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Kidlitosphere Conference Info

Yesterday I returned from Minneapolis and already I can’t wait to get back!  Those of you who will be attending the 2010 Kidlitosphere Conference probably feel the same way.  Unfortunately, it looks as if this year’s conference will be running at the same time as my 10 year college reunion.  D’oh!

In lieu of my return then, I offer you some advice for once you are there.  Ms. Caryl Mousseaux of Leaning Tower of Books was kind enough to send me recommendations on where to visit when one is bookish and in Minneapolis.  Here I shall recount her fantastic advice.  It may prove useful to some of you folks:

… if you’ve lived here, you probably know the bookstores to visit. One you might not know is my favorite used bookstore. It has a great children’s section:

Sixth Chamber Books
Owners are husband-wife team, Heather & James, and they are wonderful.

Here is a list of the other independent bookstores:

Red Balloon (If you’re here this weekend, you can meet Chris Monroe of Monkey with a Toolbelt fame.)
On Grand Ave. near Victoria Crossing

Wild Rumpus
In Minneapolis, Linden Hills

Common Good Books (Garrison Keillor, proprietor)
On Selby & Western

Birchbark Books (Louise Erdrich’s bookstore, with a great children’s nook & loft, and a confessional!)
In Minneapolis


On Carter Ave., across the street from the gorgeous little St. Anthony Park branch library. They remodeled just over ten years ago, and their children’s area is really neat — it’s a round room (a rotunda?) at the back of the library that was an addition to the original building. They’ve had an active library association since the 1930s, and we are following in their footsteps. Our library was created during the depression — started out as a little neighborhood-created place in a storefront, then they built the current building in the 30s. Cool history!

Here’s the St. Anthony Park library website:

And if you need a non-bookish place to visit, try the Japenese garden at the Como Conservatory. The whole Conservatory is lovely:

The Turkish restaurant on Snelling by Hamline U is yummy, tiny and sweet:

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. I’m glad you had a good time in Mpls., Betsy! Sorry you’ve got a conflict for the Kidlitosphere Conference. You’ll have to find another excuse to come out here sometime. 🙂

    And I’m sure there are bookstores, etc., that I missed. St. Paul’s Central library, as well as the downtown Mpls. library, are definitely worth a visit.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I’d like to add one more independent bookstore to the list: Magers & Quinn at Hennepin & 31st in Minneapolis. They host a wonderful calendar of events, and they also sponsor two public book clubs here in Minneapolis. (The one I attend, Books & Bars, regularly draws in around 90 people!)