Library News & Events - For Adults
                        August 2018
Skinny books for traveling

Not a Nook or Kindle fan? Can't see the print on your phone? If you prefer print to device, but still like to have something small and lightweight to read while traveling, there are novels, novellas, and essays that won't take up too much room in your carry-on bag. The list below includes both fiction and nonfiction, contemporary and classic reads - all under 200 pages.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy your book!

Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler
The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide
Sula by Toni Morrison

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi

Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 4th, 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, August 5th, 1:00-5:00pm
Savage Library 

The Summer Reading Program volunteers are working with the Friends of the Library to bring you large selection of gently used books, music and DVD's for children, teens and adults.

Thursday, August 9th through Saturday, August 11th
Shakopee Library

One person's trash is another person's treasure!  Choose from a large selection of gently used books, music and DVD's for children, teens and adults.

Monday, August 13th, 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.

Tuesday, August 21st, 6:00-7:30pm
Prior Lake Library

This class will teach the basic techniques for creating and maintaining a budget.  Understand how values, emotions and advertising can influence spending.  Know the difference between needs and wants, and understand how they can impact a budget.  Learn how to identify spending leaks and build saving habits.  Registration required.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2:00-3:30pm
Shakopee Library

Where in the world are the women artists? The answer: In Russia. This presentation traces the ways in which women artists were vital to the development of their culture's visual artistry. Textile artists, painters, folk artists and non-conformist women contributed to both their own country and to the international scene. Information will focus on the 20th century non-conformist women. Join Carol Rudie, Coordinator of outreach education from the Museum of Russian Art.

Ongoing Programs  

Every 2nd Thursday, 5:00-7:00pm 
Savage Library

The South Metro Chapter of SCORE presents FREE, confidential small business counseling, coaching and mentoring once a month. 

Monday, August 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 9:00-11:00am
Law Library

These free walk-in clinics offered by Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) offer crime victims the opportunity to meet with a lawyer and ask questions about legal issues related to their victimization.

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

Wednesday, August 1st, 6:30-7:30pm
Prior Lake Library

iPhones have been around for awhile, but do you really know everything that it can do?  Come to this class and learn about settings, tools and other basic functions, as well as some great apps.   Bring your iPhone and know your passcode to access it.  

Wednesday, August 22nd, 6:00-8:00pm
Shakopee Library

Learn about products and services (often free) Google has developed to aid in collaboration, accessibility, and business marketing. Now there's Gmail, Gchat, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and much more. A Google account gives you access to a world of powerful, free tools. Learn the basics of using Google's tools to achieve your personal and professional goals. Bring your own laptop or device. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance.

Tuesday, August 28th, 6:00-8:00pm
Savage Library

Social media tools allow you to connect with your customers, community, and members, but when you run a small business or organization, time is valuable - where do you start? Do you create accounts on every platform and get lost in the clutter? Are all platforms relevant to your goals? Attend this session and learn what social media platforms would serve your business or organization best, where to start, and how to leverage them for the greatest benefit. Bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance.


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  History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund.  

New Prague Page Turners Book Club - will discuss The Great Alone  by  Kristin Hannah.

Jordan Library Book Club  - will discuss Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

Savage Pagers Book Club - will discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.     

Between the Covers Book Group (Savage)  - will discuss  My Name is Lucy Barton  by Elizabeth Strout. New members welcome!

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

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