Great River Regional Library
1300 W. St. Germain St
St. Cloud, MN 56301
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carla Asfeld
Library Service Coordinator - Kimball Public Library
Kimball Public Library Moves to New Location
Kimball, Minn., Nov. 27, 2020 … The Kimball Public Library closed on Monday, November 30, to move to its new location. On Monday, Dec. 7, the library will open its new doors to existing and new patrons. This day marks a new chapter for the Kimball Public Library operated by the Great River Regional Library after 51 years in the community, two decades of dreaming, three years of active planning and fundraising and nearly seven months of construction and preparation for a new building. The 4,200 square-foot library and community space will allow for more lifelong learning through books, programming and activities, internet stations and community gatherings.
“We celebrate this new asset in our community. From the pennies from school children to five-figure gifts donated to the project, all gifts have been important to our community,” said Mayor Tammy Konz. “We look forward to a more widespread ‘come-on-in’ opening next summer when we can have a GRAND celebration event.”
Great River Regional Library staff is responsible for moving and shelving a collection of 12,000 books and other materials, connecting computers and setting up its staff space. Because of Covid-19 and the need for more space and distancing, the community room will be offline to the community during December and will serve as a staging area for the move and set up.
The new library, 51 Spruce Ave. W., is located just around the corner from the existing library which has been housed in downtown Kimball in the historic city hall since 1962. The City of Kimball plans to move its offices into the current library space, allowing the Kimball Area Historical Society to move into the current city offices.
Carla Asfeld, Kimball’s Library Service Coordinator, said: “I look forward to celebrating Kimball's commitment to their community and the library with every patron who walks through the door. This new library is an especially welcomed bright spot at this time.”
Community members may visit the new library on opening day to view the new space, browse the bookshelves, and use the library computers. However, library services will follow Great River Regional Library Grab-and-Go guidelines but visitors are welcome to enjoy seeing the new space but not linger for long periods of time to keep each other and staff safe.
Planning and construction of the new library is a result of a local, regional and statewide partnership, including the City of Kimball, Great River Regional Library (GRRL), Kimball Area Friends of the Library, the State of Minnesota, Kimball Library Building Task Force, Kimball Library Building Committee and more than 300 donors and friends of the project. A grand opening event is planned for the summer of 2021 when it is safe to gather.
For the latest information on the opening, programming and future events or to get a library card, please contact the Kimball Public Library or visit us online at https://griver.org/locations/kimball. To learn more about the library building project, visit www.kimball-library.org.
The Facts: The New Kimball Public Library
Location: 51 Spruce Ave. W., Kimball, Minnesota, on the corner of Spruce Avenue and Elm Street
Square Footage: 4,200 square feet, including a community room to seat 55 people (former library space is 1,010 square feet)
Owner: City of Kimball
Architect: Rice Companies
Builder: Rice Companies served as the construction project consultant working with city engineers and various local subcontractors on this public project
Cost: $1.2 million
# of Bookshelves: 40 sections
Size of Collection: 12,000 items (increased from the current 8,400 items)
Monday: 10:00 - 1:00, 2:00 - 6:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 1:00, 3:00 - 6:00
Friday: 3:00 - 7:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 12:00