Elliot Park-area library reopens after renovation

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May 2, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

Franklin Community Library, 1314 Franklin Ave. E., will reopen Saturday, May 7 after a months-long renovation.

Grand opening festivities, from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., will include musical performances, remarks by the mayor and board officials, an open house, and activities for families and children.

The renovation of the 91-year-old community library - reportedly the city's oldest - included historic preservation, and new features include a "children's pavilion" and storybook room, a teen area, mosaic art murals and 30 new computers for public use. The $3.8 million project was financed by the 2000 citywide referendum that also funded Downtown's new Central Library.

Franklin Library's collection features materials in Spanish and Somali, as well as a large American Indian collection and an afterschool homework help program.

Following the big celebration, the library's regular hours are noon-8 p.m. Monday and Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.