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Franklin Community Library has been a gathering place for new immigrants and lifelong learners since 1914. In its early years it featured a large Scandinavian collection, as the community was heavily populated with newcomers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Today, the surrounding neighborhoods are home to people from all ethnicities and walks of life, including many who are learning English as a second language. To meet the needs of its diverse users, Franklin Library's World Language collection focuses on materials in Somali and Spanish. Adult Learning materials and a large American Indian collection are also featured at
Franklin. The library complex includes the Phillips Technology Center and the Franklin Learning Center, and a popular after-school homework help program.

The
Franklin renovation combines preservation of historic features with updated technology to create a library learning environment for people of all ages. New elements include a children's pavilion and storybook room to welcome young visitors, an area designed especially for teens, comfortable seating in front of the two historic fireplaces, and a community meeting room. In addition to a collection of books, media, and magazines for children, teens, and adults, more than thirty new computers are available for public use.


Architecture

·     Built 1914 (oldest of three existing Carnegie Libraries in Minneapolis)

·     Minneapolis Historic Preservation Commission historic designation and listed on National Register of Historic Places

·     Closed in 2004 for renovation designed by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle Architects

·     Grand Reopening May 7, 2005.

·     Library on main level; multipurpose room, computer lab, and literacy center on lower level; 13,000 sq. ft.


Special Features

·     Children's pavilion

·     Franklin Learning Center (established 1988)

·     Phillips Technology Center (established in 1997)

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