the street at Farmington City Hall.

It’s a move that’s been in the works for several months. The library building is scheduled for an interior renovation that will begin early next year.

That means library staff are getting ready for the move. Staff will come back to work after the new year and start packing up all of the books and equipment in the building. Some of it will go across the street to city hall, where the library will have temporary residence until the renovation is completed next summer.

Books can be checked out right up until the library closes next Tuesday, library manager Barbara Svoboda said. By necessity, the due dates will be extended until after the Jan. 13 opening at city hall. Readers who have requested books or have books on hold may have to wait to get those books until after the library reopens at city hall.

Readers also have the option to direct the holds to the nearby libraries in Lakeville or Rosemount, or any other library in Dakota County’s system.

“They might want to do that at a different library. Otherwise, the holds will by default be suspended until after we reopen,” Svoboda said.

When the library reopens at city hall, it will be in a smaller space, so there will not be as many programs available. Still, the weekly children’s reading programs will start up in January, as well the teen advisory council and the book club. They’ll also start the Winter Jackets book review program as soon as the library opens in city hall.

The temporary relocation may also help the library folks reach out to the Farmington community, Svoboda said. A new guys-only book club is starting in February, and those meetings will be held at Dunn Bros. The library will also sponsor a number of activities at the main stage during Dew Days.

“Because we will have a smaller space, it kind of forces us to do more things out in the community. I’m enjoying that aspect of it,” Svoboda said.

The remodel project will expand the current site to 3,500 square feet, and will include a number of study rooms and a small-group meeting room. The children’s section will be expanded, and it will feature a farm-themed play area. More public computers are planned, as well.

Library hours at Farmington City Hall will be 12 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The library will be located on the second floor at city hall.

Svoboda is looking forward to the next few months, and she’s confident the temporary location will work out well.

“We’re trying to be as uninterrupted in our service as we can be,” she said. “We’re very happy. Very happy.”

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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