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Our library is filled with countless stories from Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Every day, these stories excite the curiosity of children and satisfy the desire of adults to better understand their world. There are other stories here as well, the stories of people who value and depend upon our library as a source of knowledge or inspiration as they prepare for school, start a new business, better themselves, or strengthen their community.

Here are just a few of the stories submitted to us from our Friends. Telling your library story helps us demonstrate to the community the importance of a free, accessible public library.

“When you are in a library, you are in a sacred place. This is a place where there are no limitations on nationality, on race, on gender, on ethnicity, on religion, on class. This is a place where you celebrate, realize and simultaneously understand the past, the present, and you can imagine the future.” – author Azar Nafisi at Pen Pals, 2010

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(If you submit your library story, we may publish your story on our website or in our print newsletter and other print publications.)

I think that the library is the best example of an institution that works for the benefit of all… It is amazing that books and computers are free for everyone to access!. – Nancy

I love the library. I read a lot and am an international student, so I don’t often buy real books that are hard to move. We don’t have a functional library system in China. So you can imagine, I was in heaven when I first came here and found out about your library. – Shaomeng

The library is one of the best uses of tax-payer money. It provides a great service to the society and encourages people to broaden their horizons. As a long-term, non permanent resident of this county (and country) I feel this facility is one that I will miss the most when it’s time to return home. You guys are AWESOME.  - Anant

If I ever win the lottery or become rich and famous, I plan on donating large sums of money to the library. Why? The library welcomes everyone. How many places can say that? – Amy

Our family homeschools, and the Hennepin County library system is my number one go-to source for educational materials for my kids (and me!). It’s also our favorite resource for family entertainment (videos, audio books, fiction, etc). The library system has made it possible for us to do so much more with so little money–we are very grateful. The library has also inspired any number of creative projects, provided information for trying new hobbies, and helped launch a home-based business. It’s been great for continuing to educate all of us in so many ways. One of my favorite features of the Hennepin County Libraries is the online system. It is so convenient for researching, requesting and keeping track of materials–I love it! – Julie

The Hennepin Library is wonderful! It is my first source for answers to questions and ideas. Over the years as it has grown and adapted to the changes in technologies it has become so user-friendly! I am still amazed at the people I meet who don’t have a library card; I urge them right to it. I love you, my library!- Linda

As I child, I biked to the library every week to check out books. I got out of the habit as a young adult, but for the past five years have rediscovered how great the public library system is – especially with the convenient online services it offers. It’s an important resource to the community. I get books, CDs and DVDs there. I pick up tax forms there. I have been to a few events at the Central Library, including a wedding. I love it! – Kim

I’m a youth services librarian today partly because I grew up making “at least weekly” visits to Hennepin County Libraries, where I had access to great collections, knowledgeable librarians, and enjoyable programs. – Amy

It is a mark of a great civilization to support a free library so its citizens may be informed. I have used Minneapolis and Hennepin County Libraries all my life and my children have used them as have my grandchildren. The Library has always had the books, movies, audiobooks, and reference service we needed. Walk into a library and you will see it buzzing with energy with people of all ages using the library. – Dennis

I can’t afford to buy all the books I want to read, but thank goodness the library has everything I’ve ever wanted to read. It also lets us suggest titles to add to their collection! For me, the library is one of the most important public service institutions. Thank you for all that you do for the communities you serve! – Anna

I recently started bringing my three year old to storytimes at the library. I’d always meant to take her before this, but I never made a priority of it. After our first storytime experience I realized how wrong I’d been. She loved it, and she learned so much! Thank you! – Mindy

I do not have a computer so I use the downtown Central library computers to check my email, Facebook, apply for jobs and request books. If we did not have the expansive Hennepin County library system that we do, my quality of life would be greatly diminished. -  Aimee

Our family homeschools, and the Hennepin County library system is my number one go-to source for educational materials for my kids (and me.) – Johnathan

Over the years as the library has grown and adapted to the changes in technologies it has become so user-friendly! I am still amazed at the people I meet who don’t have a library card, and I urge them right to it. I love you, my library! – Linda

Throughout the summer of 2009, I biked all over town, visiting as many libraries as I could reach. It was such fun discovering the diversity of architecture, clientele, and character throughout the library system…. The Central library’s collection of sheet music… has kept me well supplied with new material as I embarked on an adventure of vocal lessons last year. – Laura

I think that the library is the best example of an institution that works for the benefit of all. It is a great place for me to meet and tutor students. It is amazing that books and computers are free for everyone to access!! Speakers,services, programs, and helpful staff are important resources; I use them to introduce young people to what is good in their communities. I use Hosmer, Franklin, Central, and Uptown libraries; it is a privilege. Thank you. – Nancy

I remember walking to my local library in south Minneapolis with my 5th grade school friend…. We’d load up our arms with our favorite books (mysteries and books about horses) and walk home. The librarians seemed to know us and were SO helpful and friendly. – Bonnie

I love that I can pick up whatever book I want for myself and my kids. I love the events that are offered for my kids, such as book clubs and learning events. Thank you! – Celeste

My family wasn’t into reading, but checking books out at the library helped me practice and refine my reading skills. We didn’t have computers at home, so the library helped me keep up with the rest of the world. The library has had such an immense impact on my life that I have chosen to go to library school. – Angel

I started going to the St. Louis Park Library at age 11 and I ended up becoming very good friends with one of the librarians! As soon as I was old enough, I asked her about volunteer work that I could do to help around the library. I started out dusting shelves and stuffing the little bags for the “Hot Reads” program with chocolate and hot chocolate. She always had great book ideas for me to! As I got older, I started doing different things around the library to help out. Every librarian knew me by name, by this point, I was in there so often!! I spent every chance I got in there using the computer, looking for books, or helping out! Instead of doing many other things a teenager could do, I loved being at the library. When I did manage to get in trouble, the library was the worst thing in the world to be grounded from!! It was great to see the library get redone but sad to not have the place I loved to spend all my time! Once it re opened I got back into checking out books, volunteer work, and attending teen events like the anime movies, DDR, manga club, anime prom, anime mid winter ball, and a few others. I helped at book sales when the books needed to be put out or at the end when putting them away. Eventually I joined TAG (teen action group) and helped plan events for the teens and even showed the librarians how to use Facebook and MySpace! We even played Wii games when the Wii first came to the library. I ended up leaving in the middle of my senior year to move to Missouri. But I visit every time I’m up there to say “hi” to everyone who I miss much more than they ever will know! – Ashley

My son’s favorite outing is hands-down visiting the Ridgedale library. The staff,specifically Dana, Joanna, and Sue, are simply the best around. The relationships he has developed with these wonderful librarians have been just as important to his development and literacy as the wonderful books, DVDs, CDs, and activities that library has.  – Aimee

Without the library, I could not afford to read. And without reading, my world would be incredibly small. The library makes my world bigger so I can be a better parent and show my child how amazing the world is beyond our small portion of it. – Ashley

I love that I can be simultaneously by myself and yet never alone at the library. Libraries are our modern communal spaces. When I am there, I feel as though I am among friends. – Jerry

I use the library for its wireless internet where I obtain access to my online college work. I love libraries and wouldn’t know what to do about not being able to get to one. – Sandie

It is a mark of a great civilization to support a free library so its citizens may be informed. Walk into a library and you will see it buzzing with energy with people of all ages using the library. – Dennis

I moved to Minneapolis from Iowa 5 years ago. Growing up in rural areas, I had never experienced a public library system like the Hennepin County Library System. – Kari

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