Thank you to all of our patrons who shared #myHCL stories in libraries and online during National Library Week. Keep on sharing with us in libraries with staff and online with hashtag #myHCL. Tell us what library collections, services, spaces and staff matter to you.
Here are some highlights:
What’s your child’s favorite thing to do at the library?
Build with magnets
See if there are new books in my favorite series
Play with the computers in the unlocked cabinets under the self checkout stations; and shout and point at the fans.
Discover new books
To find books like Big Nate
The kid computers
Why did you come to the library today?
Because of Homework Help
I go here because I love to read the books here! And to do homework here!
Drop off a volunteer and stay to browse MI
The librarian is hot!
To learn Chinese
To pick up some books to read at an event this weekend
I like going to the library because I can feel free, express myself, read books, do my homework and have fun!!
To replace my LOST library card. Felt like I lost a friend!
To have a meeting
What’s one new thing you’d like to see the library offer?
I love the mobile app! Push notifications for when items are available or almost due would be cool. Email notifications are nice, but I wouldn’t mind a push notification from the app!
Bookclub bag options
An honor system for printing (Ramsey County does it, ppl still pay!) and color printing
A nice garden for butterfly
More kid friendly e books.
Easier e-book borrowing
The website is great, but it would be nice to be able to switch more readily between catalog search, requested items, author alerts, suggesting purchases, etc.
What’s something new you’ve learned to do at the library?
How to meditate
How to use the catalog!
Studied Swedish for a trip
Request books myself through the internet
Libraries are a place to read books and not just use Facebook
How to undo edits in MS Word
I learned that the library lady is my friend
How to knit hats
What’s one thing our staff has helped you do recently?
Learn about camels
Obtaining a book outside the HCL system
Answered a question I had about a book on my card
Check out a book, even though I forgot to bring my library card!
Help me reserve items. Thank you!
The librarian always helps me find good books for my children. She has excellent suggestions!
Being here to keep the library open! And helping me find books in Spanish on CD.
They helped my son and I find books to complete his science fair project!!!
Librarian at Roosevelt recommended the great book, “Frindle,” for my kid curious about language origins. We loved it!
Finding a meeting room! I was so lost (and late). Also, finding a quiet room to read in! All on the same day in Central. Very nice!
What’s one thing you can get at the library that you don’t get elsewhere?
Peace and quiet
Free music downloads on Freegal
Great selection of books to read
Armchair adventure to anywhere!
My librarian is awesome!
Everything is free!
A culture-rich community space to be in, whether outside is rain or shine, hot or cold, without having to spend a dime!
I can recycle all my batteries at the downtown central library.
Free DVD’ s, British cookbooks and music to make a fancy ‘upstairs’ meal for my Downton premier party, craft books and magazines to learn a new craft, audio books to make morning traffic more enjoyable.
What’s the last thing you did at your library?
I read about Donna Tartt winning the 2014 Pulizer Prize for Fiction for her novel The Goldfinch. I’m so excited for her!
Attend Work of Art class on time management
Hehe. I paid a lot of fines. Regrettable, but I can’t really complain.
Read a few current magazines.
I actually was scanning my timesheet to my temp employer
Use a computer at Plymouth to answer this question, and check out three books I requested
Picked up board books for my little one! I LOOOOOOVE the library!
Searched for new chapter books for my 8 year old daughter
Crafty Minnesota!!! Love Sara from the textile center and all the awesome books on arts and crafts at the library
Picked up/drop off books/ and Resume
Picked up books I had on hold. Love the online account.
Checked out books, took ‘em home, read ‘em. (I know…kind of Old School. Still works, though.)
I am on an A to Z fiction reading mission. I went to the A’s, and checked out the first book that caught my eye. Then got a book from B, etc. I am on H. For nonfiction, I’m going to see how many different LOC sections I can read a book from.
To get online and to print documents. It was essential and was appreciated.
Which is your “home” library, and what do you love about it?
Ridgedale and Hopkins. Love the intimate feel at Hopkins for kids but love the small scenic corners to quietly read at Ridgedale.
Southdale cause it just feels like home.
Penn Lake! We love the extra hours!
Roosevelt rocks! Small, but great staff and wonderful collection.
Augsburg Park because of its Sunday and evening hours
oxboro but with the hours cut back and few computers I use penn lake
Franklin! The new Walker will be closer to me, but I don’t know if I can stop going to Franklin.
Ridgedale!!! Tons of selection and programs but the service of small library. That said I’ve been to maaaaany libraries and the staff at all of them has been great and the feeling welcoming :)
Central for its magnificent collections, eclectic users, and staff! Oh. And Cesar Pelli architecture!
Hosmer, even though it’s not the closest to my home, I usually go the extra mile or so because it feels more homey.
St. Louis Park Library. I love the people!
Westonka is my home away from home <3 Gives me time to myself, I can get things done there and it’s normally pretty quiet.
Ridgedale, my nephew loves the kids section and being able to look down at the car from the window.
downtown Minneapolis for everything! Hosmer for neighborhood quick trips.
Ridgedale-it’s usually quiet
Central - great people watching!
Southdale is closest, so that’s where I go to do grad school homework. A dear friend works at Oxboro, so that’s where the toddler and I go for books.
I moved so I could be two blocks away from penn lake
Penn Lake and Oxboro because both are on my way home
Hopkins and Ridgedale. Hopkins, because it’s convenient and has truly outstanding client service. Ridgedale, because it’s big and is the best library I know of for sitting in a quiet spot and reading.
Washburn! I love the windows in the kids’ area (& our Brownie troop meets in the basement) :)
I was a VISTA volunteer at Hosmer circa 1998, then moved into the neighborhood in 2004, now go there with my kiddo! Yay Roy!
Ridgedale: tons of books, great study areas, awesome place to chill and read. Was a treat to get taken to the “big library” as a kid
I have three. Central, b/c I walk past it 2x daily to work, Hosmer where I grew up and Walker where I live now.
My home library was the Walker Branch for a long time. I’ve moved now, but I’m still excited for it to reopen :)
Rockford Rd because it’s closest. Ridgedale 2nd because of the amazing kids’ section. We’d go to Central more often w/easier parking
[My home library] is Nokomis. Love its atmosphere & librarians!