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September Events at Minnetonka Libraries

Lots of opportunities are on the way for learning at the local libraries.

Free programs for young readers, clubs and other activities for teens, computer classes, writing labs, author programs, job search assistance, multicultural events, arts and craft workshops, genealogy research tips, and lifelong learning for all will be presented free in September at Hennepin County libraries.
 
Hennepin County operates 41 libraries in the city of Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.

Following are programs scheduled in September at Hennepin County libraries in Minnetonka.  For Hennepin County Library’s complete program schedule, plus access to the catalog, online databases and other online resources, information about the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, and other library information, visit them online.
 

612-543-5725

Family Storytime
Thursdays, Oct. 4-Nov. 15 (except Oct. 25), 10:30 a.m. at Minnetonka Library
For children age 2 and up. Share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement with your children.

Used Book Sale
Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Minnetonka Library
The Friends of the Library will hold a sale of hundreds of adult and children's fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback. Most books, withdrawn from the Hennepin County Library system or donated by the public, will be priced $1 or less. Funds raised will benefit the library.

Master Gardener: Putting Your Yard and Garden to Bed
Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. at Minnetonka Library
Registration required; begins Aug. 25; limit 12. It's late fall and time to prepare your yard and garden for winter. Learn proper techniques of composting, pruning, protecting shrubs, winterizing roses and covering perennials. We'll also discuss landscape plants, which are admired for their beauty in winter.
Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.
 
 

612-543-8800

SCORE® Small Business Consultations
Tuesdays, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6; 1-4 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Meet with a business counselor to develop your business plan, discuss a new idea or tackle a business problem. Consultations are free and confidential. Walk-ins welcome.
Presented in collaboration with SCORE.

Ready for Work
Thursdays, Sept. 6-Oct. 11, 4-5 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
  or call 952-847-8847.
Take part in theater and dance games, visual arts, music and poetry designed to develop social and communication skills for work place readiness. Open to adults of all abilities, including those with disabilities. Attendees needing one-on-one support will need to bring their support person along.
Presented in collaboration with Upstream Arts.

Socrates Café
Thursdays, Sept. 6-Nov. 29 (except Nov. 22), 7 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Sit back and philosophize with your friends and neighbors. The topic is decided by popular vote at the beginning of the meeting. All welcomed; no experience necessary. The concept of Socrates Café is based on the book of the same name by Christopher Phillips.
 
Toddler Storytime
Mondays, Sept. 10-Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m. at Ridgedale Library
For children ages 2 and 3. Interact with your toddler to nurture a love of books. Learn letters, sounds, and new words. Be active with music and movement.

Family Storytime
Mondays, Sept. 10-Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
For children age 2 and up. Share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement with your children.

Work of Art: Career Planning for Artists
Monday, Sept. 10, 6:30-9 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; began Aug. 13; limit 20. Where do you want to be both artistically and professionally? This session concentrates on examining your career and developing a career plan. Learn how to define your goals, identify strategies for achieving your objectives and developing your career path. Find related books and more at the Library.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with Springboard for the Arts.

Toddler Storytime
Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. at Ridgedale Library
For children ages 2 and 3. Interact with your toddler to nurture a love of books. Learn letters, sounds, and new words. Be active with music and movement.

Baby Storytime
Wednesdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; began Aug. 15; limit 30. For children from birth to 24 months. Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books and music. Build brain power.

Baby Storytime
Wednesdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; began Aug. 15; limit 30. For children from birth to 24 months. Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books and music. Build brain power.

Online Language Learning
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3:30-4 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Get a quick orientation to two superior online language-learning tools available free through the Library's website: Tell Me More (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Latin American Spanish or Spanish) and Transparent Language Online (70 languages).

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. at Ridgedale Library
For children ages 4 to 6. Help your preschooler get ready to read. Enjoy stories together and build language skills.

Work of Art: Time Management for Creative People
Monday, Sept. 17, 6:30-9 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; begins Aug. 20; limit 20. Are you a right-brained person living in a left-brained world? Learn approaches for getting control of your day, creating work time and reaching your artistic goals. Find related books and more at the Library.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with Springboard for the Arts.

Computer Skills Workshop
Tuesdays, Sept. 18 & 25, Oct. 16 & 23, Nov. 20; 1-3 p.m.
Thursdays, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 29; 1-3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3, 1-3 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; begins Aug. 21; limit 10. Work on projects and practice skills from using the mouse and keyboarding to using email and Microsoft Office with our software instructors and volunteer assistants.

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Office Web Apps and Google Docs
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6-8 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; begins Aug. 21; limit 10. Learn about Google Docs and Microsoft Office Web Apps, free Web-based applications for creating documents, spreadsheets, and more. (Familiarity with Internet and email use required.)

Books You Don't Have Time to Read
Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Nov. 7 (except Oct. 17), 2:15-3:45 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; begins Aug. 22. Each week, hear a U of M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute member present a book that tackles a challenging subject of the day. Then discuss the issues involved.
Presented in collaboration with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Computer Class for Complete Beginners
Thursday, Sept. 20, 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3, 3-5 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; begins Aug. 23; limit 10. Learn the difference between hardware and software, practice using a mouse and keyboard. Find out more about computer training resources at the library. For students with little or no experience using a computer.

Baby Storytime
Saturdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27, 10 a.m. at Ridgedale Library
For children from birth to 24 months. Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books and music. Build brain power.

OpenOffice: Writer and Calc
Saturday, Sept. 22, 3-5 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; begins Aug. 25; limit 10. Learn how these freely available word-processing and spreadsheet programs differ from Microsoft Word and Excel and practice simple data entry and formatting skills.

Work of Art: Professional Presentation
Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30-9 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; begins Aug. 27; limit 20. What work samples should be in your portfolio? Also covered will be creating a targeted résumé and a catalog page to accompany your portfolio. Feel free to bring promotional materials along for review. Find related books and more at the Library.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with Springboard for the Arts.

Microsoft Excel: Charts and Graphs
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; begins Aug. 28; limit 10. Learn to create and integrate graphs and charts into your Excel spreadsheets.

Microsoft PowerPoint: Basics
Thursday, Sept. 27, 1-3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; begins Aug. 30; limit 10. Learn to create presentations and use the ribbon to create a basic slide show.

Microsoft Excel: Basics
Thursday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1-3 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; begins Aug. 30; limit 10. Learn the basics of working with an Excel spreadsheet: navigation, entering data and using formulas.

eBooks: Basics
Saturday, Sept. 29, 3-5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m. at Ridgedale Library
Registration required; begins Sept. 1; limit 10. Learn the basics about eBooks and eReaders, as well as how to find, check out and download eBooks from the Library.

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