Monday, February 21, 2011

Releases from the Pleasant Hill Library

Maintain Your Brain Workshop Thursday, February 24 2-4 PM Pleasant Hill Library
Have you ever forgotten where you placed something or forgotten what you got up to get? Is this normal? Or is it an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease? The good news is that emerging evidence suggests there are steps you can take to help keep your brain healthier as you age. These steps might also reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Learn how our brains work and change with age, how the heart and brain are connected, and how social and emotional health can affect your brain. This free workshop is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association at Pleasant Hill Library, Thursday, February 24 from 2-3:30 pm Registration is not required.

Children's Author to Visit Pleasant Hill Library
St. Paul Author Marion Dane Bauer will give a presentation about her work at the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. Bauer has authored more than 70 board books, picture books, and chapter books. Her most recent published titles are The Very Little Princess, and Thank You for Me! This discussion is geared for children of all ages.
There is no charge for this event, however, free tickets arerequired and are available at the library two weeks prior to the event. Teachers and homeschooling parents should call and reserve the number of tickets they need for their students to attend. Tickets must be picked up in advance of the program date. This is a Minnesota Legacy Program. For more informtion, call the library at 651-438-0200.

Hastings Reads Program Continues at the YMCA
Area residents are invited to a lively night of activities and discussion bases on several books highlited in the Hastings Reads Program. The event will be held at the YMCA and begins at 6 p.m.
These books include: Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams and Little Cricket by Jacquelyn M. Brown. Children and adults may also participate in a Global Games workshop presented by Mr. Fun. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Tortilla Curtain Book Discussion at the Library
Professor Mark Allistar from St. Olaf College will facilitate a discussion about T.C. Boyle's The Tortilla Curtain on March 1 at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. This event is part of the Hastings Reads Program. Allistar's expertise and Boyle's compelling story will make for a dynamic discussion. (Students, check with your English, Spanish, and Social teachers to see if they are offering extra credit!) There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required. For more information, call the library at 651-438-0200.

Celebrate Dr. Suess' Birthday at the Pleasant Hill Library March 2
Help celebrate Dr. Suess' birthday all day long at the Pleasant Hill Library on March 2. Events begin at 10 a.m. with a special Suessical Storytime, geared for kids of all ages. Stories, crafts and activities will continue throughout the day as a part of the Dr. Suess tribute. Also throughout the day, the library will host special guest readers from the community who will read from their favorite Suess books. At 3 p.m., local children will perform a Dr. Suess play. The two plays include: Hunches in Bunches and I had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew. This Read Across America event will continue into the evening at the Green Mill Restauran with Hastings school teachers reciting their favorite works from Suess. There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required. People may come and go as they wish throughout the day at the library.

Free Quilting Classes offered at Pleasant Hill Library Every Friday in March 1-4 pm
If you’ve ever wanted to try the art of quilting, but thought it might be too difficult, here’s a chance to learn. Local quilter Joy Pelzman is offering to teach a series of classes at Pleasant Hill Library on Mar 4, 11, 18 and 25th from 1-4 pm. Joy will help students learn the art of quilting at whatever level the student brings to the class. Students bring their own sewing machine. Joy will help with all types of projects and answer any questions that arise. Even if you have been quilting for a while, all skill levels are invited to the classes. Classes are free, but registration is required. Call Pleasant Hill library at 651-438-0200 or register online at www.dakotacounty.us/library .

Le Duc Book Group to Meet March 3
The Le Duc Book Group will meet Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Le Duc Estate for a discussion on the book Common Sense by Thomas Paine. This event is a partnership between the Dakota County Library System and the Dakota County Historical Society. New members are always welcome. Books are available at the Pleasant Hill Library for check out. For more information, call the library at 438-0200.

Finale for Library Read-to-Me Program-Features Jungle Jane and Jungle Julie the Face Painter
Preschoolers and their families are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. for a morning filled with stories, tricks, balloon animals, and face painting. Jungle Jane will perform her favorite tricks and entertain the children with special jungle themed balloon animals. Her assistant, Jungle Julie, will be available for jungle-themed face painting.
This event is the celebration of the end of season Read-to-Me program. This program is designed for children who are not yet ready to read on their own. Throughout the last few months, children have been collecting stars on their jungle animals on the children’s bulletin board at the library. More than 70 children participated in the program. There is no charge for the event and no registration is required. For more information, call the library at 651-438-0200.

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