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October 11, 2019
Water infiltration at the north and northeast walls has delayed the project timeline, but fixture and finish installation work continues this fall.
Category: Building projects
October 10, 2019
Publishers are introducing major changes in licensing materials to libraries. Sign the ebooksforall.org petition today.
October 8, 2019
Connect with expert genealogists and dig into your family history on Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m., at Minneapolis Central Library.
October 4, 2019
Last month we asked for your thoughts on planned changes to Lynda.com. Here are the survey results, plus an update from the vendor.
October 1, 2019
Your library has resources available to help you take care of your car, including ALLDATA and repair manuals you can check out.
Learn how to make the most of your library with a new card, book lists and more for teens.
September 20, 2019
In residence this September-October, check out vinyl picks from DJ Kool Akiem in the Vinyl Revival listening room, or join him for related events.
Category: Resources, Events
September 19, 2019
Despite weather delays, site work at Minnetonka Library is on track.
September 18, 2019
With more than 90 albums added to the library’s free music streaming platform this fall, make a new connection to Minnesota music.
September 17, 2019
Upon reopening, the library will bear the name of Fraser, a women’s rights leader and public library advocate.
September 12, 2019
Join us this October as we build community and pride with a film series, special storytimes and other events.
September 6, 2019
Work will include accessibility and safety improvements in the restrooms, replacement of furniture and flooring, and improving sight lines in public areas.
August 22, 2019
Hosmer Library reopened to a cheering crowd and lively community celebration.
August 16, 2019
See artist interpretations of our natural world through images, text and books, on display in Cargill Hall at Minneapolis Central Library, September 5-October 25.
July 29, 2019
Patrons returned to the brighter, larger-feeling library to celebrate with a ribbon-cutting and community activities.
Join us for a community celebration and ribbon-cutting with county leaders and library staff on Monday, August 19.
July 19, 2019
Services are moving back to the library, reopening August 15.
July 9, 2019
Interior framing and site work are underway this summer at Eden Prairie Library.
At the community meeting July 1, project architects presented updated design plans.
June 25, 2019
Plumbing, ductwork and new roofing has been installed, with wall framing and furniture specification work planned for this summer.
June 24, 2019
Portraits of Minnesota Holocaust survivors will be on display during the Transfer of Memory exhibit in Cargill Hall at Minneapolis Central Library, July 2-August 29.
June 21, 2019
Join Golden Valley Library for Golden Valley Reads events, July-September, around the book “Never Coming Back” by Alison McGhee.
June 20, 2019
Join us for a community celebration and ribbon-cutting with county leaders and library staff on Saturday, July 20.
June 19, 2019
A yearlong renovation brings new spaces to the historic 1916 building, indoors and out.
Lease agreement negotiations with the mall developer will proceed, with community meetings to plan for the new library to be held this fall.
June 12, 2019
This event series explores the historical legacy of racially restrictive housing practices that are echoed in today’s racial segregation of Southwest Minneapolis and Edina.
June 7, 2019
At Stories Together: Pride this summer, children and caregivers are celebrating families and self-expression through stories, music and movement.
June 5, 2019
Join us for the next community meeting about the library renovation on Monday, July 1, 6-8 p.m.
June 4, 2019
Following an 11-month renovation, Oxboro Library welcomes the community with dedicated spaces for patrons of all ages in a lighter, larger-feeling space.
May 30, 2019
Work will include a reconstructed entrance, stormwater management and landscaping repairs.
Construction progress is on track for an opening later this summer, date to be announced.
May 29, 2019
Information shared at the open houses on May 30 and June 8 will include location details, advantages of a mall location, other mall library examples, and project next steps.
May 23, 2019
Join us throughout the month of June as we celebrate Pride with free events for adults, teens and families.
May 21, 2019
A venue for Northern Spark this year, June 14-15, Franklin Library will be “indigenized” into Haŋyétu Wówapi Thípi/Dibiko-Agindaasoowigami: the Night Library in Dakota and Ojibwe.
May 15, 2019
Study for AP, GED, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or military or occupational exams with testing resources available in print and online from your library.
May 14, 2019
Join us at two open houses this spring to learn more about the new Southdale Library site location at Southdale Center.
Summer is a time to engage with your library to be ready for the next school year. Have fun and help prevent learning loss with summer learning at your library.
With Read Write Draw and Best Book Ever, kids and teens share what they are reading and win a free book to keep this summer.
Books offer readers the amazing ability to enter another world through windows and doors, or to see ourselves reflected in a mirror.
With audiobooks and podcasts, bring your reading anywhere you can listen, while building vocabulary and comprehension skills.
If the child in your life is in a reading rut, we have some suggestions to get them out of it, including finding new ideas in our book lists and rereading favorites in new formats.
The school year starts soon, but the library is here to support learning and discovery year round with events, new books, and tools for school success.
May 10, 2019
Celebrate Juneteenth at your library with family friendly-events, film screenings, book lists and more.
May 7, 2019
Lori Barbero is the Vinyl Revival curator in residence for May/June. Vinyl Revival is a series of artist residencies, programs and listening opportunities at Minneapolis Central Library.
Category: Events, Resources
April 30, 2019
Hennepin County staff are recommending to the Board of Commissioners that the new Southdale Library be constructed at Southdale Center in Edina, with community meetings to be planned later this spring.
April 23, 2019
The library will close for 10-11 weeks in fall 2019 for a renovation focused on safety and accessibility.
April 17, 2019
A collection of psychedelic music posters from 1969-1970 will be on display at Minneapolis Central Library, May 4-June 28.
April 15, 2019
Your library card is your ticket to audiobooks you can download to your phone.
April 11, 2019
Move-out is complete and demolition work is underway at Eden Prairie Library.
April 1, 2019
Libby is a mobile app that makes borrowing and downloading eBooks from OverDrive a breeze. Try it out today.
March 28, 2019
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of North Regional Library on March 26.
March 26, 2019
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.
March 21, 2019
The library will now reopen in summer 2019.
March 18, 2019
Write about your life experiences, build writing skills, or learn to be persuasive in writing with these classes from The Loft Literary Center at Hennepin County libraries.
March 15, 2019
View a juried exhibit of extraordinary artwork by Minneapolis Public Schools high school students at Minneapolis Central Library, March 20-April 29.
March 1, 2019
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).
February 28, 2019
Minneapolis Central Library is offering basic computer classes taught by an AmeriCorps member through the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP).
February 27, 2019
The new Southdale Library will be rebuilt either on the current site or at a nearby location, with a decision expected this summer.
Minneapolis Central Library has books, CDs, DVDs, and online learning to help everyone learn English at every level. All of these are free with your library card.
February 22, 2019
The general contractor has taken possession of the building, and demolition is underway.
February 20, 2019
Minnesota musicians, submit your music recording by March 27 to be considered for MnSpin, the local music streaming and download platform from your library.
February 19, 2019
Share your thoughts to inform the Library Board recommendation of our next Library Director.
February 12, 2019
As construction continues, key building features are now visible at Oxboro Library.
New spaces are taking shape at Hosmer Library.
February 11, 2019
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
Hours for holds pickup at 479 Prairie Center Drive are now 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
February 1, 2019
Learn about new media technologies, including image editing, collaborative online tools, social media, smartphone security and more.
Category: Services, Events
January 31, 2019
This exhibit celebrating art created by transgender and gender non-confirming artists in our community, is at Minneapolis Central Library, February 12-March 15.
January 25, 2019
Join us as we celebrate and honor Black History Month in February with events, displays and activities in libraries, and recommended online book lists.
January 22, 2019
Join Plymouth Library for Plymouth READS events this March and April around the book “Marathon” by Brian Freeman.
January 18, 2019
At the January 14 community meeting, project architects shared updated design plans incorporating earlier public feedback.
December 27, 2018
Library and county staff are working on preparing the building and awarding the construction bid.
December 21, 2018
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.
December 19, 2018
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.
December 5, 2018
You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Monday, January 14, 6-8 p.m. at North Regional Library.
November 27, 2018
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.
November 19, 2018
The library will be closed Monday, January 7 through fall 2019.
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.
November 16, 2018
Drawing inspiration from the ancient art form, this Cargill Hall exhibit features original artworks in sumi-e.
November 14, 2018
Demolition work is underway this fall at Oxboro Library.
Demolition work is underway this fall at Hosmer Library.
October 17, 2018
The library will be closed Monday, December 10 through late 2019.
October 15, 2018
October 4, 2018
Juxtaposition Arts engaged residents throughout the summer, with valuable input shaping the library project.
October 2, 2018
As the renovation approaches, design plans continue to be refined.
September 27, 2018
Eager to see and enjoy the renovated library, hundreds of patrons visited Ridgedale Library on reopening day, September 24.
September 18, 2018
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.
September 12, 2018
The next community meeting has been postponed as further study of the complex site and project continues.
August 1, 2018
Planning nears completion this summer following a series of community meetings.
At the next community meeting on September 22, project architects will present new plans incorporating community feedback.
July 18, 2018
To engage residents and help shape the project, Juxtaposition Arts is leading a series of events this summer.
July 5, 2018
The library will reopen Monday, September 24, after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m.
June 28, 2018
The library is closed Monday, August 27 through spring 2019.
June 27, 2018
Details for the Eden Prairie Library renovation are coming together this summer, including meeting rooms and other flexible spaces.
June 25, 2018
The library is closed Sunday, August 19 through spring 2019.
June 15, 2018
The final community meeting about the Southeast Library renovation will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 6-8 p.m. at the library.
June 13, 2018
Join us for the next community meeting about the new library on Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.-noon, at Southdale Library.
May 10, 2018
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.
May 1, 2018
Share your thoughts about the new Southdale Library on Monday, May 21, 7-9 p.m. or in an online survey.
April 24, 2018
In the design development phase, Hosmer Library renovation plans continue to develop this spring.
February 22, 2018
On February 13, patrons and neighbors met with county and library staff and project architects to learn more about the planned renovation.
February 8, 2018
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Southeast Library on February 6.
February 1, 2018
On January 24, patrons and neighbors met with county and library staff and project architects to inform plans for the renovation.
January 30, 2018
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.
January 22, 2018
Minnesota artist Bebe Keith has been selected for the Ridgedale Library One Percent for Art public art project.
December 29, 2017
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.
You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation on Thursday, February 1, 6-7:30 p.m. at Oxboro Library.
November 29, 2017
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Oxboro Library on November 28.
November 21, 2017
Details for the Hosmer Library renovation are beginning to take shape, including spaces for youth, meeting rooms and computers.
November 16, 2017
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.
November 15, 2017
The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended Bentz/Thompson/Rietow as the architectural firm for the North Regional Library renovation.
The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended Gensler as the architectural firm for the new Westonka Library.
The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee has recommended MSR as the architectural firm for the new Southdale Library.
October 25, 2017
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved an initial design for renovations of Hosmer Library on October 24.
October 24, 2017
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.
October 5, 2017
You are invited to the next community meeting about the library renovation at Hosmer Library on Tuesday, November 14 from 6-8 p.m.
September 28, 2017
An open call for artists for the Ridgedale Library One Percent for Art public art project will run from September 28–October 25.
September 7, 2017
The Southdale Library project architect to be named by the end of 2017, with continued community engagement into 2018.
August 7, 2017
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.
July 31, 2017
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.
July 29, 2017
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.
July 26, 2017
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.
July 21, 2017
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.
June 26, 2017
Community members met with Hosmer library staff to talk about their hopes for the library’s renovation on May 31.
June 20, 2017
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.
June 13, 2017
Community members met with Southeast Library staff and architects to talk about their hopes for the library’s renovation.
June 1, 2017
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.
May 25, 2017
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.
March 3, 2017
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.
January 5, 2017
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.
November 15, 2016
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.
August 5, 2016
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.
July 14, 2016
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.
June 16, 2016
Members of the Ridgedale Library community learned about the results of a community survey and saw preliminary renovation designs on Tuesday, June 14.
June 8, 2016
Join us Tuesday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Ridgedale Library to review preliminary designs for the library’s renovation project.
December 14, 2015
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.
January 22, 2015
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.
November 24, 2014
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.
October 3, 2014
Help us imagine the community library of the future at four public meetings. Join the community discussion!
August 12, 2014
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.
March 26, 2014
The Hennepin County Library - Southeast Facility Assessment is available. Please see the attached document for more information.