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Pen Pals Brings Five Engaging Authors
Pen Pals Brings Five Engaging Authors The 2013-14 Pen Pals author lecture series opens with George Saunders Oct. 10-11 and continues with A.S. Byatt Nov. 4-5, Luis Alberto Urrea Feb. 6-7, Art Spiegelman Apr. 24-25, and Tracy K. Smith May 8-9. More info.
Posted on Jul. 30, 2013
Summer Recreational Opportunities
Find your next summer activity through the Library's Local & State Recreation Sites subject guide. It points to Minneapolis and Three Rivers Park District parks, golf courses, state parks and other recreational opportunities in Hennepin County.
Posted on Jul. 30, 2013
Light Nonfiction Reads
If you don't have time for a nonfiction tome this summer, check out this list of Anecdotal Nonfiction on Bookspace including essays, short stories and general musings from humorists: David Sedaris, John Hodgman, Sloane Crosley and others. While you're on Bookspace, browse for other new titles and good books.
Posted on Jul. 30, 2013
Learn From a Master Gardener
Master Gardener classes on topics such as low input lawn care, selection and care of shrubs and trees, and creative landscape techniques are offered at Hennepin County this summer and fall. Classes are presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension. More info.
Posted on Jul. 30, 2013
Online Book Clubs for Kids and Teens
Kids and teens who can't attend a library book club in person this summer are welcome to join one of the Library's online book clubs. Members can participate in forums, live chats and other activities. New clubs are starting soon! Also check out other summer online reading activities.
Posted on Jul. 23, 2013
Useful Resources for Travelers
Our Countries & Travel subject guide is full of useful resources. The guide, compiled by Library staff, covers topics from Maps and Directions, to Pet Travel, to Travel Planning. One resource, CultureGrams, gives background on all 50 U.S. states, 13 Canadian provinces, and 200 countries.
Posted on Jul. 23, 2013
Summer Audiobook Picks for Adults
For those with a long flight or stretch of road ahead, behold: fantastic audiobooks for summer reading are listed on our Bookspace blog. Librarian picks include urban fiction, thrillers, award-winners and more. Search all audiobooks available through Hennepin County Library.
Posted on Jul. 23, 2013
Homework Help Volunteers Needed
Homework Help Volunteers Needed Help youth with homework after school this fall. Volunteers work once a week for at least one semester and must have experience working with K-12 youth. Training is provided. Various locations will be available. More info.
Posted on Jul. 23, 2013
Explore WorldCat Online Catalog
WorldCat is an online catalog of books and other materials held in libraries throughout the world. Updated daily, it is a great tool to find items that may not be available locally but can be requested through Interlibrary Loan. One great feature is the ability to search for all versions of a book with the same title and author. More info.
Posted on Jul. 16, 2013
Hennepin County Library at Your Fingertips
The Library has a free mobile app. Use it to find and request titles, manage your account, ask a question, check library locations and hours, browse Library events, download eBooks, and more. You can even use the app to check if the library owns a book by scanning the book's barcode.
Posted on Jul. 16, 2013
Talk of the Stacks With Terry Brooks
Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, Tuesday, July 23, 7–8:30 p.m. With more than 22 million books in print, Brooks is the New York Times best-selling author of 30-plus books of science fiction and fantasy. He will present "Witch Wraith," his latest in “The Dark Legacy of Shannara” trilogy. More info.
Posted on Jul. 16, 2013
Read This! Staff Picks
Read This! Staff Picks Wondering what to read next? Look for "Read This" staff picks at your local Hennepin County Library. Book recommendations from Library staff are also available on Bookspace. Sort them by fiction, nonfiction or author.
Posted on Jul. 15, 2013
Summer Science Programs to Keep Kids Learning
Digital Photography and Photo Pop-Up Books will get kids started with digital cameras. For physics fans, there's Mini-Magnets under the direction of a Bakken Museum educator. Frogs, Volts and Vinegar demonstrates what motivated the invention of the battery. More events and classes.
Posted on Jul. 9, 2013
Earn Summer Reading Badges Online
Visit our summer reading website to earn badges by writing book reviews, creating book lists, taking quizzes and writing blog posts. Badge-earners are entered to win books sponsored by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library and MELSA.
Posted on Jul. 9, 2013
Celebrate Restored Public Art
Celebrate Restored Public Art "Wind and Water Chime," a hanging sculpture created by Donald Celender in 1968, has been recently restored and reinstalled at Nokomis Library. Join us at the library Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. to celebrate. More info.
Posted on Jul. 9, 2013
2013 One Minneapolis One Read Book Selected
The One Minneapolis One Read book for 2013 is A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks. Please join us in reading this gripping autobiographical tale of a young man from Kansas dealing with homelessness and seeking a career in Depression-era Minnesota. Book discussions and related events will take place throughout Minneapolis this fall. Related books.
Posted on Jul. 9, 2013
American History eResources
Celebrate Independence Day by diving into these excellent eResources on American history: U.S. History in Context, which includes stellar primary resources, and Social Explorer, which uses census data to tell the social history of the United States.
Posted on Jul. 2, 2013
Service to Incarcerated Parents
Through Read to Me, a program of Hennepin County Library Outreach Services, Library staff and a volunteer help incarcerated parents select age-appropriate books and record themselves reading aloud to their children. The books and the recording are then sent to the children at home. Watch an informational video.
Posted on Jul. 2, 2013
eBooks Collection Innovation
More than 325,000 eBooks have been checked out from Hennepin County Library so far this year — a record pace. We're always looking for better ways to deliver eBooks, and we've been recognized with an honorable mention by the Urban Libraries Council for implementing and integrating eBooks into our collection. Browse our eBooks collection now!
Posted on Jul. 2, 2013
Summer Book Recommendations
Summer Book Recommendations Find your next book on Bookspace! Browse staff book reviews and blogs, as well as book lists from other readers. Or, get started on eBooks or sign up for Author Alerts to receive updates on your favorite author's new books.
Posted on Jul. 1, 2013

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