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By Carz Nelson All information listed here is accurate as of September 15, 2021. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY COMMUNITY READ- THE SEED KEEPER Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by joining Franklin Library”™s Community Read! Read The Seed Keeper on your own, then join author Diane Wilson to discuss the book in a live, virtual event on Monday, October 11 at 7:00-8:00 PM. A limited number of free copies of the book are available at Franklin Library. For more information, visit www.hclib.org/events. FREE SUPPLIES FOR JOB HUNTERS Franklin Library is distributing a limited number of job resource bags.  They are free for anyone currently looking for a job. The bags have a folder, notebook, pen, flash drive, and more. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday ClosedTuesday 9 AM to 5 PMWednesday 9 AM to 5 PMThursday 12 Noon to 8 PMFriday 9 AM to 5 PMSaturday 9 AM to 5 PMSunday 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 five years old are exempt. People who tested positive for COVID 19 or who are experiencing symptoms should not enter the library. Franklin Library is open for regular service, including book check out, holds pick up, and walk-in computer use. There”™s no limit on the time people can spend inside the library. COFFEE & CONVERSATIONS Franklin Library hosts a monthly program outdoors in front of the library. Neighbors and community members can stop by for free coffee and doughnuts. It”™s the perfect time to chat with library staff. Weather permitting, meetings are on the second Fridays of the month at 10am-12 noon. Upcoming dates are October 8, November 12, and December 10. 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 [...]

Hennepin County Library Permanently Closes the Franklin Learning Center

Hennepin County Library Permanently Closes the Franklin Learning Center

By LINDSEY FENNER First shuttered due to the Franklin Library remodel project in 2019 and then COVID-19 in 2020/21, Hennepin County Library (HCL) has decided to permanently close the Franklin Learning Center (FLC), the adult education service at Franklin Library. Hennepin County Library has made no public announcement about ending this valued community resource as of July 13, when the alley contacted them for comment. The Franklin Learning Center ca 2012 Josh Yetman, HCL spokesperson, declined to answer questions about why the decision was made to permanently close the Franklin Learning Center, who made the decision, and if any community members and stakeholders were involved in the decision-making process. The Hennepin County Library system is governed by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners with an advisory Library Board of county residents appointed by the County Board. Angela Conley is the County Commissioner representing the Phillips neighborhood. Chad Helton is the Library Director, who was appointed in August 2020. The Franklin Learning Center was founded in 1988, and provided one-on-one citizenship test, GED, and adult basic education tutoring. Although most information about the FLC was removed from the HCL website, the most recently available 2018 HCL Annual Report highlighted the achievements of the Franklin Learning Center. It noted that 74 FLC learners had become American citizens and that there were 20,650 study hours at the FLC during the report year. See the alley”™s Library News on page 2 for other adult education resources. Lindsey is an employee of Hennepin County Library and a former FLC volunteer.

Library News

Library News

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 ClosedTuesday 9 AM to 5 PMWednesday 9 AM to 5 PMThursday 12 Noon to 8 PMFriday 9 AM to 5 PMSaturday 9 AM to 5 PMSunday 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. [...]

Kid’s Summer Stuff!

Kid’s Summer Stuff!

Fun Activities for Youth at Parks and Libraries in and around Phillips Neighborhood COMPILED By LINDSEY FENNER Minneapolis Parks (to register and find even more activities go to https:// apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/). Contact the park for sched- ule changes and availability. East Phillips Park, 2399 17th Avenue South. 612-370-4888 Jr. Naturalists: Drop-In Discovery, Tuesday 5-7PM, through August Join us for no-touch or easily sanitizable nature exploring ”” such as meeting live animals, dissecting an owl pellet, playing water quality mini-golf, planting seeds, and much more! No need to register, just stop on by for free family fun! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Land Back Mask Making: July 26-30, 2PM-5PM Free, ages 10-14, register online. The Artist in Residence (AiR) program will focus on Land Back Face Mask Making: An activity designed to educate and to gain the knowledge to care for Grandmother Earth. Sculpture by Dakota artist Graci Horne, who will be leading the mask making activities Phillips Park, 2324 11th Avenue South. 612-370-4946 Film Festival: Mondays through August 30, 6PM-8PM Each week Phillips Community Center will bring films to youth. We will showcase the creativity of film makers and facilitate discussion on cinema- tography. Youth will be a part of this program process and collaborate to pick films and topics to discuss! This activity is an ActivePass Program and a pass is required to participate. Please go to your neighborhood recreation center during business hours to sign up for a free ActivePass. Youth Adventures: Monday through Friday 1PM-6PM Free, ages 10-16, Youth Adventures at Phillips is the place to be! You can come get homework help, use the computer lab with our super fast WiFi from Comcast”™s LiftZone, play video/table games or join in on daily art/stem activi- ties! This activity is an ActivePass Program and a pass is required to participate. [...]

Library News

By CARZ NELSON All information listed here is accurate as of May 18, 2021. CHANGE IS COMING Library hours and services are expected to expand soon in response to the decrease of COVID in the community. In this rapidly changing environment, you can find the most recent and reliable information on the library website, www.hclib.org.  JUNETEENTH The library is hosting many online activities to celebrate Juneteenth. Million Artist Movement is helping the community to connect with each other and to reflect on Juneteenth themes, stories and dreams. There are three activities to choose from: making quilt squares, dance, and storytelling. Kits will be available to pick up ahead of time at Hosmer Library for making quilt squares. Check out the Events page on the library website to see all the Juneteenth programs on offer.  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 HCLib 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 A social worker is available outside Franklin Library on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 AM to 5 PM, and at East Lake Library Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 AM to 5 PM. Basic needs (clothing, food, meals, shelter)Chemical HealthDisability ServicesEducation & Employment ResourcesHennepin County [...]

Library News

Carz Nelson We live in rapidly changing times. For updated information on Hennepin County Library (HCLib) services during the coronavirus pandemic, visit www.hclib.org. All information listed here is accurate as of April 16, 2021. ON THE AVENUE BY TUFAWON PRESENTED BY FRANKLIN LIBRARY Local artist Tufawon has dropped a tune about Philip”™s own Franklin Avenue. Franklin Library presents the video on the library”™s YouTube channel. Check it out. It”™s a good representation of the neighborhood. And besides, someone you know could be in it.  The URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO6yPou0NoM. Or else go to YouTube and search for On the Avenue by Tufawon.  DUE DATES RETURN HCLib 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. MAYDAY PROGRAM LED BY UMN”™S LABOR EDUCATION SERVICE Celebrating May Day: Workers of the Twin Cities Labor Movement- Workers from Tattersall Distilling, Augsburg University, and the Atwood Center talk about recent organizing campaigns in their workplaces. Thursday May 6th at 6:30 PM., Registration is on the library website. East Lake Library East Lake Library, located at 2727 E. Lake St., is open for Grab and Go service Sunday 12-5 PM; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM; and Wednesday 12-8 PM. Franklin Library  Franklin Library, 1413 E Franklin Ave., is open for computer use only. Call (612) 543-6925 to make an appointment. The building will remain locked, but staff will let you in at your appointment time. Masks are required and will be provided if you do not bring one. Because of social distancing, staff will be unable to offer computer assistance. You will have access to a desktop [...]

February Library News

February Library News

 By CARZ NELSON  For updated information on Hennepin County Library services during the Coronavirus Pandemic, visit www.hclib.org. All information is accurate as of January 15 2021.  PROGRAMS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH  This February HCLib is hosting virtual programs for Black history month, in partnership with the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery (MAAHMG). In addition to films that address the arts in social justice movements, there will be panels with community leaders.  LIBRARY UPDATES:  "Reading" by Jessie Merriam East Lake Library Grab&Go  East Lake Library, located at 2727 E. Lake St., reopened on December 27. The building was damaged during the uprising and had been closed for rehab and repair. The library is now available for Grab and Go service  Sunday 12-5 PM; Mon, Tues, Thurs 9 AM to 5 PM Wednesday 12-8 PM.  Franklin Library  1413 E Franklin Ave., is open for computer use only. Call (612) 543-6925 to make an appointment. The building will remain locked, but staff will let you in at your appointment time. Masks are required and will be provided if you do not bring one. Because of social distancing, staff will be unable to offer computer assistance. You will have access to a desktop computer, Internet, and printing. You will need to bring your own headphones.  At this time, Franklin Library is open for computer use ONLY. Other areas and services, including book/DVD checkout, are not available. Returns are accepted during staffed service hours.  Franklin Computer Hours  Tues & Weds ”“ 9 AM to 5 PM  Thursday ”“ Noon to 8 PM  Friday & Sat ”“ 9 AM to 5 PM  Sunday & Monday ”“ Closed  Grab & Go Library Service at Hosmer Library  Hosmer Library, 347 E 36 th St., is open for retrieving holds, limited browsing of materials, checking out items, returning [...]

What”™s Up at Your Community Libraries

By LINDSEY FENNER Hennepin County Libraries are reopening with limited in-person services. For Updated information on Hennepin County Library (HCL) services during the Coronavirus Pandemic, visit www.hclib.org.   All information is accurate as of July 15, 2020 Library Updates:  As of Tuesday, July 14, Franklin Library is open for computer use! Call 612-543-6925 to make an appointment. The building will remain locked, but staff will let you in at your appointment time. Masks are required and will be provided if you don”™t bring one.  You will need to bring your own headphones. At this time, Franklin Library is open for computer use ONLY.  Other areas and services, including book/DVD check-out, are not available. They will be accepting returns during staffed service hours. Franklin Library Computer Hours   Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Thursday 12-7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday & Monday ”“ closed  Franklin Library meal pick-up for youth, Thursdays, Noon-2 p.m. For ages 18 and under. Pick up a week worth of free meals. Caregivers can pick up meals for youth who are not present.  Meals include: sandwiches, milk, fruit, vegetable, and snack. Curbside Pick Up Library Service at Hosmer Library: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  All East Lake Library patrons will have the default pickup location of their holds changed to Hosmer Library. Place an item on hold through the Library website, wait for notification that the item is ready, then call the Library when you are ready to come pick items up. Hosmer Library: 612-543-6900 Physical Materials: Due dates for physical materials continue to be automatically extended. You are not required to return materials at this time. Libraries are accepting returns during staffed service hours only. Items will be removed from your account after a three day quarantine. Grab and Go Library Service: [...]

Community Libraries

By Lindsey Fenner As of May 21, all HN Cty libraries are still closed to the public, although there are 8 locations currently doing curbside pick-up for requested materials. Please do not return library materials at this time. Library workers have been advocating for returns to be delayed until a safe process can been developed. With the end of the MN Stay At Home order, HN Cty is currently working on tentative plan to bring back more library services to 4-6 libraries by mid-June, but it is not clear what those services will be or which libraries will be selected to provide those services. In addition, about 100 frontline library workers are still not being allowed to work or have any input in reopening planning. But whatever library services resume will look nothing like the community library you remember. The Coronavirus pandemic is having a serious financial impact on local gov”™t, and HN Cty Commissioners are having discussions about what the future will look like. This might include significant budget cuts, permanent staff layoffs, and the closure of buildings. Call or email District 4 Commissioner Angela Conley to let her know that you value libraries and library workers. 612-348-7884 angela.conley@hennepin.us All HN Cty Libraries are closed to public. For Updated information on HN Cty Library services during the Coronavirus Pandemic, www.hclib.org. All information is accurate as of May 21, 2020 Ask Us: Have a reference or library account question? Call, text, chat with, or email a library worker https://www.hclib.org/contactCall 612-543-KNOW (5669) to reach library staff by phone.Monday-Thursday 9 am ”“ 9 pmFriday-Saturday 9 am. ”“ 5 pmSunday noon ”“ 5 pmEspañol/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 [...]

What”™s Up at Your Community Libraries

What”™s Up at Your  Community Libraries

Photo: PATRICK LARKIN By Lindsey Fenner On April 5, Hennepin County Library locked out around 311 County workers, including about 220 library workers. Most workers locked out are library specialists, who are among the lowest paid County workers. Library specialists usually provide the support functions that make libraries run, and had been working hard supporting remote library services since the libraries closed in mid-March. AFSCME Local 2822, which represents all but one of the locked-out workers, has filed a class action grievance against the lockout action by Hennepin County. Starting April 13, Hennepin County Library started offering curbside holds pick up at 8 library locations, including at East Lake Library. Library workers have raised public health and worker safety concerns about providing this non-essential service, especially as the County decided to make recall to these high-risk locations involuntary, over the protest of Local 2822. (Curbside service has provided paid work for only about 20 of the locked-out workers.) In addition, library workers have been raising questions about the lack of conclusive research on coronavirus transmission on library materials; the use of precious PPE and sanitizing supplies for providing a non-essential service; and the example of putting both workers and residents into unnecessary interactions with each other to provide a non-critical service during a Stay-At-Home order. Books are great, but lives are essential! Library workers ask that the community does not use Library Curbside services at this time. Instead, please take advantage of the many other remote services that Hennepin County Library is offering, and advocate for more robust remote services to bridge the digital divide! All Hennepin County Libraries are closed to public. For Updated information on Hennepin County Library services during the Coronavirus Pandemic, visit www.hclib.org. All information is accurate as of April 19, [...]

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