Arvonne Fraser Library reopening celebration January 25

The newly-renamed Arvonne Fraser Library reopens on Saturday, January 25 at 9 a.m. following a yearlong renovation.

In recognition of the reopening, all are welcome to join county officials, library staff and neighbors for remarks and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m.

Activities during the day include performances by a U of M jazz trio between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a building-themed scavenger hunt.

Formerly known as Southeast Library, 1222 4th St. S.E., Minneapolis, the location was renamed in honor of Arvonne Fraser. Fraser, a longtime Southeast Minneapolis resident, left an ongoing international legacy of advocating for women and families. A University of Minnesota graduate, she began her political career working on DFL campaigns, becoming director of the Office of Women in Development in the Carter administration. She was a delegate to the first two United Nations World Conferences on Women and was a U.S. representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Fraser returned to Minnesota as a senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she developed and codirected the International Women’s Rights Action Watch and cofounded the school’s Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy.

The library will remain open until 5 p.m. that evening.

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