News Flash

Posted on: October 18, 2019

County to include Park Grove Library renovation in 2022 bond

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Washington County has planned for a $5 to $6 million renovation for the existing Park Grove Library facility in the most recent Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

The Board of Commissioners held a workshop to review a draft of the 2020-2024 CIP on Tuesday, Oc...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: December 13, 2018

Additional time allows for Park Grove Library location discussions

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners adopted the final 2019 – 2023 Capital Improvement Plan at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11, which removed the Park Grove Library building project from the list of projects slated for funding in 2019. The move ...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: May 8, 2018

Existing libraries offer inspiration for future of Park Grove Library

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Nearly 70 people attended the second community engagement meeting for the Park Grove Library building project on Monday, April 16. 

Jennifer McMaster of HGA Architects gave a brief presentation at the start of the event, highlighting some of the m...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: March 26, 2018

Nearly 90 people attend first community engagement meeting

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More than 90 people visited Park Grove Library on Tuesday, March 20 to offer their ideas about how to building a new library of the future on the site. At the open house event, visitors were invited to write down answers to five questions on posters aroun...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: February 1, 2018

Community engagement events scheduled for Park Grove Library

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Residents and patrons are invited to contribute their thoughts and opinions through a series of community meetings that will be conducted in early 2018. 

The community engagement events are scheduled:

Tuesday, March 20, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Park Grov...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: January 1, 2018

Architecture firm selected for Park Grove Library project

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson, Inc. to design a new building for Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove. 

Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: January 1, 2018

Target Completion Date: Fall 2020

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The Park Grove Library was built at its current location on Hemingway Avenue in Cottage Grove in 1984. When the building was evaluated by Washington County Public Works, it was estimated to need millions of dollars in future repairs, not including updates...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library

News Flash

Posted on: April 10, 2018

Target Completion Date: Summer 2018

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Valley Library has been in its current location in Lakeland for close to 30 years. The current location needs physical improvements for energy efficiency, accessibility, and to address general wear and tear of the building. The library space needs improve...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library

News Flash

Posted on: June 30, 2021

County to Celebrate First Birthday of Wildwood Library

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Washington County Library will host a first birthday celebration for Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the library. 

The new Wildwood Library opened July 20, 2020, after being closed for 12 months of construction....

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library

News Flash

Posted on: September 7, 2021

5 Great Reasons to Get a Library Card

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This month we’re excited to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month, an annual event where we join with the American Library Association to promote the benefits of a library card for students, families, and learners of all ages.

Anyone who lives (or pays prop...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Get more for free with your library card!

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When you think about using your library card, it's natural to think about what you can check out by coming into the library – books, magazines, video games, and more. But your library card also grants you access to digital tools and col...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Books to Celebrate Pride Month!

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June is Pride Month, an annual celebration of LGBTQ+ Americans. Pride Month is celebrated each June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, and has grown to include celebrations across the country – including here in the Twin Cities.&...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 13, 2021

Let's Make Stuff at Home!

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Get crafty and learn something new! Join staff from Washington County Library for Let's Make Stuff! at home. Each video has a list of supplies and instructions to complete a fun project. 

Be sure to share your completed craft with us &...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Summer at Your Library begins June 1!

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Our annual summer programs are back, with activities,events, and prizes to help you make the most of your summer!

From June 1 - August 31, grab a game card to participate in one of our programs for kids, teens, and adults. You can pick up a game card at yo...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 7, 2021

Minnesota Author Project contest open for entries

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Entries are open for this year's Minnesota Author Project contest for independently-published young adult and adult fiction. The contest is also accepting entries for the Communities Create category, which seeks written work by Minnesota organiza...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Jazz and Friends National Day of Community Readings

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On Thursday, February 25, communities across the United States join The Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Welcoming Schools program for Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings in support of transgender and non-binary you...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Celebrate Black History this month and all year long!

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Are you looking for ways for your family to celebrate Black History Month? Our librarians have compiled three lists of exceptional books for you: 

There are also a variety of online resources that might hel...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: December 31, 2020

Our top checkouts and best loved books of 2020

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The end of 2020 is near, and with it comes the change to reflect back on a year of reading. We've tallied the checkouts and gathered our staff favorites to present some of our best reads of the year. You can browse popular and recommended tiles f...

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