News Flash

Posted on: October 18, 2019

County to include Park Grove Library renovation in 2022 bond

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Washington County has planned for a $5 to $6 million renovation for the existing Park Grove Library facility in the most recent Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

The Board of Commissioners held a workshop to review a draft of the 2020-2024 CIP on Tuesday, Oc...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: December 13, 2018

Additional time allows for Park Grove Library location discussions

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners adopted the final 2019 – 2023 Capital Improvement Plan at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11, which removed the Park Grove Library building project from the list of projects slated for funding in 2019....

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: May 8, 2018

Existing libraries offer inspiration for future of Park Grove Library

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Nearly 70 people attended the second community engagement meeting for the Park Grove Library building project on Monday, April 16. 

Jennifer McMaster of HGA Architects gave a brief presentation at the start of the event, highlighting some of the m...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: March 26, 2018

Nearly 90 people attend first community engagement meeting

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More than 90 people visited Park Grove Library on Tuesday, March 20 to offer their ideas about how to building a new library of the future on the site. At the open house event, visitors were invited to write down answers to five questions on posters aroun...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: February 1, 2018

Community engagement events scheduled for Park Grove Library

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Residents and patrons are invited to contribute their thoughts and opinions through a series of community meetings that will be conducted in early 2018. 

The community engagement events are scheduled:

Tuesday, March 20, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Park Grov...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: January 1, 2018

Architecture firm selected for Park Grove Library project

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson, Inc. to design a new building for Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove. 

Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: January 1, 2018

Target Completion Date: Fall 2020

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The Park Grove Library was built at its current location on Hemingway Avenue in Cottage Grove in 1984. When the building was evaluated by Washington County Public Works, it was estimated to need millions of dollars in future repairs, not including updates...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library

News Flash

Posted on: January 16, 2020

Washington County celebrates Valley Library with Grand Opening Ceremony

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Washington County Library held a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 11 to celebrate the newly-renovated Valley Library, which is located next door to its previous space in Lakeland Plaza. Partners and community members were invited to visit the libr...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: January 3, 2020

Valley Library grand opening celebration January 11

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The newly-renovated Valley Library will host a grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

To celebrate the new library, community members are invited to join county officials and library staff for a ribbon cutting ce...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Shelves going up at renovated Valley Library

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On Thursday, December 5, library staff and community partners toured the renovated Valley Library where shelves and furniture were being installed.

Valley Library will be closed December 18-21 while books and other materials are moved from the current spac...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: November 26, 2019

Valley Library to close December 18-20 for move to new space

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Renovations at Valley Library are on schedule, and staff are planning the logistics of moving into the new space and organizing an opening celebration in the new year. There are a few key dates over the next month for Valley Library users: 

  • Decemb...
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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: November 7, 2019

Valley Library renovation on schedule

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Renovation at Valley Library began in early September and is on schedule to be completed in December.

Drywall, paint, and tile have been completed. Contractors have also installed all cabinets and counter tops.

The ceiling grid in the back of the library is...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: September 3, 2019

Valley Library remodel set to begin September 9

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Renovation of a new home for Valley Library is set to begin on September 9 and should be finished by late-November. 

In July, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a construction agreement with Kraus-Anderson to relocate and expand...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: July 10, 2019

Kraus-Anderson will construct new Valley Library next door to current site

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On July 9, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a construction agreement with Kraus-Anderson for $836,580 to relocate and expand Valley Library in Lakeland Plaza, where the library is now.

The new location will be directly adjacent to the ...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: March 4, 2019

Board of Commissioners will consider moving Valley Library within Lakeland Plaza

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At an upcoming meeting, the Washington County Board of Commissioners will consider moving Valley Library to a new location in Lakeland Plaza rather than expand the library through renovation.

In November 2018, the Board of Commissioners approved a new 10-y...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: April 10, 2018

Target Completion Date: Summer 2018

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Valley Library has been in its current location in Lakeland for close to 30 years. The current location needs physical improvements for energy efficiency, accessibility, and to address general wear and tear of the building. The library space needs improve...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library

News Flash

Posted on: August 25, 2020

Wildwood Library celebration postponed to summer 2021

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A grand opening celebration for the new Wildwood Library has been postponed until 2021.

Although Washington County Library staff and partners would like to celebrate the new library with an official grand opening ceremony, current COVID-19 restrictions rel...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Wildwood Library to reopen July 20

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Wildwood Library will officially reopen to the public with limited capacity on Monday, July 20.

As with all Washington County branches, the new library will reopen with limited capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, visitors can enjoy picking...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: May 19, 2020

VIDEO: May 2020 construction tour at Wildwood Library

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Now that construction at Wildwood Library has mostly moved inside, it can be harder to see the amazing progress being made at this new building. 

This video tour showcases the spaces inside Wildwood Library before we start bringing in furniture, a...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Colorful details are being added at Wildwood Library

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The personality of Wildwood Library is starting to show as contractors begin implementing some of the more artistic and colorful details.

Contractors have installed a warm, wood ceiling as well as light fixtures and large windows that let in lots of natura...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Library staff tour Wildwood Library construction

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On March 3, Washington County Library staff took a tour of the new Wildwood Library. Staff with Washington County Building Services shared construction progress so far and highlighted what the finished space will look like.

The main entrance to the library...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: February 19, 2020

Rooms and walls are taking shape inside Wildwood Library

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If you could peek inside the new Wildwood Library right now, you’d see a buzz of activity.

The wall framing is complete, and drywall is being finished up this week. The window frames are also installed, and will have glass in them soon.

And althou...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Outside work, floors in progress at Wildwood Library

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It may not look like it to a casual observer, but the outside work at Wildwood Library is moving along quickly!

In the last month, contractors have finished most of the exterior brick, poured the interior concrete floor, completed the roof, and installed m...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: December 13, 2019

The walls are going up at Wildwood Library!

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Wildwood Library now has walls!

In November and early December, contractors finished the frames for the exterior walls and began installing underground plumbing. 

Until the building is enclosed and heated, blankets are spread around the interior to...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: November 7, 2019

Frame for Wildwood Library taking shape on site

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The outline for the new Wildwood Library is taking shape!

In late October, contractors started putting up the steel beams and supports for the building. They are also working on completing the utilities, parking lot, and final grading for the site.

In the n...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Site work has started at Wildwood Library

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Now that demolition at Wildwood Library is complete, site work on the project is underway. Footings and utilities will be installed soon. Contractors have also started work on a storm sewer project with the City of Mahtomedi.

Once footings are completed, f...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: July 2, 2019

County Board approves contracts for new Wildwood Library

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved contracts July 2 for building a new Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi.

The new library will be built on the current library site; the library will close July 20, and be closed for about a year for construct...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: June 18, 2019

Wildwood Library to close July 20 for construction

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Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi will close on Saturday, July 20 at 5 p.m. to prepare for construction.

When the library closes in July, staff will continue with moving preparation and packing. Construction will begin in August and is expected to take one yea...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: April 10, 2018

Target Completion Date: Fall 2020

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The Wildwood Library was built at its current location on Stillwater Avenue in Mahtomedi in 1990. When the building was evaluated by Washington County Public Works, it was estimated to need millions of dollars in future repairs, not including updates to t...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library

News Flash

Posted on: August 4, 2020

Resources for your career and job search

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Washington County Library is ready to help you conquer your job search, whether you’ve just started looking, are rethinking your career, or need help prepping for the interview. No matter your age or level of experience, we have something that c...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: July 15, 2020

New databases offered through eLibrary of Minnesota

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Beginning this month, Washington County Library is offering an updated selection of online tools through Minitex and the eLibrary of Minnesota (ELM). 

This update includes two exciting new online tools for kids from Capstone, a trusted children&am...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 3, 2020

Resources on race for readers of all ages

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In light of recent events in Minnesota and the difficult, necessary conversations they have prompted, staff at Washington County Library have assembled a series of lists highlighting books for all ages to help with this work.

As our colleagues at Saint Pau...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 14, 2020

The top 10 ebooks we're reading while we stay home

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Since mid-March, WashCoLib has seen a 41 percent increase in ebook checkouts on OverDrive and CloudLibrary. We thought it would be fun to take a peek at the ebooks that WashCoLib readers are downloading during quarantine.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia O...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 25, 2020

Computers available by appointment at Washington County Library branches

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Washington County Library branches will reopen with limited capacity on Monday, June 26. At that time, visitors will no longer need to make an appointment to use a computer. Learn more at WashCoLib.org/COVID19. 


Beginning Tuesday...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 1, 2020

5 ways to celebrate Children's Book Week

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Children’s Book Week celebrates books for young readers across the book world. This year’s Children’s Book Week, celebrated May 4-10, invites you to "Read. Dream. Share." the love of reading across your community.&a...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Check out popular magazines digitally with RBdigital!

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While many users may only be familiar with RBdigital for audiobooks, the site also has a huge selection of digital magazines that are available with unlimited checkouts for new issues and previous titles. Digital magazines can also be checked-out as long ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 27, 2020

An update from Library Director Amy Stenftenagel

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On Friday, March 27, Library Director Amy Stenftenagel sent the following message to all Washington County Library cardholders. You can learn more about the library’s response to COVID-19 and get an update on current services at WashCoLib.org/Co...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Beating cabin fever during COVID-19

Feeling a little cabin-fever? Kaylin Creason, a librarian at Lake Elmo Library, put together these free resources to keep you entertained and mentally healthy while you’re at home. Download or share the full infographic here!

Catch the opera (and...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Get library materials using curbside pickup!

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Beginning Monday, June 29, Washington County Library branches will be open with limited capacity and reduced hours. Visitors can come to our buildings to pick up holds, browse materials, and use computers without an appointment. Learn more.  

A sm...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Modified services available during library closure

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Update

On Tuesday, March 24, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to suspend all public-facing services at libraries and other county facilities through Tuesday, April 7. The library’s modified services, outlined below, will continu...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 11, 2020

WashCoLib has a new mobile app!

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We’re so excited to share that we have a new mobile app! With this new app, you can access your library account no matter where you are. The app also makes it easy to browse the library’s collections, check out or place a hold on items...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Our top checkouts of January and February

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It’s time to look at some of our most popular checkouts of the year so far. The books that emerged as our most popular titles of 2019 continue to lead checkouts for the beginning of 2020, but one kids series was particularly dominant this month....

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 26, 2020

Nonfiction for fun! 14 librarian-recommended reads

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This post was written by Cate Triola, a librarian at Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove. When she’s not matching readers with a great true story, she enjoys cooking and reading about ghosts. 

Just as with fiction books, what each nonfic...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 4, 2020

Comic memoirs? Graphic biographies? 6 true stories to check out!

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Comic memoirs? Graphic biographies? Many readers are familiar with the idea of comic books or graphic novels, but it can get a little trickier when you’re talking about true stories. But whatever you want to call it, illustrated memoirs and biog...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Newbery, Caldecott, and other award winning books

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When it comes to picking the best books for kids, the number of choices can be a little overwhelming. Enter, the ALA Youth Media Awards!

The winners of these awards are announced each year at the American Library Association’s annual midwinter co...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: January 27, 2020

Write, craft, learn at the library in February

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Don’t let the wintry weather keep you inside all month –  February is a perfect time to get out of the house and learn a little something new. This month, we have a full slate of programs for adults that focus on writing, craf...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: January 7, 2020

Discover and preserve your family history at the library

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Do you have photos or memories from loved ones that you want to make sure are preserved for generations to come? Maybe you want to more about your family history but aren't sure where to start? Washington County Library has the equipment, technology and k...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: January 6, 2020

Spark memories and conversation with Memory Minder Kits

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Memory minder kits are now available to check out from libraries in Washington County! Designed for people experiencing memory loss and their caregivers, kits include a collection of materials and activities to trigger memories of life experiences. This h...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: December 30, 2019

Our most popular adult nonfiction of 2019

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This post is the final in our end-of-the-year peek at 2019's most popular tiles. We've already share our most popular adult fiction and books for kids and teens, which means we're closing it out with adult nonfiction! 

This list includes the 15 mo...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: December 19, 2019

Our most popular kids and teens titles of 2019

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This post is the second one in our end-of-the-year peek at 2019's most popular titles. We've already shared our most popular adult fiction

Today we have an epic list of 30 books that were popular among teens and kids. The list is split into teen...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: December 16, 2019

Our most popular fiction of 2019

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As 2019 winds down, we're taking a peek back to see the year's most popular titles among Washington County Library users. Over the next three weeks we'll look at popular adult fiction and nonfiction and titles for kids and teens. 

This week we're ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: January 30, 2019

Reserve an iMac at R.H. Stafford Library

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Our Create Space at R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury is now open! The Create Space has four iMacs available for reservations or walk-in use. The iMacs are loaded with the full Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes programs like Illustrator, Photoshop, InD...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: November 12, 2019

Try our favorite cookbooks this Thanksgiving

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If you're hunting for good recipes or looking to impress your Thanksgiving guests, check out these cookbook and recipe recommendations from our staff.

Plus, you won't have to buy something brand new - all these books are located in our catalog and are just...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: October 24, 2019

Bienvenido – Welcome to Park Grove Library!

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Park Grove Library is no stranger to making sure their programs reflect their community. In response to community feedback, they’ve added numerous language programs, including Spanish Book Club, Spanish Play Date, and Adult English Learner Book ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: October 21, 2019

Libraries oppose new eBook restrictions from Macmillan

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Beginning November 1, Macmillan Publishers will only allow libraries to purchase one copy of new eBook titles for the first eight weeks after a book's release.

That means we will have just a single copy of new, popular titles by authors like Louise Penny, ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: October 1, 2019

Calling all kids, join a book club!

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Reading just got more fun! Kids in Washington County Library book clubs have saved mythical creatures with the Unicorn Rescue Society, brought books to life with mini-plays, and have even met the real-life authors of the books they read.

(Plus, they streng...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: September 23, 2019

Our most popular checkouts of summer 2019

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The leaves are turning and the air feels a little crisp, which can only mean one thing: fall is here! But before we dive into cozy reads and pumpkin spiced everything, we thought it would be fun to take a peek back at our most popular books of the summer....

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Life at the Library
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Get more for free with your library card!

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When you think about using your library card, it's natural to think about what you can check out by coming into the library – books, magazines, video games, and more. But your library card also grants you access to digital tools and collections that can t...

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