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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.

WC book sale2web.jpgWaconia Friends of the Library Book Sale:
Nickle Dickle Day Saturday, Sept. 19    9 am to 3 pm 
(ALSO: Friday Preview sale for Friends of the
Waconia Library Friday, Sept. 18    7-8 pm)
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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!



For writers:

 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. 

Authors at the Library:
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Book club favorite and New York Times and USA Today bestseller Meg Waite Clayton  is the author of five novels, including The Race for Paris (HarperCollins, August 11), The Wednesday Sisters, The Wednesday Daughters, and The Four Ms. Bradwells.   In her new novel, The Race for Paris, two American correspondents, denied access to press camps and the front, join forces with a British military photographer and race toward Paris, hoping to report its liberation and make history. The novel, which was 15 years in the making, was inspired by real women journalists who defied military regulations and gender barriers to report WWII and the “race for Paris,” vying to be among the first to report from the liberated city in the summer of 1944. They did so by stowing away in bathrooms of Channel-crossing boats, going AWOL from support positions to get to the front lines, climbing fences meant to contain them, struggling to get their photographs and stories out, and risking their lives.  Meg Clayton lives in Palo Alto, California.
Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Chanhassen Library   Thursday, September 17, at 6:30 pm

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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?   
Master Gardeners at the Library
Summer Master Gardener Help Desks at the Carver County 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 & 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!
Victoria Library 952-442-3050  Thursday, Sept. 24  6:30 pm Register here or call.
Chanhassen Library 952-227-1500  Thursday, Nov. 5 6:30 pm  Register here or call.

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.
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