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Girls Only Teen Book Club
Wednesday, July 23, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Girls entering grades 6-9. Join other girls to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the children's information desk or reserve your own copy online prior to meeting.
Sponsored by Friends of the Ridgedale Library.
What We're Reading:
June 25: Flygirl, by Smith, Sherri.
July 9: Last Dragonslayer, by Fforde, Jasper.
July 23: Legend, by Lu, Marie.
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Email Basics for Building Job Skills
Wednesday, July 23, 6–8 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Email has become the typical method for business communication. Learn how to set up a free email account, send and receive messages, and add attachments.
Presented by Science Museum of Minnesota - Computer Education
Sponsored by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) 
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Girls Only Jr. Book Club
Thursday, July 24, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Girls entering grades 2-3. Join other girls to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the children's information desk or reserve your own copy online prior to meeting.
Sponsored by Friends of the Ridgedale Library.
What We're Reading:
June 26: Balloons Over Broadway, by Melissa Sweet.
July 10: Hamster Magic, by Lynne Jonell.
July 24: The Doll Shop Downstairs, by Yona Zeldis McDonough.
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Guys Read Jr. Book Club
Thursday, July 24, 1–1:45 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Guys entering grades 2-3. Join other guys to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the children's information desk or reserve your own copy online prior to meeting.
Sponsored by Friends of the Ridgedale Library.
What We're Reading:
June 26: Third Grade Angels, by Jerry Spinelli.
July 10: Super Amoeba: Squish No. 1, by Jennifer Holm.
July 24: The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.
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Guys Read Kids Book Club
Thursday, July 24, 2–2:45 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Guys entering grades 4-6. Join other guys to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the children's information desk or reserve your own copy online prior to meeting.
Sponsored by Friends of the Ridgedale Library.
What We're Reading:
June 26: Meanwhile, by Jason Shiga.
July 10: Liar and Spy, by Rebecca Stead.
July 24: Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy.
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Guys Read Teen Book Club
Thursday, July 24, 3–4 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Guys entering grades 6-12. Join other guys to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the children's information desk or reserve your own copy online prior to meeting.
Sponsored by Friends of the Ridgedale Library.
What We're Reading:
June 26: Juvie Three, by Gordon Kormon.
July 10: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs.
July 24: Dodger, by Terry Pratchett.
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Socrates Café
Thursdays, June 5–Aug. 28, 7 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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Girls Only Kids Book Club
Thursdays, June 26, July 10 & July 24, 11 a.m. – noon p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Girls entering grades 4-6. Join other girls to talk about a great book! Author Sheila O'Connor will speak on July 10. Lending copies may be picked up at the children's information desk or reserve your own copy online prior to meeting.
Sponsored by Friends of the Ridgedale Library.
What We're Reading:
June 26: The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere series), by Jacqueline West.
July 10: Keeping Safe the Stars, by O'Connor, Sheila.
July 24: How to Survive Anything, by Rachel Bucholz.
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Paws to Read With an Animal
Friday, July 25, 10–11:30 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 8, 10–11:30 a.m.

For families. Entering grades 1 and up. 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. Sign up for a time slot at the children's information desk on the day of the event.
Presented in collaboration with North Star Therapy Animals.
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Genealogy Research: Online Resources
Monday, July 28, 10 a.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Uncover valuable family history information with two free genealogy tools you can use at the Library or online from anywhere with your library card. Includes brief demonstrations of Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest. 
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Family Storytime
Mondays, July 7–28, 10 a.m.
For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement. 
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