A Library Story

Building a New Central Library

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

What do a children’s librarian, a city council member, a construction worker, and a world-famous architect have in common? They all worked together to create an amazing place: a public library! Come tour the New Central Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota—designed by the renowned architect Cesar Pelli. You’ll be part of the action from the initial computer renderings, through the approval process, the construction feats, and the opening preparations. Interviews with key players—and a foreword from the architect—make this story even more informative. While watching this twenty-first-century marvel take shape, you’ll also discover many fascinating facts about public libraries, including how historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Melvil Dewey, and Andrew Carnegie influenced their development. It’s a story you just have to check out!

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2006-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.3
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF050000, JNF051120
Dewey 727'.8'09776579
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 800
ATOS Reading Level 5.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 111534
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Reviewed

Author: Jennifer Vogel



“With an energetic narrative, Vogel describes the building of the new central library of Minneapolis. . . Excellent for young readers studying buildings, libraries, city planning, careers, or just looking for engaging nonfiction.”

School Library Journal

“A fact-filled look at the design and construction of the new Central Library of the Minneapolis Public Library. . . A mix of color and archival graphics enliven the text. While librarians and local library supporters will probably be this book’s most receptive audience, youngsters interested in architecture and construction will also find much to excite them.”
School Library Journal