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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.
The Chanhassen Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale in late April- early May in the Wilder room at the Chanhassen Library. (April 28-May 1)
Thursday, April 28  from 4-8 pm
Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30 from 10 am -5 pm
Sunday, May 1 from 1-5 pm 
Book donations can be brought in any time and are tax deductible.
Money raised is used to support library programming. 
Watertown Friends of the Library - During the Rails to Trails Festival:
Book sale at the Watertown Library on Friday, July 15 from 1-5 pm and on Saturday, July 16 from 9 am to Noon.

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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. 
The last discussion this spring:  
Saturday, May 14 10 am “The Rise of ISIS” 
Born out of an umbrella organization of Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) burst onto the international stage after it seized Falluja in December 2013. Since then, the group has seized control of a number of critical strongholds in the country and declared itself a caliphate, known as the Islamic State. Still, the question remains: What is ISIS, and what danger does it pose to U.S. interests? 
Speaker: Bill Davnie
LewisGangsterWeb.jpgChad Lewis - author of the Minnesota Road Guide to Gangster Hot Spots
"Land of 10,000 Crimes"   on Monday, June 13 from 6:30- 8 pm
Chanhassen Library
Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
racemakersWeb.jpgAuto Racing History with Jack Albinson  
It is the 100th aniversary of the Indy 500
and we have author,
race car driver, filmmaker and commentator
Albinson to talk about the history.
Thursday, June 16 6:30 pm
Chanhassen Library

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This summer the Master Gardener Help desks will return to the Chanhassen, Chaska and Waconia Libraries from 10-1 EVERY Saturday in June, July and 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 Chaska Library: Computer Basics, Internet Basics, and eMail Basics.  

Library Advice for Your Device Classes: Bring your devices and learn how to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines! offered at three locations this summer:
Chanhassen Library Saturday, June 11   10 am to Noon    Register
Waconia Library Saturday, June 25  10:30-12:30    Register
Watertown Library Saturday, July 23 from 10 am to Noon   Register
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iPad 101
Classes taught by library technology staff - Bring your iPad and questions! 
Call to register or register on our calendar, class size is limited.  
Chaska Library Thursday, June 2  from 6- 8 pm Register

iPad 102 Learn about iPad photos, iCloud, and settings. Call to register, class size is limited.​
Victoria Library Thursday, April 14  6-8 pm  Register
Chaska Library Thursday, June 16 from 6-8 pm Register
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.       
The next class :  There's an app for that, taught by TCMA and funded by Melsa- on Monday, June 13 from 6-8 pm at the Victoria Library. Bring your devices. Register
More classes will be offered in the fall of 2016. 
All computer classes require registration. Check out our online calendar or call your local library for more information.
For Writers:
 Waconia Writers Group 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. or: link to their website​

Chanhassen Library Writers Group  Meets the third Saturday of every month from 10-Noon. This group of aspiring writers meets monthly for inspiration and support.
 Authors Collective  Meets at the Chanhassen Library monthly - Usually the 4th Saturday of every month at 1 pm.
 This group provides an opportunity for authors 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
Poetry Writers Group  at the Chanhassen Libary   Wednesday, April 27 from 11 am-12:45 pm  "Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself'"  Chanhassen Library; and Wednesday, July 27 from 11 am-12:45 pm