Library News & Events - For Adults
                  January 2019

Winter Reads, our annual adult reading program, has begun!  Reading one book a week entitles you to an entry into the weekly prize drawing, and ultimately the grand prize drawing as well. The more books you read or listen to, the better your chances. If you don't want to brave the cold, you can download eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library's website, then log your books on Beanstack, our online reading site.

In addition to prizes,you can also "win" by writing and submitting either written book reviews at your library, or electronic reviews online via Beanstack.  Reviews will then be placed in the Winter Reads notebook at your library, or posted to all participants on Beanstack. 

For more information, along with links to the "Best of 2018" reading lists, visit our
Winter Reads website.  Happy reading!
Save the Date!

We have a special event coming up in March.  

And Thereby Hangs a Tale: an Afternoon with Kevin Kling
Saturday, March 16th, 1:00-2:00pm
Prior Lake Library / Club Prior

Prepare to be entertained and enchanted, to laugh and to cry when playwright, storyteller, and humorist Kevin Kling drops by to tell his tales. Kevin will share autobiographical stories involving motorcycles, dogs, growing up in Minnesota, getting hit by lightning, and eating things before knowing what they are.

Upcoming Events

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

Ever wondered what it was like to live in early Shakopee? Local author and historian David Schleper will present "Home Sweet Home: Dwellings in Early Shakopee." From the tipi tanka (bark lodges) of the Dakotas, to the Faribault Trading Post, to the Pond Mission House, to the beginning houses of early Shakopee, this presentation will describe some of the shanties, hewed log cabins to beginning houses with board floors and shingle roofs that formed the beginning of Sha K' Pay, Minnesota Territory.
Monday, January 28th, 6:00-8:00pm
Belle Plaine Library

Join Scott County Library and Smalltown Eclectic as they present the Loud! at the Library, an  open mic and art night. Discover hidden talent, in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

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 

Mondays (except January 21st), 11:00am-2:00pm
Law Library

This is an opportunity, offered every Monday, to come to Room 102 in the Scott County Government Center and talk to an attorney about your victimization. She can advise you about orders for protection (domestic violence), harassment orders and more. This is a walk-in clinic so just stop by and talk to Monica.

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)

Tuesday, January 8th, 6:00-8:00pm
Prior Lake Library

As top universities like MIT and Harvard offer popular courses online at no cost, and websites like 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 so you can start exploring the endless opportunities for online learning. Bring your own laptop or device if possible. 

Saturday, January 26th, 11:00am-1:00pm
Elko New Market 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. 


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 Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. (Please note new start time - 7:00pm!)

New Prague Page Turners Book Club - will discuss Beartown by Fredrik Backman.

Jordan Library Book Club  - will discuss Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Savage Pagers Book Clu b - will discuss Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.    

Between the Covers Book Group (Savage)  - will discuss Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.  New members welcome!

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

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