3/8/2013 1:25:00 PM Much anticipated opening day at new CF library is busy
by Sue Sullivan
The new Cannon Falls Library building opened on Monday, March 4, at 10 a.m. with entrances in both front and just off the larger parking lot in back, including a handicap accessible door. Those who attended last Friday's Cajun music concert got a sneak peek inside the new facility.
"All the children's book shelves are on wheels so when we have something like the concert or program where we need additional room, we can open the movable wall and we have the space from front to back," explained children's librarian Cyndi Zierden.
During a tour of the new facility, Zierden gestured to where her office is with windows looking out over the children's area. "We have boxes stacked up and a lot of the 'behind-the-scenes' work still needs to be finished, but the library itself is up and functional."
The open floor plan includes many windows, allowing abundant light from outside to filter in.
Periodicals and newly released books are just inside with tables and chairs to accommodate. For those wanting even a cozier feel, a fireplace area includes cushioned chairs for relaxing with a good book. "We have had people here almost constantly since we opened at 10 this morning, just sitting and conversing and reading by the fire," said Zierden enthusiastically.
There are shelves of media CDs and DVDs available. The book shelves are a mix of new and old, neatly organized and accessible.
A student center now including a computer, sofa, table and chairs, when finished, will boast a mobile computer stand and more for research and completing homework.
While general use computers are currently on a table with chairs, the new carousel will house all the equipment more efficiently.
The professional section allows teachers, daycare providers and homeschoolers to access materials for the preschool to elementary set all in one place. To the left of those materials is a chest full of multi-sized puppets to use for demonstrations, explanations, and plays, and as Cyndi aptly states, "We have everything from alligators to zebras."
Heidi Holmes-Helgren is the library's genealogy expert. Anyone who would like to research family or community history will have at their disposal many documents now housed in the library. Holmes-Helgren is happy to assist anyone in their quest.
The well-lighted, carpeted new library's opening day was a much anticipated and busy day.
Hours are Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The new building is located on the site of the former library at 306 W. Mill Street, with parking in back.