St. Cloud Public Library Welcomes Community Back Nov. 15

St. Cloud, MN, November 2016:  The St. Cloud Public Library is announcing a day of scheduled attractions for its Welcome Back celebration taking place Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The library was closed for ten weeks as a result of a fire at the building on Aug. 17. Since then, the library has been cleaned top to bottom. It reopened all public areas Nov. 3, and is now fully operational again. To celebrate, the library is scheduling a day of happenings on Nov. 15.

“We’ll have a fire truck, tow truck and police vehicles here for kids to explore. We’re going to have new books and other collection items that haven’t been on the shelves yet, we will have storytimes with local law enforcement and members of the fire department and we’ll have live music,” said Julie Henne, the library’s associate director for public relations. As well as regularly scheduled storytimes, the library has confirmed a variety of additional activities.

  • Antiques expert and veteran Antiques Roadshow appraiser Mark Moran will appraise items for the public from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Registration for appraisals is required by phone or in person; no registration required to just watch.
  • Numerous make and take craft stations will be set up for the day
  • Children’s face painting will be available 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Random prize drawings will take place for branded library items and an iPad provided by the St. Cloud Friends of the Library
  • Local radio will broadcast live 1 – 5 from the library’s upper level
  • The Friends Bookstore will be unveiling a display honoring long time volunteer Angie Ahles and celebrating recent bookstore improvements
  • Refreshments will be available

“The reopening date was a moving target for a long time,” Henne said. “We are all enjoying seeing the public coming through the doors again, and we want to welcome them and thank them for their patience with a special day of celebration.”

For more information about library services, contact the St. Cloud Public Library at 320-650-2500.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.