From horse drawing classes to writing courses for teens, there are plenty of events of note at the Waconia Library in April. For more information, contact the Waconia Library at (952) 442-4714.
• Arts in April: Whether it’s in the artwork that hangs on the library walls, the books about art, instruction given at the library for pieces of art you create or ebooks about art, the library has many ways you can enjoy art. Check it out. The Waconia library is your key to a world of enjoyment.
• Artist of the Month: Reid Thorpe paintings will be on display in both Watertown and Waconia libraries during library hours.
• Master Gardener Programs: Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m. Topic: Attracting Songbirds.
• Loft Writing Classes for Teens: Read to Write! Thursday, April 10, 3 p.m. (for ages 13-18). Can reading The Hunger Games teach you to be a writer? You bet it can! By reading as much fiction as you can get your hands on, available right here at your public library, you can become the writer you’ve always wanted to be!
Come learn what Harry Potter can teach you about world building in fiction; what Neil Gaiman can teach you about creating memorable characters; and what Veronica Roth’s Divergent series can teach you about plot! After this 90-minute session you’ll be inspired to write your own mind blowing fiction. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Registration required; class size is limited — call (952) 442-4714.
— Also at Watertown Library on Thursday, April 17 at 2 p.m. — call (952) 955-2939 to register.
— Also at Chanhassen Library Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. — call (952) 227-1500 to register
• Drawing Horses: Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. For ages 6-8 years old. Come join Abrakadoodle and let’s learn about horses … and draw them, too! We’ll read a book about horses. Then, using the drawster’s technique utilizing basic shapes, you’ll learn to draw some amazing horses and then finish them with chalk pastels.
This lesson is approximately 60 minutes. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Registration required; class size is limited — call (952) 442-4714.
— Also at Chaska Library on Thursday, April 24, 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. — call (952) 448-3886 to register.
— Also at Chanhassen Library on Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. — call (952) 227-1500 to register.
At the locations below taught by Sandy Seha-Luoma:
— Norwood Young America Library, Saturday, April 5, 1 p.m. — call (952) 467-2665 to register.
—Watertown Library, Thursday, April 10, 3:30 p.m. — call (952) 955-2939 to register.
• Storytimes: All library storytimes follow the Every Child Ready to Read practices that are literacy based and age appropriate.
— Family Storytimes at the Waconia Library are held Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
— Toddler Storytimes (for ages 18 to 36 months) at the Waconia Library are held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
— Lapsit Storytimes (for ages birth-18 months) at the Waconia Library are held on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. This is the one storytime the library requests you register for in advance — call (952) 442-4714.
— Music Storytime – Jodi Edstrom takes children on a musical ride as they learn about various instruments and songs. Held on Tuesday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m.
• All Carver County Libraries will be closed on Sunday, April 20.
Reading, Writing and Computing
• 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.
• A series of three Genealogy classes will be held at the Waconia Library to help the novice begin a research project and to aid the more experienced researcher in his/her work. Taught by Lois Schulstad. Two are held in April:
— Introduction to Family History Research: Begin the productive and fun steps to gain information to document your family history. Held Saturday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m.
— Family History Research Using Ancestry: Successfully navigate the features and functions of Ancestry.com. Held on Saturday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m.
• Chaska author Jan Dunlap will discuss her newest book, “Saved by Gracie: How a Rough-and-Tumble Rescue Dog Dragged Me Back to Health, Happiness and God” at the Waconia Library on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m.
• 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, April 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Practice Lab: Bring your computer questions and practice on the lab laptops. Held on Tuesday, April 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration required — call (952) 442-4714.
• Email Basics: Held on Tuesdays, April 1 and 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. and also on Wednesday, April 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration required — call (952) 442-4714.
• 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. Held on Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Church and School through April 9.
Other Carver County Library programs of interest in April
• 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 topic will be covered at Chanhassen Library: Container Gardens. Presented on Thursday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.
• Come and meet nationally acclaimed author Julie Klassen at the NYA Library on Saturday, April 5, 1:30 p.m. Klassen worked in publishing for 16 years, and now writes full-time. Three of her books, “The Maid of Fairbourne Hall,” “The Girl in the Gatehouse,” and “The Silent Governess” have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance.
• Let Your Imagination Soar: Loft writing class for grades 4-6. If you like to write stories about magical, mythical beings, this class is for you. We’ll invent our own creature tales and create fun, interesting stories around our newly invented mythology! Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Registration required; class size is limited.
— Held at the Watertown Library on Friday, April 18, 1 p.m. — call (952) 955-2939 to register.
— Held at the NYA Library on Saturday, April 12, 1:30 p.m. — call (952) 467-2665 to register.
• Kid’s Guide to Writing Short Stories: Loft writing class for grades 4-6. Are you the kind of person who can tell stories that keep your friends on the edge of their sleeping bags? Then join us and explore different ways to come up with story ideas, and then shape them into engaging, fun stories — complete with characters, plot, and setting — that you can share with all your friends! Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Registration required; class size is limited. Held at the Chanhassen Library on Saturday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. — call (952) 227-1500 to register.
• Arts in April: Held at the Chanhassen Library on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
— April 6 – Pottery Making: Richard Dorn will demonstrate and teach a hands-on pottery class in which participants will actually work with clay. Your creation will be fired and returned to the library at a later date for pickup. Pre-registration required — call (952) 227-1500.
— April 13 – Woodcarving Demonstration: The Chanhassen Senior Woodcarvers will demonstrate their woodcarving skills. Come observe their techniques.
— April 27 – Jewelry Making: Connie Abrahamson will teach a hands-on jewelry making class in which participants will actually make a bracelet out of recycled jewelry. You can bring broken or mismatched jewelry or a special item you may want to add to your bracelet. Instructor will provide a variety of other jewelry making beads and supplies for you to choose from. Pre-registration required — call (952) 227-1500.
• Writer’s Fair at the Chanhassen Library: Writers, editors and teachers will present on various topics of writing. Held Saturday, April 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chanhassen Library. Including professional editors Laurel Means, Ann Page and Connie Anderson; MN Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, and Rosanne Bane from the Loft. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Pre-registration required — call (952) 227-1500.
• The Alternate Universe: Creating Fictional Worlds: Loft Writing Class for teens ages 13-18 will be held on Saturday, April 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Chaska Library.
How do you create fictional but vivid and detailed “other worlds” in fiction? Learn how celebrated authors have mastered the art of creating these alternate worlds where anything is possible, and how you can too! Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To register, contact (952) 448-3886.
• Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business or Organization: Social media tools allow you to connect with your customers, community and members, but when you run a small business or organization, time is valuable … where do you start? Do you create accounts on every platform and get lost in the clutter?
Are all platforms relevant to your goals? Attend this session and learn what social media platforms would serve your business or organization best, where to start and how to leverage them for the greatest benefit. Bring your smart phone, tablet or laptop if you have one.
Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and sponsored by MELSA. Held at the Chaska Library on Saturday, April 12, 1 to 3 p.m. — call (952) 448-3886 to register.
• Social Media “Speed Dating”: 10-Minute Introductions to the Top Ten Social Media Sites.
Discover what’s out there and whether any of the social media tools are right for you and your small business or organization. This session will cover Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, MySpace, Google+, DeviantArt, LiveJournal, Tagged and Orkut. Bring your smart phone, tablet or laptop if you have one.
Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA. Held at the Chaska Library on Saturday, April 5, 1 to 3 p.m. — call (952) 448-3886 to register.