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Lois Langer Thompson, Library Director  

New Beginnings

Spring is in the air – or at least it’s around the corner! Each year at this time, just as the earth reawakens, many of us reawaken our own dreams. For many Hennepin County residents, they are not only starting new projects, they are continuing on their journey in a new country. Hennepin County is home to many communities learning a new language, a new culture and a new way of life. The Library offers many resources, programs and classes from citizenship preparation to Conversation Circles to assist them.

In April and May, we welcome you to join two growing communities in Hennepin County by attending our two program series: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day (see p. 40-41) and Spice & Slice of Asian America (see p. 19). I hope you will enjoy and participate in our creative multicultural programming as we build community together.

On a personal scale, if you are looking to take up a new hobby, start a new garden or a home DIY project, the Library can be a part of your learning network. As you set goals and resolve to learn new things, start with the Library’s resources. For example, the Reading Resources article on p. 5 offers suggestions for discovering the inner artist within you and Databases A-Z on p. 4 highlights a few outstanding databases for you to explore art. You also will find a wide range of programs and classes offered at your library to further a current passion or explore a new idea.

Whether you need facts on the go texted to you via our Ask Us service, or will be visiting a library near you, Hennepin County Library has what you need. Connect with the library, download eBooks or chat with a librarian as you embark on your personal journey of new beginnings.

See you online, in the community and in the library in 2013,
Lois Langer Thompson
Library Director

Library News  
Library News
Job search assistance
Get help finding job leads, composing your résumé, refining interview skills through library business and career programs or using online resources (“Jobs & Career” subject guide). Also, check out the March 6 Job Fair.
National Library Week 2013
Visit between April 14-20 and tell us why your Hennepin County library matters to you and what you value most about your community library.
Tax matters
Tax resources are available online through HCL’s website. Trained volunteer tax preparers also will be at Brookdale, Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley and Ridgedale libraries to help with filing routine forms.
Check out browser-based eBooks
Try OverDrive Read, a browser-based eBook reader. It’s compatible with computers, tablets and mobile devices, and no additional apps are necessary! However, it is recommended you install Google Chrome for best-use experience.
Program Highlights  
Program Highlights
Please check "Events & Classes" for the most-up-to-date information.
Teen Job Fair at Minneapolis Central
Get a head start on landing that summer job or internship. Learn job search techniques and skills at workshops, meet employers; March 23, noon-3 p.m.
Multicultural celebrations
Learn about the Hispanic and Asian cultures through dance, art and plays. Attend “Asian Splendor!”, “Celebrate Children’s Day / Book Day” and “Spice & Slice of Asian America” programs.
Topical Fairy Tales
Modern retellings of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and other tales by local youth actors address common children′s mental health issues such as ADHD, autism and Tourette Syndrome.
Art for all ages
Programs to get your creative juices flowing: “Art for Life” for the 55+, “Crafty Minnesota” for adults, “Make This!” tor teens, and “Paint It Green” for the
Author! Author!  
Author Talks
Meet your favorite authors (some programs include books for purchase and signing): Curt Brown • Cyn Collins • Mary DesJarlais • Atina Diffley • Peter Geye • Erin Hart • Wayne Jorgenson • Brenda Langton • Benjamin Percy • Joyce Sutphen • Talk of the Stacks