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Designers from BKV Group put together concepts like this for the former Wadena First National Bank. Bright, fun colors are being considered to create more of a library feel. Image courtesy BKV Group.

Designers from BKV Group put together concepts like this for the former Wadena First National Bank. Bright, fun colors are being considered to create more of a library feel. Image courtesy BKV Group.

A proposed layout for the new Wadena City Library has flexibility at the forefront with rooms that can be closed off or opened for various group sizes and activities. Image courtesy BKV Group.

A proposed layout for the new Wadena City Library has flexibility at the forefront with rooms that can be closed off or opened for various group sizes and activities. Image courtesy BKV Group.

The Wadena City Library has grand plans of remodeling the First National Bank building into its new library location.

This new location could double the current space, just on the first floor, and there's a full basement to boot. It would allow not only more room for reading materials, but audio/visual, entertainment, and learning opportunities would expand, too. The plans create spots for all age groups to feel connected inside and outside the building.

But first things first. The library board, staff and Friends of the Library members have a concept they are aiming for. To achieve it, they need to raise buckets of money—about $2.4 million. The committee agreed that these funds would not be sought from taxpayer funding, but by fundraising efforts.

If funds were to come in quickly, the new building could be ready by Fall of 2020.

In an effort to get the ball rolling, the library is having a fundraiser Saturday, March 9, at the former First National Bank building. Those attending get in on wine tasting, food, non-alcoholic drinks and silent auction bidding. The Wadena Municipal Liquor Store has lined up 14 vendors for beer, wine and liquor tasting. And on the auction, expect an assortment of wine, crafts, movie packages and more. 

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