Homework Help mentor and student
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Pen Pals returns for its 27th season - join us! 

Meet the latest slate of award-winning, bestselling voices comprising the 27th season of Pen Pals! In 2023-24, Pen Pals returns to Hopkins Center for the Arts to welcome Colm Tóibín, Bonnie Garmus, Ed Yong, Geraldine Brooks, and Abraham Verghese.

Lecture series
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Reading Survey Results Are In!

We asked, and you delivered: scores of titles, keen insights into how you find book recommendations, and heartwarming tributes to the special people who made you the reader you are today. We hope that browsing the results, learning about your fellow library friends, and reflecting on your hopes for 2023 will provide you many bright spots in the month ahead. With 77% of survey responders listing the library as their #1 place for finding books, we know we’re in good company.

What will you read?
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Explore the wonders of Minneapolis Central Library!

With more than one million books and visits per year, Minneapolis Central Library sparkles with ideas, activities, and unique resources. This landmark, the heart of the library system, is home to many stories, including yours. Discover the features of this stunning location, designed to help you write life's next chapter.

Feed your curiosity
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A Cup of Tea with Nancy, Who Reads a Book Every Day

From childhood to age 93, and all around the country, voracious reader Nancy has leaned on books for companionship, adventure, and community building. Now finding herself often at home, she relies on At Home Service to fuel her lofty reading habits (one book per day!) and transport herself to different worlds. Meet the person with a lifetime of literary memories to share!

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Franklin Library Helped Irfan Find New Community

Irfan is an exceptional young person who established a free tutoring center in his village in Afghanistan at age 14. However, when Afghanistan was evacuated in August 2021, he was forced to abandon the work he felt called to do. Transitioning to life in Minnesota, Irfan faced alienation and uncertainty. Read the full story to learn how his encounter with the library supported building community and the next chapter of his education. 

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Discover the Treasures of Special Collections

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Connect with Your Library!

A library card is a gateway to resources, opportunities, support—and now you can access it all in style with the library’s brand-new card designs!

Library Love
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Off the Shelf

The secret reading lives of local authors revealed

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Get to know Mohammed Lawal

Learn what role does the library play in the life of Mohammed Lawal, the CEO & Principal Architect of Lawal Scott Erickson Architects, Inc. and FHCL board member. 

Meet library friends