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Downtown St. Paul library to re-open after $1M makeover

“In downtown St. Paul, the central library will soon offer more natural light, laser cutters, 3D printers and analog-to-digital recording equipment.It also will offer a series of classes aimed at helping artists budget their funds and create business plans, among other business-oriented programming.Closed in early October for improvements, the George Latimer Central Library will reopen Jan. 28 after a $1.03 million internal makeover. The opening weekend will feature a series of workshops and celebrations to acquaint library patrons with the new offerings.” (via TwinCities.com)

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St. Paul council overrides mayor’s veto on expanded library hours

“The St. Paul City Council on Wednesday voted to override a mayoral veto and fund evening hours at seven branch libraries. In passing the mayor’s proposed 2015 budget last week, the city council chose to make a series of changes to the proposed library budget. The amendments included redirecting $345,000 from a parking fund to open seven branch libraries from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The decision restores schedules that were trimmed during the recession.” (via TwinCities.com)

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Coleman vetoes council effort to expand [St. Paul] library hours

“St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on Monday vetoed the City Council’s move to extend evening hours at seven branch libraries, saying that the funding source the council would tap isn’t “steady and permanent” enough to support more hours in the long run.“While I understand the appeal of adding even more hours to libraries, this goal must be achieved while maintaining a bedrock principle of my administration — structural balance,” Coleman wrote in his veto letter to the council.” (via Star Tribune)

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Two St. Paul libraries reopen with bigger, brighter look

“After nearly a year of renovation work, St. Paul is reopening two of its anchor libraries with expanded areas for kids, more community meeting space and a lot more windows. On Sunday, the newly dubbed Highland Park Community Center will open its renovated library and recreational facilities to the public with a program featuring speeches, music, presentations by the architects and refreshments. A similar ceremony kicked off the reopening last weekend of the Sun Ray branch library on the city’s East Side. The cost of the two projects was $13.5 million, with $7 million coming from the city.” (via Star Tribune)

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$13.5m Renovations Spent to Modernize 2 St. Paul Libraries

“Thirteen million dollars were poured into St. Paul Public Library system this year to renovate two of the city’s more worn-out branches. This weekend Sun Ray Library on the East side of St. Paul reopened. Next weekend it’s Highland Park’s turn to show how these libraries are finally ready for the 21st century. A quiet place for reading printed books was last century’s library model. “The tools of learning are changing,” said Kit Hadley, Director of St. Paul Public Library.” (via KSTP TV)

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