Library seeks new home in old Lake Central building

By Brenda Erdahl:  It’s said when a door closes another one opens. It didn’t take long for those words to ring true in downtown Maple Lake. In June Lake Central Insurance Services closed its doors on Birch Avenue after 11 long years there in order to re-open in a larger, more prominent location on Highway 55 next to Subway and Snap Fitness. Soon after, the Maple Lake Library committed to renting the spot, along with the long empty laundromat and more recently vacated Becca Beads. Now, instead of one more empty building on main street, three have been filled. Paul Manuel of Lake Central Insurance, who is also a member of the library board called it a “breath of fresh air on a pivotal corner in downtown Maple Lake.” The Library has occupied the site of the old movie theatre on the corner of Birch Ave and 1st Street since it opened in 2009. While the location worked well for many years, the growing library has been “bursting at the seams” for quite some time, Library Board President Terry Mooney said. The board, which manages the independent and completely volunteer- run library, has been operating frugally and putting money aside with the hopes of moving to a larger space, Mooney said. After a brainstorm meeting that included volunteers, the group put together a wish list of sorts, detailing what they would want in a new building. The goal was to stay downtown at the heart of the city. After turning down several other potential locations, this one opened up. “Now we’ve found a site and it looks like it will be a great new home for us,” Mooney said.

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