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Inspiring books at the library   Chanhassen Villager and Chaska Herald
Posted: Saturday, December 6, 2014 8:00 am
By Kathy Perschmann
Here are a couple inspiring books.
“Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World” by Kirsten Gillibrand      Gillibrand is a senator from New York who was inspired to run for office after hearing Hillary Rodham Clinton say, “Decisions are being made every day in Washington, and if you are not part of those decisions, you might not like what they decide, and you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.” Women can use this book as a playbook: for the boardroom, Congress, or the local PTA. If women were fully represented in Congress, national priorities would shift to issues that directly affect them: affordable day care, paid family medical leave, and equal pay.
“Blue Mind: The surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do” by Wallace Nichols      In “Blue Mind,” neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and medical research highlight the physiological and brain processes that underlie our transformative connection to water. EEGs, MRIs and fMRIs are used to show the profound effect water has on our minds.  Complete article.

Anticipation builds for Victoria's new city hall and library
Posted: Thursday, December 4, 2014 11:30 am

The city of Victoria will finally upgrade its offices when staff moves into its new home at 1680 Stieger Lake Lane in mid-January. Its current city hall at 7951 Rose Street had outlived its life span despite a series of remodeling and upgrading fixes, and mold/mildew mitigation efforts. Earlier this year, the city sealed off a portion of its office with plastic sheeting due to petroleum fumes.
The new city hall and library is two stories. According to Mayor Tom O’Connor who did a recent tour of the construction site, “It’s starting to look like a real building,” he reported at the council’s Nov. 24 meeting.
The city’s new Public Works building is nearly complete. Public Works Director Ann Mahnke reported to the council that the building will be operational within the next two weeks, after general building inspections take place. Complete article with images.
Once upon a time- New Director at the Carver County Libraries!
Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014    Chanhassen Villager By Unsie Zuege  
Once upon a time, a young girl named Heidi Hoks was so shy she didn’t speak. But then a fairy godmother cast her in a school play, and she finally came out of her shell.
“For the first time, I could speak (in public) because I was speaking someone else’s words, but in my own voice,” Hoks explained. “Playing someone else was easier. And once I could speak other people’s words …,” Hoks shrugged and smiled. “I liked musicals and liked to sing as well. People tell me I can be very dramatic, but that is my normal speaking pattern.”
But those qualities have served her well as a competitive storyteller, which combines her love of theater and literature. While she hasn’t been as active as she once was in the Twin Cities storytelling and spoken word contests, Hoks likes to incorporate her storytelling skills as a librarian and manager whenever she can.
Hoks was recently named Carver County’s library director after a statewide search. Hoks assumed her new job on Aug. 18.
Complete article with photo.


Heralding the life of a cycling pioneer   (author talk will be at the Chanhassen Library on Weds., Oct. 1 at 6:30 pm)
Monday, August 18, 2014   Chanhassen Villager By Unsie Zuege
Marshall “Major” Taylor may have been one of the most famous American athletes of his time, but eventually his story faded into obscurity. But thanks to a couple of avid bicycling enthusiasts who happen to be brothers, Taylor’s inspiring story — America’s first African-American superstar athlete and world champion cyclist — may enjoy a new and broader audience.
Brothers and co-authors Conrad Kerber of Chanhassen and Terry Kerber of Deephaven have just published, “Major Taylor: The inspiring story of a black cyclist and the men who helped him achieve worldwide fame.” Complete article with photo.
Groundbreaking brings together Mayors    Chanhassen Villager
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 10:45 am
By Unsie Zuege
It's been a long time coming, but Monday, June 2, a groundbreaking ceremony marked the construction of a new Victoria City Hall/Library in downtown Victoria at 1670 Stieger Lake Lane. The groundbreaking took place at 7 p.m. Earlier—at 6 p.m., a similar groundbreaking took place at the city's new Public Works facility building site at 8001 Bavaria Road. In addition to the current members of the Victoria City Council—Mayor Tom O'Connor and councilors Lani Basa, Jim Crowley, Joe Pavelko, and Tom Strigel, former Victoria mayors joined the celebration and moved some ceremonial dirt, too. Complete article with photo.
Great new fiction? It's true!
Saturday, May 31, 2014
By Kathy Perschmann
Here is some great new fiction (and one non-fiction book!). These books might have holds on them, but they are worth the wait. Good summer reading!
“Astonish Me” by Maggie Shipstead: A wonderfully written and compelling story about the passionate world of professional ballet — covering two generations.
“Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue: A long-forgotten, never-solved crime that happened in the summer of 1876 in San Francisco was the inspiration for this book.   Article with events, reviews and images.