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Carondelet library branch

The Carondelet branch at 6800 Michigan Avenue.

One of the last of the St. Louis Public Library branches to be renovated, the Carondelet branch celebrates its reopening Saturday.

Library officials will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at the branch, which was built in 1908. The granite, neoclassical building at 6800 Michigan Avenue was designed by architect Ernst Preisler.

Of course Preisler didn't plan for restrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act or for computers. In addition to those updates, the library will now have an elevator, restored interior and updated collections of materials.

A press release from the library says a WPA mural has been "painstakingly cleaned."

The city system's library celebrations will be capped off this year when the grand Central Library reopens in early December.

Jane Henderson is the book editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.