Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Leadership Greater Rochester’s Class of 2015 will celebrate the completion of its Mini Library Program Tuesday.

The project was coordinated through the leadership development program by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.

The group will hold an event at the Peace Plaza Information Booth, beginning at noon and it is open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend. The event will  include the installation of a downtown mini library and a check presentation of program funds to the Rochester Public Library, which will be take over future responsibility for the Mini Library Program.

Event Schedule:

12:15pm - Downtown Mini Library Ribbon Cutting

12:20pm - Presentation to Rochester Public Library

12:25pm - Children’s Storytime with Mayor Ardell Brede

12:40pm - Closing Remarks

For more information on the Rochester Mini Library Program, visit here.

Those involved in the project have completed the installation of  40 mini libraries throughout the city’s neighborhoods with the help of donors and program sponsors. The goal of the program is to increase book access for youth who currently have little or no access due to geographic, language or financial barriers.

The group says community interest and support has been strong with approximately 100 host family applications and over 5,000 books donated through city-wide book drives.

The project raised $182,000 in cash and in-kind donations with a large portion of the total amount coming from in-kind promotional marketing donated by local media companies.

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