The baseball season is still several weeks away, but Ballpark Mondays begin next month at the Minneapolis Central Library.
After three years of locking its doors on the first day of the business week, the downtown library will reopen on Mondays starting Feb. 8 thanks to revenue from the same Hennepin County sales tax that funded the building of Target Field for the Twins.
The County Board used revenues from the county-wide tax last year to open 13 county libraries on Sunday, including the Minneapolis library. The restored Monday schedule means that the Minneapolis library, the flagship of the county system, will be open every day of the week.
Starting Feb. 8, the downtown library will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
The new Monday hours will be celebrated Feb. 8 with a kickoff at 9:30 a.m. featuring the Twins' mascot, T.C. Bear, and a performance of ballpark standards by Twins' organist Sue Nelson.
The Minneapolis Central Library opened in 2006 as part of the city's library system, but became part of the Hennepin County Library System in 2008 after the city's libraries merged with the county's to save the Minneapolis system from crushing debt.
In response to that debt crisis, the downtown library dropped its Monday hours in December 2006.
Kevin Duchschere • 612-673-4455