DAKOTA COUNTY LIBRARY

DAKOTA COUNTY LIBRARY

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www.DakotaCounty.us/library DAKOTA COUNTY LIBRARY Author Larry Schneiderman Hear an insider’s view of a local success story. Page 24 Tracks of New Thinking Discover the beauty of African-American poetry and music. Page 20 El Día de los Niños/ El Día de los Libros Celebrate literacy with live entertainment by Los Alegres Bailadores. Page 20 YOUTH·FAMILY·ADULT & COMPUTER CLASSES winter/spring 2015

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Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 • www.dakotacounty.us/library 2 News Get news, program information, book reviews and more delivered to your inbox.

Sign up for the Library’s e-newsletters at www.dakotacounty.us/ library, click eNewsunder QuickLinks. Programs Programs are subject to change without prior notice. For the most up-to-date program information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library. Two ways to register for a program: 1. Online: www.dakotacounty.us/library, click onCalendarofEvents, click on AllEvents, select the program and complete the registration form. 2. By phone: Call the branch where the program is being held. Contact Renewal Line 651-450-2999 Library Administration 651-450-2925 www.dakotacounty.us/library Programs designated“A Min- nesota Legacy Program”are sponsored by Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Club Book Presents Garth Stein Monday, April 20, 7–8 pm Galaxie Meet Garth Stein, author of the New York Times bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain, and discuss his most recent release A Sudden Light, the story of a family confronting long-buried secrets as it struggles for forgiveness and redemption. Stein will sell and sign his books. know Winter Jackets Bundle up for the 2015 Winter Jackets reading program for adults. Rate and review any book you read Jan. 5–Feb. 28 and be eligible to win prizes. For more information and to sign up, visit any Dakota County Library branch. Celebrate cultures and heritage Understand the diverse cultures and heritage of the people of our communities with stories and poetry, arts and crafts, music and live entertainment at special programs at the Library.

Look for the Culture & Heritage symbol throughout the guide.

LIBRARY PICKS www.dakotacounty.us/library find us on facebook CULTURAL & HERITAGE

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www.dakotacounty.us/library • Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 3 know haiku, free verse, odes and sonnets Winners will be announced in May. For contest guidelines and submission information, visit your library branch or www.dakotacounty.us/library April 1–30 Celebrate National Poetry Month by entering our annual poetry contest. Poets of all ages are encouraged to submit original poems to any Dakota County Library branch from April 1–30. Awards and prizes will be given to the top three entries in five age groups: Children age 6–8 • Children age 9–11 • Teens age 12–14 Teens age 15–18 • Adults age 19 and older

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Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 • www.dakotacounty.us/library 4 Kids who read grow up to succeed. Come to know how to raise a reader

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www.dakotacounty.us/library • Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 5 Every Child Ready to Read Workshop Parents, grandparents, childcare providers and preschool teachers will learn research-based practices that can help develop language and pre-reading skills in children from birth to age 5. Continuing Education Unit hours available. Registration required. Sat, Jan. 10, 10:30–11:30 am Burnhaven Sat, March 7, 10 am–noon Farmington 30 Ways to Raise a Reader Discover 30 ways to instill a love of reading that will help your child achieve success in school and beyond.

This class for parents and caregivers will introduce a variety of activities to get their child ready to read by kindergarten. Wed, Feb. 18, 7–8 pm Wescott Fun With Words Get your child on the road to reading with fun and engaging word activities in this early literacy workshop. Registration required. Parents and children ages 0–6. Sat, April 18, 11 am–noon Pleasant Hill Getting kids started on the road to reading from as young as birth to age 5 can help them get an early start on the road to success. Early reading helps kids do better in school. Reading stimulates imagination so kids can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone.

Reading opens the door to lifelong learning. From books, iPads and online resources to storytimes, music and theater the Dakota County Library has the tools it takes to help you raise a reader.

www.dakotacounty.us/library search raise a reader Come to know how to get your child on the road to reading

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Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 • www.dakotacounty.us/library 6 find us on facebook WINTER/SPRING CONTENTS www.dakotacounty.us/library Youth programs Storytimes . . 08 Arts & crafts . . 10 Magic, fun & games . . 12 Music & movies . . 12 Theater . . 13 Science . . 14 Homeschool studies . . 15 Tech tools & toys . . 15 Writing your own story ....16 Waggin’Tales . . 16 More . . 16 Family programs Magic, fun & games � � 18 Arts&crafts � � 18 Animals & insects � 19 Community reading � 19 Movies & music .

20 More � 20 Adult programs Book discussions � 22 Authors & good books � 22 Arts & crafts � 23 Minnesota’s stories . 24 Community reading . 25 Foreign policy . 26 ToeTappin’tunes . 26 Small business . . 27 Insurance, taxes & financial planning . . 27 More . . 28 Workforce & Computer programs Workforce � 30 Computers � 31

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www.dakotacounty.us/library • Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 7 We know that different kids like different things. So whether your kid is a bookworm, loves movies and acting, has an artsy side, or just likes to be silly — we’ve got something for them at the Library. Join us for one of our many movie, games, arts and crafts, or writing programs — all for free. YOUTH PROGRAMS

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Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 • www.dakotacounty.us/library 8 Galaxie Mondays, 9:30–10:15 am & 10:30–11:15 am Jan. 5, 12 & 26; Feb.

2, 9 & 23; March 2–30; April 6–27; May 4–18 Heritage Fridays, 10:30–11:30 am Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 8 Pleasant Hill Mondays, 10:45–11:30 am Jan. 5 & 12; Feb. 2 & 9; March 2–23; April 6–20; May 4–18 RobertTrail Wednesdays, 10:30–11:15 am Jan. 7–28; Feb. 4–25; March 4–25; April 1, 8 & 29; May 6 & 13 Wentworth Tuesdays, 10:30–11:15 am Jan. 6–27; Feb. 3–24; March 3–31; April 7–28; May 5 & 12 Wescott Thursdays, 10:30–11:15 am Jan. 15–29; Feb. 5–26; March 5–19; April 9–30; May 7 Library Picnic and Storytime Bring a picnic lunch to eat and enjoy a fun storytime in the Library. Ages: 2–8.

Heritage Fridays, noon–1 pm Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1 iPad Storytime Boost your child’s early literacy skills by discovering books, apps and more on the iPad. A limited number of iPads will be avail- able. Ages:3–6. Burnhaven Mondays, 1:30–2 pm Jan. 5, 12 & 26; Feb. 2, 9 & 23 Galaxie Fridays, 10:30–11 am April 3–17 Heritage Thursdays, 10:30–11 am Feb. 5–26 Wescott Wednesdays, 7–7:30 pm Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13 Books & Beyond Stories and a craft presented by the ISD 194 ECFE Advisory Council at (Heritage) and ISD 192 ECFE (Farmington). Ages: 0–6. Penguin Pals Mon, Jan.

12, 10:15–11 am Heritage Giggles & Rhymes with Dr. Seuss Mon, Feb. 9, 10:15–11 am Heritage Valentine Surprise Thu, Feb. 12, 10:30–11:30 am Farmington Fruit Basket Upset Mon, March 16, 10:15–11 am Heritage Rain Rain Go Away Mon, April 13, 10:15–11 am Heritage I Like Me Thu, April 23, 10:30–11:30 am Farmington Alphabet Adventure Explore the alphabet in stories, songs, games and activities that help your child get ready to read. Ages: 1–6. Sat, Jan. 17, 10:30–11:30 am Heritage Pajamarama Storytime Enjoy an evening of bedtime stories, activities and songs in your pajamas. Ages: 0–6. Burnhaven Mondays, 7–7:30 pm Jan.

26, Feb. 23, March 30, April 27, May 18 We Love Snow Storytime Enjoy stories, songs and a craft to celebrate this snowy time of year. Ages: 2–6. Mon, Jan. 26, 7–7:45 pm RobertTrail find us on facebook YOUTH PROGRAMS www.dakotacounty.us/library know how to raise a reader Storytime for All Ages Stories and activities ideal for mixed-ages audiences such as child care groups and families. Ages: 0–6.

Burnhaven Wednesdays, 10:15–10:45 am Jan. 7–21; Feb. 4–18; March 4–18; April 1–22; May 6 & 13 Farmington Fridays, 10:30–11 am Jan. 16–30; Feb. 13–27; March 13–27; April 10; May 1 & 8 Galaxie Tuesdays, 10:15–10:45 am & 11–11:30 am Jan. 6–20; Feb. 3–17; March 3–24; April 7–21; May 5–19 Heritage Wednesdays, 10:30–11 am Jan. 7–28; Feb. 4–25; March 4–25; April 1–29 May 6–27 Wednesdays, 11:30 am–noon Jan. 7–28; Feb. 4–25; March 4–25; April 1–29 Inver Glen Thursdays, 10:30–11 am Jan. 8–29; Feb. 5, 19 & 26; March 5–26; April 2, 9, 23 & 30; May 7–21 Pleasant Hill Wednesdays, 10:30–11:15 am Jan. 7–21; Feb 4–18; March 4 & 11; April 1, 8 & 22; May 6–20 RobertTrail Thursdays, 10:30–11:15 am Jan.

8–29; Feb. 5–26; March 5–26; April 2–30; May 7 & 14 Wentworth Wednesdays, 10:30–11:15 am Jan. 7–28; Feb. 4–25; March 4–25; April 1–29; May 6 &13 Wescott Tuesdays, 10:30–11:15 am Jan. 13–27; Feb. 3–24; March 3–17; April 7–28; May 5 Fridays, 10:30–11:15 am Jan. 16–30; Feb. 6–27; March 6–20; April 10–24; May 1 & 8 CountryView Manufactured Home Community 5775 CountryviewTrail, Farmington Tuesdays, 10:30–11 am Feb. 10–24 Evening Storytime for All Ages Stories and activities ideal for kids and families. Ages: 0–6. Galaxie Wednesdays, 6:30–7 pm Jan. 7–21; Feb. 4–18; March 4–25; April 8–22; May 6–20 Pleasant Hill Tuesdays, 6:30–7 pm Jan.

13, Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May 12 Heritage Tuesdays, 6–6:30 pm March 3–31 Storytime for Babies Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Ages: 0–2.

Burnhaven Tuesdays, 10:15–11 am Jan. 6–27; Feb. 3–24; March 3–31; April 7–28; May 5–19 Farmington Thursdays, 10:30–11:15 am Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, May 7

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www.dakotacounty.us/library • Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 9 Yoga for Kids Storytime Kids will love this program of movement, imagination and stories. Ages: 2–6. Mon, Feb. 23, 7–7:45 pm RobertTrail Milk and Cookies Storytime Join us for a special storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes and activities with milk and cookies. Ages 2–6. Sat, March 14, 10:30–11:30 am South St.

Paul An Irish Storytime Stories, activities, rhymes and a craft that celebrate Ireland. Ages: 0–6.

Mon, March 16, 7–7:45 pm RobertTrail Half-pint Horses Enjoy horse stories and meet real miniature horses. Ages: 3–12. Wed,March18,10:30–11:30am Pleasant Hill S is for Spring Springtime stories, songs, crafts and games especially for preschoolers. Sponsored in part by ECFE. Registration required. Ages: 3–5. Fri, March 27, 11 am–12:15 pm Pleasant Hill Moo!Readathon Drop in anytime to learn about Once Upon a Reader, Min- nesota’s statewide one-book program, that is featuring David LaRochelle’s Moo!— the hilari- ous and exciting story of a cow who takes the farmer’s car for a ride. Hear Moo!being read by guest readers and enjoy activi- ties and a special treat.

Wed, April 1, 4–5:30 pm Pleasant Hill Hippity Hoppity Storytime Join us for a storytime, songs and a craft to celebrate this special time of year. Ages: 0–6. Thu, April 2, 10:30–11 am Inver Glen Moo!Storytime Come for some great stories and songs about milk and cook- ies, including David LaRochelle’s bookMoo!For ages 2–6.

Fri, April 3, 10:30–11:15 am Wescott Tue, April 7, 10:15–10:45 am Galaxie Tue, April 7, 11–11:30 am Galaxie Wed, April 8, 6:30–7 pm Galaxie Wed, April 15, 10:30–11:30 am Pleasant Hill Thu, April 30, 10:30–11:15 am RobertTrail Storytime with Stephen Shaskan* Hear Stephen Shaskan, local au- thor and illustrator of TheThree TriceratopsTuff, read from his books and entertain with songs and drawings. Ages: 0–5. Tue, April 14, 10:15–11 am South St. Paul Author Stephen Shaskan* Meet Stephen Shaskan, local children’s author and illustrator ofADogisaDog.Shaskan will read from his books, talk about his book creating process and entertain with songs and draw- ings.

Ages: 6–12. Tue, April 14, 1–2 pm South St. Paul Storytime Spring Picnic Bring a bag lunch to enjoy while listening to a fun-filled spring sto- rytime with movies. Ages: 0–6. Fri, April 17, 10:30–11:30 am Farmington Rain and Mud Storytime Rain and mud make fun stories, songs and a not-too-soggy craft for this storytime. Ages: 0–6. Mon, April 27, 7–7:45 pm RobertTrail PrimeTime, RhymeTime* These stories chime with rhyme beginning with SamIAm and GreenEggsandHam. It’s Dr. Seuss like you’ve never seen it before and so much more. Pre- sented byThe Story Man from England. Ages: 2–8. Wed, April 29, 10:15–11 am Burnhaven Mother’s Day Storytime Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special storytime, songs and a craft.

Ages: 0–6. Thu, May 7, 10:30–11 am Inver Glen T is forTrain Stories, songs, crafts and games that are all about trains. Spon- sored in part by ECFE. Registra- tion required. Ages: 3–5. Fri, May 8, 11 am–12:15 pm Pleasant Hill Ultimate Storytime for All Ages Join us for an amazing outdoor storytime that will motivate you for the Bookawocky summer reading program. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. Ages: 0–6.

Thu, May 14, 7–7:45 pm Wescott Programs are subject to change without prior notice. For most up-to-date program information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library. Supplies provided unless noted. To register for a program: 1. Online www.dakotacounty.us/library, click onViewcalendar 2. By phone, call the branch where the program is being held. Registration begins at 10 a.m., two weeks prior to program date. *A Minnesota Legacy program.

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Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 • www.dakotacounty.us/library 10 find us on facebook know arts and crafts Teen Anime Club Join other teen anime and manga fans for manga drawing, films, cosplay and conversation.

Ages: 10–16. Tue, Jan. 6, 3:30–5:30 pm Wescott Tue, Feb. 3, 3:30–5:30 pm Wescott Tue, March 3, 3:30–5:30 pm Wescott Tue, April 7, 3:30–5:30 pm Wescott Tue, May 5, 3:30–5:30 pm Wescott Make &Take: DuctTape Crafts It’s amazing what you can create with duct tape — from wallets to cellphone cases. Ex- plore the world of duct tape art. Space is limited. Ages: 11–16. Thu, Jan. 8, 3:30–4:30 pm RobertTrail Wed, March 25, 1–3 pm Galaxie Fri, April 24, 1–2:30 pm Inver Glen Make &Take: Bubble Magnets and Buttons Create wonderful locker or re- frigerator magnets and buttons to wear or decorate your bag with craft kits from the Library.

Keep for yourself or give them as gifts. Ages: 10–16. Sat, Jan. 10, 1–3 pm Galaxie Fri, Jan. 23, 2–4 pm Wescott Thu, April 16, 3–5 pm Pleasant Hill Drawing StarWars Characters Learn the steps to draw your favorite StarWars character from professional cartoon artist and writer Craig MacIntosh. Registra- tion required. Ages: 10–16. Mon, Jan. 12, 6:30–8 pm RobertTrail StarWars Arts and Crafts Choose from thousands of Star Wars images or recycled books to create buttons, collages, cartoons or other works of art. Ages: 6–16.

Wed, Jan. 14, 3–4:30 pm RobertTrail Frankentoys Bring your broken toys or use some of ours to reengineer a new wild and beautiful creation. Ages: 10–16. Thu, Jan. 15, 3:30–5 pm Pleasant Hill Cardboard Carpentry Build your own small bookshelf out of cardboard while learning real carpentry skills. Registration required. Ages: 10–16. Sat, Jan. 17, 2–5 pm Farmington Papercrafts for Kids Try your hand at creating a variety of paper-based craft projects. Ages: 3–11. Fri, Jan. 23, 2–3 pm Heritage Valentine Collage* Learn about color while creating aValentine collage. Presented by Abrakadoodle. Registration required.

Ages: 6–14. Wed, Feb. 4, 4–5 pm Wentworth Fri, Feb. 13, 10:30–11:30 am Galaxie Playing with Shapes Crafts Create animals, buildings and other items you can make with circles, squares and other shapes.

Thu, Feb. 5, 10:30–11:30 am Wentworth Make &Take: WearableWashers Drop in anytime and create funky jewelry from washers to wear yourself or give as gifts. Ages: 10–16. Tue, Feb. 10, 3–4 pm Inver Glen Thu, May 14, 3–5 pm Pleasant Hill Make &Take: Valentines for Kids Create a beautifulValentine card for someone special. Ages: 3–10. Tue, Feb. 10, 3:30–4:30 pm Heritage Make &Take:Valentines for Teens Create funValentine cards to give to your friends or to some- one special. Ages: 10–15. Wed, Feb. 11, 3:30–4:30 pm Heritage Make &Take:Valentine/Anti- Valentine Buttons Make fun buttons to wear that show how you feel aboutValen- tines Day.

Ages: 10–16. Fri, Feb. 13, 2–3 pm Wentworth Make &Take: Hardware Jew- elry andWearableWashers Use your imagination to make trendy jewelry from washers and other hardware to add a new dimension to your ward- robe or to give as a gift. Ages: 10–16.

Sat, Feb. 14, 10:30 am–noon RobertTrail Pop-out Books* Stretch your idea of what a book can be. Create your own pop-out book with one sheet of paper and a little magic folding and cutting. Presented by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Registration required. Ages: 8–12. Dragons Thu, Feb. 26, 4–5 pm Pleasant Hill Birds Fri, April 24, 10:30–11:30 am Galaxie Clay Houses* Learn about color mixing and sculpting to create colorful clay houses. Presented by Abraka- doodle. Registration required. Ages: 3–12.

Mon, March 16, 2–3 pm Pleasant Hill Clay Hedgehogs* Hear a funny story and learn how to blend colors, roll balls, add quills and sculpt a hedge- hog from clay with Abraka- doodle.

Registration required. Ages: 3–12. Tue, March 24, 10:30–11:30 am RobertTrail Fri, April 17, 1:30–2:30 pm Heritage YOUTH PROGRAMS www.dakotacounty.us/library

www.dakotacounty.us/library • Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 11 Chalk Pastel Dragonflies* Learn about dragonflies and how to use pastel chalk techniques with an artist from Abrakadoodle. Registration required. Ages: 10–14. Thu, March 26, 2–3 pm Wescott Make &Take: Craft Blowout A craft project frenzy. Fashion something out of duct tape, make glass bubble magnets or design hardware jewelry. Ages: 9–17. Fri, March 27, 10:30–11:30 am Burnhaven Make &Take: Spring Crafts Use your creativity to make crafts related to spring. Ages: 5–12.

Fri, March 27, 10:30–11:30 am Wescott SpringWatercolor Flowers* Create colorful spring flowers using water colors that will brighten up any room.

Present- ed by Abrakadoodle. Registra- tion required. Ages: 5–12. Fri, March 27, 10:30–11:30 am Galaxie Wacky Neighborhood Pop– Up Book* Explore the third dimension in bookmaking through paper engineering. Create your own Wacky Neighborhood pop-up book with an instructor from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Registration required. Ages: 6–16.

Sat, March 28, 10:30–11:30 am RobertTrail A Garden in a Glove Hear a fun story, learn about gardening and plant your own garden in a glove withTutor Time of Lakeville. Registration required. Ages: 5–9. Mon, March 30, 10:30–11:15 am Heritage Draw Frogs* Listen to a story about frogs and learn to draw one. Presented by Abrakadoodle. Registration required. Ages: 6–12. Mon, March 30, 2–3 pm Farmington Tue, April 7, 4–5 pm Wentworth Mon, May 4, 4–5 pm Pleasant Hill Mon, May 11, 4–5 pm Heritage Thrift StoreTransformation* Bring a thrift store find you’d like to restyle — a skirt,T-shirt or any piece of clothing — and cut, stitch, embellish and transform it into something new and fash- ionable.

Presented by theTextile Center. Registration required. Ages: 13–18.

Wed, April 1, 3–5 pm Farmington Flag Books* Make a book with small alternat- ing pages that wave like flags and open to reveal a hidden illustration or message. Stretch it out to create a full picture with room to write. Presented by Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Registration required. Ages: 10–16. Wed, April 1, 4–6 pm Wescott Paint on Canvas: Pop Art* Use bright colors to draw and paint popular symbols to cre- ate a marvelous masterpiece inspired by Jim Dine and Peter Max. Presented by Abraka- doodle. Registration required. Ages: 5–14.

Thu, April 2, 10:30–11:30 am Heritage Button Box* Dig in to your button stash and learn a handful of ways to make jewelry and wearable art using vintage buttons.

Learn techniques for stacking and attaching buttons to show off your favorites. Presented by theTextile Center. Registration required. Ages: 9–12. Thu, April 2, 2–4 pm Farmington Make &Take: Recycled Soda BottleTerrarium Use recycled materials to make your very own terrarium to cel- ebrate Earth Day. Ages: 10–15. Wed, April 22, 4–5 pm Heritage Make &Take: DuctTape Flowers for May Day Create flowers from duct tape to give as May Day favors. Ages: 10–16. Fri, May 1, 3–4 pm Heritage Stab Binding* Use stab binding, a simple yet elegant bookbinding technique, to make your own blank book. Binding designs are ideal for publishing student writing or to apply to future projects as small as a single sheet.

Presented by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Registration required. Ages: 10–16.

Thu, May 7, 3:30–4:30 pm RobertTrail VintageVibe Embroidery* Learn to embroider and make a monogrammed handkerchief like your great-grandma might have or add embellishments to your jeans and more. Create a sample in class using several stitches and get tips to get you started on your own project. Presented by theTextile Center. Registration required. Ages: 9–12. Sat, May 9, 10:30 am–12:30 pm RobertTrail Programs are subject to change without prior notice. For most up-to-date program information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library. Supplies provided unless noted. To register for a program: 1.

Online www.dakotacounty.us/library, click onViewcalendar 2. By phone, call the branch where the program is being held. Registration begins at 10 a.m., two weeks prior to program date. *A Minnesota Legacy program.

Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 • www.dakotacounty.us/library 12 Morning at the Speedway Bring a small car or truck and play on the“roads”in the library. Ages: 2–8. Wed, Jan. 28, 10:15–10:45 am Burnhaven Book Bingo Play bingo for a chance to win gently-used books. Space is limited. Ages: 6–12. Fri, March 13, 10:30–11:30 am Galaxie Library Scavenger Hunt Think you know the library? Follow the clues and test your knowledge at this scavenger hunt. Ages: 5–12. Thu, March 19, 1:30–2:30 pm Pleasant Hill Chess forTweens andTeens Let the games begin. Come to the Library to play this fun game of strategy with a friend or other chess fan.

Open to all levels. Ages: 10–16.

Tue, March 24, 2–4 pm Wescott Guitar Hero Be the rock star you’ve always dreamed of becoming. Play sweet riffs and become a rock legend –– at the library. Ages: 8–16. Fri, March 27, 2:30–4:30 pm RobertTrail Book Bingo forTeens Play bingo with other teens for the chance to win gently-used books. Ages: 12–16. Tue, March 31, 3–4 pm Heritage Moo-velous Readers Join us for games, activities and crafts that celebrate Moo!— the hilarious and exciting story of a cow who takes the farmer’s car for a ride — by local author David LaRochelle. Ages: 0–6. Sat, April 11, 10:30–11:30 am South St. Paul know music and movies MusicTogether© Enjoy lively early childhood mu- sic and movement with Music Together© instructor Cheryl Hornstein.

Registration required. Ages: 0–4.

Tue, Jan. 6, 10:30–11:15 am Wescott Thu, Jan. 8, 5:45–6:30 pm Burnhaven Tue, March 24, 10:30–11:15 am Wescott Thu, March 26, 5:45–6:30 pm Burnhaven MusicTogether© for Infants Bring your infant to enjoy music and a little movement with Mu- sicTogether© instructor Cheryl Hornstein. Registration required. Ages: 0–8 months. Thu, Jan. 8, 10:30–11:15 am Wescott find us on facebook know magic, fun and games Magic:theGathering Booster Draft Draft cards and play two rounds of Swiss draw. Prizes will be awarded based on standings. Cards and snacks provided. Reg- istration required. Ages: 12–18. Sat, Jan.

10, 2:30–5 pm RobertTrail Sat, March 14, 2:30–5 pm RobertTrail Sat, May 9, 2:30–5 pm RobertTrail Lego Quest Use Legos to make a unique creation and complete a specific quest in this non-competitive building challenge. Ages: 6–15. Mon, Jan. 12, 6–7:30 pm Burnhaven Mon, Feb. 9, 6–7:30 pm Burnhaven Mon, March 9, 6–7:30 pm Burnhaven Mon, April 13, 6–7:30 pm Burnhaven Mon, May 11, 6–7:30 pm Burnhaven Monkey Madness* Celebrate children’s play and their innate sense of fun with interactive songs, games and activities about mischievous monkeys. Presented byThe Story Man from England. Ages: 2–8.

Thu, Jan. 15, 10:30–11:15 am Wentworth Sat, Jan. 31, 2:30–3:15 pm RobertTrail StarWarsTrivia From droids to death stars, test your knowledge of StarWars. Ages: 12–16. Thu, Jan. 15, 7–8 pm RobertTrail Life-sizeSorry! Play a life-sized version of the classic board gameSorry! Ages: 6–15. Sat, Jan. 17, 10:30–11:30 am Burnhaven Legos and Duplos at the Library Get your kids’imaginations working by exploring the many things they can create with Legos and Duplos. Ages: 2–12. Tue, Jan. 27, 10–11:30 am Galaxie Wed, Jan. 28, 6–7:30 pm Galaxie Tue, Feb. 24, 10–11:30 am Galaxie Wed, Feb. 25, 10:15–10:45 am Burnhaven Wed, Feb.

25, 6–7:30 pm Galaxie Tue, March 31, 10–11:30 am Galaxie Wed, April 1, 6–7:30 pm Galaxie Fri, April 24, 10:30–11:30 am Farmington Tue, April 28, 10–11:30 am Galaxie Wed, April 29, 6–7:30 pm Galaxie Tue, May 26, 10–11:30 am Galaxie Wed, May 27, 6–7:30 pm Galaxie YOUTH PROGRAMS www.dakotacounty.us/library

www.dakotacounty.us/library • Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 13 Programs are subject to change without prior notice. For most up-to-date program information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library. Supplies provided unless noted. To register for a program: 1. Online www.dakotacounty.us/library, click onViewcalendar 2. By phone, call the branch where the program is being held. Registration begins at 10 a.m., two weeks prior to program date. *A Minnesota Legacy program. BLAC HISTO MON Movies for Kids Enjoy fun children’s books in movie format. Ages: 2–6. Fri, Jan. 9, 10:30–11 am Farmington Thu, Jan.

22, 10:30–11:15 am Wentworth Wed, Jan. 28, 10:30–11 am Pleasant Hill Fri, Feb. 6, 10:30–11 am Farmington Wed, Feb. 25, 10:30–11 am Pleasant Hill Thu, Feb. 26, 10:30–11 am Wentworth Fri, March 6, 10:30–11 am Farmington Wed, March 25, 10:30–11 am Pleasant Hill Thu, March 26, 10:30–11 am Wentworth Fri, April 3, 10:30–11 am Farmington Thu, April 23, 10:30–11:30 am Wentworth Wed, April 29, 10:30–11 am Pleasant Hill Sing, Play, Learn!* Enjoy the magic of music and play with MacPhail Center for Music’s early childhood music specialists. Experience music’s impact on learning and reading readiness.

Registration required. Ages: 0–5.

A Musical Snowstorm Wed, Jan. 21, 10:30–11:15 am South St. Paul Fri, Jan. 23, 10:30–11:15 am Inver Glen Sing, Play, Learn Mon, Jan. 26, 10:30–11:15 am Pleasant Hill I Make Music Fri, Feb. 20, 10:30–11:15 am Inver Glen Animals Make Music Thu, March 5, 10:30–11:15 am Wentworth Thu, March 19, 10:30–11:15 am Heritage Colors, Feelings, Music! Fri, March 27, 10:30–11:15 am Inver Glen Rain Makes Music Thu, April 2, 10:30–11:15 am Wescott Kindermusik of theValley Explore music and movement with your child through this workshop presented by Kinder- musik of theValley. Registration required. Ages: 0–6.

Mon, Feb. 2, 10:30–11:30 am Heritage Tue, March 31, 10:30–11:30 am Wescott Mon, April 27, 10:30–11:30 am Heritage African Drumming* Work with a professional artist from the SteppingStoneTheater to discover the history and uses of percussion instruments and learn techniques of drumming. A Black History Month program. Registration required. Ages: 9–17. Sat, Feb. 21, 11 am–noon Inver Glen Feature Film Watch a new film release on the big screen. Ages: 5–10. Wed,March25,10:30am–12:30pm Burnhaven Beat Boxing* Work with a professional beat box and hip hop artist to learn how to transform your voice into drums, trumpets, cymbals and even violins.Then create your own unique composition as a class.

Registration required. Ages: 10–16.

Wed, March 25, 2–4 pm Wescott Sing and Dance with Robi* Join Duluth songwriter and musician Robi Meyerson to get kids up and moving with fun new songs and old favorites. Ages: 0–6. Mon, April 6, 10:30–11:15 am Heritage Bibliobop Have fun with books and music from the Library’s collection with DJ Miss Debbie. Ages: 0–6. Wed, May 20, 10:15–10:45 am Burnhaven know theater History Players present Harriet Bishop See a live performance that reveals the role of women on the American frontier and Har- riet Bishop’s life as St. Paul’s first public school teacher. Presented by the Minnesota History Center.

Ages: 12–15.

Tue, Jan. 13, 4:30–5:15 pm Heritage Tue, Jan. 13, 6:30–7:15 pm Heritage Ha Ha! Hee Hee! Chuckle Chuckle!* Laughterisgreatmedicineandal- lowsustotakeourselvesalittleless seriously.Comepreparedtolaugh –– a lot. Presented byThe Story Man from England. Ages: 2–8. Thu, Jan. 29, 10:30–11:15 am Galaxie Tue, March 24, 10:15–11:15 am South St. Paul Thu, May 7, 10:30–11:15 am Wentworth Wed, May 20, 10:30–11:15 am Wescott Juggling* Learn how to juggle scarves, balls and other items and prac- tice to become a pro with Step- pingStoneTheater. Registration required. Ages: 9–15. Fri, Feb. 13, 2–4 pm Wescott Camp Caldecott: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus* Join SteppingStoneTheater to learn about Pigeon created by author MoWillems through art, music and creative play.

Regis- tration required. Ages: 3–6. Wed, Feb. 18, 10:30–11:30 am South St. Paul Thu, April 30, 10:30–11:30 am Pleasant Hill Be an Animal Perform, learn and have fun with animal masks, movement, pretend play and storytelling in this program presented by Community Programs in the Arts (COMPAS). Registration required. Ages: 5–8. Sat, Feb. 28, 10:30 am–12:30 pm RobertTrail History Players present Charley Goddard Learn about Charley’s childhood in the frontier town ofWinona, Minn., what it was like to be a teenage soldier during the Civil War, and the impact of the war nationally and in Minnesota.

Presented by the Minnesota His- torical Society. Ages: 12–15. Wed, March 18, 4:30–5:15 pm Heritage Wed, March 18, 6:30–7:15 pm Heritage CULTURAL & HERITAGE

Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 • www.dakotacounty.us/library 14 find us on facebook YOUTH PROGRAMS www.dakotacounty.us/library ReadersTheater at the Library Use a variety of dramatic scripts to have fun reading and per- forming. Registration required. Ages: 8–12. Thu, March 26, 2–3:30 pm RobertTrail Dinosaurs Galore* Explore the fantasy and real- ity, fiction and non–fiction of dinosaurs through interactive poetry, props and puppets with The Story Man from England. Ages: 2–8.

Thu, April 16, 10:30–11 am Inver Glen CosplayWorkshop Come to the library to meet up, share tips with fellow cosplayers and get help putting those final touches on your cosplays.

Ages: 10–16. Sat, May 2, 2–5 pm Farmington know science WinterWonderland Explore the winter world of snow and ice with a Dakota County Parks naturalist. Learn what makes snow and ice differ- ent with fun, hands-on activities. Registration required. Ages: 3–5. Tue, Jan. 6, 2–3 pm Heritage STEAM on Saturdays: Fire and Ice See science in action with fun demonstrations geared espe- cially for ages 3–12. Learn what keeps money from burning and how to make clouds from dry ice. Presented by Mad Science of Minnesota. Sponsored by the Friends of theWescott Library. Sat, Jan. 17, 2–3 pm Wescott FunWith Science & Math Engage with your child through fun science and math activities in this early literacy workshop.

Sponsored in part by ECFE. Reg- istration required. Ages: 0–6. Thu, Feb. 12, 6:30–7:30 pm Pleasant Hill STEAM on Saturdays: Astronomy Learn about the objects in the night sky, see astronomy equip- ment and discover how astron- mers do their jobs. Presented by the University of Minne- sota Astrophysics Department. Sponsored by the Friends of the Wescott Library. Ages: 5–12. Sat, Feb. 21, 2–3 pm Wescott STEAM on Saturdays: Acids and Bases How does a science fair volcano explode and why does acid eat through metal? Discover the answers to these questions and more as you explore the proper- ties of acids and bases through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on experiments.

Presented by the 3MVisiting Wizards. Sponsored by the Friends of theWescott Library. Ages: 5–12.

Sat, March 21, 2–3 pm Wescott Rocks & Minerals Explore geology — the study of rocks and minerals — in Min- nesota and discover what types of rocks you might find in your backyard and how to identify them. Learn what it takes to start your own rock collection. Presented by Dakota County Parks. Registration required. Ages: 6–12. Fri, March 27, 10:30 am–noon Heritage STEAM on Saturdays: War of the Currents Learn about electrical genera- tion, transmission and conser- vation and get inspired to find ways to help solve our current energy challenges. Presented by the Bakken Museum. Sponsored by the Friends of theWescott Library.

Ages: 5-12. Sat, April 11, 2–3 pm Wescott Science Saturdays: Fire and Ice Make your brain sizzle with re- vealing demonstrations geared for kids age 10–17. Learn about the properties of heat and cold, what keeps money from burn- ing and how dry ice is used to make clouds and extinguish fire. Presented by Mad Science of Minnesota.

Sat, April 18, 11 am–noon Galaxie Science Saturdays: Static Electricity Experience the effects of static electricity first-hand with this energizing presentation.Try a variety of experiments and cre- ate your own with the Bakken Museum. Ages: 10–17. Sat, April 25, 11 am–noon Galaxie Science Saturdays: Chemist in the Classroom Get an intro to the amazing world of chemistry with ex- periments that demonstrate the reaction between matter and energy. Presented by the Uni- versity of Minnesota’s Outreach. Ages: 10–17.

Sat, May 2, 11 am–noon Galaxie STEAM on Saturdays: Chemis- try Demonstrations Meet a real scientist from the University of Minnesota and see them perform an experiment using elephant toothpaste.

Make slime of your own to take home. Presented by the Uni- versity of Minnesota’s Outreach program and sponsored by the Friends of theWescott Library. Ages: 5–12. Sat, May 16, 2–3 pm Wescott

www.dakotacounty.us/library • Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 15 Programs are subject to change without prior notice. For most up-to-date program information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library. Supplies provided unless noted. To register for a program: 1. Online www.dakotacounty.us/library, click onViewcalendar 2. By phone, call the branch where the program is being held. Registration begins at 10 a.m., two weeks prior to program date. *A Minnesota Legacy program. know homeschool studies Fire and Ice Bring your homeschool student to learn about the properties of heat and cold and to watch as the Mad Scientist uses dry ice to make clouds and extinguish fire.

Presented by Mad Science of Minnesota. A Homeschool Sci- ence Series program sponsored by the Friends of theWescott Library. Ages: 5–12. Tue, Jan. 20, 2–3 pm Wescott Astronomy Homeschool students will learn about the objects in the night sky, see astronomy equipment and learn how astronomers do their jobs. Presented by the University of Minnesota Astro- physics Department. A Home- school Science Series program sponsored by the Friends of the Wescott Library. Ages: 5–12. Tue, Feb. 17, 2–3 pm Wescott Air andVacuum Air pressure is around us all the time. Students will learn about air pressure and vacuum from a 3MVisitingWizard and discover what happens when we move air or when we add or remove air from a system.

A Home- school Science Series program sponsored by the Friends of the Wescott Library. Ages: 5–12. Tue, March 17, 2–3 pm Wescott Small Stuff, Big Deal The nanoscale describes things in our universe that are very small, but just how small are we talking and why do we concern ourselves with them? Students will see and join in exciting and surprising demonstrations and experiments that encourage them to consider the power and the potential problems with small stuff. Presented by the Bakken Museum. A Home- school Science Series program sponsored by the Friends of the Wescott Library. Ages: 5–12.

Tue, April 7, 2–3 pm Wescott Chemistry Demonstration Meet a real scientist from the University of Minnesota and see them perform an experiment using elephant toothpaste. Students will make slime to take home. Presented by the Uni- versity of Minnesota’s Outreach program. A Homeschool Sci- ence Series program sponsored by the Friends of theWescott Library. Ages: 5–12. Tue, May 19, 2–3 pm Wescott know tech tools and toys AppTuesday Bring your device and explore a new free app every month. Ages: 10–16.

Tue, Jan. 13, 3:30–4:30 pm Farmington Tue, Feb. 10, 3:30–4:30 pm Farmington Tue, March 10, 3:30–4:30 pm Farmington Tue, April 14, 3:30–4:30 pm Farmington Tue, May 12, 3:30–4:30 pm Farmington Teen iPad Fun Lab: Garage Band Use our iPad Lab to explore Garage Band, the world’s most popular music making app, and learn the step by step process of creating and editing your very own musical creation. Registra- tion required. Ages: 12–16. Wed, Jan. 21, 3:30–5:30 pm Wescott Sat, Feb. 21, 1–3 pm Galaxie ScratchJr — Beginning Coding for Kids Use our iPads and your imagina- tions to learn beginner com- puter coding and creating with ScratchJr.

Registration required. Ages: 5–9.

Fri, Feb. 13, 1–3 pm Galaxie Robotics — Sphero Program- ming Take your Sphero skills to the next level and learn to program Sphero using the MacroLab app. Try your program to compete for the best time on our Sphero race course. Ages: 10–16. Thu, Feb. 26, 3–5 pm Farmington TeenTechWeek: BookTrailers It’s like a movie trailer — for a book. Use our iPads to film and edit a trailer for your favorite book — act out one or more scenes, show who your char- acters are or just explain the book’s plot. Show why everyone should read your book without giving away the ending. Ages: 10–16. Sat,March14,10:30am–12:30pm Burnhaven Teen iPad Fun Lab: Hopscotch Use our iPad Lab to learn Hopscotch, a simple computer programming language similar to Scratch that makes it easy to create your own interactive sto- ries, animations, games, music and art.

Registration required. Ages: 10–16.

Wed, March 25, 3–5 pm RobertTrail Sat, May 16, 1–3 pm Galaxie

Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 • www.dakotacounty.us/library 16 find us on facebook YOUTH PROGRAMS www.dakotacounty.us/library Robotics – Meet Sphero Sphero is a colorful ball with a tiny wireless robot inside. Meet Sphero robots and try your hand at racing them. Registra- tion required. Ages: 10–16. Thu, March 26, 3–5 pm Pleasant Hill Fri, April 24, 1–3 pm Galaxie Teen iPad Fun Lab: iMovie Be creative and get ready for next year’s Oscars by directing, shooting and editing a short film in iMovie using our iPad Lab.

Ages: 12–16. Tue, March 31, 3:30–5:30 pm Wescott Teen iPad Fun Lab: Digital Art Use our iPad Lab to draw, photo edit and paint using digital art apps. Registration required. Ages: 10–16.

Wed, April 1, 1–3 pm Inver Glen Mon, May 4, 3:30–5:30 pm Wescott know writing your own story YoungWriters Group Joinotherteenwritersinbeingcre- ativeandhavingfun.Ages:10–16. Mon, Jan. 12, 3:30–5 pm Wescott Mon, Feb. 9, 3:30–5 pm Wescott Mon, March 9, 3:30–5 pm Wescott Mon, April 13, 3:30–5 pm Wescott Mon, May 11, 3:30–5 pm Wescott FictionWriting Basics* You’ve got your story or novel idea down, now learn the ins and outs of crafting memorable settings, building plots and creat- ing interesting and believable characters. Presented byThe Loft. Registration required.

Ages: 13–18. Sat, March 7, 2–3:30 pm Farmington Writing Fan Fiction* Learn how to carry on the amaz- ing story lines of your favorite novels and extend the lives of your most treasured characters — or how to invent your own characters — beyond the final page.

Presented byThe Loft. Reg- istration required. Ages: 13–17. Sat, April 18, 1:30–3 pm Burnhaven WriteYour Own Silly Story* Silly stories are fun to read and write. Practice your writing skills by crafting silly stories about school, friends or family experi- ences. Presented byThe Loft. Registration required. Ages: 9–12. Mon, April 20, 6–7:30 pm Burnhaven Children’s PoetryWriting Workshop Learn about different poetry forms and experiment with form, rhyming and rhythm. Reg- istration required. Ages: 7–11. Mon, April 27, 4:30–5:30 pm Heritage Teen iPad Fun Lab: Graphic NovelWriting Write your own graphic novel on the iPad using your life as in- spiration.

Registration required. Ages: 10–16.

Sat, May 9, 10:30 am–12:30 pm Burnhaven know Waggin’ Tales Bring your kids into the Library to read to certified therapy dogs. It’s not only fun, it helps develop reading skills and flu- ency. Ages: 5–10. Galaxie Saturdays, 10:30–11:30 am Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16 Inver Glen Saturdays, 11 am–noon Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16 Heritage Saturdays, 10:30–11:30 am Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25 Pleasant Hill Saturdays, 11 am–noon Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 16 RobertTrail Saturdays, 10:30–11:30 am Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2 Wentworth Saturdays, 10:30 am–noon Jan.

17, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16 Wescott Saturdays, 10:30–11:30 am Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, May 9 know more Teen Advisory Group Get involved. Recommend books and music, help plan Library programs and partici- pate in community events and service projects. Ages: 12–18. Pleasant Hill Mondays, 3:30–4:30 pm Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, May 11 Farmington Mondays, 6–7 pm Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, May 11 Insurgent Party Join us to celebrate the release of the film Insurgent with crafts, trivia and more. Ages: 10–16. Mon, March 30, 2–4 pm Wentworth

www.dakotacounty.us/library • Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 17 The Library offers great family fun at a great price — free.Whether you want to listen to great tunes, watch theater performances, enter fun con- tests or be captivated with magic and comedy shows, the entire family can enjoy the fun together. Programs are for all ages. FAMILY PROGRAMS

Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 • www.dakotacounty.us/library 18 know arts and crafts Art Attack Holidays and Seasons Come anytime to create your own distinctive holiday and seasonal work of art each month using our supplies at this self-directed activity.

Valentine’s Day Fri, Feb. 6, 10 am–12:30 pm Inver Glen Spring is Coming Fri, March 13, 10 am–12:30 pm Inver Glen April Showers Fri, April 10, 10 am–12:30 pm Inver Glen Mother’s Day Fri, May 8, 10 am–12:30 pm Inver Glen Make aValentine Come anytime to make a unique, expressive valentine for someone special.

Fri, Feb. 13, 2–3:30 pm RobertTrail Indoor Chalk Art Exercise your creativity with chalk drawings on our“indoor sidewalks.” Mon, Feb. 23, 10:30–11:30 am Heritage Art in Nature Explore patterns in nature to use as inspiration to create a work of art to take home. Presented by Dakota County Parks. Registra- tion required. Mon, March 23, 1:30–2:30 pm Burnhaven Art Attack Create a work of art using your imagination and style and our supplies. Mon, March 23, 2–3:30 pm RobertTrail find us on facebook know magic, fun and games Snowflake Scavenger Hunt Find snowflakes with snow- themed poems throughout the Library and win prizes.

Sat, Jan. 3, 10 am–noon Heritage Library’s LEGO Club Build and create objects related to various themes using our LEGOS on the third Friday of every month.

Fri, Jan. 16, 3:30–4:30 pm RobertTrail Fri, Feb. 20, 3:30–4:30 pm RobertTrail Fri, March 20, 3:30–4:30 pm RobertTrail Fri, April 17, 3:30–4:30 pm RobertTrail Fri, May 15, 3:30–4:30 pm RobertTrail StarWars Extravaganza Meet the StarWarscharacters from the 501st Legion, build LEGO starships, compete in video games, battle with“light sabers,”and make a droid of your own to take home. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the RobertTrail Library. Sat, Jan. 17, 1–4 pm Rosemount Community Center 13885 S. RobertTrail TwinLUG Lego Exhibit See a scaled city, mosaics and vi- gnettes featuring space ships, vi- kings and monsters — all made of Legos.

Use Legos to build your own creation. Presented by TwinLUG, the Minneapolis & St. Paul Lego User Group.

Sun, Jan. 25, 1–5 pm Burnhaven Valentine Magic with Pickles the Clown Laugh and have fun with Pickles the Clown at this comedy and magic show complete with hats and animals made from balloons. Thu, Feb. 12, 10:30–11 am Inver Glen Tanagram Month at the Library Stop by the library any time during March to try a variety of tanagrams — a flat puzzle with seven pieces that can be moved and rotated to create pictures. Tanagrams are a fun way for all ages and abilities to challenge their problem solving and visual spatial skills.

March 1–31 Pleasant Hill Magician Matt Dunn Be amazed with this dry-witted comedy magic show with a live rabbit, audience participation, out-of-this-world magic and fun for the entire family.

Mon, March 9, 7–7:45 pm Wentworth Screen-FreeWeek at the Library Come to the library for board games, special activities and books for screen-free time with your family during National Screen-FreeWeek. Mon, May 4–Sun, May 10 RobertTrail FAMILY PROGRAMS www.dakotacounty.us/library

www.dakotacounty.us/library • Dakota County Library Program Guide • Winter/Spring 2015 19 know animals and insects What Animals Do inWinter Join a Dodge Nature Center naturalist to explore the winter migrating and hibernating lives of Minnesota animals. Tue, Jan. 20, 7–7:45 pm Wentworth What’s Up with the Bees Discover how you can create a bee-friendly world from the University of Minnesota Bee Squad. Wed, March 18, 5–6 pm Pleasant Hill Chickens See live chickens from the Dodge Nature Center and discover how fascinating they are — from egg to chicken. Wed, April 1, 2–2:45 pm Wentworth Fri, April 3, 10:30–11:30 am Burnhaven Honey and Bees Bees do more than just make honey.

Learn more about ev- erything they do from a Dodge Nature Center naturalist. Tue, May 5, 7–7:45 pm Wentworth know community reading Hastings Reads The Hastings Reads program encourages preschool to adult readers to read and share ideas about books with one theme. Read one of three books based on the theme“Journeys: Riding the OrphanTrains”—Young readers: TraintoSomewhere by Eve Bunting; middle school readers: Rodzina by Karen Cush- man; or teen and adult readers: OrphanTrain by Christina Baker Kline. Join us this February for au- thor visits, discussion, movies and games. For more information, visit www.hastingsreads.com.

Feb. 1–29 Hastings Reads Family Movie Bring the family to enjoy a movie musical based on the NewYork City newsboy strike of 1899. Rated PG.

Thu, Feb. 5, 6:30–8:30 pm Hastings Middle School 1000W 11th St. Wed, Feb. 11, 1–3 pm Tilden Community Center 310 River St. Author Renee Wendinger ReneeWendinger, author of Extra!Extra!TheOrphanTrains andNewsboysofNewYork,will share true stories of the largest mass migration of children in America. Sat, Feb. 7, 1–2:30 pm Pleasant Hill R is for Read Stories, songs, craft activities and games based on books and reading. Sponsored in part by ECFE. Registration required. Ages: 3–5. Fri, Feb. 13, 11 am–12:15 pm Pleasant Hill Family Fun Night Member or not, you’re invited to the HastingsYMCA for pizza and fun family activities related to the book TraintoSomewhereby Eve Bunting.

Fri, Feb. 20, 6–7:30 pm HastingsYMCA 85 Pleasant Dr. Hastings Reads Main Event Spend an evening with the author Christina Baker Kline, author of OrphanTrain, and learn about her inspiration and research for this gripping novel about upheaval, resilence and unexpected friendship. Books for sale and book signing. Tue, Feb. 24, 6:30–7:30 pm Hastings Middle School 1000W. 11th St. Family History at the Na- tional Archives Take your searching to the next level and find homestead and civil war records with certified geneaologist Jay Fonkert. Wed, Feb. 25, 2–3 pm Pleasant Hill Programs are subject to change without prior notice.

For most up-to-date program information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library. Supplies provided unless noted. To register for a program: 1. Online www.dakotacounty.us/library, click onViewcalendar 2. By phone, call the branch where the program is being held. Registration begins at 10 a.m., two weeks prior to program date. *A Minnesota Legacy program.

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