Library News for Adults - Special Edition
September 2, 2020

Although it's not officially fall yet, you are probably at the point of harvesting vegetables and herbs in your garden, or picking wild berries in the the woods. And while you appreciate the bounty, you may be asking yourself what to do with the excess. Can, dry or freeze? 

Here are some suggestions and tips from the University of Minnesota Extension:

Food Preservation: Preserving Fall Vegetables (webinar) - Thursday Sept. 10th, 10:00am
This webinar reviews food preservation options to freeze, dry, pickle, ferment, and can fall vegetables. You will learn the best ways to preserve broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and potatoes. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Food Preservation Basics (videos) - These short videos (5-8 minutes in length) cover methods of preservation including canning, freezing and drying, as well as food safety.

Pickling Basics, Preserving Herbs by Freezing or Drying, How to Safely Make Homemade Jerky, and How to Make Jelly give you step-by-step instructions, tips, and in some cases, include a video to help you do your own preserving. The Preserving and Preparing Food Safely page also has more on information of preserving meat, making jams & preserves, and much more.

You will really appreciate all your work when it's well below zero outside, and you are eating your flavorful summer food!
New Adult Programs

Monday, September 21st

Enjoy the expertise of glass fusing artist Chuck Burton from the comfort of your own home! Chuck will guide you through the process of creating a 4"x 4" decorative fused glass suncatcher. Registration is required.


Fall Tech Classes

Want to brush up on old skills or learn some new ones? Register for one or more of our free tech classes this fall. These 2-hour classes will cover everything from editing photos, to assessing web information sources, to discovering apps to market your business.  


Monday, Sept. 21st, 6:00-8:00pm

As top universities like MIT and Harvard offer popular courses online at no cost, and websites like Codecademy, Khan Academy, and Coursera have built solid reputations, education online is more dynamic than ever before. Some platforms offer the opportunity to earn certificates of completion, and there are even ways to translate your learning to college credit.This workshop will provide participants with an overview of popular, free, online learning platforms and help the curious and the motivated to start exploring the endless opportunities for online learning.


*All classes will be held online for the health and safety of customers and staff to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Registration is required for each class, and  begins 3 weeks prior to the class date. Class size is limited. All classes are live, and will not be recorded.


Upcoming Legal Clinics

Legal Advice Clinics
Thursday, Sept. 10th and 24th
All Day 

Schedule a 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney by phone for all areas of civil law, including family law, conciliation/civil court, protective orders, simple probate/estate questions, etc.

Family Law Clinic
Monday, Sept. 14th
All Day

Schedule a 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney by phone for all areas of family law, including divorce, post-divorce issues, custody and parenting time, child support and more. 

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 952-496-8713.  An appointment is required for these free legal clinics.
Weekly Trivia

Here are the top five finishers from last week's "The Great Outdoors" challenge. No one got a "perfect" score, so maybe that's your excuse to get outside more... gotta do better on trivia.
  1. Prairie Badger
  2. Sturdy Eagle
  3. Silver Puffin
  4. Witty Lemur
  5. Silly Echidna
Also, apologies to those who competed in the "Weather" trivia two weeks ago for not posting the top finishers. Weather is important, and so are players' standings, so here you go:
  1. Quick Gazelle 
  2. Awesome Dolphin 
  3. Decisive Lion 
  4. Kind Impala 
  5. Magic Zebra
Here's this week's challenge. Good luck!

Trivia Challenge: Labor Day

We celebrate Labor Day every September, but do you really know why it's a federal holiday? Try this trivia, by Kyle in New Prague, to learn more about this important day! The multiple choice challenge is timed, so the faster you respond, the more points you get! You have until Tuesday, September 8 at noon to take the challenge. 

We've built our trivia challenge in Kahoot!, but there's no need for you to create an account. Just click the link, spin for a randomly-generated player name, and play! The top five winners will be revealed in next Wednesday's newsletter, so be sure to remember your player name!
Library Staff Recommends

All titles are available (or will soon be available) in print, on Cloud Library eBooks or eAudiobooks, or RBDigital eAudiobooks.

A Summer of New Beginnings with main characters who rise up to new challenges in a summer-friendly format.  Recommended by Mary, Library Associate at the Savage Library.

"Don't forget to breathe in these challenging times." - from Kristy R., Library Technology Manager


- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A. Van der Kolk


Braving the Wilderness by BrenĂ© Brown

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