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New Laws 2014
Many new laws take effect on Aug. 1, including the increase in the minimum wage. Read a complete overview of new laws from the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Office.
posted Jul 30, 2014 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Guidance for Computer Purchasing
Check the Technology Buying Guide - in particular, MasterFILE with its full articles from Consumer Reports, and PCWorld.
posted Jul 29, 2014 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Bees Fascinate and Inspire
Cover Art Learn about the components of a bee-friendly yard at Minneapolis Central Library on Thursday, August 21. Register online or phone 612-543-8000. Crystal Boyd, an entomologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will discuss our state's native bees. She will describe bee research, recent pollinator legislation and components of a bee-friendly backyard. Reception 6:30-7 p.m. Lecture begins at 7 p.m. After the presentation, view the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Florilegium exhibit in Cargill Hall and watch artists demonstrate botanical painting techniques.
Presented in collaboration with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
posted Jul 23, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

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 Jul 19, 2014 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Free Subscriptions
are now available to the NIH MedlinePlus magazine. Published quarterly with consumer-friendly up-to-date health information. A printed version is available or a PDF version can be downloaded, saved and read on any electronic tablet or computer.
posted Jul 18, 2014 by Anne D. Category: Health/Wellness

All Stars at Target Field
MLB has everything you want to know about the All Star game here on July 15.
posted Jul 14, 2014 by Kay D. Category: Sports/Recreation

Orientation & Increased Access
On Wednesday, August 13th, at 10:30am, meet on the 4th floor of Minneapolis Central Library downtown for a detailed introduction to the Funding Information Network Collection's print and electronic resources for nonprofit funding research. Advance sign-up is not required. The session lasts about 90 minutes.

Three useful online resources, Foundation Directory Online, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online and Philanthropy In/Sight, are now available on library workstations at all Hennepin County Library locations.
posted Jul 12, 2014 by Roger L. Category: Grants/Nonprofits

Enhanced Value Line
On July 10, 2014 Value Line will launched a new platform. The same reports will be available with additional features such as hover over navigation menus. The enhanced functionality will also include the ability to customize how you view and interact with data and the option of saving customized views.
posted Jul 9, 2014 by Susan C. Category: Business/Investments

Live at the Library: Plumbing Basics
Cover Art Learn to repair minor plumbing problems at the Minnetonka Library on Tuesday, July 22, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Register online or call 612-543-5725. We'll take apart different types of faucets, discuss the internal working parts of a toilet, and see a soldering demo. Can't make it? Look at a calendar of additional dates the Lab is offered.
posted Jul 5, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Pollution and Public Health
Health groups throughout the United States are optomistic that a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants could help to improve the nation's public health. If the rules are adopted, a substantial decrease in the number of asthma cases and heart attacks could be realized within the first year.
posted Jul 2, 2014 by Denis M. Category: News/Weather

New Magazine Search Tool
Use the new EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) atop our Databases A-Z list to search for online magazines and newspaper articles. EDS gives faster and more accurate results by searching through indexes rather than keyword-searching an entire resource's content.
posted Jul 2, 2014 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
With Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, find music from every part of the world, every ethnic group, and on any instrument, along with the sounds of animals and nature, dramatic performances, poetry, political speeches, war and protest songs, and more! Search by keyword, title, country, genre, cultural group, instrument, artist, ensemble or label.
posted Jul 2, 2014 by DJ Category: Cultures/Diversity

Independent Inventors Congress
In August the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is hosting the 16th Annual Independent Inventors Congress in Alexandria, VA. For two days, independent inventors and small business owners will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn, network, and jumpstart their creative endeavors.
posted Jul 1, 2014 by Walt J. Category: Patents/Trademarks

Free Summer Meals for Kids
Find free meals for youth ages 18 and under through the Summer Food Service Program. Use the Summer Meal Map, available through Second Harvest Heartland to find a location near you or call or text 612.516.3663 for locations.
posted Jul 1, 2014 by Susan L. Category: Social Issues

If you're looking for a trusted home improvement professional...
...HomeAdvisor.com can help you. Lawn care, painting, plumbing, cleaning, swimming pool maintenance, remodeling, deck repair, driveways are just a few of the areas HomeAdvisor covers. They'll search in your zip code and get quotes from reliable contractors. Previous customer reviews.
posted Jul 1, 2014 by Mary B. Category: Consumer Information

World Cup fever!
Are you cheering on the USA or following another favorite team? World Cup sponsor FIFA is the go- to site, but here at the library you can join us at the Roosevelt library on Saturday, June 28, from 11a.m. – 5 p.m. All ages are welcome to watch two Round of 16 matches on the 70" LED flat-screen TV. The first match (1A vs. 2B) will begin at 11 a.m. and the second match (1C vs. 2D) will begin at 3 p.m. Come for either or both matches. You can also check out an extensive list of World Cup related titles on our Bookspace page.
posted Jun 26, 2014 by Kay D. Category: Sports/Recreation

Read All About It, Tech Edition
Read today's breaking news on engineering and technology on SciCentral Engineering News.
posted Jun 25, 2014 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Reading aloud and brain development
The American Academy of Pediatrics is catching up. The New York Times reports that the Academy will announce that physicians should recommend reading aloud to infants from birth.
posted Jun 24, 2014 by Keven L. Category: Magazines/Newspapers

FTC Complaint Assistant
Are you getting unwanted spam text messages? To report complaints about spam and other fraud, use the FTC Complaint Assistant. There's a handy scam alert page too.
posted Jun 23, 2014 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Summertime slide
We're not talking amusement park slides...
School ends, but learning shouldn't! Prevent the summertime learning slide by encouraging learning and exploration throughout the summer. We're here for you! Just for starters, check our events calendar for programs your child might enjoy, participate in the summer reading program, or check out some of the awesome online resources we have like TrueFlix--where kids can watch, read, and explore Scholastic True Books on nonfiction topics.
posted Jun 19, 2014 by Erin C. Category: Parenting/Child Care

Summer Bugs Are Here
Learn how to prevent exposure from disease-carrying pests from the Minnesota Department of Health.
posted Jun 14, 2014 by Anne D. Category: Health/Wellness

HowStuffWorks is a website, a podcast, and more. Learn about computer security, internet fraud, and silly things too.
posted Jun 13, 2014 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Digital Downloads and Copyright
As digital downloading continues to increase, here are some good reminders about copyright issues, online file sharing, and music ownership from the US Dept of Justice and the USPTO.
posted Jun 12, 2014 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Search Consumer Reports online
Browse and search the latest issues of Consumer Reports magazine. Through the Library's subscription you can access full text pdf files of articles and ratings reports.
posted Jun 5, 2014 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

Early Fire Season
In recent weeks firefighters in California have been coping with numerous wildfires that burned thousands of acres and threatened several communities. Severe drought, extreme temperatures, and heavy winds could lead to a dramatic increse in fire activity during the coming months.
posted Jun 3, 2014 by Denis M. Category: News/Weather

iPad Apps For Your Prereader
Attend a library program to learn how best to choose and use apps with young children. Apps can be a fun way for children and their favorite adults to talk, read, write, sing and play together!
posted Jun 2, 2014 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Understanding Your Car
Engine, cooling system, brakes, battery, et al.: How does your car operate? Learn more at CarParts.com
posted Jun 1, 2014 by Jerry B. Category: Automotive

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