Renovated Hosmer Library welcomes all

At 9 a.m. on the announced reopening day, dozens of patrons streamed into Hosmer Library to get a first look inside the renovated 1916 structure. On Monday, August 19, hundreds more turned out to celebrate the results of the yearlong project and the south Minneapolis community served by this library for over 100 years.

The high-energy celebration filled almost every corner of the historic building, with patrons covering the main floor to hear remarks by library and county leaders and cheer along during the ribbon-cutting. Making their way up the expanded entryway staircase in full regalia, the dancers in south Minneapolis-based Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue opened their performance with recognition of all the ancestors who have called this community home.

After the performance, patrons enjoyed the renovated spaces indoors and out. The lower level meeting rooms offered takeaway memento photos from the Picture Wagon mobile photo booth, and the library’s Teen Tech Squad had a button-making station featuring detail-shot photographs of library features, such as the stained glass window by Michael Pilla and new contemporary upholstery in the teen area. Outside, families strolled through the pages of Butterflies on Carmen Street/Mariposas en la calle Carmen by Monica Brown, mounted along the renovated grounds on the east side of the library.

The yearlong renovation cost $4.4 million, with the design by architecture firm Leo A Daly and construction by contractor Noor Companies.

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