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August 2014 Alley Newspaper

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Library Facts Contest

Compare differences in 1914 and 2014 Photos of Franklin Library patrons and classrooms.  

The Franklin Library has been at 1314 East Franklin for 100 years. It didn’t begin there, however.

ANSWER AT LEAST FOUR THESE SIX QUESTIONS CORRECTLY and all CORRECT CONTESTANTS  will be entered in a drawing to win a 26 “Spirit of Phillips” Greeting Cards by Dave Moore and Linnea Hadaway, a $45.00 value and $100.00 CASH!

  • What building, by name, was the Franklin Library in before 1914?
  • Where was that located?
  • How long was it there?
  • How many volumes did it   have in 1914?
  • Who was the librarian in 1914?
  • Who were the benefactors of the new land and the new building?

Enter with your name, address, and answers to Alley Communications P.O. Box 7006, Mpls., MN 55407 or editor@alleynews.org prior to September 19th, 2014.  Correct Answer Contestants will be named in the October issue of The Alley and the Drawing Winner will be announced at the Franklin Community Anniversary Open House in October 11th, 2014.

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Franklin Library 100 Years

At 1314 East Franklin Avenue

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This issue of The Alley Newspaper begins a series about a library–our Library. Albert Einstein tells us that “the only thing that you absolutely need to know, is the location of the library.” Well then, that’s easy; our Library is at 1314 East Franklin Avenue since 1914. Yes, 100 years of support by the community and of it supporting the community.

Franklin Community Library has been a gathering place for new immigrants and lifelong learners since 1914 at 1314 East Franklin Avenue and before that at a rented space nearby. In its early years it featured a large Scandinavian collection, as the community was heavily populated with newcomers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Today, the surrounding neighborhoods are home to people from all ethnicities and walks of life, including many who are learning English as a second language. To meet the needs of its diverse users, Franklin Library’s World Language collection focuses on materials in Somali and Spanish. Adult Learning materials and a large American Indian collection are also featured at Franklin. The library complex includes the Phillips Technology Center and the Franklin Learning Center, and a popular after-school homework help program.

The Franklin renovation combines preservation of historic features with updated technology to create a library learning environment for people of all ages. New elements include a children’s pavilion and storybook room to welcome young visitors, an area designed especially for teens, comfortable seating in front of the two historic fireplaces, and a community meeting room. In addition to a collection of books, media, and magazines for children, teens, and adults, more than thirty new computers are available for public use.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic is moving!

phillips-neighborhoodWhere: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at

2742 15th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407

When: Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 pm starting Monday, August 4th 

As of Monday, July 21st the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic will no longer offer full medical services until the re-opening of the clinic on Monday, August 4th at our new location – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  During this two-week transitional period, the PNC will continue to offer medication refills, follow-up care, community health, and select lab services at our current location in the Oliver Christian Ministry Center.

We will officially close at Oliver Christian Ministry Center after clinic on Wednesday, July 30th.  The clinic will then open at our new location at St. Paul’s on Monday, August 4th and provide full medical services.  At our new location, the PNC will operate on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-9 pm.  Note the change in weekdays, as the PNC has traditionally been open on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

We look forward to seeing you at the new PNC!

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Ventura Village is set for two big events this Summer: PV Park Festival & Open Streets

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First Minneapolis Library start-up money donor, Dr. Kirby Spencer, trusted and cared for by Armstrong English

By Sue Hunter Weir

Dr. Kirby Spencer, one of Minneapolis’ first dentists, is generally credited with providing the money to start Minneapolis’ Athenaeum* which functioned as the city’s first public library. Eventually the Athenaeum evolved into the Minneapolis Public Library and more recently into the Hennepin County Library. His was one of the early burials in Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery and even though he was later disinterred and reburied at Lakewood, he remains one of the cemetery’s most written about residents. Another man, Armstrong English, who most likely has never been written about, took care of Spencer in the weeks and months before he died. English and two of his infant sons, both infants, are still buried in Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery.

Spencer, a private and very eccentric man, fell ill in the early months of 1870. As his health began to fail, he became increasingly reclusive, living “a sort of hermits [sic] life” in his office where a few friends occasionally visited him. The Minneapolis Tribune said: “By some unknown cause he seemed to have become soured at the world, and seldom if ever took anyone into his confidence, and never, that we know of, told any of his secrets, so that it is not known where he is from, only that he formerly lived in Florida, or whether he was ever married, nor anything, in fact about his past history. As his illness progressed, there was one person who he could count on: Armstrong English.

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Still Empty, After All These Years!

Olympic size pool built with Model City money in 1974 that’s future is in the throes of budgetary/politico squalor.  The question remains; “Will it all be money down the drain?”.

Olympic size pool built with Model City money in 1974 that’s future is in the throes of budgetary/politico squalor. The question remains; “Will it all be money down the drain?”.

by Robert Albee

City Pages published an Erin Carlyle piece on September 9th in 2009 featuring me standing in an empty pool complaining about the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board allowing the Phillips Community Center (PCC) building to close and residents also losing access to the only indoor swimming pool in the community. Although the story was about “redlining” and inequities in Park Board spending allocations, the PCC pool itself still stands empty. This despite the fact that the building itself reopened three years ago.

A non-profit, Minneapolis Swims took the initiative and agreed with the Park Board, that it would raise the necessary capital to rebuild the pool and oversee its operations in service to the community. During the next few years, various proposals were assembled suggesting three options, ranging from a $2.5 million rebuild to a $8.5 million total redevelopment that would include two pools and a specialized diving well.

At its July, 16th meeting, the Administration & Finance Committee of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) voted to approve Resolution 2014-250 which read: “Resolution Authorizing Actions to Proceed with Development of the Phillips Community Center Aquatic Facility with the Intention the the MPRB Will Construct and Operate the Facility Upon the Commitment and Board of Commissioners Acceptance of Necessary Capital Funds by March 31, 2015.” The significance of this approved motion is that the Park Board has moved toward actually operating the swimming pool upon completion of construction, instead of contracting with Minneapolis Swims so handle the daily operations.

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“We are Midtown Phillips” hits the streets

IMG_0096By Patrick Cabello Hansel

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater (HOTB) are hitting Midtown Phillips streets in a big way, reaching out to neighbors to engage them in action for their community. With funding support from Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, Inc. (MPNAI) and others, artists and youth leaders are energizing residents and business people to transform the visual impact of the community.

Focus is creating two Arts Avenues: Bloomington Parade Route and the Green Arts Pathway on 15th Avenue. Thru summer and fall you will see new art popping up in various places, new boulevard gardens and plenty of celebrations.

Projects:

Art Cart: The HOBT Art Cart will be touring Phillips on Thursday afternoons, 12-3pm distributing free art materials and arts activities to youth. Look for HOBT artists and youth apprentices towing the yellow and orange burley on the Avenues of the Arts- Bloomington Ave. and 15th Ave. and possible detours to find young artists all over Midtown Phillips.

Photography exhibit: “We Are Midtown Phillips” Exhibit will gather images of the people of Phillips at work, at play, in service, in daily life. Send ideas that young artists can photograph to Stpaulscreate@gmail.com

The “Phoenix of Phillips.” A brand-new literary magazine: featuring the writing of young and older people from Phillips . Authors interested in guidelines for submission should e-mail stpaulscreate@gmail.com.

The art produced in the summer and fall will be celebrated at Taste of Phillips Art Festival October 17-19. Read the rest of this entry »

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AUGUST Midtown Phillips BOARD Meeting

Tuesday August 12, 6:30-8pm. Stewart Park (Arts & Crafts Room), 2700 12th Ave S, Minneapolis

Barry Rogers has been selected as the Midtown Phillips accountant. He will introduce himself, talk about his firm, his new role with the Neighborhood Community Relations office and provide to the Board a tutorial on how to read a Financial report. (30 min.)

– Discuss recent neighborhood crime. (30 min.)

– HOUSING: Action to create a Housing Committee. (15 min.)

– NEW BUSINESS. (15 min.)

AUGUST Midtown Phillips COMMUNITY Meeting:

Tuesday August 26, 6:30-8pm. Stewart Park (Multi-purpose Room), 2700 12th Ave S, Minneapolis

– Legislative update by Rep. Karen Clark. (30 min.)

– NEW BUSINESS. (50 min.)

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association offers Support for Outreach & Engagement on National Night Out – Tues Aug. 5th

The 31st Annual Mpls. National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5th, 2014. The Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, Inc. has reimbursements up $250.per event for neighborhood block gatherings from its City funded community engagement strategy. 

Requirements:

  • Inclusive outreach for participants within the block.
  • Minimum of 20 neighbors in attendance.

Reimbursement:

  • Submit a description & 2 photos of your event to midtownphillips@gmail.com
  • Submit what you did for outreach & include a copy of a flyer, email, etc.
  • If you have access, please post your event on midtownphillips facebook page!
  • Support Midtown Phillips in distributing information and recruiting participation in:

October 2014 Clean Sweep, July 2015 Midtown Festival, & monthly
community meetings.
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