Program and author visit proposals

Hennepin County Library (HCL) programs reflect the mission to nourish minds, transform lives and build community together. We envision a Hennepin County where library services ensure every person has the opportunity and resources to read, graduate, engage, work and learn.

Library programs promote literacy and the collection, technology, cultural and arts diversity, and the library's services and resources. Programs and events are planned to provide lifelong opportunities and to respond to the needs and interests of people of all ages, families, groups and local communities. Partnerships are encouraged to enhance the program experience and reach out to new and diverse patron groups.

How to submit a proposal for a program or author visit

Please review the following information and then submit your proposal online using the link at the end of this page. You will only be contacted if the program meets our guidelines and fits into our programming needs, schedule, and budget. Due to volume, we are unable to respond to all program submissions.

Scheduling timeline

Planning and publicity for library programs is done 4-6 months prior to each program cycle.

Proposal deadlines

June 1 (for December - February programs)

September 1 (for March - May programs)

December 1 (for June - August programs)

March 1 (for September - November programs)

Program publicity

Programs may appear on the Library's website, news releases, library fliers and posters, and the program guide. If you have any non-returnable brochures, photographs, publicity or other materials about your organization, publication, or program, please mail them to:

Hennepin County Library
Attn: Library Programs & Events Manager
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Payment and sales

Your check will be mailed to you within five weeks after the completion of your program, upon receipt of your signed contract agreement(s) and independent contractor certificate with a valid tax ID number.

Authors, performers, and staff are not permitted to sell products directly to the public at library events.

Information for authors

Author events are limited to authors whose publications are included in the library collection. To have your title considered for purchase by the Library, use the Suggest a Purchase form.

Submit your program proposal