Library merger celebration set

Hot chocolate will flow on Jan. 2 as library staff and elected officials celebrate the consolidation of the Minneapolis Public Library and Hennepin County Library systems.  

They are inviting residents to gather at the Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, at 10 a.m. A children’s story time will follow.

The City Council gave the merger the final OK on Dec. 21; the County Board approved it earlier in the week. Three libraries that were temporarily closed – Roosevelt, Southeast and Webber Park — will open next week.