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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.
Beginning Mosaic Tile Class presented by Joan Wilson
Tuesday, December 8 5:30 PM
Chanhassen Library 7711 Kerber Blvd.
In this beginning mosaic tile class, participants will learn the basics of mosaic tiling while creating a holiday or wintry scene on a small wooden surface. There will be a demonstration of grouting and the finishing process. The 5:30 class is full.
Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund 
NOTE: We have added a second class at 1 pm!! same date!  Register for the 1 pm class

Collage Art presented by Artistry staff
Saturday, January 9  1-3 PM
Chanhassen Library 7711 Kerber Blvd.
Come capture your memories in a unique and fun art form! Participants will explore basic to advanced collage techniques using various transfer methods, relief printmaking, direct collage, drawing, and painting techniques. Please bring photos, Xerox images, arts and craft materials, found objects, and other memorabilia from home to work with in class. 
Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
This class is full. You can put yourself on the waiting list on our Library calendar or call 952-227-1500
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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 
1 pm on Saturday, Nov. 21 "Brazil's Metamorphosis" Brazil — it’s the “B” in the acronym BRICS, five emerging economies once seen as soon-to-be superpowers. After economic troubles in the 1990s, Brazil has risen to new global prominence — it’s drawing in more investment, working on global issues ranging from climate change to peacekeeping, and even hosting the 2016 Olympics. But some of Brazil’s trickiest problems — deep divisions over how to tackle serious income inequality, weak civic institutions and poor regional leadership — have held it back.

Speaker: David Samuels            Dr. David Samuels is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 1998. His research and teaching interests include Brazilian and Latin American politics, US-Latin American relations, and democratization.
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. 

The next talk is Sat. Dec. 5  "Russia and the Near Abroad" with speaker Todd Lefko. This will be the last talk of 2015- More will come in the early spring of 2016.  

Master Gardeners at the Library
Early next Spring we will have a series of classes again, at the Chanhassen, Chaska and Waconia Libraries.
2016 Classes at the Chanhassen Library: Knowledgeable Carver Scott Master Gardeners will fill us on a variety of garden topics for the 2016 growing season:
Thursday, Feb. 25  6:30 pm     Vegetable Gardening
Thursday, March 3  6:30 pm    Small Space Vegetable Gardening
Thursday, March 10  6:30 pm  Managing Pests in the Vegetable Garden
Thursday, March 17  6:30 pm  Gardens for Butterflies, Bees and other Pollinators
Thursday, March 24  6:30 pm  Container Gardening
Thursday, March 31  6:30 pm   Native Alternatives for Popular Plants
Thursday, April 7  6:30 pm- SPECIAL TOPIC: Emerald Ash Borer
Free and open to the public- no registration required.
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, Norwood Young America & Waconia Libraries: Computer Basics, Internet Basics, and eMail Basics.  
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iPad 101
Classes taught by library technology staff - Bring your iPad and questions! 
Call to register, class size is limited. 
Waconia Library  952-442-4714     Saturday,  Feb. 20  10 am to noon
Chaska Library  952-448-3886   Saturday, Feb. 27  10 am to Noon  

The Victoria Library will be holding a special class: Up and Blogging! three sessions- you will need to register for the first two sessions.    Mondays: Jan. 11, Jan. 25 and February 8.  6-7:30 pm   

Library advice for your device- taught by Library Technology staff! covers: eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and also library databases. Bring your tablets, smart phones, iPads or laptops- and your questions will be answered. Call to register, class size is limited.
Chanhassen Library  952-227-1500  Saturday, Jan. 9 10 am to Noon
Watertown Library  952-955-2939  Saturday, Jan. 30 10 am to Noon
Norwood Young America Library  Saturday, Jan. 30  1-3 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; 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.        THE NOV. 17 EXCEL 2  CLASS AT CHANHASSEN  HAS BEEN CANCELLED- IT HAS BEEN RE-SCEDULED FOR TUESDAY, DEC. 2 AT 5:30 PM.
More classes will be offered in the winter of 2016.
2016 Classes: Just a few of the interesting classes coming up: 
Word- Part 1 Basics  Chanhassen Library  Wednesday, Jan. 13  1-3 pm  In this class you will learn how to enter and edit text, apply formatting, and save files. Presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota. 

Protect Your Privacy- Staying Secure Online! 
Bring your devices. This is a demonstration. 
Waconia Library  952-442-4714  Saturday, Jan. 16 10:30 am
Norwood Young America Library  952-467-2665 Saturday, Feb. 6  1:30 pm 
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