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Anoka County Library On the Go Grand Openings at Ramsey Municipal Center and Andover YMCA Community Center

Date: Jul 2nd, 2013

Join us to celebrate the Grand Openings of Anoka County Library On the Go locations. Events will be held at the Ramsey Municipal Center on Tuesday, July 9 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and at the Andover YMCA Community Center on Saturday, July 13 during their Family Fun Fest. Ribbon cutting will take place immediately following the parade at 12:30 p.m.

Library staff will be present to instruct patrons on how to use the services – all you need is a current library card.  

Anoka County Library On the Go is funded in part by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) federal grant totaling $117,389. In conjunction with community partners, the project seeks to expand access to both traditional and electronic library services to underserved residents via kiosks located throughout Anoka County.

Services include:
- Indoor and outdoor book returns
- Materials vending machines
- Locker system for pick-up of reserved materials
- 3M Discovery stations for e-book checkout/3M Cloud Library app
- Tablet vending machine (coming soon)

Along with the cities of Ramsey and Andover, the Andover YMCA, the non-profit organization Youth First Community of Promise and Anoka-Hennepin School district’s University Avenue Elementary school have also partnered with the Library to provide e-readers for the youth with whom they work.

“This grant is very exciting for the library as we try to find creative ways to reach our patrons where they live. The digital nature of these services allows patrons access to the library where ever and whenever,” said Library Board President Bob Thistle. “High-traffic locations in Ramsey and Andover have also been strategically chosen because they will allow patrons to pick up and drop off physical materials without having to go to an ACL branch.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning, in conjunction with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, which administers federal LSTA grants supports the LSTA project sponsored by Anoka County Library and its partners.

For more information about this project and other library programs, call 763-785-3695.