Kids, Teens, & Families 
Scott County Library Newsletter
October  2018

As usual, this newsletter is full of fun for kids and teens, like Hogwarts Prep, Marble Mania, and ACT Test Prep (okay, not fun, but super helpful).

In a new twist, however, we want to tell you about an event just for adults: the Escape the Upside Down escape room fundraiser inspired by Stranger Things and hosted by our library Teen Advisory Board. For a fraction of the cost of a commercial escape room, you can enjoy a great night out with friends or family. More information and signup HERE.
Upcoming Happenings
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hogwartsprepHogwarts Prep & Yule Ball
We're excited to announce the first of our Hogwarts Prep workshops! Get ready for Halloween or Yule Ball by making a scarf, badge, and tie in the house colors of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. The event is free but register at the link below by 10/11 to guarantee your spot!
Sun 10/14, 2-4pm at Shakopee

Watch for more Hogwarts Prep classes coming soon in November and December. Why? To prepare for the fabulous Yule Ball for ages 10-18 taking place on New Year's Eve in Club Prior at the Prior Lake Library. Squeeee!

(Too young for Yule Ball? No worries, we'll also have Noon Year's Eve party for littles and their families on 12/31.)

Marble Mania Drop-In Event
Sat 10/27, 10:30am-Noon at New Prague
Join the New Prague Historical Society for a fun and free event: Czech out the fantastic Marble display, then play a fun marble game, plus kids will get to take home their own marble to keep! More details

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Fall Early Literacy Classes & Storytimes 
Early literacy is what your child needs to know about reading and writing before they learn to read & write. Let the library help develop your child's early literacy skills with the five practices of Talk, Sing, Read, Write, & Play at  our  Early Literacy classes and storytimes  

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Readmobile Visits Continue!
The Readmobile delivers learning, literacy, and fun around Scott County. Check the Readmobile page for more information and the schedule of visits - remember, we're joining the Final Four Fan Jam at the Family Fun Festival the morning of Saturday 9/29, 8:30-11:30!
The Readmobile vehicle and start-up collection were funded by the Diane J. Sachs Trust and a grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.


October is Teen Read Month!
And yeah, we know teens are busy, but we have a few things we think you'll enjoy anyway...

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Escape the Upside Down, ages 12-18
Fri 10/26, 5:15-6:15 at the Prior Lake Library
You're trapped in a mysterious place called the Upsidedown and must leverage your skills with your teammates to escape before the demogorgon discovers you. (Inspired by Stranger Things, but you don't have to be familiar with the show to succeed.) Registration required, sign up HERE

Hogwarts Prep: School Spirit Swag workshop

ACT Test Prep
There may still be a few openings for our popular annual ACT Test Prep Breakfasts at the Scott County Government Center computer lab. Don't delay, these seats fill up fast!

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Free Online Tutoring with your library card!
If your child needs help with homework, check out this great FREE resource (online or app), available daily from 1:00-11:00pm!
If you have any questions, contact any Scott County Library. We look forward to seeing you at the library!
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The board is appointed by the Scott County Board of Commissioners and meets monthly. The public is always welcome to attend.