Library News & Events - For Adults
                        May 2019

Get to Know the Scott County Law Library!

When most people think of the public library, they don't necessarily think of getting legal help there, and that may be true of most public libraries. However, we are very lucky to have the Scott County Law Library as one of our library "branches", so legal help and information is easily accessible to all Scott County residents.

Law Librarians are available to help locate specific legal materials, offer assistance with the online catalogs, and suggest possible resources. The Scott County Law Librarians are not attorneys and cannot provide legal opinions, interpretations, or advice, however the library regularly schedules free legal clinics on specific topics that are staffed by attorneys. These clinics cover topics such as family law, criminal expungement, and housing and conciliation court. See the upcoming Scott County Law Day on our events calendar, for a full day of free legal help on a wide variety of topics.

The Law Library collection contains self-help titles and select law-related videos that can be sent to any Scott County Library location for checkout. In addition, the library has a MN Judicial Branch Self-Help kiosk -- a computer workstation designed for people who are representing themselves in court. The workstation has a computer, a printer, and a one-way phone to the Self-Help Call Center. Instructions and forms for most court issues are available through the Self-Help Center. 

The Law Library is located on the first floor of the Scott County Government Center in Shakopee, and is open Monday though Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. If you can't make it in, contact the law librarians using the Ask a Law Librarian link on the Scott County Library website, or call them at 952-496-8713.


Events & Classes this Month

Saturday, May 11th, 10:30am-12:00pm 
Shakopee Library

Learn about the sports in early Shakopee: Ta-ka-psi-ca-pi, or lacrosse, that men and women of the Dakota played on the prairie in the 1840s; baseball played at Riverside Park; and both football and baseball played by companies and schools in Shakopee.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2:00-3:30pm
Shakopee Library

Among the values of the Soviet era was a certain understanding of the ideal human body. The concept of the healthy worker dominated visuals, athletic programs, and leisure activity.  Exploring this theme will give some background to the exhibit currently at The Museum of Russian Art.

Thursday, May 9th, 10:00am-7:00pm
Friday, May 10th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, May 11th, 10:00am-2:00pm

The Friends of the Jordan Library will host this book sale, with all proceeds going to the Jordan Library and the Scott County Library.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2:00-5:00pm
Savage Library

Scott County Public Health offers clinics for Scott County residents who are uninsured or under-insured. Clinic services are FREE for all residents.  The Mobile Health Clinic provides:
  • Walk-in appointments only
  • Health screenings for chronic disease and short-term illness
  • Health information and assistance with connecting to ongoing health care
  • Assistance connecting with other local resources.


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.   


Legal Clinics 

Wednesday, May 1st, 10:00am-4:00pm
Law Library

Attend a day of FREE legal clinics at the Scott County Government Center! These clinics are aimed at helping Scott County residents who are seeking advice on a variety of topics, including family law, housing, criminal records, and more. For a full list of legal topics, click on the blue title link above. 

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. 

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, 4:00-6:00pm
Law Library

If you are representing yourself in Scott County Housing or Conciliation Court and need help filling out paperwork or preparing the required forms - this clinic may help you!  Two volunteer attorneys will be available for 20-minute consultations to get your questions answered. This clinic is a first come-first served clinic. No registration required.


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

Registration for the following classes begins in early June!


Tuesday, June 25th
Shakopee Library

Discover how to use open source resources such as WordPress to develop a free or inexpensive website for your small business, community organization, nonprofit, or blog. Learn how to set up a mobile-friendly site, how to navigate settings, and offer tips on how to generate traffic. If possible, please bring your own laptop or device.

Thursday, June 27th, 6:00-8:00pm
New Prague Library

Mobile devices are a serious investment as well as a storehouse of personal data and online activity, so they've become an essential part of our lives, but also targets of hackers and thieves. Learn which basic security settings are right for you and how to configure them. Topics include PINs and password managers, apps and backups, WiFi and VPNs, remote wipe, encryption, and smartphone scams. Whether you use an iPhone or Android, make sure your smartphone is safe.


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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 Clubwill discuss Astrid & Veronika by Linda Olsson. (Please note new start time - 7:00pm!)

New Prague Page Turners Book Club - will discuss Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of Family and Culture by J.D. Vance.

Jordan Library Book Club  - will discuss The Dry by Jane Harper.

Savage Pagers Book Clu b - will discuss South of Superior by Ellen Airgood.    

Between the Covers Book Group (Savage)  - will discuss The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.  New members welcome!

Minnesota History Book Club (New Prague) - will discuss Six Weeks in the Sioux Tepees by Sarah F. Wakefield.  This is a NEW book group, and new members are welcome!


Check the Events & Classes  calendar for specific dates, times, and other details.


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