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[PHOTOS] L.E. Phillips Library Celebrates Grand Reopening with Live Music

its Grand Reopening Week kicked off on Sept. 26

photos by Measha Vieth |

After a yearlong, $18.5 million renovation, Eau Claire's L.E. Phillips Library reopened this September to an excited Valley community. The nearly 50-year-old building received a top-to-bottom (yes, even the basement) re-up, and among its new bells and whistles is the library's new art gallery, a gorgeous new youth services and play area, conference rooms, a rooftop terrace, and more.

To celebrate its reopening, the library held a week of special events, including a plethora on Saturday, Oct. 1. Performances began before noon, live music filling the hub into the evening and closing out the day of events. Sue Orfield and Dustin DeGolier filled Riverview Room 306 with their voices and melodies from guitar and saxophone, the library dubbing DeGolier the upper Midwest's hidden secret, Orfield well-known for her rolling sound. Jim Pullman closed out the evening from 4:30-5:30pm in the Riverview Room, his 2020 album Go On Boldly recorded right in Eau Claire. 

For more information on future events at the library, visit

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