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Test Our New Catalog
Test Our New Catalog It lists all available formats of a title and lets you request, borrow, download and return eBooks and more without leaving the site. Test it now in its beta (not quite finished) form. Report any issues you experience through "Report a bug."
Posted on Aug. 19, 2014
Internships at the Library
We have a variety of fall internships available offering valuable professional experience. Internships generally involve a minimum commitment of 120 hours over 12-14 weeks for approximately 10 hours each week. Schedules are usually flexible. Apply by Friday, Aug. 29.
Posted on Aug. 17, 2014
Excelsior Library Updates
Excelsior Library Updates The new Excelsior Library at 337 Water Street will open with a celebration Saturday, September 13. The current Excelsior Library at 343 Third Street will close Saturday, August 16, at 5 p.m., to facilitate the move. Learn more.
Posted on Aug. 15, 2014
'Birds of America' at Minneapolis Central
An original hand-colored volume of John James Audubon's "Birds of America" is on display through October in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library. It is part of the Minneapolis Athenaeum collection housed at the library. A different bird will be shown each week. Follow the Library on Instagram for updates.
Posted on Aug. 12, 2014
Test Our New Catalog Now
We're redesigning our catalog and giving you an opportunity to test it now in its beta (not quite finished) form on your phone, computer or tablet. Please report any issues you experience through the "Report a bug" link in the new catalog. We need your feedback!
Posted on Aug. 11, 2014
'Talk of the Stacks' Reading Series
This Friends of the Hennepin County Library series kicks off with J.A. Jance, Aug. 11, 7 p.m., at Minneapolis Central Library. Next up: Lorna Landvik, Sept. 10; Steven Pinker, Oct. 11; Dana Cowin, Oct. 30; and Michael Bazzett, Nov. 18.
Posted on Aug. 8, 2014
Wildflower Florilegium Exhibit
Wildflower Florilegium Exhibit View botanical paintings of native plants from the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden by Minnesota School of Botanical Art students. Exhibit opens with a reception Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m., at Minneapolis Central. Learn more.
Posted on Aug. 8, 2014
Club Book Lineup Announced
The Club Book author series starts again Monday, Aug. 11, with Lev Grossman at Roseville Library. Hampton Sides will visit Southdale Library Monday, Oct. 13. The Club Book series brings bestselling and award-winning authors to audiences at metro-area libraries. More info.
Posted on Aug. 6, 2014
Dance Together at the Library
Dance Together at the Library New this year! Interactive dance classes for kids and families. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills. Registration required. Presented in collaboration with Young Dance.
Posted on Aug. 6, 2014
Play and Learn Spots at the Library
Many Hennepin County libraries have play spaces that encourage children to learn with each other and their caregivers. The Play and Learn spot at Augsburg Park Library was created in partnership with the Richfield community and Minnesota Children’s Museum. Watch this video for more.
Posted on Aug. 5, 2014
St. Louis Park Library Closed for Upgrades
The library is scheduled to re-open Saturday, Aug. 30, at 9 a.m. New carpeting and furniture will refresh the library, and interior space changes will let patrons read, work and learn in new ways. Learn more.
Posted on Aug. 4, 2014
Resource for Test Prep
LearningExpressLibrary offers interactive online practice tests for most undergrad and graduate entrance exams, and it's free with your library card. It also offers TOEFL, adult basic skills, civil service, law enforcement, military, EMS, postal services, firefighter, and U.S. citizenship tests.
Posted on Aug. 1, 2014
Consumer Information Resources
Before you buy, see our Consumer Information subject guide and review rankings and recommendations for electronics, appliances, vehicles and other merchandise, plus ratings of local services and stores. If you need assistance navigating these resources, Ask Us.
Posted on Jul. 28, 2014
Webber Park Library Community Meeting
Join Hennepin County staff and County Commissioner Linda Higgins at the next community meeting for the new Webber Park Library on Thursday, July 31, 6-8 p.m., at the Webber Community Center, 4400 Dupont Ave. N., in Minneapolis. More info.
Posted on Jul. 24, 2014
'Art Out of the Box' Events for Kids
Art Out of the Box: Eye Wonder events at libraries this summer encourage kids grades 2-5 to discover artists' secrets and uncover illusions by looking closely at art from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. More info and to register.
Posted on Jul. 20, 2014
Help Us Refine Our New Catalog
Test the beta version now. It offers a preview of our new website design coming later this year. Explore our new catalog from your desktop computer or mobile device, and report any issues you experience through our "Report a bug" link. You can also tell us what you like!
Posted on Jul. 17, 2014
America's Other War for Independence
From 1812-1815, the United States fought Great Britain in a second, lesser-known war for independence. Check out books on the War of 1812, which was fought regionally at the Battle of Prairie Du Chien on July 17, 1814.
Posted on Jul. 17, 2014
HCL on Facebook
We're on Facebook to talk with you about books and reading, share information about library resources, tell you about upcoming events, and answer your questions. Join us there! We're also on Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and more.
Posted on Jul. 17, 2014
Online Book Clubs for Kids and Teens
Participate in one of our week-long online book clubs, which run through Friday, Aug. 8. Join the fun any time of day. Upcoming books are Liar & Spy and Wildfire Run. Kids and teens must have a current email address and Internet access to participate.
Posted on Jul. 14, 2014
Great Summer Reads!
Our BookSpace resource has summer reading ideas for trips to the cabin, drives out of state or backyard staycations. To find books you can take to the beach or camping, stop by a weekend book sale.
Posted on Jul. 14, 2014
Local History on Tumblr
Local History on Tumblr Check out our Tumblr for posts about HCL special collections and local history such as the Minneapolis Truckers' Strikes of 1934. Hear more about them from historians this Thursday, July 17, 6:30-9 p.m., at Minneapolis Central.
Posted on Jul. 12, 2014
Girls Only Book Clubs
Girls entering grades 4-6 are invited to participate in Girls Only Kids Book Clubs this summer at Hennepin County libraries. Join other girls to talk about great books. Keeping Safe the Stars author Shelia O'Connor will visit the Ridgedale Library book club on Thursday, July 10.
Posted on Jul. 8, 2014
World Cup Resources
The 2014 soccer World Cup is happening through July 13 in Brazil. Find out more about the countries in the cup with CultureGrams. Learn how to cheer for your favorite team in their native language with our language learning resources, or get a quick primer on soccer rules.
Posted on Jul. 2, 2014
iPads for Your Prereader
iPads for Your Prereader iPads with early literacy apps are now available at eight of our libraries for use in the library with 2- to 5-year-olds. Check out an iPad with your library card to explore selected apps together with your child. Learn more.
Posted on Jul. 2, 2014
Learn More About American History
Celebrate Independence Day by diving into these online resources: U.S. History In Context includes stellar primary resources and Social Explorer uses census data to reveal the social history of the United States.
Posted on Jul. 1, 2014

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