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 Events and Classes

 
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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 26    10:30 am  (Class is full)
Tuesday, May 20     6 pm    Register
Tuesday, June 10    6:30 pm
Saturday, July 19     10:30 am
Tuesday, August 12  6:30 pm
Register online using our calendar, or call the library, 952-227-1500.
 

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CLUB BOOK Author Talk  J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN

6:30 pm Thursday, APRIL 17, 2014
Chanhassen Library  7711 Kerber Blvd.
J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the New York Times-bestselling novels Commencement, Maine, and The Engagements.  Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. Her latest novel, The Engagements, offers a multi-generational look at marriage and commitment, and is currently being adapted for a major motion picture produced by and starring Reese Witherspoon.
Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.   All the way from New York!

 
 

 

Gr Dec 2014 booklet.jpgGreat 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   From robotic planes to cyberweapons to 3D printing and human enhancement, new "game-changing" technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality- all during an age of fiscal austerity. But in wrestling with the new, we can actually learn a great deal from the past. Our forebears went through similar challenges with such once fanciful but now normal concepts as airplanes, submarines, and tanks.  What are the "killer applications" of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them? 
 
 
 
 
 
Genealogy Classes– Waconia Library
A series of 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
 
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.
 
 


Quilt 3web cr.jpgQuilting, 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Book Sales
 
Waconia Library - The Friends of the Waconia Library will holding a book sale on May 10 from 9 am to 3 pm
 
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).
 
Friends of the Watertown Library Book Sale (During the Rails to Trails Festival)
Friday, July 18 from 1-5 pm and Saturday, July 19 from 9-12.   Money raised from Library book sales goes to support library programs.
 
Friends of the Chaska Library Book Sale- during River City Days (July 25-27) on the Plaza outside the library.
Call the Chaska Library for hours. 952-448-3886
 
Friends of the Norwood Young America Library Book Sale August 14-16
Thursday, August 14 from  1-7 pm; Friday, August 15 from  10-5; and Sat. August 16 from 1-4 pm
Money raised from Library book sales goes to support library programs.
 
 
 
Arts in April - every Sunday at 2 pm at the Chanhassen Library
Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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. 
 
 
 
Bee logo for Carver Scott Master GardenersMaster Gardeners at the Library
This summer there will Master Gardener Help Desks at BOTH the Chanhassen and Waconia Libraries from 10 am to 1 pm EVERY Saturday in June, July & August.  
 
 
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. 
Chanhassen will be holding basic computer classes in May-June:  Call to register: 952-227-1500
Monday, May 12  from 1-3 pm  Computer Basics
Monday May 19 from 1-3 pm Internet Basics
Monday, June 2 from 1-3 pm  EMail Basics
 
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.  There will  be more offered in the fall.  
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.
 
 
For Writers:
 
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: April 26 and May 24 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 dobrienmn@yahoo.com

         

AUTHORS!
saved by gracie gd.jpgJan 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