National Library Week is April 10-16

This week, Hennepin County Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries — and because of them. April 10-16 is National Library Week, and this year's theme from the American Library Association is "Libraries Transform."

What libraries do

Libraries today are more about what we do, for and with library users, as opposed to what we have for patrons.

Yes, we still love our books! And we take great care with our collections. But libraries are no longer only repositories or places of quiet study. We are also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or just relax.

Our libraries offer a variety of print and digital resources, including eBooks, testing resources, online homework help and music that can be accessed in person or online.

We also work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of our communities.

Whether through offering technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and library staff listen to the communities we serve, and we respond.

Celebrate with us

Hennepin County Library is celebrating National Library Week by inviting patrons in our buildings and on social media to share your transformational library experiences.

Look for daily questions this week on Facebook and Twitter and reply with answers using hashtags #NLW16 #myHCL and #librariestranform. Or join the discussion by answering questions at your Hennepin County Library location.

We look forward to hearing your library stories, and we thank you for helping us this week, and every week, to achieve our mission: nourishing minds, transforming lives and building community together.