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Posted on: May 22, 2018

Anoka County Library Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

This year, Anoka County Library (ACL) is celebrating 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. In honor of the occasion, ACL will be offering a variety of services and programs related to the anniversary throughout the year.

“It’s an exciting time – our diamond jubilee,” said Library Director Maggie Snow. “We want to celebrate with our patrons all year long.”

ACL just released a series of limited edition historical library cards. Cards are now available at all library locations or by applying online at Replacement cards are $2.

“The library has evolved over the years to reflect the changing needs of patrons,” said Anoka County Commissioner and Library Board Liaison Mike Gamache. “So it’s only fitting to celebrate the many contributions the Library has made — and will continue to make in the years ahead.”

ACL also invites the public to share their favorite memories of the library. The public can share via phone at 612-567-7832. The voicemail box is available 24 hours. Please leave a message and be sure to leave your name. Or, the public can submit a story online at Submitting a story online also allows patrons to include photos, video, or audio clips. All submissions may be used in promotional materials and/or shared online.

“We recognize our patrons and staff have helped create and shape our story,” said Snow. “It’s important that we preserve those stories to share in the next 60 years.”

Two upcoming events include:

  • Anoka County Library's 60th Anniversary Celebration and Centennial Open House
    Celebrate the past, present, and the future of Centennial Library with activities for all ages. Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, 100 Civic Heights Cir, Circle Pines
  • Traveling History Displays
    Take a peek into the history of ACL with two different collection displays, which will be rotating through each branch from now until November. Come view library artifacts and photographs from our past.
  • For more information on upcoming events and other information related to the Library’s 60th Anniversary, please visit the ACL event calendar. 


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