Watertown Library has lots to offer in January

Winter is here! While the weather outside might be nippy, the Watertown Library is a cozy place to read a book or magazine in print, on e-format or through CD format. Check out the new artist exhibit or work on the computers. The library has a wide variety of events planned as well as services. Below are the January listings.

Service of the Month: Prior to doing your taxes, where can you turn for some general information? The library. The library has

• Books – on tax-related topics are available at the library or through request.

• HELP! – Do you need help in preparing your taxes? If you are a low-moderate income individual or family, especially a taxpayer age 60 and older, come to one of the Tax Assistance preparation sessions the library has scheduled. Taxes are submitted electronically at these sessions and trained volunteers are there to help you. These sessions are scheduled at various locations throughout the county, beginning in mid-February. To find more information, go to  www.carverlib.org  and click on Calendar of Events at the top for more information including when and where these tax assistance sessions are offered.

• Need Forms? – The library has a number of forms you can pick up when you drop in. If the library does not have it, you may either print it out yourself or have a librarian print it for you from the Federal or Minnesota websites. There is no charge for this service.


Storytimes – All library storytimes follow the Every Child Ready to Read practices that are literacy based and age appropriate.

Family Storytimes at the Watertown Library are held Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. beginning on Jan. 13.

Yoga Storytime is for all ages and will be held Monday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Watertown Library. Join yoga instructor Annalisa Bragg for some yoga incorporated into stories. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Please call to register.

Musical Petting Zoo is a chance for children to explore different rhythms, pitches, and techniques. This will be held at the Watertown Library on Jan. 7 from 3-5 p.m.

Tails for Reading is held Saturday, Jan. 4 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. School age children are welcome to read books aloud to therapy dogs to encourage confidence in reading. Children read for a 15-minute session. Pre-registration is not mandatory, but is suggested.

Reading, Writing and Computing:

Winter Jackets Program is a reading program for ages 18 and up. It will be offered at all Carver County Library branches this January and February. Stop in and pick up or download review forms. For each form you complete and turn in, you will be entered in a drawing for Barnes and Noble gift cards. Prizes are funded by the Library Foundation of Carver County. In addition to this annual program in the “Make a Bookmark” contest. Check with the library for details.

Bookclubs – The Watertown Library hosts two adult bookclubs every month. Call the library for more details. A teen bookclub is held monthly the third Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. New members are welcome.

Other Carver County Library programs of interest in January:

Starting the New Year Confidently: Overcoming Performance Anxiety – Held at the Chaska Library on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m., this is an interactive session led by two professional counselors who advise elite athletes and speakers in America and the world. Gain practical information on performance improvement and receive encouragement to set new goals for yourself.

Chan-o-laires Concert will be held at the Chanhassen Library on Saturday, January 18 at 11 a.m. Come listen to the beautiful harmonies Chanhassen’s Senior Choir.

Beer and Brewing in the Land of Sky Blue Waters – Held at the Chaska Library on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m., this event explores the history of Minnesota’s beer scene, the innovators and home brewers that spurred a new generation of breweries and the basics of beer brewing. This program is a Minnesota Historical Society Legacy program.

Computer Help Desk – Bring your computer and e-Reader questions on Monday, Jan. 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. to the Waconia Library. (Held the first Monday of every month)

Waconia Writers’ Workshop is held the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the Fireplace area. New members are always welcome in this group of aspiring writers. Inspiration and support are the key features of this group.

DAYS CLOSED in January: The library will be closed all day on Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day and Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King Day. In addition, the library will be closed until 1 p.m. on Jan. 24 as staff is attending a Staff Training event.