Check it Out – Celebrate ‘I Love to Read Month’

Make and take crafts
A crowd of talented and creative individuals attended the “Make and Take Craft Series: Omiyage Envelope” event held by the Minnesota Textile Center at the Chanhassen Library on Jan. 25. The event was funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. It featured an instructor who showed how to cut the wool felt, decorate the pieces with appliqué and embroidery, and finally assemble them with hand stitching. These darling little envelopes are popular in Japan and can be used to carry a few cards like a wallet or for a gift card. The next and last class in the series is making a braided Kumihimo Bracelet at the Waconia Library on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. To register, contact the Waconia Library at (952) 442-4714 or visit There are still a couple of openings for this fun adult class! (Submitted Photo)

Researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., released their study in late 2013 that showed that pleasure reading can actually enhance memory and logic.
The study was conducted using fMRI technology on the brain and conclusions from the study also showed that reading a novel can cause changes in the brain that can last for days afterwards.
February is “I Love to Read” month and the library encourages you to drop in and pick up some pleasure reading. There are a wide variety of authors, titles and genres available.
Service of the Month: For “I Love to Read” Month, the library’s service of the month is Reader’s Advisory. The library has advice for you in a variety of ways:
• Staff: Librarians trained in offering you suggestions.
• Booklists: Both online and in hardcopy at the library.
• Online databases: Access them from the library computers or from your computer at home. Of special interest is our NoveList database.
• Catalog: Remember you can see all the books in a series by looking up one of the books in our catalog, and even get recommendations of similar books you might like.

All library storytimes follow the Every Child Ready to Read practices that are literacy based and age appropriate.
• Family Storytimes are held Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
• Toddler Storytimes (for ages 18 months-36 months) are held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
• Lapsit Storytimes (for ages birth-18 months) are held on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. This is the one storytime the library requests you register for in advance — contact (952) 442-4714.
• Musical Petting Zoo is a chance for children to explore different rhythms, pitches, and techniques following storytime. This will be held at the Waconia Library on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
• Valentine Super Storytime Join us for a special storytime featuring stories and songs, as well as a Valentine themed craft on Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Thursday, Feb. 13.

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.
An addition to this annual program is the “Make a Bookmark” contest. Check with the library for details.
• 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.
• Bookclubs – The Waconia Library hosts an adult bookclub on the fourth Monday of the month at 1 p.m. and a teen bookclub on the second Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. New members are welcome.
• Computer Help Desk – Bring your computer and e-Reader questions on Monday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Computer Basics – Held on Tuesday, Feb 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesdays, Feb. 12 and Feb. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Call to register.
• Internet Basics – Held on Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call to register.
• Twitter 101 – What is Twitter and how can you use it effectively to connect with your friends, colleagues, and, for some business owners, potential customers? Go from being a novice to a power user by taking this two-hour class. Registration required. Held Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Business Survival Skills – Learn how to survive and thrive in business by understanding the time, energy and financial commitments needed to launch and fund a new business.
Gain a realistic view of business ownership and navigate common pitfalls that new (and sometimes seasoned) business owners make. Presented by Women Venture, funded by MELSA. Call to register. Held on Feb. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
• Carver/Scott Master Gardener Programs: Gardens, Gardens, Gardens. Join us whether you are just starting your garden or want to enhance the garden you already have.
The following topics will be covered at Waconia: Herbs (presented on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.) and Pruning (presented on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.)
• Kumihumo Bracelet – Learn how to do kumihimo, a Japanese 8-stranded braid with intricate patterns that look complicated, but are easy to master. Finish it off with a clasp and you have a colorful braided bracelet with subtle shimmer. Held on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. Call to register.
• Free Tax Help – Sponsored by Carver County Library, free tax preparation is offered to older taxpayers, to those with low to moderate income and to those with limited English proficiency.
This event is held on Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church and School starting Feb. 19.

Other Carver County Library programs of interest in February
• Booksales – Held at the Norwood Young America Library from Thursday, Feb. 20-22 during library hours and at the Chaska Library on Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Hooked on Books…and the Arts, Too! – A partnership of Carver County Library and the Eastern Carver County Schools and partially funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, this event will be held the morning of Feb. 22 at Chanhassen High School.
• DAYS CLOSED in February: The library will be closed all day on Feb. 17 for President’s Day.
• Friends of the Chanhassen Library Book Sale: Preview Party set for Thursday, Jan. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. At this event, enjoy the first chance to look at the donated books; snacks included! Free to members of the Chanhassen Friends, or $5 admission at the door.
Book Sale: Friday and Saturday Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. Book donations can be brought in any time, and are tax deductible.
Proceeds from Friends of the Library Book Sales go to support programs like the Lucky Day Collection of books, extra copies of bestsellers. The Chanhassen Library is located at 7711 Kerber Blvd. For more information, contact (952) 227-1500.
• Friends of the Chaska Library Book Sale: Friends of the Chaska Library will be holding a spectacular Book Sale from 10 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Donated books and books on CD or DVDs can be brought in any time (donations are tax deductible). Proceeds from these library sales go to finance special library programs, like the Your Lucky Day Collection of extra copies of bestsellers. The Chaska Library is located at 3 City Hall Plaza. For more information, contact (952) 448-3886.
• Join premier naturalist, nature photographer and newspaper columnist Stan Tekiela for a fun and informative evening. Tekiela will present “Uncommon Facts about Common Birds” at the Chaska Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6. This is funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.