This month I am bringing you a special edition of Stacks in the City, featuring my home state of Minnesota! Two weeks ago I went back home to visit my family and friends, as well as to get out of the city that never sleeps for a bit so that I could catch up on my own. While there, I decided to visit the relatively newly built Minneapolis Public Library, located in downtown Minneapolis.
After visiting the library, I can now add this onto the list of cool and notable things in Minnesota (in addition to the Mall of America, the Winter Carnival, the Minnesota State Fair, and the handful of famous musicians from the state).
I must say, the Minneapolis Central Library is quite spectacular. According to The Minneapolis Star Tribune, the new Central Library building was designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli, who is known for his design of the World Financial Building in New York City and the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia. Along with the Minneapolis architectural firm, Architectural Alliance, Pelli crafted a miraculous library, which — at $250 per square foot — features a host of energy-efficient measures, including a roof garden and utilizing substantial daylight instead of electricity.The library opened to the public on May 20, 2006.
What I loved most about this library were its children and teen areas, which distinctively stood out amongst all of the stacks and shelves of books. Teen central is a separate room on the second floor, with neon lights and cool chairs for readers to sit in. However the children’s area was by far my favorite, with dragonfly models hanging from the ceiling and reading activities all around.
So, the next time you end up in Minnesota, after you’re done checking out the Mall of America, the lakes, and the amusement parks, head downtown with your parents to see the library. Plus, later this year the Minnesota Planetarium is slated to open on the roof of the building.
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer
A special shout-out to all of my fellow Minnesotans!