Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Branching out

R.I.P., Southpointe library. The Fargo Public Library's south branch closed Wednesday to usher in a new era. Workers will now transport books and materials from the strip mall at 25th Street and 32nd Avenue South to the new Dr. James Carlson Libr...

Graphic: Map

R.I.P., Southpointe library.

The Fargo Public Library's south branch closed Wednesday to usher in a new era.

Workers will now transport books and materials from the strip mall at 25th Street and 32nd Avenue South to the new Dr. James Carlson Library, which opens Nov. 16.

First, though, the Southpointe branch received a spooky farewell, complete with a costume party, activities and treats.

"I like your costume," a little witch told a red-slipper clad Dorothy, who was bagging popcorn and candy corn at the back of the library.

ADVERTISEMENT

Nearby, a grown-up witch was helping a youngster make a cat out of a black plastic bag and balled-up newspaper.

The witch, 4-year-old Elsa Bernard, came with her 2-year-old sister Emma and their mother, Shauna, a few minutes before the last story time at Southpointe.

Shauna Bernard said her girls love checking out movies, and they'll miss story time at Southpointe.

But Dorothy - actually Jada Goplin, a library circulation manager - said the closure and impending move is exciting.

"It's just too crowded in here," Goplin said. "We need more room."

The Carlson library at 2801 32nd Ave. S. will have 15,000 square feet. That's about four times the size of Southpointe, Interim Director Beth Postema said.

Library staff members will clean out Southpointe and contracted labor will move its contents to the nearly finished $2.8 million library, Postema said.

Previously, Fargo used professional library movers to haul books from the main library when it closed to make way for a new library on its site.

ADVERTISEMENT

This time, the library is handling the move itself, Postema said.

"We learned from them, so this one we think we've got under control," she said.

Meanwhile, workers at Carlson are doing last-minute trouble shooting and installing technology such as public computers and the check-out system, Postema said.

A grand opening is planned Nov. 16.

The Ed Clapp Park Senior Center, which adjoins the new library, is slated to open this month, said Brian Arett, executive director of the Fargo Senior Commission. A dedication is slated for Nov. 9, and the center will likely open Nov. 19, he said.

The $1.2 million center will provide meals and recreation for seniors and house the commission's administrative offices.

"We're just excited to be making this change in how we provide services to our community," Arett said.

- Though the Fargo Southpointe branch is now closed, library patrons can still return items to the book drop at the site or to any Fargo library branch, Interim Director Beth Postema said.

ADVERTISEMENT

- Fines for late items checked out from Southpointe have been turned off in November, she said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Andrea Domaskin at (701) 241-5556 Branching out 20071101

Graphic: Map

What To Read Next
The Buffalo Bills safety who suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday Night Football in January is urging people to learn how to save lives the way his was saved.
Josh Sipes was watching an in-flight movie when he became aware the flight crew were asking for help assisting a woman who was experiencing a medical problem.
A Sanford doctor says moderate cold exposure could be the boost people need for their day.
Nonprofit hospitals are required to provide free or discounted care, also known as charity care; yet eligibility and application requirements vary across hospitals. Could you qualify? We found out.