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Freegal
The library offers free downloadable music from our database called Freegal. This is perfect for that new device you got over the holidays. You can also find downloadable music to borrow from the library on our digital Music webpage.
Posted on Dec. 27, 2012
Library eBooks and Your eReader
Now that you've got a sparkly new tablet or eReader, you can borrow thousands of eBooks free from the library and use them on your device. Our eBooks page offers videos for getting started and links to useful help pages. Stay tuned in 2013 for library classes offering in-person help with your device.
Posted on Dec. 26, 2012
Small Business Subject Guide
This goldmine of resources for starting and growing your small business has information on local programs and events, useful library materials, and links to supportive organizations. Databases offer sample business plans, directories, and demographic information. Websites selected by our librarians also assist the small business owner. More info.
Posted on Dec. 25, 2012
Become a Friend of HCL
Become a Friend of HCL Love your local library? With the Friends of HCL's new joint annual membership, when you become a Friend of HCL you also can become a Friend of your favorite local library -- at no additional charge. Your membership supports book purchases, free programs and outreach right in your neighborhood -- and at all 41 libraries in Hennepin County. More info.
Posted on Dec. 25, 2012
Helping Kids Deal With Scary News
A librarian's blog in our Parenting & Child Care subject guide suggests that parents check out "The Mister Rogers Parenting Book," which offers advice on helping children process scary events they see in the news. Get the book, or read an article with excerpts or see a video on the topic.
Posted on Dec. 18, 2012
Book Club With National Book Award-Winner Will Alexander
For kids in grades 4-6. Read "Goblin Secrets" and discuss the book with the author, Will Alexander, winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, at Southdale Library's "Fantasy Fan Book Club" on Dec. 29. Please register.
Posted on Dec. 18, 2012
Library Outreach Services
Library Outreach Services Hennepin County Library's Outreach Services provides library materials and information service to county residents who can't go to a library because of illness or disability, seniors who live in assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and residents of county correctional facilities. More info.
Posted on Dec. 18, 2012
New 'Hip-Hop Workshops'
Teens can learn hip-hop dance moves and CD production at workshops presented by a local choreographer/dancer and hip-hop music producers, in collaboration with Intermedia Arts. Registration is required. More info.
Posted on Dec. 18, 2012
Purchasing eBook Readers as Gifts?
Surface, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, or the iPad Mini -- how to choose? OverDrive, our eBook provider, has a holiday gadget guide with descriptions of the popular devices, including kid-friendly tablets, on the market this holiday season. More info.
Posted on Dec. 13, 2012
Google Zeitgeist: HCL Is Fifth Most-Searched Library in U.S.
Hennepin County Library was the fifth most-searched library in the U.S. in 2012, according to Google's just-released annual Zeitgeist report. Only the Library of Congress and the Chicago, Brooklyn and New York public libraries surpassed Hennepin County Library in volume of searches in the U.S. in 2012. More info.
Posted on Dec. 12, 2012
Jobs & Careers Subject Guide
December is an opportune time to do job and career networking at social gatherings. Our online Jobs & Careers subject guide, which links to small business and job training resources, job listings, interviewing and resume-writing guidance, and other helpful information, can give your career a needed boost, too.
Posted on Dec. 11, 2012
Library Board Openings
Library Board Openings The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants from the community to fill three vacancies on the Library Board. This 11-member advisory board meets monthly. Deadline to apply: Dec. 31, 2012. More info.
Posted on Dec. 11, 2012
'Childish Films' at Minneapolis Central Library
Families are invited to decorate a cookie and enjoy classic stories of Winnie the Pooh and friends in Hundred Acre Wood. Program sponsors: Friends of the Hennepin County Library, CRASH+SUES, Lerner Publishing Group, Minnesota Parent, Weston Wood Studios and Whole Foods Market. More info.
Posted on Dec. 11, 2012
Reserve the Piano Room
Students, professionals, and recreational piano players can practice on a grand piano in the Anna M. Heilmaier Piano Room at Minneapolis Central Library. The library's substantial music collection is nearby. Make a reservation via the online meeting room reservation system.
Posted on Dec. 11, 2012
Consumer Information Subject Guides
Spend wisely: before you buy, see our Consumer Information subject guide and take a few minutes to read up on rankings and recommendations for electronics, appliances, vehicles and other merchandise plus ratings of local services and stores. Ask Us if you need assistance navigating these resources.
Posted on Dec. 7, 2012
'Paint It Green' Workshops
Masks inspired by an Alaskan culture? Japanese Chirimen objects? Gourd art? Kids will make these and other traditional arts and crafts from around the world at workshops taught by art educators from ArtStart this winter. More info.
Posted on Dec. 6, 2012
'Read to Me' Videos
Shared reading -- or reading books together -- is the single best way to help toddlers and babies get ready to read. Watch short 'Read to Me' videos on our Birth to Six web pages to see how fun and easy shared reading is!
Posted on Dec. 4, 2012
Finding New Titles
Finding New Titles Check our New Titles page on BookSpace for lists of recently-ordered fiction, nonfiction, large print, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs and more. You can find out which books are “hot” in Hennepin County and which popular books are also available for rent through Bestseller Express.
Posted on Dec. 4, 2012
Winter Events Guides Now Available
For news of what's ahead at your library, including New Year's resolution motivation, a conversation with a national award-winning local student and a calendar of dozens of free library programs, ask for a copy of the winter events guide, now available at libraries and online.
Posted on Dec. 3, 2012

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