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600 E 4th St.,  Chaska, MN 55318

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Gardening help begins in May at Chan library  by Kathy Perschmann  Thursday, April 30
Master Gardener Help Desks begin in May at the Chanhassen Library. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in May, June, July and August, expert Carver/ Scott Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your lawn and garden questions. In June they begin at the Waconia and Chaska Libraries, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Victoria has a big season of celebrations ahead    by Linda McNulty Chanhassen Villager  March 19, 2015
Good things are coming together for Victoria in 2015.
The end of winter is almost here. The sun is shining. The city’s 100-year centennial celebration is being planned. Our new library opened this past week. Victoria’s Market will open soon. We are proud to have a new city hall and public works building. More parking in downtown will happen sometime this summer. Another Elvis night is planned for one of several car shows this summer. Concerts in the park are scheduled. We are looking forward to the Lions Club Softball Tournament. Maybe we will have a new bandstand at the new Bayfront Park downtown.
Did I mention that spring is in the air?
Joie de vivre
Joie de vivre and élan are not normally part of my vocabulary, but they are words that came to mind on Saturday at the grand opening of the new Victoria Library. More than 1,000 adults and children attended the opening. Kids filled up the children’s section. Adults were using the computers and checking out books.  Complete article with images

Victoria Library: Carver County's newest library is big on innovation, technology      posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 2:21 pm    By Unsie Zuege
It’s the library of tomorrow, today.

While it still has books, it’s also outfitted to meet today’s library users’ needs. That means plenty of e-books for patrons to download to their Kindles, Nooks, tablets, and smart phones; plenty of computers, a scanner, and library tables with sleek electrical outlets for library users’ own laptops, tablets, and other electronics.

The new Victoria Library, at 1670 Stieger Lake Lane, is ready for its grand opening this Saturday, March 7. Earlier in the week, librarians and staff were readying the library for its opening, tweaking final details.  Complete article with photos​

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.