Library News & Events - For Adults
                January 2018

Winter Reads - Enjoy Winter, Enjoy Reading

When the weather gets cold and blustery, our natural inclination is to stay warm inside - perhaps in the company of a good book. This year's annual winter reading program for adults can help you maximize how much you read, and maybe even get you outside for a little winter fun!

You can visit your local library for books & audiobooks, recommendations for what to read next, and book- and winter-related activities that will get you out of your usual rut.  

You can also do all of this online!  Download eBooks and eAudiobooks from Cloud Library, and then sign up for book recommendations, log your books, and complete reading- and winter-related activities through Beanstack

For more information - including author programs - visit the Winter Reads website at

Upcoming Events

January 7th, 1:00-3:30pm
New Prague Library

Learn about information you may have missed and share ideas with other genealogists to break down your brick walls in your hunt for ancestors. Registration required.

January 9th, 7:00-9:00pm
Prior Lake Library/Club Prior

SteamHeat is back! This fifteen piece band plays popular hits of the swing era and more. The band features many local musicians and is complemented by the vocal talent of Lynnda Nelson.   

January 13th, 11:00am-12:00pm &
January 30th, 6:30-7:30pm
Shakopee Library 

Drop-in for one-on-one tour of Cloud Library, our primary eBook and eAudiobook platform. The Cloud Library collection is shared among all the Twin Cities area libraries, which creates a larger collection to choose from and usually shorter waiting lists for popular titles.

January 17th, 2:00-3:30pm
Shakopee Library

Russia's great folk tradition came to include such handmade crafts as toys, embroidery, woodcarving, and nesting dolls.  Matryoshka - the painted wooden nesting doll - is familiar to many as the quintessential Russian souvenir. Pulled apart, the Matryoshka spills out smaller figures, each one inside a larger doll, until the tiniest one is revealed.  This presentation gives helpful background to the holiday nesting dolls exhibit at The Museum of Russia Art.

January 22nd, 6:00-8:00pm
Belle Plaine Library

Join Scott County Library and Smalltown Eclectic as they present the Loud! at the Library open mic and art night. Discover hidden talent, in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

January 23rd, 2:00-3:00pm
Shakopee Library

Lakeville author Loretta Ellsworth will discuss her new book, Stars Over Clear Lake. Set in Iowa, Lorraine steps into the old Surf Ballroom, and is taken back to the early days of World War II, and the fateful encounter that forced her to choose between her duty and her heart.  

January 30th, 7:00-8:00pm
Savage Library

Local author Kate Anne Kang will discuss her book, Given Away. This is her story of being sent from Korea to live in the United States at a young age, and growing up in a Scandinavian household in Minnesota, trying to cope with a new family, a new language and a new culture. 

January 30th, 7:00-8:00pm
New Prague Library

Join author Chad Lewis as he follows America's most infamous gangsters as they turn Minnesota into their personal crime vacation land, filled with bank robberies, shootouts, and daring kidnappings.

For more information, or to register for these events, click on the blue program links above.
Computer & Technology Classes
(Advanced Registration Required)

Did you get a new phone for Christmas?  Still trying to figure it out?  We've got just the class for you! We will cover apps, settings, tools, and other basic functions.  Bring your phone and know your pass code to access it.   Registration is required for both classes.

Android Phone Basics                               iPhone Basics   
January 9th, 6:30-7:30pm                          February 6th, 6:30-7:30pm    
Savage Library                                           Savage Library    


January 19th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Shakopee Library

Just for adults new to computers! Learn how to type in a web address and navigate between web pages, determine if a website is secure, conduct searches using common search engines, and access Internet sites that will assist you in finding information. Registration required. 

January 20th, 10:30am-12:30pm
New Prague Library

What would you do if your identity were stolen? Knowing what to do is important because an identity thief can hijack your tax refund, alter your medical records, and prevent you from getting credit or a job. The purpose of this class is to encourage people to make identity protection part of their regular routine. It covers what Identity theft is, how to protect your identity and avoid identity theft, and provides clear action steps to take if it happens to you. Registration required.

To register for any class, click on the blue hyperlinked title or contact your local Scott County Library branch.

Book Clubs

Want to talk with like-minded individuals about books, and socialize at the same time? Attend one of the monthly library-sponsored book clubs! 

This month's reading and discussions:

Prior Lake Library Book Club - will discuss  Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

New Prague Page Turners Book Club - will discuss The Minnesota Road Guide to Gangster Hotspots by Chad Lewis.

Jordan Library Book Club - will discuss Euphoria by Lily King.

Savage Pagers Book Club  - will discuss Given Away by Kate Anne Kang

Savage Book Club #2 - This newly-formed book group will discuss Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan.  New members welcome!

Check all book club listings  here for dates, times, and other details.

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