Friday, January 31, 2014

Events from the Pleasant Hill Library

Pleasant Hill Library Events and Programs


Learn About Straw Bale Gardening at the Library

     Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, February 18 at 6 p.m. to learn about Straw Bale Gardening, a breakthrough method for growing vegetables anywhere.  Author and gardener Joel Karsten will explain the step-by-step gardening method that requires no soil and no weeding.  Straw Bale Gardening also allows people to start growing their gardens earlier in the season.  There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.     

Learn about MNsure at the Library

     Come to the Pleasant Hill Library on February 20th, 6-8pm, to meet with a Certified Application Counselor to help set up an account with MNsure, the new one-stop health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can get help, compare plans, and choose from a variety

of health insurance companies.  Attendees should bring names, dates of birth, incomes and Social Security numbers of anyone in the household applying for health care coverage.  This event is free, but space is limited, so please call the library to register at 651-438-0200,  starting on February 6th.

Read to a Dog at the Library—Waggin Tales

     Children age 5 to 10 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, February 22 from 11 a.m. to Noon to read to a certified therapy dog.  These special dogs help children develop reading skills and fluency.  Children may bring a book from home, or choose material from the library.  There is no charge for this program, and no registration is required. 


Microsoft Excel Basics Part 2 at the Library

     Learn more about working with multiple worksheets, formulas, mouse pointers and charting basics. Prerequisite: Microsoft Excel Basics for Building Job Skills Part 1. This class is presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota Computer Education Center, and offered at no charge. The class will be on Saturday, February 22nd from 10:15am-12:15pm. Please call the library at 651-438-0200 to register starting February 8th.

Hastings Reads Events and Programs

More information about Hastings Reads 2014 can be found at


Hastings Reads Kicks off with Inspirational Speaker Tasha Schuh

     Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, February 1 at 2 p.m. to learn about the Hastings Reads 2014 theme of resilience from Tasha Schuh, a young woman who is a model of resilience. Although Tasha's story of becoming paralyzed from the chest down is sad, her presentation will not be. Tasha inspires and uplifts all who meet her with a message of hope; in fact, Tasha's perseverant spirit helped her win the title of Ms. Wheelchair USA. In addition to being encouraged by Tasha's story, you can pick up materials on upcoming Hastings Reads events throughout the month of February and check out or purchase the Hastings Reads book selections.


Submit a Poem About Resilience During Hastings Reads 2014

     It's your turn to write! Write a poem related to the theme of resilience, and submit it via email to

History Movie Night at Hastings Middle School

     Middle school students are invited to the Hastings Middle School on Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. for movie depicting the theme of resilience.  The movie is a true story about a newly integrated football team in the 1970s.  Students, check with your teacher to see if they are offering extra credit. 

Crazy Hair Day in Hastings

     Just like the characters in Crazy Hair Day, all Hastings residents are encouraged to go wild with their hairstyles on Wednesday, February 5th

Teens Invited to the Library to Learn the Art of Felting

     Teens age 11 to 16 are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, February 7 at 4 p.m. for a special class that will teach the art of felting.  This is part of the Hastings Reads Program of Events.  Kids will create an array of colorful felted hearts and other items.  Don't be sheepish, and share this heart-felt gift with a friend, just in time for Valentine's Day.  This program is presented by Artstart.  There is no charge for the event, but registration is required.  To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at  

Hair for Hazel—Donate your Hair for A Good Cause

     Start growing your hair today in order to help Hastings Reads and 5th Avenue Color Company collect hair for a nonprofit organization that creates quality prosthetics for children with hair loss.  Donated hair will be collected on Thursday, February 13, from 5 to 9 p.m.  at the 5th Avenue Color Company Hair Salon.  If the longest hair in your ponytail is 8 inches, you can donate your ponytail.  (Colored and permed hair is acceptable; bleached hair is not).  The hairdressers at 5th Avenue will package your donated hair and style your newly shortened hair for free!  Call 651-480-1935 to reserve a time slot.  If your ponytail will not be 8 inches by the donation date, you can still stop by the salon and give a financial donation. 

K is for Kisses—Free Story time for Preschoolers at the Library

     Children age 3 to 5 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Friday, February 14 at 11 a.m. for a special Hastings Reads Event, called K is for Kisses.  This event is part of the Adventure Series for preschoolers, hosted by ECFE and Pleasant Hill Library.  This adventure will include stories, rhymes, art, songs, and games—all about kindness.  This event is free, but registration is required.  To register, call the library at 651-438-0200 or visit the library website at  

Hastings Family Event at the YMCA

     On Friday, February 21, from 6 to 7:30  p.m., area families are invited to a Hastings Reads Family event at the YMCA.  This event is for families with children in elementary school.  Bring your young ones to the YMCA for pizza, books and wild hair.  Pizza will be served from 6-6:30 p.m., and then we'll explore activities related to Barney Saltzberg's book, Crazy Hair Day. You will leave with homemade bouncy balls and wild hair  (courtesy of the Hastings Beauty School).  You do not need to be a member of the Y to attend, and no registration is required. 

Join Hastings Reads Keynote Speaker John O'Leary Feb. 24

     The Hastings community is invited to the Hastings Middle School Auditorium on Monday, Feb 24 at 6:30 p.m. to hear speaker John O'Leary discuss his message of triumph over tragedy.  O'Leary 's life is proof of the power of the human spirit.  As a nine-year-old boy, he was burned on 100 percent of his body and given less than one percent chance of survival.  He endured months in the hospital, years in therapy, dozens of surgeries, and lost all of his fingers to amputation.  As an international speaker, John's message spans all walks of life and has an incredible impact on his audience. Says O'Leary, "You can't always choose the path you walk in life, but you can always choose the manner in which you walk it." 

There is no registration required for the presentation. 

The Fault in Our Stars Book Discussion at the Library

     Adults and teens are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Tuesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. to discuss John Green's novel, The Fault in Our Stars.

The book craves to be read, discussed and reread!  In addition to being a #1 New York Times Bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, and a #1 Indiebound Bestseller, this novel is being made into a blockbuster movie.  Refreshments and cookies will be served.  Students should check with their teachers to see if they are offering extra credit. 

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