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Encyclopedia > Minneapolis Public Library

The Minneapolis Public Library (MPL) is a library system serving the residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was founded as the Minneapolis Athenæum in 1860. The library today comprises a central facility downtown, fourteen branch libraries, and a bookmobile. Each library also has a staff member who is assigned to local schools to discuss the services available at the library. The collection numbers about three million items. Modern-style library In its traditional sense, a library is a collection of books and periodicals. ... Downtown Minneapolis as viewed from the Stone Arch Bridge Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and the county seat of Hennepin County. ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... A bookmobile or mobile library is a large vehicle designed for use as a library. ...

After Minneapolis voters approved a $140 million package to improve library services on November 7, 2000, many renovation projects were begun. The new Central Library, designed by Cesar Pelli, is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2006. In the meantime, most services are provided at the interim Central Library Marquette location, located on two floors in Marquette Plaza (formerly the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis). November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... César Pelli (born 1926) is a noted architect known for designing some of the worlds tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks. ... Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Spring, 1573. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Federal Reserve Districts The United States Federal Reserve System consists of twelve Federal Reserve Banks, each responsible for a particular district, and some with branches. ...

Improvements are also being made to the community libraries. Franklin Library is currently located at an interim location while its 90-year-old building undergoes renovation. Sumner Library is also closed for renovation. Pierre Bottineau has re-opened after moving into a new building. Linden Hills and Hosmer have recently re-opened (The Hosmer project was completed before the referendum). East Lake Regional Library and North Regional Library are scheduled to close in 2005 for renovation. Improvements are in the works for Nokomis, Northeast, Roosevelt, Southeast, Walker, Washburn, and Webber Park Libraries. Some locations (such as Roosevelt and Nokomis) may be consolidated at one location, and "express" library services along major transportation routes are also a possibility. The framework for the future of the library is a document called "Outlook 2010." 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...

The library has suffered from austerity measures implemented by the federal government and the Tim Pawlenty state administration. Hours have been drastically cut and money for acquisitions has sharply declined. MPL also faces competition from the Hennepin County Library (HCL), which is remodeling its three central locations. Public-private partnerships are being considered to help keep libraries open in the future. In 2005, the Minnesota Legislature apportioned funding for the inclusion of a planetarium in the new Central Library building. Tim Pawlenty Tim Pawlenty (born November 27, 1960) is a Polish-American politician. ... The Minnesota State Legislature is the legislative branch of government in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... A planetarium is a theater built for presenting shows about astronomy and the night sky. ...

The Central, Franklin, East Lake Regional, Roosevelt and Nokomis Libraries are well-serviced by the Hiawatha Line. All locations are either wheelchair-accessible or will be after renovation. Hiawatha light-rail vehicle #111 near Cedar-Riverside station The Hiawatha Line is a 12 mile (19 kilometer) light rail corridor in Minneapolis, Minnesota that extends to the southern suburb of Bloomington, in Hennepin County connecting downtown Minneapolis to the Minneapolis-St. ...

External links

  • Minneapolis Public Library (http://www.mpls.lib.mn.us/)

  Results from FactBites:
Minneapolis Public Library: Sumner Library Factsheet, Jan. 8, 2005 (917 words)
In 1938 the whole library was moved 100 feet to the north to accommodate the widening of Olson Highway.
The library's original meeting room has been lovingly restored and named in honor of community leader Nellie Stone Johnson (1905-2002), a lifelong advocate for education and equal opportunity and the first African American to be elected in Minneapolis when she won a seat on the Library Board in 1945.
The Library Board's commitment to historic preservation and sustainable design are evident throughout the project, notably in the use of natural light and environmentally-friendly new materials and the re-use of historic items.
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