Library News & Events - For Adults
                  October 2018
We are chock-a-block with events this month -- art, genealogy, personal finance, tai chi, and tech classes -- as well as legal clinics, scanning of historic photos and documents, a fall art and music festival, a visit by best-selling author Julia Glass, and even a fun escape room event for adults!  It's all waiting for you at your local Scott County Library.  Come see us!
Meet the Author!  Club Book Presents Julia Glass

Join us for an evening with American novelist Julia Glass on Monday, October 15th 7:00-8;00pm at the Prior Lake Library / Club Prior.

National Book Award winner Julia Glass won one of fiction's highest honors with her debut novel. That breakout, Three Junes (2002), follows the lives and loves of a Scottish family over the course of a full decade. Subsequent bestsellers to Glass's credit include The Whole World Over (2007), I See You Everywhere (2008), The Widower's Tale (2010), and And the Dark Sacred Night (2014). This last revisits several of the characters and settings from Three Junes.  

Glass will discuss her newest full-length novel, A House Among the Trees, which centers around the childhood secrets and shocking last will and testament of a world-renowned children's book author. Copies of this book, as well as her other titles will be available for purchase, and signing by the author.

This FREE event will be held at the Prior Lake Library, located at 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. in Prior Lake. Seating is first-come first served, and doors will open 45 minutes before the program begins. Arrive early to guarantee your spot.

Club Book is a program of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) and is coordinated by Library Strategies, the nonprofit consulting group of the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. The program is made possible through Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Upcoming Events

Monday, October 1st, 11:30am-2:00pm
Law Library Library 

This free walk-in clinic offered by Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) offers crime victims the opportunity to meet with a lawyer and ask questions about legal issues related to their victimization. They can also offer information regarding an Order for Protection.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2:00-6:00pm at  Shakopee Library
Wednesday, October 3rd, 1:00-5:00pm at Belle Plaine Library

Bring your old photos, slides, letters, or documents in to  be 
scanned  onto a flash drive (provided by the library) that is  yours to keep.  Items will be saved as both TIFF and JPG  images.  Limit 5 items, however additional items may be  scanned depending on time and demand.  No registration  required.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:00-7:30pm
Shakopee Library

In this class we will discuss credit and why it's important, what is needed to build good credit, how to read a credit report and how to dispute errors on it.  Presented by Shawna Thompson, Financial Capability Educator with the University of MN Extension. Registration required.

Sunday, October 7th, 1:00-3:00pm, at  New Prague Library
Sunday, October 14th, 1:00-3:00pm, at Savage Library

Learn what information is available from obituaries to use for your family tree. We will also have time to share our ideas and resources with others. 

Tuesday, October 9th, 2:00-4:00pm
Shakopee Library
This 3-session workshop will teach participants how to choose appropriate photos for art, use a grid system to render accurate drawings, and edit photos to eliminate unnecessary and distorted information. Class discussions will cover photography basics, basic to intermediate drawing skills, and drawing material characteristics.  Presented by Artistry. Registration required.

Wednesday, October 10th, 3:00-4:30pm
Prior Lake Library

Learn how to effectively use your health insurance, identify the right tools to solve problems, and manage your health care expenses.  Presented by Shawna Thompson, Financial Capability Educator with the University of MN Extension. Registration required.

Monday, October 15th, 7:00-8:00pm
Prior Lake Library / Club Prior

National Book Award winner Julia Glass won one of fiction's highest honors with her debut novel, Three Junes (2002). With wistfulness, humor, and poetic language, Glass creates fictional characters who grapple with love and loss, missed connections, and secrets, along with tangled family relationships and friendships. This evening she will talk about her work, and share her perspectives on the writing experience.

Personal Finance: Budgeting Basics
Tuesday, October 16th, 6:00-7:30pm
Savage Library

Learn 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.  Presented by Shawna Thompson, Financial Capability Educator with the University of MN Extension.

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

Join us for a special artist guest, "Pedal to the Metal". With the assistance of professional staff, participants can expect to make their own small-scale sculptures to be poured with molten metal before their eyes. Sculptures can be taken home just minutes after being made. There will also be pumpkin painting, snacks and acoustic musical performances. This project was funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage (Legacy) Fund.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 1:30-3:00pm
Savage Library

The news is full of stories about spiraling health care costs, and unfortunate people who find themselves with astronomical medical bills. Knowledge is power, and this class will give participants the knowledge they need to determine their own probable health care costs.  Presented by Shawna Thompson, Financial Capability Educator with the University of MN Extension.

Friday, October 28th, 7:00-8:00pm
Prior Lake Library

Somehow you've become trapped in a mysterious place called the Upsidedown. Search for secret compartments, find hidden clues, and leverage your skills with your teammates to escape before the demogorgon discovers you. The clock is ticking and you only have ONE HOUR, so teamwork is essential! (Inspired by Stranger Things, but you don't have to be familiar with the show to succeed.)  Registration required. This is a fundraiser for the Teen Advisory Board.  Please click here for complete information, and to register.

Sunday, October 28th, 2:00-3:00pm
Savage Library

Try this ancient activity to gently build strength, stamina and flexibility. Our volunteer, Karen, is a certified Tai Chi instructor following the Tai Chi for Health teachings. Karen will lead the class with some tailoring based on the needs of the members in each class, including those who prefer to do their workouts in a chair, teens, and children with caregivers in attendance. No registration required.

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. Pre-registration is required.

Every 2nd Monday, 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.

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

Saturday, October 6th, 10:30am-12:00pm at New Prague Library
Thursday, October 25th , 6:00-8:00pm at  Shakopee Library

From social media, to email to search engines, modern life leaves digital footprints everywhere we go. How can you ensure that your Internet browsing, purchases, email, and other online activity is safe and secure? This class will offer an overview of online security basics, anonymous browsing, maintaining devices, reading URLs, better passwords, and avoiding phishing. Discover the tools and techniques you need to protect your online information. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance.

Monday, October 8th, 6:00-8:00pm
Jordan 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. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance.

Tuesday, October 9th, 6:00-8:00pm
Savage 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.

Saturday, October 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm
New Prague Library

This class follows Part 1 by discussing malvertising and safe searching, using ad blockers, setting up a secure home wireless network, using standard vs. administrative accounts, encryption and VPNs. Learn to better protect your digital life. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance.

Friday, October 26th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Shakopee Library

Adults 55+ are invited to this free session to learn how to use a computer and surf the Internet! These classes are geared to older adults who have little or no experience with 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 (including,, and more). Registration is required, and space is limited. Presented by the Area Agencies on Aging. 


To register for any class, click here or on the blue hyperlinked title above, 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  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.  

New Prague Page Turners Book Club - will discuss Flim-Flam Man by  Jennifer Vogel.

Jordan Library Book Club  - will discuss Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Savage Pagers Book Club - will discuss Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.    

Between the Covers Book Group (Savage)  - will discuss  The Weird Sisters  by Eleanor Brown. New members welcome!

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

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