Library News for Adults
July 14, 2021
Memory Care Kits Now Available

In 2019, we received grant funding from Scott County Public Health to create "Memory Care Kits" for check out. And now that we're past the worst of the pandemic, we can finally circulate them to you.

These kits give caregivers or other family and friends ideas for good interaction and ways to spend time with folks going through memory loss. The kits were created in collaboration with Club Prior's Prior Lake Memory Café and a group of adult professionals in local memory care, YMCA adult programming, and the Alzheimer's Association, all who give support to those with memory loss and their families.

There are three types of kits designed for Early, Mid- and Late Stage Memory loss. To find them in the catalog, search for them under "memory care kits". Kits check out for 3 weeks.

Extended Access Pilot Project

Extended Access is a technology system that provides self-service access to the library outside of staffed open hours at designated locations. It works similarly to college libraries, 24/7 gyms, co-working lofts, and other shared public spaces. 

Our pilot begins September 1, 2021 at the Jordan Library, and we are seeking 50 pilot participants to test the system and give feedback on how we can enhance the service. If you are interested in participating, visit our website here to find out more and to sign up for an orientation session.

Adult Programs
Thursday, July 15th, 6:00-8:00pm
Giesenbrau Bier Co., New Prague

Celebrate our return to live, in-person trivia at Giesenbrau Bier Co - our first since COVID hit! Register your team, then brush up on your knowledge of all things Minnesota to go for the win.

Wednesday, July 21st
Two Sessions: 10:30am-12:30pm & 1:30-3:30pm
Savage Library

As part of our Hands On! Art Exploration for Adults series, we invite you to the Savage Library to learn about indigo dye, and try your hand at dyeing two bandanas to take home.

Registration is now open for both classes.
Book Clubs

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

Second Wednesday, 7:00-8:00pm
Savage Library
July selection: Circe by Madeline Miller

Fourth Tuesday, 6:00-7:15pm
Prior Lake Library
July selection: No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts

Fourth Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm
Savage Library
July selection: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Keep an eye on the Library Events Calendar to see when other book clubs return, or new ones are formed. To find book clubs more easily in the catalog, use the dark blue Category menu below the search bar, and choose "Books/Authors".
Legal Clinics

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

Thursday, July 22nd
All Day

Meet by phone with a volunteer attorney for 30 mins to discuss a civil legal issue (this can include family law, conciliation/civil court, protective orders, simple probate/estate questions, etc.). Advance registration required.
Job & Career Resources - for Veterans!

All events listed below are presented by CareerForce, and require advance registration.

Career Search for Veterans, Monday, July 19th 10:00-11:30am - This Networking Group and Job Club is open to those who served in the U.S. Military, spouses of those who served, and anyone who would like to help veterans in their career search. Online event.

Explore Careers: Veteran Friendly Employers, Tuesday, July 20th, 2:30–3:30pm - showcases 5 Minnesota companies which have earned the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon designation, indicating their proactive support of veterans and military families. Labor market data on growth trends, skills, transferable skills, and career pathways within the companies will be discussed. You will get networking tips and job search keywords to help you find job postings.

Veterans Virtual Career Fair, Thursday, July 29, 1:00-3:00pm - Current and former members of the U.S. military and their spouses are invited to attend this online career fair and meet with employers who are hiring now. Share your resumé and find out more from employer representatives at virtual booths.
In the Garden and Beyond

Eat Your Weeds!, Wednesday, July 21st, 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-2:00pm - Explore The Landing and find the many plants, now considered weeds, which people of the past would have found useful and edible. Take a guided walk and learn to identify both useful and harmful plants. Discover the hidden treasures that might be growing in your own backyard. This is an in-person event and reservations are required.

Garden Tour, Saturday, July 24th, 10:00am-4:00pm - Join the Carver-Scott Master Gardeners on this tour of three gardens in the Deephaven/Excelsior area. Enjoy the unique features of these landscapes to help foster your own art of gardening. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Weekly Trivia Challenge

This week's challenge: 2000s Movies trivia. Good luck!

It’s been 20+ years, but do you remember the movies of the early 2000s? Try this trivia, created by Kyle in New Prague, and see how you do! The multiple choice challenge is timed, so the faster you respond, the more points you get! You have until Tuesday, July 27 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!

For those of you who remember your "name" in the Juneteenth trivia two weeks ago, here are the final standings. Yay for knowing your Juneteenth history!! Impressive.

  • Dandy Gator – 100%
  • Hero Owl – 100%
  • Daring Dolphin
  • Daring Rooster
  • Royal Crab
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.
Awesome App Audios! - recommended by Lisa O.

Summer Construction Season is upon us and while navigating around all the pretty orange cones here's some Non-Fiction eAudiobook finds to listen to on your Libby app.

Summer brings Sun...and heat....and more heat. The Electric War by Mike Winchell transports you back to Edison’s era, the tests of Tesla, and wonders of Westinghouse. The history of such inventors and the discovery of electricity really makes one appreciate todays AC.

Summer also brings fishing season - The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson is a rare, intriguing story that will make you love taking a detour from what you thought you knew about fly fishing. Why is it entitled 'Feather Thief" -- just wait til you hear.

Summer is smiles and Channel Kindness by the Born This Way Foundation (Lady Gaga’s nonprofit organization) will make one smile think, realize, and wish. Enjoy a detour from negativity and bask in niceness!

The Complete and Utter History of the World by Samuel Stewart Aged 9 by Sarah Burton covers all seasons and lots more...even construction. A much-needed point of view shared by Samuel gives everyone a huge hug from history. In a roundabout way, this young man explains everything and it finally makes sense.