The recently re-opened library is now more than twice the original size at 13,000 square feet, and it features more meeting and conference rooms for the community to use.
There’s also a classroom and demonstration kitchen complete with video recording capabilities.
“I’m really excited about the I.Q. Kitchen,” said library director Maggie Snow. “It’s a unique space to Anoka County libraries (and) it’s a unique space to Minnesota libraries, as well.”
Snow said the library will also have sewing machines and a 3-D printer available for demonstrations and classes.
“It’s really a place to try some hands-on things, learn some new things with experimenting and teaching new skills in different ways,” said Snow.
Library patrons can also check out cookware and baking pans to try new things at home.
The library, next door to Circle Pines City Hall, is easily accessible by road and several bicycle trails. All of that will help those who have relied on the location for decades reach it to try the new features.
“A lot of people used the Northtown location (in Blaine) while we were closed. I think a lot of people went to to the Shoreview Library, as well,” said Snow. “I think the public is excited. They are amazed that this is the same space, the same land we were on before. They’re really taking to the views. It feels open, it’s airy, there’s a lot of light. The chairs are comfortable, there’s lots of places to kind of hang out with groups and play or read quietly and do your work.”