The flagship of Ramsey County, recently remodeled and LEED certified. One librarian in my travels pointed out something that I agree with: when you enter, you see just about everything except a collection of books. Adult books and periodicals are up a long flight of stairs or an elevator; the very nice kids' area is pretty much out of sight around a corner, the teens' area ditto. The features of the first floor are rental best-sellers, CDs, DVDs, recorded books, and some kiosks of "featured" books. The kids' area is large and complete. Two things here that I haven't seen anywhere else: A large structure of branches and twine in the reading garden, which the person building it said should last 3-5 years; and two set-ups for kids to play WII games.
7/17/12, bus (then walked home)