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Book Sales Computer Classes

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Storytimes Much More!


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Computer Classes

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Storytimes

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Homework Help

Volunteers

Hours

Pen Pals author series and book sales

Take your beginning steps or update your skills

Available at all 41 Hennepin County libraries

Friends, sponsors, partners and collaborators

Science, stories, music, dancing, LEGOs速 and more

Contribute to your library

Check www.hclib.org/events or your local library for the latest event information. All library events are free and open to the public. To comment on this publication, please contact Library Communication at 612-543-8598 or newsroom@hclib.org. Printed on Recycled Paper

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Gardening, genealogy, eBooks, book clubs, art, job search assistance and more

Prepare your children to become readers

Comics, fashion, anime, bookmaking and more

41 Hennepin County libraries open more than 2,000 hours each week to serve you

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Reading together at Ridgedale Library. Shared reading gets children ready to read. Kids who are read to are more likely to enjoy reading themselves.


News

10 T H I N G S TO D O AT T H E L I B R A RY THIS SPRING 1

Write a poem; ask about poetry events in March and April.

Director’s Message

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Check out more books! Our limits have increased from 30 to 50. 3

Kids, vote for a favorite for the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, March 1-22. 4

Repair your bike at a Library Lab for Adults: Bike Maintenance event. 5

Teens, try out technology in our libraries during Teen Tech Week, March 9-15. 6

Celebrate National Library Week, April 13-19. 7

Adults, get gardening advice from experts: vegetables and more. 8

Borrow a CD; you now get three weeks to listen! 9

Adults 55+, make a memory book at one of our new Art of Memory events. 10

YO U R L I B R A R Y, W O R K I N G F O R YO U

A recent Pew Internet report found Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, for providing access to materials and resources, promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. Our own recent patron survey confirmed our libraries are well-used and wellloved, and we are working hard to keep it that way. Already this year, in response to patron feedback, we have increased request and reserve limits from 30 items to 50 and extended the CD checkout time from one week to three. Later this spring, we will open a beautiful new Walker Library in Uptown, expand access to eBooks and launch a new responsive website, all with patrons’ needs in mind. We know you visit us in person and online for a variety of reasons – to work, study and play; use computers; browse and pick up materials; ask questions; get book recommendations and more. We know you value our visits to schools, community gatherings and neighborhood meetings, as well. Continue to tell us what service you want from your library. We’ll keep working to provide it in person, online and in the community.

Sing, play and learn together in our family-friendly spaces. M O R E T H I N G S T O D O AT

www.hclib.org/events

Lois Langer Thompson Library Director

The new Walker Library is opening this spring! Watch www.hclib.org for more information.

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FRIENDS OF THE HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY

300 Nicollet Mall, Suite N-290, Minneapolis, MN 55401 | 612-543-8100 Brian Herstig, executive director www.supporthclib.org | librarysupport@hclib.org

Be a Friend

Pen Pals

Friends of the Hennepin County Library is an active community of supporters – helping the Library fulfill its mission to nourish minds, transform lives and build community. By raising critically needed funds for books, movies, music, events and technology, and through presentation of Check at your local library or the highly regarded Pen Pals and Talk of the visit www.hclib.org/events Stacks author series, the Friends of the and search for Hennepin County Library opens doors and “Friends meeting.” minds to new worlds.

Attend a local Friends group meeting

The author series continues this spring at the Hopkins Center for the Arts Cartoonist Art Spiegelman APR I L 24 -25

Poet Tracy K. Smith M AY 8 - 9

For tickets and more information: www.supporthclib.org or 612-543-8112

Shop at a local Friends Book Sale Some local Friends groups host book sales to raise funds for their local library. You’ll find hundreds of used book bargains. Book donations accepted; check your library for dates or visit www.hclib.org. Augsburg Park

Golden Valley

Roosevelt

Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Adult materials only

Friday, April 25, noon-3 p.m. Golden Valley Friends members only. Join at the door! Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, noon-3 p.m. Bag Sale

Champlin

Maple Grove

Brooklyn Park

Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

East Lake Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 18, noon-3 p.m.

Eden Prairie Wednesday, April 2, 4-7 p.m. Eden Prairie Friends members only. Join at the door! Thursday, April 3, 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, noon-3 p.m. Bag Sale $5/bag

Edina Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, noon-5 p.m. Bag Sale

Excelsior Saturday, April 5, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Road 19, Excelsior

Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2-3 p.m. Bag Sale $5/bag

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St. Louis Park Thursday, May 1, 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 1-3 p.m. Bag Sale

Southdale

Friday, May 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Plymouth

Washburn

Oxboro

Saturday, March 8, 9-10 a.m. Plymouth Friends members only. Join at the door! Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 3-4 p.m. Bag Sale $5/bag Saturday, May 3, 9-10 a.m. Plymouth Friends members only. Join at the door! Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 3-4 p.m. Bag Sale $5/bag Thursday, April 24, 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, April 24, 5-8 p.m. Southdale Friends members only. Join at the door! Friday, April 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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St. Anthony

Thursday, May 1, 5-7 p.m. Washburn Friends members only. Join at the door! Friday, May 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wayzata Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, noon-4 p.m. Bag Sale $5/bag Location: Wayzata Community Room, 600 Rice St.


Event Funding

Hennepin County Library events include programs, classes and more. Some events are available across the system, others are community-specific. All are free and open to the public, and all provide opportunities for residents to be active and vitally engaged. In 2013, about 210,000 adults, teens and children attended library-sponsored events.

T H A N K YO U, FR I E N D S , S P O N S O R S , PA R T N E R S A N D CO L L A B O R ATO R S

Our Friends As an independent nonprofit organization, Friends of the Hennepin County Library (www.supporthclib.org) is the primary vehicle of support for private fundraising for our system. Friends of HCL raises critically needed funds; presents cultural programs; and coordinates the 41 volunteer local Friends groups. In 2013, this funding community provided approximately $1.4 million in total support – giving more than $760,000 in direct cash support to the Library and $660,000 in indirect support through programming, public awareness activities and other activities.

Sponsors, Partners and Collaborators Another way the Library delivers high-quality events is by working with respected community sponsors, partners and collaborators. For example: Y O U N G D A N C E (www.youngdance.org), which encourages

youth to build body and spirit through the creative art of dance, delivers Dance Together, interactive dance classes for children 1 and up. T H E L O F T L I T E R A R Y C E N T E R (www.loft.org), one of the nation’s leading literary arts centers, offers First Pages, writing workshops for kids, teens and adults.

The M E T R O P O L I T A N A R E A A G E N C Y O N A G I N G (www.tcaging.org), which helps individuals in the metro area to age successfully, teaches Senior Surf Day, computer classes for adults 55+. (Pictured above.)

Our generous Friends, sponsors, partners and collaborators are too numerous to list here. Learn more about how specific events are funded at www.hclib.org/events.

Legacy Amendment Since 2011, the Library has greatly increased the variety of events offered thanks to the taxpayers of Minnesota through the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (www.legacy.leg.mn). In 2013 alone, 400-plus events were attended by more than 9,000 patrons thanks to this funding.

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Adults

F R E E E V E N T S F O R A D U LT S L I S T E D BY L I B R A R Y

Gardening, genealogy, eBooks, book clubs, art, job search assistance and more

Augsburg Park

Brookdale

Wednesday, March 5, 1:30-3 p.m.

Mondays, March 3-May 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Creating a Targeted Résumé Learn the basics of résuméwriting and how to make your résumé relevant to the position in which you are interested. 15-Minute Résumé Critique Wednesday, March 12, 1:30-3 p.m.

In your 15-minute appointment, a trained career counselor will work with you to make your résumé the best it can be. Bring your résumé to the session. Master Gardener: Butterfly Gardening Tuesday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 18; limit 20. What plants attract butterflies? Find out how to select plants for adult and larval feeding, which ultimately encourages the establishment of butterfly species and their return to your garden year after year. Internet Job Search and Networking Wednesday, March 19, 1:30-3 p.m.

Learn about job listing websites, email etiquette, job applications, LinkedIn and social media networking, and how to demonstrate the value of your experience to employers. Art for Life: Architectural Renderings Tuesday, April 15, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 18; limit 20. For adults 55+. Learn architecture principles by creating a rendering of a vintage outhouse! Materials provided.

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Job Counseling

A job counselor will be available to guide and assist you in achieving your employment goals. Creating a Targeted Résumé Thursdays, March 13 & May 15, 1:30-3 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 13; limit 25. Learn the basics of résumé-writing and how to make your résumé relevant to the position in which you are interested. Job Search Tips Saturdays; March 15, April 12, May 17; 10 a.m.-noon

Registration begins Feb. 15; limit 13. Learn the essential aspects of a successful job search. We will review basic résumé building, current job search techniques and important interviewing skills. Social Security Online Assistance Wednesdays; March 19, April 23, May 21; 1-1:30 p.m., 1:30-2 p.m., 2-2:30 p.m., 2:30-3 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. & 3:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 19; limit 2 per session. Get help from a Social Security representative in managing your online Social Security account and leave with new Internet skills that will save you time. This one-on-one help is for claimants and potential beneficiaries. Work of Art +: Copyright Essentials Saturday, March 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 22; limit 50. Learn about copyright law from an attorney. Includes

details on the basics of copyright and specific topics such as music royalty systems, public performance rights, shooting photos at events, the Visual Artists Rights Act, collaborations, permissions and fair use. Art for Life: Japanese Brush Painting Thursday, March 27, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins Feb. 27; limit 20. For adults 55+. Create a painting of a cherry blossom tree using Japanese brush painting techniques. Materials provided. 15-Minute Résumé Critique Thursday, March 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 1:30-3 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 27; limit 25. In your 15-minute appointment, a trained career counselor will work with you to make your résumé the best it can be. Bring your résumé to the session. Senior Surf Day Tuesday, April 8, 1-3 p.m. Thursday,May15,10:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

Registration begins March 11; limit 13. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®. Internet Job Search and Networking Thursday, April 10, 1:30-3 p.m.

Registration begins March 13; limit 25. Learn about job listing websites, email etiquette, job applications, LinkedIn and social media networking, and how to demonstrate the value of your experience to employers.


Job Interviewing Strategies

Adult Homework Help

Thursday, April 24, 1:30-3 p.m.

Saturdays, March 1-May 31, 2-4:45 p.m. (except May 24)

Registration begins March 27; limit 25. Learn about the different types of interviews, how to answer behavioral interview questions and techniques for phone interviews. First Pages for Adults: How to Generate Material When the Well is Empty Tuesday, May 6, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 8; limit 20. Has your muse decided to take a vacation? Learn from an experienced writer on how to generate ideas for good writing, even when you feel completely uninspired to sit down and write. Genealogy Research: Dig Deeper Into African American Culture Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins April 12. After you have learned some basics about researching your family’s African American roots, this workshop will give you an opportunity to ask questions and to start digging deeper into records of the slavery and Reconstruction periods. Genealogists will lead a discussion on what to do next!

Brooklyn Park Conversation Circles

Saturdays, March 1-May 31, 10-11:15 a.m. (except March 22 & 29, May 17 & 24)

Registration begins Feb. 1. Non-native English speakers: practice your English and make new friends in an informal, volunteer-led setting, and learn about the library, too. Call 612-543-5669 for more information in English or, in Hmong, 612-543-8845; in Somali, 612-543-8756; in Spanish, 612-543-8510.

Trained volunteer tutors will help adults with college homework assignments in any subject. Also open to adults working to improve their English, prepare for the GED, occupational, citizenship and driver’s exams. Senior Surf Day Friday, April 18, 9-11 a.m.

Registration begins March 21; limit 10. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®. Library Lab for Adults: Bike Maintenance Saturday, April 19, 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Registration begins March 22; limit 15. Do you know how to fix a flat tire? Remove a wheel? Lube the chain without covering yourself in oil? Learn the essentials of bike maintenance from Thad Cialek of Freewheel Bike. Art for Life: Architectural Renderings Thursday, April 24, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins March 27; limit 20. For adults 55+. Learn architecture principles by creating a rendering of a vintage outhouse! Materials provided.

Champlin

Senior Tech Club: There’s an App for That! Wednesdays; March 5 & 19, April 2, 16 & 30, May 14; 3:30-5 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 5. Does today’s plethora of technology leave you bewildered, overwhelmed and intrigued? Here’s your chance to learn from a young technology expert! Get explanations, demonstrations

and hands-on experience on a variety of devices, including ones you bring along. First Pages for Adults: Creating Characters Thursday, March 13, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 13; limit 20. Whether you are writing about kings, detectives or spies, you want to give the reader more than interesting occupations. Learn how to dig deeper into your characters to make them complex, conflicted and compelling, even if they’re vampires. Friends of the Champlin Library Mystery Adult Book Club Tuesdays; March 18, April 15, May 20; 6:30 p.m.

Job Search Assistance Tuesdays, March 4-May 27, 3-5 p.m.

Are you seeking new employment or re-entering the workforce? Do you need help looking for a job, filling out applications or writing your résumé? Stop in for free one-to-one assistance with a job search representative. Adult Book Club Fridays; March 14, April 11, May 9; 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join our discussion of new and interesting titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Library Lab for Adults: Bike Maintenance Saturday, March 22, 10-10:45 a.m.

Join our discussion of new and interesting mystery titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting.

Registration begins Feb. 22; limit 15. Do you know how to fix a flat tire? Remove a wheel? Lube the chain without covering yourself in oil? Learn the essentials of bike maintenance from Thad Cialek of Freewheel Bike.

Art for Life: Doodle Dreaming

First Pages for Adults: How Do I Get Published?

Friday, May 9, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 11; limit 20. For adults 55+. Doodle your stress away by learning fun new designs that anyone can sketch. A small sketchbook for you to keep and other materials provided.

East Lake

Conversation Circles Sundays, March 2-May 25, 1-3 p.m. (except April 20)

Non-native English speakers: practice your English and make new friends in an informal, volunteer-led setting, and learn about the library, too. Call 612-543-5669 for more information in English or, in Hmong, 612-543-8845; in Somali, 612-543-8756; in Spanish, 612-543-8510.

Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration begins March 11; limit 20. Practical information for increasing your chances of getting published. Get answers to important questions and guidance on the research that needs to be done to understand the publishing process. Senior Surf Day Fridays, April 11 & May 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 14; limit 5. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®.

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Eden Prairie Adult Book Club

Mondays; March 3, April 7, May 5; 7-8 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 3; limit 15. Join our discussion of new and interesting titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk three weeks before each discussion. eBook Basics Mondays, March 10 & May 19, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-noon

Registration begins Feb. 10; limit 15. Learn how to search for, select, download and use eBooks from the HCL website on your personal eReader device or computer. Work of Art +: Crowdfunding Panel Thursday, April 24, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 27; limit 50. This discussion and Q&A will cover the many facets of crowdfunding through sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, USA Projects, GiveMN and more.

Edina

Great Decisions: Islamic Awakening Monday, March 3, 4-5:30 p.m. Location: Fireside Room, Edina Senior Center, below the library

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Registration begins Feb. 3; limit 125. The aftermath of the Arab Spring resulted in unforeseen changes in the political landscape in many countries, especially regarding the role of Islam and democracy. How have the countries where the Arab Spring began reacted? Is U.S. foreign policy adapting successfully to all of the changes in the region? Retired Foreign Service officer William Davnie will speak.

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First Pages for Adults: A Novel Idea

Edina Reads: Poet Emily Dickinson

Saturday, March 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Tuesday, April 22, 7-8:30 p.m.

Fridays; March 14, April 11, May 9; 1-3 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 15; limit 20. Have you always wanted to write the great American novel, but don’t know where to begin? Learn the core elements of the novel to help you get started.

In honor of National Poetry Month, poet and professor Elizabeth Johnson McGarry will address the enigma that is Emily Dickinson. Dickinson is an American poet who continues to captivate readers with her words and biographers with her life.

Memoir Writing Group

Great Decisions: United States Trade Policy Monday, April 7, 4-5:30 p.m. Location: Fireside Room, Edina Senior Center, below the library

Registration begins March 10; limit 125. America’s foreign policy tools are not limited to sanctions, treaties or military campaigns; they also include the sales pitch. The logic is simple: promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. In so doing, the U.S. will gain valuable and stable partners, both in business and in diplomacy. International businessman and consultant Robert H. Scarlett will speak. Edina Reads: Miriam’s Words

Great Decisions: China’s Foreign Policy Monday, April 28, 4-5:30 p.m. Location: Fireside Room, Edina Senior Center, below the library

Registration begins March 31; limit 125. China has gone to great lengths to emphasize the “peaceful” nature of its meteoric rise. What does the rapid rise of this new superpower mean for other countries in the region? Are there potential points of conflict with the U.S. as it “pivots” to Asia? Retired Foreign Service officer and media commentator Tom Hanson will speak.

Saturday, April 12, 2-3:30 p.m.

“Miriam’s Words,” an in-depth, real-time account of the life of the spouse of a public servant in the mid-20th century, is a collection of letters written by Miriam Judd, wife of Dr. Walter Judd. The collection was compiled and edited by Edina resident Mary Lou Judd Carpenter, daughter of the writer. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Edina Reads: A Panel of Poets Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m. Location: Fireside Room, Edina Senior Center, below the library

Four local poets – Janet Jerve, Kathleen Weihe, Tracy Youngblom and Kirsten Dierking – will read from their latest collections in honor of National Poetry Month. Books will be available or purchase and signing.

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Excelsior

Master Gardener: Perennial Flower Gardening Saturday, May 3, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 5; limit 30. Grow plants that beautify your landscape year after year. Learn about their care, ideal sites (shade, sun, moisture), soil conditions, pest control and varieties ideal for Minnesota.

Franklin

Seniors Play-Reading Group Fridays; March 14, April 11, May 9; 11 a.m.-noon

Join us for a stimulating morning of reading and discussion of some of the great plays of our heritage.

55+ Nonfiction Book Club Join our discussion of new and interesting nonfiction titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. For additional information, call the library, 612-543-6925.

Thursdays; March 20, April 17, May 15; 1-3 p.m.

Would you like to create a record of your personal history? Bring what you have written and are willing to read to the group for helpful comments and suggestions.

Golden Valley

Author Talk: Faye Berger Wednesday, May 28, 10 a.m. Location: Brookview Community Center, 200 Brookview Parkway, Golden Valley

Registration begins April 30. Local author Berger will speak about her new book, “Finding Foxholes.” In this memoir/ travelogue, she recounts the World War II stories told by her father. She combines these with a description of their trip retracing the infantry route he followed while fighting on the front lines in Europe. Books will be available for purchase.

Hopkins

Jumpstart Your Job Search: Career-Training Options for Higher Wages Friday, March 14, 1-3 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 14; limit 15. Get a better understanding of careertraining options for a new job, a better job or a whole new career. Topics will include advanced credentials, the importance of stackable credentials and financial aid options.


Jumpstart Your Job Search: Drop-in Day Fridays; March 28, April 25, May 30; 1-3 p.m.

Stop in for free, 15-minute, one-to-one job search assistance. Services may include résumé development, résumé review, career assessment, transferable skills assessment, job training options and career counseling. Jumpstart Your Job Search: Your Winning Résumé Friday, April 11, 1-3 p.m.

Registration begins March 14; limit 15. Do you want to find a new job, a better job or a whole new career? Learn which style of résumé best fits your job search, and the importance of maintaining and updating a résumé. Library Lab for Adults: Bike Maintenance Saturday, April 12, 10-10:45 a.m.

Registration begins March 15; limit 15. Do you know how to fix a flat tire? Remove a wheel? Lube the chain without covering yourself in oil? Learn the essentials of bike maintenance from Thad Cialek of Freewheel Bike. Jumpstart Your Job Search: Who am I, Where am I Going? Friday, May 16, 1-3 p.m.

Registration begins April 18; limit 15. Get a better understanding of your current employability skill set. What are transferable skills and how can they improve your employability? Learn career assessment techniques and how the results can improve your job search options.

Hosmer

Conversation Circles Saturdays,March1-May31,noon-2p.m.

Hosmer World Music Concert Series Saturdays, March 1-May 31, 2 p.m. (except April 12)

Enjoy live music from around the world! Hosmer World Film Series Sundays, March 2-May 25, 1:30 p.m. (except April 20)

Get a glimpse of the diverse world we live in through this series of award-winning international films. Rare cinema at its finest! Library Lab for Adults: Bike Maintenance Monday, April 7, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Registration begins March 10; limit 15. Do you know how to fix a flat tire? Remove a wheel? Lube the chain without covering yourself in oil? Learn the essentials of bike maintenance from Thad Cialek of Freewheel Bike.

Linden Hills Master Gardener: Rain Gardening

Thursday, March 13, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 13; limit 8. A rain garden is a bowl-shaped garden designed to absorb excess rainwater run-off from a house and its associated landscape. Learn why it’s beneficial for the environment, how to make one and what plants are suitable. Adult Book Club Tuesdays; March 18, April 15, May 20; 7-8 p.m.

Join our discussion of new and interesting titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Lending

copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting. Art for Life: Doodle Dreaming Friday, May 9, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins April 11; limit 10. For adults 55+. Doodle your stress away by learning fun new designs that anyone can sketch. A small sketchbook for you to keep and other materials provided.

Maple Grove

Work of Art: Career Planning for Artists Tuesday, March 11, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 11; limit 20. Where do you want to be both artistically and professionally? This session concentrates on examining your career and developing a career plan. Learn how to define your goals, identify strategies for achieving your objectives and developing your career path. Work of Art: Time Management for Creative People Tuesday, March 18, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 18; limit 20. Are you a rightbrained person living in a left-brained world? Learn approaches for getting control of your day, creating work time and reaching your artistic goals. Work of Art: Your Promotional Toolkit Tuesday, March 25, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 25; limit 20. What should be in your portfolio? Learn about targeting your résumé, choosing a work sample, and composing the catalog page that accompanies it. Feel free to bring promotional materials along for review.

Social Security Online Assistance Wednesdays; March 26, April 30, May 7; 1-1:30 p.m., 1:30-2 p.m., 2-2:30 p.m., 2:30-3 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. & 3:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 26; limit 2 per session. Get help from a Social Security representative in managing your online Social Security account and leave with new Internet skills that will save you time. This one-on-one help is for claimants and potential beneficiaries. Library Lab for Adults: Bike Maintenance Monday, March 31, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Registration begins March 3; limit 15. Do you know how to fix a flat tire? Remove a wheel? Lube the chain without covering yourself in oil? Learn the essentials of bike maintenance from Thad Cialek of Freewheel Bike. Work of Art: Marketing for Artists Tuesday, April 1, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 4; limit 20. Identify the right audience for your artistic output. Develop marketing strategies and a marketing plan geared to your target audience. Work of Art: Legal Considerations for Artists Tuesday, April 8, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 11; limit 20. From protecting your intellectual property to choosing a legal form for your artistic business, an understanding of underlying legal principles will help you make smarter choices. Learn about copyrights and contract basics regarding selling and licensing your work, as well as getting into business.

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Adults

Non-native English speakers: practice your English and make new friends in an informal, volunteer-led

setting, and learn about the library, too. Call 612-543-5669 for more information in English or, in Hmong, 612-543-8845; in Somali, 612-543-8756; in Spanish, 612-543-8510.

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Work of Art: Recordkeeping and Financial Management for Artists Tuesday, April 22, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 25; limit 20. Does your actual income match your desired income? Learn clear, simple methods for setting up your financial books, how budgets and cash flow statements can help you plan for profit and make accurate projections about what to expect. Work of Art: Simple Business Plans for Artists Tuesday, April 29, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 1; limit 20. What does it take to grow your artistic business, aka your career? Start with preparing a simple business plan in arts-friendly language, which is an essential planning tool for any small business (even if you’re “just a painter!”). Murder on Main Street Author Talk: Mary Logue Monday, May 5, 7 p.m.

Logue is a popular and beloved Minnesota author whose books include the mystery, “Killer Librarian,” written under the pen name of Mary Lou Kirwin. It’s part of her new series featuring librarian and amateur sleuth Karen Nash. We promise to keep the lights on until the end of the program! Books will be available for purchase and signing. Work of Art: Pricing Your Work Tuesday, May 6, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 8; limit 20. How can you ensure that you are compensated fairly for the art you create? Learn what to consider when setting a price for your work or the services you provide.

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Work of Art: Funding Your Work Tuesday, May 13, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 15; limit 20. Learn how to generate income. Topics discussed: the value of multiple income streams; research and application preparation techniques for grants, fellowships and scholarships; residency programs available to individual artists; and the importance of community partners as a strategy for expanding your audience and appealing to potential funders. Work of Art: Social Media for Artists Tuesday, May 20, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 22; limit 20. Social media is everywhere these days. How and which online tools are worth your time and energy, and can help you market your work, stay abreast of your field, and connect with your clients and colleagues? Art for Life: Doodle Dreaming Thursday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins April 24; limit 20. For adults 55+. Doodle your stress away by learning fun new designs that anyone can sketch. A small sketchbook for you to keep and other materials provided.

Maple Plain

Master Gardener: Growing Berries in Minnesota Tuesday, March 25, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 25. Would you like fresh berries on your cereal or mixed into your pancakes? Learn about selecting a growing site, the berries that grow well in our area (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries), common diseases and how to preserve your produce.

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Adult Homework Help 4th Floor Saturdays, March 1-May 31, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (except May 24) Sundays, March 2-May 18, 1-3 p.m. (except April 20)

Trained volunteer tutors will help adults with college homework assignments in any subject. Also open to adults working to improve their English, prepare for the GED, occupational,citizenship and driver’s exams. Public Tour of Minneapolis Central Library & Special Collections Welcome Station Saturdays; March 1 & 15, April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17; 11 a.m.-noon

Tour the James K. Hosmer Special Collections and other highlights including architectural design elements, the Cargill Art Gallery, an overview of services and of the collection of more than 2.4 million items housed on location. Families welcome. Groups of 15 or more, or with mobility issues, contact: Rochelle, 612-543-8120, rhenry@hclib.org. Researchers: This is a tour only. Contact Special Collections at least one full business day in advance to schedule a research visit: 612-543-8200, specialcoll@hclib.org. Public Tour of Minneapolis Central Library Welcome Station Tuesdays; March 4 & 18, April 1 & 15, May 6 & 20; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays; March 13 & 27, April 10 & 24, May 8 & 22; 1-2 p.m.

Tour this stunning Cesar Pellidesigned library with a green roof, four fireplaces, an art gallery, a piano room, fourstory atrium and 2.4 million items in the collection – including government documents and much more!

Families welcome. Groups of 15 or more, or with mobility issues, contact: Rochelle, 612-543-8120, rhenry@hclib.org. School (PreK-12), ABE or ELL groups: Please check our “Teachers’ Toolbox” for school visit information and tour contacts. Note: Two-week advance notice is required for school group tours/visits. Viva City 2014 Cargill Hall March 5-April 11

View the extraordinary artwork of Minneapolis Public Schools high school students. This juried exhibit shows the broad range of student interests and remarkable creativity in a variety of media. Viva City celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Job Search Assistance Business, Science, Government Docs Wednesdays, March 5-May 28, 1-4:30 p.m.

Are you seeking new employment or re-entering the workforce? Do you need help looking for a job, filling out applications or writing your résumé? Stop in for free one-to-one assistance with a job search representative. Patent Workshop for Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners Best Buy Learning Lab Wednesdays; March 5, April 16, May 7; 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 5; limit 12. Hennepin County Library’s Patent & Trademark Resource Center at Minneapolis Central serves all of Minnesota from its location. Library staff will cover intellectual property basics, the patent process and how to do a preliminary patent search.


Talk of the Stacks With Lorrie Moore

LegalCORPS Small Business Consultations

Talk of the Stacks With Ron Padgett

Traps and Pitfalls In Intellectual Property

Pohlad Hall Friday, March 7, 7-8:30 p.m.

Room N-202 Tuesdays; March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, May 13 & 27; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Pohlad Hall Thursday, April 3, 7-8:30 p.m.

RKMC Meeting Room Saturday, April 12, 1-4 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Padgett has published, edited and translated dozens of collections of poetry and prose, and has been an influential and necessary force in American letters. His new Coffee House Press book, “Collected Poems” is the record of his dynamic career as an American poet. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is firstcome, first-served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Registration begins March 15; limit 16. A LegalCORPS patent attorney will explain how inventors and small business entrepreneurs can use patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets to protect their legal rights. The patent and trademark librarian will highlight services and resources available.

African American Genealogy Conference

Prose is the author of many bestsellers, including “A Changed Man” and “Blue Angel,” and the nonfiction bestseller “Reading Like a Writer.” Her novel, “Household Saints,” was adapted into a movie and her novel, “The Glorious Ones,” was adapted into a musical. Her latest, “Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932,” takes place in Paris from the late 1920s through World War II. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is firstcome, first-served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Moore has earned a place among the finest writers in this country by exploring the lives of modern women and men as they confront the absurdities of ordinary life. In “Bark,” her first collection in 15 years, she presents eight new masterful stories exploring the passage of time with a blend of craft, humor and bewitched spirit. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Genealogy Research: Getting Started in African American Culture Doty Board Room Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 8. Learn how to research your family’s African American roots with basic resources, to create a picture of your family in 1870, and gather information from relatives and family records. Also learn how to extend your research into the slavery period and outside the United States. Women’s Human Rights Film Series Pohlad Hall Monday, March 10, 6:30-9 p.m.

SCORE® Small Business Consultations Room N-201 Tuesdays; March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, May 13 & 27; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Bring your small business idea/problem and experienced SCORE counselors (retired members of the business community) will offer free, one-on-one confidential counseling on all aspects of small business start-up and management. Resources for Foundation Funding 4th Floor Wednesdays; March 12, April 9, May 14; 10:30 a.m.-noon

Where can you find funding for your creative pursuits and information on how to write a grant? Or how to search for potential funders? Learn about print reference materials, online databases, websites and how to use them to maximize your possibilities. Genealogy Research: Get Started Best Buy Learning Lab Wednesdays; March 19, April 16, May 21; 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 19; limit 12. Learn how to access family history resources, including census and immigration records and the best of what’s available at the library and the Web.

Pohlad Hall Friday, April 4, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration begins March 7; limit 200. Learn from experts how to search for your African American relatives and evaluate the information you find. Nationally recognized African American genealogist Tony Burroughs and DNA expert Gina Paige will speak, along with other noted experts, to help you fill in and understand your African American roots. Time for Q&A. Books will be available for purchase. Choosing the Right Form of Business Ownership RKMC Meeting Room Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-noon

Registration begins March 15; limit 16. Understand the business, legal and tax implications of each ownership option. A LegalCORPS lawyer will explain forms of business organization including sole proprietorships, partnerships and incorporation, and identify the factors to consider when choosing the most suitable business structure. Time for Q&A follows presentation.

Talk of the Stacks With Francine Prose Pohlad Hall Monday, May 12, 7-8:30 p.m.

Minnetonka eBook Basics

Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.-noon

Registration begins Feb. 8; limit 12. Learn how to search for, select, download and use eBooks from the HCL website on your personal eReader device or computer.

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Join the screening and discussion of documentary “Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution With a Computer.” Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored, but these worldfamous bloggers are not frightened of their dictatorial regimes. They stand for a networked generation of modern rebels in Cuba, China and Iran as they use social media to denounce the violation of human rights and freedom of speech.

Do you need brief advice on a legal issue? Stop by for free, confidential and sound legal advice provided by LegalCORPS volunteer attorneys. Sign up for your same-day appointment at the secondfloor information desk.

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Master Gardener: Best Plants for Tough Sites Saturday, March 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 22; limit 12. Explore the best plants for 30 tough sites such as alkaline and clay soils. Also covers boulevard and rain gardens, shrubs for shade, deer-resistant plants and plants that will survive under a walnut tree. First Pages for Adults: Selecting Literary Agents Saturday, April 19, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 22; limit 15. Most publishers won’t look at your manuscript unless an agent represents you. How do you get an agent? Learn what good agents do and don’t do, and how to find one right for your work, along with query letter basics.

Nokomis

Nokomis Library Writing Group Mondays; March 3, April 7, May 5; 6:30 p.m.

Join fellow writers for encouragement, feedback, and to help each other take writing to the next level. Bring works in progress, paper and pen. You will explore different ways to think about writing. Art for Life: Japanese Brush Painting Tuesday, March 4, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins Feb. 4; limit 20. For adults 55+. Create a painting of a cherry blossom tree using Japanese brush painting techniques. Materials provided.

55+ Book Club Wednesdays; March 5, April 2, May 7; 3 p.m.

Join our discussion of new and interesting titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting. Sci-fi Adult Book Club Thursdays; March 6, April 3, May 1; 6:30 p.m.

Join our discussion of new and interesting sci-fi titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting. First Fridays: Diabetes Support Group Fridays; March 7, April 4, May 2; 1-3 p.m.

Are you a person with diabetes or prediabetes? Share experiences with others living with diabetes and get tips and advice from a health care professional on blood sugar management, diet and exercise. Please call Nokomis Healthy Seniors, 612-729-5499, to make arrangements for free transportation to the program. Crafty Minnesota: Wild and Wooly Felting

Thursdays; March 20, April 17, May 15; 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 12, 3-5 p.m.

Join our discussion of interesting graphic novels and comic books. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting. First Pages for Adults: How Do I Get Published? Monday, March 24, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 24; limit 20. Practical information for increasing your chances of getting published. Get answers to important questions and guidance on the research that needs to be done to understand the publishing process. Friends of the Nokomis Library Adult Book Club Thursdays; March 27, April 24, May 22; 6:30 p.m.

Join our discussion of new and interesting titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting. Senior Surf Day Tuesday, April 8, 10 a.m.-noon

Registration begins Feb. 8; limit 20. For adults. Felting is truly a hands-on process using soap and water to transform fluffy wool fibers to fabric. Turn felt into a tiny wool picture you can use as a coaster. Materials provided.

Registration begins March 11; limit 8. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®.

Mystery/Thriller Adult Book Club

Adults

Join our discussion of new and interesting mystery and thriller titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting.

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Crafty Minnesota: Kumihimo Bracelets

Saturday, March 8, 3-5 p.m.

Mondays; March 10, April 14, May 12; 6:30 p.m.

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Registration begins March 15; limit 20. For adults. Learn how to do kumihimo, a Japanese 8-stranded braid with intricate patterns that look complicated, but are easy to master. Finish it off with a clasp and you have a colorful braided bracelet with subtle shimmer. Materials provided. Crafty Minnesota: Omiyage Envelopes Saturday, May 10, 3-5 p.m.

Registration begins April 12; limit 20. For adults. Stitch a card-holder envelope in the Kawaii (cute) Japanese style, using wool felt and hand embroidery. Makes beautiful one-of-a-kind gift wrap or use it to store your library card. Materials provided.

North Regional Job Search Assistance

Thursdays, March 6-May 29, 3-5 p.m. (except May 15)

Are you seeking new employment or re-entering the workforce? Do you need help looking for a job, filling out applications or writing your résumé? Stop in for free one-to-one assistance with a job search representative.

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Work of Art: Career Planning for Artists Friday, March 14, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 14; limit 20. Where do you want to be both artistically and professionally? This session concentrates on examining your career and developing a career plan. Learn how to define your goals, identify strategies for achieving your objectives and developing your career path.


Senior Surf Day Mondays; March 17, April 14, May 19; 10 a.m.-noon

Registration begins Feb. 16; limit 8. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®. Work of Art: Time Management for Creative People Friday, March 21, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 21; limit 20. Are you a rightbrained person living in a left-brained world? Learn approaches for getting control of your day, creating work time and reaching your artistic goals. First Pages for Adults: Spring Poetry Wednesday, March 26, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 26; limit 20. The long winter is over and now the world outside is changing. Capture the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the new season on paper by learning how to write poems inspired by the season. Work of Art: Your Promotional Toolkit Friday, March 28, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 28; limit 20. What should be in your portfolio? Learn about targeting your résumé, choosing a work sample, and composing the catalog page that accompanies it. Feel free to bring promotional materials along for review. Work of Art: Marketing for Artists Friday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Work of Art: Funding Your Work

Friday, April 11, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Friday, May 16, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins March 14; limit 20. From protecting your intellectual property to choosing a legal form for your artistic business, an understanding of underlying legal principles will help you make smarter choices. Learn about copyrights and contract basics regarding selling and licensing your work, as well as getting into business.

Registration begins April 18; limit 20. Learn how to generate income. Topics discussed: the value of multiple income streams; research and application preparation techniques for grants, fellowships and scholarships; residency programs available to individual artists; and the importance of community partners as a strategy for expanding your audience and appealing to potential funders.

Work of Art: Recordkeeping and Financial Management for Artists Friday, April 25, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins March 28; limit 20. Does your actual income match your desired income? Learn clear, simple methods for setting up your financial books, how budgets and cash flow statements can help you plan for profit and make accurate projections about what to expect. Work of Art: Simple Business Plans for Artists Friday, May 2, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins April 4; limit 20. What does it take to grow your artistic business, aka your career? Start with preparing a simple business plan in arts-friendly language, which is an essential planning tool for any small business (even if you’re “just a painter!”). Work of Art: Pricing Your Work Friday, May 9, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins April 11; limit 20. How can you ensure that you are compensated fairly for the art you create? Learn what to consider when setting a price for your work or the services you provide.

Work of Art: Social Media for Artists Friday, May 23, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins April 25; limit 20. Social media is everywhere these days. How and which online tools are worth your time and energy, and can help you market your work, stay abreast of your field, and connect with your clients and colleagues?

Oxboro

Art of Memory: Memory Book Wednesdays, April 2-23, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 5; limit 15. For adults 55+. Create a personal book perfect for drawing, painting, collaging and writing your favorite memories. Then, share your memories with others and explore new ways to capture them. Materials provided. Author Talk: Bob Peters Saturday, May 17, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Peters, writer and human rights advocate, will discuss his inspirational new book “A Dive Too Deep.” Beginning with an accident that left him quadriplegic, the book chronicles the challenges and opportunities of the life that followed. Books will be available for purchase.

Penn Lake Senior Surf Day

Thursdays; March 6, April 3, May 1; 9-11 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 6; limit 10. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®. Alternative Pain Management Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.

Interested in learning alternative ways to manage pain without using pills or surgery when possible? Curious about alternative and complementary forms of medicine? Discover the ways massage therapy, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and chiropractic care fit into healthy living. Health Resources Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m.

Consumers are expected to participate in medical decision-making, but it can be hard to find facts you can trust. Learn to find the best free sources of medical information, how to evaluate research findings, and find support groups, clinical trials and alternative care. Long Term Care Options: Live Well at Home Tuesday, March 25, 1 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 25. Find out about options for those who prefer to stay in their homes and “age in place” but need assistance with issues such as home maintenance, caregiving, food support or transportation. Presented by representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®.

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Registration begins March 7; limit 20. Identify the right audience for your artistic output. Develop marketing strategies and a marketing plan geared to your target audience.

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Health Care Directives Tuesday, April 1, 1 p.m.

Registration begins March 4. Leaving instructions about your health care helps ensure that decisions made are based on your preferences, even if you’re unable to make your wishes known. Learn why a health care directive is so important, and how to complete a Minnesota Health Care Directive. Master Gardener: Small Space Vegetable Gardening

Plymouth

Art for Life: Japanese Brush Painting Tuesday, March 4, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 4; limit 20. For adults 55+. Create a painting of a cherry blossom tree using Japanese brush painting techniques. Materials provided. Heart Safe Plymouth Tuesday, March 18, 7-8 p.m.

Registration begins March 8. You can create highly productive flower and vegetable gardens in small spaces. Learn to plan your space, use trellises, containers, wide-row or square-row, rounded beds and raised beds.

Registration begins Feb. 18; limit 40. Learn to recognize the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. Learn about CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). While this is not a certification course, participants will receive signed documentation of attendance.

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Plymouth Reads: Everybody Has a Story – Memoir Writing

Fridays; March 14 & 21, April 11; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Plymouth’s Dolly Bentson will share her experiences writing and publishing her memoir “Hello Dolly.” Bentson will answer questions and provide tips for people interested in writing their own memoir.

Saturday, April 5, 10-11:30 a.m.

Senior Surf Day

Registration begins Feb. 14; limit 9. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®.

Sunday, March 23, 1 p.m.

Plymouth Reads: Join the Discussion Sunday, March 30, 1-2 p.m.

First Pages for Adults: Creative Writing Sampler Thursday, April 3, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 6; limit 20. Not sure if you’re a poet, a novelist or a memoirist? Come and sample poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction by exploring craft techniques common to all three. You’ll also have a chance to experiment with each through creative writing exercises.

Read the Plymouth Reads 2014 selection “Holiday Inn” by Kevin Kling, then join other community members for a lively discussion about the book. Plymouth Reads: Meet Author Kevin Kling Sunday, April 6, 6:30 p.m. Location: Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N., Plymouth

Kling will speak about his book “Holiday Inn,” the Plymouth

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Reads 2014 selection, and answer questions from the audience. Books will be available for purchase. First Pages for Adults: Spring Poetry Friday, April 11, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 14; limit 20. The long winter is over and now the world outside is changing. Capture the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the new season on paper by learning how to write poems inspired by the season. Author Talk: Atina Diffley Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m.

Registration begins April 1; limit 60. Diffley, organic farmer, author of “Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works” and founder of Gardens of Eagan (one of the earliest certified organic farms in the Midwest), will discuss her memoir and life as a pioneer of organic farming. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Author Talk: “Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District” Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m.

Registration begins April 2; limit 60. Step inside the grand mansions of St. Paul’s most beloved avenue. Photographer Karen Melvin and architectural writers Bette Hammel and Melinda Nelson will take you on a visual tour of some of the dwellings highlighted in their recent book “Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District.”Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Ridgedale

Conducting Your Own Investment Research Monday, March 3, 1:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 3. Get a quick orientation to three excellent, free investment research tools you can use at the Library or online from anywhere with your library card. Includes brief demonstrations of Value Line, Morningstar Investment Research Center and Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage. Crafty Minnesota: Wild and Wooly Felting Monday, March 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 3; limit 20. For adults. Felting is truly a hands-on process using soap and water to transform fluffy wool fibers to fabric. Turn felt into a tiny wool picture you can use as a coaster. Materials provided. SCORE® Small Business Consultations Tuesdays; March 4, April 1, May 6; 1-4 p.m.

Meet with a business counselor to develop your business plan, discuss a new idea or tackle a business problem. Consultations are free and confidential. Walk-ins welcome. eBook Basics Wednesday, March 5, 10 a.m.-noon

Registration begins Feb. 5; limit 15. Monday, April 28, 2-4 p.m.

Registration begins March 31; limit 15. Friday, May 16, 10 a.m.-noon

Registration begins April 18; limit 15. Learn how to search for, select, download and use eBooks from the HCL website on your personal eReader device or computer.


Adult Book Club Join our discussion of new and interesting titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings.

your résumé the best it can be. The appointment will also include job search advice and an overview of interview questions. Sign up at the library when you arrive and bring your résumé.

Socrates Café

First Amendment Discussion

Thursdays; March 6, April 3, May 1; 7 p.m.

Thursdays, March 6-May 29, 7 p.m.

Sit back and philosophize with your friends and neighbors. The topic is decided by popular vote at the beginning of the meeting. All welcomed; no experience necessary. The concept of Socrates Café is based on the book of the same name by Christopher Phillips. Jumpstart Your Job Search: Who am I, Where am I Going? Tuesday, March 11, 1 p.m.-3

Registration begins Feb. 11; limit 15. Get a better understanding of your current employability skill set. What are transferable skills and how can they improve your employability? Learn career assessment techniques and how the results can improve your job search options. 1968: A Year That Changed America Wednesday, March 12, 10:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 12. Join us for a live interactive video event with the Minnesota Historical Society. Travel back to the ground-breaking media sights and sounds of the tumultuous year of 1968. Gain insight into today’s media by evaluating messages related to the political and social upheaval of 1968. Use a library iPad or bring your own device to participate. 20-Minute Résumé and Job Search Assistance Thursdays; March 13, April 10, May 8; 10 a.m.-noon

Registration begins Feb. 13. Join us for a viewing of PBS’ “Constitution USA: It’s a Free Country” followed by a discussion on the importance of the First Amendment in the 21st Century. Online Language Learning Monday, March 24, 1 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 24. Get a quick orientation to two superior online language-learning tools available free through www.hclib.org: Tell Me More (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Latin American Spanish or Spanish) and Transparent Language Online (70 languages). First Pages for Adults: Creating Characters Monday, March 24, 7-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 24; limit 20. Whether you are writing about kings, detectives or spies, you want to give the reader more than interesting occupations. Learn how to dig deeper into your characters to make them complex, conflicted and compelling, even if they’re vampires. Jumpstart Your Job Search: Drop-In Day Tuesdays; March 25, April 22, May 27; 1-3 p.m.

Stop in for free, 15-minute, one-to-one job search assistance. Services may include résumé development, résumé review, career assessment, transferable skills assessment, job training options and career counseling. Sessions are first come, first served.

Wednesdays, March 26-May 14, 12:30-2 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 26. Each week, hear a U of M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute member present a book that tackles a challenging subject of the day. Then discuss the issues involved. Crafty Minnesota: Kumihimo Bracelets Monday, April 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 10; limit 20. For adults. Learn how to do kumihimo, a Japanese 8-stranded braid with intricate patterns that look complicated, but are easy to master. Finish it off with a clasp and you have a colorful braided bracelet with subtle shimmer. Materials provided. Jumpstart Your Job Search: Job Search Over 40 Tuesday, April 8, 1-3 p.m.

Registration begins March 11; limit 25. Learn how to turn your experience and maturity into a robust job search. Learn how to crack the age/wage dilemma, communicate across generations, and sell your experience as a positive to your next employer. University of Minnesota, Master of Liberal Studies Information Session Wednesday, April 9, 5:30-8 p.m.

The University of Minnesota’s Master of Liberal Studies program is an innovative, interdisciplinary graduate degree for part-time adult students. Designed to work with busy schedules, classes are held in the evening, online and on the weekend. This information session will provide an overview of the program and the admission process, as well as offer the opportunity for questions

with a program adviser. To register, visit http://request. cce.umn.edu/?web_display_ code=mlsinfo or call 612-624-4000. Online Genealogy Resources Wednesday, April 16, 10 a.m.

Registration begins March 19; limit 20. Uncover valuable family history information with two free genealogy tools you can use at the Library or online from anywhere with your library card. Includes brief demonstrations of Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest. Resources for Generating Business Leads Thursday, April 17, 3:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 20. Get a quick orientation to two online tools (Reference USA and D&B Million Dollar Directory, available free through www.hclib.org) for generating business leads. Crafty Minnesota: Omiyage Envelopes Monday, May 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 7; limit 20. For adults. Stitch a card-holder envelope in the Kawaii (cute) Japanese style, using wool felt and hand embroidery. Makes beautiful one-of-a-kind gift wrap or use it to store your library card. Materials provided. Online Job-Hunting Resources Monday, May 12, 1 p.m.

Registration begins April 14. Conduct a more effective job search by learning about valuable, free job-hunting tools you can use at the Library or online from anywhere with your library card. Includes brief demonstrations of JobNow, Job and Career Accelerator, and Optimal Résumé.

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In your 20-minute appointment, a certified professional résumé writer will work with you to make

Thursday, March 13, 7-9 p.m.

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Online Buying Advice

Monday, May 12, 2 p.m. Location: Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd.

Tuesday, May 20, 1:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 14; limit 20. Exercise your mind and body! Read an adventurerelated book and do the activity you read about. Meet at the Minnetonka Community Center on May 12 to discuss the book. On May 19, do the activity with Three Rivers Park District. Lending copies may be picked up at the Ridgedale Library Information Desk three weeks prior to the discussion. Get details about the activity and sign up for it at the discussion. Jumpstart Your Job Search: Résumé, Prescreen and Interview Success Tuesday, May 13, 1-3 p.m.

Registration begins April 15; limit 25. Do you want to find a new job, a better job or a whole new career? Learn which style of résumé best fits your job search, the importance of maintaining and updating a résumé, how the prescreen process works and interview tips. How to Choose a Business Entity Monday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 21. Understand the business, legal and tax implications of each ownership option. Rebecca Bell, an attorney in Golden Valley and a LegalCORPS volunteer, will explain forms of business organization including sole proprietorships, partnerships, and incorporation, and will identify the factors to consider when choosing the most suitable business structure. Time for Q&A follows presentation.

Registration begins April 22. Have a big purchase in your future? Get a quick orientation to two valuable consumer information tools (Consumer Reports and Consumer’s Checkbook, available free through www.hclib.org) that will help you spend your hard-earned money wisely. Author Talk: Karen Casey Thursday, May 29, 7 p.m.

Bestselling recovery author Casey will discuss her new book, “The Good Stuff From Growing Up in Dysfunctional Families: How to Survive and Then Thrive.” Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Rockford Road

First Pages for Adults: How Do I Get Published? Wednesday, March 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 12; limit 20. Practical information for increasing your chances of getting published. Get answers to important questions and guidance on the research that needs to be done to understand the publishing process. Genealogy Research: Getting Started in African American Culture Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 15. Learn how to research your family’s African American roots with basic resources, to create a picture of your family in 1870, and gather information from relatives and family records. Also learn how to extend your research into the slavery period and outside the United States.

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Library Lab for Adults: Bike Maintenance

Art for Life: Japanese Brush Painting

Wednesday, April 9, 6-6:45 p.m.

Friday, March 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins March 12; limit 15. Do you know how to fix a flat tire? Remove a wheel? Lube the chain without covering yourself in oil? Learn the essentials of bike maintenance from Thad Cialek of Freewheel Bike.

Registration begins Feb. 28; limit 20. For adults 55+. Create a painting of a cherry blossom tree using Japanese brush painting techniques. Materials provided. Senior Surf Day Thursday, April 10, 10 a.m.-noon

Senior Surf Day Thursdays, April 10 & May 8, 9:3011:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 13; limit 8. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®.

Registration begins March 13; limit 7. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®. Author Talk: Kristy Abbott Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m.

Join our discussion of new and interesting titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings.

Registration begins March 22; limit 20. Abbott will read from her book, “The Ghosted Bridge,” a ghost story set against the backdrop of mystical Sedona, Arizona and the real life disaster of Minnesota’s I-35W bridge collapse on Aug. 1, 2007. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Friends of the Rogers Library Adult Book Club

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Friends of the Rogers Library Adult Book Club Wednesdays; March 12, April 9, May 14; 10-11 a.m.

Mondays; March 17, April 21, May 19; 6:30-8 p.m.

Join our discussion of new and interesting titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Spring Gardening Monday, March 24, 6 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 24; limit 20. A little spring planning is rewarded with fruit and veggies and success in the garden. Learn about companion planting, which seeds and plants can be planted in cool weather and which need warm soils and air temps, disease resistance, strategies for dealing with weeds, mulch and compost.

Mystery/Thriller Adult Book Club Saturdays; March 1, April 5, May 3; 1 p.m.

Join our discussion of new and interesting mystery and thriller titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting. Remember When? A Social Club for Adults 55+ Thursdays, March 6-May 29, 1-3 p.m.

Gather with others from the community to share stories, memories and good company.


First Pages for Adults: Writing Your Life Thursday, March 6, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 6; limit 20. Do you want to write down your memories for family members and friends, or hope to publish a book-length memoir? Try your hand at writing exercises that will spark your memory and tell your story. Fearless and Friendly Knitting Group Tuesdays; March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, May 13 & 27; 2-4 p.m.

For men and women at all skill levels. Make new friends while creating your own handmade masterpieces! Drop in, or stay the whole time. Learn how to knit or practice new techniques. Bring your own needles and yarn, please. Other needlecrafts welcome! Master Gardener: Beginning Vegetable Gardening Thursday, April 24, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration begins March 27; limit 30. Basics of vegetable gardening: site selection, soil preparation, terrain features, planting, upkeep, fertilizers, common pests, diseases, techniques to reduce the need for pesticides, as well as how to garden in small spaces.

St. Anthony

Art of Memory: Memory Book Thursdays, March 6-27, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 6; limit 15. For adults 55+. Create a personal book perfect for drawing, painting, collaging and writing your favorite memories. Then, share your memories with others and explore new ways to capture them. Materials provided. Author Talk: Gail Olson Monday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.

Senior Surf Day Thursday, April 17, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 20; limit 10. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®. Preserving Sacred Spaces Monday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.

Susan Mundale will discuss Twin Cities churches noted for their architectural and historical significance. Learn about their histories and how they have changed over the years.

St. Louis Park

Writing and Art Workshop Sundays, March 2-April 6, 3-5 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 2; limit 20. All ages. Explore writing and visual arts with teacher and published author Wendy Brown-Baez. Write poetry and personal essays on the themes of home, community and how these places shape us. Use fabric, frames, shadow boxes and found objects to create a mixed-media art object. Jump Start Your Job Search: Your Winning Résumé Wednesday, March 12, 1-3 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 12; limit 15. Do you want to find a new job, a better job, or a whole new career? Learn which style of résumé best fits your job search, and the importance of maintaining and updating a résumé.

55+ Book Club Thursdays; March 13, April 10, May 8; 2-3 p.m. Location: TowerLight Senior Living, 3601 Wooddale Ave. S., St. Louis Park

Registration begins Feb. 13; limit 15. Join our discussion of new and interesting titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting. Meet Your Somali Neighbors: Documentary and Discussion Saturday, March 15, 2 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 15; limit 35. Join us in viewing “Koran by Heart” a documentary proving insights on Islamic culture. Following the film, participate in a discussion. This film showing is a part of the St. Louis Park initiative, Meet Your Somali Neighbors. Story and Memory Writing Tuesday, March 18, 1-4 p.m. Location: St. Louis Park Library Wednesday, March 19, 1-4 p.m. Location: Lenox Community Center, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park

Registration begins Feb. 18; limit 8. Are you full of interesting memories, but aren’t sure how to spin them into yarns? In this two-part workshop, we’ll work with our own memories and turn anecdotes into tales. Then we’ll ask, “Now what?” From diaries to a simple blog, it has never been easier (or cheaper!) to share your stories. Crafty Minnesota: Wild and Wooly Felting Thursday, March 20, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 20; limit 20. For adults. Felting is truly a hands-on process using soap and water to transform fluffy wool fibers to fabric. Turn felt into a tiny wool picture you can use as a coaster. Materials provided.

Jumpstart Your Job Search: Drop-in Day Wednesdays; March 26, April 23, May 28; 1-3 p.m.

Stop in for free, 15-minute, one-to-one job search assistance. Services may include résumé development, résumé review, career assessment, transferable skills assessment, job training options and career counseling. Jumpstart Your Job Search: Who am I, Where am I Going? Wednesday, April 9, 1-3 p.m.

Registration begins March 12; limit 15. Get a better understanding of your current employability skill set. What are transferable skills and how can they improve your employability? Learn career assessment techniques and how the results can improve your job search options. Crafty Minnesota: Kumihimo Bracelets Thursday, April 17, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins March 20; limit 20. For adults. Learn how to do kumihimo, a Japanese 8-stranded braid with intricate patterns that look complicated, but are easy to master. Finish it off with a clasp and you have a colorful braided bracelet with subtle shimmer. Materials provided. Library Lab for Adults: Bike Maintenance Thursday, April 24, 6-6:45 p.m.

Registration begins March 27; limit 15. Do you know how to fix a flat tire? Remove a wheel? Lube the chain without covering yourself in oil? Learn the essentials of bike maintenance from Thad Cialek of Freewheel Bike.

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Local author Olson will discuss her newest book, “World War II: Courage and Survival.” Listen

to first-hand accounts of the experiences of 22 St. Anthony residents who served in World War II. Books will be available for purchase.

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Play-Reading Group

Job Search Assistance

Sunday, May 4, 2-5 p.m.

Thursdays, March 6-May 29, 1-3 p.m.

Registration begins April 6; limit 15. Join us for a stimulating afternoon of reading and discussing some of the great plays of our heritage. Local performers will provide insight and reading tips.

Are you seeking new employment or re-entering the workforce? Do you need help looking for a job, filling out applications or writing your résumé? Stop in for free one-to-one assistance with a job search representative. Sign up on the day of the program in the Jobs and Small Business Center on the third floor.

Jumpstart Your Job Search: Job Search Over 40 Wednesday, May 14, 1-3 p.m.

Registration begins April 16; limit 15. Learn how to turn your experience and maturity into a robust job search. Learn how to crack the age/ wage dilemma, communicate across generations, and sell your experience as a positive to your next employer. Crafty Minnesota: Omiyage Envelopes Thursday, May 15, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins April 17; limit 20. For adults. Stitch a card-holder envelope in the Kawaii (cute) Japanese style, using wool felt and hand embroidery. Makes beautiful one-of-a-kind gift wrap or use it to store your library card. Materials provided.

Southdale

15-Minute Résumé Critique Tuesdays, March 4 & May 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

In your 15-minute appointment, a trained career counselor will work with you to make your résumé the best it can be. Bring your résumé to the session. Register at the third-floor training room for your 15-minute appointment on the day of the program.

SCORE® Small Business Consultations Mondays; March 10 & 24, April 14 & 28, May 12; 4-6 p.m.

Meet with a business counselor to develop your business plan, discuss a new idea or tackle a business problem. Consultations are free and confidential. Walk-ins are welcome or call 952-938-4570 to make an appointment. Visit the SCORE website at www.minneapolis. score.org for details. Creating a Targeted Résumé Tuesdays, March 18 & May 20, 1:30-3 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 18; limit 35. Learn the basics of résumé-writing and how to make your résumé relevant to the position in which you are interested. Club Book With Nikki Giovanni and David Zirin Wednesday, March 19, 7-8:30 p.m.

Join a bestselling poet and an acclaimed sports columnist for a cross-genre discussion on writing styles, author inspirations and current events. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is first-come, firstserved. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

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Internet Job Search and Networking Tuesday, April 1, 1:30-3 p.m.

Registration begins March 4; limit 9. Learn about job listing websites, email etiquette, job applications, LinkedIn and social media networking, and how to demonstrate the value of your experience to employers. Senior Surf Day Wednesday, April 9, 2-4 p.m.

Registration begins March 12; limit 9. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®.

Southeast

Science Fiction: More Than Rockets, Robots and Red Planets Thursday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.

Local aficionado Scott Lohman will give an overview of science fiction with a brief look at fantasy. Reading recommendations and local sci-fi events will be discussed. First Pages for Adults: A Novel Idea Thursday, April 10, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 13; limit 20. Have you always wanted to write the great American novel, but don’t know where to begin? Learn the core elements of the novel to help you get started.

First Pages for Adults: Your Journal is a Creative Goldmine

Art for Life: Architectural Renderings

Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 18; limit 20. For adults 55+. Learn architecture principles by creating a rendering of a vintage outhouse! Materials provided.

Registration begins March 15; limit 20. Do you want to start writing but feel like you have nothing to write about? If you’ve been keeping a journal – personal or creative – you already have dozens of story ideas. Learn how to mine your journal for literary gold. Library Lab for Adults: Bike Maintenance Monday, April 14, 7-7:45 p.m.

Registration begins March 17; limit 15. Do you know how to fix a flat tire? Remove a wheel? Lube the chain without covering yourself in oil? Learn the essentials of bike maintenance from Thad Cialek of Freewheel Bike. Job Interviewing Strategies Tuesday, April 15, 1:30-3 p.m.

Registration begins March 18; limit 35. Learn about the different types of interviews, how to answer behavioral interview questions and techniques for phone interviews.

Tuesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon

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Adult Homework Help Mondays, March 3-May 12, 4-7:45 p.m. Thursdays,March6-May15,4-7:45p.m.

Trained volunteer tutors will help adults with college homework assignments in any subject. Also open to adults working to improve their English, prepare for the GED, occupational, citizenship and driver’s exams. Writing Your Story Thursdays,March6-May29,4:30-6p.m.

Trained volunteers will support writers of all levels – ordinary people with tales to tell. Explore different ways to unleash your story. Bring your favorite pen and paper. You may start at any session.


Conversation Circles Fridays, March 7-May 30, 10:30 a.m.noon (except April 4 & May 23)

Non-native English speakers: practice your English and make new friends in an informal, volunteer-led setting, and learn about the library, too. Call 612-543-5669 for more information in English or, in Hmong, 612-543-8845; in Somali, 612-543-8756; in Spanish, 612-543-8510. Art of Memory: Memory Book Fridays, May 2-23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 4; limit 15. For adults 55+. Create a personal book perfect for drawing, painting, collaging and writing your favorite memories. Then, share your memories with others and explore new ways to capture them. Materials provided.

Washburn

New Yorker Discussion Group Thursdays, March 6-May 29, 2-4 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 6. The New Yorker magazine provides a unique mix of articles on current topics, literature and the arts. Join other New Yorker readers in discussing articles from the magazine. Participants are encouraged to take turns choosing articles and leading the discussions. Six Months That Changed the World: The Treaty of Versailles Fridays, March 7 & 21, 10-11:30 a.m.

Health Insurance Counseling for Seniors Wednesdays; March 12, April 9, May 14 & 28; 12:30-2 p.m. & 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 12; limit 2 or two couples per session. A certified state health insurance counselor will assist with senior health insurance (enrollment steps, plan choices, low-income subsidy). Bring your list of prescriptions or your prescription bottles, Medicare, supplemental insurance, and/ or Part D drug plan questions. Master Gardener: Ornamental Grasses Saturday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Adding ornamental grasses gardens is growing in popularity. Learn about the many varieties, where to get ideas for selecting grasses, and the good and bad qualities of each variety. Great Decisions: Turkey’s Challenges Tuesday, April 15, 1-2:30 p.m.

Turkey is a nation at a crossroads, an ever-growing chasm between the East and West. Turkey was envisioned as a democratic nation, but as clashes between secular and religious groups show, the soul of Turkey is very much up for grabs. Poetry Lovers Converge Saturday, April 19, 3-4:30 p.m.

All ages. Share an original or a favorite poem or listen to your neighbors share theirs. Hosted by Doug Wilhide, Poet Laureate of Linden Hills and Southwest Journal poetry pages editor. Great Decisions: Israel and the United States Tuesday, April 22, 1-2:30 p.m.

Modern Israel’s struggles with Palestinians have turned

a safe haven for Jews into the center of a decades-long conflict. The U.S. stepped in as Israel’s ally, providing years of military and diplomatic support. Now those 65-yearold “special relationship” ties are being tested. First Amendment Discussion Wednesday, April 23, 1-3 p.m.

Registration begins March 26. Join us for a viewing of PBS’ “Constitution USA: It’s a Free Country” followed by a discussion on the importance of the First Amendment in the 21st Century.

computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®. Work of Art +: Grant Writing Basics Saturday, May 17, 9:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins April 19; limit 20. Individual artists and small arts groups will gain skills in understanding the granting process and how to prepare a strong application.

Westonka

Master Gardener: Growing Herbs in Minnesota Saturday, March 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Great Decisions: Islamic Awakening Tuesday, April 29, 1-2:30 p.m.

The aftermath of the Arab Spring resulted in unforeseen changes in the political landscape in many countries, especially regarding the role of Islam and democracy. How have the countries where the Arab Spring began reacted? Is U.S. foreign policy adapting successfully to all of the changes in the region? Great Decisions: Defense Technology Tuesday, May 6, 1-2:30 p.m.

From robotic planes to cyberweapons to 3D printing and human enhancement, new “game-changing” technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality. What are the “killer applications” of the 21st-century battlefield and what issues must the U.S. navigate?

Wayzata

Senior Surf Day Wednesday, May 7, 10 a.m.-noon

Get to know the use and importance of herbs in our daily lives in terms of medicine, clothing dyes, crafts, teas and flavoring for our food. Includes basics of growing these lovely plants in Minnesota. First Pages for Adults: Creative Writing Sampler Saturday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins March 15; limit 20. Not sure if you’re a poet, a novelist or a memoirist? Come and sample poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction by exploring craft techniques common to all three. You’ll also have a chance to experiment with each through creative writing exercises. Senior Surf Day Wednesday, May 14, 10 a.m.-noon

Registration begins April 16; limit 8. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®.

Registration begins April 9; limit 11. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on

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In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson and the prime ministers of Britain and France met in Paris in hopes of creating an enduring peace. Their decisions dramatically changed the map and politics of Europe, Africa and Asia, and contributed to social and political upheavals. Learn about the major issues, decisions and consequences

of the Treaty of Versailles. Four-part series: Fridays, Feb. 21 & 28, March 7 & 21.

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Experienced instructors will help you take your beginning steps or update your skills Cloud Computing: Microsoft Office Web Apps and Google Docs Learn about Microsoft Office Web Apps and Google Docs, free Web-based applications for creating documents, spreadsheets and more. (Familiarity with Internet and email use required.) Brookdale Tuesday, May 27, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 29; limit 13. Hosmer Tuesday, April 22, 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins March 25; limit 9. Ridgedale Tuesday, May 6, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 8; limit 10. Southdale Thursday, March 20, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 20; limit 9.

Computer Class for Complete Beginners

Southdale

Learn the difference between hardware and software, practice using a mouse and keyboard. Find out more about computer training resources at the library. For students with little or no experience using a computer.

Saturday, May 24, 10-11:30 a.m.

Brookdale Saturday, March 1, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 1; limit 13. Thursday, May 29, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins May 1; limit 13. Eden Prairie Tuesday, March 4, 4:30-6 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 4; limit 8. Hosmer Friday, March 21, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 21; limit 9. Thursday, May 15, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins April 17; limit 9. Minneapolis Central Best Buy Learning Lab Saturdays, March 15 & May 17,  2:30-4 p.m.

Registration required; limit 12. North Regional

Registration is required and begins four weeks prior to the class. Register online, by phone or in person! www.hclib.org/classes phone numbers, page 38

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Saturdays; March 1 & 29, May 31; 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration required; limit 6.

Friday, March 21, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 21; limit 9. Registration begins April 26; limit 9.

Computer Skills Workshop Work on projects and practice skills from using the mouse and keyboarding to using email and Microsoft Office with our software instructors and volunteer assistants. Brookdale Saturday, March 1, noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 25 & May 27, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration required; limit 13. Eden Prairie Mondays, March 3 &  May 5, 2:30-4 p.m. Fridays, March 7 & April 4, 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration required; limit 8. Franklin Fridays, March 14 & April 11,  noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration required; limit 9. Hosmer Tuesdays; March 11 & 18,  April 8 & May 20; 4:30-6 p.m.

Registration required; limit 9. Minneapolis Central

Registration begins March 7; limit 10.

Best Buy Learning Lab Thursdays; March 13, April 10, May 15; noon-1:30 p.m. Fridays; March 14, April 11, May 16;  2:30-4 p.m.

Thursday, May 8, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration required; limit 12.

Ridgedale Friday, April 4, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 10; limit 10.


North Regional

Email: Intermediate

Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie

Tuesday, May 13, 6-8 p.m.

Monday, March 3, 4:30-6 p.m.

Learn how to use folders, view and attach files to an email and set up an email address book using a Yahoo! account.

Registration begins April 15; limit 8.

Registration begins Feb. 3; limit 8.

Minneapolis Central

Franklin

Best Buy Learning Lab Tuesday, March 25, 5-7 p.m.

Friday, May 16, 10-11:30 a.m.

Monday, March 3, 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays; March 6, April 3, May 8; noon-1:30 p.m. Fridays; March 7, April 4, May 9;  noon-1:30 p.m.

Eden Prairie

Registration begins Feb. 25; limit 12.

Registration required; limit 10.

Franklin

Southdale

Friday, April 11, 10-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 27, 2:30-4 p.m. Thursdays, May 1 & May 29, 4:30-6 p.m. Fridays; March 28, May 2 & 30;  2:30-4 p.m.

Registration required; limit 6. Ridgedale

Fridays; March 21, April 25, May 23; noon-1:30 p.m. Saturdays; March 22, April 26, May 24; noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration required; limit 9.

Email Basics for Building Job Skills Email has become the typical method for business communication. Learn how to set up a free email account, send and receive messages, and add attachments. Sponsored by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and presented by the Science Museum of MinnesotaComputer Education. Ridgedale Monday, March 17, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 16; limit 10. Southdale Monday, April 21, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins March 24; limit 9.

Tuesday, May 6, 4:30-6 p.m.

Registration begins April 8; limit 8.

Registration begins March 14; limit 8. Ridgedale Tuesday, March 4, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 4; limit 10. Southdale Thursday, April 24, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 27; limit 9.

Excel Basics for Building Job Skills Excel is used in the workplace for accounting, tracking inventory and organizing data. Learn how to work with spreadsheets, create formulas and build a budget. Sponsored by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and presented by the Science Museum of MinnesotaComputer Education. Brookdale Thursday, March 6, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 6; limit 13. Tuesday, April 1, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins March 4; limit 13.

LinkedIn for Job Seekers Learn how to set up a LinkedIn account, create a complete profile, and use LinkedIn for finding jobs. Sponsored by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and presented by the Science Museum of MinnesotaComputer Education. Eden Prairie Monday, March 10, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 10; limit 8. Ridgedale Wednesday, April 9, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins March 12; limit 10. Southdale Wednesday, May 21, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins April 23; limit 9.

Registration begins April 18; limit 9. Hosmer Thursday, April 10, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins March 13; limit 9. Minneapolis Central Best Buy Learning Lab Tuesday, March 11, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 11; limit 12. Thursday, May 15, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 17; limit 12. North Regional Thursday, March 27, 4:30-6 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 27; limit 6. Tuesday, May 27, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins April 29; limit 6. Ridgedale Monday, March 3, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 3; limit 10. Tuesday, April 1, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 4; limit 10.

Microsoft Excel: Basics

Southdale

Learn the basics of working with an Excel spreadsheet: navigation, entering data and using formulas.

Registration begins March 25; limit 9.

Brookdale

Tuesday, April 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 24; limit 9.

Thursday, March 27, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 27; limit 13. Tuesday, May 27, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 29; limit 13.

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Microsoft Excel: Charts and Graphs Learn to create and integrate graphs and charts into your Excel spreadsheets. Brookdale Saturday, May 3, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 5; limit 13. Eden Prairie Thursday, March 6, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 6; limit 8. Franklin Saturday, March 15, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 15; limit 9. Friday, May 16, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 18; limit 9. Hosmer Friday, April 25, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins March 28; limit 9. Minneapolis Central Best Buy Learning Lab Tuesday, March 11, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 11; limit 12. North Regional Tuesday, May 27, 4:30-6 p.m.

Registration begins April 29; limit 6. Ridgedale Monday, March 3, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 3; limit 10. Southdale Tuesday, April 22, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 25; limit 9.

Microsoft Excel: Microsoft PowerPoint: Microsoft PowerPoint: Creating and Managing Basics Multimedia Tips Learn to create presentations Use multimedia tips and Lists and use the ribbon to create tricks such as auto transitions, Learn to create lists (inventory, contact or collection, etc.), sort data and print using Microsoft Excel. Prerequisite: Microsoft Excel Basics or familiarity with spreadsheets is highly recommended. Eden Prairie Monday, May 5, 4:30-6 p.m.

Registration begins April 7; limit 8. Hosmer Tuesday, April 8, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins March 11; limit 9. Ridgedale Thursday, April 3, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 6; limit 10. Southdale Friday, May 23, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 25; limit 9.

Microsoft Excel: Simple Budgets Download and adapt a budget template from the Microsoft Office website. Learn to identify and alter the formulas to suit your own needs. Prerequisite: Microsoft Excel Basics or familiarity with spreadsheets is highly recommended. Ridgedale Tuesday, April 1, noon-1:30 p.m.

Computer Classes

Registration begins March 4; limit 10.

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Southdale Thursday, May 22, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 24; limit 9.

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a basic slide show.

Registration begins April 5; limit 13.

audio and video to dress up your presentations. Prerequisite: Microsoft PowerPoint Basics or familiarity with presentation software is highly recommended.

Eden Prairie

Brookdale

Brookdale Saturday, May 3, 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, May 30, 10-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 4, 2:30-4 p.m.

Friday, May 30, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 4; limit 8.

Registration begins May 2; limit 13.

Tuesday, May 6, 2:30-4 p.m.

Eden Prairie

Registration begins April 8; limit 8.

Thursday, May 8, 2:30-4 p.m.

Franklin

Registration begins April 10; limit 8.

Saturday, April 12, 10-11:30 a.m.

Minneapolis Central

Registration begins March 15; limit 9. Hosmer Thursdays, March 13 & 20, 2:30-4 p.m.

Best Buy Learning Lab Tuesday, April 8, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 11; limit 12.

Registration begins Feb. 13; limit 9.

North Regional

Thursday, April 24, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins April 1; limit 6.

Registration begins March 27; limit 9. Minneapolis Central Best Buy Learning Lab  Tuesday, April 8, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 11; limit 12. North Regional Tuesday, April 29, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins April 1; limit 6. Ridgedale Thursday, March 6, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 6; limit 10.

Tuesday, April 29, 4:30-6 p.m.

Ridgedale Monday, May 5, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 7; limit 10. Southdale Tuesday, March 18, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 18; limit 9.

Microsoft Publisher: Basics

Registration begins April 7; limit 10.

Learn to use the menus and toolbars to create and publish your own fliers, brochures and greeting cards.

Southdale

Eden Prairie

Monday, May 5, 10-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 18, 10-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 1, 4:30-6 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 18; limit 9.

Registration begins March 4; limit 8.

Friday, April 25, 10-11:30 a.m.

Hosmer

Registration begins March 28; limit 9.

Thursday, May 22, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins April 24; limit 9.


Minneapolis Central

Hosmer

Ridgedale

Minneapolis Central

Best Buy Learning Lab Thursday, April 10, 10-11:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 22, 2:30-4 p.m.

Monday, March 31, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 22; limit 9.

Registration begins March 3; limit 10.

Best Buy Learning Lab Thursday, March 13, 10-11:30 a.m.

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Southdale

Best Buy Learning Lab Tuesday, May 13, 10-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 20, noon-1:30 p.m.

North Regional

Registration begins April 22; limit 9.

Thursday, May 29, 2:30-4 p.m.

PowerPoint Basics for Building Job Skills

Ridgedale

Registration begins March 13; limit 12. Saturday, April 12, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins March 15; limit 12. North Regional Thursday, May 1, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins April 3; limit 6. Saturday, May 3, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins April 5; limit 6. Ridgedale Friday, March 7, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 7; limit 10. Tuesday, May 6, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 8; limit 10. Southdale Thursday, March 20, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 20; limit 9. Saturday, April 26, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 29; limit 9.

Microsoft Word: Basics Learn how to use the ribbon, enter and delete text, basic formatting, cut, copy and paste; and when to use ‘save’ and ‘save as.’ Brookdale Tuesday, March 25, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 25; limit 13. Friday, May 2, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 4; limit 13. Eden Prairie Thursdays, March 6 & May 8, 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration required; limit 8. Saturday, April 12, noon-1:30 p.m.

North Regional Tuesday, March 25, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 25; limit 6. Ridgedale Monday, March 31, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 3; limit 10. Friday, May 9, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 11; limit 10. Southdale Saturday, March 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 22; limit 9. Tuesday, May 20, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins April 22; limit 9.

Microsoft Word: Formatting Tips for Résumé Writers Learn how to set tab stops, use bulleted lists, bold and italic formats to make your résumé shine. Prerequisite: Microsoft Word Basics or familiarity with word processing is highly recommended. Hosmer Tuesdays, March 18 & May 20,   2:30-4 p.m.

Registration required; limit 9. Minneapolis Central Best Buy Learning Lab Tuesday, May 13, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 15; limit 12.

Registration begins March 15; limit 9.

North Regional

Saturday, May 17, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 25; limit 6.

Registration begins April 19; limit 9.

Tuesday, March 25, 4:30-6 p.m.

PowerPoint creates dynamic slideshows that communicate information to an audience. Learn how to format slide text, add images and select transitions for your presentation. Sponsored by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and presented by the Science Museum of MinnesotaComputer Education. Eden Prairie Monday, April 7, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins March 10; limit 8. Minneapolis Central Best Buy Learning Lab Tuesday, April 15, 5-7 p.m.

Registration begins March 18; limit 12. Ridgedale Thursday, May 15, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins April 17; limit 10.

Social Networking: Basics Learn how to navigate the new generation of social media websites including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Registration begins May 1; limit 6. Tuesday, March 4, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 4; limit 10. Southdale Thursday, April 24, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 27; limit 9.

Word Basics for Building Job Skills Word is used to create business documents, résumés and cover letters. Learn how to enter and edit text, apply formatting and save files. Sponsored by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and presented by the Science Museum of MinnesotaComputer Education. Brookdale Saturday, May 10, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins April 12; limit 13. Minneapolis Central Best Buy Learning Lab  Tuesday, May 27, 5-7 p.m.

Registration begins April 29; limit 12. Southdale Monday, March 24, 6-8 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 24; limit 9.

Eden Prairie Thursday, April 3, 4:30-6 p.m.

Registration begins March 6; limit 8. Hosmer Tuesday, March 11, 2:30-4 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 11; limit 9.

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Computer Classes

Franklin

Registration begins April 15; limit 12.

Registration begins Feb. 13; limit 12.

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Science, stories, music, dancing, LEGOs® and more Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award March 1-22

Kids in grades 3-8 can vote for their favorite book between March 1-22 at the library. You must read at least three nominated titles to be eligible to vote!

Augsburg Park Library Lab for Kids: Chemistry

Saturday, March 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Learn about the wonders and excitement of chemistry with easy-to-do activities led by this volunteer group of chemistry students, teachers and professionals eager to share the science with all ages. Girls Only Kids Book Club Monday, March 17, 6:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 16; limit 15. Girls in grades 4-6. Join other girls to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting. Guys Read Kids Book Club Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 18; limit 15. Guys in grades 4-6. Join other guys to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting. Library Lab for Kids: Origami Monday, April 7, 6 p.m.

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Spice & Slice of Asian America: India

Paint It Green: Inventor Workshop

Saturday, May 3, 10:30 a.m.

Monday, April 7, 1:30-3 p.m.

Celebrate and explore India’s diverse culture and traditions, including authentic arts and crafts, henna, food demonstration, clothing and entertainment.

Registration begins March 10; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Learn about gravity, fulcrum and other scientific principles by experimenting with an invention you create. Materials provided.

Paint It Green: Inventor Workshop Saturday, May 17, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 19; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Learn about gravity, fulcrum and other scientific principles by experimenting with an invention you create. Materials provided.

Brookdale

MacPhail Center for Music: Sing, Play, Learn! Tuesdays, March 4-25, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 4; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Hands-on musical play activities led by early childhood music specialists will let your family experience music’s impact on learning and reading readiness. Together you will sing, rhyme, read, move and create! Paws to Read With an Animal Wednesdays; March 19, April 16, May 21; 6-7:30 p.m.

Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. Arrive between 6-7 p.m. to sign up for a time slot.

Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros: fiesta y exposición de arte Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m.

Participa en esta fiesta con actividades divertidas y una exposición de arte por estudiantes de Earle Brown Elementary School. Celebrate Children’s Day/ Book Day: Fiesta and Art Exhibit Join in a fiesta featuring fun activities and an art exhibit by Earle Brown Elementary School students. Spice & Slice of Asian America: Pab tub ntxhais hluas tshuab qeej thiab seev cev Saturday, May 24, 2 p.m.

Tuaj koom Hmoob kev ua lom zem hu suab paj nruag thiab seev cev, thiab kawm txog Hmoob cov kev lig kev cai. Spice & Slice of Asian America: Qeej Performers and Hmong Dance Troupe Celebrate Hmong music and dance, and learn about Hmong culture.


New this spring for Kids & Families! See listing for more information.

Stories plus related activities. Libraries: Brooklyn Park, Edina, North Regional, Ridgedale, Rogers, St. Louis Park. LEARN TOGETHER:

Hands-on, active learning opportunities. Libraries: Augsburg Park, Brooklyn Park, Linden Hills, North Regional, Rogers, Roosevelt. LIBRARY LAB FOR KIDS:

Interactive dance classes delivered by experts. Libraries: Champlin, Edina, Hosmer, Minneapolis Central, Nokomis, Northeast, Ridgedale, St. Louis Park, Southdale. DANCE TOGETHER:

Brooklyn Park Library Lab for Kids: All You Need is a Box

Tuesday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 4; limit 25. K-grade 2. Read stories about ordinary boxes and then make your own creations, from monsters to rockets to treasure chests, out of a box. Materials provided. Paint It Green: BugBot

Champlin

Ready, Set, Go: Kindergarten! Fridays, March 7-April 11, 10-10:45 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 7; limit 30. Ages 4-5 and a favorite adult. Join your librarian and other neighborhood families for books, songs and activities to help your children get ready for kindergarten and develop the skills they need to succeed in school.

Tuesday, April 1, 1:30-3 p.m.

Registration begins March 4; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided. Learn Together: Monsters

Paint It Green: BugBot Tuesday, March 11, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 11; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided.

Wednesday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 5; limit 25. K-grade 2. Read monster stories, not too scary, and then create your own monster and monster parts to take home. Materials provided.

Dance Together Saturdays, March 29-April 12, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Registration begins March 1; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills.

Saturday at the Movies Saturdays; March 29, April 26, May 10; 2-4 p.m.

Registration begins March 1. K-grade 6. Bring the whole family to watch a great movie on the big screen. There will be fun activities before the show. Call 612-543-6250 or stop by to find out what will be playing.

East Lake

Eden Prairie LEGO® Lab

Saturday, April 12, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 15; limit 15. K-grade 5. Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary. MacPhail Center for Music: Sing, Play, Learn!

Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros: baile Saturday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.

¡Exprésate a través del baile! Disfruta de una presentación por estudiantes de El Camino, La Oportunidad y aprende algunos pasos con la instructora Isela Ibarra de ZumbaKids. Celebrate Children’s Day/ Book Day: Latino Dance Express yourself through modern Latino dance! Enjoy a performance by the students of El Camino at La Oportunidad and learn some dances under the direction of ZumbaKids instructor Isela Ibarra.

Saturdays, May 3-31, 10:30-11:15 a.m. (except May 24)

Registration begins April 5; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Hands-on musical play activities led by early childhood music specialists will let your family experience music’s impact on learning and reading readiness. Together you will sing, rhyme, read, move and create!

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Excelsior

Golden Valley

Friday, March 7, 2-3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, March 18 & April 22, 4-5 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 7; limit 30. K-grade 5. Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary.

Registration begins Feb. 18; limit 15. Girls in grades 4-6. Join other girls to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the service desk prior to meeting.

Sunday, March 2, 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Edina Students Art Show and Artist Reception

Wednesday, March 19, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

LEGO® Lab

Thursday, March 20, 6-8 p.m.

Artwork by students from six Edina elementary schools will be displayed in the library March 20-April 13. Reception will celebrate the show and its artists. Paint It Green: BugBot

Girls Only Kids Book Club

Guys Read Kids Book Club Registration begins Feb. 19; limit 12. Wednesday, April 23, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Registration begins March 26; limit 12. Guys in grades 4-6. Join other guys to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the service desk prior to meeting.

Wednesday, April 2, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 5; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided. Dance Together Saturdays, May 3-17, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Registration begins April 5; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills. Learn Together: Storywalk

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First Pages for Kids: Writing Short Stories Saturday, March 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 22; limit 18. Grades 4-6. Can you tell stories that keep your friends on the edge of their sleeping bags? Explore different ways to come up with story ideas, and then shape them into engaging, fun stories – complete with characters, plot and setting – that you can share with all your friends!

Paws to Read With an Animal Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. Global Folk: Songs From Ireland Saturday, March 22, 2-3 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 22. Families. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with musicians Ross Sutter and Laura MacKenzie who will share their mesmerizing voices and wide array of traditional instruments, including the Irish bodhran, button accordion, flutes and more. Celebrate Reading With Animals Saturday, April 12, 1-3 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate 10 years of “Paws to Read With an Animal” at Hennepin County Library. Learn the benefits of children reading to animals, meet a local author and enjoy crafts.

Saturday, May 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Location: Storywalk will take place in Grandview Square Park and the craft activity will take place in the Edina Senior Center

Franklin

Hopkins

Registration begins April 12. Families. Walk and read along the trail as you “step” into the pages of “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert. Complete the trail and complete the story! Also create a spring-themed craft.

Saturday, April 12, 3-4:30 p.m.

Saturdays,March1-22,10:30-11:15a.m.

Registration begins March 15; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Learn about gravity, fulcrum and other scientific principles by experimenting with an invention you create. Materials provided.

Registration begins Feb. 1; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Hands-on musical play activities led by early childhood music specialists will let your family experience music’s impact on learning and reading readiness. Together you will sing, rhyme, read, move and create!

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MacPhail Center for Music: Sing, Play, Learn!

Paint It Green: Inventor Workshop Wednesday, April 2, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration begins March 5; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Learn about gravity, fulcrum and other scientific principles by experimenting with an invention you create. Materials provided. Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros: exposición de arte April 21-May 5

Disfruta la exposición de arte creado por estudiantes de Alice Smith Elementary School bajo la dirección de Anne Sawyer-Aitch. Celebrate Children’s Day/ Book Day: Art on Display Enjoy an exhibit of artwork created by students at Alice Smith Elementary School under the direction of Anne Sawyer-Aitch.

Hosmer

Kids Gaming Saturdays, March 1-May 31, 10 a.m.-noon

Meet your friends to play Wii games and other gaming activities such as Uno, the card game. Dance Together Mondays, March 31-April 14, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Registration begins March 3; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills. Global Folk: Swedish Singing Saturday, April 12, 2-3 p.m.

Registration begins March 15. Families. Musical group Flickorna Fem gives musical voice to the group members’ shared affection for Sweden. They perform traditional Swedish folk and Swedish immigrant music.


Linden Hills LEGO® Lab

Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary. First Pages for Kids: Write Your Own Silly Story Tuesday, April 1, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 4; limit 10. Grades 1-3. Don’t let your funny tale fade from memory. Silly stories are fun! Polish your writing skills and capture your funny tales about school, friends or family experiences in writing. Library Lab for Kids: Duct Tape Thursday, April 3, 1-2 p.m.

Registration begins March 6; limit 10. Grades 1-6. Play with duct tape! Learn the basics of creating fun stuff (bookmarks, wallets and more) with duct tape. Materials provided.

Maple Grove

First Pages for Kids: Write Your Own Silly Story Monday, March 31, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 3; limit 20. Grades 1-3. Don’t let your funny tale fade from memory. Silly stories are fun! Polish your writing skills and capture your funny tales about school, friends or family experiences in writing.

Paint It Green: Inventor Workshop Wednesday, April 2, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 5; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Learn about gravity, fulcrum and other scientific principles by experimenting with an invention you create. Materials provided.

Maple Plain

Paint It Green: BugBot Tuesday, March 4, 4-5:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 4; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided.

Minneapolis Central Childish Films

Pohlad Hall Saturdays, March 15 & April 19, 10:30 a.m.-noon

A program of children’s cinema and arts, featuring unique films, hands-on arts activities, live entertainment and educational introductions for children’s film fans. For more information, visit: www.supporthclib.org. Dance Together Children’s Library Wednesdays, April 2-16, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Registration begins March 5; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills.

Minnetonka

Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros: fiesta

Saturday, April 12, 10-11:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m.

Paint It Green: BugBot Registration begins March 15; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided.

Nokomis

Dance Together Saturdays, March 1-15, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Registration begins Feb. 1; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills. LEGO® Lab Saturdays; March 1, April 5, May 3; 2-4 p.m.

Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary. We’ll have LEGOS and DUPLOS®, so all ages are welcome. Paws to Read With an Animal Saturdays; March 15, April 19, May 17; 3-5 p.m.

Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. Paint It Green: BugBot Tuesday, April 1, 1-2:30 p.m.

North Regional Library Lab for Kids: Discovery Days

Mondays, March 3-May 19, 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, March 4-May 27, 3-5 p.m. Thursdays, March 6-May 29, 3-5 p.m.

Check out the Discovery Room where you’ll have minds-on, hands-on fun, with new themed activities each week. Learn Together: Storytime Activities Fridays, March 7-May 30, 11 a.m.

After storytime (10:30-11 a.m.), do a craft, learn a new poem or enjoy other activities and get tips on how to encourage and support reading and literacy at home. Paint It Green: Inventor Workshop Tuesday, April 1, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 4; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Learn about gravity, fulcrum and other scientific principles by experimenting with an invention you create. Materials provided.

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Kids & Families

Registration begins March 4; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided.

Aprende acerca de bailes tradicionales de Latinoamérica y disfruta la presentación de estudiantes de Lake Nokomis Community School y Hiawatha Leadership Academy. ¡Quédate a la fiesta que tendrá música tradicional y manualidades! Celebrate Children’s Day/ Book Day: Fiesta Learn about traditional Latin American dance and watch a performance by students from Lake Nokomis Community School and Hiawatha Leadership Academy. Stay for a fiesta including traditional music and crafts!

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Northside’s Got Talent!

Dance Together

Saturday, April 5, 2-4 p.m.

Thursdays, March 13-27, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Join us for the North Regional Library Talent Showcase featuring host Fancy Ray McCloney. Let your star power shine! Come to perform, or come to watch! All ages are encouraged to participate. Register your act at the information desk or call 612-543-8450.

Registration begins Feb. 13; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills.

Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros: fiesta Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Las Bibliotecas North Regional, Sumner y Webber Park te invitan a una fiesta con piñatas, una exhibición de arte por estudiantes de Nellie Stone Johnson YMCA Beacons y una presentación especial por el grupo de danza azteca KetzalCoatlicue. Celebrate Children’s Day/ Book Day: Fiesta North Regional, Sumner and Webber Park libraries invite you to a fiesta with piñatas, a display of student artwork from Nellie Stone Johnson YMCA Beacons, and a special performance by Aztec dance group, KetzalCoatlicue. Spice & Slice of Asian America: Iny Asian Dance Theater Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m.

Celebrate Asian American heritage with Pan-Asian traditional dances and story theater.

Northeast

Paint It Green: BugBot Saturday, March 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon

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Registration begins Feb. 8; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided.

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Oxboro

Paint It Green: Inventor Workshop Saturday, March 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins Feb. 22; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Learn about gravity, fulcrum and other scientific principles by experimenting with an invention you create. Materials provided. Celebrate Asian New Year: Thailand Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Kick off the Year of the Horse with Thai fruit carving and hands-on activities. Learn about Thai Water Festival and enjoy traditional dances. You’re welcome to attend in traditional clothing. LEGO® Lab Saturday, May 3, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 5; limit 35. Grades 3-5. Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary.

Penn Lake LEGO® Lab

Thursday, April 3, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 6; limit 20. K-grade 5. Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary.

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Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros: barquitos de papel Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m.

Haz tu barquito de papel mientras escuchas a Paulino Brener contar historias de muchos lugares. Celebrate Children’s Day/ Book Day: Paper Boats Make a paper boat while listening to Paulino Brener share stories from many lands. Spice & Slice of Asian America: Make Your Own Japanese Art Print Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-noon

Registration begins April 12; limit 20. K-grade 6. Create your own wall art! Make several art prints using images you cut into styrofoam blocks, or use one of our pre-made images. Choose your ink color and paper. Materials provided. Spice & Slice of Asian America: Origami Fun Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.

Registration begins April 19; limit 20. All ages. Learn this nifty paper-folding art from local master Daniel Kluver. Leave with your pockets full of animals! Materials provided.

Pierre Bottineau Paint It Green: BugBot

Saturday, April 5, noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 8; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided.

Plymouth

Global Folk: Songs From Ireland Saturday, March 1, 2-3 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 1. Families. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with musicians Ross Sutter and Laura MacKenzie who will share their mesmerizing voices and wide array of traditional instruments, including the Irish bodhran, button accordion, flutes and more. Game On! Saturday, March 15, 2-4 p.m.

All ages. Come and enjoy your favorite board game, xBox Kinect and more. Paint It Green: Inventor Workshop Saturday, March 29, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 1; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Learn about gravity, fulcrum and other scientific principles by experimenting with an invention you create. Materials provided. Paws to Read With an Animal Saturday, April 12, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 15; limit 25. K-grade 3. Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Call ahead to see which animals will be visiting. LEGO® Lab Saturday, April 26, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 29; limit 35. K-grade 5. Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary.


Ridgedale Dance Together

Tuesdays, March 4-18, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 4; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills. Learn Together: Maple Syruping Thursday, March 6, 10-11 a.m.

Discover how sap from trees becomes syrup for your pancakes! Learn how to identify a maple tree and practice tapping a tree to collect sap. Watch science come to life as you witness liquid syrup turn into maple sugar! Spice & Slice of Asian America: Circus Manduhai Saturday, May 3, 10-10:30 a.m.

Enjoy an amazing fast-paced Mongolian circus act that includes foot juggling, hand balancing, acrobatics, hula hoops and audience participation.

Rockford Road LEGO® Lab

Saturdays,March22&29,1:30-3:30p.m.

Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary. Movie Matinees for Kids Tuesday, March 25, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 1:30 p.m.

Enjoy family-friendly movies for all ages. Movies are projected on the wall for big-screen viewing.

Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros Saturday, April 12, 1:30 p.m.

Celebremos este día anual de conectar a los niños con el amor por los libros y la lectura. Celebrate Children’s Day/ Book Day Celebrate this annual day of connecting children to the love of books and reading.

Rogers

First Pages for Kids: Write Your Own Silly Story Saturday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins March 1; limit 20. Grades 1-3. Don’t let your funny tale fade from memory. Silly stories are fun! Polish your writing skills and capture your funny tales about school, friends or family experiences in writing. Learn Together: Furs and Skulls Saturday, April 5, 1 p.m.

Registration begins March 8; limit 35. K-grade 5. Explore the world of mammals by examing furs and skulls. Discover how fur helps them survive and protects them. Are they carnivores, herbivores or omnivores? Reveal what they eat by examining skulls and teeth. You will be able to touch furs and skulls of various animal species. Library Lab for Kids: Puppets Saturday, May 10, 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 24, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 26; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a river weaving inspired by the Mississippi using natural and found materials. Materials provided.

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Global Folk: Swedish Singing Saturday, April 26, 2-3 p.m.

Paws to Read With an Animal

Registration begins March 29. Families. Musical group Flickorna Fem gives musical voice to the group members’ shared affection for Sweden. They perform traditional Swedish folk and Swedish immigrant music.

Saturdays; March 8, April 12, May 10; 3-5 p.m.

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Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. Paint It Green: River Weaving Saturday, March 15, 3-4:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 15; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a river weaving inspired by the Mississippi using natural and found materials. Materials provided. LEGO® Lab Saturdays; March 29, April 26, May 31; 2-4 p.m.

Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary. We’ll have LEGOS and DUPLOS®, so all ages are welcome. Library Lab for Kids: Art Saturday, April 5, 3-4:30 p.m.

Help us celebrate spring with your own art creations. Materials provided.

Saturday, May 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration begins April 19; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided.

St. Louis Park Learn Together: Ultimate Playdate

Saturday, March 15, 10-11:30 a.m.

Use your imagination, build and create! We will provide toys, an opportunity to play inside on a cold day, read a book together and make new friends. Early Childhood Educators from St. Louis Park ECFE will be on hand to talk about the benefits of play. Paint It Green: BugBot Monday, March 31, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 3; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided. Dance Together Tuesdays, May 13-27, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Registration begins April 15; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills.

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Registration begins April 12; limit 30. K-grade 3. Do you want to become a dragon or a knight? Make your own puppet and perform a puppet show based on “The Knight and the Dragon” by Tomie DePaola.

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Wayzata

Tuesday, April 1, 2-3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, March 4-May 27, 4 p.m.

Wednesdays, March 5 &12, 10:15 a.m.

Thursday, March 27, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 4; limit 20. K-grade 5. Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary.

Guys in grades 2-3. Join other guys to talk about a great book!

Registration begins Feb. 27; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a river weaving inspired by the Mississippi using natural and found materials. Materials provided.

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Comparte y disfruta cuentos, música, movimiento y ritmos en español. Presentado por Viva! Music and Stories in Spanish Share and enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes in Spanish. Presented by Viva!

LEGO® Lab

Saturday, April 5, 1:30-3 p.m.

Girls Only Jr. Kids Book Club Wednesdays, March 5-May 28, 4 p.m.

Girls in grades 2-3. Join other girls to talk about a great book!

Thursday, April 3, 4-5:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 8; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided.

Registration begins March 6; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided.

Dance Together

Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros: música y baile

Thursdays, May 8-22, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Registration begins April 10; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills.

Southeast

Global Folk: Appalachian and Celtic Music Saturday, May 10, 2-3 p.m.

Registration begins April 12. Families. The Appalachian and Celtic styles are at the heart of Karen Mueller’s repertoire. Enjoy her singing accompanied by the dulcimer and autoharp. Paint It Green: BugBot Saturday, May 17, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins April 19; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Create a bug and machine hybrid using scraps, recycled materials and other items. Materials provided.

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Saturday, April 19, 3 p.m.

¡Disfruta de música y baile con Los Alegres Bailadores! Celebrate Children’s Day/ Book Day: Music and Dance Enjoy music and dance performed by Los Alegres Bailadores! Spice & Slice of Asian America: Lucky Lion and Red Ribbons Tuesday, May 6, 2 p.m.

Registration begins April 8; limit 70. K-grade 6. Celebrate Chinese culture with acrobats and dancers from CAAM Chinese Dance Theater who will bring the Lucky Lion. Try an acrobatic trick and learn the ribbon dance. First Pages for Kids: Let Your Imagination Soar Thursday, May 8, 4-5:30 p.m.

Registration begins April 10; limit 20. Grades 4-6. Do you like to write stories about magical, mythical beings? Unleash your imagination here! Invent your own creature and create a story about its mythology.

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LEGO® Lab Saturdays; March 15, April 12, May 10; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary.

Paint It Green: River Weaving

LEGO® Lab Monday, March 31, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 3; limit 30. K-grade 5. Calling all future engineers and architects! We’ve got the bricks, but we need you to bring your imagination. No experience necessary. Yoga and Stories Tuesdays, May 6-20, 10:30-11:15 p.m.

Paws to Read With an Animal Saturdays; March 22, April 26, May 24; 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. MacPhail Center for Music: Sing, Play, Learn! Thursdays, April 24-May 15, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Registration begins March 27; limit 12. For children 1 and up. Hands-on musical play activities led by early childhood music specialists will let your family experience music’s impact on learning and reading readiness. Together you will sing, rhyme, read, move and create!

Registration begins April 8; limit 20. Preschoolers and their caregivers. Children’s stories will provide a world where kids and their caregivers can practice yoga postures with imagination. Become stretching dogs and hopping frogs! Play, create, rest and giggle with yoga.

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Paint It Green: Inventor Workshop Saturday, March 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Registration begins Feb. 8; limit 15. Grades 1-6. Learn about gravity, fulcrum and other scientific principles by experimenting with an invention you create. Materials provided.


Prepare your children to become readers Storytimes at Hennepin County libraries are opportunities for parents and caregivers to talk, sing, read, write and play together with Register online, by phone or in person! their children and other families, and help www.hclib.org/BirthTo6 their children develop the skills they need phone numbers, page 38 to succeed in school. Check your local library or www.hclib.org/BirthTo6 for dates and times.

Baby Storytime

Family Storytime

For children from birth to 24 months and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format designed especially for babies. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

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FREE STORY TIMES FOR KIDS & FAMILIES

Childcare groups Please contact your local library in advance of storytimes to learn how the library can best accommodate your group.

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FREE EVENTS FOR TEENS LISTED BY LIBRARY

Comics, fashion, bookmaking, anime, manga, technology, writing and more

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Brooklyn Park

Champlin

Wednesdays; March 26, April 23, May 28; 3:30-5 p.m.

Thursday, March 13, 3-5 p.m.

Thursdays; March 13, April 10, May 8; 6-7:30 p.m.

Teen Manga Club Discuss manga, share artwork, watch videos and more! Make This: Nontraditional Comic Arts Tuesday, May 6, 4-6 p.m.

Teens

Registration begins April 8; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Create comics using a variety of materials including scratchboard, Xerox copies, collage, printmaking and traditional pen and ink. No experience necessary and materials provided.

Teen Tech Workshop

Celebrate Teen Tech Week with the Teen Tech Squad! Get creative with us for a special edition of our Teen Tech workshop. Thursdays; March 27, April 10 & 24, May 8, 22 & 29; 3-5 p.m.

Get creative and make music, videos, animation and other projects using both high- and low-tech tools, everything from iPads to LEGOS® to wooden dowels. Led by the library’s Teen Tech Squad. Make This: Fashion Design Thursday, April 3, 3-5 p.m.

Anime Prom Saturday, May 17, 6-9 p.m.

Dress up, hang out and have a great time – otaku style! Join Brookdale Library’s Teen Anime Club for a night of costumes, games, anime and music.

Registration begins March 6; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Deconstruct, up-cycle and modify old clothing. Basic sewing, appliqué and surface design techniques that push the limits of ordinary fashion will be demonstrated. Bring along a few pieces of clothing that you aren’t afraid to cut-up, color or fray.

Teen Manga Club Discuss manga, share artwork, watch videos and more! Teen Anime Club Thursdays; March 27, April 24, May 22; 6-7:30 p.m.

Watch anime, discuss manga and share artwork. Something different every time! Make This: Anime and Manga Drawings Thursday, April 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 6; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Work with a local comic artist on developing and refining your anime drawing skills. Practice character and concept development, composition, drawing, inking and coloring. No experience necessary and materials provided.

East Lake Game On!

Saturdays; March 1 & 15, April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17; 2-4 p.m.

DID YOU KNOW?

March 9-15 is Teen Tech Week

Celebrate by attending a Teen Tech Workshop at Brooklyn Park or Franklin library, or by checking out our Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Minneapolis Central Library www.hclib.org/bbttc. We offer technology, services and spaces for teens all year long. Just ask staff. They’ll share what’s available at your favorite library.

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Join up to learn the basics – or some new tips and tricks – to the popular “Magic: The Gathering” trading card game. Use our free cards and decks, or bring your own! Teen Anime Club Thursdays; March 6, April 3, May 1; 6 p.m.

Watch anime, discuss manga and share artwork. Something different every time!


Attend the

Eden Prairie

First Pages for Teens: Novel Writing for Teens Saturday, March 8, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 8; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Have you always wanted to write the great American novel, but don’t know where to begin? Learn the core elements of the novel to help you get started, then go home and begin your first draft! Teen Anime Club Tuesdays; March 11 & 25, April 22, May 6 & 20; 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 3:30-6 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 11; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Watch anime, discuss manga and share artwork. Something different every time! Teen Book Club Saturdays; March 15, April 19, May 17; 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 15; limit 15. Grades 7-12. Join other teens to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting. Make This: Anime and Manga Drawings Tuesday, April 8, 4-6 p.m.

Registration begins March 11; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Work with a local comic artist on developing and refining your anime drawing skills. Practice character and concept development, composition, drawing, inking and coloring. No experience necessary and materials provided.

Franklin

Franklin Teen Center Hours Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 4-8 p.m.

Clubs and Events 4-H Mentoring Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m. ArtVentures 2nd, 4th & 5th Thursdays, 6-7:15 p.m. Game Time 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m. Movies for Teens Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Teen Tech Workshop 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m. Young Achievers Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m.

Make This: Anime and Manga Drawings Thursday, March 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 20; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Work with a local comic artist on developing and refining your anime drawing skills. Practice character and concept development, composition, drawing, inking and coloring. No experience necessary and materials provided.

Golden Valley Tips for Landing a Summer Job

Never been to the Teen Job Fair at Minneapolis Central? It’s simple and fun. Just stop by the library on Saturday, April 26, noon-3 p.m., Pohlad Hall.

Dress in your best, bring a résumé and references if you have them, and talk with friendly representatives from local businesses and organizations about job and volunteer opportunities. They’ll be happy to meet you. Some may accept applications or conduct job interviews. Teens grade 8 and up are encouraged to attend. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend with you. For more information, call 612-543-8049 or go to www.hclib.org/teenjobfair.

Nokomis

North Regional

Game On!

Thursdays,March6-May29,4:30-6p.m.

Join fellow game enthusiasts for Xbox 360 and Magic: The Gathering gaming. Magic: The Gathering cards are available or you can bring your own.

Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m.

Get a jump on finding a summer job (or being your own boss) from a teen jobs counselor. Job applications from local businesses and plenty of library resources will be available.

Teen Anime Club Thursdays; March 20, April 17, May 15; 6:30-8 p.m.

Watch anime, discuss manga and share artwork. Something different every time!

Make This: Anime and Manga Drawings Thursday, March 13, 5-7 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 13; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Work with a local comic artist on developing and refining your anime drawing skills. Practice character and concept development, composition, drawing, inking and coloring. No experience necessary and materials provided.

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Comics Club Thursdays; March 20, April 17, May 15; 5-6 p.m.

Can’t get enough superheroes? Join up to learn everything you ever wanted to know about superheroes and comic books. Come monthly for movies, comic books, games and a discussion of comics’ major themes.

Northeast

Make This: Nontraditional Comic Arts Wednesday, March 12, 4-6 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 12; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Create comics using a variety of materials including scratchboard, Xerox copies, collage, printmaking and traditional pen and ink. No experience necessary and materials provided.

Penn Lake

Anime Film Screening Wednesday, March 12, 3:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the chance to watch an amazing line-up of Japanese animation on the big screen! Cosplay is encouraged. Teen Anime Club Wednesdays; March 12, April 9, May 14; 3:30-5 p.m.

Watch anime, discuss manga and share artwork. Something different every time!

Pierre Bottineau Make This: The Art of Bookmaking Saturday, April 12, 3-5 p.m.

Registration begins March 15; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Learn how to create an artists’ book, a style that pushes the boundaries of the traditional book. Materials provided.

Plymouth

Teen Anime Club Thursdays; March 6, April 10, May 1; 4:30-6 p.m.

Watch anime, discuss manga and share artwork. Something different every time!

Ridgedale

Teen Anime Club Mondays; March 3, April 7, May 5; 4:30-6 p.m.

Watch anime, discuss manga and share artwork. Something different every time!

St. Louis Park

Make This: The Art of Bookmaking Thursday, March 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 27; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Learn how to create an artists’ book, a style that pushes the boundaries of the traditional book. Materials provided.

First Pages for Teens: A Character Building Experience Thursday, April 10, 3:30-5 p.m.

Registration begins March 13; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Whether you’re writing a novel, poem or short story, you’ll need to create unique characters that jump off the page and capture your reader’s attention. Learn how to do just that.

Southdale Teen Book Club

Monday, March 10, 5 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 10; limit 15. Grades 7-10. Join other teens to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting.

Sumner

Make This: Jewelry Thursday, March 13, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 13; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Make your own beads, belts, rings, headbands, bracelets, necklaces or pendants. Learn how to make beautiful and fun handcrafted jewelry you can wear or give away. Materials provided.

Teen Poetry Slam Thursday, April 10, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration begins March 13; limit 10. Grades 6-12. Calling all teen poets! April is National Poetry Month; celebrate it with a competition reciting your original poetry. Prizes for the top three presenters. Don’t forget to bring your audience!

Wayzata

Teen Anime Club Thursdays; March 13, April 10, May 8; 3:30-5 p.m.

Watch anime, discuss manga and share artwork. Something different every time! Make This: Nontraditional Comic Arts Friday, March 28, 2-4 p.m.

Registration begins Feb. 28; limit 20. Grades 7-12. Create comics using a variety of materials including scratchboard, Xerox copies, collage, printmaking and traditional pen and ink. No experience necessary and materials provided.

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FREE HOMEWORK RESOURCES FOR ALL AGES

Available at all 41 Hennepin County libraries Supporting homework help is part of Hennepin County’s commitment to increasing high school graduation rates.

Ask Us

Get your questions answered by staff I M O R E M A I L hclib.org/askus P H O N E 612-543-KNOW (5669) I N P E R S O N at 41 libraries TEXT ‘hclib’ to 66746

Online

www.hclib.org/homework Homework resources for kids, teens and adults Available 24/7 Homework Rescue tutors Available 1-11 p.m. daily, for all ages, in English and Spanish Made possible by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency).

Tutors

K-12 Homework Help at 12 libraries; no advance sign-up needed. Libraries are closed on Sunday, April 20 and Monday, May 26; no tutors available. Check with libraries for additional details. Phone numbers, page 38. Made possible by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

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CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR LIBR ARY

Join the Library’s talented and diverse group of more than 2,000 volunteers TO G E T STAR TE D:

Go to www.hclib.org/volunteer. Review the complete listing of current volunteer opportunities for adults. If an opportunity matches your skills and interest, complete an online volunteer application. Follow the directions emailed to you after you submit your application.

Volunteers

The application process includes an online orientation and an interview. QUESTIONS?

C A L L : 612-543-8633

Adult Volunteer Opportunities Adopt-a-Shelf Arrange and check books, CDs and periodicals on shelves to make sure they are in order. Flexible timeframe. Detail-oriented, independent work. Various libraries. Adult Homework Help Assist adult students with college homework assignments – any subject and preparation for the GED, occupational and citizenship exams. Experience tutoring and working with people of diverse cultures is preferred. Training will be provided. Libraries: Brooklyn Park, Sumner. Computer Tutors Assist patrons with computer basics such as typing, using a mouse, navigating a website and more. Work one-to-one with patrons at an assigned time in the library. Libraries: Brookdale, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis Central, Sumner.

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K-12 Homework Help Work with youth after school on homework-related projects, once a week for at least one semester. Must have experience working with K-12 youth. Training will be provided. Criminal background check required. Libraries: Augsburg Park, Brookdale, Brooklyn Park, East Lake, Franklin, Hopkins, Hosmer, Nokomis, North Regional, Northeast, Roosevelt, Sumner. Mentors for Teens Orient, welcome and guide teens to the Teen Tech Center at Minneapolis Central Library. Help them identify individual projects. Need experience working with teens, interest or skill in advanced technology applications, and ability to relate and coach in an unstructured environment. Library: Minneapolis Central.

Preservation Unit Replace book covers, do data entry, apply labels and more to help return books to library shelves. Detail-oriented volunteers with manual dexterity and computer skills needed. Daytime hours only. Eight-month commitment of 3-4 hours weekly is preferred. Library: Minneapolis Central. Tutors for Adult Learners Assist adult learners studying English, math, science, social studies, technology and life skills, and preparing for the GED and U.S. citizenship exams. Work one-to-one or with small groups. Experience tutoring and working with people of diverse cultures is preferred. Training will be provided. Library: Franklin Learning Center at Franklin Library. Welcome Station Provide information on location of library services, scheduled events and tours. Outgoing and detail-oriented volunteers needed. Training will be provided. Library: Minneapolis Central.


TE E N S G E T STAR TE D:

Ask about teen volunteer opportunities at your local library as soon as you get your assignment. Opportunities may be limited at some libraries. Fill out the teen volunteer application at your local library if there are opportunities that fit your interest. Your parent or guardian will need to sign the application, too. Know your schedule and transportation options so you can commit to dates and times on a schedule. There is a two-week period required for planning and scheduling. Please plan ahead so your hours benefit both the library and you. QUESTIONS?

C A L L : 612-543-8633

E M A I L : volunteer@hclib.org

Adopt-a-Shelf Arrange and check books, CDs and periodicals on shelves to make sure they are in order. Flexible timeframe. Detail-oriented, independent work. Various libraries.

K-12 Homework Help For juniors and seniors. Help youth with their homework after school. Math, reading, history, language arts and more. Two-hour commitment each week during the spring semester. Teacher or counselor reference from your current school required with teen volunteer application. Libraries: Augsburg Park, Brookdale, Brooklyn Park, East Lake, Franklin, Hopkins, Hosmer, Nokomis, North Regional, Northeast, Roosevelt, Sumner.

Library Materials Assist staff in getting returned materials back on library shelves so materials are available for patrons. Pull withdrawn books from the Library’s collection. Detailoriented, independent work. Various libraries.

Omnitheater Tickets for Adult & Teen Volunteers Library volunteers who have worked hours can receive up to two free tickets to the Science Museum’s Omnitheater (www.smm.org) as well as free admission to the museum. Next opportunity:

Dinosaurs Alive! Thursday, March 27 RSVP by Tuesday, March 18

Thursday, April 24 RSVP by Tuesday, April 15

Thursday, May 29 RSVP by Tuesday, May 20

Call 612-543-8636 for reservations.

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Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Shows are at 6 p.m.; pick up tickets by 5:45 p.m. Movie showings are subject to change without notice.

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612-543-6200 7100 Nicollet Ave. Richfield 55423 612-543-5600 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy. Brooklyn Center 55430 612-543-6225 8600 Zane Ave. N. Brooklyn Park 55443 612-543-6250 12154 Ensign Ave. N. Champlin 55316 612-543-8425 2727 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 55406 612-543-6275 565 Prairie Center Dr. Eden Prairie 55344 612-543-6325 5280 Grandview Square Edina 55436 612-543-6350 343 Third St. Excelsior 55331 612-543-6925 1314 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis 55404 612-543-6375 830 Winnetka Ave. N. Golden Valley 55427 612-543-6400 22 11th Ave. N. Hopkins 55343 612-543-6900 347 E. 36th St. Minneapolis 55408 612-543-6825 2900 W. 43rd St. Minneapolis 55410 612-543-6425 1865 Wayzata Blvd. W. Long Lake 55356 612-543-6450 8001 Main St. N. Maple Grove 55369 612-543-5700 5184 Main St. E. Maple Plain 55359 612-543-8000 300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis 55401 612-543-5725 17524 Excelsior Blvd. Minnetonka 55345 612-543-6800 5100 34th Ave. S. Minneapolis 55417 612-543-8450 1315 Lowry Ave. N. Minneapolis 55411 612-543-6775 2200 Central Ave. N.E. Minneapolis 55418 612-543-5750 415 Central Ave. Osseo 55369 612-543-5775 8801 Portland Ave. S. Bloomington 55420 612-543-5800 8800 Penn Ave. S. Bloomington 55431 612-543-6850 55 Broadway St. N.E. Minneapolis 55413 612-543-5825 15700 36th Ave. N. Plymouth 55446 612-543-8800 12601 Ridgedale Dr. Minnetonka 55305 612-543-5875 6401 42nd Ave. N. Crystal 55427 612-543-6050 21300 John Milless Dr. Rogers 55374 612-543-6700 4026 28th Ave. S. Minneapolis 55406 612-543-6075 2941 Pentagon Dr. N.E. St. Anthony 55418 612-543-6100 8624 Kennedy Memorial Dr. St. Bonifacius 55375 612-543-6125 3240 Library Lane St. Louis Park 55426 612-543-5900 7001 York Ave. S. Edina 55435 612-543-6725 1222 4th St. S.E. Minneapolis 55414 612-543-6875 611 Van White Memorial Blvd. Minneapolis 55411 612-543-8400 2880 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis 55408 612-543-8375 5244 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis 55419 612-543-6150 620 Rice St. Wayzata 55391 612-543-6750 4203 Webber Pkwy. Minneapolis 55412 * 612-543-6175 2079 Commerce Blvd. Mound 55364

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Library Board meetings Open to the public Wednesday, March 26, 5 p.m. Ridgedale Library, Robert H. Rohlf Meeting Room Wednesday, April 23, 5 p.m. Ridgedale Library, Robert H. Rohlf Meeting Room Wednesday, May 28, 5 p.m. Eden Prairie Library, Eden Prairie Meeting Room

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Children’s Day/Book Day

For Kids & Families. Celebrate all children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries this April at free events in English and Spanish. Libraries: Brookdale, East Lake, Hopkins, Nokomis, North Regional, Penn Lake, Rockford Road, Sumner. See the Kids & Families listing, which starts on page 24.

Spice & Slice of Asian America

For Kids & Families. Enjoy free interactive events celebrating the cultures of Asia. Indian arts and crafts, Chinese acrobats, Hmong music and dance, Japanese origami and much more. Libraries: Augsburg Park, Brookdale, North Regional, Penn Lake, Ridgedale, Sumner. See the Kids & Families listing, which starts on page 24.

African American Genealogy

For Adults. Learn from experts how to search for your African American relatives and evaluate the information you find at free workshops. Libraries: Brookdale, Minneapolis Central, Rockford Road. Attend the African American Genealogy Conference at Minneapolis Central, April 4-5. See the Adults listing, which starts on page 6.

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