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HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY - CENTRAL IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS TO BE OPEN MONDAYS BEGINNING FEB. 8
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that beginning Monday, Feb. 8, Hennepin County Library – Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, will be open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library's new Monday hours are made possible by revenue from the ballpark sales tax.
Children, teens, and adults are invited to be in the "opening day starting lineup" at a "Ballpark Mondays" kickoff celebration at Central Library on Monday, Feb. 8 at 9:30 a.m. A former Twins star player will be there to sign autographs (bring items for signing) and pose for photos (bring your camera). Also representing the Minnesota Twins will be mascot T.C. Bear, who will join in on a special storytime, and Sue Nelson, the Twins' official game organist, who will "take you out to the ballgame" by performing some of your favorite Twins game tunes.
Hennepin County commissioners and Library Board President Therese VanBlarcom will welcome the crowd with brief remarks and at 10 a.m. join TC Bear in the official ribbon-cutting to launch Monday hours at Central.
Central Library was last open on Mondays in December 2006.
"Hennepin County is continuing to deliver on our promise of expanded library hours for our residents," said Commissioner Mike Opat, chair of the Hennepin County Board. "Along with Ballpark Sundays and Hennepin Youth Sports Grants, I'm very proud that the county's commitment to building Target Field will now also fund open hours at Central Library on Mondays."
Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, 4th District, said, "You can't be one of the premier library systems in America and not have your downtown library open on Mondays. The consolidation of the Minneapolis and Hennepin County library systems and the ballpark sales tax made this restoration of hours possible."
Said Sam Grabarski, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council: “Central Library is truly everyone’s library, and it is a particularly special resource for the business community. It is where we access corporate annual reports, patent files and a host of other reference documents that are valuable and essential information. Having this library open seven days a week — and particularly restoring a week day important to commerce — is a wonderful decision and we applaud those responsible.”
Everyone is invited to be a Library All Star by wearing their favorite Twins baseball cap or jersey to the "Ballpark Mondays" opening celebration on Feb. 8.
Also on Feb. 8, guided tours of the award-winning, Cesar Pelli-designed library will be available for those interested.
To complete the "Ballpark Mondays celebration," a display of Twins baseball memorabilia will be on exhibit in the library's entry from late January through mid-February.
Central Library is Hennepin County Library's largest facility, with more than 300 computers, a collection of 2.3 million items and daily programming for all ages. The award-winning building is a gathering place for individuals, families and groups from around the city, county, state and even the world. Last year, more than 1 million items were checked out from Central Library. (Library cards are free — to apply for one, all you need is a form of identification. Apply for a card at your library or go online to www.hclib.org.)
Since June 2008, revenue from the ballpark sales tax also has funded “Ballpark Sunday” hours at 13 libraries, bringing the total number of Hennepin County libraries open on Sundays to 18.
The ballpark sales tax also will fund additional hours at the new Plymouth and Maple Grove libraries when they open in spring 2010 and summer 2010, respectively.
For more information about the "Ballpark Mondays" kickoff celebration, call Central Library at 952-847-8000 or go online to www.hclib.org