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In an effort to expand teen services, Ramsey County Library is proud to debut video games for check out. A 2008 survey by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) found that teens would come to the library more often if they offered more teen materials.

Video games are a popular way to attract teens (and adults), while helping to promote information literacy and build developmental assets. Video games encourage creative expression and promote literary activities like reading, writing and creating content about and around the game.

You can request your favorite Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games at any Ramsey County Library. Multiple copies are available for free checkout or browse the rental copies, available on a first come, first serve basis at the libraries in Maplewood, Roseville and Shoreview. Taxpayer’s money was not used for this collection. If you do not have a Ramsey County Library card, you may bring in your library system’s card to be scanned in at any of the six Ramsey County Library locations for full access.


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The Hennepin County Libraries currently purchases three homeschooling magazines for you to check out: Home Education Magazine, Homeschooling Today Magazine and Practical Homeschooling Magazine.

Home Education Magazine is still owned and published by founders Mark and Helen Hegener and their third-generation homeschooling family.  In 1983 they began publishing Home Education Magazine for homeschooling families across the country, and now, over twenty-five years later, HEM is respected as the premier magazine in the field of homeschooling publications, described as “informative and commonsense” by Library Journal’s Magazines for Libraries and “highly recommended” by EBSCO’s Librarian’s Handbook. Professional recognition includes: Forbes Best Homeschooling Site, Parents’ Choice Recommended Magazine, American Homeschool Association Recommended Homeschooling Magazine, Parents’ Choice Gold, and many other awards.

Homeschooling Today The work of Homeschooling Today magazine is focused and specific. Their commitment to bring the homeschool community useful information and resources is supported by a Biblical conviction that God uses families to change the world.

Practical Homeschooling Magazine features an exclusive annual Reader Awards® and i-Learn Awards® (for interactive learning products), Day at Our House” Diaries to see how other families do it and in-depth reports that tell you what you need to know… but didn’t know enough to ask. Some recent examples: the truth about “Common Standards,” the 31 things homeschoolers should know (but don’t) about college, the simple summer trick that gives lower-income students the academic results of higher-income students, how to prepare for a vo-tech career, lots more!

Check out these magazines from your local library today!

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One of the largest collection of children’s books in French can be found at the Edina Library in Edina, MN. Storytime in French is offered at the Edina Library this summer at on the following Mondays: June 20 & 27 and July 11 & 18.  Storytime begins at 4 and is geared toward children entering grades 1-4.

French storytellers will tell stories and encourage interactive dialogue in French. Children will be divided by age.

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Would you love to check out those Big Books your librarian uses at storytime? The Saint Paul Library system has over 200 children’s fiction and non-fiction Big Books available for checkout. Using the advance search on the St. Paul catalog, type in “oversize books” in the subject search box for a full listing of titles. All checked out Big Books do need to be returned only to a St. Paul library library location.


If you do not have a St. Paul library card then you may bring your library system’s card to any of the 13 St. Paul Library locations to be scanned and have full access.

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Freegal is a music download service that is now offered to all Hennepin County Library customers. Download up to three songs per week from the Sony catalog. The week restarts on Sunday nights. No returns —  the songs are yours until you delete them.

You can save it to a thumb drive and download the song two more times within 2 weeks. When you click on the “Download Now” link, even if you cancel the download, you have used up one of your three downloads.

The music is in MP3 format and will work on PCs, Macs, iPods-virtually anywhere you play electronic music. You may download on a library workstations or remotely at home with your library card barcode.

If you don’t have a Hennepin County library card, you may stop by any of the 41 Hennepin library locations and have your library system’s card scanned into the Hennepin system for full access.

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