Lake Elmo library service begins new chapter

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 10, 2012 - 5:46 PM

When Washington County closed the Rosalie Wahl Library after nearly 50 years, Lake Elmo decided to start its own library. It will open in the "clock building" downtown on Sept. 7.

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summer12Aug. 13, 12 7:18 AM

Typical of Lake Elmo and their fierce streak of independence. Lets not forget that Washington county was still going to provide library service to the residents in a different and more than satisfactory model. Lets not forget that surrounding libraries are nearby and even closer for some residents. Lets not forget that Lake Elmo is part of Washington county and the library director is acting fiscially responsible in changing the model to continue service to the city. Lets not forget the sleazy way the library board was appointed. Lets not forget the REAL cost to taxpayers of the city and state. Lets not forget that an elecion is upcoming and this issue will derterming the fate of some members seeking re-election. I laud the effort and time of the volunteers, but like all government efforts, the library will never be under budget and the taxpayers will lose. Plus the lack of affilition with the county and state system will continue the drive residents to superior surrounding libraries.

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krissimay78Aug. 14, 1211:10 PM

I grew up in Lake Elmo. One of my earliest memories as a child was the field trip where we all walked as a class to the library. Hand in hand we walked past what what was then known as the White Hat, over a bridge, through a trail and to the library. It was so quiet inside and smelled like books. I loved it! It felt magical. Years later after I moved away and had gone off to College I loved coming home and driving through the town I loved. It never failed that I should have a paper or two to write, so I thought to just stop in at the library and nestle in there and hammer it out. I was stunned and dismayed to find it no longer there. Moved out towards Oakdale and where they also added a new elementary school. It seemed each time I came home the less it seemed like home. Moving the library back downtown where it belongs sounds wonderful! We found joy in the simple things growing up. It was tradition that while my brother was getting his crew cut down at Barber Dale's my sister and I would be down at the library seeing what we wanted to check out. Then we'd all walk over to Lions Park to play. Those types of joys aren't happening as much in today's society. People are too busy. Kids have their video games. Parents have their social obligations and to simply put it: life gets in the way. I like to think it's not like that back home in Lake Elmo. That they try to get back to basics every now and again. Thank you for bringing back the library and I smile at all the volunteer effort that has gone into bringing this about!

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