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By Lindsey Fenner

Franklin Library Events

The Franklin Av Library is CLOSED for renovations but events below at other places: 

LitKnit (for all ages)
Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm
Waite House, 2323 11th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Do you want to learn to knit and get to know your neighbors? Or, do you know how to knit and want to work on your project while getting to know your neighbors? Come to Franklin Library’s LitKnit circle. LitKnit circles are inter-generational spaces where neighbors spend time together learning a craft and sharing stories. Improve your craft skills, get to know your neighbors and find connection within your community.

Coffee & Conversations (for adults)
Tuesday, February 4, 10am-12pm
Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Join Franklin staff for free coffee and doughnuts.

Vinyl Revival: A Song is Born
Saturday, February 15, 2-3:30pm
Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Learn about hip-hop songwriting with Vinyl Revival Artist-in-Residence KITTO. Catch a sneak peek inside his creative process, discover how to compose hip-hop music using samples and loops, and enjoy a special performance by KITTO of a brand-new hip-hop song. KITTO is a Dakȟóta and Anishinaabe hip-hop artist, lyricist and composer. He is a 20-year-old Augsburg University student from St. Paul, Minnesota. KITTO speaks to struggle and hardship through his music, empowered by pushing the envelope and helping his people take control of their narrative. Vinyl Revival is a series of artist residencies, programs and listening opportunities at Minneapolis Central Library. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

East Lake Library
2727 E. Lake Street
W, F, Sa: 9am-5pm
M, T, Th: 9am-8pm Su: 12-5pm

Youth and Families

Homework Help
M, T, Th: 4-7pm
Free in-person tutoring for K-12 students. No advance sign-up needed. Tutors available September 16 to May 21, except on holidays and school breaks.

Family Storytime
Fridays, 10:15-10:45am
For children of all ages and their caregivers. Talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement.

Baby Storytime
Fridays, 11:15-11:45am
For children from birth to 24 months and their caregivers. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format especially designed for babies. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

LEGO® Lab
Thursday, February 20, 3-5pm
Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary. We’ll also have DUPLOS®, so all ages are welcome.

Adults

Mobile Law Library
Monday, February 3, 2-5pm
Connect with librarians from Hennepin County Law Library about legal resources and support.

Mobile Mending
Sunday, February 16, 3-4:45pm
Bring your clean jeans, shirts and jackets that need mending and repair. Get buttons added, patches added, hems adjusted, and items shortened at no cost. Services will be provided by Mobile Menders – a volunteer group that provides free clothing repair to those in need. Collaborator: Mobile Menders.

City of Minneapolis Small Business Support
Tuesday, February 18, 3-5pm
City of Minneapolis Small Business Team will be available to support individuals hoping to start or who are currently running a small business in Minneapolis. No appointment necessary. Collaborator: City of Minneapolis Small Business Team.

Sealing Your Criminal Record
Thurs, Feb 20, 12:30-2:30pm
Learn the process of how to seal your criminal record, also called “expungement.” Find out which criminal records can be sealed, the information needed to file, where expungement clinics are held, and how to be prepared to get the most out of your time with either a private attorney or at an expungement clinic. Please arrive on time and plan to stay for the entire session. Collaborators: Volunteer Lawyers Network, Hennepin County Law Library.

Hosmer Library
347 E. 36th Street
M, T, W: 9am-8pm
Th, F, S: 9am-5pm Su: 12-5pm

Youth and Families

Family Storytime
Thursdays 10-10:30am
For children of all ages and their caregivers. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

Teen Tech Workshops
Tuesdays, 4:30-6pm
Get creative and make music, crafts, animation and other projects using both high- and low-tech tools, everything from iPads and 3D printers to Perler beads and sewing machines. Led by the library’s Teen Tech Squad. Sponsor: Friends of the Hennepin County Library. Suitable for preteens and teens.

Homework Help
M, T: 3:30-7:30PM Sa: 1-4pm
Free in-person tutoring for K-12 students. No advance sign-up needed. Tutors available September 16 to May 21, except on holidays and school breaks.

Taiwanese Paper Folding (for families)
Saturday, February 8, 2-4pm
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Taiwanese paper folding! Learn how to fold simple designs, or challenge yourself to create a moveable 3-D paper sculpture. Partner: Minnesota Taiwanese Cultural Services Center. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

West African Drumming, Dance and Stories for Kids
Sunday, February 9, 3-4:30pm
Grades 1-6. Ghana Mbaye will take you on a tour of his native West Africa through drumming, dance and storytelling. Listen to stories about Anansi the Spider (the great trickster) and learn African drumming and dance patterns. Bring it all together and perform an Anansi Tale complete with music and dance. Collaborator: ArtStart. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Register online at hclib.org

Art of Musical Instruments with Douglas R. Ewart (for teens)
Monday, February 10
Tuesday, February 11
Wednesday, February 12
4:30-6:30pm
Grades 6-12. Work with Douglas R. Ewart composer, musician and instrument maker to learn about instruments of different cultures and make an instrument. Then work with Douglas to decorate and perform on your instrument. Collaborator: ArtStart. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Register online at hclib.org

Adults

Conversation Circles
Saturdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Non-native English speakers: practice your English and make new friends in an informal, volunteer-led setting, and learn about the library, too.

Tech Tuesdays Computer Help
Tuesdays 12-2pm
Knowledgeable library staff and volunteers will be available to answer your tech questions about basic computer skills, how to download eBooks, saving files, using Microsoft Office productivity software, Internet and job searching, and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

On this Spot: South Side Stories with Daniel Pierce Bergin
Saturday, February 15, 2-3:30pm
Explore Black history of south Minneapolis in this pop-up documentary with live narration from award winning filmmaker Daniel Pierce Bergin. The film visits the Spokesman Recorder Newspaper, Martin Luther King Park, and Hosmer Library with a focus on place, the past and the people whose stories are found on these spots.

Seed Sorting Party
Sunday, February 23, 3-4:30pm
Help sort and label donated seeds for the Hosmer Community Seed Library! A seed library is a collection of community-donated seeds that can be borrowed from the library and planted at home. Volunteer while learning more about seed saving and gardening. Collaborator: Plant Grow Share.

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