Homework Help mentor and student
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Give back to the library you love!  Make your gift today.

We're hiring!

Leadership Giving Officer

Find more information here.

Brody and his tutor, Sue, read and giggle together at Brookdale Library.

"It's Library Day!" How One Second Grader Turned a Page with Let’s Read

Brody may be a math whiz, but when he gets to a word problem, he slows to a halt.

You see, Brody has had trouble reading since kindergarten. He’s slow to sound out common words and has trouble with fluency. He gets frustrated practicing with his parents at home.

His family was at a standstill.

Let's Read!
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An Evening with Ann Kim ● June 4 ● SOLD OUT

A Cocktail Fundraiser

Please join us for an intimate evening with Ann Kim, James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza, Young Joni, and Kim's. Enjoy an indoor and outdoor experience at the private residence of Tom and Mary Racciatti—a beautiful Mill District Home with panoramic views. The evening includes hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and a special cooking demonstration by Ann Kim. Proceeds benefit Hennepin County Library.

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The Results Are In!

A record number of readers took the time and care to fill out our annual reading survey – diving into your reading habits, sharing your favorite books, and reflecting on the wisdom that you gained. Now, see what the community had to say!

Best book of 2023?
A man smiles holding his new library card at the Opportunity Center shelter.

Kindness Can Be Such an Antidote

Imagine the challenges you might face each day without a place to call home. Barriers to employment, hygiene, safety, nutrition, and more.

Now, imagine the comfort of getting lost in a story…gaining skills from an excellent how-to… healing with a self-help workbook….

Read how your library is reaching out to neighbors experiencing homelessness.

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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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Tour de Library: A Two-Wheeled Adventure

The "Tour De Library” is a passion project for Rosa Marroquin. Since June, she and her husband have kicked off each weekend by mapping a route to a handful of libraries and then hopping on their bikes – eager to enjoy a day of library visits filled with surprise and delight. 

Explore Your Library
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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!

Gale Cannon, Development associate at Friends, is captured candidly in a smile as she speaks to a FHCL donor on the phone.

Meet Gale

You may have heard her voice leaving a message to say thank you or seen her handwriting on a birthday card. Now, see the face and read the story of this kindhearted human being and integral part of the Friends team.

Your library friend
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Discover the Treasures of Special Collections

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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