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Bigger, better, more beautiful: Renovated Nokomis library reopens on April 30

Nokomis Library, with more than 4,000 additional square feet of space and new energy-saving technology, will hold its grand reopening on Saturday, Apr. 30. Celebratory activities are scheduled throughout the day. 

The exterior of the renovated Nokomis Library
courtesy of Hennepin County Library
The exterior of the renovated Nokomis Library

After more than 19 months under construction, the newly enlarged and renovated Nokomis Library in Minneapolis will reopen this Saturday, Apr. 30.

A 4,300-square-foot addition, more room for children, teens and adults, a refreshed collection of books, CDs and DVDs, more computers, and a meeting room now located on the main level are highlights of the new facilities.

“This will be a celebration of a 21st-century library right here in our neighborhood — more computers, a renewed collection, energy-saving technology and great space for community meetings,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin in a Hennepin County Library news release. “People love their libraries, and they’re really going to love this one.”

A book "tree" in the children’s area of Nokomis Library
courtesy of Hennepin County Library
A book “tree” in the children’s area of Nokomis Library


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Built in 1968 to serve the Nokomis East neighborhoods of Minneapolis, the Nokomis Library has now been expanded to a total of 17,340 square feet. 

Among its improvements are enlarged and improved children and teen areas; the spaces for young adults boast modern, streamlined furnishings, while the children’s section features design elements inspired by Minnehaha Creek, including chairs with animal figures, bird light fixtures, a modern interpretation of a tree, and an “eagle’s nest” light shade.

The library has also refreshed its collections, added 24 more computers with Internet access and installed building-wide Wi-Fi.

The library’s environmentally-friendly features include a geothermal heating and cooling system that utilizes geothermal wells and the temperature of the earth for heating and cooling (no furnace needed).

High-efficiency light fixtures and sensors maximize the library’s use of natural daylight by reading the levels of light and human activity, automatically turning on when more light is needed and turning off when it isn’t.

Additional green features include low-flow faucets, carpet squares made from recycled fibers, a storm water management system that treats storm water on site, and native plant landscaping.

A teen booth at Nokomis Library
courtesy of Hennepin County Library
A teen booth at Nokomis Library

Grand reopening

Area residents are invited to join their neighbors — along with Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Library Director Lois Langer Thompson, Library Board President Therese VanBlarcom, Hennepin County Library staff, Friends of the Nokomis Library and the Library Foundation of Hennepin County — at the grand reopening celebration. Hundreds of people are expected to attend.

A brief program will begin at 9:45 a.m., leading up to the ribbon cutting and library opening at 10 a.m. Additional celebratory activities for the whole family are scheduled throughout the day:

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10 a.m.-6 p.m. – Scavenger hunts for kids to discover new features at the library

10:15 a.m. – Celebrity Storytime (local celebrities)

Noon-3 p.m. – Live music by Honeysuckle Rose, a jazz and swing ensemble

1 p.m. – Strolling magician Matt Dunn will perform sleight-of-hand wizardry 

For more details about Saturday’s reopening, view the Nokomis Library Grand Opening Factsheet. For information on library hours and services, visit the Nokomis Library webpage.

Time: Program 9:45 a.m.; doors open 10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011
Place: 5100 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55417
Cost: Free

A chair in the children’s area of Nokomis Library
courtesy of Hennepin County Library
A chair in the children’s area of Nokomis Library