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Friday, April 24, 2015

Dakota County Library Calendar Events for May 4 - May 9

> Tuesday, May 5
> Farmington Afternoon Book Group
> Held the first Tuesday of each month. We will be discussing The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
> 12:30-1:30 pm
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> Tuesday, May 5
> Friends of the Farmington Library
> Open to all community members who would like to provide extra support for the Farmington Library.
> 6:30-7:30 pm
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> Thursday, May 7
> Storytime for Babies
> Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children to newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Ages : 0-2.
> 10:30-11:15 am
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> Friday, May 8
> Storytime for All Ages
> Stories and activities ideal for mixed-ages audiences such as child care groups and families. Ages: 0–6.
> 10:30-11:00 am
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> The Friends of the Farmington Library are now collecting gently used, recently published books for their first book sale. Donations can be dropped off at the library during normal business hours. The book sale will be in June.
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> The Farmington Library is back in its newly remodeled location at 508 Third St. in downtown Farmington. For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Noon-8:30, Friday, Saturday 10:00-5:30.

Minnesota fishing facts

Note: The following information can be used for stories in preparation for the 2015 fishing opener, which is Saturday, May 9.


Anglers and waters

  • There are about 1.5 million licensed anglers in Minnesota.
  • About 500,000 people are expected to fish on opening day of the walleye and northern pike season, Saturday, May 9.
  • Minnesota has 11,842 lakes, 5,400 of which are managed by DNR Fisheries. There are 18,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams, including 3,800 miles of trout streams.
  • Average annual expenditure per angler is about $1,500.*
  • Although not every kind of fish lives everywhere, 162 species of fish can be found in Minnesota waters.

Participation and the economy

  • Fishing contributes $2.4 billion to the state's economy in direct retail sales, ranking Minnesota fourth in the nation for angler expenditures.*
  • Fishing supports 35,400 Minnesota jobs.*
  • Minnesota ranks second in resident fishing participation at 32 percent, second only to Alaska.*
  • Minnesota is the third most-popular inland fishing destination in the country.*
  • Minnesota ranks sixth among states with the highest number of anglers. The top three states are Florida, Texas and Michigan.*

Who goes fishing

  • Most resident anglers – 855,000 of them in fact – are from urban areas. The remaining 474,000 resident anglers live in greater Minnesota.*
  • Men account for 66 percent of resident anglers. Women account for 34 percent.*

Fishing habits

  • Significantly more time is spent fishing on lakes than in rivers and streams.*
  • The average Minnesota angler spends 15 days fishing each year, with 84 percent of resident anglers never fishing anywhere else but in Minnesota.*
  • The most sought-after fish species, in order of preference, are crappie, panfish, walleye and northern pike.*


*2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (www.census.gov/prod/www/fishing.html).

Upcoming Events at Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library

Movies for Children at the Library
Children age 2 to 6 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. for a special showing of favorite kids' movies.   We will be showing the following moooovies: Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type, The Cow Who Clucked, Dooby Dooby Moo, and Farm.  The program is free and no registration is required.  

Camp Caldecott at the Library
Children age 3 to 6 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, April 30 at 10:30 a.m. for a morning program called Camp Caldecott: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.  Children will act out the book with cast members from SteppingStone Theater.  They will learn all about the character called Pigeon, created by children's author Mo Willems.  The program will feature art, music, and creative play.  The event is free, but registration is required.  To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at www.dakotacounty.us/library.  Registration opens April 16th. 

 Baby Storytime at the Library
Children age birth to 2 years old, along with their caregivers,  are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, May 4, at 10:45 a.m. for a baby story time.  Children will sing songs, hear stories, and enjoy playtime activities.  The event is free and no registration is required.

Children Learn to Draw Frogs at the Library
Children age 6 to 12 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, May 4 at 4 p.m. for an afternoon of fun with frogs.  Children will listen to a story about frogs and learn to draw one.  This program is presented by Abrakodoodle.  The program is free, but registration is required.  To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website atwww.DakotaCounty.us/library.  Registration opens April 20th
 
Storytime for All Ages at the Library
Children age birth to 6 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. for a story time session.  The event will feature stories, songs, and crafts.  This program is ideal for mixed-ages audiences such as childcare groups and families.  The event is free, and no registration is required. 

Train Program for Kids at the Library
Children age 3 to 5 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, May 8 at 11 a.m. for a program involving trains.  Children will hear stories, sing songs, play games, and make crafts that are all about trains.  This program is sponsored in part by ECFE.  The program is free, but registration is required.  To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website atwww.DakotaCounty.us/library.  Registration opens April 24th. 

Pleasant Hill Library Hosts Silver Tea
Featuring Fiddler Pop Wagner and Cowboy Singer John Hurt
Area adults are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, May 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. for the annual Silver Tea.  Guests will tap their toes to a variety of traditional music from Pop Wagner, a curator of fine fiddle music who has also been featured  on "A Prairie Home Companion."  Also appearing at the event will be John Hurt, a style guitarist, cowboy singer and lasso twirler.  Light refreshments will be served.  The event is free, and no registration is required.  

Teens Make Wearable Washer Jewelry at the Library
Teens age 10-16 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, May 14 between 3 and 5 p.m. for a Make and Take session featuring wearable washers.  Kids may drop in anytime in the afternoon to create funky jewelry from washers to wear yourself or to give as gifts.  The program is free, and no registration is required.