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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!
Chanhassen Library 
  Saturday, April 11 10 am
Victoria Library
 Tuesdays:  April 24 & May 5   10 am to Noon
 Register online using our calendar, or call the library, 952-227-1500.
Mondays from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the Chaska Moravian Church 115 5th St. East   Feb. 16 to April 13 
Tuesdays from 9 am to 1 pm at the Chanhassen Library, Feb. 17 to April 14
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Friends of the Norwood Young America Library Book Sale
April 16, 17 & 18
During Library Hours  Thursday, April 16 1-7 pm; Friday, April 17 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday, April 18 1-4 pm.
Friends of the Chanhassen Library Book Sale   May 14-17   
Thursday, May 14 4-8 pm Preview Party - 5$ admission charge.
Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 10 am - 5 pm; and Sunday, May 17 1-5 pm     Last day specials!



Authors at the Library

William Kent Krueger at the NEW Victoria Library, 1670 Stieger Lake Lane ordinarygracecover.jpg

WilliamKentKrueger.jpgThursday, April 2 6:30- 8 pm

The award-winning author of Ordinary Grace and Windigo Island will be speaking and signing books. 

We own a book club in a bag kit for his mystery Copper River. 




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.     Schedule January to April 2015 

Coming up: “India Changes Course" with speaker Tom Hanson   Saturday, April 18 1 pm  Fed up with corruption, dynastic policies and ineffective public services, Indian voters catapulted Narenda Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party to power in the country's 2014 elections. For voters, Modi embodied real change and an India that wasn't stumbling, but running, to greatness. But for the U.S., change in India brings its own set of unknowns, heralding an age ruled by a prime minister new to national office and other policymakers who have been out of the public eye for a decade. Now, the U.S. has to determine how to best secure its interests as India asserts itself on the world stage.  There will be four more talks in the fall.

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Registration required, class size is limited.                           
Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Hanging Glass Orb Terrarium   Watertown Library  Wednesday, April 15  6 pm  This class is full, sorry. It will be offered again in June at Chanhassen.
Knitting 201 - Intermediate Knitting-  with Carri Hammett   at the Chanhassen Library
6:30-8 pm  This class is intended for the knitter who has a confident mastery of basic knitting skills. Students will learn how to knit in the round while making a hat. In addition, students will be introduced to shaping, lace, and cables while working in class on swatches. For homework students will be required to work towards the completion of various hat knitting steps in order to be ready for the next class.   Four Tuesday evenings at the Chanhassen Library  March 17, 24 & April 7, 14. 
Class size is limited, you must register and bring supplies. 

Arts in April- at the Chanhassen Library   Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
Registration required, class size is limited.   
StitchShiboricrop2.jpgSunday, April 12 1:30-4:30 pm Shibori Silk Scarf  Come and make a shibori silk scarf with experts from the Minnesota Textile Center      Shibori is an ancient Japanese textile art of tying and then dyeing fabrics to create interesting patterns on fabric. Learn the history of shibori and the technique of stitched shibori. With some hand stitching on a silk scarf and exploration with colorful dyes, participants will create a unique shibori scarf that will liven up any spring wardrobe.       This class is full, sorry.   It will be offered again in June in Chanhassen.

Sunday, April 19 2-4 pm  Watercolor Painting with instructor Christin Congdon​      Create an easy beginner watercolor project while learning the basics of watercolor painting. 
This class is full, sorry. 




Sunday, April 26 2-4 pm  Digital Photography with renowned photographer Doug Ohman          As photographers our perspective view of the world around us can be developed and improved upon with a little practice and passion. Bring some of your favorite images (on a flash drive) and share your approach with other class members. This class will also include time to photograph some local architectural landscapes and subjects.    Register​ 




Writer’s Fair at the Chanhassen Library      Saturday, April 11  from 11—4:30 pm.     Bring a bag lunch.                     

Tom Kerber—Advice from an Editor                            Laurel Means—How to Choose an Editor                                 
Lisa Oberski—How to Critique Your Own Work             Dan O’Brien—Marketing Your Work                                      
Angela Hunt– Writer-poet collaboration/ contest          Judy Budreau—Writing Memoir & Memories                                 
Jan Dunlap—Switching Genres Successfully &  Managing Author Workload                                                                   
Laurel Means and Lisa Oberski will offer free 15-minute editing sessions after their talks.                                            
                Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund            Register​                                
                Chanhassen Library 7711 Kerber Blvd. 952-227-1500

Master Gardeners at the Library
In the spring of 2015 a series of Master Gardener classes will be held at the Chanhassen, Chaska & Waconia Libraries.
Spring 2015 Classes at Chanhassen, Chaska and Waconia Libraries.
Summer Master Gardener Help Desks at the Libraries!
Chanhassen Library: Every Saturday in May, June, July and August from 10-1
Chaska and Waconia Libraries: Every Saturday in June, July & August from 10-1
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 and Waconia Libraries :  Computer Basics, Internet Basics, and eMail Basics.
The Chaska Library is planning a series of three basic computer classes held in both English and Spanish:
 Llame 952-448-3886 para registrar.   Computer Basics – Computación Básica;  Internet Basics- Internet Básico                   Email Basics- Correo Electrónico Básico.   

The Waconia Library has a monthly drop-in Computer Help Desk, the first Monday of the month starting at 6 pm.  

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; Google docs or Google tools; creating a website, etc. These classes are funded by MELSA.  Registration is required- class size is limited. The first class is Word Basics 1- at the Chanhassen Library from 6-8 pm on Thursday, Jan. 29. Word Basics 2 will be held on Monday, March 30 from 6-8 pm  Computer classes for January-March 2015
All computer classes require registration, except for the Waconia Library Computer Help Desk. 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
 A Poetry Writer's group is meeting quarterly at the Chaska Library. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 11-12:30; at the Anderson Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Contact Angela Hunt for more information: