March 24, 2009

Minneapolis Public Library

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Mpl_130I 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.

What I loved most about this library were its children and teen areas, which distinctively stood out among 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.

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).

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.

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer
A special shout-out to all of my fellow Minnesotans!

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