I live in a neighborhood with a library.
If you live in Minneapolis, you know that this isn’t actually that much of a statement because the Hennepin County Library inherited a system of dozens of libraries scattered throughout the city when it merged with the Minneapolis Public Library in 2005 (which also makes Minneapolis the only major city in the country that doesn’t have an independent library, but there were distinct benefits to Minneapolis to merge the Minneapolis Public Library with the Hennepin County Library in compensation for that loss of prestige). But the Walker Community branch of the library has been closed since 2012 for a comprehensive reconstruction. So for the last two years, that hasn’t been the truth. For the last two years I’ve been getting on the bus to go downtown to the admittedly impressive Minneapolis Central branch to borrow and return books. And it hasn’t been all bad, certainly. The Central branch is an impressive edifice with extensive stacks and a nice little coffee shop off to the side.
But it’s not the same as having a neighborhood library.
And that changes again this morning. At 9:00 AM, the new Walker Community Library opens to the public.
So as of this morning, once again, I have a library in my neighborhood. And that is cause for celebration.