Update from Libraries without Borders: Mobile Home Community Libraries in Minnesota

From the Libraries without Borders newsletter…

In July 2021, we transformed the storm shelter in the Park Plaza Cooperative into a 21st-century library equipped with books and technology. By working closely with residents, we designed a community space for people of all ages, with storytime and health literacy resources. This project was made possible through the support of ROC USA, NNLM, the Anoka County Library, and the Northcountry Cooperative Foundation.

This month we won a $400K grant from the Minnesota Department of Housing to transform the Hillcrest Mobile Home Community’s storm shelter into a 21st-century library where residents can access technology, high-speed internet, books, and digital literacy materials. Construction is already underway and, once the dust clears, we will work with the United Way of Freeborn County, Albert Lea Area Schools, and Albert Lea Public Library to deliver in-person educational programs to the Hillcrest community. Stay tuned!

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