#myHCL Stories
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.
Patrons have shared their stories in a variety of ways: in libraries, on Twitter and Facebook.   We shared our historic Daily Happenings on Tumblr.
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.
Kids favorite library things @hclib : read to the dragon at #Brookdale, run behind the ref desk and pretend to be a librarian
Discover new books
To find books like Big Nate
Play Area!
Storytime
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!
Tax Forms!
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?
 Laptop Checkouts 
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 goldfish 
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  Use databases
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 
You Tube
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?New Sounds
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? 
 Facebook
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?
 Facebook
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.
Twitter
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! High-res

#myHCL Stories

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.

Patrons have shared their stories in a variety of ways: in libraries, on Twitter and Facebook.   We shared our historic Daily Happenings on Tumblr.

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.

Kids favorite library things @hclib : read to the dragon at #Brookdale, run behind the ref desk and pretend to be a librarian

Discover new books

To find books like Big Nate

Play Area!

Storytime

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!

Tax Forms!

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?

 Laptop Checkouts

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 goldfish

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
Use databases

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

You Tube

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?
New Sounds

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?

 Facebook

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?

 Facebook

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.

Twitter

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!