Library News for Adults - Special Edition
September 16, 2020
Stress and Mental Health  

We live in interesting (and stressful) times. COVID-19, wildfires and hurricanes, civil unrest, job loss, and the upcoming election are making us uneasy and anxious. If this sounds like you, we've gathered together some resources that may help you through this difficult time.

UMN Extension: Taking Care of Yourself Under Stress - offers tips and techniques for reducing and managing stress, with links to several other resources. 

Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing - explore the resources that the Center has to offer including videos, interactive modules, downloadable content, and more.

Stress Busters: Free Stress-Reduction Classes - Join the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing for an informal hour of meditation and light movement. Instructor Mariann Johnson will guide you through exercises that will leave you feeling physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually rejuvenated.

Wellbeing U - learn about thriving in life and at work, making changes that stick, wellbeing in the workplace, and how mindfulness can make a difference. Free.

NAMI Minnesota Mental Health Classes - the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers online classes and videos to families and the general public on a variety of topics. Also check out the NAMI Minnesota Support Groups for both online and in-person meetings.

Upcoming Programs

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.

Saturday, Sept. 26th, 2:00-4:00pm

Ever wonder what to do with all of your digital photos? This class will help take your photography to the next level. Learn about some of the top free editing applications, including Pixlr, Gimp, and VSCO. Discover the basics of cropping, saturation, contrast, exposure, and color temperature to enhance the quality of your photos.

Monday, Sept. 28th, 6:00-8:00pm

Learn about products and services Google has developed to aid in collaboration, accessibility, and business marketing. Gmail, Gchat, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and much more. A Google account gives you access to a world of powerful, free tools.


*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.


Legal Clinics

Legal Advice Clinic
Thursday, Sept. 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.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 952-496-8713.  An appointment is required for this free legal clinic.
This and That

Club Book While we were fortunate enough to hold our in-person Club Book program with author Brad Thor before we had to close in March, most of the other Twin Cities metro libraries were not so lucky. But now those cancelled programs are being offered virtually and live! Authors Nancy Pearl, Dahr Jamail, David Treuer, and others are scheduled from now through October. Click on the link above for a complete list and to register for these free events. 

Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota If you're interested in Minnesota authors, you should check out this series from the Friends of the St.Paul Library. Moving Words is an opportunity for writers and readers to explore various themes together: the impact of literature in their lives, their connection as fellow Minnesotans, and the lens through which we read. The next program is tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 17th at 6:00pm, and features Brian Freeman, Julie Klassen, David La Rochelle, and Linda LeGarde Grover.

"What's for Dinner?" - Thursday, Sept. 17th, 7:00pm.  In this webinar from UMN Extension, you will learn three simple steps to make meal planning easier. You'll also learn about useful resources for quick, easy, and great tasting recipes.

Weekly Trivia

Here are the top five finishers from last week's "National Video Games Day" challenge.  Congratulations to the Swift Sphinx and the Majestic Jaguar for their perfect scores!
  1. Swift Sphinx - 100%
  2. Majestic Jaguar - 100%
  3. Inspired Camel
  4. Wonder Rabbit
  5. Caring Goat
And, as promised, the top five finishers from the previous week's "Labor Day" challenge:
  1. Groovy Griffin
  2. Diplomat Wolf
  3. Mountain Bee
  4. Power Owl
  5. Dazzled Hare

Here's this week's challenge. Good luck!

Trivia Challenge: 2020 Emmy Awards

In honor of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 20, try your hand at some 2020 television trivia, created by Kyle in New Prague. The multiple choice challenge is timed, so the faster you respond, the more points you get! You have until Tuesday, September 22 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.

These Mystery titles come recommended by Lori, Branch Manager for both the New Prague and Elko New Market Libraries. Lori has worked for the Scott County Library System for over 26 years, and loves reading, walking, spending time with family and friends, movies, and dogs!
Across format and genres, books about self-discovery share the journey of characters and how they fit into the world, which gives us all new ways to look at how we fit as well. Queer fiction builds a multitude of futures, where we hope everyone can see themselves represented. These Queer Realistic Fiction titles are suggested by Amy B., Branch Manager at the Prior Lake Library. 


- Sugar Run by Mesha Maren

- Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Red at the Bone by Jaqueline Woodson

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