Passes for state parks! Carrefour exhibition! Free books!
By CARZ NELSON
All information listed here is correct as of June 15, 2021. For the most recent information, see the library’s website at www.hclib.org.
THE LIBRARY EXTENDS THE SERVICE
The Franklin Library is now open for regular service, including checking books, picking up reservations, and using a walk-in computer. There is no longer a limit to the time people can spend inside the library. Visitors and employees who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear face coverings.
NEW HOURS AT THE FRANKLIN LIBRARY
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Franklin Library features an exhibit featuring selected poems, essays, and artwork from Crossroads, an anthology of Somali youth in Minnesota. Exhibited on the lower level of the Franklin Library between July 1 and July 31.
The library will distribute free books at the Four Sisters Farmers Market at 1414 E Franklin Avenue. The Four Sisters Farmers Market is every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. but the library will only be there on FIRST Thursday of every month.
STATE PARK CARD
You can borrow a Minnesota State Park pass from the Franklin Library! The pass gives access to one of the 75 state parks and is valid for 7 days after departure.
FUN FOR THE KIDS
This summer, the Franklin Library will host outdoor snacks and games for young people on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.
COOLING ON THE LAWN
The Franklin Library has free Wi-Fi outside the building from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm They also have chairs on the front lawn when the library is open. It’s a convenient place to hang out and connect.
The Hennepin County Library has suspended due dates for the past year due to COVID. This policy ended on April 26. Check your online account or paper receipts for due dates. Renewal policies remain the same; items can be renewed up to three times. Returns are accepted at all libraries. Book deliveries accept returns 24/7.
NO MORE FINES
The Hennepin County Library went smoothly for free. Customers are no longer billed for late material, but remain responsible for the cost of replacing items that are not returned or lost. An item is considered unreturned 41 days after its expiration date.
LIBRARY SOCIAL WORKER
Devin, the library social worker, is at the Franklin Library on Wednesdays and Fridays. It can help people with basic needs, chemical health services, education and employment, housing, mental health resources, etc.
In-home service is provided free of charge to residents of Hennepin County who cannot attend a library due to illness, disability, or visual impairment. To request in-home service, submit a request online at https://www.hclib.org/about/outreach or by phone at 612-543-8850 Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. h.
Go to the library without leaving your home. Here are some of the many services available on www.hclib.org:
- Job search tools
- Ancestry Library Edition and other resources for researching family history
- Local music on MNspin
ASK THE LIBRARY
Have a reference or library account question? Call, text, chat or email a library employee.
Call 612-543-KNOW (5669) to reach library staff by phone.
monday to thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Spanish / Spanish: Llame where you want a text 651-503-8013 para recibir ayuda in Spanish.
Hmoob / Hmong: Hu losis text rau lub tsev nyeem ntawv ntawm 612-385-0886 txais kev pab hais lus Hmoob.
Soomali / Somali: Caawimaad Soomaali ah, soo wac ama qoraal (text) usoo dir maktabada 612-235-1339.
Carz is a resident of Phillips and an enthusiastic patron of the Hennepin County Library.