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Landmark Hennepin County Library – Roosevelt to Reopen on June 1 After 15-Month Renovation
New Multipurpose Room Addition, Improved Spaces for All Ages, iPad Pilot Program Among Renovation Highlights
The public is cordially invited to celebrate the reopening of the landmark Hennepin County Library – Roosevelt, 4026 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis, on Saturday, June 1 after a 15-month renovation and addition of a multipurpose community room. Ribbon-cutting will be at 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson and Hennepin County Library Board President Jill Joseph will offer brief remarks. Explore the renovated library through a scavenger hunt, try out iPads available for in-library use and check out the refreshed collection.
The building was completely renovated. Accessibility and technology upgrades also were part of the project.
“For almost 90 years, the Roosevelt Library has been a community focal point that has enriched the lives of Standish, Ericsson and Hiawatha neighborhood residents,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. “Now the library is bigger and better than ever. I hope everyone who loves libraries will stop by on June 1 to celebrate Roosevelt Library and the free access to information, learning and literature that all public libraries represent.”
Managing librarian Amy McNally said, “The Roosevelt Library is a very vibrant small library in a very engaged and diverse community. Many families with young children use the library, as do high school students after school and lots of seniors during the day. We think patrons will love their renovated library, and we welcome everyone to explore it on reopening day and beyond.”
Opening day activities are sponsored by the Friends of the Roosevelt Library. Stop by the Friends’ sign-up table to join this group of library supporters. New members will receive a thank-you gift.
Renovation Highlights
·         Addition of 500-square-foot multipurpose community room 
·         Refreshed collection of books, DVDs and CDs
·         More access to technology: a pilot program will provide 12 iPads for patron use within the building; more public computers (15 total, an increase of 4) and wireless Internet.
·         Improved spaces for children, teens and adults, including a teen area that accommodates out-of-school use
·         An interactive early literacy space for young children
·         More casual seating/lounge areas
·         Accessible entry and main floor public restrooms
·         Increased operational efficiencies, with one customer service point
·         More efficient staff work area, with a staff work station and materials handling area  
·         Increased natural light; refurbished windows; duplication of several of the original features, including faux skylights and window seats
·         Outdoor public spaces with three benches for reading/gathering
·         Other exterior improvements: tuck pointing of the brick façade; restored exterior decorative light fixtures; a new fence; a new sidewalk; a new bike rack; new landscaping, including a variety of perennial flowers and plants plus some lawn space; a new monument sign in front of the building; resurfaced parking lot
·         Environmental/sustainable features include new, energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems; lighting; and an updated storm water management system
Family Destination
Laura Morlock of Minneapolis and her family are excited about the library’s reopening. “I have a family whose favorite activity is reading; the library accommodates and has resources for everyone,” she said. “My preteen is so excited to try out the library iPads. My 7-year-old can't wait to see what the revamped book selection will contain and sit in one of the window nooks to read her favorite books!
“We love that we can walk or bike to the library,” she continued. “I am curious to see the new meeting room and participate in any craft workshops that will be offered. I am also curious to see the continuing partnerships between the Roosevelt High School, the neighborhood community and the Roosevelt Library. Looking forward to stepping through the doors again!” 
iPad Pilot Program
“The iPad pilot program is aimed at finding out how viable it is to check out iPads to the public as a supplement to traditional desktop computers,” said Ali Turner, System Services Division manager. “Roosevelt was selected because of its size; its footprint did not allow for additional desktop machines to be installed, but we know demand for Internet access is high. A mobile computing alternative such as iPad tablets provides library patrons many of the same capabilities as desktop computers, with the added benefit of being relatively inexpensive. In addition, patrons using tablets are not tied to a table or desk and may use any available space within the library.  Wireless Internet is available at all Hennepin County libraries and so patrons are welcome to use their own mobile devices as well.”
To use an iPad, patrons will log in with their library card and PIN (Personal Identification Number), as they do when using a desktop computer at the library. iPad usage time limit is two hours.
Architecture Present and Past
Architect of the renovation is Hagen, Christensen & McIlwain Architects. Library square footage, including the new multipurpose room, is 4,511 square feet. Project budget is $3.2 million. Funding was provided by City of Minneapolis bond proceeds from the city-wide 2000 library referendum.
The Art Selection Committee for the Roosevelt Library selected artist Sheryl Tuorila to design, fabricate, and install mosaic tile artwork for the newly renovated building. Her pieces will be installed in summer 2013. The public art is funded by Hennepin County’s One Percent for Art initiative, which provides for the acquisition of public art in Hennepin County Library building projects of $1 million or more. One percent of the construction cost is dedicated to the selection, purchase and installation of works of art.
Roosevelt Library was built in 1927 by Minneapolis architect Jerome Paul Jackson to serve the adjacent Roosevelt High School and the Roosevelt neighborhood. The library was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in May 2000 and designated a Building of Cultural Significance by the City of Minneapolis through its Historic Preservation Commission. The building’s renovation plans met the commission’s standards in order to proceed.
Library hours will be noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays. Library phone: 612-543-6700.
For more information about the building project: http://www.hclib.org/buildingprojects or call Hennepin County Library’s Capital Projects Office at 612-543-8628.



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