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 Events and Classes

For a complete list of Carver County Library events and classes,
see our CALENDAR. 
View metro library events on dateBOOK.
Library advice for your device
Covers: library e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and also library databases.  Bring your tablets, smart phones, ipads, laptops, etc. and your questions will be answered. Small classes with lots of one-on-one help!arm device bright cr web.jpg
Chaska Library 952-448-3886
Thursday, October 1  6:30 pm

Waconia Library  952-442-4714

Tuesday, October 20  6:30 pm
Register by phone or on our website calendar.

The Most Gruesome Hauntings of the Midwest with Chad Lewis

Not for the Faint of Heart, this presentation takes the audience on a grisly journey to some of the most gruesome hauntings in the Midwest.  Filled with tragic murders, bizarre suicides, serial killers, untimely deaths, and fatal accidents this presentation focuses on haunted locations where people can visit to experience the history, mystery, and fear.
Saturday, October 24  1 pm
*Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
Chaska Library 3 City Hall Plaza 952-448-3886
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Friends of the Chanhassen Library Book Sale
     October 1-4  
 Thursday, October 1   4-8 pm
 Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3 10 am - 5 pm; and
 Sunday, Oct. 4     1-5 pm     Last day specials!


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How-To Festival at the Chanhassen Library
Saturday, October 10     from 10:30-1
“How-to” sessions will take place throughout the Chanhassen Library  
(you can choose to attend up to 4 different short sessions):
Fly tying– Rock balancing– Yo-Yoing– Holiday appetizers– Card making–
Fall decorating with natural materials– Yoga– Pilates-
Crafting with book pages– Lotion making– Pumpkin carving– Essential Oils– Pinterest–
Ten Penny Tunes in the children’s area from 11-Noon
Tails for Reading from 10:30-1 – Children can read to a specially trained dog.
Lunch available from the Friends of the Chanhassen Library



TIMELINE: Nov. 11, 1940 The Armistice Day Blizzard
Dr. Mark Seeley, Climatologist and Meteorologist

Dr. Seeley will give a presentation on the famous Armistice Day Blizzard.
Chanhassen Library  7711 Kerber Blvd. 952-227-1500

Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund






For writers:

Writers Retreat with Connie Lounsbury  Saturday, Oct. 3  10am to 2 pm Connie Lounsbury will teach inspirational writing techniques. She has written several books and contributes frequently to magazines. Bring a bag lunch.
Watertown Library 309 Lewi Ave. 952-955-2939   Register

 Poets and Artists Special collaborative display this fall at the Chaska Library: "Carver County: Its Buildings, People, Landscapes and History"     Local artists will be illustrating a poem written by a local poet.
Display at the Chaska Library begins on November 7. 

Open Mic Poetry Night at the Chaska Library
Tuesday, Oct. 27  6-8 pm    Join published poet Sharon Chimielarz and hear local poets read their works.


Authors at the Library:
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Freeman will present a slide show and describe how he uses real Minnesota northland settings for his mystery novels. 
Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
Chanhassen Library  Thursday, Oct. 15  7 pm
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GREAT DECISIONS DISCUSSIONS at the Chanhassen Library 
The Friends of the Chanhassen Library are again sponsoring the Great Decisions Discussions, organized nationally by the Foreign Policy Association and locally by the Minnesota International Center. There will be four talks this fall. 
Poster of fall Great Decisions Discussions 
The first talk will be Saturday, Oct. 3 at 1 pm: "Sectarianism in the Middle East"   
Many of the current conflicts in the Middle East have been attributed to sectarianism, a politicization of ethnic and religious identity. From the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the struggle between Sunni and Shi‘i groups for dominance is tearing apart the region and shows no signs of abating. But for all the religious discourse permeating the conflict, much of its roots are political, not religious. How does sectarianism fit into a larger narrative of the Middle East? How have governments manipulated sectarian differences? And finally, what is the U.S. doing about it?     Speaker: Mary Curtin
Next Talk:  1 pm on Saturday, Nov. 7 "U.S. Policy Towards Africa"
Master Gardeners at the Library
Early next Spring we will have a series of classes again.
2016 Classes at the Chanhassen Library: Knowledgeable Carver Scott Master Gardeners will fill us on a variety of garden topics for the 2016 growing season:
Thursday, Feb. 25  6:30 pm      Vegetable Gardening
Thursday, March 3  6:30 pm    Small Space Vegetable Gardening
Thursday, March 10  6:30 pm  Managing Pests in the Vegetable Garden
Thursday, March 17  6:30 pm  Gardens for Butterflies, Bees and other Pollinators
Thursday, March 24  6:30 pm  Container Gardening
Thursday, March 31  6:30 pm   Native Alternatives for Popular Plants
Thursday, April 7  6:30 pm- SPECIAL TOPIC: Emerald Ash Borer
Free and open to the public- no registration required.
Computer Classes at the Carver County Libraries
These vary from Senior Surf Day at the Chanhassen Library (offered monthly, taught by volunteers from the Senior Linkage Line, MN Board on Aging and Minnesota SMP), to a series of three beginner classes taught by volunteers and offered at the Chaska, Norwood Young America & Waconia Libraries: Computer Basics, Internet Basics, and eMail Basics.
Waconia has three of the Basics classes: Wednesdays, Sept. 16, 23 and 30; from 2-4 pm. Call 952-442-4714 to register. The Norwood Young America Library has the three basic classes in October: October 13, 20 & 27, from 2-4 pm. Call 952-467-2665 to register.
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iPad 101
Classes taught by library technology staff - Bring your iPad and questions!
Chanhassen Library 952-227-1500  Thursday, Nov. 5 6:30 pm  Register here or call.

The Victoria Library will be holding a special class: BUY/SELL on Etsy on Monday, Nov. 9 6-8 pm For more information and to register

Occasionally we have terrific free classes and demonstrations taught by the Science Museum of Minnesota or Twin Cities Media Alliance, with classes on Word, Excel or Powerpoint; Social Media, Google docs or Google tools; Creating a website, etc. These classes are funded by MELSA.  Registration is required- class size is limited.  Fall 2015 class brochure.
Protect Your Privacy will be offered on Monday, Oct. 12 from 6-8 pm at the Chanhassen Library. Bring your devices!
For more information and to register.
All computer classes require registration. Check out our online calendar or call your local library for more information.
For Writers:
 Waconia Library Writer's Workshop Meets at 10:30 am the first Saturday of every month in the Waconia Library fireplace area. Drop in on this informal group as often as you like. Call 952-442-4714 for more information.

Chanhassen Library Writer's Group  Meets the third Saturday of every month from 10-Noon. This group of aspiring writers meets monthly for inspiration and support.
 Author's Collective  Meets at the Chanhassen Library monthly - Usually the 4th Saturday of every month at 1 pm.
 This group provides an opportunity to gather and share a wealth of knowledge. Each meeting discusses a topic related to publishing and provides time for discussion. For more information, contact Dan O'Brien at