2011 Twin Cities Bus Tour

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Twin Cities Bus Tour, October 7, 2011

Join the Youth Services Section of WLA as we tour everal libraries in the Twin Cities area. This tours will have a special focus on early learning activities and environments and teen areas, but the tours will include all areas of the library. These tours will be of interest to children’s services and teen librarians, directors, Friends, and trustees who may be considering a new building project or remodeling project, and library school students. A description and itinerary is listed below.

The cost of the Twin Cities tour will be $25. Lunch will be on your own. Space is limited so register early. Confirmations will be sent.

Traveling by bus is an efficient and cost effective way to see these libraries, rather than visiting them independently. The staff at the libraries will be available for the tours and to answer questions. The bus trips help people avoid the hassles of traffic, parking, and getting around in unfamiliar cities. Visiting with other librarians is not only fun and but others often spot interesting things you might miss on your own. It’s a chance to see 4-5 different libraries in one day.

Registration deadline for the Twin Cities Bus Tour is September 28.

For more information visit the registration site or contact Barb Huntington at 608-831-5418 barbhunting@gmail.com">barbhunting@gmail.com or Jill Lininger at 262-636-9255 orjill.lininger@racinelibrary.info">jill.lininger@racinelibrary.info.

Twin Cities Bus Tour - Friday, October 7, 2011

Tentative Tour Itinerary
Thursday, October 6
7:00 pm
Tour of the L.E. Phillips Library, Eau Claire
8:00 am Depart from Eau Claire area Park n Ride; Texaco Drive (exit 59)
8:30 am Secondary Pick Up point at Kwik Trip, 531 Wisconsin 128, Wilson, WI (exit 28)
8:00 – 9:30 Travel to St. Paul Library, 90 4th Street, St. Paul, MN
9:30 - 10:30 Tour Library
10:30 - 11:00 Travel to Minneapolis Central Public Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
11:00 - Noon Tour Library
Noon - 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 - 1:30 Travel to Ridgedale Public Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN
1:30 - 2:30 Tour Library
2:30 - 2:45 Travel to the Hopkins Public Library, 22 11th Avenue, Hopkins, MN
2:45 - 3:30 Tour Library
3:30 - 5:30 Travel back to Eau Claire with drop off at Exit 28 in Wilson, WI at approx. 4:45.

Twin Cities Library Handouts

L.E. Phillips Public Library

St. Paul Public Library

  • After traveling to the Twin Cities, the downtown St. Paul Public Library will be the first stop. The library was renovated in 2002. Both the children’s department and the teen area are located in the lower level of the building. The library has made a major investment in early literacy including parent resources that identify ways to practice early learning skills in various locations, such as at a grocery store. The name of the program is “Read Around St. Paul.”

Minneapolis Central Library.

Ridgedale Public Library

  • Library Fast Facts (.pdf)
  • Ridgedale Public Library in Winnetonka is the headquarters for the Hennepin County Library System. The youth area has recently focused on creating early literacy “learning spots” throughout the library. The literacy spots begin in the elevator and continue throughout the library.

Hopkins Public Library