In 2006, construction on Cesar Pelli's plans for the library were completed. Pelli had previously designed a dozen or so structures throughout the world, including the complex of buildings known as the World Financial Center in New York City, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and Minneapolis's Wells Fargo Financial Center. Clearly this is an architect who likes extremely tall, soaring structures. The downtown library is no exception. While it may not be the tallest building, but it is an impressive structure regardless. This Saturday's birthday activities will provide many fun opportunities to learn even more about the space.
Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. guests can partake in tours, or even a scavenger hunt. There will also be special guest appearances by the Minnesota Twins' T.C. Bear, who will help with storytime. Celebrity poetry readings will begin at 2 p.m. and include Minnesota RollerGirls' Sintripetal Force, State Senator Linda Higgins, Vincent Francoual (winner of this year's Minnesota Monthly local chef challenge), and Amber Damm, former Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Additionally, throughout the day there will be surprise giveaways, a kids' books sale, teen tech squad music creation stations, and light painting. That's quite a party for a five-year-old. Libraries just grow up so fast.
The Hennepin Country Library, the Library Foundation, and the newly-formed Minneapolis Central Friends group invites everyone to celebrate the Minneapolis Central Library's fifth birthday this Saturday, May 21, from 10:30 a.m to 3 p.m. The library is located at 300 Nicollet Mall.