After shutting down in October for renovations, Pleasant Hill Library is ready to reopen with a host of exciting improvements.
The about $3.6 million renovation remodeled the interior and features expanded meeting spaces and conference rooms, a reworked children's area and an "iLab" space with high-end technology like 3D printers. Other improvements include new computers and numerous decals that celebrate Hastings' landmarks and history.
"We're really excited to share it with the community," said Julie Carlis, the library's manager. "It's great for us to frolic, but the real thing is when people come."
On Tuesday, the library will open to the public at 9 a.m., and have a grand opening celebration 6-8 p.m. The celebration will feature speeches from county staff and offer celebratory small door prizes to some attendees, said Margaret Stone, director of Dakota County's library system.
"It's one thing to see the plans and images and renderings, but to see it come to life is really very exciting," Stone said.