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Midmorning: Changing libraries and healthy food

Posted at 7:54 AM on September 7, 2007 by Bill Wareham

The St. Paul public library system celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. But libraries here and across the country are trying to figure out whether it's better to stick with books or concentrate on the things people use more often, like free Internet access. At 9 a.m., Kerri Miller explores the trends with guests Alice Neve, librarian, Rondo Area Libraries; and Thomas Frey, executive director of the Da Vinci Institute, a futurist think tank.

From food safety to genetically modified crops to obesity, what we eat and how we eat is a bigger issue than ever before. A new institute at the University of Minnesota aims to tackle some of those problems, and at 10 a.m. Kerri talks to Mindy Kurzer, a professor in the department of food science and nutrition and director of the U's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute.