ST. PAUL NOTES | Highland, SunRay libraries closing for renovation, new art installation at Rondo


Spotlight on St. Paul reports that Rondo Community Outreach Library has a new reader bench, created by artist Seitu Jones in honor of retired librarian Alice Neve. According to the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, Jones selected materials “to complement another major work commissioned by the library: the story tree and multicolored ‘kites’ rising into the ceiling in the children’s area.”

“Alice’s Storyteller Bench” was commissioned by Neve’s husband, Leon, and unveiled on October 20.

Meanwhile, Highland Park and Sun Ray libraries are preparing to close for renovations at the beginning of December, not to reopen until the fall of 2014. According to the library website, the Highland renovations will help to better integrate the library and the Hillcrest Recreation Center, as well as providing additional parking and an exterior book drop, a new teen zone, new community meeting room, expanded children’s area, and more internet stations and powered furniture to accommodate personal technology.

Sun Ray library is also set for renovations during 2014, including a new public plaza, sidewalks and landscaping, better car and bike parking, an outdoor reading garden, an expanded children’s section and a dedicated teen zone, “genius bar” technology counters, as well as a community room.

According to the Highland District Council posting on E-Democracy, Highland Park Library will celebrate the remodeling with a Siesta Fiesta on Sunday, December 1 from 1-5 p.m. After the closing, preschool storytimes and book club meetings iwll be in the Hillcrest Recreation Center, Amharic storytimes will move to Homecroft Early Learning Center, and job search assistance, Paw Pals, and Dr. Who group meetings will be held at the Merriam Park Library. Merriam Park and Hayden Heights libraries will expand hours in 2014 to help accommodate patrons of Highland Park and Sun Ray libraries.

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