HCL Officially Withdrawn
An organization for retired and former library employees/staff


“Welcome to  the Hennepin County Library Officially Withdrawn website.”

The next Officially Withdrawn (OW) meeting will be held at the Webber Park Library in Minneapolis on September 7, 2017, from 1:00 to 300 p.m.

Retired Children’s Services Librarians held their first Children’s Book Review Meeting on April 21, 2016.Click here to see the list of books that they reviewed.

Looking for a good book? Try one of these: 2017 Books or 2016 Books, read and recommended by OW members.

To view pictures from the September 2014 meeting click here.

PERA —  A Link to the Public Employees Retirement Association of MN website and to the Member Newsletter webpage.

Videos of Hennepin County Library donated by Robert H. Rohlf retired Director of the Hennepin County Library.

You can also view these recordings on the Robert H. Rohlf — Facebook Page or on youtube.

Little Free Libraries

Photo taken in Linden Hills, just down the street from the Linden Hills Public Library!

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15 Gorgeous Little Free Libraries

Little free libraries have sprung up all over the world in the last five years.

Click on this link Lit Chat: Meet Margret Aldrich to learn more about the book and the author.

Little Free Libraries are everywhere!

Big and Little Literature lovers gather for little libraries — July 2015 MNMO Stepping Out.

Rosenblum: It takes little to keep our Little Free Libraries magical


Activities of retired HCL Employees:
Ann Johnson retires after 49 years in the HCL system. Click here to view the article that the StarTrib posted about Ann’s life as a Children’s Librarian.

Gretchen Wronka —  Finding my father Loren whose plane crashed in Italy on April 21, 1945 and Loss-learning-and-love-a-fathers-day-story.

Robert H. Rohlf former Director of HCL and Tech Logic’s Founder. Talks about how Tech Logic evolved.

Michael McConnell — The interesting life of Mike McConnell and Jack Baker as reported in the Tie the Knot and the New York Times Sunday Edition. and in the Mpls Star Tribune. October 26, 2015, Mpls Star Tribune article: U gets trove of papers from marriage fight Couple who filed historic case mend fences, donate files to U collection.

David Ingham — Mission is to visit every county in the state of Minnesota and take pictures along the way MN Counties.

Glenn Peterson — Has developed a web page called Engaged Patrons.org as a service to smaller library systems.

David Smith — Contributed to the development of the City of Hopkins entry to the on-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia.


Ric Johnson, a long time employee of HCL, experienced a traumatic brain injury 10+ years ago. Feeling he needed to give something in return for his recovery he discovered the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance. An article was published in Mind Matters about his experience. To view a reproduction of that article click here or use this link: Mind Matters – page 10+

“Idle hands are not a problem for Vicki Oeljen”

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Vicki Oeljen Vicki Oeljen who loves to do embroidery decided to join the group called “Needlers” at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. Most of us, when we think of embroidery think pillow cases, table cloths, napkins, etc.Not this group.

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Needlers Work Room


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Bench covering is one of the smaller projects done by the group.


The Needlers have been doing Crewel Embroidery (special yarn is used) projects for the last 40 years. What have they been busy embroidering? Besides a few small items that can be found in various places in the church they have completed 4 (four) wall hangings each of which are 25 feet wide by 16 ½ feet high at their highest point. The wall hangings are exchanged four times a year.

Click here to see the process and how everything has evolved over the years. If you have the good fortune to be able to visit the Church you must go into the “Guild Hall” to see one of these wonderful wall hangings.

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