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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.
Anticipation builds for Victoria's new city hall and
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
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
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
“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.
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
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