Brown Library of Minnesota is announcing a new collection of books for its new digital platform, the Brown Digital Library.
The digital collection will be available through a partnership with the University of Minnesota, which is hosting it.
The library will host the collection in its online portal.
Brown Library President Jim Pater said the books in the collection are a reflection of the people, places and communities of Minnesota and the state.
The collection of 500 books includes more than 100 that are already in print, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, “A Prairie Home Companion.”
The collection also includes a number of new titles that have been added since the library launched the library last fall.
The new books include “A Thousand Words: The History of the United States,” by former President Teddy Roosevelt, as well as “An American Odyssey: The Life of Abraham Lincoln,” a biographical novel by historian David McCullough.
The books are available for $7.99 on the Brown digital library website, or $12.99 with a $20.00 purchase of a printed book.
Brown Digital has a new “Books for Children” collection that includes a new children’s book, “An Uncommon Kind of Courage: Stories of Children at the Front Lines.”
The books will be accessible to children from preschool to fifth grade through Brown Digital’s online portal, as will a number more books that will be in print.
Pater also said that the new books “give us a chance to continue our long-standing tradition of publishing books for children.”
Pater says the library is also expanding the library’s online library for older children and adults.
“We’re expanding that library to include a new section on children and teens, so we’ll have a library of books on every subject that’s important to us, and we’ll also have a new app that we’re calling the Children’s Library,” Pater told The Associated Press in an interview.
Paters’ comments come a day after the library announced that it was hiring a new director, who will oversee the library and help manage its digital library.
PATER: We’re expanding the libraries and they’re going to be bigger and more diverse in terms of topics, in terms and the content.
But I think we’re making a big commitment to our children and our communities, and our community, to create a library that’s more diverse, more welcoming to everyone.
MCCLINGN: I think the libraries are just a reflection, I think it’s just a way of saying to the world we care.
And that the Brown community cares.
That’s our motto, that we care deeply about people.
MCLINGN’S LAST DAYS Pater has been a vocal supporter of the library in recent years.
He and the Brown Board of Trustees met with Gov.
Mark Dayton in January to discuss the library, which he described as a “national treasure.”
Dayton and Pater have a close relationship.
In April, the two men were on the same panel for a state-wide summit about the future of the state’s library system, hosted by Dayton at the University at Buffalo.
Mcclowing’s last day is March 17.
“The Brown Library has been the backbone of our community for many, many years,” Paters said in a statement.
“Our goal is to continue this legacy of excellence by helping others in a shared commitment to providing access to the public libraries that matter most to them, and the library that we all love and cherish.
We will continue to have a vibrant, vibrant and welcoming community, and as we do, we will be able to continue to grow and grow and continue to create the best library in Minnesota.”
The library has been under the Brown family since its founding in 1885, and Paters says the family has been instrumental in helping build the library.
“Jim and I have known Jim for over 100 years,” said Pater, who said he was an honorary professor at the university until he retired in 2011.
“I know that he’s passionate about helping people.
He’s a very committed, hardworking person, and he cares deeply about his students, his staff, his faculty, and everything that he does.
He does it for the community.
And he’s just so good with words.”