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Interlochen Public Library opens new building

Hundreds of people were at Interlochen Public Library’s open house Wednesday. The mood was festive, and people were excited.

The building is a modern take on the northern Michigan cabin look – a mix of exposed wood and paint with high ceilings.

 It’s nearly double the square footage of the old building.

“I used to be a librarian,” says Elise Brooks, “and I’m just amazed that a town the size of Interlochen is behind something like this. It’s just gorgeous.” 

The new library has a separate room for children to play in and read, a community room and a commercial kitchen.

“When I first walked into the community room and saw the kitchen,” Rachel Harper says, “I got choked up because nutrition and food is such an important part of a healthy strong community.”

It took four years and 775 donations from individuals and foundations to build the new library. So far the building has cost nearly $3 million dollars.

The library is officially open on Thursday.

Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.