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Books You Don't Have Time to Read
Ridgedale Library
Wednesdays, Sept. 17–Nov. 5, 12:30–2 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Each week, hear a U of M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute member present a book that tackles a challenging subject of the day. Then discuss the issues involved. 
Presented in collaboration with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
What We're Reading:
September 17: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, by Todd S. Purdom.
September 24: The Devil's Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea.
October 1: The Innovator's Prescription , by Clayton M. Christensen et al.
October 8: Uncertain Justice, by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz.
October 15: The Loudest Voice in the Room , by Gabriel Sherman.
October 22: Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
October 29: Freedom's Daughters, by Lynne Olson.
November 5: How the West Was Won, by Rodney Stark.
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First Pages for Teens: Read to Write
St. Louis Park Library
Thursday, Sept. 25, 3:30–5 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6125.
Grades 7-12. Will reading "The Hunger Games" teach you to be a writer? You bet! Learn how Harry Potter can teach you about world-building, Neil Gaiman's characters can inspire creating memorable characters and how Veronica Roth's "Divergent" series can teach you about developing plots. 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.
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Writing Your Story
Sumner Library
Thursdays, Sept. 4–Nov. 20, 4:30–6 p.m.
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Adult Reading Circle
Sumner Library
Thursdays, Sept. 4–Nov. 20, 5–6 p.m.
Join adults who want to improve their reading skills. Have fun reading and sharing with others. 
Presented in collaboration with Open Door Learning Center.
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Paws to Read With an Animal
Southdale Library
Saturdays, September 27 Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m.–noon p.m.
For families. Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. 
Presented in collaboration with North Star Therapy Animals.
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Author Talk: Guthema Roba
Hopkins Library
Saturday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m.
Ethiopian poet and Golden Valley librarian Roba will read from his newest book of meditational poetry, “Wake Up and Roar.” He invites all to “come and drink from the sea of this love.” Roba leads a monthly poetry discussion group at the Golden Valley Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Hopkins Library.
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Paws to Read With an Animal
Golden Valley Library
Sunday, Sept. 28, 12:30–2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2, 12:30–2 p.m.

For families. Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. 
Presented in collaboration with North Star Therapy Animals.
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Author Talk: Meryll Levine Page and Leslie Levine Adler
St. Louis Park Library
Sunday, Sept. 28, 1 p.m.
Authors Page and Adler will discuss "Jewish Luck: A True Story of Friendship, Deception and Risky Business" which recounts the intertwined stories of two women who fight to establish themselves in a time and place where women, Jews and capitalism were disparaged in the “New” Russia who succeed by creating their own luck. 
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First Pages for Adults: Fall Poetry
Maple Plain Library
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:30–8 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-5700.
Summer is over and now the world outside is changing. Capture the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the new season on the page by learning how to write poems inspired by the season. 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.
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Author Talk: Erin Hart
Plymouth Library
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7–8 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-5825.
Join Hart as she discusses her award-winning crime novels set in the mysterious boglands of Ireland. Irish button accordion master, author and storyteller Paddy O'Brien will join the conversation. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Plymouth Library.
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Poetry Lovers Converge
Golden Valley Library
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6:30–8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30–8 p.m.

All ages. Share an original or a favorite poem or listen to your neighbors share theirs. 
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