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Library Laboratory: Make Green Cleaning Products
Learn how to make all-natural, inexpensive household cleaning products using non-toxic, everyday ingredients at workshops at eight libraries this fall. Registration is required. More info.
Posted on Aug. 30, 2012
Arts Activities for Workplace Readiness
For adults of all abilities, including those with disabilities, Upstream Arts will present "Ready for Work," programs of theater and dance activities, visual arts, music and poetry designed to develop social and communications skills for workplace readiness. More info.
Posted on Aug. 28, 2012
'Museum Adventure Pass' Ends Labor Day Weekend
'Museum Adventure Pass' Ends Labor Day Weekend Metro area library patrons checked out more than 700,000 Museum Adventure Passes since the program began six years ago! Many thanks to the participating Twin Cities cultural organizations for donating 1.5 million admissions, and to Macy’s and media sponsors KARE11 TV, Minnesota Parent, and the StarTribune. More info.
Posted on Aug. 28, 2012
Six Art Program Series This Fall
We're collaborating with six art education nonprofits and providers -- the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, the Textile Center, Springboard for the Arts, ArtStart, Artsy Smartsy and Articulture -- to present more than 70 programs at libraries this fall. Registration is required. More info.
Posted on Aug. 28, 2012
Library Bike Tour
Families are invited to take a bike tour of three Minneapolis libraries on Sept. 8! The tour begins at a library listed on the National Register of Historic Places and concludes at a renovated library with geothermal heating and cooling (no furnace needed). Registration info.
Posted on Aug. 22, 2012
Library Computers and Software
Hennepin County libraries offer access to the Internet to anyone with a valid library card registered in our system. All 41 libraries have free wireless Internet access. Software available includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. More info.
Posted on Aug. 21, 2012
Fall Master Gardener Programs
Fall Master Gardener Programs Is fall a good time to fertilize your lawn? How late into autumn should you water it? Fall yard and garden care and other gardening subjects will be demystified at 13 programs in September. More info.
Posted on Aug. 21, 2012
Video Fingerplays
Learn new fingerplays to do with your child by watching videos of Hennepin County librarians on our website. You'll find more fun things to do on our Birth to Six early literacy page to help your children get ready to read.
Posted on Aug. 21, 2012
Help Your Child Get Ready to Read
Help Your Child Get Ready to Read Talk together. Sing together. Read together. Write together. Play together. Sounds simple, right? It is, and fun! The early literacy link on our Birth to Six page explains how these five playful and simple ways help prepare your children to become readers.
Posted on Aug. 14, 2012
'Picturing Peace' Traveling Exhibit
This traveling exhibit of photos by Minneapolis youth explores young people's reflections and hopes for peace and safety in their communities. On display through Aug. 31 at East Lake, Sept. 5-30 at Minneapolis Central, Oct. 2-31 at Pierre Bottineau. Related book lists: adult and youth.
Posted on Aug. 12, 2012
Social Media
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to learn more about the Library’s services, resources and programs, and to engage in conversation with HCL librarians and other Library lovers.
Posted on Aug. 12, 2012
Starting School
Is your young child excited but nervous about the first day of school? Storybooks on our School book list offer a sneak peek, reassurance, and insight on how to meet the challenges of a new school year.
Posted on Aug. 12, 2012
Hmonglish Theater Program
Hmong youth from across the Twin Cities worked with theater artist May Lee-Yang to create "We Are Young," an original play. See this performance that includes spoken word, live music, dance, and comedy on Aug. 11 at the Brookdale Library. More info.
Posted on Aug. 7, 2012
Read on the Go
Taking your final trips to the cabin or enjoying summer's last hurrah in town? Make the most of the season by enjoying audiobooks in the car or at home. Hundreds of fiction and nonfiction titles are available on CD or by downloading. More info.
Posted on Aug. 7, 2012
Volunteer News and Opportunities
Hennepin County Library is grateful to the 2,000+ volunteers who enhance library service. See the redesigned Volunteers page for current opportunities, an application form, the new Volunteer Voice newsletter, and more info.
Posted on Aug. 7, 2012
Summer at the Library
Summer at the Library Summer programs have been fun, educational, interactive, and more popular than ever. From book clubs to bike labs to "Truck Storytime," libraries were the place to be. Take a look.
Posted on Aug. 7, 2012
KidLinks Makes Summer Reading Interactive
Kids can share their favorite books and see what other kids are reading by going online to KidLinks. They can write a book review, read other kids’ reviews, find book lists, vote for favorite books and solve a crossword puzzle.
Posted on Aug. 3, 2012

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