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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 [...]

East Phillips/Ventura Village Students can earn Free College Credit and Personalize their Education

East Phillips/Ventura Village Students can earn Free College Credit and Personalize their Education

 PSEO students Asiya Browne and Zeke Jackson testifying at the Minnesota legislature about the value of PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Options)Photo credit: Joe Nathan By JOE NATHAN East Village/Ventura Village students and families have terrific opportunities to earn free college credit and/or personalize their education in upcoming months, thanks to free public school programs. Encouraged by families, Minnesota legislators and educators have created great opportunities for young people to identify and develop their unique gifts, talents and interests as they acquire vital basic and applied life skills. Free College Courses One of the most valuable opportunities for high school students is the option to earn free college credit through certain courses taught in high school, on-line, or on college campuses.   Free Minnesota Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) courses are available in academic and “hands on” vocational subjects. Many are not aware that beginning in 10th grade, students can take free vocational courses at two-year public colleges such as St Paul College and the Finishing Trade Institute. Once in 11 and 12th grade, access expands to free academic or vocational courses at many local colleges and universities. Admission requirements vary. PSEO courses are offered in person on college campuses or online, and State law requires that students be allowed to use high school computers for PSEO courses. The deadline to register for fall PSEO classes is May 30. To learn more visit https://education.mn.gov/mde/fam/dual/pseo/ Languages 10th and 12th grade students proficient in any of 27 world languages can earn free credit at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities simply by passing a test (no course required). Languages include ASL, Arabic, Chinese, Dakota, French, German, Hmong, Karen, Ojibwe, Somali and Spanish, among others. For information, visit [...]

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 [...]

Tax Time!

By MARY ELLEN KALUZA Tax season creates a lot of anxiety, even if you expect a refund. Filing seems to get harder every year. You’d think Congress would like to make it as easy as possible for us, but the poor IRS has been woefully underfunded for years, leaving the agency with seriously outdated technology and far fewer employees to process the hundreds of millions of tax returns they receive each year. Add a pandemic into the mess and… Hopefully this information can ease some of your anxiety. A Few Tips To Help Manage Tax Filing Whether you are doing your own taxes or having someone else prepare them, gathering all your information in advance will speed up the process. Find a list of most common info needed at https://prepareandprosper.org/free-tax-preparation/what-to-bring/.File electronically for faster processing.Choose to receive your refund by direct deposit to get it a month or more sooner.File early to beat the rush, and more importantly, to help prevent tax identity theft.This year’s filing deadline: April 18, 2022. Special For This Year Advance child tax credit payments: Families eligible for child tax credits need to be aware that advance payments already received in 2021 are subtracted from the total child tax credit you can claim on the 2021 tax return. Look for and save Letter 6419 mailed from the IRS.Economic impact payments (aka stimulus checks): If you didn’t receive any or all of the payments, you may need to file a tax return for 2020 for the first two payments and one for 2021 for the third payment. Look for and save Letter 6475 mailed from the IRS for the third payment information.Charitable deductions: We can deduct $300 (individuals) or $600 (married joint filers) of qualifying donations without itemizing deductions.  Thanks to Prepare + Prosper for gleaning much of this information from the IRS website and sharing it with us. (Saved me some mind-numbing reading!) Find the full list of IRS tax tips at: [...]

Library news

By CARZ NELSON All information listed here is accurate as of December 15, 2021. 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 five years old are exempt. People who have tested positive for COVID 19 or who are experiencing symptoms should not enter the library.  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 in January. All accounts opened at these events will receive a $25 opening deposit or a gift card. FAIR ambassadors will be in the Franklin Library community room on January 28 from 1 pm until 4 pm to answer questions and sign up new people who may be interested in the program. Can’t make it to the library? FAIR is also hosting a virtual event on January 22, 2022 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Register in advance for either of these events at fairfinancial.org/events. For more information, call Build Wealth Minnesota at 651-262-2173.  PHOTO DISPLAY Franklin Library is featuring a new exhibit of archival photographs in the upstairs display case. Salvage for Victory documents supply shortages during World War II. There are some great [...]

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