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Crookston library may get new carpeting, lighting

Shannon Stassen

CROOKSTON — The Crookston Public Library may get new carpeting and energy-efficient lighting sooner than later to go along with other renovations made possible by a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust.

The downtown library is one of 13 libraries in the consolidated Lake Agassiz Regional Library system, and it recently received a $125,000 grant to update its facility, furniture and equipment. Another $25,000 is possible if the community can raise its own $25,000 match.

Library Director Christine Boike earlier told the Herald that priority will be given to the library's original 1984 restrooms, along with its popular sunroom, teen area and meeting room.

Crookston City Administrator Shannon Stassen on Wednesday said the city already accounted for new carpeting and lighting in its 2019 capital improvements plan but said it may make more sense now to do all of the upgrades at the same time. The city owns the library building.

"We won't know until the bids come in, but we're checking into it," Stassen said. "We'll take a look. If they are within the range to be acceptable and if it makes sense, we'll consider moving them up."

Stassen said the city is working hand in hand with the library board on all of the renovations, but no construction has begun yet.

"We're in the planning phase, picking out designs and materials right now," he said.

He said the city was thankful the library applied for the grant.

"This is wonderful," he said. "It's going to be such a nice improvement for a city amenity, a very important city amenity."

The library gets about 70,000 visitors each year.

Stassen said the bids for just the carpeting and lighting will go out in the next couple of weeks.