Library boosters organize

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February 23, 2004 // UPDATED 9:18 am - April 25, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

Library Board member Diane Hofstede is heading a monthly ad hoc citizens group to bolster support for libraries.

Its next meetings are March 29, 7 p.m., at Catholic Eldercare, 817 Main St. NE and April 17, 10 a.m. at the Southeast Library, 1222 4th St. SE.

Hofstede and former Library Board member George Garnet started the citizen participation group, Hofstede said. It grew from neighborhood-level meetings on library budget cuts. People at those meetings repeatedly asked the Library Board to continue to involve them in the process.

The group has four goals:

  • Keep all libraries open.

  • Increase funding for more hours at all locations.

  • Have programming that meets the needs of the community it serves.

  • Make citizens and communities more aware of, and actively involved in, supporting Minneapolis Public Libraries.

    The Minneapolis Library Board adopted the goals Jan. 21, Hofstede said.

    For more information on the citizens' group, contact Hofstede at 952-835-0334, ext. 102 or