This past weekend I attended the grand open house for the newly renovated Stanley A Milner Library in downtown Edmonton. Originally built in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s centennial birthday as the main Edmonton Public Library branch. The library was closed for the last 3 years for a massive reconstruction project, and just reopened last week. I grabbed the free tickets so that hubby and I could set out on date night touring the new library and all it’s features.
Although there is still a lot of construction happening on the outside (and you either like or dislike the outside design) – the inside is complete and looks absolutely wonderful! The new library features a Makers Space, a Games Room and Thunderbolt Lodge for indigenous gatherings and much more. The massive 2 storey interactive WALL is a fun learning opportunity, and lots of cozy reading spots means you can read while enjoying the downtown landscape.
Renamed in 1996, the namesake was instrumental in raising funds and awareness for developing this main library branch as the chair of the board from 1963-1968. He also funded the initial children’s library area development.
One of my favorite elements was the art installation by Peter von Tiesenhausen . Tucked away, around a corner on the third level, you’ll find this installation. It is high up, and hard to see and appreciate fully, so I first asked a staff member about it. I am sorry I didn’t catch his name, but this is his interpretation… It is designed like words in a book, but instead of words, each word is made up of people. The unique combinations and individuality of each person, combined by their own unique story…creates the story.
This library is worth a trip to…everyone of all ages will find things to do and enjoy. The bright and open layout, the cozy corners and the ease and accessibility of this location makes it an inexpensive outing.
FREE library card
A reminder that an Edmonton Public Library card is FREE for everyone. You can take out books from any branch in Edmonton and return them at any branch with a standard 3 week take out time for books. But your library card gets you access to audio books, DVDs, magazines and so much more!
You simply must go and see it for yourself. It is worth the drive, or bus or LRT to get there. And remember that on weekends you can get $1 per hour parking in the Library Parkade at 101 Avenue and 100 Street. Have you checked it out yet? Share your experience in the comments below!