Library News & Events - For Adults
                     March 2019

Beating the Winter Blahs

During a long cold winter, we all tend to get into a routine, a rhythm, a rut. But spring is just around the corner, and we have just the thing(s) to help you break loose from the mundane and ordinary.

Take a look at the events and classes listed below and try something new (a sand painting class from our Hands On art series), something fun and entertaining (And Thereby Hangs a Tale: an Afternoon with Kevin Kling - with a potluck too!), or something interesting and creative (On the Road with Ashley Hanson). 
Upcoming Closure

All Scott County Libraries will be closed for an employee training day on Friday, March 1st. We will be open during our regular hours on Saturday, March 2nd.
Events & Classes this Month

March - April
All Libraries

Do you have a hankering for painting?  Have you seen examples of block printing or sand painting and wanted to try it yourself?  Well, here's your chance!  Discover a world of art with these free  art classes.  Advanced registration is required.
Use the blue title link above to sign up.

Mondays, March 4th, 18th, and 25th 6:30pm-8:00pm,  Prior Lake Library
Tuesdays, March 5th, 12th, and 19th, 6:30-8:00pm, Shakopee Library

It's never too early to start planning your garden! Join the Carver-Scott County Master Gardeners for a series of gardening classes that will teach you tips and techniques to make your Minnesota garden beautiful and bountiful.

Tuesdays in March, 6:30-8:30pm
Prior Lake Library/Club Prior

Put on your dancing shoes and dance to live swing and salsa music on the Club Prior dance floor.  Not sure about the dance part?  Dance instructors will help you master the steps, or you can just settle in and listen to good music.

March 7th, 6:30-8:00pm
New Prague Library

Join Shawna Thompson, Financial Capability Educator, and learn how to plan for the distribution of your personal possessions among family and friends. W hether you are doing estate planning or downsizing and moving, this workshop will be valuable to not only you, but also to your spouse, your other family members, and your estate executor.

Friday, March 15th, 9:30am-3:00pm
Prior Lake Library/Club Prior

The Library and the City of Prior Lake invite you to an interesting and informative day that will touch on various aspects of end-of-life planning and decision-making. Classes and discussions are intended to inspire and empower participants. Classes include writing a legacy letter to your family, keeping a healthy mind & body, and bequeathing your possessions to family and friends. A panel of local experts will share their experiences and best practices concerning legal documents and probate preparation, options for end-of-life care, and planning a funeral or memorial service. 

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. 

Do you have a Book Club? We're inviting book clubs to join us for a pre-program Potluck, to help us get in the mood! For more information and to register your club, click here.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2:00-3:30pm
Shakopee Library

During Stalin's era, alternatives to the prescriptions of art were sternly repressed. But when Khrushchev announced a new day, artists began to explore alternative ways of expression.  Those alternatives became a stream of non-conformist art as well as several movements in official artist union circles. Join Carol Rudie from the Russian Museum of Art as she explores this historical Russian art era.
Tuesday, March 26th, 7:00-8:00pm
Savage Library

There are a variety of community-based programs and services that support aging adults to live safely and comfortably at home. A panel of professionals from the Twin Cities chapter of the National Aging in Place Council will talk about what it means to "age in place", and share information and answer questions about a variety of programs and services that support older adults in our area.

Thursday, March 28th, 7:00-8:30pm
Shakopee Library

The language often used to describe rural America includes words like divided, dying, aging and isolated. In this workshop, theater and social practice artist, Ashley Hanson, challenges these stereotypes by sharing her approach to working with rural-based artists and local residents across the country to transform their community narratives.

Saturday, March 30th, 10:30-11:15am
Shakopee Library

Emcee, speaker, and comedian Dick Jonckowski shares his writing experiences.  Former Voice of the Minnesota Gophers baseball and basketball teams from 1986-2018, Dick's motto is "laugh and live longer." He will sell and autograph his books.

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, 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)

Saturday, March 9th, 11:00am-1:00pm
Elko New Market Library

A $10,000 video editing suite can do a lot for your videos, but you don't need that much investment to boost the look and appeal of your videos. We will take a look at some cheap or free apps that will help you edit and deliver good video on a low budget. Please bring a device with a video camera.

Thursday, March 14th, 6:00-8:00pm
Shakopee 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? 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.


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 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. (Please note new start time - 7:00pm!)

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

Jordan Library Book Club  - will discuss We Know How This Ends by Bruce H. Kramer with Cathy Wurzer.

Savage Pagers Book Clu b - will discuss Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End  by Atul Gawande.    

Between the Covers Book Group (Savage)  - will discuss A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass.  New members welcome!

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

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