Free books!

Yes, thousands and thousands of free books at the Minneapolis Public Library. You just have to take care of them and return them when you’re done reading them. And that’s what I’m doing today, returning books and DVDs, and checking out new ones at several of our local libraries. I’m hitting three for sure, the Franklin, Hosmer and Walker branches. I could request all the books be sent to the Central library, and pick them all up there, but it’s a nice day for a scooter ride, and I can visit several parts of our fair city at the same time. Technically, it’s all part of the Hennepin County Library system, but that’s still pretty much in name only, until sometime in the next couple of years when the catalogs and collections merge. And if you’re out and about tomorrow, visit some of the libraries that are now open on Sunday, thanks to the Hennepin County Baseball Park tax fund. I stopped by the Augsburg Park library on Nicollet and 71st last week, the first Sunday it was open. Not many people were there, and it was pretty quiet. Find one of the libraries on the list, and swing by while you’re taking a walk or bike ride through the neighbourhood.

9 Comments so far

  1. yoshi on June 7th, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

    They are not free books. They are paid for by our taxes. I also find it amusing that the "Hennepin County Baseball Park tax fund" has now been co-opted to pay for something else. Your government at work.


  2. JasonT (minn_jasont) on June 7th, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

    You’re right, they are paid for by our taxes. In my opinion, however, the benefit for the community heavily outweighs the tax burden. Especially these days, when most of the tax money goes elsewhere and libraries across the country are fighting to infinitesimal fractions of pennies on the dollar. We just need to get more people to actually use the library and see its benefits.


  3. greg on June 7th, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

    I cannot believe my already outrageous taxes for the baseball park are now paying for the welfare bookstore to be open on Sundays. HOWEVER, I will say the best way for people like me to appreciate libraries would be for bookstores like Barnes and Borders to ban pre-reading books in their store. That may make me reconsider.


  4. katlew on June 7th, 2008 @ 11:01 pm

    wow, people who think libraries are a bad thing?! geesh.


  5. JasonT (minn_jasont) on June 7th, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

    "welfare bookstore"? Really?


  6. greg on June 7th, 2008 @ 11:20 pm

    haha…trying out a new term. :)


  7. David (jacc) on June 8th, 2008 @ 11:41 am

    Books are lazy.

    In Saint Paul we have the Saint Paul Public Library Catalog online and where we can pay fees, renew, and check out.

    Wait, fees? So taxes and fees?


  8. David (jacc) on June 8th, 2008 @ 11:45 am

    Books are lazy.

    In S to the Paulie we have the Saint Paul Public Library Catalog online where we can pay fees, renew, and check out.

    Wait . . . fees? So, taxes and fees?


  9. David (jacc) on June 8th, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

    Books are lazy.

    In S.P. we have the Saint Paul Public Library Catalog all online where we can pay fees, renew, and check out.

    Wait . . . fees? So, taxes and fees?



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