THE SPOTLIGHT IS ON The Ramsey County Libraries!

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THE SPOTLIGHT IS ON The Ramsey County Libraries!
Library service for suburban Ramsey County can be traced
back to the 1920s when the extension division of the Saint Paul
Public Library provided books for various public schools. A
bookmobile visited the suburbs in the early years as well. The
villages of White Bear Lake and North Saint Paul had their own
libraries during this period.
Bookmobile - In 1939 Ruth Palmer became the "County Librarian," reporting to Perrie
Jones, the head of the Saint Paul Public Library. The Ramsey County Public Library was
officially established in 1951 when the Board of Ramsey County Commissioners appointed
the first Library Board. Service was provided through a bookmobile and several small
As growth in Roseville and the surrounding suburbs mushroomed, a new headquarters
library was built on the corner of County Road B and Hamline in 1964. Full-service libraries
were built in Maplewood in 1967 and Arden Hills in 1969. The village library in White Bear
Lake merged with the County in 1967 followed by North Saint Paul in 1972. New libraries
were built in those communities in 1974 and 1977 respectively.
Ruth Palmer retired as director at the end of 1969 having served thirty years. As of January
1, 1970, the staff consisted of 32 full-time and 35 part-time employees. Phyllis Olmen was
acting director until Nowell Leitzke started in the fall of 1970, and Norman Vinnes succeeded
him in 1971.
The borrowing of books and other library materials increased by 129 percent during the
1970s, reaching a total of 1,302,414 in 1979. The Friends of the Suburban Ramsey County
Libraries were formed in 1979 to advocate for better library funding. The Friends, with nearly
400 members, focused much of their energy on holding an annual used book sale. Money
they raise is donated to the Library.
Book Sales - The Roseville Library was remodeled in 1981 to accommodate increased use.
In 1986, the library's first computer system was brought online to handle lending
transactions and catalog records.
First Computer System - Because of growing communities and increasing use, the Library
Board developed a plan for expanded and new facilities. The result was a $15,000,000
bonding program for a new library in Mounds View in 1990 and Shoreview in 1992. The
bonds also financed the rebuilding of the Maplewood and Roseville libraries in 1993.
Ground Breaking - When Norm Vinnes retired in 1993, he was succeeded by Marianne
Roos, who served as Library Director until 1999. During Roos's tenure the library saw
substantial increases to the book budget and additional open hours, including Sunday
hours. Roos launched the Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop at the library in Roseville, the first such
library venture in the state. When Roos left in 1999, Alice-Jo Carlson served as interim
director and was appointed director in September 2000. Carlson instituted alternative
revenue projects, such as the Booker Literacy Project and Licensing Program, a line of
merchandise, and partnerships with cities within the Library's service area.
When state and county budgets were reduced in 2003, Ramsey County Library suspended
service at the library in North Saint Paul to meet budget targets. Alice-Jo Carlson retired in
January of 2005, and Susan Nemitz was appointed director.
In March of 2005, a library was opened in the North St. Paul Community Center. County,
City and Library officials partnered to develop an innovative plan for library service at this
location. Other branches in the Ramsey County Library system included Arden Hills,
Maplewood, Mounds View, Roseville, Shoreview and White Bear Lake.
To meet increasing levels of business, the Library adopted a facilities plan in 2003. As
Phase 1 of the plan, the library on Beam Avenue in Maplewood was sold, and in March
2007 a new 31,000 square foot library was opened on a site across from the Maplewood
Mall and adjacent to a city park. Phase 2 of the plan called for the expansion of the library in
Roseville. The property immediately north of the library in Roseville was purchased to
provide additional parking, and a remodeled and expanded 2-story facility is on the site. The
new library, which is LEED gold certified, opened in June 2010.
Because Ramsey County Library’s budget could not support the high cost of operating the
aging Arden Hills facility, the building was closed at the end of 2010. In accordance with
Master Plan recommendations, the Library looked for a partner to help support operations in
a re-located library. By partnering with the New Brighton Community Center the Library was
able to reduce annual operating costs by $150,000. The 6,250 square foot space within the
Community Center provides a warm, welcoming library with 21st century collections,
services and public computing.
The library system is governed by a seven-member Library Board appointed by Ramsey
County Board of Commissioners. The Library's annual budget in 2011 was $9.8 million, with
the majority of funding coming from suburban Ramsey County property tax revenue.
More than 1.8 million people visited the Library in 2011, and circulation reached almost 4.7
million. Customers are now also making millions of remote electronic connections to the
library catalog, website, and databases.
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See What Is Happening in Your AREA!
“Get Ready & Go!”
2nd Annual Trades Hiring Expo
Building Our Workforce/ Building Our Communities
DATE & TIME: Monday, April 6, 2015, 7:00am-10:00am
LOCATION: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S,
Minneapolis MN 55403
Many contractors and unions will be represented. More to come…
New Leaf Workshop
Carver County Community Social Services WorkForce Center
Friday, March 27, 2015
Space is limited.
THE NEW LEAF WORKSHOP: Is designed specifically for job
seekers who must address a criminal record in their job search
process and who are realizing difficulty obtaining employment due to
their barriers and criminal records. This class combines our
nationally recognized Creative Job Search platform and adds special
strategies, unique to the ex-offender, for addressing and overcoming
barriers to employment, including how, when, & why to disclose your
record, addressing concerns from employers, answering tough
interview questions, WOTC, and Federal Bonding programs,
and “Ban the Box” concerns.
Participants can register for this workshop by calling the Carver County Community
Social Services WorkForce Center at: 952-361-1711 or Olivia Wilkins at 952-361-1709.
Cedar Riverside Neighborhood
Hiring and Training Fair, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 10am-3pm
Brian Coyle Community Center, 420 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454.
Jobs available in nursing, banking, transportation, health care administration, medical
assembly, interpreting services and more!
Please plan to arrive in professional clothing with a current resume and valid identification.
Mock Interviewers needed at Hubert H Humphrey Job Corps on March 25,
Morning session:
Afternoon session:
Help our students practice their interviewing skills. They will come in
all stages of development, from almost job ready to early stages of
training. Each interview is 20 minutes long, 15 minutes for the
interview and 5 minutes of feedback. We have a format with all the
usual questions from which to pick and choose, depending on the
student’s level of development. The feedback form includes interview
content, resumes, introductions, appropriate dress, etc. If you can do
both sessions, we’ll buy lunch. Thank you for your help in preparing
our young adults for the job market. You can contact me at
[email protected]
Upcoming Employer of the Day or Hiring Events at the Washington County
Workforce Centers
Wednesday, March 11th
MN Landscape—Cottage Grove 10am-2pm
Select Staffing—Forest Lake 11am-3pm
Thursday, March 12th
Spartan Staffing—Forest Lake 10am-1pm
Wednesday, March 18th
Spartan Staffing—Cottage Grove 1pm-3pm
Thursday, March 19th
Spartan Staffing—Forest Lake 10am-1pm
Washington County Woodbury WorkForce Center
2150 Radio Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125-9453
Get driving directions
Telephone and Email:
651-275-8650 or [email protected]
Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
East Side Collaborative Employment & Resource Fair
Looking for a Job? Come meet employers and check out local job resources. Free to
attend. Download: Employment and Resource Flyer
When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Arlington Hills community Center, Room A,1200 Payne Avenue St.
Paul, MN,651-632-3870
The EMS Academy is accepting applications (people can email
contact email provided for more application information) for the
summer EMT-Basic class (that begins June 15, 2015) at this
time through March 31, 2015.
Intro to EMS Spring 2015 Flyer
EMS Academy Summer Academy Flyer
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