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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.
50th anniversary of tornado outbreak to be topic
By Kathy Perschmann  Chanhassen Villager     Posted Saturday, April 18
Join Dr. Mark Seeley at the Norwood Young America Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, and learn about tornadoes and the conditions necessary to produce them. He will focus on the deadly outbreak 50 years ago on May 6, 1965.
Following Seeley’s talk there will be an open mike session where audience members can share their stories and memories. The Wilkommen Heritage center will have a display of photos and storyboards.
Seeley will sell and sign books. He is the author of “The Minnesota Weather Almanac: Completely Updated for the New Normals.”
The event is funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Norwood Young America Library is located at 314 Elm St.    Complete article

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


Three Qs: Her music background and love of reading is a happy mix    Chanhassen Villager    March 12, 2015
Carver County’s newest library branch in Victoria had overwhelming support for its grand opening on March 7. More than 1,000 children and adults attended; 78 new library cards were issued; and 659 items were checked out.
Among the busy Victoria library staff greeting patrons was Jodi Edstrom, youth services librarian. Edstrom, with the Carver County Library since 2011, has masters degrees in music, and library and information science from St. Catherine University, St. Paul.
“Prior to the library, I taught private music lessons for 10 years,” Edstrom said, “but I always loved reading, libraries, and technology. When I returned to school to be a librarian, I had an opportunity to sub for Carver County Libraries. It was a natural fit. One of my first major projects was piloting music story times throughout the Carver County system.”
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​

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.


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.