Monday, March 31, 2014

At the Library: Adults know what’s going on—April 2014

At the Library: Adults know what's going on—April 2014

know what's going on Haiku, free verse, odes and sonnets Celebrate your poetry style and showcase your writing talents by entering our annual Poetry

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Haiku, free verse, odes and sonnets

Celebrate your poetry style and showcase your writing talents by entering our annual Poetry Contest. Poets of all ages are invited to submit original poems during National Poetry Month — April 1–30. Contest guidelines and a submission entry form are available on the library website. Awards and prizes are given to the top three in each age category.

OneBook, OneLakeville

Join us for special community programming during the fifth annual OneBook, OneLakeville — a month-long celebration of the very special book, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Read the book and join in book discussions and games, and exploring your family history. Spend an evening with the author on April 26 from 7–9 p.m. to learn about her inspiration and research for this gripping novel, and with Prudence Johnson, American jazz and folk vocalist who will perform music reflecting the character and times of the book. Get free tickets (required) at, search OneBook.

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Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Cavendon Hall, an imposing Yorkshire manor, is home to two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them just as their ancestors did over the centuries. But now, with World War I looming, the two families find themselves tested in ways they never thought possible. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is sure, they will never be the same again.

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his sixteen-year-old son, Kurt, when they get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail Kurt's entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, his secret is threatened.

Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
Returning to the Caribbean island of St. Vincent to help save her family's treasure-hunting business, financial expert Kate Donnelly must form an uneasy alliance with British military diver Holden Cameron when equipment, treasure and even divers start disappearing into the depths of the ocean.


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See a full list of programs online or pick up a program guide at your nearest library branch. All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Registration required only when stated.

Minnesota in the 1970s*
Tuesday, April 1, 7–8 pm, Veterans Memorial Community Center, Inver Grove Heights
The 1970s were more than big hair, mirror balls and leisure suits. These fascinating years bridged the chasm between the tumultuous 1960s and the conservatism of the 1980s. Let the Minnesota Historical Society take you into the fascinating 1970s in Minnesota.

Trains of Minnesota
Wednesday, April 2, 7–8 pm, Heritage
Steve Glischinski, author of Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, will tell the remarkable story of Minnesota railroads — some of the most famous in the nation. Gain a whole new appreciation for how railroads built the most powerful nation in the world and helped to win two World Wars.

Family History on the Internet
Tuesday, April 8, 2–4 pm Wescott Register now.
Monday, April 21, 6–8 pm, Galaxie Register beginning April 7.
Explore the world of Internet genealogy, discover some of the best free genealogy web sites and learn to use Ancestry Library Edition free at the Library. Registration required. Prerequisite: Basic Internet knowledge.

Good Reads: Claire of the Sea Light
Tuesday, April 8, 3:30–4:30 pm, Wentworth
Join us to discuss Edwidge Danticat's newest book, Claire of the Sea Light, a stunning new novel about a seaside town where the daughter of a fisherman has gone missing.

Tropics Steel Drum Band*
Tuesday, April 8, 7–8 pm, Burnhaven
Enjoy Reggae, Calypso, Steel Drum, Soca, Ska, Latin, Dance Hall Style and other music genres performed by authentic Caribbean instrumentalists at this upbeat musical presentation.

Café Accordion Orchestra*
Wednesday, April 9, 7–8 pm, Robert Trail
Tap your toes at this eclectic mix of French Musette, vintage swing, Latin and European folk music styles from the 5-piece Café Accordion Orchestra.

Orphan Train Riders
Thursday, April 10, 7–8 pm, Heritage
Renee Wendinger, daughter of an orphan train rider and author of Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York, will share true stories of the largest mass migration of children ever to take place on American soil.

Interviewing Skills
Friday, April 11, 2–3:30 pm, Pleasant Hill Register now.
Learn how to be more confident along with strategies to make you stand out from the crowd. Topics covered include types of interviews, common interview questions and major blunders to avoid. Taught by Dakota County WorkForce Center staff. Registration required.

LifeStories: Memories into Memoirs
Monday, April 14, 10 am–noon, Wescott Register now.
Learn how to recall your own stories and preserve the details in meaningful and engaging ways through family history and memoir writing with genealogist and storyteller, David Coward. Registration required.

Cut, Copy, Paste
Monday, April 14, 10:15 am–12:15 pm, Burnhaven Register now.
Thursday, April 17, 10:15 am–12:15 pm, Pleasant Hill Register beginning April 3.
During this class, you'll practice moving text by using Copy/Paste, Cut/Paste and dragging text. The class will use the Internet and Microsoft Word. Registration required. Prerequisite: Basic Internet knowledge.

Foster Care: Then & Now
Monday, April 14, 7–8 pm, Heritage
Learn about the foster care licensing process, outdated myths and evolution of foster care, and the special needs of foster children from Dakota County Child Foster Care Licensing and Adoption staff.

Great Decisions
Tuesday, April 15, 6:30–8 pm, Galaxie Topic: Islamic Awakening
Great Decisions is a non-partisan discussion forum that provides education on important American policy issues. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to checkout or read the desk copy of the Great Decisions briefing book — available at the Galaxie Library — prior to the program. Great Decisions is sponsored locally by District 196 Community Education and Dakota County Library and coordinated statewide by the Minnesota International Center in Minneapolis, It is a nationally recognized model for foreign policy discussions sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association.

Rosemount Area Arts Council Presents Jeff Applequist
Tuesday, April 15, 6:30–8 pm, Robert Trail
Jeff Applequist discusses his book Sacred Ground, which explores leadership lessons from the battles of Gettysburg and Little Bighorn. Applequist will sign and sell his book.

Polish Paper Cutting*
Wednesday, April 16, 6–8 pm, Wescott Register beginning April 2.
Learn paper cutting techniques and designs to create your own paper cut art much like Wycinanki, paper-cut designs that have been used to beautifully decorate the interior of Polish homes since the early 19th century. Registration required.

Boost Your Online Presence with Social Media
Thursday, April 17, 10:30 am–noon, Galaxie Register beginning April 3.
Having a website is essential, but it doesn't stop there. Learn how Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn can impact your business, how to take advantage of these resources and what you need to know to do it yourself or to find someone qualified to do it for you. Presented by Ben Theis. Registration required.

Explore Your Family History
Monday, April 21, 7–8 pm, Heritage
Join representatives of Lakeville's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to learn how to explore your own family history. The discussion will include local and international sources for family information.

Marie Porter
Wednesday, April 23, 7–8 pm, Wentworth
Award-winning Twin Cities cake artist, known as much for her delicious and diverse flavor menu as for her sugar artistry, discusses her books Evil Cake Overlord, The Spirited Baker, and Sweet Corn Spectacular.

Social Networking Tools
Thursday, April 24, 2–4 pm, Wescott Register beginning April 10.
Monday, April 28, 10:15 am–12:15 pm, Burnhaven Register beginning April 14.
Take a whirlwind tour of blogs, Facebook, Twitter and more. This class is demonstration only. No accounts will be created. Registration required. Prerequisite: Basic Internet knowledge.

Online Job Applications
Friday, April 25, 2–3:30 pm, Robert Trail Register beginning April 11.
A behind-the-scenes look at online job applications including answers to frequently asked questions and how to successfully complete a job application online. Taught by Dakota County WorkForce Center staff. Registration required.

Paper Shred Fest
Saturday, April 26, 10 am–noon, Farmington City Hall Parking Lot
Protect yourself against identity theft and celebrate Earth Day by recycling too. Bring your confidential documents to be shredded in an on-site mobile unit.

Heart Restart — Compression Only CPR
Saturday, April 26, 10:30 am–noon, Burnhaven
Learn to save a life through the Heart Restart program and help increase the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest victims. The classes do not fulfill certification requirements.

*Minnesota Legacy program.


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