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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Anoka County Library-CENTENNIAL Grand Opening Celebration

Grand Opening Jun 29, 2019

After ten months of construction, the Anoka County Library- Centennial branch is celebrating expanded services to residents of Lexington, Circle Pines, Lino Lakes, and Centerville, opening its doors to a new array of transformative offerings for collaborating, learning, and creating. 

Anoka County Library- Centennial Grand Opening

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 9:45 am, Doors Open 10:00 am

100 Civic Heights Circle, Circle Pines

The community is invited to join members of the Anoka County Board of Commissioners, Anoka County Library Board, Library staff, community partners, and neighbors for this festive grand opening event.  After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, everyone is invited to explore the new building, check out materials, and participate in programming throughout the day. Festivities include musical performances by Rich and the Resistors, arts and crafts, an obstacle course, a Storywalk®, and special guest readings. 

“The new Centennial Library is something the entire community has been looking forward to for years,” said Scott Schulte, Chair, Anoka County Board of Commissioners. “With its many up-to-date amenities and wonderful spaces, the new library is a place for community members to join together, share new experiences, and expand their horizons. I congratulate all who worked so hard to realize this vision.”

Answering the community’s desires to have more meeting and study spaces, a larger children’s area, and more comfortable seating for readers, the 13,000 square foot Centennial branch is double the size of the previous building and offers a place for people of all ages to feel at home with access to resources and information. The building is constructed to be cozy, warm, and inviting, with a design strategy based around the Danish concept of hygge- a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. 

“The expanded and modernized Centennial Library will be the hub of a campus that supports history, nature, play, and commerce. A learning space where creativity and opportunity thrive. We are very excited to offer this vital resource. Libraries change to meet the needs of the community, and this project is a great example of that transformation,” says Maggie Snow, Director, Anoka County Library.

Exciting new library features include:

  • IQ Kitchen - a space for cooking up curiosity and creativity while blending literacy, STEM, nutrition, and life skills education all in one place.  It is equipped with a classroom kitchen, 3D printer, sewing machines, and expert librarians offering hands-on learning and innovation opportunities for all ages
  • The Kitchen Collection- The only cooking and bakeware collection in the metro area! Twenty different cake pan options allow you to bake a unique cake tailored specifically to your special occasion.  
  • A community room with gathering space for large groups with different seating and table arrangements and three study rooms
  • A large interactive children’s area with engaging play features such as touch sensitive tiles and a light table
  • Custom art shadow boxes and sidewalk poetry from local artists 
  • Ample access to technology, including 11 computer stations and WiFi on-site and mobile hotspots for checkout

The June 29 Grand Opening Celebration for the Centennial branch will open a new chapter in a 60-year tradition of Anoka County Library bringing ideas, information, and inspiration to residents of Anoka County and beyond.


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