Downtown library wants Edmontonians to make their marks

Noisy and messy are not words associated with libraries, but that's exactly how the manager of Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner library describes the building's send-off party.

Graffiti and live music to send off Stanley A. Milner before library closes for 3-year renovation

Edmonton's Stanley A. Milner library will close on Dec. 31 for a three-year renovation. (CBC)

Words like 'noisy' and 'messy' generally don't describe libraries — but those are the exact words being used to describe a send-off party planned for the Stanley A. Milner Library.

"Noisy and messy and different," said Richard Thornley, the library's manager. "People can come make a big mess."

Edmontonians are invited to make their marks on the 50-year-old building during a graffiti open-house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Thornley said this weekend is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of a near-empty public space. The library will shut down on Dec. 31 for a three-year renovation project. 

"We wanted to make noise and send off that building," he said.

Staff will hand out crayons, markers and paint so library lovers can leave messages on the walls. The event will also feature live music.

An artist rendering of what the new Stanley Milner library will look like when it opens in 2020. (Stanley A. Milner library)

Books and resources from the library are being relocated to Enterprise Square.

The temporary location will open on Jan. 3, and will stay open until the Stanley A. Milner revitalization project is completed in 2020.