Libraries are all things to all people — they lend books, CDs, DVDs and e-books. They have meeting rooms, a piano room, places to hold readings and public events. But starting in June, cross bookstore off the list.
The Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, has long had a bookstore, where it sold donated books and other items. It was run by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, and money received went into programs and books.
But the library is closing the store at the end of the month, for the usual reasons: Costs were rising, and revenue was declining. So the library's loss is your gain: Everything must go, and books are selling for $2 a bag.
The store will be open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May 30. □