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Vote for the best of the web
The voting is open for the Webby awards, where you can vote for your favorite websites, social media personalities, and more.
 
posted Apr 15, 2014 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Pulitzer for Public Service
The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their reporting of National Security Agency activities that were exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
 
posted Apr 15, 2014 by Keven L. Category: Magazines/Newspapers

Southwest LRT
The Metropolitan Council released the preliminary design plans for the Southwest LRT on April 10. Access the plans online or view print copies at the Minneapolis Central Library 2nd floor Information Desk. SWLRT's first public hearing is May 12, 6:00 p.m. at the Hennepin County Government Center.
 
posted Apr 11, 2014 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Got Golfing Fever?
Wondering when your favorite course - or any course in the area - will open? Twin Cities Golf has a great list showing courses in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
 
posted Apr 11, 2014 by Kay D. Category: Sports/Recreation

Orientation & New Name: Funding Information Network
On Wednesday, May 14th, 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.

Please note the name change: former "Foundation Center Cooperating Collections" are now partners in the "Funding Information Network," still offering the Foundation Center's great print and online resources.
 
posted Apr 10, 2014 by Roger L. Category: Grants/Nonprofits

Last minute tax tips
Here are some last minute tax tips from the Wall Street Journal, and from Ernst & Young: "50 Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions".
 
posted Apr 8, 2014 by Jim M. Category: Consumer Information

More LRT Planning
The Bottineau Transitway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) is available for public review and comment from April 11 through May 29, 2014.
 
posted Apr 8, 2014 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Small Space Vegetable Gardening
Cover Art You can create highly productive flower and vegetable gardens in small spaces. At the Penn Lake Library, on Saturday, April 5, learn to plan your space, use trellises, containers, wide-row or square-row, rounded beds and raised beds. Register online or call 612-543-5800.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
 
posted Apr 3, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Weather and Crime
Since the beginning of 2014, the number of gang-related shootings has declined in Chicago by more than half over that of 2013. Although the police have been very proactive in dealing with the city's 600 gang factions, some people attribute the decline to bitter cold temperatures that have kept residents indoors. Will the trend continue?
 
posted Apr 2, 2014 by Denis M. Category: News/Weather

Pot Holes
Car Care notes car repairs caused by a pothole epidemic as winter turns to spring.
 
posted Apr 1, 2014 by Jerry B. Category: Automotive

The technology part of TED talks
Technology, Education, and Design make up the acronym TED - a wildly popular forum for sharing 20 minute talks to the world. All talks are online. If you'd like, you can go straight to the technology talks.
 
posted Apr 1, 2014 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Crafty Minnesota: Kumihimo Bracelets
Cover Art Learn how to do kumihimo, a Japanese 8-stranded braid with intricate patterns that look complicated, but are easy to master. Finish it off with a clasp and you have a colorful braided bracelet with subtle shimmer. Adults are invited to the Ridgedale Library on Monday, April 7, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Materials provided. Register online or call 612-543-8800. This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with Textile Center.

 
posted Mar 31, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Needlecrafts for Men and Women
Cover Art Nokomis Library's Fearless and Friendly Knitting Group is for men and women at all skill levels. Wednesdays, March 26, April 9 & 23, May 13 & 27, make new friends while creating your own handmade masterpieces! Drop in, or stay the whole time. Learn how to knit or practice new techniques. Bring your own needles and yarn, please. Other needlecrafts welcome!
Sponsored by Friends of the Nokomis Library.
 
posted Mar 21, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives Plus
Check out the useful database that was recently added to the list of Hennepin County Library’s Databases A-Z as well as the Genealogy Subject Guide. Select from one of its highlighted collections or from the top menu bar, “Fold3 History and Genealogical Archives”—select from one of its archive collections: African American, Holocaust, Native American, Revolutionary War, U.S. Bureau of Investigations Case File, or World War II.
 
posted Mar 20, 2014 by JoEllen H. Category: Genealogy

Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives Plus
Check out the useful database that was recently added to the list of Hennepin County Library’s Databases A-Z. and to the History & Biography Subject Guide. Select from one of its highlighted collections or from the top menu bar, “Fold3 History and Genealogical Archives”—select from one of its archive collections: African American, Holocaust, Native American, Revolutionary War, U.S. Bureau of Investigations Case File, or World War II.
 
posted Mar 20, 2014 by JoEllen H. Category: History/Biography

How to Get Rid of Stuff
Spring cleaning is just around the corner. If you are wondering where to get rid of household items like mattresses, appliances, florescent light bulbs, old paint cans and more, find out using the Hennepin County's How to Get Rid of It Guide. Search for the item you want to get rid of, or browse a complete listing of items.
 
posted Mar 20, 2014 by Susan L. Category: Social Issues

Thrive MSP 2040
The Metropolitan Council invites the public to review and comment on the draft of Thrive MSP 2040, the region's long-range planning document. Public comments will be received through April 28, 2014.
 
posted Mar 19, 2014 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

Calling teens for tech!
Did you know we had a 3-D printer in the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Central?
 
posted Mar 18, 2014 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

State Girls' Basketball Tournament
The MN Girl's Basketball championship will be decided March 18 - 22 - the MSHL has all the details as well as everything you want to know about the Boy's Championship tournament and Minnesota High School sports.
 
posted Mar 18, 2014 by Kay D. Category: Sports/Recreation

Spring Gardening
Cover Art A little spring planning is rewarded with fruit and veggies and success in the garden. On Monday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Rogers Library, learn about companion planting, which seeds and plants can be planted in cool weather and which need warm soils and air temps, disease resistance, strategies for dealing with weeds, mulch and compost. Register Online or call 612-543-6050. Sponsored by Friends of the Rogers Library.
 
posted Mar 17, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Contacting a Health Provider About a Mental Health Condition
When symptoms of a mental health condition emerge, learn how to get help from the Mental Health Association of Minnesota.



 
posted Mar 14, 2014 by Anne Dougherty Category: Health/Wellness

Butterflies Close Up
Cover Art What plants attract butterflies? Come to the Augsburg Park Library on Tuesday, March 18, to find out how to select plants for adult and larval feeding, which ultimately encourages the establishment of butterfly species and their return to your garden year after year. Register online or call 612-543-6200. Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.

 
posted Mar 13, 2014 by Holly R. Category: Home/Garden

Basic Steps to Starting a Business
Basic Steps to Starting a Business is a program presented by a representative from the U.S. Small Business Administration who will discuss the SBA loan programs, procurement and exporting, business plans, and mentoring. Offered at Southdale and Minneapolis Central Library.

Southdale: March 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Central: April 24, 3-4:30 p.m.


 
posted Mar 13, 2014 by Kim P. Category: Business/Investments

Making Connections
After filling out online job applications perhaps it is time for making connections in person. In some fields, the Associations Unlimited Database could provide a starting point.You can check with the national associations for local chapters as well as scanning groups at the state level.
 
posted Mar 11, 2014 by Mary L. Category: Jobs/Careers

More About Polymet Mining
According to the Minnesota DNR, there's still time to comment on the copper-nickel mine Supplemental Draft EIS. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014.
 
posted Mar 10, 2014 by Andrea S. Category: Government Information

School Breakfast Challenge
Presented by Children's Defense Fund--Minnesota and Hunger-Free Minnesota, find out how schools can participate in this program to increase participation in the "most important" meal of the day.
 
posted Mar 8, 2014 by Andrea S. Category: Education/Libraries

An Expensive Winter
While various areas of the country are experiencing one of the worst winters in decades, major cities are trying to cope with the financial strain of clearing streets, filling potholes, and dealing with a sudden increase in water main breaks. Many municipalities have already exhausted their budgets for snow removal and are now looking for additional revenue from state emergency funds.
 
posted Mar 4, 2014 by Denis M. Category: News/Weather

Antique Car Parts and Services
If you own a classic or antique car, look at the Classic Car Database for a listing of dealers, companies and individuals offering cars, parts and services.
 
posted Mar 3, 2014 by Jerry B. Category: Automotive

More computer classes at the library!
Have you seen all of the classes we have? Lots of computer classes, using Excel, Word, PowerPoint, LinkedIn, and more!
 
posted Mar 3, 2014 by Dulcey H. Category: Technology

Small Business Legal Issues from A-Z
Attend a presentation at the Southdale Library giving an overview of typical legal issues confronting small businesses including intellectual property, business structure, contract and employment law, leases, complying with regulatory registrations, and licensing. Program is scheduled March 12 from 7-8:30. Presented by Ann Verme a business and legal consultant who has worked with corporations, small businesses and non-profits, giving her a variety of experience. Time for questions follows presentation.
 
posted Mar 1, 2014 by Kim P. Category: Small Business


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