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The Alley Newspaper”™s newly forming Editorial Leadership Committee will be introducing each member to you readers in the coming months. Here is the first introduction and is about Carz Nelson: Carz works and owns a home in Phillips. She has a passion for history and believes that a community gains power by understanding its past. She joined the ELC to assist the community”™s dialogue about its history, its place in the present and the potential for the future.

Library News September ’22

Library News  September ’22

By CARZ NELSON All information listed here is accurate as of August 15, 2022. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday 12 PM to 8 PM Wednesday 12 PM to 8 PM Thursday 12 PM to 8 PM Friday 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM WRITING TO TELL A STORY - LEYA HALE Dakota and Diné Documentary Producer Leya Hale, will share her process for developing story structures and character narratives for non-fiction documentary storytelling. The workshop will be followed by a Q&A.You must pre-register for this event at hclib.org. Register soon, there is limited space available. Franklin Library, September 21, 2022 at 5 - 7 PM CAREER AND JOB ASSISTANCE Meet with a CareerForce employment specialist for job and career help. Stop by for individual assistance with job searches, resume writing, and more! Franklin September 7 at 1 PM to 3 PM Hosmer Mondays and Tuesdays at 1 to 4 PM WOMEN OF COLOR AFFINITY GROUP Looking for a space where women of color can come together and share their experiences? Then join the Women of Color Affinity Group at Hosmer Library. September 9 at 3 PM to 4 PM RESOURCES AND SUPPORT The Bridge for Youth visits Franklin Library on the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 2 to 5 PM. They connect people with resources and provide hygiene items and other supplies. Look for them in their outreach van on the corner of 14th and Franklin Avenues. FREE FOOD Franklin and Hosmer Libraries are collaborating with Every Meal to distribute free meal bags. Bags are free for anyone to take, while supplies last. HOMEWORK HELP One-on-one tutors are available during the school year, October 25 to May 2022. In the meantime, you can connect with a tutor online at hclib.com. And as ever, you can always ask a librarian to help you find the study resources you need. READING [...]

Library News August ’22

Library News August ’22

By CARZ NELSON All information listed here is accurate as of July 15, 2022. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday 12 PM to 8 PM Wednesday 12 PM to 8 PM Thursday 12 PM to 8 PM Friday 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM TEEN TECH WORKSHOPS Teens can get creative with their friends. This is an opportunity to make cool things to bring home. Activities are led by the Teen Tech Squad. Teen Tech at Franklin - August 3, 10, 17, 24 at 1:30 to 3 PM Teen Tech at Hosmer - Aug 1, 8, 16, 22, 29 at 3:30 to 5 PM CAREER AND JOB ASSISTANCE Meet with a CareerForce employment specialist at Franklin Library for job and career help. Stop by for individual assistance with job searches, resume writing, and more! August 3 at 1 PM to 3 PM WOMEN OF COLOR AFFINITY GROUP Looking for a space where women of color can come together and share their experiences? Then join the Women of Color Affinity Group at Hosmer Library. August 7 and 21 at 3 PM to 4 PM RESOURCES AND SUPPORT The Bridge for Youth visits Franklin Library on the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 2 to 5 PM. They connect people with resources and provide hygiene items and other supplies. Look for them in their outreach van on the corner of 14th and Franklin Avenues. FREE FOOD Franklin and Hosmer Libraries are collaborating with Every Meal to distribute free meal bags. Bags are free for anyone to take, while supplies last. READING SUGGESTIONS Looking for a good book to read? You could ask a librarian. At hclib.org, towards the bottom of the page, you’ll find the link, Ask us for reading suggestions. This leads to a form you fill out about what sorts of books you like, and what sorts you don’t like. Fill in the form and you will get an email with reading recommendations. If you don’t want to fill out a form, you can always ask [...]

Library News July ’22

Library News July ’22

Library News Carz Nelson All information listed here is accurate as of June 15, 2022. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. FRANKLIN OPEN STREETS Franklin Library is hosting special events for Franklin Open Streets. Outside on the lawn, as well as inside the library, there will be a wide variety of exhibits, performances, presentations, and activities. Sunday, July 10, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. ADVICE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES The City of Minneapolis Small Business Team is holding public office hours at Franklin Library. This is a great opportunity for people with questions about starting, maintaining, or expanding their business. Please feel free to drop in – no appointment needed. Tuesdays, July 12 and 26, 12 - 2 p.m. COFFEE & CONVERSATIONS Join us at Franklin Library for Coffee & Conversations! Friday, July 8, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. FAIR FINANCIAL VISITS FRANKLIN LIBRARY Community Ambassadors for FAIR, a program through Prepare & Prosper, will answer questions and sign people up for this financial service. Friday, July 29. RESOURCES AND SUPPORT The Bridge for Youth visits Franklin Library the fourth Wednesday of each month, 2 - 5 p.m. They connect people with resources and provide hygiene items and other supplies. Look for them in their outreach van on the corner of 14th and Franklin Avenue. FREE FOOD Franklin and Hosmer Libraries are collaborating with Every Meal to distribute free meal bags. Bags are free for anyone to take, while supplies last. HOMEWORK HELP Homework Help is back to its normal schedule. Both Franklin and Hosmer Libraries offer free one-on-one tutoring for K-12 students. Franklin: Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30 - 7:30 [...]

June Library News

June Library News

by CARZ NELSON All information listed here is accurate as of May 15, 2022. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday 12 PM to 8 PM Wednesday 12 PM to 8 PM Thursday 12 PM to 8 PM Friday 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM ADVICE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES The City of Minneapolis Small Business Team is holding public office hours at Franklin Library. This is a great opportunity for people with questions about starting, maintaining, or expanding their businesses. Please feel free to drop in – no appointment needed. Tuesdays, June 14 and June 28, 12 - 2 PM SOMALI CULTURAL FESTIVAL AT FRANKLIN LIBRARY Celebrate the Somali Cultural Festival at Franklin Library on June 30! The library will have activities and refreshments available. Thursday, June 30, 12 - 5 PM COFFEE & CONVERSATIONS Join us at Franklin Library for Coffee & Conversations! Friday, June 10, 10 AM - 12 PM FAIR FINANCIAL VISITS FRANKLIN LIBRARY Community Ambassadors for FAIR, a program through Prepare & Prosper, will answer questions and sign people up for this financial service. Friday, June 27, 1 - 4 PM RESOURCES AND SUPPORT Bridge for Youth visits Franklin Library the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 2 to 5 PM. They connect people with resources and provide hygiene items and other supplies. Look for them in their outreach van on the corner of 14th and Franklin Avenues. FREE FOOD Franklin and Hosmer Libraries are collaborating with Every Meal to distribute free meal bags. Bags are free for anyone to take, while supplies last. HOMEWORK HELP Homework Help is back to its normal schedule. Both Franklin and Hosmer Libraries offer free one-on-one tutoring for K-12 students. Franklin: Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30 - 7:30 PM Hosmer: Mondays 4 - 7:30 PM, Saturdays 1 - 4 PM FAMILY STORYTIME/ RIMAS Y [...]

Library News May 22

Library News May 22

By CARZ NELSON All information listed here is accurate as of April 15, 2022. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS HOSMER LIBRARY HOURS Monday 9 AM to 5 PM 12 PM to 8 PM Tuesday 12 PM to 8 PM 12 PM to 8 PM Wednesday 12 PM to 8 PM 12 PM to 8 PM Thursday 12 PM to 8 PM 9 AM to 5 PM Friday 9 AM to 5 PM 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM 9 AM to 5 PM Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM 12 PM to 5 PM PEOPLE OF PHILLIPS SPECIAL COLLECTION Local historians and fans of neighborhood research will be happy to learn that the HCLib Special Collections department now houses minutes, correspondence, and other records created by People of Phillips, a neighborhood organization that dissolved in 1998. The collection includes documents from 1988 to 1994. You can view this material, as well as many other interesting items from the city’s history, at Minneapolis Central Library.. THE RETURN OF COFFEE & CONVERSATIONS - CLYDE BELLECOURT Coffee & Conversations has resumed! In May, Franklin Library will distribute free copies of Clyde Bellecourt’s book, Thunder Before the Storm. Fridays, May 6 and May 13 at 10-12. RAPTOR CENTER VISITS FRANKLIN LIBRARY In honor of Minnesota American Indian Month, the Raptor Center will visit Franklin Library. Takeaway meals will be available. Wednesday, May 11 at 3:30 FAIR FINANCIAL VISITS FRANKLIN LIBRARY Community Ambassadors for FAIR, a program through Prepare & Prosper, will answer questions and sign people up for this financial service. Friday, May 27 ART BY JAI JAMI This month’s art exhibit on Franklin Library’s lower level features Jai Jami, a self-taught multimedia artist who analyzes grief through the lens of Rootwork and Somatic Healing. RESOURCES AND SUPPORT The Bridge for Youth visits Franklin Library the fourth Wednesday of each month, 2 to 5 PM. They connect people with resources and provide hygiene [...]

Library Gnus

Library Gnus

by Carz Nelson All information listed here is accurate as of March 15, 2022. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday 12 Noon to 8 PM Wednesday 12 Noon to 8 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 DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS Don’t miss Mammal Madness- kids can fill out a bracket! Other new displays in the library include gardening, cultures of the world, and supernatural North America. LIBRARY GNUS Wildebeest Library Appreciation Day is April 1. Mark your calendar. RESOURCES AND SUPPORT The Bridge for Youth visits Franklin Library the fourth Wednesday of each month, 2 to 5 PM. They connect people with resources and provide hygiene items and other supplies. Look for them in their outreach van on the corner of 14th and Franklin Avenues. FREE FOOD Franklin Library is collaborating with Every Meal to distribute free meal bags. Bags are located inside the library entrance and are free for anyone to take, while supplies last. HOMEWORK HELP Homework Help is back to its normal schedule. Both Franklin and Hosmer Libraries offer free one-on-one tutoring for K-12 students. Franklin: Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30-7:30 PM Hosmer: Mondays 4-7:30, Saturdays 1-4 PM CONNECT AND PLAY/ APRENDEMOS JUNTOS AT HOSMER LIBRARY For children under five and their caregivers. Connect with your child during this drop-in program exploring early literacy activities. Wednesdays 4-6 PM FAMILY STORYTIME/ RIMAS Y CUENTOS AT HOSMER LIBRARY For children of all ages and their caregivers. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement in English and Spanish. Sunday, April 10 1-1:30 PM READING SUGGESTIONS Looking for a good book to read? You could ask a librarian. At hclib.org, towards the bottom of the page, you’ll find the link, Ask us for reading suggestions. This leads [...]

Library News

By CARZ NELSON All information listed here is accurate as of February 15, 2022. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday    9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday    12 Noon to 8 PM Wednesday    12 Noon to 8 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 LIBRARY SERVICE AND COVID PRECAUTIONS Everyone must wear a mask in the library and in all county buildings. Children under two years old are exempt. People who tested positive for COVID 19 or who are experiencing symptoms should not enter the library.  DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS The upstairs display case at Franklin Library currently features photographs from the Glanton collection. The photographs, taken by John F. Glanton, depict the lives of Black Minnesotans after World War II. The community is invited to view the photographs and learn more about John Glanton and this period of history in the Twin Cities Black community. Other new displays at Franklin include a Black Authors Matter display, a celebration of Black hair, and an exhibit of books on sports in the Winter Olympics. FAIR AT FRANKLIN- GET HELP MANAGING YOUR MONEY Have trouble opening and keeping a banking account? FAIR is a program that can help you with banking services. Their goal is to help people cash their paychecks, build credit and increase their financial literacy. FAIR offers accounts with predictable fees and no overdraft penalties. FAIR ambassadors will be in Franklin Library’s community room on March 25 to answer questions and sign up new people who may be interested in the program. For more information, call Build Wealth Minnesota at 651-262-2173. HELP FINDING RESOURCES AND SUPPORT The Bridge for Youth visits Franklin [...]

Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore to Open in New Location

Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore to Open in New Location

by Carz Nelson Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore and its twin, Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore, will reopen soon in a new location. The two stores, known collectively as the Uncles, were burned to the ground during the George Floyd Uprising in 2020. In the January 28, 2022 edition of the store’s newsletter, How’s Business, owner Don Blyly announced his plan to purchase the building at 2716 E 31st St. as the new site for the Uncles. It’s conveniently located - within walking distance of a light rail stop and Lake Street buses. Off-street parking won’t be available; however, there is always plenty of free street parking in the area. The 5000 square foot building was built in 1932, and reportedly has a WPA painting of Minnehaha Falls on an interior wall. If all goes well, the sale will close on March 24. After some work on the building, Blyly anticipates the store will open in June. He cautions that projects like this often take longer than planned, so this schedule is only an estimate. While they are no longer located in the Phillips Neighborhood, many are grateful that the Uncles will remain in South Minneapolis. The stores’ presence is sure to be a benefit to the Longfellow Neighborhood. Until the bookstore is operational, Blyly is selling books online at AbeBooks.com as Uncle Hugo’s SF/ Uncle Edgar’s Mystery. There is a GoFundMe campaign to help the bookstore back on its feet called Official Help Save Uncle Hugo’s Fund.

February Library News

by Carz Nelson All information listed here is accurate as of January 15, 2021. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday    9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday    12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday    12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday    12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday        9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday    9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday        12 p.m. - 5 p.m. LIBRARY SERVICE AND COVID PRECAUTIONS Everyone must wear a mask in the library and in all county buildings; children under 5 years old are exempt. People who tested positive for COVID 19, or who are experiencing symptoms, should not enter the library.  DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS - CLYDE BELLECOURT AND MORE There are several new exhibits at Franklin Library, including one featuring Clyde Bellecourt. Other presentations include a display highlighting Minnesota Black authors, and an exhibit of archival photographs in the upstairs display case. Salvage for Victory documents supply shortages during World War II.  MORE MAGAZINES COMING  The selection of periodicals available at Franklin Library continues to grow. The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder is now available. Other titles that are due to arrive soon include American Indian Quarterly, Essence, First American Art, and J-14.  FAIR AT FRANKLIN- GET HELP MANAGING YOUR MONEY Have trouble opening and keeping a banking account? FAIR is a program that can help you with banking services. Their goal is to help people cash their paychecks, build credit and increase their financial literacy. FAIR offers accounts with predictable fees and no overdraft penalties. In partnership with Build Wealth Minnesota, FAIR is hosting a series of pop-ups this winter. All accounts opened at these events will receive a $25 opening deposit or a gift [...]

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