The Parents Action League -- classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Center last year, largely due to the group's onetime support for ex-gay-therapy -- is back in the news for filing a formal complaint calling on the Anoka-Hennepin School District to remove Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & ... More >>
No matter how well (or poorly) you think Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain has aged over the years, the Library Of Congress has just seen to it that the Purple One's seminal 1984 album will live on forever. Purple Rain, along with 24 other recordings, has just been selected for induction i ... More >>
Character development disappoints
Joseph Scrimshaw's latest makes messy merger of sex and libraries
Now here's a history project I can get behind: The Hennepin County Library has been slowly unearthing and digitizing its vast High School Yearbook Collection, which dates all the way back to the early 1900s, and posting some gems to its Tumblr page.
Modernist Cuisine"The cookbook to end all cookbooks." -David ChangCopies of what is surely the most epic cookbook of the contemporary world--the six-volume, 2,438-page, 39.5 pound, five-years-in-the-making Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking--are currently on their way to the ha ... More >>
The Jigga penned a memoir. Co-written with journalist dream hampton (Source, Village Voice, SPIN), Decoded unpacks Shaun Carter's journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan -- the rote tale of pauper to prince, sardines to steak -- and explicates his most famous lyrics, explaining the density and persona ... More >>
dynamosquito via Flickr.comThe University of Minnesota has devoted quite a bit of space to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective character, Sherlock Holmes. In fact, the U has the world's largest collection of Sherlock Holmes. Beginning in 1974, over the years the University has purchased ... More >>
Librarians will survive, with Gloria Gaynor's help.Like a lot of cities, including our own, Duluth is so strapped for cash that it can't afford to keep its library doors open as often as it would like. And yet, librarians there and across the country bravely struggle on, and do so with a song ... More >>
Leo the Late BloomerFinding kid-friendly activities that don't drain your bank account can be trickier than cleaning marker off the walls. The Minneapolis Central and the Southdale libraries have come to the rescue with Childish Films: Rock and Read. This free program geared toward youngsters age ... More >>
Image by Lynn Pernille on FlickrDon't let your library books get moldy You know that creeping sense of shame that comes when you have overdue fines at the library, like how could you possibly be such a bad citizen? Well, today you can feel good about yourself. Some chump in Winona just turned in ... More >>
Michelle BruchReal-fruit smoothies are now selling outside the Central Library.Seafood refugees from Louisiana have come to help launch the Sophea Fresh Fruit stand in downtown Minneapolis. "My grandfather is a fisherman," said Anna Dien, an employee at the family-owned food stand. "They st ... More >>
Neil Gaiman: Worth $45,000?Sandman author Neil Gaiman is under attack by the Minneapolis Star Tribune for charging $45,000 for a recent speaking engagement at a Stillwater public library. Under the headline, "One author: $45,000 for an afternoon," the newspaper questioned the hefty ... More >>
Police followed a long and complicated trail of irregularities back to a 12-year veteran of the library system.
What 25 songs would America take to a desert island?
St. Paul company outprofits Gannett, McGraw Hill, New York Times
Online Exclusive: The new book by CP contributor Elaine Cassel details the U.S. government's war on terror and on its own citizens
Say, about that library we promised you...
Searching for the beginnings of the self and the end of the world in 100,000 cast-off books
Leaks and corroded wires threaten the U of M's most treasured archives
The issue of dirty pictures at the Minneapolis Public Library is indeed a federal case
The University of Minnesota calls its new underground library a triumph of design and function. Never mind the mold that feasts on pollution, a multimillion-dollar legal dispute, and those pesky health complaints.
The Minneapolis Public Library hustles to the vanguard of the anti-smut crusade
A treasure trove of antiquarian books, and the nun who keeps them from harm's way
With a host of programs that includes chess clubs, military-history discussion groups, and foreign-language nights, the local book superstore muscles in on the public library
A pricey new library in downtown Minneapolis has boosters of the underfunded branches seeing red
For 26 years Hennepin County's head cataloger led the charge for libraries of, by, and for the people. When he took aim at a new target this spring, his boss fired back.
The Hennepin County library system just wanted good clean fun on its CD rack. What it got was a free-speech debate that won't quit.