3/22/2013 10:54:00 AM Library grand opening draws more than 250
by Sue Sullivan
The Grand Opening of the new Cannon Falls Library building included more than 250 attendees at the March 16 event.
Library Director Justin Padgett said, "Many people commented to me about how they were amazed at the amount of space with the same square footage as the old building."
Along with space inside, the new parking lot in the rear of the building provides more parking and a handy book drop near the handicap accessible doors.
While the unveiling of the Donor Tree Wall outside the building will have to wait for better weather, a ceremonially placed "Time Capsule" was prepared for inclusion behind the cornerstone, which will be placed when it's less blustery outside.
Inside the capsule, which won't be opened until the building is removed, was a rubber stamp long ago used to stamp books as the Property Of The Cannon Falls Library. There was a list of current library staff included as well as a list of Library Board members from 1951 when the Cannon Falls Tuesday Club began the endeavor through 2013. An article from the Red Wing Republican Eagle was included from April 20, 1985, when computers were first introduced to the Cannon Falls Library. Mark Mason of Cannon Falls took photos daily from the tear down of the old building to the day of its opening. Those photos as well as those he took of the Grand Opening were included on SD Cards, along with the directions for viewing the photos. Campaign fundraising materials for the new building were also included in the time capsule, along with a "special surprise" not revealed to this generation.
Special guests spoke at the gala opening. "I was thrilled with the public reaction and usage of the Library. It was been warmly embraced. We have designed into the community space, some 'quiet spaces,'" explained Padgett. With much of the wall space freshly painted but empty, Padgett said local artists are welcome to submit ideas for pieces to place there.