Anoka County Library 60th Anniversary
In 2018 Anoka County Library celebrated its 60th anniversary. What began as a small organization with a few libraries has transformed into a system with eight branches and two affiliate libraries which gather hundreds of people every day. Learn about the Library story and share your own as we celebrate this impressive milestone together.
New Limited Edition Library Cards
Three new library card designs celebrating the anniversary have been made available while supplies last. The new designs feature retro photos from library days gone by. A $2 replacement fee may apply.
60th Anniversary Stories
I was without employment from January 2017 to August 2018. During that time, I lost the use of my entire home computer system due to a virus. I was able to utilize the resources at the Crooked Lake and Northtown branches (free computer use, inexpensive print fees) as if I were in my own home -- everything I needed right at my finger tips, including an on-site computer tech at least one day a week, and a knowledgeable daily staff! Thanks to the seamless resources of my local libraries, not one prospective employer discovered I had no home computer or SmartPhone while we communicated back and forth regarding numerous interviews (sometimes requiring me to make several trips a day to the library). I now have my dream job, and I owe it in part to the library. Thanks for helping me keep my secret, Anoka County Library! - Patricia T.
I grew up 2 blocks from the library, and I would spend most waking moments there; especially during the summer. I loved the library, and all the fascinating books I could check out. One day, I decided I would look at the "adult" section of the library. I had never ventured past the young adult section (as a preteen, I felt even that was pushing my boundaries). I remember distinctly walking around the end of the teen section and I came across the adult section. Feeling sure that a librarian would ask me to leave for trespassing....I looked at the books in the beginning of the alphabetized section. There, the first book I pulled off the shelf was Bronte's "Jane Eyre". No alarms went off, so I decided to check it out and leave. That book opened new adventures for me, and it remains one of my favorite works of fiction. Thank you to the librarians who did not kick me out for "trespassing" into the adult fiction section! - Ellen R.
I was 9years old. I came from a troubled family and did not have a lot of personal possessions. The school I was attending took us on a field trip to a place called “the library” When I walked in the building I was astonished. It was clean, quiet, beautiful.... They showed us all the things we could take home..... They read books to us and then gave us a card, it had my name on it, I could keep it .....it was magic. I could come here whenever I wanted. I fell in love that day, this was a safe quiet place . I grew up , married, and had children. I was a navy wife and wherever we went I immediately sought out the library, not just for me but my children too. Flash forward, I was 70 years old and at the library one day. They had job postings and in a moment I knew I had to apply. I had retired from the position as an administrator for a major corporation. I was interviewed and hired that day. I never told someone I was going to work, I always deliberately said I was going to the library....I loved every moment. I was there 3 years when I retired.....and got a beautiful enameled box withe my time served engraved inside plus a small monthly pension. None of which I expected....Patty the 9 year old had fulfilled a wonderful dream. - Patricia A.
Growing up, I remember sitting in the story time circle as a child at the little St. Francis Library, bringing home countless books (and books on cassette tapes!!!), and participating in the summer reading program every year. Winning passes to the wave pool at Bunker Beach was a special treat for my low-income family. As home-schooled students, my brother and I utilized the library for various subjects and projects. I once read an entire book series that had over 100 titles in it, which was made possible by the librarian at the time (who knew us by name, but I can't remember hers, unfortunately), by requesting books through other ACL branches or ILL. Shortly after graduating from high school, I had my very first job interview at the St. Francis Library. No, I did not get the job, nor did I get the job the second time I applied a few years later. However, in 2015, after a few years of gaining library experience through my college library and the ECRL system, the third time was finally the charm. And I haven't left since. Now, as a Centennial library staff member, I get to be part of history as one of the first employees to work in the new building! - Chelsea M.