Libraries plan events for November

A variety of events are planned at area libraries during the month of November. See more details below.

Author Anne Panning
Anne Panning, author of “Super America,”will be speaking and reading from her new book,“Butter”on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Waconia Library. At 11 a.m. she will hold a one-hour creative writing workshop. Call the Waconia Library to register at (952) 442-4714.

“Super America” was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Her books are described as intelligent and humorous, graceful and wry, and infectious and enchanting (by Publishers’ Weekly, Booklist, and the New York Times). Panning is compared to Lorrie Moore.

“Butter” is a coming of age tale set in Minnesota in the 1970s. Iris is 11 years old when she learns that she is adopted. As her parents’ marriage starts to fall apart, she begins to notice things disintegrating all around her. This is a profound meditation on growing up estranged in small-town America.

Anne grew up in nearby Arlington, Minn., and now teaches creative writing at SUNY- Brockport in upstate New York. Her grandfather was a butter maker.

Extraordinary Sacrifices
Learn about the sacrifices our Carver County veterans have made from the Civil War to the present day, through the use of diaries, letters and photos on  Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Presentation by Heidi Gould of the Carver County Historical Society. Co-sponsored by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska. This event takes place at City Hall Plaza. Call (952) 448-3886 for more information.

Computer class: Excel Basics
Build your job skills at the NYA Library on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. Excel is used in the workplace for accounting, tracking inventory, and organizing data. Learn how to work with spreadsheets, create formulas and build a budget. Class size limited, call (952) 467-2665 to register. Taught by the Science Museum of Minnesota, funded by MELSA.

Great Decisions Discussions
“The State of the Oceans.” The world’s oceans are essential to life on earth, and are tremendously sensitive to global climate change. What are the consequences of climate change on oceanic factors like biodiversity, sea levels and extreme weather systems? How can the U.S. and its international partners address the emerging challenges to this shared resource? Speaker: Chuck Woodbury at the Chanhassen Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chanhassen Library on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.

Promoting Democracy
The U.S. has had a history of advancing and supporting democracy around the world. What place does democracy promotion have in U.S. foreign policy today? With a choice of tools ranging from economic aid to military force, what are the appropriate yet effective methods that the U.S. should use to promote democracy? Speaker: William Davnie on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Chanhassen Library.

Library Writer’s Group
The Library Writer’s Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the Chanhassen Library on Saturday, Nov. 17. Ann Page will be talking about writing and editing your work.
Also, Author’s Collective, a writer’s forum, will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the same location. Contact: [email protected] for details.

Get to know the rich community of local authors! Writers representing mystery, poetry, fiction, self-help, romance, and non-fiction including blogging will present their work as they discuss inspiration, writing, and publishing.