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State Parks Pass! Crossroads Exhibit! Free Books!

By CARZ NELSON

All information listed here is accurate as of June 15, 2021. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org.

LIBRARY EXPANDS SERVICE

Franklin Library is now open for regular service, including book check out, holds pick up, and walk-in computer use. There is no longer a limit on 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 FRANKLIN LIBRARY

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM to 5 PM
Thursday 12 Noon to 8 PM
Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday 12 Noon to 5 PM

EXHIBIT: CROSSROADS

Franklin Library presents an exhibit featuring select poems, essays, and art from Crossroads, an anthology by young Somali Minnesotans. On display on the lower level of Franklin Library between July 1 and 31.

FREE BOOKS

The library will give away free books at the Four Sisters Farm- ers Market at 1414 E Franklin Avenue. Four Sisters Farmers Market is held every Thursday, 11am-3pm but the library will be there only on the FIRST Thurs- day of each month.

STATE PARK PASS

You can borrow a Minnesota State Park pass from Franklin Library! The pass grants entry into any of the 75 state parks, and is valid for 7 days after check out.

FUN FOR KIDS

This summer, Franklin Library will host snacks and outdoor games for youth on Thursdays at 2:30 PM. 

CHILL ON THE LAWN

Franklin Library has free Wi-Fi outside the building from 7 AM to 10 PM. They also have chairs on the front lawn when the library is open. It”™s a convenient spot to hang out and log on.

DUE DATES RETURN

Hennepin County Library suspended due dates for the past year because of 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 library locations. Book drops accept returns 24/7.

NO MORE FINES

Hennepin County Library has gone fine free. Patrons are no longer charged for overdue material, but they continue to be responsible for the replacement cost of unreturned or lost items. An item is considered unreturned 41 days after its due date.

LIBRARY SOCIAL WORKER

Devin, the library”™s social worker, can be found at Franklin Library on Wednesdays and Fridays. He can help people with basic needs, chemical health, education and employment services, housing, mental health resources, and more.

AT HOME SERVICE

At Home service is provided free of charge to Hennepin County residents who can”™t get to a library due to illness, disability, or visual impairment. To apply for At Home service, submit an online application at https://www.hclib.org/about/outreach, or apply by phone at 612-543-8850 Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM.

ONLINE SERVICES

Go to the library without leaving home. Here are just a few of the many services available at www.hclib.org:

  • Tools for job searches
  • Ancestry Library Edition and other resources to research family history
  • Local music on MNspin

ASK THE LIBRARY

Have a reference or library account question? Call, text, chat with, or email a library worker. 

www.hclib.org/contact

Call 612-543-KNOW (5669) to reach library staff by phone.

Monday to Thursday 9 AM to 9 PM
Friday & Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday Noon to 5 PM

Español/Spanish: Llame o envie un texto al 651-503-8013 para recibir ayuda en español.

Hmoob/Hmong: Hu losis text rau lub tsev nyeem ntawv ntawm 612-385-0886 txais kev pab hais lus Hmoob.

Soomaali/Somali: Caawimaad Soomaali ah, soo wac ama qoraal (text) usoo dir maktabada 612-235-1339.

Carz is a Phillips resident and an enthusiastic patron of Hennepin County Library.

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