With renovations and updates essentially complete, Boike shows off what's new

    The renovations and updates at the Crookston branch of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library system are essentially complete, Crookston Branch Director Chris Boike reported this week, and the results, she said, are amazing.

    “Kudos to everyone who was involved in this,” she said. “We’ve had lots of positive comments. Our circulation is up, new members are up, and it’s largely because of the buzz generated by the renovation. Really, it’s beautiful; we’re very happy with the result.”

    The project was made possible by an Otto Bremer Trust grant totaling $125,000. The OTB said it would kick in an additional $25,000 if that amount was matched by local fundraising, and it was.

    The enhanced library will be celebrated at a grand reopening that will also double as the Friends of the Library’s Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m., Boike said.

    The improvements include new LED lights and light fixtures, the extensive renovations of both restrooms, new carpeting, and new furnishings.

    Before the grant was awarded, the City of Crookston had, in its five-year capital improvement plan, projects involving new carpet, flooring and lighting at the library on tap for 2019 and 2020. But in the hope of increasing the wow-factor that would come with the improvements funded by the OTB grant, the city council last spring agreed to accelerate the carpet, flooring and lighting projects to this year to coincide with the grant-funded projects. Funds from the City’s Municipal Land & Building Fund helped cover the costs of the improvements, in addition to approximately $30,000 from library reserves.