Library News for Adults
March 31, 2021
We're making a change! Please note that publication of the newsletter will move to the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month beginning in April.
Vaccination Information

Yesterday was the first day that all Minnesotans ages 16 and older became eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Hurray! Now it's just a matter of signing up to get one.

Scott County Public Health has prioritized Scott County residents for vaccination. Separate signup links will be posted on their website for clinics: links exclusive to Scott County residents and workers, and links for eligible Minnesotans that live outside of Scott County. If you have questions, or need help, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 952-818-3730 (Mon-Fri 8:00am-8:00pm, in English and Spanish).

You can also use the state's Vaccine Connector to sign up. You will be alerted when you are eligible to receive a vaccine and get connected to resources to schedule an appointment. Signing up through the Vaccine Connector is also available in Espanol, Hmoob, and Somali HERE.

And don't forget to check with your health care provider or pharmacy to see if they can set up an appointment for you or get you on a waiting list.

It will take time, but hang in there - we now have hope that we can put this pandemic behind us.
Adult Programs
Wednesday, April 7th

Gardening Season is fast approaching! Join the Carver-Scott Extension Master Gardeners as we discuss things that can be done NOW in preparation for the vegetable and flower gardening season. We also will review and learn information that may help your garden be a success in 2021. Registration required. Note: This is the last class of the series.
Tuesday, April 13th

Food Network favorite Abby Jimenez is an award-winning pastry chef, and the owner of the world-famous Nadia Cakes cupcakery and custom cake studio. In addition, this successful Minnesota businesswoman is also a USA Today bestselling romance writer! Her new book, Life’s Too Short, follows a globe-trotting social media superstar whose carefree lifestyle hits a road bump when she unexpectedly comes into custody of her baby niece. Join us for this moderated virtual event on Facebook.
Thursday, April 15th

Harness the gorgeous depths of watercolor painting. Learn about different watercolor supplies, how to mix colors, and different wet and dry techniques including layering, blending, and more. Keep your supplies and continue to experiment after class! Enjoy the expertise of our Hands On artists in the comfort of your own home. We'll mail you all the supplies needed for the project before the class, and email a link to join the live class on Zoom. 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, April 8th
All Day

Meet 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.

Monday, April 12th
All Day

A volunteer attorney will call you at your pre-determined appointment time to discuss family law issues. This may include divorce, post-divorce issues, custody and parenting time, child support and more. 
Job & Career Resources

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

South of the River Virtual Hiring Event - Thursday, April 1st, 10:00am-12:00pm - Our new platform offers a new, highly interactive experience, is accessible by mobile phone, other mobile device or computer with internet access and features easy registration! Attendees can interact with over 25 participating employers through chat and video interviewing.

Job Club for Veterans Monday, April 5th, 10:00-11:00am - Meet weekly with other military veterans - get support, advice, referrals, and more!

How to Confidently Start Your Own Business, Thursday, April 8th, 12:00-1:00pm - During this interactive class, you will learn five simple steps you can start taking immediately, to launch your own business. You will learn if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur; what is a good business to start right now, how to create a simple plan for your business and even learn what you have to do to be legal in the State of Minnesota.

Interview Skills Workshop - Wednesday, April 14th, 1:00-2:30pm - Through this workshop, we will help you approach your next interview with increased confidence, learn how to answer challenging interview questions, gain frameworks to structure your thoughts and answers to common questions, and develop tools and techniques to both prepare for and follow-up after the interview.
This & That

Minnesota Dark Skies in April, Thursday, April 1st, 4:00-4:30pm - Join the Bell Museum's planetarium educators on Facebook Live as they take you on a journey of what’s currently visible in the evening skies. You will explore the sky above Minnesota, including seasonal constellations, the Moon, and visible planets. The program is free, and you can even download your Minnesota Skies Star Map for April from their website.

SPARK! Online Art and Nature for People Living with Memory Loss and Their Care Partners, Thursday, April 8th, 10:00-11:00am - Explore the simple beauty of nature and the joy of art making and how they enrich our lives. Each month features a new topic about the current season or gallery show on display. This program is taught online with the option to pick up an art kit at Silverwood Park; sign up at least one week prior to pick-up your art kit. You may still participate without a kit and gather your own art materials. Reservations required by one week prior.
Weekly Trivia Challenge

This week's challenge: National Library Week Good luck!

Celebrate National Library Week (April 4-10) with this special library-themed 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, April 6 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!

Here are the top finishers from last week's "Women in History" challenge, and they got them all right! Impressive.

  1. Glowing Panda
  2. Bright Elk
  3. Agile Gnu
  4. Knowing Buffalo
  5. Shining Otter
Library Staff Recommends
All titles are available (or will soon be available) in print, and in eBook and eAudiobook form in Libby.
Books by Female African Authors
There seem to be more and more great books written by women from Africa – I started with Americanah and just couldn’t stop!

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Nigerian-British)

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (Nigerian-British)

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Nigerian-American)

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue (Cameroonian-American)

She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore (Liberian-American)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigerian-American)