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Poetry Lovers Converge
Golden Valley Library
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 6:30–8 p.m.
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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Socrates Café
Rockford Road Library
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.

Sit back and philosophize with your friends and neighbors. The topic is decided by popular vote at the beginning of the meeting. All welcomed; no experience necessary. The concept of Socrates Café is based on the book of the same name by Christopher Phillips. 
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First Pages for Adults: Turn Grief Into Poetry
Roosevelt Library
Thursday, Sept. 4, 6–7:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6700.
Work through your feelings from a loss or grief by writing poetry. Learn writing prompts and exercises. 
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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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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Writing Your Story
Sumner Library
Thursdays, Sept. 4–Nov. 20, 4:30–6 p.m.
Sorry, this event has been cancelled.

First Pages for Teens: Creating Fictional Worlds
East Lake Library
Thursday, Sept. 4, 6–7:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8425.
Grades 7-12. 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! 
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: Guthema Roba
Golden Valley Library
Saturday, Sept. 6, 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.”  
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Paws to Read With an Animal
Northeast Library
Saturday, Sept. 6, 1:30–3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11, 1:30–3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 1:30–3 p.m.

Register Online or call 612-543-6775.
K-grade 4. 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. 
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Last Word Book Discussion Group
Southdale Library
Monday, Sept. 8, 7–8:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 13, 7–8:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 10, 7–8:30 p.m.

Location: Sept. 8: Southdale Library
Oct. 13: Barnes & Noble, Galleria
Nov. 10: Southdale Library

Stimulating book discussions facilitated by local authors and literary volunteers. All books and dates are chosen ahead of time so you can pick and choose what works for you. Meetings alternate between the Southdale Library and the Barnes & Noble bookstore, Galleria, 3225 W. 69th St., Edina. 
Sponsored by Barnes and Noble.
What We're Reading:
September 8: Lighthouse Road , by Sheila O'Connor.
October 13: Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo.
November 10: Wise Men, by Stuart Nadler.
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Talk of the Stacks With Lorna Landvik
Minneapolis Central Library
Pohlad Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
Landvik is the beloved Minnesota author of nine novels, including "Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons" and "Mayor of the Universe." She is also a public speaker, playwright and comedian. Landvik will be launching her hilarious and touching new novel, "Best to Laugh," the story of a Minnesota comedian trying to make it big in Hollywood. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is first-come, first served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
A program of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library. Funding from National Endowment for the Arts Art Work grant. Sponsors: MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.
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Paws to Read With an Animal
Maple Grove Library
Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:50 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 7:50 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:50 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:10 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:50 p.m.

Register Online or call 612-543-6450.
K-grade 2. 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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