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September 19, 2016

$53,544 grant strengthening library services to families affected by incarceration

Hennepin County Library is creating programming and resources, and raising community awareness, to help families affected by incarceration cope with the many challenges they face.

Category: Services

September 16, 2016

Family History Fair 2016 at Minneapolis Central Library

Connect with expert genealogists and learn about family history research resources at Minneapolis Central Library, Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Category: Events

September 14, 2016

New Law Library hours and classes

Hennepin County Anne W. Grande Law Library will close at 5 p.m. starting Monday, Oct. 3, and will offer a new Continuing Legal Education (CLE) series this fall.

Category: Resources, Services

September 7, 2016

Mergent Intellect

Mergent Intellect has replaced D&B Million Dollar Directory as a useful corporate directory available online from Hennepin County Library.

Category: Resources

September 2, 2016

Webber Park Art Selection Committee Meeting

The first meeting of the Art Selection Committee for the new Webber Park Library will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5-8 p.m. at Northeast Library.

Category: Building projects

August 31, 2016

Northern Spark book clubs

Book clubs at Nokomis, Oxboro and Pierre Bottineau libraries are partnering with Northern Spark this fall to talk about catastrophic books.

Category: Events

August 24, 2016

Black Lives Matter event series at Hosmer Library

Join Macalester College professor Duchess Harris as she talks about the historical roots of the Black Lives Matter movement in this three-part series, Sundays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25, 2-3 p.m., at Hosmer Library.

Category: Events

August 24, 2016

Last Word Book Discussion Group meets the author at Southdale

This Southdale Library book group meets with authors on Mondays monthly from September to May, alternating between Southdale Library and Barnes and Noble, Galleria. No registration required.

Category: Events

August 11, 2016

St. Anthony Library has closed temporarily for renovation

St. Anthony Library closed for renovation on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. It is scheduled to re-open on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m.

Category: Building projects

August 11, 2016

We are Hmong Minnesota pop-up exhibit

We are Hmong Minnesota, a pop-up exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society, is traveling to North Regional, Wayzata, Brooklyn Park and Sumner libraries yet this year.

Category: Events

August 11, 2016

Dialogues in the Park: Forums Connecting People and Policy

You are invited to a new series of community discussions at St. Louis Park Library around topics including income inequality and mental illness.

Category: Events

August 11, 2016

Entrepreneur Expo: Essentials for Small Business Growth

On Thursday, Sept. 22 from 12:30-5 p.m. at Minneapolis Central Library, learn the essentials for growing your small business.

Category: Events

August 10, 2016

Reflections on the Downtown 100 exhibit

An installation capturing stories and experiences of youth in downtown Minneapolis will be on display in Cargill Hall at Minneapolis Central Library through Monday, Oct. 24.

Category: Events

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

August 4, 2016

Tuesdays With a Scholar at Southdale Library

On Tuesdays Oct. 4-Oct. 25 at Southdale Library, experts and scholars will speak on a variety of topics from 10-11:30 a.m.

Category: Events

July 26, 2016

Sheet music collection at Minneapolis Central Library

Previously only searchable by card catalog, the sheet music collection at Minneapolis Central Library is being added to the library's online catalog for greater accessibility.

Category: Resources

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

July 1, 2016

Somali Independence Day with your library

Celebrate Somali Independence Day on Saturday, July 9. Hennepin County Library is your everyday resource for Somali-language materials: books, music and more.

Category: Resources, Events

June 27, 2016

Photos from Brooklyn Park Library grand opening celebrations

The new Brooklyn Park Library opened for exploration and use by the community June 23-25, 2016. A Flickr collection features images from the festivities.

Category: Building projects

June 22, 2016

WestlawNext and Hennepin County Law Library

This online service provides access to legal research of Minnesota cases. Get additional legal research assistance from Hennepin County Law Library.

Category: Resources

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 15, 2016

Join us for the new Brooklyn Park Library grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 25

The celebration continues with bookmaking, geocaching and more on Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Category: Building projects, Events

June 10, 2016

Rogers Library reopens June 16 after renovation

Rogers Library, 21300 John Milless Dr., reopens on Thursday, June 16 at noon, after an eight-week, $350,000 renovation.

Category: Building projects

June 8, 2016

Temporary hours change at Augsburg Park Library

Augsburg Park Library will open at noon instead of 9 a.m. on weekdays Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 17 due to roof maintenance. Weekend hours will remain the same.

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

June 7, 2016

유대감 (Fellowship) exhibit at Cargill Hall

You are invited to view a free exhibit of images from early 20th century Korea on display at Minneapolis Central Library through Monday, Aug. 15.

Category: Events

June 6, 2016

Import your lists, ratings and reviews

We have switched to a new library catalog and you can import your lists, ratings and reviews. Look for "Request Import" in "My Library Dashboard" under "My HCL" to get started.

Category: Resources

June 6, 2016

The Night Library at Northern Spark

Northern Spark artists and Hennepin County Library staff have designed an interactive, labyrinthian maze experience. Explore it yourself on Saturday, June 11, at the downtown Minneapolis festival.

Category: Events

May 31, 2016

Juneteenth at your library

Celebrate Juneteenth at family-friendly festivals at Brookdale (June 11), Sumner (June 16) and North Regional (June 26) libraries.

Category: Events

May 27, 2016

Pride events at Hennepin County libraries in June

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

Category: Events

May 18, 2016

Brooklyn Park Library to close for relocation Sunday, May 29, 5 p.m.

The new Brooklyn Park Library at 8500 W. Broadway Ave. will open Thursday, June 23, 5 p.m., with remarks and a ribbon-cutting. The library will host a community celebration and special events Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Category: Building projects, Events

May 11, 2016

Minneapolis Central Library parking ramp closed Memorial Day weekend

The library's parking ramp will be closed from 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 31. Alternatives are available.

Category: Events

May 9, 2016

New library catalog live

Hennepin County Library launched its new and improved online catalog on Wednesday, June 29. New features include one click holds and opt-in borrower history.

Category: Resources

May 4, 2016

Registration opens May 10 for all summer events

It’s almost time! Starting Tuesday, May 10, register in person, by phone or online for any summer library event.

Category: Services, Events

April 18, 2016

Lynda.com teaches business, tech, creative skills

Available with your library card, learning resource Lynda.com offers over 3,000 interactive video courses taught by experts.

Category: Resources

April 18, 2016

Webber Park Library groundbreaking in review

Ground was broken for the new Webber Park Library on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, with community members, library staff and local leaders in attendance.

Category: Building projects

April 15, 2016

Walker Library receives library architecture award

Walker Library in Uptown Minneapolis has won an American Institute of Architects and American Library Association 2016 Library Building Award.

Category: Building projects

April 10, 2016

National Library Week is April 10-16

Share your story to help Hennepin County Library celebrate how libraries transform people and communities.

Category: Services

April 6, 2016

Día de los niños / Children's Day events

This April, join Hennepin County libraries celebrating diverse books, languages and cultures with dance, art, games and more in English and Spanish.  

Category: Events

April 1, 2016

New members appointed to Library Board

Jonathan Gaw of Minneapolis and Samuel Neisen of Maple Grove were appointed to the Hennepin County Library Board; Caitlin Cahill of Maple Plain was re-appointed.

Category: People

March 24, 2016

Webber Park Library groundbreaking April 12

Celebrate construction beginning for the new Webber Park Library, Tuesday, April 12, 5 p.m., at 4440 Humboldt Ave. N., Minneapolis.

Category: Events, Building projects

March 15, 2016

Rogers Library to close temporarily for renovation

The library will close for renovation on Saturday, April 23 at 5 p.m. It is scheduled to re-open on Thursday, June 16 at noon.

Category: Building projects

February 23, 2016

Try Consumers' Checkbook

This online resource includes local customer ratings of services and stores, plus buying advice. Accessible with your library card.

Category: Resources

February 9, 2016

Print tax forms change at the library

Hennepin County libraries do not have State or Federal print tax forms, but we can point you to helpful tax resources.

Category: Services

January 22, 2016

Enjoy world music at Hosmer Library

The Hosmer World Music Concert Series features performances by local and national artists on Saturdays at 2 p.m. at Hosmer Library.

Category: Events

January 15, 2016

Golden Valley Library reopens January 23 after renovation

Improvements include two new public meeting rooms, an expanded children’s area, more natural light and new Wi-Fi.

Category: Building projects, Events

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

December 7, 2015

Walker Library public art contract approved

One Percent for Art for Walker Library moves into the fabrication phase with approval of the contract by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners.

Category: Building projects

November 30, 2015

Your library, your resource for History Day 2016

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

Category: Resources, Events

November 20, 2015

Public art visioning event for the new Brooklyn Park Library

Join us for a community meeting at Brooklyn Park Library on Thursday, Dec. 3, 7-8:30 p.m., to provide input on art for the new Brooklyn Park Library.

Category: Building projects

November 9, 2015

Wayzata Library reopens November 14 after renovation

Improvements include an enhanced children’s area, a redesigned teen area, two additional small public meeting rooms, and new carpeting and furniture.

Category: Building projects

November 6, 2015

Learn the basics of Jewish genealogical research

Join presenter Joanne M. Sher, a professional genealogist specializing in American-Jewish research, at Minneapolis Central Library on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2-3:30 p.m.

Category: Events

November 2, 2015

Northeast Library 100 Year Anniversary Celebration

Northeast Library celebrates 100 years of service to the Northeast Minneapolis community with an open house Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.

Category: Events

October 14, 2015

Watch new Brooklyn Park Library construction progress

Keep up with the construction of the new Brooklyn Park Library by viewing time-lapse images provided by Knutson Construction starting in May 2015.

Category: Building projects

October 12, 2015

Hennepin County Library partners with Hopkins Public Schools as part of White House-sponsored youth initiative

By the end of the 2015-16 school year, every Hopkins student will have an active library card and know how to use it.

Category: Services

September 28, 2015

Walker Library wins honorable mention in New Landmark Libraries competition

Hennepin County Library – Walker in Uptown Minneapolis was honored by Library Journal in 2015 as one of 22 New Landmark Libraries.

Category: Building projects

September 23, 2015

Artist team selected for new Brooklyn Park Library wall art

On September 15, the Art Selection Committee for the Brooklyn Park Library selected artist team Nathan Lee and Shane Allbritton of RE:site studio to design, fabricate and install the monumental wall art for the new building.

Category: Building projects

September 17, 2015

New Webber Park Library Sept. 9, 2015 community meeting update

Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins, staff and architects met with community members on Sept. 9, 2015 to discuss the new Webber Park Library.

Category: Building projects

September 8, 2015

Artist selected for bike rack at the new Brooklyn Park Library

On August 20, the Art Selection Committee for the Brooklyn Park Library selected artist Greg Mueller to design and fabricate bike racks for the new building.

Category: Building projects

September 8, 2015

Artist selected for Walker Library

The Art Selection Committee for Walker Library selected artist Alexander Tylevich to design and fabricate artwork for the clerestory window area of the library.

Category: Building projects

September 1, 2015

Wayzata Library to close temporarily for renovation

The library at 620 Rice St. will close for renovation Saturday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. It is scheduled to re-open Saturday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m.

Category: Building projects

August 18, 2015

Golden Valley Library to close temporarily for renovation

The library at 830 Winnetka Ave. N. will close for renovation on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m. It is scheduled to re-open Saturday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m.

Category: Building projects

August 17, 2015

Webber Park Library community meeting

Join us for a community meeting about the new Webber Park Library on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6-7:30 p.m. at Webber Community Center in Minneapolis.

Category: Building projects

July 27, 2015

Brooklyn Park Library final Art Selection Committee meetings

Two final meetings have been schedule for the new  Brooklyn Park Library Art Selection Committee.

Category: Building projects

July 22, 2015

Walker Library Art Selection Committee meeting three

The third meeting of the Art Selection Committee for Walker Library will be held on Monday, August 24.

Category: Building projects

July 8, 2015

Brooklyn Park Library Art Selection Committee meeting two

The second meeting of the Art Selection Committee for the new Brooklyn Park Library will be held on Monday, July 13.

Category: Building projects

June 26, 2015

New Webber Park Library public meetings scheduled

Two public meetings relating to the new Webber Park Library project are planned during July and a community meeting will be held mid- to late August.

Category: Building projects

June 17, 2015

Webber Park Library design approved

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved the design of the new Webber Park Library on Tuesday, June 16, 2016.

Category: Building projects

June 10, 2015

More information for artists about the new Brooklyn Park Library

More information is is available for artists related to the new Brooklyn Park Library One Percent for Art project.

Category: Building projects

June 9, 2015

Brooklyn Park Library questions and answers for artists

A record of questions and answers from the Brooklyn Park Library artist informational meeting on May 27 is now available.

Category: Building projects

June 8, 2015

Webber Park Library Schematic Design

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners will review the Webber Park Library schematic design on June 9 and will consider approval on June 16.

Category: Building projects

May 22, 2015

Call for artists for Brooklyn Park Library public art

An open call for artists for the Brooklyn Park Library One Percent for Art public art project will run until July 7.

Category: Building projects

May 6, 2015

Brooklyn Park Library groundbreaking photos

Brooklyn Park community members met at 8500 West Broadway Avenue on Wednesday, April 29 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new library building.

Category: Building projects

April 29, 2015

Walker Library questions and answers for artists III

Questions and answers III is the last release of answers to questions from artists interested in the Walker Library One Percent for Art project.

Category: Building projects

April 27, 2015

Walker Library questions and answers for artists II

Questions and answers from the final round of questions from artists interested in the Walker Library One Percent for Art project are now available.

Category: Building projects

April 23, 2015

New Webber Park Library - April 21, 2015 community meeting notes

A community meeting for the new Webber Park Library was held on Tuesday evening, April 21 at the Webber Community Center in Minneapolis.

Category: Building projects

April 20, 2015

Walker Library questions and answers for artists

A record of questions and answers from the Walker Library informational meeting for artists on April 13 is now available.

Category: Building projects

April 12, 2015

Walker Library informational meeting for artists

There will be an informational meeting for artists interested in the Walker Library One Percent for Art project on Monday, April 13.

Category: Building projects

April 9, 2015

Brooklyn Park Library Art Selection Committee meeting one

The first meeting of the Art Selection Committee for the new Brooklyn Park Library will be held on Thursday, April 30.

Category: Building projects

April 8, 2015

New Brooklyn Park Library groundbreaking April 29

The groundbreaking celebration for the new Brooklyn Park Library will be on Wednesday, April 29 at 10 a.m. at 8500 West Broadway, Brooklyn Park.

Category: Building projects

April 7, 2015

New Webber Park Library community meeting

A community meeting with updated concept drawings of the new Webber Park Library will be held at Webber Community Center, April 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

Category: Building projects

March 31, 2015

Brooklyn Park Library One Percent for Art project meeting

The first meeting of the Art Selection Committee for the new Brooklyn Park Library will be held this spring.

Category: Building projects

March 31, 2015

Call for artists for Walker Library public art

An open call for artists for the Walker Library One Percent for Art public art project will run from March 31 – May 1.

Category: Building projects

February 4, 2015

New Webber Park Library community meeting

Please join Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins, Hennepin County staff and LSE Architects to see the initial concept drawings for a new Webber Park Library.

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

January 13, 2015

Walker Library Art Selection Committee meeting one

The first meeting of the Art Selection Committee for the Walker Library will be held on Monday, March 2.

Category: Building projects

December 12, 2014

New Webber Park Library - December 6, 2014 meeting notes

A community meeting discussing the new Webber Park Library was held on December 6 at the Webber Community Center.

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

November 7, 2014

Community meeting for the new Webber Park Library

The new Webber Park Library design team is eager to share the preliminary ideas that they have been developing this fall with the Northside community.

Category: Building projects

October 23, 2014

Excelsior Library public art celebration October 25

View the new fine art murals, hear from elected and library officials, and watch the artist finish the final mural on-site.

Category: Events, Building projects

October 15, 2014

RFI issued for land adjacent to the new Webber Park Library site

A Request for Interest to Purchase (RFI) was issued last week for the land adjacent to the new Webber Park Library site and near the historic Victory Memorial Drive.

Category: Building projects

October 13, 2014

New Webber Park Library site preparation begins

Preliminary site preparation work begins this fall on the new Webber Park Library site.

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

September 8, 2014

New Webber Park Library - July 31 CAC meeting notes

The New Webber Park Library Community Advisory Committee (CAC) met project architects Mohammed Lawal and Jennifer Anderson-Tuttle from LSE Architects at the July 31st meeting.

Category: Building projects

September 8, 2014

New Excelsior Library opening

The new Excelsior Library opens Saturday, Sept. 13.

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

July 11, 2014

Upcoming new Webber Park Library community meeting

Please join Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins and county staff from Hennepin County Library and Property Services on Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m. for the next New Webber Park Library Community Advisory Committee meeting.

Category: Building projects

July 10, 2014

New Excelsior Library opening September 13, current library closing August 16

At 7,200 square feet, the new library will have nearly double the public space, a refreshed collection, comfortable reading spaces and more.

Category: Building projects

May 22, 2014

Preservation award for Roosevelt Library

Hennepin County Library and Hennepin County Property Services received a Heritage Preservation Award for reinventing the historic Roosevelt Library.

Category: Building projects

May 9, 2014

New Webber Park Library community meeting update

Meeting Update: The "Run Camden 5K Race" will close Dowling Avenue North on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from approximately 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

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May 6, 2014

Update on new Webber Park Library community meetings

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the new Webber Park Library met on April 15 at the Folwell Park Recreation Center.

Category: Building projects

May 1, 2014

The new Walker Library opens

The new Hennepin County Library - Walker at 2880 Hennepin Avenue South in Uptown Minneapolis opened on Saturday, April 26.

Category: Building projects

April 28, 2014

Walker Library One Percent for Art project meeting

The first meeting of the Art Selection Committee for Walker Library will be held this fall.

Category: Building projects

April 9, 2014

Community meetings for new Webber Park Library

Join Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins and county staff Tuesday, April 15, 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 10, 9:30-11 a.m. at Folwell Park Recreation Center Gym.

Category: Building projects

March 28, 2014

Walker Library grand opening

The new Hennepin County Library – Walker at 2880 Hennepin Avenue South in Uptown Minneapolis will open with a celebration Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m.

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

March 21, 2014

Webber Park's next community meetings

Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins and Hennepin County staff will host a series of community meetings to plan for the new Webber Park Library to be built in the Webber-Camden neighborhood of North Minneapolis.

Category: Building projects

February 27, 2014

It's time to start planning our new library

Please join Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins and county staff from Hennepin County Library and Property Services on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Category: Building projects

January 9, 2014

Temporary library for Webber Park-area residents now open

Join us on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, from 1-3 p.m. at Camden Center, 4203 Webber Pkwy, Minneapolis, to celebrate the opening of this new temporary location for Webber Park Library.

Category: Building projects

November 26, 2013

Request for qualifications posted

A call for artists for Hennepin County Library - Excelsior has been posted.

Category: Building projects

November 20, 2013

Brooklyn Park Library schematic design approved

The Hennepin County Board approved schematic design to construct a new Brooklyn Park Library.

Category: Building projects

November 20, 2013

Temporary library for Webber Park

Following the July 2013 closure of the Webber Park Library, due to structural failure, the Hennepin County Board approved a lease for a temporary library facility for Webber Park area residents.

Category: Building projects

October 28, 2013

Construction photos

Construction on the new Walker Library is well underway.

Category: Building projects

September 26, 2013

Community meeting on Webber Park Library

Please join Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins and county staff from Hennepin County Library and Property Services on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Folwell Recreation Center.

Category: Building projects

July 11, 2013

Webber Park Library closed indefinitely

Hennepin County Library – Webber Park, 4310 Webber Pkwy., Minneapolis, is closed indefinitely for building assessment.

Category: Building projects

May 31, 2013

Roosevelt Library reopens

Hennepin County Library - Roosevelt will reopen on Saturday, June 1, 2013 after a 15-month renovation.

Category: Building projects

May 3, 2013

Temporary lane closure on Lagoon Avenue

Thanks to all Uptown residents' for their patience as the construction of the new Hennepin County Library - Walker continues.

Category: Building projects

April 25, 2013

Rescheduled Brooklyn Park Library CAC meeting

The canceled April 11 meeting of the Brooklyn Park Library Community Advisory Committee (CAC) has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 7 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Category: Building projects

April 23, 2013

Date set for Roosevelt Library grand opening

The renovated Roosevelt Library will reopen on Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m. 

Category: Building projects

April 5, 2013

Brooklyn Park Library Community Advisory Committee meeting on April 11

The next meeting of the Community Advisory Committee for the new Brooklyn Park Library will be on Thursday, April 11 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Category: Building projects

February 20, 2013

New Brooklyn Park Library Community Advisory Committee meetings

The schematic design process for the new Hennepin County Library - Brooklyn Park is underway.

Category: Building projects

January 16, 2013

Roosevelt Library renovation update January 2013

The Roosevelt Library construction is well underway and the meeting room addition has been completed. 

Category: Building projects

December 28, 2012

Photos from the Walker construction site

Demolition of the old Walker Library building continues.  See Flickr for photos documenting the work to prepare the site for the new Walker Library.

Category: Building projects

December 14, 2012

Temporary lane closure on Lagoon Avenue

As demolition continues on the old Walker Library, there will be a temporary lane closure on Lagoon Avenue.

Category: Building projects

December 6, 2012

New Walker Library construction update

Demolition preparation has begun at the construction site of the new Walker Library.

Category: Building projects

December 4, 2012

New Brooklyn Park Library schematic design contract approved

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA) for architectural and engineering schematic design services for a new Brooklyn Park Library on Tuesday, November 27.

Category: Building projects

November 20, 2012

Questions and answers from artists informational meeting

On November 14, an informational meeting was held for artists interested in developing proposals for the One Percent for Art initiative at the Roosevelt Library. 

Category: Building projects

November 16, 2012

Walker Library construction begins November 19

Construction for the new Hennepin County Library - Walker will begin on Monday, November 19.

Category: Building projects

November 1, 2012

Potential art locations for Roosevelt Library

Hennepin County is seeking an artist or artist team to create one or more original wall-mounted artworks for the interior of the renovated library.

Category: Building projects

November 1, 2012

Call for artists (RFQ) for Roosevelt Library

Hennepin County Library is seeking an artist or artist team to create one or more original wall-mounted artworks for the interior of the Roosevelt Library.

Category: Building projects

October 23, 2012

Walker Library construction update

The Walker Library closed on September 22 for reconstruction. Since that time, a great deal of work has been accomplished.

Category: Building projects

October 16, 2012

Schematic design approval

On Tuesday, October 16, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the schematic design for the Excelsior Library.

Category: Building projects

October 8, 2012

Art selection committee meeting

The first meeting of the Art Selection Committee for the Roosevelt Library will be held on Wednesday, October 17, from 6-8 p.m. 

Category: Building projects

October 5, 2012

Schematic design approval process

The schematic design for the new Excelsior Library will be presented at the Hennepin County Board Committee Meeting of Libraries, Technology & General Government on Tuesday, October 9.

Category: Building projects

August 9, 2012

Excelsior Library site plan approval

On Monday, August 6, the Excelsior City Council approved the proposed site plan for a new Excelsior Library.

Category: Building projects

August 9, 2012

Walker Library update

The Walker Library will close on September 22 to prepare for the construction of the new library on the same site.

Category: Building projects

June 12, 2012

Excelsior Library schematic design city submittal

The schematic design process for the new Excelsior Library is underway. 

Category: Building projects

June 11, 2012

Summary from April 18 Excelsior Library advisory committee meeting

The summary from the April 18 Excelsior Library advisory committee meeting is available.

Category: Building projects

May 14, 2012

Project update and photos

An update on the Roosevelt Library renovation with photos. 

Category: Building projects

April 19, 2012

CAC meetings results

The Walker Library CAC and the Friends of the Walker Library met with Hennepin County staff and architectural consultants VJAA.

Category: Building projects

April 17, 2012

April 18 Excelsior Library advisory committee meeting agenda

Agenda for the April 18 Excelsior Library advisory committee. 

Category: Building projects

April 9, 2012

Summary from February 29 Excelsior Library advisory committee meeting

The meeting summary for the February 29 Excelsior Library advisory committee meeting is available. 

Category: Building projects

February 16, 2012

Excelsior Library advisory meeting February 29

The next Excelsior Library Advisory Committee meeting with be held on February 29.

Category: Building projects

February 16, 2012

Walker CAC meeting scheduled for March 29

The next Walker Library Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting will be Thursday, March 29 from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. in the Walker Library meeting room.

Category: Building projects

January 6, 2012

January meeting for Excelsior Library advisory committee

The next meeting of the Excelsior Library advisory committee will be held on January 25.

Category: Building projects

December 13, 2011

2011 update on the new Brooklyn Park Library project

Update on the new Brooklyn Park Library project for 2011.

Category: Building projects

December 9, 2011

Hennepin County Board approves schematic design for Roosevelt Library

The Hennepin County Board voted unanimously to accept the schematic design report for the renovated Roosevelt Library on November 29, 2011.

Category: Building projects

December 2, 2011

September 21 community meeting summary

The meeting summary, presentation and meeting schedule from the September 21 community meeting.

Category: Building projects

December 2, 2011

Schematic design report approved by County Board

The Hennepin County Board voted unanimously to accept the Schematic Design Report for the new Walker Library on November 29, 2011.

Category: Building projects

November 4, 2011

Roosevelt Library renovation design concepts

The Roosevelt Library renovation project team met with community members on Tuesday, November 1 to review design concepts. 

Category: Building projects

November 2, 2011

Park Board hearing on Mall concept design

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) public hearing on the concept design for the portion of the Mall that is adjacent to the new Walker Library site will be held on Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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October 5, 2011

Walker Library and the Mall update community open house

Walker Library Community Advisory Committee (CAC) members joined the project design team on September 27 to host a Community Open House.

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October 3, 2011

Roosevelt Library renovation community open house

Preview design concepts for the renovated Roosevelt Library at a community open house.

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September 22, 2011

October 5 meeting cancelled for Excelsior Library advisory committee

An updated schedule for the Excelsior Library advisory committee eliminates the meeting scheduled for October 5.

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September 22, 2011

Community open house on September 17

Preview design concepts for the new Walker Library and adjoining Mall area.

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September 9, 2011

The Mall and Walker library project - September 13 meeting

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Hennepin County are engaging the community in a process to study design options for a section of parkland just north of Walker Library.

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September 5, 2011

Walker Library CAC meeting on September 8

The next Walker Library Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting  will be held on September 8 at the Walker Library from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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September 3, 2011

Next advisory committee meeting for Excelsior Library

The next meeting of the Excelsior Library advisory committee will be held on Wednesday, September 21.

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August 22, 2011

August 24 meeting agenda and July 27 meeting summary

The next Excelsior Library committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 24 at 7 p.m.

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August 22, 2011

The Mall and Walker Library public meeting

Please see the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announcement below.

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July 29, 2011

Excelsior Library advisory committee meeting July 27 presentation

The Excelsior Library advisory committee met at the Southshore Center in Shorewood on July 27.

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July 26, 2011

Excelsior Library advisory committee meeting July 27

The second community advisory committee meeting for the Excelsior Library will be held on Wednesday, July 27.

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July 26, 2011

Walker Library Community Advisory Committee meeting on July 26

The Walker Library Community Advisory Committee (CAC) met on July 26 at the Walker Library.

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July 25, 2011

Roosevelt Library renovation July 20 meeting summary

A summary of the July 20 community meeting about the Roosevelt Library renovation.

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July 20, 2011

Walker Library CAC meeting on July 26

The next Walker Library Community Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Walker Library meeting room.

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July 18, 2011

Change of location for July 20 Roosevelt Library community meeting

Due to excessive temperatures that will continue throughout the week, we have relocated the community meeting on Wednesday, July 20.

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July 13, 2011

July 20 Roosevelt Library community meeting

A reminder about the July 20 community meeting to discuss renovation of the Roosevelt Library. 

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July 7, 2011

Excelsior Library advisory committee meeting July 6 summary

A summary and documents from the advisory committee meeting on July 6.

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June 30, 2011

Hennepin County Board approves VJAA contract for schematic design

On June 28th the Hennepin County Board approved a contract with Vincent James Associates Architects to begin architectural/engineering schematic design services for the new Walker Library project.

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June 28, 2011

Excelsior Library advisory committee meeting July 6

The first Hennepin County-Excelsior Library Advisory Committee Meeting will be 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 6.

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June 22, 2011

Walker Library project update

On June 15, 2011 the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved two resolutions that relate to the new Walker Library project.

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June 20, 2011

June 14 community meeting summary and next meeting date

A summary of the June 14 community meeting about the Roosevelt Library renovation.

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June 15, 2011

Roosevelt Library renovation community discussion questions

View the questions that were discussed at the community meeting on June 14 at the Sibley Park Recreation Center and provide additional input.

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June 3, 2011

Roosevelt Library renovation community meeting reminder

On Tuesday, June 14 there will be a community meeting to discuss the renovation of the Roosevelt Library.

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May 12, 2011

Roosevelt Library renovation community meeting

Community members of all ages are invited to learn about plans to renovate the Hennepin County Library – Roosevelt at a community meeting on Tuesday, June 14.

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March 23, 2011

Excelsior Library capital project update

Hennepin County submitted a proposal to the City of Excelsior for a new Library on Water St. In order to respond to the feedback received to date, the county has decided to withdraw the current proposal.

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March 21, 2011

City of Excelsior meeting schedule for new library review

See the tentative schedule for the Historic Planning Commission, Planning Commission and City Council meetings to discuss the new Excelsior Library.

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March 1, 2011

Walker Community Advisory Committee meeting: March 1

The Walker Library Community Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Walker Library meeting room.

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February 22, 2011

Brooklyn Park Library Community Advisory Committee meeting

The next meeting for the Brooklyn Park Library Community Advisory Committee will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Park Library.

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February 2, 2011

Brooklyn Park Library CAC meeting agenda for 2/3/2011

The next meeting for the Brooklyn Park Library Community Advisory Committee is tomorrow, February 3 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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December 15, 2010

Rescheduling the first Brooklyn Park Library CAC meeting

The first meeting of the Brooklyn Park Library’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is rescheduled for Thursday, January 13 at the Brooklyn Park Library from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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December 10, 2010

First Brooklyn Park Library Community Advisory Committee meeting

The first meeting of the Brooklyn Park Library Community Advisory Committee will be held on Saturday, December 11 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in  the Brooklyn Park Library meeting room.

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December 9, 2010

Excelsior Library CAC meeting December 2

The final meeting of the community advisory committee for a new Excelsior Library was held on Tuesday, December 2 at the Southshore Center.

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October 27, 2010

Seeking members for the Brooklyn Park Library Community Advisory Committee

We are looking for community residents to join the Community Advisory Committee for the new Brooklyn Park Library. 

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October 27, 2010

Excelsior Library CAC October 21 meeting summary

View documents with information presented at October 21st meeting of the Excelsior Community Advisory Committee.

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October 27, 2010

The next Walker CAC meeting

The Walker Library Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will meet on Thursday, November 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  in the Walker Library meeting room.

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October 23, 2010

Meeting reminder December 2 Excelsior Library CAC

The final meeting of the Excelsior Community Advisory Committee will be held from 6:30-8:00 pm on Thursday, December 2.

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October 15, 2010

Excelsior Library CAC meeting October 21

The first meeting of the Excelsior Library Community Advisory Committee will be held on October 21.

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October 12, 2010

Community meeting about a new Brooklyn Park Library

Join your neighbors, Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat (1st District), Brooklyn Park Mayor Steve Lampi and Hennepin County staff.

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October 12, 2010

Summary of November 9 Excelsior Library CAC meeting

On November 9, we held the second Community Advisory Committee for a new Excelsior Library with a focus on review of potential floor plans. 

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October 1, 2010

Seeking members for Excelsior Library community advisory committee

We are looking for community residents to join the Community Advisory Committee for the new Excelsior Library. 

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September 21, 2010

Hennepin County Board approves Walker Library architect

The Hennepin County Board approved VJAA (Vincent James Associates Architects) to be the architectural/engineering consultant for the new Walker Library today.

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September 15, 2010

Designer Selection Committee recommendation

The Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee (DSC) recommended VJAA (Vincent James Associates Architects) to be the architectural/engineering consultant.

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September 2, 2010

Community meeting about a new Excelsior Library

Join your neighbors, Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison (6th District), Excelsior Mayor Nick Ruehl and Hennepin County staff to share your thoughts on a new library.

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August 1, 2010

Brooklyn Park Task Force report

View the Brooklyn Park Library Task Force report.

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June 17, 2010

Request for proposal (RFP) responses sent to the DSC

Twenty-one architectural and design firms have responded to the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the new Walker Library issued by Hennepin County on May 10.

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May 19, 2010

RFP issued for the new Hennepin County Library - Walker

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the new Walker Library was issued last week.

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April 27, 2010

CAC presents vision statement to Designer Selection Committee

The Walker Library Community Advisory Committee's (CAC) representatives did a great job presenting the "CAC Vision for a New Hennepin County Library - Walker" to the Designer Selection Committee (DSC).

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March 24, 2010

CAC vision statement and meeting minutes

The final version of the Walker Library Community Advisory Committee Vision Statement, along with the minutes from the sixth meeting are attached.

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February 16, 2010

Next community advisory meeting date, agenda and vision statement

The next Walker Library Community Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, February 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the Walker Library meeting room.

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February 16, 2010

Walker Library staff focus group

Attached are the key points from the staff focus group discussion held February 11 on the priorities for the new Walker Library.

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February 4, 2010

Next advisory committee meeting date and meeting minutes

The next meeting of the Walker Library Community Advisory Committee will take place February 18, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Walker Library meeting room.

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January 15, 2010

Meeting five for the Walker Library community advisory team

The Walker Library Community Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Walker Library meeting room.

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December 29, 2009

We want to hear from you!

The next Walker Library Community Advisory Team meeting will be January 21, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

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December 18, 2009

Visioning exercise survey

The Walker Library Community Advisory Committee participated in a library visioning exercise at its fourth meeting on Dec. 17, 2009.

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December 11, 2009

Next CAC meeting date and agenda

The next meeting of the Walker Library Community Advisory Committee will take place Thursday, Dec. 17, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Walker Library meeting room.

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December 11, 2009

Walker Library Community Advisory Committee meeting, November 19

Walker Library Community Advisory Commitee, Meeting 3, November 19

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November 16, 2009

Library exteriors presentation

A powerpoint presentation with images of library exteriors can be found here.

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November 4, 2009

Walker Library Community Advisory Committee meeting, October 28

Hennepin County Library's Capital Project's staff led the second committee meeting which included an exercise to prioritize the community's brainstorming ideas from previous meetings.

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November 3, 2009

Walker Library Community Advisory Committee meeting, October 1

On October 1 Commissioner Gail Dorfman led the first meeting of the Walker Library Community Advisory Committee at the Walker Library.

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