MAHTOMEDI — Wildwood Library will close on Saturday, July 20 at 5 p.m. to prepare for construction.
The library will be closed approximately one year for construction of a new building on the current library site, 763 Stillwater Road. County staff expects to break ground on the facility in August 2020.
The planned 12,800-square-foot building includes a children’s room and teen space, patio, a large meeting room, three small study rooms, and space for outdoor programs.
During the closure, Washington County Library will offer services to the community at the Mahtomedi District Education Center, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave. Library users can pick up holds and check out other materials from a small collection during the DEC’s normal business hours (Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).
Beginning in September, Wildwood Library staff will hold two weekly storytimes on Monday mornings at the DEC, family storytime at 10:30 a.m. and baby storytime at 11:15 a.m. The Pop Up Library will also be available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Washington County Pop Up Library brings library materials, activities, services and staff out of the library and into the community.
Wildwood Library staff will continue offering monthly programs at The Lodge at White Bear, 3666 E County Line N, White Bear Lake, that will be open to the public. Community members can visit the Pop Up Library at The Lodge on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 10 a.m. to noon.
Wildwood Library patrons can also visit nearby Washington County Library branches, including Lake Elmo Library, 3537 Lake Elmo Ave. N. and Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Road N, Forest Lake.
Residents who would like construction updates can sign up for periodic email updates. Residents can sign up online at WashCoLib.link/WildwoodUpdates or in person at Wildwood Library.
Residents can also view project updates on the library’s website at WashCoLib.org/Future.