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Make your year-end tax-deductible gift to the library you love by December 31!

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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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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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Building Libraries That Reflect Neighborhoods

“I would like to see our workforce look more like our residents. People should be able to come in and feel like they see themselves." Learn how Community Based Hiring Pathways creates a more inclusive workforce at Hennepin County Library.

Launching careers
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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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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The secret reading lives of local authors revealed!

In the newest Off the Shelf interview, poet torrin greathouse talks about pushing poetic forms, making space for the stories of trans women, and what book saved their life. Read their full interview and then explore the reading lives of the rest of our Off the Shelf authors!

Read the interviews!
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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