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Top 25 Titles Checked Out in 2012
Mysteries by Minnesota authors, Suzanne Collins' futuristic stories and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books lead the lists of top 25 titles checked out by adults, teens, and children at Hennepin County libraries in 2012. More info. See what staff is reading, too.
Posted on Jan. 31, 2013
Winners of Top Youth Awards Announced
The American Library Association has announced winners of the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Printz and other awards for outstanding children's and young adult books and other media. More info. Other children's award-winning books. More teen award-winning books.
Posted on Jan. 29, 2013
What We're Reading
Get some great reading suggestions from library staff -- the What We're Reading list on BookSpace features fiction and nonfiction titles for adults. You can also contact our Ask Us service when you need reading ideas.
Posted on Jan. 29, 2013
Sources for Business Information
Sources for Business Information Business directories in our Business & Investments subject guide offer industry profiles on the latest trends, legal issues, leading companies and their competitors, plus financial, product and personnel information.
Posted on Jan. 29, 2013
Ten Master Gardener Programs in February
Daydreaming about gardening -- or dreading another summer of weeds, turf problems and mystifying plant care? Plan ahead and learn from Master Gardeners at 10 presentations in February. More info.
Posted on Jan. 29, 2013
Givens Black Books: Community Reading Campaign
Celebrate African American literature and join storyteller Nothando Zulu for a discussion of Jewell Parker Rhodes' novel, "Voodoo Dreams," at five libraries. The programs are presented in collaboration with the Givens Foundation for African American Literature. More info.
Posted on Jan. 26, 2013
New eResources: Encyclopedias
These electronic databases have recently been added to our website: New Book of Knowledge, Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre (for Spanish speakers). Find them in our Databases A-Z list.
Posted on Jan. 26, 2013
Rebroadcast of 'Treasures Collected'
If you missed tpt's Dec. 9 broadcast of a documentary about Hennepin County Library's James K. Hosmer Special Collections, you can watch it on Jan. 27 and several dates in February and March. More info. Broadcast schedule.
Posted on Jan. 24, 2013
Panel Will Offer Tips for Freelance Writers
"Write Where You Want to Be," a panel discussion on Jan. 24 moderated by writer and educator John Rosengren and featuring writers William Souder, Pamela Espeland, William Swanson and Kelly Barnhill, will inspire and offer practical tips for freelance writers. More info.
Posted on Jan. 22, 2013
'Conversation Circles'
Adult ELL students can practice their English conversation skills at "Conversation Circles" that meet regularly at several libraries. More than 1600 attended these volunteer-led sessions in 2012. Read one participant's words of appreciation. More info.
Posted on Jan. 22, 2013
Online Video Storybooks and More
Online Video Storybooks and More Children in grades preK-3 can enjoy animated videos of popular picture books at Scholastic's BookFlix. Every video in this engaging database is paired with a nonfiction eBook. See more early literacy sites.
Posted on Jan. 22, 2013
Civil War Series Continues
Learn more about America's Civil War on its 150th anniversary as the "Minnesotans in the Civil War" series presents stories, artifacts, letters sent home and the experiences of extraordinary Minnesotans. More info.
Posted on Jan. 22, 2013
Roosevelt Library Renovation Update
Roosevelt Library's renovation and expansion project is making great progress and is on track for a summer 2013 opening. More info and photos.
Posted on Jan. 19, 2013
eBook Basics Classes
Did you receive an eReader during the holidays? The Library has thousands of fiction and nonfiction eBooks for adults and children. Learn how to search for, select, download and use eBooks at free classes.
Posted on Jan. 15, 2013
New Homework Databases for Kids
Which dinosaur knows about science, history, sports, arts, music and much more? Why, a Searchasaurus, of course! This powerful beast lives on KidLinks' Homework Help Databases and Websites page, along with many other free databases.
Posted on Jan. 15, 2013
Energy Meters to Check Out
Easy-to-use Power Check energy meters from Xcel Energy can be checked out for three weeks from the Library. The meters help you measure energy use by appliances and determine energy costs. You can also find "energy vampires" -- appliances that use energy when switched off.
Posted on Jan. 15, 2013
Vietnamese New Year Events
Vietnamese New Year Events Kids can learn about Vietnam's largest festival with performances by Hoang Anh Dance Group, bamboo xylophonist Anh Ha Kieu Nguyen, Asian Storytellers Alliance, and martial arts masters Hua Truong and Mac Le. More info.
Posted on Jan. 15, 2013
'History Day Hullabaloo'
Students: need help with your History Day projects? Librarians, Minnesota Historical Society staff and mentors from the University of Minnesota will help you find the best resources on Jan. 15 at Ridgedale Library, and Jan. 26 and Feb. 16 at Minneapolis Central Library. More info.
Posted on Jan. 12, 2013
Improved Access to eBooks
OverDrive, our eBook provider, has simplified search and navigation of eBooks for patrons of Hennepin County Library. It also launched OverDrive Read, which offers the option of reading Library eBooks in any Internet browser without installing any apps, or activation of Adobe software on any device. More info.
Posted on Jan. 8, 2013
JobNow Database
JobNow Database Improve your career outlook by connecting to the JobNow database via our Jobs & Careers subject guide. Online job coaches offer resume review, interview practice and feedback on a cover letter. The Adult Learning Center will help you brush up on your math or writing skills.
Posted on Jan. 8, 2013
News Websites for Kids
Kids are curious about the world! You can help them understand the big news stories of the day with online newspapers and magazines for elementary school-aged kids featured on our KidLinks Current Events homework guide.
Posted on Jan. 8, 2013
Guthrie Theater Presents 'Act Out' Workshops
Kids, teens and adults can learn basic theatre techniques at 12 free "Act Out" workshops presented in January in collaboration with the Guthrie Theater. Please register.
Posted on Jan. 8, 2013
Demolition Makes Way for a New Walker Library
Demolition of the old underground library at 2880 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, is in progress, making way for a new library scheduled to open in mid-2014. See recent photos.
Posted on Jan. 5, 2013
New Year Thank You From Director Lois Langer Thompson
New Year Thank You From Director Lois Langer Thompson Thank you for visiting us online and in person during 2012. Projected year-end numbers for the past 12 months include more than 5.9 million visits to libraries, about 18 million items checked out and more than 21.5 million visits to the Library's website. Let us know about your visits.
Posted on Jan. 2, 2013
Tax Forms and Instructions Are Online
Most tax forms and instructions are available online 24/7 through the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the IRS. For more information on tax forms, contact information, taxpayer assistance and additional resources, see the Taxes link in our Government Information subject guide.
Posted on Jan. 1, 2013
January Author Events
Are you resolving to read more in the New Year? Begin by meeting authors at free library events and reading their books. January authors include Todd M. Johnson, Ray Harris, Jonathan Odell, and Mary Logue.
Posted on Jan. 1, 2013
Book Club Kits
Our Book Club Kits can help make your club more successful than ever! Each kit contains 8-10 copies of a book, discussion questions and tips. Kits can be reserved; pick up at any library. Dozens of titles have been added. More info.
Posted on Jan. 1, 2013

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