The Hennepin County Library System includes 41 branch libraries in Minneapolis, all of which temporarily closed. An educated public is critical to discourses that instill democratic values and ideals as well as to social mobility and the elimination of poverty. Minnesota faces some of the widest educational disparities starting with 4th grade reading and math all the way to high-school graduation rates. Investments in bridging the gap must expand from schools to after school programs and libraries.