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February 19, 2019

Director Selection Process public listening session

Share your thoughts to inform the Library Board recommendation of our next Library Director.

Category: People

February 12, 2019

Oxboro Library winter construction update

As construction continues, key building features are now visible at Oxboro Library.

Category: Building projects

February 12, 2019

Hosmer Library winter construction update

New spaces are taking shape at Hosmer Library.

Category: Building projects

February 11, 2019

Craft Club

Craft Club has brought the joy of crafting to Minneapolis Central Library with patrons feeling empowered by their own creativity and encouraged by passionate staff.

Category: People, Events

February 4, 2019

Expanded hours for Eden Prairie Library holds pickup now available

Hours for holds pickup at 479 Prairie Center Drive are now 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Category: Building projects

February 1, 2019

New classes boost skills in media arts and technologies

Learn about new media technologies, including image editing, collaborative online tools, social media, smartphone security and more.

Category: Services, Events

January 31, 2019

TransFabulous: Beyond the Binary

This exhibit celebrating art created by transgender and gender non-confirming artists in our community, is at Minneapolis Central Library, February 12-March 15.


Category: Events

January 25, 2019

February is Black History Month

Join us as we celebrate and honor Black History Month in February with events, displays and activities in libraries, and recommended online book lists.

Category: Events

January 22, 2019

Plymouth READS 2019

Join Plymouth Library for Plymouth READS events this March and April around the book “Marathon” by Brian Freeman.

Category: Events

January 18, 2019

North Regional Library community meeting and design update

At the January 14 community meeting, project architects shared updated design plans incorporating earlier public feedback.

Category: Building projects

December 27, 2018

Southeast Library closed, preparing for construction

Library and county staff are working on preparing the building and awarding the construction bid.

Category: Building projects

December 21, 2018

Holds pickup and returns during Eden Prairie Library renovation

While the library is closed, holds pickup and a book drop for returns are open at 479 Prairie Center Drive for Eden Prairie Library patrons.

Category: Building projects

December 19, 2018

Arctic Fever at Excelsior Library

Excelsior Library is participating in local winter festival Arctic Fever with a coloring contest and an event with Brodini Comedy Magic, Saturday, January 19, 10:30 a.m.

Category: Events

December 19, 2018

Zine collections

Collections of zines – small-run handmade magazines – focused on works by Minnesota makers are located at East Lake, Hosmer and Minneapolis Central.

Category: Resources

December 5, 2018

North Regional Library community meeting January 14

You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Monday, January 14, 6-8 p.m. at North Regional Library.

Category: Building projects

November 27, 2018

Cooking and baking with help from your library

If you are a foodie and love to make meals or bake, the library has books and online resources that can help you expand your creative horizons.

Category: Resources

November 19, 2018

Eden Prairie Library closing for renovation

The library will be closed Monday, January 7 through fall 2019.

Category: Building projects

November 19, 2018

Be a smart consumer: your library can help

Consumers' Checkbook includes local customer ratings of services and stores, plus buying advice. Your library card gives you access to this and other consumer resources.

Category: Resources

November 16, 2018

Celebration of Japanese Sumi-e Painting

Drawing inspiration from the ancient art form, this Cargill Hall exhibit features original artworks in sumi-e.

Category: Events

November 14, 2018

Oxboro Library fall construction update

Demolition work is underway this fall at Oxboro Library.

Category: Building projects

November 14, 2018

Hosmer Library fall construction update

Demolition work is underway this fall at Hosmer Library.

Category: Building projects

October 29, 2018

Celebrating LGBTQIA+ History Month

Libraries built community and pride with a film series and special storytimes in October.

Category: Events

October 19, 2018

Learn more about your family’s history at your library

Hennepin County libraries have resources for people who are just starting to retrace family journeys, or who are looking for the next step in a familiar path.

Category: Resources

October 17, 2018

Southeast Library to close for renovation

The library will be closed Monday, December 10 through late 2019.

Category: Building projects

October 17, 2018

Write your novel at a Hennepin County library

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Your library offers a variety of resources and events to inspire you.

Category: Events

October 15, 2018

Dementia and You with the City of Minnetonka

A six-part program series this fall at Ridgedale Library gives caregivers tools and support they need.

Category: Events

October 15, 2018

Your library, your resource for History Day 2019

Hennepin County Library offers a variety of resources and services to help students choose and research their History Day projects.

Category: Resources, Events

October 4, 2018

Report on community input for North Regional Library

Juxtaposition Arts engaged residents throughout the summer, with valuable input shaping the library project.

Category: Building projects

October 2, 2018

Eden Prairie Library design update and project timeline

As the renovation approaches, design plans continue to be refined.

Category: Building projects

September 27, 2018

Welcome back to Ridgedale Library

Eager to see and enjoy the renovated library, hundreds of patrons visited Ridgedale Library on reopening day, September 24.

Category: Building projects

September 27, 2018

Unmasking Brain Injury in Minnesota

A Cargill Hall exhibit illuminating life affected by brain injury to give survivors and caregivers a voice will be on display October 4-November 29.

Category: Events

September 20, 2018

2018 Family History Fair

Connect with expert genealogists and dig into your family history on Saturday, October 27, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m., at Minneapolis Central Library.

Category: Events

September 18, 2018

October is Teen Read Month at our libraries

Learn how to make the most of your library with a new card, book lists and more for teens.

Category: Services

September 18, 2018

Celebrate the newly renovated Ridgedale Library

Join us to celebrate a ribbon-cutting ceremony with County Commissioner Jan Callison and Library Director Lois Langer Thompson on Monday, September 24, 5 p.m.

Category: Building projects

September 17, 2018

Take us with you

Our website is mobile-friendly and easy to add to your mobile device’s home screen.

Category: Resources

September 13, 2018

Comedy in Your Community

Local comic Brandi Brown will present a series of comedy shows featuring her favorite Twin Cities funny people and interviews with library staff at three libraries this fall.

Category: People, Events

September 12, 2018

September 22 community meeting on the new Southdale Library postponed

The next community meeting has been postponed as further study of the complex site and project continues.

Category: Building projects

August 24, 2018

Celebrate Asia this fall

Learn about Filipino culture, Henna, meet local authors and more at twelve libraries this fall.

Category: Events

August 20, 2018

Additional music by local artists added to MnSpin

More than 70 albums joined the library’s free music streaming platform, including albums by standouts such as Atmosphere and Brother Ali and by emerging acts too.

Category: Resources

August 16, 2018

Moving to Heal program series this September-October

Process, connect and gain tools to heal from trauma at North Regional, Sumner and Webber Park libraries.

Category: Events

August 1, 2018

Southeast Library design update

Planning nears completion this summer following a series of community meetings.

Category: Building projects

August 1, 2018

Community meeting, survey results for new Southdale Library

At the next community meeting on September 22, project architects will present new plans incorporating community feedback.

Category: Building projects

July 20, 2018

The American Dream: from the Light to the Darkness

Join us for a community conversation about immigration enforcement sparked by this children's art exhibit at Augsburg Park Library on Wednesday, October 24, 6 p.m.

Category: Events

July 18, 2018

Community input for North Regional Library renovation

To engage residents and help shape the project, Juxtaposition Arts is leading a series of events this summer.

Category: Building projects

July 16, 2018

We Are All Criminals

An exhibit inspiring empathy through stories of crime, privilege, punishment and second chances will be at Minneapolis Central Library, August 1-September 29.

Category: Events

July 5, 2018

Renovated Ridgedale Library to reopen in September

The library will reopen Monday, September 24, after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m.

Category: Building projects

June 28, 2018

Hosmer Library is closed for renovation

The library is closed Monday, August 27 through spring 2019.

Category: Building projects

June 27, 2018

Eden Prairie Library design update

Details for the Eden Prairie Library renovation are coming together this summer, including meeting rooms and other flexible spaces.

Category: Building projects

June 27, 2018

My HCL tip: Grouped search

It is now easier to find library materials in multiple formats with a catalog search of Hennepin County Library's collection.

Category: Resources

June 25, 2018

Oxboro Library closed for renovation

The library is closed Sunday, August 19 through spring 2019.

Category: Building projects

June 25, 2018

Golden Valley Reads 2018

Join Golden Valley Library for Golden Valley Reads events, August-October, around the book “Vacationland” by Sarah Stonich.

Category: Events

June 22, 2018

Find MnSpin artists with the hclib.org search tool

It is now easy to search for local musicians featured on Hennepin County Library’s streaming music service.

Category: Resources

June 20, 2018

Special storytimes encourage pride, empathy

At Stories Together: Pride this summer, children and caregivers are celebrating families and self-expression through stories, music and movement.

Category: Events

June 15, 2018

Southeast Library community meeting on July 25

The final community meeting about the Southeast Library renovation will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 6-8 p.m. at the library.

Category: Building projects

June 13, 2018

New Southdale Library planning continues, community meeting on September 22

Join us for the next community meeting about the new library on Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.-noon, at Southdale Library.

Category: Building projects

May 30, 2018

Meet Libby

Libby is a mobile app that makes borrowing and downloading eBooks from OverDrive a breeze. Try it out today.

Category: Resources

May 29, 2018

Art Needs People by the artists of the Minneapolis Art Lending Library

Discover the works of the eclectic and generous community of artists that make the art lending library possible, at Minneapolis Central Library June 7-July 26. 

Category: Events

May 18, 2018

Planting community at Hosmer Library

Borrow herb and vegetable seeds from Hosmer Library, in collaboration with Plant Grow Share.

Category: Resources

May 16, 2018

A place to be yourself – or not

Brookdale Library’s 10th annual Anime Prom on Saturday, May 12 was a teen-planned celebration of Japanese animation, comics, fandoms, and all things geeky cool.

Category: Events

May 11, 2018

Pride events at Hennepin County libraries this June

During Pride month and beyond, Hennepin County libraries are offering free events for LGBTQIA adults, teens and families.

Category: Events

May 10, 2018

Eden Prairie Library initial design approved, community meeting on June 11

You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Monday, June 11, 7-8:30 p.m. at Eden Prairie Library.

Category: Building projects

May 9, 2018

Juneteenth at your library

Celebrate Juneteenth at your library with family friendly-events, poetry readings, book lists and more.

Category: Events

May 4, 2018

Maple Plain, St. Bonifacius and Westonka launching Trails to Libraries this summer

Explore your community with the Dakota Rail Regional Trail and outdoors-themed programs and activities at your library.

Category: Events

May 3, 2018

Streaming music now available from Freegal

In addition to being able to download up to five songs each week, you can now stream the entire Freegal music library, up to eight hours a day.

Category: Resources

May 1, 2018

Southdale Library community meeting, survey to shape building project

Share your thoughts about the new Southdale Library on Monday, May 21, 7-9 p.m. or in an online survey.

Category: Building projects

April 30, 2018

My HCL tip: Completed shelf

Completed shelf in your online library account is a great tool to keep track of what you have read, listened to or viewed.

Category: Resources

April 25, 2018

Community Seed Library at Hosmer Library

Borrow herb and vegetable seeds from Hosmer Library, in collaboration with Plant Grow Share.

Category: Resources

April 24, 2018

Hosmer Library design update and new closing timeline

In the design development phase, Hosmer Library renovation plans continue to develop this spring.

Category: Building projects

April 20, 2018

Step to it challenge

Step to it is an activity challenge that motivates people of all ages and abilities to become more physically active during the month of May.

Category: Resources

April 20, 2018

Home is where the books are

Hennepin County Library is bringing books to Fort Snelling Upper Post, an affordable-housing community for formerly homeless veterans at Fort Snelling.

Category: Services

April 12, 2018

Hais dabneeg Uake: Hmoob / Stories Together: Hmong

Brookdale Library offers bilingual Hmong family storytimes for children of all ages and their caregivers.

Category: Events

April 3, 2018

Sumner Library celebrates Sudduth Collection

Sumner Library will host a celebration of Gary N. Sudduth and the Sudduth African American History and Culture Collection on Saturday, April 7, 1-4 p.m.

Category: People, Resources

March 30, 2018

Activities for people with dementia, support for caregivers at Memory Café

A monthly social program, supported by Hennepin County librarians, at Minnetonka Community Center creates a community for people who have dementia, and their caregivers.

Category: Services

March 26, 2018

April is National Car Care Month

Your library has resources available to help you take care of your car, including ALLDATA and repair manuals you can check out.

Category: Resources

March 26, 2018

New Hennepin County Library Board take their seats this spring

In February, the Hennepin County Board appointed Rahfat Hussain and Sheila Letscher to the Library Board, and reappointed Adja K. Kaba Ann to a second term.

Category: People

March 26, 2018

Forward by Mazinaakizige, the American Indian Teen Photography Project

A Cargill Hall exhibit featuring six young Native American artists is at Minneapolis Central Library April 10-May 30.

Category: Events

March 23, 2018

Find a new rhyme and meter during National Poetry Month

This April during National Poetry Month, your library is a center for inspiration and creation with poetry-themed book lists, online resources and events.

Category: Events, Resources

March 9, 2018

BLACKOUT Improv show and workshops

 Enjoy masterfully created comedic dialogue around serious truths with this all-black troupe at a performance on Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. and 3 workshops later this spring.

Category: Events

March 1, 2018

Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North awards

In March, kids are invited to vote for two book awards at any Hennepin County library: Star of the North (preK-grade 8) and Maud Hart Lovelace (grades 3-8).

Category: Events

February 22, 2018

Details of initial design for Southeast Library renovation

On February 13, patrons and neighbors met with county and library staff and project architects to learn more about the planned renovation.

Category: Building projects

February 8, 2018

Southeast Library initial design approved

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Southeast Library on February 6.

Category: Building projects

February 1, 2018

January community meeting summary for Eden Prairie Library renovation

On January 24, patrons and neighbors met with county and library staff and project architects to inform plans for the renovation.

Category: Building projects

January 30, 2018

Southeast Library community meeting on February 13 at Rapson Hall

The next community meeting about the Southeast Library renovation will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 6-8 p.m. on the University of Minnesota campus.

Category: Building projects

January 22, 2018

Artist selected for Ridgedale Library

Minnesota artist Bebe Keith has been selected for the Ridgedale Library One Percent for Art public art project.

Category: Building projects

December 29, 2017

Eden Prairie Library community meeting on Wednesday, January 24

You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Wednesday, January 24, 7-8:30 p.m. at Eden Prairie Library.

Category: Building projects

December 29, 2017

Oxboro Library community meeting on Thursday, February 1

You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Thursday, February 1, 6-7:30 p.m. at Oxboro Library.

Category: Building projects

November 29, 2017

Oxboro Library initial design approved

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Oxboro Library on November 28.

Category: Building projects

November 21, 2017

Hosmer Library design update

Details for the Hosmer Library renovation are beginning to take shape, including spaces for youth, meeting rooms and computers.

Category: Building projects

November 16, 2017

Ridgedale Library Art Selection Committee meeting, November 21

The second meeting of the Art Selection Committee for Ridgedale Library will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 5-8 p.m. at Ridgedale Library.

Category: Building projects

November 15, 2017

Designer Selection Committee recommendation for North Regional Library

The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended Bentz/Thompson/Rietow as the architectural firm for the North Regional Library renovation.

Category: Building projects

November 15, 2017

Designer Selection Committee recommendation for Westonka Library

The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended Gensler as the architectural firm for the new Westonka Library.

Category: Building projects

November 15, 2017

Designer Selection Committee recommendation for Southdale Library

The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended MSR as the architectural firm for the new Southdale Library.

Category: Building projects

October 25, 2017

Hosmer Library initial design approved

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Hosmer Library on October 24.

Category: Building projects

October 24, 2017

Ridgedale Library questions and answers for artists

A record of questions and answers from the Ridgedale Library informational meeting for artists on October 10 and a presentation about the project by the architect are now available.

Category: Building projects

October 5, 2017

Hosmer Library community meeting on Tuesday, November 14

You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation at Hosmer Library on Tuesday, November 14 from 6-8 p.m.

Category: Building projects

September 28, 2017

Call for artists for Ridgedale Library public art

An open call for artists for the Ridgedale Library One Percent for Art public art project will run from September 28–October 25.

Category: Building projects

September 7, 2017

Architect selection process for new Southdale Library underway

The Southdale Library project architect to be named by the end of 2017, with continued community engagement into 2018.

Category: Building projects

August 7, 2017

Oxboro Library to be renovated in 2018

You are invited to a community meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. to share your ideas about the upcoming 2018 renovation of Oxboro Library.

Category: Building projects

July 31, 2017

Ridgedale Library Art Selection Committee meeting, August 2

The first meeting of the Art Selection Committee for Ridgedale Library will be held on Wednesday, August 2 from 5-8 p.m. at Ridgedale Library.

Category: Building projects

July 29, 2017

Holds pickup at Ridgedale Library during renovation

Library holds are still accessible at Ridgedale Library during its renovation. There is a holds pickup room accessible by your library card on the 2nd floor of the library.

Category: Building projects

July 26, 2017

Eden Prairie Library to be renovated in 2018-19

Eden Prairie Library will undergo a significant renovation in 2018 that will take nearly a year to complete. Please join us for a community meeting about the renovation on September 13 at Eden Prairie Library.

Category: Building projects

July 21, 2017

Update on community input for the new Southdale Library

Library staff are currently reviewing input from community meetings held earlier this year and will complete the review and make a recommendation by early fall.

Category: Building projects

June 26, 2017

Hosmer Library renovation May 31 community meeting summary

Community members met with Hosmer library staff to talk about their hopes for the library’s renovation on May 31.

Category: Building projects

June 20, 2017

Ridgedale Library closed for a major renovation project on Sunday, July 9

Ridgedale Library closed for a major renovation on Sunday, July 9 at 5 p.m. Library holds and returns will remain available during the closure.

Category: Building projects

June 13, 2017

Southeast Library June 7 Community Meeting Update

Community members met with Southeast Library staff and architects to talk about their hopes for the library’s renovation.

Category: Building projects

June 1, 2017

Southeast Library meeting, June 7

You are invited to a community meeting at Van Cleve Recreation Center to discuss the upcoming Southeast Library renovation project on Wednesday, June 7, 6-8 p.m.

Category: Building projects

May 25, 2017

Hosmer Library community meeting, May 31

You are invited to a community meeting at Hosmer Library to discuss the upcoming renovation project that will conclude in 2018 on Wednesday, May 31, 6-8 p.m.

Category: Building projects

March 3, 2017

Community meeting on the new Southdale Library, March 23

Join Library leaders to share your ideas for the new Southdale Library and learn more about the project timeline at Southdale Library, Thursday, March 23, 6-8 p.m.

Category: Building projects

January 5, 2017

Help shape development concepts for Southdale Library site

Join the City of Edina at Southdale Library for an interactive workshop on Feb. 9, 7 p.m. to view revised concepts for the Southdale Library site.

Category: Building projects

November 15, 2016

What else should be built with the new Southdale Library?

Join us at Southdale Library tonight, 6-8 p.m. to give your input about redeveloping the 8-acre Southdale Library site. Return on Jan. 12 to hear a summary of the themes from the comment sessions.

Category: Building projects

August 5, 2016

Southeast Library community meeting summary

At a community meeting on Aug. 4, Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson announced Southeast Library will remain at its current location and will undergo a major renovation.

Category: Building projects

July 14, 2016

Southeast Library community meeting Thursday, Aug. 4

Join Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Hennepin County staff Thursday, Aug. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for an update on the Southeast Library building project.

Category: Building projects

June 16, 2016

Presentation from Ridgedale Library renovation open house

Members of the Ridgedale Library community learned about the results of a community survey and saw preliminary renovation designs on Tuesday, June 14.

Category: Building projects

June 8, 2016

Ridgedale Library renovation project open house

Join us Tuesday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Ridgedale Library to review preliminary designs for the library’s renovation project.

Category: Building projects

December 14, 2015

Help us plan the Ridgedale Library renovation

The Ridgedale Library renovation will begin in 2017. Please take our survey to let us know how you use Ridgedale Library and where we can make improvements.

Category: Building projects

January 22, 2015

Southeast Library report on public engagement now available

The final report on library service for the Southeast neighborhoods entitled "Envisioning a Crossroads Library: A Report on Public Engagement and the Future of the Southeast Library" is now available.

Category: Building projects

November 24, 2014

Share your ideas for library services in the Southeast community

Public meetings were held in the Cedar-Riverside, Como, Marcy-Holmes and Prospect Park neighborhoods during October to discuss the library, learning and information needs of the community.

Category: Building projects

October 3, 2014

Southeast Library community meetings in October

Help us imagine the community library of the future at four public meetings. Join the community discussion!

Category: Building projects

August 12, 2014

Southeast Library Services Steering Committee update

Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Hennepin County Library Director Lois Thompson welcomed members of the Southeast Library Services Steering Committee to the group’s first meeting on July 24, 2014.

Category: Building projects

March 26, 2014

HCL - Southeast Library facility assessment

The Hennepin County Library - Southeast Facility Assessment is available. Please see the attached document for more information.

Category: Building projects