The Ramsey County Library in Maplewood Reopens to Cheers and Success

In a triumphant return, the library in Maplewood has reopened its doors to a warm welcome from the community. The first hour alone saw a bustling crowd of 400 people eager to explore the revamped library.

The grand reopening day was a resounding success, with a remarkable 1,386 people visiting to rediscover the joys of reading and learning. The enthusiasm extended beyond exploration, with 28 new library cards issued on this exciting occasion.

The event was graced by esteemed speakers, including Ramsey County Commissioner Board Chair Trista Martinson, Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt, and County Manager Ryan O'Connor. Their speeches resonated with the audience, expressing the significance of the library as a hub for knowledge, community connection, and county collaboration.

“Through the Maplewood Renovation Project, Ramsey County reaffirms its unwavering commitment to prioritizing residents, aligning with the community's needs,” said Commissioner Martinson. “Our dedication ensures county services, applications, and programs are not just inclusive and accessible but also executed with utmost efficiency and delivered with exemplary service.”

Commissioner Reinhardt expressed the importance of how community voices impacted the overall design. She added, “The community played a vital role in shaping the direction of this project and was instrumental in determining the layout and facilities of the renovated library, such as the creation of a larger teen space equipped with more computers.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the library in Maplewood was a hub for much-needed county services and a place of connection to the County during a time of great uncertainty. County Manager O’Connor stated, “This library is a testament to the county’s commitment to adapting to the ever-evolving needs of our residents. This includes the significant steps taken during the pandemic, such as initially establishing a Service Center and Career Lab within the library space when it was desperately needed.”

Adding to the honor, Deputy Library Director Pang Yang spoke passionately about the library's role in enriching lives and thanked all those who were a part of the renovation journey. "The new library spaces were driven by our commitment to extending our welcome, growing partnerships and community presence and building resources to create positive change. We give heartfelt thanks to county leadership, partners at Adolf and Peterson Architects, and library staff for their tireless commitment to enhancing patron experiences.”

The city of Maplewood Mayor Marylee Abrams, alongside Minnesota State Senator Tou Xiong, a former Ramsey County Library board member, and Minnesota Representative Peter Fischer, also attended, showing their support for this vital community resource.

The celebration was not only marked by words but also by captivating performances. Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli and Dua CORDA took the stage, adding a touch of art and culture to the reopening festivities. Their special performances added a vibrant and cultural dimension to the event, creating a memorable experience for everyone present.

With such a positive turnout and overwhelming support from the community and dignitaries alike, the library's reopening is not just a celebration for book lovers but a testament to the importance of libraries as integral parts of our communities. As the doors swing open once again, the library in Maplewood stands ready to be a beacon of knowledge, imagination, and community connection for all.

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**Article updated on 12/12/2023 to add the closing paragraph about how to learn more about the project.**