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Celebrate Minnesota Libraries

Celebrate Minnesota Libraries
Thursday, April 21, 2011, 7 PM
Minneapolis Central, Pohlad Hall
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 55401

In celebration of National Library Week. Co-presented by Metropolitan Library Services Agency and Minnesota Historical Society Press. 

Libraries of Minnesota (more info on the book, below) features stunning photographs by the popular Doug Ohman and library stories by seven of Minnesota’s best known writers of books for children and young adults. Doug will share images from the book and contributing authors Pete Hautman, David LaRochelle, Will Weaver, John Coy, Marsha Wilson Chall, and Kao Kalia Yang will tell stories about their childhood libraries.

Held at the Minneapolis Central Library, this program celebrated the state’s beloved libraries through an event that was free and open to the public.

Libraries of Minnesota

Photography by Doug Ohman

Text by Will Weaver, Pete Hautman, John Coy, Nancy Carlson, Martha Wilson Chall, David La Rochelle, and Kao Kalia Yang

A rich exhibition of Minnesota’s beloved libraries, with stunning photographs by the popular Doug Ohman and library stories by seven of Minnesota’s best known writers of books for children and young adults.

From cozy structures near small-town parks to impressive buildings in metropolitan downtowns, public libraries stand at the center of community and learning in Minnesota’s landscape. Libraries of Minnesota celebrates these architectural icons and the joy of reading they have inspired in Minnesotans, present and past.

Doug Ohman, well known as the photographer for the Minnesota Byways series, now turns his camera to this most beloved institution. Over 120 exquisite interior and exterior shots showcase a colorful survey of architecture, from a renovated liquor store to Carnegie libraries to the newest and most wired of information centers.

In powerful, funny, and heartfelt essays, seven of Minnesota’s best-known children’s book authors testify to the special significance of libraries in their lives. Will Weaver sneaked five miles into town on his bicycle to visit the library when he should have been trapping gophers. Pete Hautman’s mom hauled her seven kids to multiple libraries, “like a shepherd rotating sheep from one pasture to the next.” David LaRochelle, facing the frightening prospect of junior high, found escape in the Pirate’s Treasure Hunt summer reading club. John Coy, Nancy Carlson, Martha Chall, and Kao Kalia Yang tell similar timeless stories of young people as they discover, on the shelves of local libraries, the world and all its wonders.

Libraries of Minnesota is the sixth book in the Minnesota Byways series, a sumptuous photographic survey showcasing the state’s classic architectural icons.

Photographer Doug Ohman’s work is featured in the Minnesota Byways series, which includes Barns of Minnesota and Cabins of Minnesota, as well as in the recent Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks.

Minnesota Historical Society Press
Available May 2011
$24.95, cloth, ISBN : 978-0-87351-824-6
Photography/Minnesota, 128 pages, 8 x 9, 120 color photos

This book is a cooperative project of the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators and the Minnesota Historical Society Press. It was funded in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.