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New Yorker Discussion Group
Washburn Library
Thursdays, March 6–May 29, 2–4 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8375.
The New Yorker magazine provides a unique mix of articles on current topics, literature and the arts. Join other New Yorker readers in discussing articles from the magazine. Participants are encouraged to take turns choosing articles and leading the discussions. 
Presented in collaboration with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
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MacPhail Center for Music: Sing, Play, Learn!
Washburn Library
Thursdays, April 24–May 15, 6:30–7:15 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8375.
For children 1 and up. Hands-on musical play activities led by early childhood music specialists will let your family experience music’s impact on learning and reading readiness. Together you will sing, rhyme, read, move and create! 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Sponsored by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency).
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Writing Your Story
Sumner Library
Thursdays, March 6–May 29, 4:30–6 p.m.
Trained volunteers will support writers of all levels - ordinary people with tales to tell. Explore different ways to unleash your story. Bring your favorite pen and paper. You may start at any session. 
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Adult Reading Circle
Sumner Library
Thursdays, March 6–May 29, 4–5 p.m.
Join adults who want to improve their reading skills. Have fun reading and sharing with others. 
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Learn Together: Storytime Activities
North Regional Library
Fridays, March 7–May 30, 11 a.m.
For families. After storytime (10:30-11 a.m.), do a craft, learn a new poem or enjoy other activities and get tips on how to encourage and support reading and literacy at home. 
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Paws to Read With an Animal
Washburn Library
Saturday, April 26, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 24, 2:30–4:30 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 Reading Education Assistance Dogs.
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Author Talk: Atina Diffley
Plymouth Library
Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-5825.
Diffley, organic farmer, author of "Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works" and founder of Gardens of Eagan (one of the earliest certified organic farms in the Midwest), will discuss her memoir and life as a pioneer of organic farming. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Plymouth Library.
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Author Talk: Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District
Plymouth Library
Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-5825.
Step inside the grand mansions of St. Paul's most beloved avenue. Architectural writers Bette Hammel and Melinda Nelson will take you on a visual tour of some of the dwellings highlighted in their recent book "Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District." Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Plymouth Library.
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Books You Don't Have Time to Read
Ridgedale Library
Wednesdays, March 26–May 14, 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:
March 26: Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War, by Robert M. Gates.
April 2: Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme, by Richard Brodie.
April 9: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism , by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
April 16: Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, by Max Blumenthal.
April 23: The new digital age : Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen.
April 30: Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century, by Christian Caryl.
May 7: The President's Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity, by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy.
May 14: One Summer: America 1927, by Bill Bryson.
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Raising Awareness: Children’s Mental Health
Sumner Library
Thursday, May 1, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6875.
Families. "Fidgety Fairy Tales – The Mental Health Musical" is a fun, family-friendly show that reduces fear and misunderstanding around common mental health disorders. Talented youth actors use music and gentle humor in these re-imagined tales: "The Snow Queen" (depression), "The Little Match Girl" (autism) and "The Emperor's New Clothes" (brain damage). This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.
Presented in collaboration with Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health.
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Paws to Read With an Animal
Golden Valley Library
Saturday, May 3, 10:30a.m.–noon
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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