For a complete list of Carver County Library events and classes,
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!
Tuesday, March 11 6 pm (Class is full)
Tuesday, May 20 6 pm
using our calendar, or call the library, 952-227-1500.
Tax help at five locations
Free tax preparation is offered to older taxpayers, those with low-moderate income, and those with limited English proficiency. E-filing at all locations. First come, first served. No appointments.
Volunteer tax counselors are trained by the IRS, MN Department of Revenue, and AARP Foundation and must be certified by the IRS to counsel. Taxpayers with unusal or complex tax questions should seek help from the IRS or a paid preparer. One location:
Chanhassen Library, Wilder room Tuesdays, 9 am to 1 pm from February 18 to April 15
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.
"Defense Technology" with speaker Todd Lefko re-scheduled for:
Saturday, April 19, 1 pm
Next talk: Saturday, March 22 1 pm "Turkey's Challenges" Turkey: a nation at a crossroads, a bridge over an evergrowing chasm between the East and West. Turkey's first prime minister, Kemal Ataturk, envisioned a modern, democratic nation-state built on the ashes of the old Ottoman Empire with strong ties to Europe, not the Middle East. But as the clashes between secular and religious groups and the recent protests in Taksim Square show, the soul of Turkey is still up for grabs. Speaker: Tom Hanson.
Genealogy Classes– Waconia Library
A series of three classes at the Waconia Library to help the novice begin a research project and to aid the more experienced researcher in his/her work. Taught by Lois Schulstad
Introduction to Family History Research
Begin the productive and fun steps to gain
information to document your family history.
Saturday, April 5—10:30 a.m.
Family History Research Using Ancestry
Successfully navigate the features and functions of Ancestry.com in discovering your family history.
Saturday, April 26 —10:30 a.m.
Family History Research Using FamilySearch
Use the features and functions of FamilySearch.org to further your family history research.
Saturday, May 3—10:30 a.m.
Historical Craft Workshop: Civil War Sewing Kit
During this workshop participants will re-create modern versions of Civil War sewing kits.
Registration required, call to register or register online.
This program is funded by Minnesota’ Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is product of the Legacy-funded partnership between the Minnesota Regional Library System and the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS).
Watertown Library 952-955-2939
Monday, March 10—6:30 p.m. Register
Quilting, an American Legacy Chaska Library Thursday, May 8 6:30 pm
Marilyn Ginsburg was a quilt designer for Thimbleberries, a nationally known company that
was based out of Hutchinson, MN. Her quilt patterns have been distributed nationwide in various retail outlets and in published books and magazines. She has also been a speaker and teacher at numerous classes and retreats. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Chanhassen Library The Friends of the Chanhassen Library will be holding their spring sale on May 15-18.
Thursday, May 15, 4-8 pm: Preview Party with $5.00 admission.
Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17 10-5 Book Sale
Sunday, May 18 1-5 pm Last day of the sale- Box and bag specials!
Proceeds from these book sales go to fund library programs, such as the Lucky Day Collection (extra copies of bestsellers).
Every Sunday in March at 2 pm at the Chanhassen Library
Music from the Middle East, the Balkans, the Andes, Ireland... and Bluegrass from the US!
Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
7711 Kerber Blvd. 952-227-1500
Orkester Bez Ime-Music from the Balkans Sunday, March 9 - 2 pm
Arts in April - every Sunday at 2 pm at the Chanhassen Library
Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Sunday April 6 2-5 pm Pottery Making Register
Richard Dorn will be demonstrating and teaching a hands-on pottery class in which participants will actually work with clay. Your cerating willbe fired and returned to the library at a later date for pick up.
Sunday, April 12 2-5 pm Woodcarving Demonstration The Chanhassen Senior Woodcarvers will be showing off their talents- learn about their techniques. (no registration required.)
Sunday, April 27 2-5 pm Jewelry Making Connie Abraham will be teaching a hands-on jewelry making class in which participants will actually make a bracelet out of recycled jewelry. You can bring a broken or special item you may want to add to your bracelet. The instructor will provide a variety of other jewelry making supplies and beads for you to choose from. Register
NOTE: these classes are for adults.
Writer's Fair Saturday, April 5 1-4:30 pm
Please register– call 952-227-1500 or Register online
1. Laurel Means: Retired Professor, Toronto University, professional editor; Connie Anderson: writer and professional editor; and Ann Page: writer and professional editor
opportunities for one-on-one editing sessions. Bring 1-2 pages of your work.
2. Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota Poet Laureate 2:15-3:15 p.m. The Purpose and Mechanics of Poetry
3. Rosanne Bane, Loft Instructor and professor at St Thomas University 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Why Can’t I Write Even If I Want To?
Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
Master Gardeners at the Library
Starts Thursday, Feb. 27 6:30 pm at the Chanhassen Libary with Vegetable Gardens.
Starts Monday, Feb. 24 6:30 pm at the Waconia Library with Herb Gardens and
Tuesday, Feb. 25 6:30 pm- Pruning.
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 Waconia, Norwood Young America and Watertown Libraries: Basic Computers, Basic Internet and Basic eMail. Check our calendar for details.
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; these classes are funded by MELSA. Brochure
The next MELSA class is EXCEL 2: Monday, March 10 from 6-8 pm
Taught by the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Lern more about working with multiple worksheets, formulas, mouse pointers, and charting basics. Register
.All computer classes require registration,
except for the Waconia Library Computer Help Desk, usually held the first Monday of the month at 6 pm. Check out our online calendar or call your local library for more information.
Small Business Classes:
Marketing for Small Businesses/Organizations Monday, March 24 6-7:30 pm at the Watertown Library 952-955-2939 Call to register. Class taught by WomenVenture, funded by MELSA.
Waconia Library Writer's Workshop Meets 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
Saturdays Feb. 22, March 22, April 26 and May 24 at 1 pm
This group provides an opportujity 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
March 29 (date change) Reviewing and critiquing skills
Book Lecture: Minnesota in the 70s Saturday, March 8 1 pm Chanhassen Library
The 1970s were more than big hair, mirror balls and leisure suits. These were the years that bridged the chasm between the anti-establishment tumult of the 1960s and the conservatism of the 1980s. Dave Kenney and/or Thomas Saylor (co-authors of this new book by the Minnesota Historical Society Press) will delve into the fascinating time that was Minnesota in the 1970s. This program is funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is product of the Legacy-funded partnership between the Minnesota Regional Library System and the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS).
Jan Dunlap Author of Saved by Gracie: How a rough and tumble rescue dog dragged me back to health, happiness and God Saturday, April 26 1 pm
Chaska author Jan Dunlap will discuss her newest book, and also her mystery series, the Bob White Birder mysteries.
Waconia Library 952-442-4714
Julie Klassen Saturday, April 5 1:30 pm Julie Klassen writes award winning historical fiction. Three of her books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. We have a book club in a bag kit for The Silent Governess.
Norwood Young America Library 952-467-2665