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Birds of North America Online
Birds are beginning to migrate through Minnesota. Identify the ones at your feeder using the Birds of North America Online resource available through the Library. View images, hear audio recordings of bird songs and calls, and learn about 700-plus North American bird species.
Posted on Sep. 16, 2014
Don Shelby on Creative Retirement
Don Shelby on Creative Retirement Learn how Don Shelby has "jumped into the mouth of the wolf" in retirement and borrow some of his ideas for your own "next chapter." Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Armstrong High School, 10365 36th Ave. N., Plymouth.
Posted on Sep. 14, 2014
Art of Memory Events for Adults 55+
Create a personal record of travels, memories or other important events from your life. Use writing, drawing, painting and collage memorabilia to create beautiful pages that capture your life experiences. Most materials provided, but bring personal photos. More info.
Posted on Sep. 12, 2014
Writers in the Library: Hans Weyandt
Join Coffee House Press and local writer, editor and bookseller Hans Weyandt at Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room, Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., to learn how a residency at the library's James K. Hosmer Special Collections changed his perspective on his own stock and trade.
Posted on Sep. 11, 2014
New Business Author Series
Insights, a new author series from the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, is bringing world-class business authors to downtown Minneapolis. Michael S. Malone, author of "The Intel Trinity," starts the series Monday, Sept. 15, 7:30 a.m., Minneapolis Central Library.
Posted on Sep. 8, 2014
New Excelsior Library Opening
New Excelsior Library Opening The new Excelsior Library opens Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m., at 337 Water Street adjacent to the regional bike trail. It has a refreshed collection, community gathering spaces and new public art from artist Greg Preslicka.
Posted on Sep. 8, 2014
Talk of the Stacks With Lorna Landvik
Lorna Landvik is the beloved Minnesota author of nine novels including "Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons." She is launching her novel "Best to Laugh," the story of a Minnesota comedian trying to make it big in Hollywood. Hear her Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall.
Posted on Sep. 5, 2014
Make Green Cleaning Products
This fall, make all-natural household cleaning products at the library using non-toxic, everyday items. Learn about common ingredients in commercial products and their possible side effects, then make an all-purpose cleaner and a scrubbing cleanser. More info and to register.
Posted on Sep. 4, 2014
Opera at the Library
Opera at the Library Minnesota Opera artists are presenting free Opera Viva! performances and educational events at five Hennepin County libraries this fall during a season-long Minnesota Opera Residency at the Library. Learn more.
Posted on Sep. 3, 2014
Online Resources for Students
It's back-to-school time! Use your library card to access free homework help resources including online tutoring for all ages. Students in grade school through college can practice testing with LearningExpressLibrary. High schoolers can use CollegeSource to browse college catalogs.
Posted on Sep. 2, 2014
St. Louis Park Library Reopens
St. Louis Park Library Reopens Five weeks of building upgrades added two small study rooms, an expanded teen area and comfortable lounge seating at the library. The children’s area has more family-style seating and new early literacy interactive elements. Before and after photos.
Posted on Aug. 30, 2014
History of Labor in the United States
Learn more to celebrate Labor Day: U.S. History In Context shares primary sources; American Periodicals Series Online, 1740-1941 includes articles from "The American Laborer" and "The Workingman's Advocate." Labor historian Peter Rachleff will discuss Minnesota labor history at Minneapolis Central Library, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. More info.
Posted on Aug. 28, 2014
OverDrive and OneClickDigital Updates
eBook resource OverDrive now allows you to suspend holds and automatically check out on-hold eBooks and audiobooks when they become available. Audiobook resource OneClickDigital also allows automatic checkouts and has a new, more functional interface.
Posted on Aug. 26, 2014
Account Sharing in Our New Catalog
Our new catalog is now in beta (not quite finished) form. Test it now and report any issues you experience through the "Report a bug" link. While you're there, take a look at the new catalog's account-sharing option under My Account settings. Choose to add or remove people from your account at any time.
Posted on Aug. 25, 2014
HCL on Twitter
HCL on Twitter We're on Twitter to listen to you, answer your library questions and alert you to upcoming events and library resources. Follow us today! Our followers also help us build book lists for others to enjoy.
Posted on Aug. 25, 2014
3M Cloud Library eBooks Available
Hennepin County Library readers now have access to more new and popular adult, teen and children's eBooks through the 3M Cloud Library. Check out and download books to your personal computer, or read on your mobile device using the 3M Cloud Library app for Android or iOS.
Posted on Aug. 21, 2014
Read & Ride Day at the Minnesota State Fair
Wednesday, Aug. 27, is Read & Ride Day at the fair. Bring your library card and present it at the gate for discounted admission. Stop by Carousel Park 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for fun, free activities and performances.
Posted on Aug. 20, 2014
Test Our New Catalog
Test Our New Catalog It lists all available formats of a title and lets you request, borrow, download and return eBooks and more without leaving the site. Test it now in its beta (not quite finished) form. Report any issues you experience through "Report a bug."
Posted on Aug. 19, 2014
Washburn Library Temporary Closing
Washburn Library will close for six weeks of building upgrades Saturday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m. The library is scheduled to re-open Saturday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m. If you pick up your requests at Washburn Library, you may choose an alternate pickup location here. Learn more.
Posted on Aug. 18, 2014
Internships at the Library
We have a variety of fall internships available offering valuable professional experience. Internships generally involve a minimum commitment of 120 hours over 12-14 weeks for approximately 10 hours each week. Schedules are usually flexible. Apply by Friday, Aug. 29.
Posted on Aug. 17, 2014
Excelsior Library Updates
Excelsior Library Updates The new Excelsior Library at 337 Water Street will open with a celebration Saturday, September 13. The current Excelsior Library at 343 Third Street will close Saturday, August 16, at 5 p.m., to facilitate the move. Learn more.
Posted on Aug. 15, 2014
'Birds of America' at Minneapolis Central
An original hand-colored volume of John James Audubon's "Birds of America" is on display through October in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library. It is part of the Minneapolis Athenaeum collection housed at the library. A different bird will be shown each week. Follow the Library on Instagram for updates.
Posted on Aug. 12, 2014
Test Our New Catalog Now
We're redesigning our catalog and giving you an opportunity to test it now in its beta (not quite finished) form on your phone, computer or tablet. Please report any issues you experience through the "Report a bug" link in the new catalog. We need your feedback!
Posted on Aug. 11, 2014
'Talk of the Stacks' Reading Series
This Friends of the Hennepin County Library series kicks off with J.A. Jance, Aug. 11, 7 p.m., at Minneapolis Central Library. Next up: Lorna Landvik, Sept. 10; Steven Pinker, Oct. 11; Dana Cowin, Oct. 30; and Michael Bazzett, Nov. 18.
Posted on Aug. 8, 2014
Wildflower Florilegium Exhibit
Wildflower Florilegium Exhibit View botanical paintings of native plants from the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden by Minnesota School of Botanical Art students. Exhibit opens with a reception Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m., at Minneapolis Central. Learn more.
Posted on Aug. 8, 2014
Club Book Lineup Announced
The Club Book author series starts again Monday, Aug. 11, with Lev Grossman at Roseville Library. Hampton Sides will visit Southdale Library Monday, Oct. 13. The Club Book series brings bestselling and award-winning authors to audiences at metro-area libraries. More info.
Posted on Aug. 6, 2014
Dance Together at the Library
Dance Together at the Library New this year! Interactive dance classes for kids and families. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills. Registration required. Presented in collaboration with Young Dance.
Posted on Aug. 6, 2014
Play and Learn Spots at the Library
Many Hennepin County libraries have play spaces that encourage children to learn with each other and their caregivers. The Play and Learn spot at Augsburg Park Library was created in partnership with the Richfield community and Minnesota Children’s Museum. Watch this video for more.
Posted on Aug. 5, 2014
St. Louis Park Library Closed for Upgrades
The library is scheduled to re-open Saturday, Aug. 30, at 9 a.m. New carpeting and furniture will refresh the library, and interior space changes will let patrons read, work and learn in new ways. Learn more.
Posted on Aug. 4, 2014
Resource for Test Prep
LearningExpressLibrary offers interactive online practice tests for most undergrad and graduate entrance exams, and it's free with your library card. It also offers TOEFL, adult basic skills, civil service, law enforcement, military, EMS, postal services, firefighter, and U.S. citizenship tests.
Posted on Aug. 1, 2014

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