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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!
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Chanhassen Library        
  Tuesday, May 19    6:30 pm    
  Saturday, June 13 10 am 
 
Victoria Library
Friday, June 12   
       10 am to Noon
 Register online using our calendar, or call the library, 952-227-1500.
 
  
 
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BOOK SALES:
 
Friends of the Chanhassen Library Book Sale   October 1-4  
Thursday, October 1   4-8 pm Preview Party - 5$ admission charge.
Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3 10 am - 5 pm; and
Sunday, Oct. 4     1-5 pm     Last day specials!
 
The May Book Sale was the BEST ever! Thanks to all the volunteers who worked on the sale, and those who donated books and of course all those who came and bought books!
 
Chaska Friends of the Library Book Sale- During River City Days on the Plaza outside the Library. July 23-25.
 
Watertown Friends of the Library Book Sale during Rails to Trails festival- Friday, July 17 1-5 pm and Saturday, July 18 9 am Noon.
 
 
  

 

Introduction to Craft Beer with ENKI Brewing Thursday, June 4 at 6:30 pm Victoria Library, 1670 Stieger Lake Lane Registration required
What’s the difference between an Ale and a Pilsner? What does the “craft” in craft beer mean? For answers to these questions and more, join us at the Victoria Library for a fun and informative evening about local, small batch beer and brewing with Victoria’s own ENKI Brewing. Following the event, you are invited to ENKI Brewing (located 1 block from the library) for a tour.       Register

 

For writers this summer:

Writing Visually  Saturday, June 6 1:30-3 pm  Chanhassen Library Judy Budreau, nationally recognized writer and teacher, provides a workshop for poets and writers on how to write to spark the reader/listener's mind's eye. Everyone welcome! Join us to think about poems for Carver County Library's new Poetry/Art event coming in August.                 Call 952-227-1500 to register or register here.

Words Into Art Presented by Gail Speckmann Tuesday, August 18 6 pm  Chaska Library
Learn to translate words into art. Artist Gail Speckmann will demonstrate watercolor painting insprired from poetry. 
Call 952-448-3886 to register or register here.

 

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 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  

with Dawn Kroonblawd from Watertown Floral  Wednesday, June 10   6 pm Chanhassen Library
Come and create a hanging glass orb terrarium, filling it with fresh miniature plants.
Sorry, this class is full. 
 

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In this beginning mosaic tile class, participants will learn the basics of mosaic tiling: materials, preparation, design, and application. You will create your own project by gluing tiles on a wooden surface. There will be a demonstration of grouting and the finishing process. Sorry, this class is full.  

 
 
StitchShiboricrop2.jpg Shibori Silk Scarf Chanhassen Library  Monday, June 15       5:30-8 pm  
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. Sorry, this class is full.    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 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 last class this spring is: Excel 2 at the Victoria Library Monday, June 8    6-8 pm.    Call 952-442-3050 to register. More classes will be offered in the Fall.
 
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 dobrienmn@yahoo.com
 
 A Poetry Writer's group is meeting quarterly at the Chaska Library.  Contact Angela Hunt for more information: ahunt@co.carver.mn.us