Dream Big? Really?

July 7, 2016 at 8:53 am Leave a comment


By Andrew Richter

Hennepin County just has money to burn;

I hope by now you have had an opportunity to check out the new Hennepin County Library – Brooklyn Park, located at 8500 W. Broadway. It is a special place!

All I saw was the price tag: a cool $24 million! Couldn’t you build this for $21 million?

Brooklyn Park is the sixth largest city in Minnesota and one of the state’s fastest growing communities. Now it finally has the signature library it deserves. While the new library was conceived of more than a decade ago, the building’s technological features and flexibility contemplate far into the future of Brooklyn Park.

The original Brooklyn Park Library Task Force was creative in its initial conception of what the building should represent. Today, we have the first STEM-focused library in our system.

Library task force?

Throughout the years, the Community Advisory Committees were equally as thoughtful when considering the library’s design and the gorgeous displays adorning the walls, ceiling and perimeter of the building. Thanks go to the dozens of involved residents for making the library truly reflective of the diverse backgrounds and viewpoints of Brooklyn Park.

There is space devoted to learners of all ages, with square footage more than twice that of the old library on Zane Avenue. The amenities at the new Brooklyn Park Library rival any great library in the nation: an interactive learning wall, a fully-immersive recording studio, 78 new computers, 11 private meeting rooms, early literacy programming with science and technology themes, large format video conferencing that can take you all over the world, dynamic public art that you can touch and explore. All open seven days a week.

It’s got every bell and whistle that you could possibly charge to the taxpayer. Funny, too, I thought this was a library, but no, now it’s for meeting space or surfing the net I guess.

Now, the kicker; as always Opat links it to the light rail.

Hennepin County has always been committed to the vision of a signature library, a gathering place for the people of Brooklyn Park. We have delivered one that will ensure new discoveries and experiences with each visit. In the not-too-distant future, we will have a Blue Line LRT station at the intersection of 85th and West Broadway. North Hennepin Community College continues to assess its plans for growth in the area as well. Our new library is yet another reason why residents have good reason to dream big about the future of Hennepin County and Brooklyn Park.

I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself.

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Entry filed under: Agenda 21, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, City Government, Community, County, Crystal, Education, Golden Valley, Hennepin, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, Taxation.

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