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Friday, February 22, 2013

News of events at the Pleasant Hill Library

 Search and Rescue Dog Demonstration at the Pleasant Hill Library
     Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library for a unique and educational program involving search and rescue dogs on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m.  Attendees will witness a live demonstration of the talent and precision of an actual search and rescue dog.  This event is presented the The Minnesota Search and Rescue Dog Association (MinnSARDA).
     The Minnesota Search & Rescue Dog Association, has grown to be one of the most recognized K9 Search and Rescue teams in Minnesota and the surrounding areas. Established in 1981, the unit provides specially trained dog/handler teams to assist public safety agencies in lost person searches and homicide investigations. 
     The K9's of MinnSARDA and their handlers live, train and work together. These highly trained search K9s are owned and cared for by their handlers. It is imperative that a strong relationship built on trust exists between a handler and their K9 partner in order for them to work most effectively as a team. Special training works to focus our K9's extraordinary sense of smell to specifically detect human scent. The K9's endurance, heightened night vision, ranging ability and acute sense of hearing in combination with trailing, tracking or air scent training enables a K9 team to search large areas in a variety of terrain efficiently. 
     There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.  Donations for the non profit organization will also be accepted at the presentation.  Specifically, the group is looking for size AA and D batteries, plastic baggies, gauze pads, and exam gloves.  Cash donations will also be accepted.  This event is part of the community-wide Hastings Reads event.  For more information, call the library at 651-438-0200.

Children Invited to the Library to Read to a Pooch
     Children age 5 to 10 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, March 8 at 11 a.m. to read to Kippy, the Dachshund.  Kippy is a Certified Therapy dog.  Kippy helps kids improve their literacy skills by listening to kids read their favorite stories.  Reading sessions last about 10 to 15 minutes.  Children may bring their own favorite book from home, or choose one at the library.  There is no charge for the program, and no registration is required.      

Free Computer Classes at the Library
The Pleasant Hill Library is hosting several free adult computer classes in March.  For a complete listing of all computer classes offered throughout Dakota County Libraries, check out the website or pick up a program guide at the library.
Interviewing Skills 
If it's been awhile since you've been to a job interview, attend the "Interviewing Skills" class at the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, March 8th, at 2pm. An instructor from the Dakota County Workforce Center will cover types of interviews, common interview questions and major blunders to avoid. Your new knowledge will give you the confidence to stand out from the crowd. Attendance is free, but you must register by calling the library at 651-438-0200 or online at
Cut, Copy, Paste 
Learn why computers are way better than typewriters. Come to the Cut, Copy, Paste class on Thursday, March 21st at 10:15am,  where we will teach you how to magically move text from one place to another, saving you time and typing. The class uses the Internet and Microsoft Word, so basic computer skills and knowledge of the internet is required. To register for this free class, please call the Pleasant Hill Library at 651-438-0200 or register online at

Third Generation Red Wing Pottery Owner Presents Program at the Library
     Scott Gillmer, third generation owner of the Red Wing Pottery manufacturing company in Red Wing, Minnesota, will present a historical account of the history of the family-owned business at a program at the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, March 11 at 6 p.m.  Gillmer will speak about the origins of the company, the changes the company has undergone over the years, and his vision for the future of Red Wing Pottery. 
     Red Wing Pottery production began in the mid-1860s. Skilled craftsmen-potters from Germany had settled in Red Wing, and using natural clay deposits, began producing pots. They produced ware for processing and storing food. They made crocks, jugs, and bowls, and other utilitarian items for use in the agrarian economy of the day. They produced salt glaze pottery, characterized by a clay body of grey or tan with a surface that felt like the surface of an orange (pocked), and decorated with a simple hand-done, cobalt blue decoration of a bird or flower.
     Gillmer will not appraise actual Red Wing pieces at the event, however, he will speak generally about the value of the crockery and share a few pieces from his own collection. 
     There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.  This is a Minnesota Mosaic Series Event.  For more information about the event, call the library at 651-438-0200.

Minnesota Book Award Finalist to Speak at the Pleasant Hill Library
Michael Fridgen, finalist in the Genre Fiction category of this year's Minnesota Book Awards, will speak at the Pleasant Hill Library Tuesday, March 26th, at 6:30 p.m.  He will present his work of fiction, Ruth 3:5, and be available for book signing.
Michael Fridgen is the international program director for a small university campus in Minnesota.  He has an intense fascination with religion, which is the topic of his dystopian novel, Ruth3:5. The author has traveled extensively and has witnessed diverse cultures and religions, furthering his curiosity about people and the lengths they will go to adhere to their beliefs. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ruth 3:5 is "A dystopian fable in the vein of 1984 or Brave New World, but where Orwell warned about the dangers of a totalitarian state and Huxley wrote of mind control through drugs, Fridgen focuses on the dangers of religious fundamentalism. The novel is a fast-paced adventure with likable main characters, written in a unadorned, competent style. The author handles dialogue and character development well; smartly explores the impact of his world's version of fundamentalism on the daily lives of women and convincingly connects the rigid belief system to sexism and brutality." - Kirkus Reviews
There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.  For more information, call the library at 651-438-0200. 

St. John's Bible at the Pleasant Hill Library
Thanks to the generosity of The Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library, the library has an exciting new collection. Recently arrived is the seven set,  full-color reproduction of the original work that was on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The Saint John's Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible to have been commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the invention of the printing press, and this reproduction  captures the mastery of calligraphy and beauty of illustration that will be enjoyed by generations to come. Stop by the library to see this beautiful  work All books are available to check out and take home.

Learn About Female Air Force Pilots During WWII at the Library
     Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, March 18th at 1 p.m. to learn about women pilot's lives during World War II.
Through a live performance by the Minnesota History Center Players, the audience will learn about a woman's childhood living through the Great Depression; the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its national impact; the changing roles of women during WWII; and what life was like as a Woman Air Force Service Pilot.  The audience will be able to ask questions and talk with a historical character.  This is a Minnesota Legacy Program.  There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.  For more information, call the Pleasant Hill Library at 651-438-0200.

Learn Spring Gardening Tips at the Library
     Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, March 16th for a spring presentation called, "Starting Your Garden off Right".  The presentation begins at 11 a.m. and will be in the meeting room of the library.  Master Gardener Dean Davis will give a brief talk on the do's and don'ts of gardening in Minnesota.  He will be available for questions following his discussion.  There is no charge for the event, and registration is not required.  For more information, call the library at 651-438-0200.

Rainbow Fish Activities at the Library
     Children age 3 to 8 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. for an exciting afternoon of listening to a favorite story, Rainbow Fish, and creating a collage based on the fish tale.  Children will use colorful papers, scissors, glue, google eyes and sparkly scales to create their Rainbow Fish collage.  This event is presented by Abakadoodle, and is a Minnesota Legacy Program.  There is no charge for the event, however, registration is required.  To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website

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