Dakota County Library cultivates community, creativity and learning. Our mission statement clearly directs our work and that can be seen in much of what we accomplished in 2018.
I’m particularly proud that Dakota County Library was one of only 20 organizations in the world chosen to be part of the Of, By, For All international cohort. It is helping us develop new ways to connect with and better understand the needs of our entire community. Librarians from around the world are sharing best practices, which will guide us as we develop new services for Dakota County residents.
If the Library truly wishes to be the community’s place, everyone must feel welcome and comfortable in our locations. So, last year, working with community partners, we took a hard look at how accessible our spaces are for all members of our community, including those with autism spectrum disorder. This work is leading us to make all of our branches more welcoming to all.
Galaxie Library in Apple Valley closed for remodel early last year and reopened in September. This library has a bright new look and feel with many options for people to enjoy the space while working, creating or learning. A calming space was added; it’s a place to go and regroup for someone who may be experiencing sensory overload while visiting the Library. Two other library locations, Heritage in Lakeville and Pleasant Hill in Hastings, closed for remodeling in 2018 and will reopen in the summer of 2019.
Our summer reading and learning program, Summer Discovery, added an online component to offer kids another way to continue learning over the summer. We also expanded the Library’s non-traditional kits. Our 2GO Kits offer the chance to try out fitness equipment, virtual reality, knitting, drawing comics and much more. One kit is designed to assist caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. We continue to look for new opportunities to offer people a variety of ways to learn and create.
In 2018, you may have noticed a new logo for the Library. It is just one small part of a rebranding effort that better reflects the wide array of services the Library offers. The new brand invites you to take another look at Dakota County Library and explore the possibilities.
Dakota County Library Director
Read more about the Library's 2018 accomplishments in our Annual Report.