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Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka

12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305, USA
612-543-8800
Admission: $0.00
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Tue. 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Wed. 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Thu. 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Fri. 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sat. 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sun. 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Details:

Part of the Hennepin County Library, Ridgedale Library has been serving the Minnetonka area for over 30 years. Its building also houses other Hennepin County services and courts. Family-friendly amenities at this location include a family reading space, an interactive learning area for kids, public computers, meeting rooms and public art. This location is open 7 days a week - good to know if you have Sunday homework needs.

Ridgedale Library

Image courtesy of Friends of Hennepin County Library

Art to Explore at Ridgedale Library

Hennepin County Library commissions original art for its various library locations. Take some time to explore the art at the entrance of Ridgedale library. The tiling was designed by Josh Blanc, the benches by Sheryl Tuorila and the Minnesota-themed painting was created by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.

Art Scavenger Hunt:

See if you can find all four of these art pieces the next time you visit.

  1. Compelling the Soul to Look Upward by Bebe Keith, 2018. This is the stained glass window design hanging in front of the large bay windows in the main room of the library. What shapes can you find in the designs?
  2. Untitled benches by Sheryl Tuorila, 2006. These beautiful steel and ceramic benches and tables are in the the entry of the library. Maybe you could bring along some paper and a peeled crayon to do some careful crayon rubbings? (Just be careful not to go off the paper with your crayon.)
  3. Untitled painting by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, 1999. This Minnesota themed painting is also found at the entrance of the library . There are book quotes throughout. Do you recognize any? What can you find that you didn't notice last time you looked at it?
  4. Untitled tile floor by Josh Blanc, 2006. Don't forget to look down when you walk in. The floor's intersecting lines actually line up with the lines on the benches and tables. Can you "tight-rope" across one of the lines?

Ridgedale Library Renovations Completed in 2018

After having been closed for more than a year while undergoing a $7 million transformation, the library reopened in September of 2018. Improvements include an updated and enhanced area for children and teens, study rooms, more computers and building upgrades.

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