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Lois Langer Thompson, Library Director  

Empower. Enrich. Engage.
As the summer fades away and many of us return to back-to-school routines, we at the Library are looking forward to partnering with you in the pursuit of learning and graduation. Read the success story of an adult learner and check the many resources for completing school assignments.

School assignments
For those in school, librarians at all locations will be happy to assist you in finding materials to complete your assignments. If you prefer one-to-one homework tutoring, there are experienced tutors at 10 locations or you can access online one-to-one tutoring. The LearningExpressLibrary allows you to practice a variety of academic and licensing tests, including elementary math skills, GED and college entrance exams. and also have links to relevant websites and resources for the different age groups.

The Teachers’ Toolbox at the bottom of our website is designed to help parents who homeschool and teaching professionals. Looking for academic articles on educational principles or best practices? Need to set up a library visit? Use the Toolbox to access numerous HCL resources.

Beyond classrooms
Learning, of course, happens beyond the classroom as well. There are many genealogy programs this fall to help you begin tracing your family history, learn what documents to use and where to access them, including how to get the most out of census records. Minneapolis Central will be holding an all-day Family History Fair on Nov. 3 where you can connect with genealogy experts and attend free workshops.

In this important election year, keep informed. Make use of our Politics & Elections Subject Guide to access national or Minnesota information on campaign finance, the politically connected, candidates, where to vote, etc.

Finally, I am excited about a new Library partnership with the University of Minnesota and Learning Dreams. This partnership combines the community network of Learning Dreams and the resources of HCL to help families find and achieve their passions in life. To see this in action first-hand, visit the exhibit at the Hennepin Gallery (A-Level of the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South Sixth St., Minneapolis) during October.

Whatever your interest or passion, I am confident the Library can be a partner in your pursuit of lifelong learning.

See you online, in the community and in the library.

Lois Langer Thompson
Library Director

Library News  
Library News
* 4,700 more downloadable audiobooks available
Hennepin County residents of all ages who also are HCL card holders can download popular fiction and nonfiction audiobooks from OneClickdigital.
* Penn Lake and Walker libraries under renovation
Both Penn Lake and Walker libraries will be undergoing renovation. Penn Lake will reopen mid-September and Walker will close Sept. 22, 2012, and reopen in 2014.
* Choose to Reuse Directory at your library
Reuse: easy on the environment, easy on your pocketbook! Pick up a coupon book at any Hennepin County Library in October. Learn more about Hennepin County’s Choose to Reuse.
* Homework help, online and in-person
School success entails completing assignments! HCL offers free online or in-library tutoring; and provide quality websites and resources from language arts, current events, science, etc.
* Help for job seekers
• Two upcoming job fairs:
  Mall of America, Sept. 12
  Minneapolis Convention Center, Oct. 10
• A real-time online job coaching service
• Many workshops at various libraries
Program Highlights  
Program Highlights
Please check "Events & Classes" for the most-up-to-date information.
* Tiptoe through the 60s
Dig out those flower-power bell bottoms! Relive the unforgettable music and stories of the 60s in a sing-along on Oct. 18.
* Tracing your family roots
Where and how to start? Connect with genealogy experts and community organizations on Nov. 3 at Minneapolis Central’s Family History Fair and attend any of the genealogy programs offered at libraries throughout the system.
* One Minneapolis, One Read
Read Diane Wilson’s “Spirit Car” and join the conversation! Garrison Keillor will appear with Wilson at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Monday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. For details, visit One Minneapolis One Read. View a list of corresponding library programs.
* Hispanic Heritage Month
Bring the family and celebrate with dance performances or learn how to salsa.
* Rembrandt: read and tour
Teens: read Susan Runholt′s “The Mystery of the Third Lucretia” and tour the Rembrandt exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with the author.
Author! Author!  
Author Talks
Meet your favorite authors (some programs include books for purchase and signing): Frederick Blanch • Brenda J. Child • Club Book • Sal Di Leo • Monica Ferris • Carla Hagen • Ray Harris • Ellen Hart • Kevin Kling • Jim Klobuchar • Julie Kramer • Ray Meadows • Larry Millet • Darby Nelson • Pen Pals Lecture Series • Larry Watson • Talk of the Stacks