"Vinyl Listening Room" Officially Open in Minneapolis

If you've been yearning to get in on the vinyl craze but don't want to spend the money on your own turntable, audio gear and record collection, the downtown Minneapolis public library will let you satisfy the urge. 

On Saturday, the Minneapolis Central Library on Nicollet Mall kicked off what it's calling "Vinyl Revival," a series of curated events such as "artist residencies, programs and listening opportunities" all celebrating old-school records.

Toki Wright, a rapper and educator, hosted the inaugural event on Saturday by spinning records from the library's collection, sharing "tips and techniques for crate digging," and introducing the new vinyl listening room, the library said. 

There'll be no shortage of vinyls to listen to, either. As the Star Tribune reports, there are thousands of records stored on the library's third floor.

The paper says they'd been in a "remote room, far from where patrons usually look for books, CDs and movies," but thanks to the conversion of a meeting room, the public will finally be able to access the library's collection.

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