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Posted on: April 20, 2018

Library Celebrates 60 Years of Stories

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Anoka County Library. After 60 years, the place we go to find good stories has made a few along the way.

“Everybody has a story to tell, and so does the library,” said Maggie Snow, director of Anoka County Library. “And we thought the 60th anniversary would be a good opportunity to tell our story.”

To celebrate the Anniversary, two traveling exhibits of historical photos and momentos will land at each of Anoka County's eight library branches. The exhibits include historical newspaper clippings, programs, and a collection buttons from past library events.  A traveling recording booth is also available for library goers to go inside and record their memories from the library. Special edition library cards feature photos from the exhibits.

It's a look back, and a reminder of just how different the role of the library is today.

“We've changed,” said Snow, “from just providing books and being the keepers of information to being teachers.”

Snow says the traditional librarian of the 1960's is long gone. She calls today's librarian a media mentor who helps people find information and make connections.

“The emphasis has gone from books to people,” she said.

“So the books are still there and they're still important but they're not the focus of the library anymore. It's the people and how we interact with each other and the community and how we learn and grow together."

Learn more about the 60th Anniversary at: www.anokacounty.us/3342/Anoka-County-Library-60th-Anniversary.

Jennifer Anderson reporting
janderson@ctnstudios.com 

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