Every year, thousands of families depend on Hennepin County Library to spark their children's passion for reading. Thanks to your support, the Children's Collection at our library continues to be the largest and the most diverse in the Upper Midwest.
Launching the Next Generation of Readers
The Library is one of the greatest forces fueling the next generation of readers.
Access to Books Enables Opportunities for Investigation
Research shows that children growing up in homes with at least twenty books have the equivalent of three years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents' education, occupation and class. Children like to explore, question and use their imaginations, and this positive cycle of learning is fueled by our Library.
The Benefits of Reading Are Endless
“There is such power in finding the first book where you see yourself.”
~ Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Senior Librarian
The Library’s collections department is intentional about making sure that children and families see themselves represented on the shelves at the library. Your donation ensures a wide variety of titles are available to young readers while also often purchasing titles from local authors.
Continuing the Good Work
Research tells us that creating a steady stream of new, age-appropriate books has been shown to nearly triple interest in reading within months. All of this important work of supporting our youngest readers is being done thanks to support from Friends like you.