Anoka County Library has been celebrating its 60th Anniversary all year long, and the Diamond Jubilee will culminate with a special event at the Northtown Library in Blaine on Friday, November 16, from 3:00-6:00 pm. This celebration will include opportunities for attendees to share their library stories in the Anoka County Library recording booth, solve puzzles in a special escape room, win various types of swag in a giveaway, experience the poetry of the Library’s own Poet Laureate Michael Kleber-Diggs, and have a piece of cake.
During the past 60 years, Anoka County Library went from a small organization with only a few libraries to a bustling system with eight branches and two different affiliate libraries, which gather hundreds of people every day. The library offers access to countless books, movies, albums, board games, periodicals, and databases, in addition to free wireless access, computers, and copying/scanning access. Hundreds of programs are available at the library that focus on cultural heritage, technology, arts/crafts, performing arts, STEM, and more.
“Anoka County Libraries have been around for six decades, and in that time have undergone an enormous amount of transformation to meet the needs of the changing community,” said Anoka County Library Director Maggie Snow. “It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate the history of the library and see how it has changed the lives of those in the Anoka County community.
In 2018, Anoka County Libraries featured programs and traveling displays highlighting the history of Anoka County Library, and this program allows the culmination of a year’s worth of celebrating. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together, to reminisce, and to look forward to the future of the Library system,” said Anoka County Library Board President Mark Lenz.
The Diamond Jubilee is open to all ages.