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Viking Library System celebrates with grand opening

The Viking Library System Governing Board is hosting a grand opening to celebrate the completion of its new headquarters building in Fergus Falls.

The public is invited to join them on Tuesday, June 15, from 4 to 7 p.m., for tours and refreshments at the new building located at 1915 Fir Avenue West. There will be a short program and ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:15 p.m.

The grain elevator style of the new structure was chosen by the Viking Library System Governing Board as both a nod to the rural nature of the community served by the VLS bookmobiles, and as an architectural solution to combining multiple garages of various sizes and heights with a functioning office space.

The interior of the building continues the grain elevator vernacular through wooden flooring in the workrooms and exposed ductwork. The color scheme reflects the colors of the growing season from the various greens of summer through the golds and russets of the harvest.

The office space salutes the 11 member libraries with offices named after each of the communities and historical photographs from each town. The building was designed by Scott DeMartelaere, Design Intent Architects, Fergus Falls; and was constructed by JPStructures, Inc., Menahga.

Viking Library System is a regional public library system comprised of the six west central counties of Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens and Traverse, providing professional support to the public libraries in Browns Valley, Douglas County (Alexandria), Elbow Lake, Fergus Falls, Glenwood, Hancock, Morris, New York Mills, Pelican Rapids, Perham and Wheaton.

Viking Library System offers bookmobile service to 93 stops in communities without libraries, rural areas, nursing homes, schools, daycares and correctional institutions. VLS staff also provides rotating collections to Head Starts, daycares and group homes throughout the six-county area.

Viking Library System supports public libraries by maintaining and operating the online integrated library catalog, providing and supporting a broadband network with Internet access to each library, managing interlibrary loan, and furnishing delivery between and amongst all of the libraries. Viking Library System is also currently managing and dispersing the Cultural Heritage Legacy funds awarded to regional public library systems.

The new regional headquarters building was financed as a lease-purchase arrangement between Viking Library System and Otter Tail County through the Otter Tail County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.