NEWSBRIEF: Dakota County Library celebrates 50 years in the community

Dakota County Library is inviting residents to celebrate its 50th anniversary at upcoming open houses and other events. Customers can explore the many resources at the library’s nine locations and experience new technology and services available to library users.

Since 1969, Dakota County Library has grown from the original two libraries in Farmington and Hastings to nine, with other locations in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Rosemount and West St. Paul. The library continues to expand its resources to meet changing customer needs.

“The library has grown considerably over the last 50 years, not just in the number of locations but also in the variety of services offered,” said Dakota County Library Director Margaret Stone. “This anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate both the history and the exciting future of the library. There is something for everyone, so join us and experience everything the library has to offer.”

Visitors can enjoy music, view a slideshow and share memories of the library at the following open houses:

• Inver Glen, 8098 Blaine Ave., Inver Grove Heights, Tuesday, April 9, 2 to 4 p.m.

• Burnhaven, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville, Wednesday, April 10, 3 to 5 p.m.

• Farmington, 508 Third St., Farmington, Wednesday, April 10, 3 to 5 p.m.

• Wescott, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan, Thursday, April 11, 3 to 8 p.m.

• Wentworth, 199 E. Wentworth Ave., West St. Paul, Thursday, April 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Kids are the focus of the celebration at a Dance Party Jamboree Friday, April 26 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Young children can dress up in silly clothes and dance to lots of music. Space will be limited to 100 people.

The final event celebrating the library’s 50th anniversary will be “West St. Paul History with Lois Glewwe” at Wentworth Library, Thursday, May 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors can learn about the fascinating history of the city from Glewwe, a local historian. This event will occur during West St. Paul Days.

The Library’s anniversary coincides with its Fine Forgiveness Week and with National Library Week, which runs April 7–13. For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us, search “library anniversary.”

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