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Posted on: February 24, 2022

County approves 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Plan

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Park Grove Library was built at its current location on Hemingway Avenue in Cottage Grove in 1984. Over the past several years, Washington County has worked with multiple departments, local community members, and the City of Cottage Grove to plan for the ...

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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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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. The move ...

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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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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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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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News Flash

Posted on: June 30, 2021

County to Celebrate First Birthday of Wildwood Library

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Washington County Library will host a first birthday celebration for Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the library. 

The new Wildwood Library opened July 20, 2020, after being closed for 12 months of construction....

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News Flash

Posted on: November 22, 2022

Find Legal Help at the Law Library

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Did you know Washington County has a Law Library?

Located conveniently in the Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater, the Law Library offers various services for residents and attorneys. Law librarians can help provide legal information and reference, ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: November 4, 2022

Road to Decode Books for your Early Reader

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Road to Decode books are now available at all Washington County Library branches! If you have an emerging reader or a child with a learning difference, the Road to Decode Collection may be a great resource. See what titles are available or visit your loca...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Meet Young Adult Authors with Teen Lit Takeover

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Join popular authors like Neal Shusterman, Nic Stone, Ruta Sepetys, Adam Slivera, Cassandra Clare, and more during Teen Lit Takeover! Here are all the exciting events you can find at WashCoLib over the next 40 days: 

Virtual Author Visits

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Life at the Library
Posted on: August 22, 2022

Prepare for Back to School with Tools from Your Library!

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Check out library materials, access research databases, and browse online tools to assist with class assignments in any subject.

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

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This month we’re excited to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month, an annual event where we join with the American Library Association to promote the benefits of a library card for students, families, and learners of all ages.

The theme this year is “Find y...

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Posted on: May 4, 2022

Change the world with our Teen Social Activism series

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What comes to mind when you think of activism and activists? For many, the idea of activist brings to mind leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Banksy. 

However, there's a growing movement of teen activists &nd...

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Posted on: May 25, 2022

It's Time for Summer at Your Library!

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Our summer programs for kids, teens, and adults begin Wednesday, June 1 and continue through Saturday, August 20!  

Through the Summer Adventure program, kids ages 0-11 can read, learn, listen, and explore with an alien friend, Zorb. This flexible...

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Posted on: April 4, 2022

Ways to Celebrate National Library Week!

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We’re excited to celebrate National Library Week, April 3 to April 9! This annual event is a chance to recognize the important role libraries play in their communities.

This year’s theme is Connect with Your Library. In the words of thi...

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Posted on: March 2, 2022

Great books to celebrate Women's History Month

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Each year in March we celebrate Women's History Month! While the official celebration looks at the vital role women have played in American history, we think it's a great time to also look further and celebrate women's history a...

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Posted on: February 1, 2022

Great books to celebrate Black History Month

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While it’s great to read diversely throughout the year, Black History Month is a particularly excellent time to pick up about Black history, experiences, and culture. 

Curious about the history of Black History Month? NPR has got you cov...

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Posted on: February 22, 2022

Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings

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Join us for books, discussion, and more! Our readings and resources are in partnership with Welcoming School’s Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings in support of transgender and nonbinary youth in our community.&n...

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Posted on: February 22, 2022

Jazz and Friends: Reading Discussion Questions

Join us for books, discussion, and more! Our readings and resources are in partnership with Welcoming School’s Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings in support of transgender and nonbinary youth in our community.&n...

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Posted on: February 22, 2022

Jazz and Friends: Legal Information for Families

Join us for books, discussion, and more! Our readings and resources are in partnership with Welcoming School’s Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings in support of transgender and nonbinary youth in our community.&n...

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Posted on: February 22, 2022

Jazz and Friends: Recommended Videos for Kids

Join us for books, discussion, and more! Our readings and resources are in partnership with Welcoming School’s Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings in support of transgender and nonbinary youth in our community. 

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Posted on: February 22, 2022

Jazz and Friends: Additional Resources on Gender Identity

Join us for books, discussion, and more! Our readings and resources are in partnership with Welcoming School’s Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings in support of transgender and nonbinary youth in our community.&n...

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

Top checkouts and trending titles of 2021

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The end of 2021 is near, and with it comes the chance to reflect back on a year of reading. We've tallied the checkouts and looked through reading trends of the year to present some of the best and most popular titles of the year. Read on to see ...

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Posted on: December 2, 2021

Expanded digital access to newspapers!

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Library users now have remote access to the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune with your library card! Previously, access to current issues of these newspapers through an online databases was only available on in-library computers.

We&...

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