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Test Our New Catalog
Test Our New Catalog 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 Jul. 22, 2014
'Art Out of the Box' Events for Kids
Art Out of the Box: Eye Wonder events at libraries this summer encourage kids grades 2-5 to discover artists' secrets and uncover illusions by looking closely at art from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. More info and to register.
Posted on Jul. 20, 2014
Help Us Refine Our New Catalog
Test the beta version now. It offers a preview of our new website design coming later this year. Explore our new catalog from your desktop computer or mobile device, and report any issues you experience through our "Report a bug" link. You can also tell us what you like!
Posted on Jul. 17, 2014
St. Louis Park Library Closing for Upgrades
July 28 through August 29, St. Louis Park Library will be closed for building upgrades. New carpeting and new furniture will refresh the library, and interior space changes will allow visiting patrons to read, work and learn in new ways. Learn more.
Posted on Jul. 17, 2014
America's Other War for Independence
From 1812-1815, the United States fought Great Britain in a second, lesser-known war for independence. Check out books on the War of 1812, which was fought regionally at the Battle of Prairie Du Chien on July 17, 1814.
Posted on Jul. 17, 2014
HCL on Facebook
We're on Facebook to talk with you about books and reading, share information about library resources, tell you about upcoming events, and answer your questions. Join us there! We're also on Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and more.
Posted on Jul. 17, 2014
Online Book Clubs for Kids and Teens
Participate in one of our week-long online book clubs, which run through Friday, Aug. 8. Join the fun any time of day. Upcoming books are Liar & Spy and Wildfire Run. Kids and teens must have a current email address and Internet access to participate.
Posted on Jul. 14, 2014
Great Summer Reads!
Our BookSpace resource has summer reading ideas for trips to the cabin, drives out of state or backyard staycations. To find books you can take to the beach or camping, stop by a weekend book sale.
Posted on Jul. 14, 2014
Local History on Tumblr
Local History on Tumblr Check out our Tumblr for posts about HCL special collections and local history such as the Minneapolis Truckers' Strikes of 1934. Hear more about them from historians this Thursday, July 17, 6:30-9 p.m., at Minneapolis Central.
Posted on Jul. 12, 2014
Girls Only Book Clubs
Girls entering grades 4-6 are invited to participate in Girls Only Kids Book Clubs this summer at Hennepin County libraries. Join other girls to talk about great books. Keeping Safe the Stars author Shelia O'Connor will visit the Ridgedale Library book club on Thursday, July 10.
Posted on Jul. 8, 2014
World Cup Resources
The 2014 soccer World Cup is happening through July 13 in Brazil. Find out more about the countries in the cup with CultureGrams. Learn how to cheer for your favorite team in their native language with our language learning resources, or get a quick primer on soccer rules.
Posted on Jul. 2, 2014
iPads for Your Prereader
iPads for Your Prereader iPads with early literacy apps are now available at eight of our libraries for use in the library with 2- to 5-year-olds. Check out an iPad with your library card to explore selected apps together with your child. Learn more.
Posted on Jul. 2, 2014
Learn More About American History
Celebrate Independence Day by diving into these online resources: U.S. History In Context includes stellar primary resources and Social Explorer uses census data to reveal the social history of the United States.
Posted on Jul. 1, 2014
New Magazine Search Tool
Use the new EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) atop our Databases A-Z list to search for online magazines and newspaper articles. EDS gives faster and more accurate results by searching through indexes rather than keyword-searching an entire resource's content.
Posted on Jun. 27, 2014
Summer Book Reviews
Summer Book Reviews Through Aug. 16, kids can write or draw book reviews in libraries with Read.Write.Draw and could win a book. Teens can enter Best Book Ever and could win a gift card. Share reviews on Instagram using #myHCL. More info.
Posted on Jun. 27, 2014
Books to Read Post-Graduation
High school may be over but your education can continue at your local library this summer. Here is a book list of classic and contemporary titles to challenge and entertain young adults and lifelong learners.
Posted on Jun. 27, 2014
Upcoming PRIDE Events
Attend Queer Voices reading series at Minneapolis Central Library on Tuesday, June 24; stop by the Library's table at the Twin Cities Pride Festival in Loring Park this weekend; hear Minnesota author Elizabeth Fontaine talk at Nokomis Library on Monday, June 30.
Posted on Jun. 22, 2014
Saturday Farmer's Market
Shop the farmer's market in the Hosmer Library parking lot this Saturday, June 21, 8 a.m.-noon. The market is open Saturday mornings, 8 a.m.-noon, through August 30. Stop by the library, too, and bring books home with your veggies! More summer events at Hosmer Library.
Posted on Jun. 18, 2014
Download More Songs for Free
Freegal music service from the Library now allows you to download five songs a week instead of three. Freegal’s catalog includes current hits and an extensive backfile of a variety of musical genres from Alt-County to Zarzuela. Use your library card and the songs are yours to keep.
Posted on Jun. 18, 2014
Summer Learning at the Library
Summer Learning at the Library Join a book club for kids or teens. Discover new books on our summer reading website. Attend Learn Together, Library Lab for Kids and Live Show! events. There is something for you at your library this summer.
Posted on Jun. 18, 2014
eBook Basics Classes
New to eBooks or just want to learn more about borrowing eBooks from Hennepin County Library? Learn how to search for, select, download and use eBooks from our website on your personal eReader device, tablet or computer. More info.
Posted on Jun. 16, 2014
Streetcar and Light Rail History
With the opening of the Green Line between Minneapolis and St. Paul, take a look at the history of public transportation in the Twin Cities. Read the biography of Thomas Lowry, creator of the streetcar system, or explore a map from the early days of LRT planning.
Posted on Jun. 14, 2014
Summer Fix-It Clinics
Bring your household items in need of repair to a Fix-It Clinic. The clinics are free and offered by Hennepin County Environmental Services. Upcoming clinics are at Ridgedale Library, Saturday, June 14, noon-4 p.m., and Oxboro Library, Saturday, August 9, noon-4 p.m.
Posted on Jun. 11, 2014
'There's No Place Like Home' Performance
zAmya Theater Project presents "There's No Place Like Home," a fun and family-friendly take on "The Wizard of Oz," at Minneapolis Central Library, Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m. zAmya is a program of St. Stephen's Human Services that brings together homeless and housed people to create and perform in theater that inspires communities to end homelessness.
Posted on Jun. 10, 2014
'Fruitful and Multiplying' Exhibit
'Fruitful and Multiplying' Exhibit Artists Mayumi Amada, Michael Kareken, Jim Proctor, John Schuerman and Karen Shragg present works that spark awareness of the possible effects of overpopulation. Minneapolis Central Library, through July 31. More info.
Posted on Jun. 9, 2014
Building Upgrades at Maple Plain Library
Maple Plain Library has reopened after being closed for five weeks for building upgrades. New carpeting, seating, study tables, shelving and book bins have refreshed the library’s interior. The library now offers more usable space for patrons, as well. More info.
Posted on Jun. 7, 2014
OverDrive's Big Library Read
eBook "A Pedigree to Die For," the first book in the Melanie Travis Mystery Series by Laurien Berenson, is available without a waitlist or holds through June 18 as part of OverDrive's Big Library Read. In the series, teacher and single mom Melanie Travis solves mysteries involving show dogs.
Posted on Jun. 3, 2014
iPad Apps and Your Prereader
Exploring carefully selected iPad apps together with your child can help him or her get ready to read. At summer library events, learn how best to choose and use apps with children, and discover free iPad apps recommended by our librarians. Learn more.
Posted on Jun. 2, 2014
New! Skateboard Art Events
This summer, teens entering grades 7-12 can use permanent markers and templates to create art on a skateboard deck at various libraries. Materials provided. Find more fun events offered at your library.
Posted on Jun. 2, 2014
PRIDE Events at Minneapolis Central
PRIDE Events at Minneapolis Central Share stories with LGBTQ individuals and allies Sunday, June 8, 2-4:30 p.m., at Telling Queer History. Watch and discuss the award-winning queer documentary film "The Infamous T" Wednesday, June 11, 6:30-8 p.m.
Posted on Jun. 2, 2014

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