Quatrefoil Library: A History & How to Be Involved
Quatrefoil Library is one of the oldest GLBT Libraries in the United States. The library started in Feb 4, 1986. They reside at 1220 E. Lake St in the Spirit On Lake Apartment Building in Minneapolis. With Nearly 2800 feet there is a lot of home to house the 15,000 books and 7,000 books for checkout by members.
The name of the library, Quatrefoil was taken from the book Quatrefoil by James Barr in 1950, showing a portrayal of homosexuals in a positive light. In the early 70′s the two founders of the library, David Irwin and Dick Hewetson began collecting gay themed books and housed them in their linen closet. They eventually open a library so others could benefit from their books.
With over 30 years in existence, the library is run totally by volunteers. Much of the inventory in the library comes from folks who donate their unwanted GLBT books to the library.
The library has its own website: https://www.qlibrary.org and is on Facebook. If you would like more information on the library or have a question, comment, please send
an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Maki, 60 is a transplant to Mpls from a small, rural community in NE MN, about 50 miles north of Duluth. He moved to the Twin Cities in Sept of 2014 and joined the library as a volunteer in Jan of 2015, being on the Board Of Directors. A short time later, he became the Programming Chair in July of 2015. On Jan of 2016 he took over the position of Volunteer Coordinator. He strives to get more programming into the library and is looking to get the word out to more people about the library.
Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 pm
Union Congregational Church
3700 Alabama Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Support groups will be held at 7:30 pm directly following the program.