The Washington County Board of Commissioners received an update Nov. 19 from the Marine Library Association (MarLA) on the activities and services provided by MarLA at the Marine on St. Croix Community Library.

Jim Maher, board chair of the volunteer library, reported to the County Board, and was accompanied by Mary Burke, a board member, and Marine on St. Croix Councilmember Bill Miller.

The library is celebrating its eighth birthday in January. Maher reported on the activities during the past year. The library has added 400 new books over the course of the year, and Maher said that the community appreciates being able to access new titles through the Washington County Library. New this year is a rotating art display in the library, which draws foot traffic to the building, while the library continues to offer children’s and adult programming, such as author talks and poetry readings. A major draw at the library was a recent presentation by former Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Alan Page. The library also collaborates with the Marine Film Society, and is in its sixth year of hosting a documentary series.

Maher said that the success of the library is a testament to how a community can come together to create a community asset.

Maher also thanked the staff at the county’s Hardwood Creek Library and the County Board for their support of the library.

The Washington County Library works with the Marine Community Library to maintain and support the community library and to ensure that Marine residents continue to have access to comprehensive library services provided by the county.

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