Library News & Events - For Adults
                        May 2018

Tuesday, May 8th
6:30-8:00 pm
Prior Lake Library / Club Prior

You may be familiar with the new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary, The Vietnam War, that has been airing on PBS. The series explores the human dimensions of the war through the testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides - Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. 

The Scott County Library and TPT-TV invite you to Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, a community conversation to explore the Vietnam War and its legacy from several points of view. Local speakers with very different experiences will expand the conversation, and we look forward to hearing from program attendees about their own memories and experiences during the war as well.  Hope to see you there!

Please note that doors will open at 6:00pm so that everyone can be seated and the program can begin promptly at 6:30.   

Calling all authors!

Ready to publish your book?  Here's a little incentive!   Submit your self-published work to the Minnesota Author Project  by June 30, 2018,  and have a chance to win a $1000 prize and a write-up in the December issue of Library Journal .  

Each book submitted must be written by a Minnesota resident.  You may submit your  adult fiction or young adult fiction genre entry in either a ePUB or pdf file format.  Multiple submissions will be accepted. 

To submit your contest entry, go to

Remember, you can use the free tools from MN Writes MN Reads to format your work and self-publish your book in electronic form.  

Upcoming Events

Wednesdays, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 23rd, 1:30-3:00pm
Shakopee Library

This series of four workshops are targeted to small business owners, entrepreneurs or anyone interested in knowing more about running a small business. Presented by SCORE and the Small Business Administration, they will cover the important topics of raising capital, website do's and don'ts, understanding a financial statement, and writing a business plan.  Registration is required. 

May 3rd, 7:00-8:00pm
Prior Lake Library / Club Prior

Patricia Hampl is a three-time Minnesota Book Award winner and professor at the University of Minnesota, whose work  has been described as lyrical and cerebral.   She first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her Cold War memoir about her Czech heritage. This book and subsequent works have established her as an influential figure in the rise of autobiographical writing. 

May 8th, 6:30-8:00pm
Prior Lake Library  / Club Prior

Twin Cities Public Television and Scott County Library invite you to a community conversation to explore the Vietnam War, and its legacy, from several points of view.  Drawing upon speakers with very different experiences, the conversation will expand on the recent Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Vietnam War documentary.

Ongoing Programs  

Every 2nd Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm 
Savage Library

The South Metro Chapter of SCORE presents FREE, confidential small business counseling, coaching and mentoring once a month. Register by calling Savage Library at 952-707-1770.

Mondays, 8:00-11:00am
Law Library

Southern Minnesota Regional Services (SMRLS) offers a weekly walk-in clinic for victims of crime. If you are a crime victim, you can talk to an attorney specializing in victim's rights., orders for protection, restitution and more. This is a FREE service. No registration is required.

For more information, or to register for these events, click on the blue program links above.
Legal Clinics
(Advanced Registration May Be Required)

May 14th, 4:00-6:00pm
Law Library

The Scott County Law Library is offering a free 30-minute consultation with a volunteer family law attorney. This clinic is only for people with family law issues. These issues include divorce, custody, child support and parenting time. This clinic is NOT for persons currently represented by an attorney. Pre-registration is required. To register or request more information, please call the Scott County Law Library at 952-496-8713.

Criminal Expungement Clinic
May 15th, 1:00-3:00pm
Scott County Government Center, Board Room

Is expungement a realistic option for you? Is your criminal record stopping you from getting a job or a place to live? Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) is offering this free clinic to help you explore the possibility of expunging your record. A VLN attorney will meet with you individually, review your record and discuss your chances for expungement.

Senior Legal Clinic & Will Preparation
May 24th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Prior Lake Library / Club Prior

10:00-11:00am - Come talk to Attorney Kelley Gregory about Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Estate Planning and more.  No registration required.

11:00am-1:00pm - Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) attorneys will be offering free wills and Health Care Directives for seniors on a fixed income.  To register call SMRLS at 1-888-575-2954 and ask for the Prior Lake Will Clinic. 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  Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.

New Prague Page Turners Book Club - will discuss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle.

Jordan Library Book Club - will discuss The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara.

Savage Pagers Book Club  - will discuss Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

Between the Covers Book Group - This newly-formed book group in Savage will discuss The  Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich. New members welcome!

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

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