Roseville Library temporarily relocates

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The temporary Roseville branch of the Ramsey County Library will hold its grand opening Saturday, May 2, at 2680 Arthur St., a block west of Fairview Avenue and County Road C.

Children’s story times, door prizes every hour, games and all-day refreshments are planned. Eric the juggling magician will perform at 11 a.m.

At 8:30 a.m. a ground-breaking ceremony will be held at the old building, located on Hamline Avenue at County Road B.

Friends of the Ramsey County Library will use the grand opening to kick off their capital campaign, and there will be a display of the remodeling project.

The old Roseville Library building closed at the end of March. Moving the collection to the Arthur Street site took about a month, said Bill Michel, library manager.

“We’ve brought over most books from the old library,” Michel said. “Eighty percent of the collection will be available to the public.”

Hours at the temporary site will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“We’re looking forward to serving our patrons out of this temporary location,” said Michel. “And we’re really looking forward to going back to our remodeled and enlarged building. I think everyone will be very happy with it. We anticipate reopening in June 2010.”

To achieve goals toward sustainable building design and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the library has received $780,000 in grants.

“LEED certification is a good investment in energy conservation and management,” Michel said. LEED-certified buildings provide a standard for environmentally sustainable construction and indoor environmental quality by optimizing water, energy and material efficiencies.

The renovated library building will feature several environmental design elements, including use of renewable resources; water-efficient landscaping and low-flow plumbing fixtures; storm water management through building rain gardens; clerestory windows and reduced-wattage lighting; improved efficiency of mechanical systems, roofing material and windows; reduction and recycling of construction waste; and recycled flooring and finish materials.

The public will be invited to participate in the flooring project. This summer the library will collect colored glass bottles from patrons to be made into terrazzo floors.

“It’s one of several demonstration projects that will help educate our public on energy issues,” Michel said.

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