Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pleasant Hill Library Events for March

Le Duc Book Group Discusses Minnesota Author's Work

The Le Duc Book Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4th at the Le Duc Historic Estate to discuss the book We Made it Through the Winter: a Memoir of a Northern Boyhood, by Cloquet native Walter O'Meara. In this delightful memoir, O'Meara recounts a ten-year-old boy's year — season by season — at the turn of the century in Cloquet, a small town in northern Minnesota. A talented historian/novelist, O'Meara vividly evokes the sights and sounds, joys and sorrows of family life set against the background of the lumbering industry when white pine was still king. The Le Duc Book Club is a partnership between the Pleasant Hill Library and the Dakota County Historical Society. Pleasant Hill Branch Manager Allan Cotter leads the discussion during book group meetings. New members are always welcome. This book, as well as upcoming selections, are all available for check out at the Pleasant Hill Library.

Learn How to Use the Internet- Free Adult Computer Class at the Library

The Pleasant Hill Library will host a free adult computer class at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 8th. The class is called Microsoft Word. Students will learn the basic features of Microsoft Word, a word processing program. Students will learn how to create a document using many of the software features available on the program, including formatting, setting margins, and saving a document. Students should have completed the Computer Basics class and/or have the ability to use the mouse. There is no charge for the class, but registration is limited to 10 people. To register, visit the county website at, call the library at 651-438-0200, or stop in at the front desk of the library.

Mark your calendar now. Future free adult computer classes at Pleasant Hill Library include:

Your Library Online—Wednesday, March 24th (registration begins March 10th)
Microsoft Excel—Monday, April 12th (registration begins March 29th)
Microsoft Publisher 2007—Wednesday, April 21st (registration begins April 7th)

Hastings Reads Rolls on with Author Visit to the Library

Marcia Chall will discuss her children's book, Up North at the Cabin at Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m.
Born and raised in Minnesota as an only child, Marsha Wilson Chall amused herself by daydreaming and now she writes about those daydreams in her books. Chall has published six picture books, including Up North at the Cabin, a remembrance of summers spent at a cabin in northern Minnesota. Her books have received numerous awards. She also teaches a writing class at Hamline University in St. Paul . Marsha has two grown children and lives on a small farm west of Minneapolis with her husband, dog, and barn cats. There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.

Choo Choo Clickety Clac-Story Times With Trains Are Back!

Hastings children are invited to a series of story times this week at the Pleasant Hill Library. All story times are free, and new children are always welcome. No registration is required.

At 10:15 a.m. on Monday, March 8th, babies up to age 24 months and their caregivers are invited to a story time featuring guessing games. Featured tales include; Big. Little and Moo! Moo! What are You?

At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9th, toddlers age 2 to 3 years old are invited to chug their way to the library for an exciting morning of stories, music and activities featuring trains. Toddler story times are designed to develop the child’s appreciation for books at an early age.

At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10th, preschool children age 4 to 6 years old are invited to join a story time filled with movement activities, stories and, of course, more stories about trains. At the end of preschool story time, children may make a theme-related craft, which they may take home with them.

Traditional Celtic Music comes to Hastings Library

It’s time to celebrate your Irish heritage! Bring the family to Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, March 20 at 2 p.m. for a free program of Irish music. Andrea Stern and Laura MacKenzie combine Celtic harp and wind instruments to present traditional Scottish and Irish songs and dance tunes. All ages are welcome!

Celtic winds and strings come alive in Willow Brae, the duo that combines Celtic harp, wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, bagpipes, and voice. Willow Brae weaves delightful Irish folktales, stories, and songs created by their unique combination of Celtic harp and wind instruments. Traditional Scottish and Irish songs and dance tunes uplift, transport and charm audiences of all ages. Learn about Irish culture, history and lore through traditional Celtic songs. The whole family will enjoy this Minnesota Mosaic Program. This presentation is part of Dakota County Library’s annual Minnesota Mosaic cultural arts series. The Dakota County Library Foundation sponsors the series, with additional support from Target Corporation.

All Minnesota Mosaic events are free and open to all ages. For more information, visit or call 651-438-0200. The Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library is located at 1490 S. Frontage Road, Hastings.

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