Minocqua Public Library Celebrates 10 Years Since Expansion of Building & Services
Peggy O’Connell has seen a lot of changes in the last 10 years at Minocqua Public Library.
“The number and variety of programs we offer has really grown exponentially,” she said.
Back then, O’Connell was a part time staffer, now she’s the Director.
She said the changes and growth the library has seen in the last decade are a direct result of voters approving an expansion project.
“The referendum passed by a 72% majority. There was overwhelming support,” O’Connell said.
Originally, the library was 4,800 square feet. It had no meeting rooms, no program room, a small children’s area, and there were no in-library bathrooms.
“The space was really an issue. We are a very busy library,” she said.
Now, it’s more than 14,000 square feet. O’Connell said with the expanded space built in 2011, the library has been able to flourish.
The library has been able to offer more programs for both adults and kids.
To celebrate that growth and thank the community that helped make it happen, the library is holding a 10-year expansion anniversary celebration.
“It’s an opportunity for us to really thank the community, to show off our space here and show people what we do here at the library, especially for those who haven’t been in in a while,” O’Connell said.
There will be programs in library’s reading garden and displays on all that the library has to offer.
Along with acknowledging this important milestone, the library will also be celebrating the end of their summer reading program. Kids will have the opportunity to pick up their final prize, and participate in some fun activities. David Dall will provide entertainment and refreshments will be served. Tours of the reading garden will be available.
The celebration will be August 11th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.