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Friday, August 15, 2014

Farmington Library will close Aug. 23, reopen in home location Sept. 2

he temporary location of Farmington Library at Farmington City Hall will close Saturday, Aug. 23, as Dakota County staff prepares to relocate services back to the library's home location at 508 Third St., Farmington. The Library will open at its home location on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at noon.


While the home location was being remodeled, the library was operating out of Farmington City Hall. Improvements to the home location include 3,500 square feet of new library space, new study rooms, a small group meeting room, a larger children's section with farm-themed play area, an increase of public computers with Internet capability, a one-stop service desk, a new automated book drop, a 12-laptop computer lab available for Library programs, and self-service checkout systems. The automated book drop will be working as the Library relocates, and patrons are asked to use it to drop their books at the 508 Third St. location.


Dakota County residents who would like to sign up for a library card while Farmington Library is relocating can do so at the following events:

  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Gateway Academy Open House, 510 Walnut St.
  • 2:30–6 p.m. Aug. 28 at Farmington Farmers' Market, Third Street


For more information or location details for other Dakota County Library branches, visit

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Events at the Pleasant Hill Library

Learn How to Use Google Docs at the Library

Area adults are invited to a free computer class at the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, September 11 at 6 p.m. Students will learn how to create, manipulate, manage and collaborate using Google Docs suite — Google's version of documents, spreadsheets, forms, presentations and drawings. This class is designed for job seekers, businesses and organizations looking for easy ways to collaborate digitally. Students should have basic Internet knowledge. This class is presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance. There is no charge for the class, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200[X].

Learn to Create an effective resume at the Library
Area residents are invited to a free class at the Pleasant Hill Library, called How to Create an Effective Resume. The class will be offered on Friday, September 12 at 2 p.m. Creating an effective résumé is more important than ever during tough economic times. Learn how to use a résumé to show a potential employer your value. Topics covered include formatting, styles, common mistakes, dos and don'ts, and more. This class is taught by Dakota County WorkForce Center staff. There is no charge for the class, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 651-438-0200.

Dakota County accepting entries for community art exhibit until Aug. 29

There are only two weeks left for local artists to submit their work to be considered as part of Dakota County's fourth community art exhibit planned for display in County buildings beginning this October. The submission deadline is Aug. 29.


Original, two-dimensional art can be submitted in one or both of the following categories: Critters of the Minnesota Zoo and Natural Wonders of the Parks of Dakota County. Artists must be at least 8 years old and live in Dakota County. Artwork, which must feature subjects within Dakota County, is limited to 36 inches by 36 inches and should be prepared for hanging on a wall.


Submissions are limited to one per artist per theme and must meet the full criteria outlined by the Dakota County Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee at, search art exhibit. The committee will review submissions and make a recommendation to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners, which will select the artwork that will be exhibited.


For more information, artists can contact Jean Erickson at 651-438-4286 or