Library News for Adults
July 2022
New Tabletop and Outdoor Games at the Library

The dog days of July are now upon us, and the heat is ON! Time to find some AC or shade and play board or yard games with your friends and family. SCL now has an assortment of both kinds of games for checkout.

Outside yard games are always fun for backyard barbecues and get-togethers, and most can be played by all age group - kids to grandparents. In addition to the classic games of "horseshoes" and "cornhole", the library has spike ball, ladder toss, croquet, bocce, pickleball, and more! Search under "outdoor game" in the catalog.

When it's raining outside, or too dark to run around, you can gather your group around the table and play a board game. The library has a wide variety, suitable for kids, families and just adults. Search for "tabletop game" in the catalog.

All games check out for 3 weeks, with automatic renewal if no one else has placed it on hold. Enjoy!

Selected SCL TableTop Games
-recommended by Mo, Library Associate at the
Prior Lake Library

These are my top five tabletop board game recommendations. I have older kids, so these are probably good recommendations for families with teens.

Mysterium - This game had a little bit of a learning curve, but once we got started, and played a few times it was a lot of fun. Similar in concept to Clue, but more complicated and abstract.

Pandemic - This is a collaborative board game. As the name implies, your group is trying to solve a global pandemic from spreading by taking on various roles. Good team building!

Herd Mentality -This game is always a hit, and popular with the high school and college crowd.

Azul - This ornate game has beautiful pieces. It is a strategic game, and the rules are easy to follow.

Codenames - A very easy game, that can be played in groups. We brought this game to the cabin and had a blast playing with grandparents, and teens.
Upcoming Adult Programs
Thursday, July 7th, 6:00-7:00pm
Savage Library

It's the game all your college-age friends are playing, but you don't know how to get started. Join local enthusiast Zach to learn the basics of game play and what supplies are needed - you'll even get to create your own character sheet! Registration required.
Live by Appointment - The Rule of Sevens Escape Room
Shakopee Library, July 13th - 16th, Times vary
Savage Library, July 23rd, & 25th-27th, Times vary

Enjoy your own private appointment to work together with your group and solve the Rule of Sevens mystery - Uncle Septimus Sjöberg has died, and you have just 25 minutes to solve the mystery of how the murder happened and who is the heir! Best for ages 10-18 with adult, or just adults! Advance registration required.
Wednesday, July 13th, 6:00-8:00pm
New Prague Library

Learn how to paint a stunning landscape using watercolor painting techniques. You will learn how to create a basic sketch, and add a sense of depth in your landscape. Learn about color mixing, “dry” and “wet” paint applications, pigment characteristics, transparent layering, “building” composition and brush work. Registration required.
Friday, July 15th, 4:00-6:00pm
Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake)

Join the library and a Three Rivers Park recreation specialist to learn and practice paddleboarding on Cleary Lake. For ages 14-22. Advance registration required.
Legal Clinics

To schedule an appointment to participate in any of these clinics, please call the Law Library at 952-496-8713.

Thursday, July 7th , 2:00-4:00pm
Law Library

Meet with a volunteer attorney for 30 minutes to discuss a civil legal issue. This may include family law, conciliation/civil court, protective orders, simple probate/estate questions, creditor/debtor issues, etc. depending on the provider). Appointment required.

Thursday, July 21st, 2:00-4:00pm
Law Library

Meet with a volunteer attorney for 30 minutes to discuss family law issues. This may include divorce, post-divorce issues, custody and parenting time, child support and more. Appointment required.
Book Clubs

All library-facilitated book clubs are now meeting in-person at the library.

Wednesday, July 13th, 3:00-4:00pm
New Prague Library
July selection: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Second Wednesday, 7:00-8:00pm
Savage Library
July selection: The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King

Fourth Tuesday, 6:00-7:15pm
Prior Lake Library
July selection: The Long-Shining Waters by Danielle Sosin

**This month, we will be meeting on the third Wednesday, July 20th, 6:30-7:30pm**
Savage Library

Have your own book club? Find book club kits easily in the catalog by using the dark blue Category menu below the search bar, and choose "Book Club Kits".
Job & Career Resources

CareerForce offers the following services to Minnesota job seekers:

Job Fairs and Hiring Events - a monthly listing of the job and career fairs throughout the state.

Job Search Guide - includes assistance with finding jobs and researching employers, job applications & references, resumés & cover letters, the job interview, and much more.

Jobs in Demand Now That Don’t Require a Degree - the top 30 jobs in demand now in Minnesota that require a year or less of post-secondary training, a high school diploma, or less. Jobs are listed in order of demand with jobs in highest demand at the top of the list.

Training Programs Finder - Use this list to search for no-cost training courses or programs that are available to eligible individuals. Find everything from Office Administration, to User Experience Design, to Automotive Technician. Some courses are in-person and others are online.
This and That

Nature Journaling - Wednesday, July 6th, 7:00-8:30pm, Cleary Lake Regional Park - Join park staff for a gentle nature walk, discover the benefits of nature journaling and then create your own!

Mandalas in Nature - Tuesday, July 12th, 6:30-7:30pm, Scott County Fairgrounds - Together, we will explore mandalas in history and cultures. We will wander in the garden to find mandala in the flowers and plants. You will also have the opportunity to build a temporary mandala from natural materials. Presented by the Carver-Scott Master Gardeners.

Nina LaCour presents Yerba Buena - Wednesday, July 13th, 7:00pm, Magers & Quinn Booksellers - Fiction author Nina LaCour will discuss her new book, Yerba Buena, which follows two women on a star-crossed journey toward each other.
Weekly Trivia Challenge

This month's challenge is Fun & Games. Good luck!

You've played games since you were a kid, so how hard could this trivia quiz be? Let's find out! The multiple choice challenge is timed, so the faster you respond, the more points you get! You have 3 weeks, until July 21st, 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!

For those of you who remember your "name" from the Flowers & Plants challenge in June, here are the top 5 finishers. It was delightful to see that most of you got the Minnesota State Flower question correct - the showy lady's slipper!

  1. Prairie Finch
  2. Speedy Fox
  3. Hero Swan
  4. Amazon Emu
  5. Flying Chicken
Library Staff Recommends
All titles are available (or will soon be available) in print at the library, and/or in eBook and eAudiobook form on Libby.
Thrillers to read Lakeside - recommended by Katy, Library Associate at the Prior Lake Library

One of us is Dead by Jeneva Rose - For fans of the Real Housewives, a story of friendship that turns deadly.

The Maid by Nita Prose - As Molly struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others, it becomes an issue when she is charged with murder.

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth - A younger second wife marries a successful heart surgeon; you think you know the story but is everything really as it seems?

My Darling Husband by Kimberly Belle - A masked home invader reveals the cracks in a marriage.

The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon - Are monsters real? This book explores the mysteries of childhood and the monsters that live among us.