Welcome to the renovated Oxboro Library

The community celebrated the reopening of Oxboro Library on Saturday, July 20.

Interim Library Director Janet Mills shared the library’s vision for welcoming the community in the new space, noting the theme reflected on messaging throughout the building. “We believe public libraries are important community spaces where all are truly welcome,” Mills commented during the remarks. “I hope you will feel welcome in this library.”

Joining Interim Director Mills, Hennepin County Commissioner Debbie Goettel and Library Board President Katherine Blauvelt for the ribbon cutting were Mohammed Lawal, principal architect with LSE, and three members of the community. Gema Beltran and Alejandra Gutierrez Navarro serve as library ambassadors in the Latino community. David, a young neighborhood resident and regular Oxboro Library patron, was invited by Commissioner Goettel to participate in the ribbon cutting in recognition of his initiative and advocacy after he contacted her office to learn more about the renovation last year.

The celebration continued following the ribbon cutting, with patrons exploring the renovated spaces indoors. Community members created tiles with designs inspired by Mexican ceramics, and sampled traditional Mexican ice cream flavors and Somali tea. When rainy skies cleared later in the afternoon, patrons enjoyed an outdoor story stroll and the renovated patio and green space on the Portland Avenue side.

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