The Washburn Library is conveniently located near the Minnehaha Creek bike path. My favorite feature of this branch are the study nooks in non-fiction that overlook the creek. There also is a community puzzle table. I attempted to contribute a piece, but puzzles with giant trees are impossible. Fun Fact: They have a closet full of 60 puzzles in their workroom. I wonder if puzzles circulate in some libraries? Either way, great community activity for all ages.
Washburn Library was built in a “book-hungry” area of Minneapolis in 1970. It had 14,451 square feet of space and a collection of 18,000 books, but soon after it opened it put out a call to other Minneapolis Public libraries for more books. Washburn broke Minneapolis branch circulation records the first full year it was open, circulating 273,000 books in 1971. The opening of Washburn corrected the situation of not having a library branch from 38th street to the southern city limits between the lakes of Nokomis and Harriet. (from Library Book by Bruce Weir Benidt).