The Friends of the Chanhassen Library present its fall book sale beginning Thursday, Sept. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. The sale continues Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale ends with a $5 per bag sale on Sunday, Oct. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m.

MINNESOTA AUTHORS

As the library begins to prepare for fall author visits, it is great time to explore great Minnesota authors that you might not know. Many of these are also available as eBooks accessible through the Libby app.

“Gone to Dust” by Matt Goldman. Minneapolis PI Nils Shapiro, unsuccessfully trying to forget his ex-wife while coping with a brutal winter, is asked by former police colleagues to investigate a vicious crime that lacks traceable evidence. The body of the murder victim, Maggie Somerville, was covered with dust from emptied vacuum cleaner bags to eliminate potential DNA evidence. Shapiro tracks down a calculating murderer to expose a cover-up with disturbing repercussions.

“Life’s Too Short” by Abby Jimenez. Vanessa Price is a 28-year-old YouTube star who travels the world using her platform to raise money and awareness for ALS. With a 50% chance that she has inherited the disease, she's determined to live her best life now because she may not make it to age 30. A brilliant and touching romantic comedy about two polar-opposites, one adorable dog, and living every day to its fullest.

“Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes” by Kathleen West. Brought together by the sting of public humiliation, Isobel and Julia learn firsthand how entitlement and competition can go too far, thanks to a secret Facebook page created as an outlet for parent grievances

“Ruby and Roland” by Faith Sullivan. Growing up in early twentieth-century Illinois, Ruby Drake is a happy child. But one winter's night, her beloved parents perish in an accident, and suddenly Ruby finds herself penniless and nearly alone in the world.

“Strike Me Down” by Mindy Mejia. A forensic accountant and partner in a Minneapolis firm, Nora Trier always gets her thief. Then her firm is hired by Strike, a feminist, corporate-resistant athletic company owned by famed kickboxer Logan Russo, which is launching a kickboxing tournament meant to find a new face for the company. Now the hefty prize money has gone missing, but Nora is reluctant to get involved; she has secret ties to Strike that could compromise her integrity.

“The Sun Collective” by Charles Baxter. Once a promising actor, Tim Brettigan has gone missing. The novel is a vision of modern American society and the specters of the consumerism, fanaticism, and fear that haunt it.

EVENTS

Monday Funday: 6:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27 on Carver County Library’s Facebook Live page. (For youth.) Monday Nights are Funday Nights. We’ll read books, tell tales, sing songs, and more. Carver County Library Youth Services Librarians and special guests will lead the way.

Master Gardener Help Desk: Chanhassen, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept.  11. Bring your plant samples and insect disease questions to any of the Yard & Garden Help Desks. Carver/Scott Master Gardeners will help diagnose problems and answer your yard and garden questions. Visit our events page for more details.

Chanhassen Library Book Club: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:30. Contact Library at 952-227-1504 for details.

Genealogy: Finding Immigration Records Online: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Victoria City Hall chambers. Registration required. Explore how to find immigration records such as naturalization records and ships' manifests in online databases. This class is taught by Mary Wickersham. She is accredited by the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Irish Genealogical Society International. 

STORYTIME

No registration required.

Chanhassen Storytime:

  • Family Storytime: 3:30 p.m. Sundays and 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up. Children, parents and their caregivers are invited to share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking that encourages the development of early literacy skills.
  • Toddler Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Mondays. Toddlers and their caregivers are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and musical movement for this age group. Come shake your sillies out with us. For ages 18-36 months.

Chaska Storytime:

  • Family Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up. Children, parents and their caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking that encourages the development of early literacy skills.

Victoria Storytime:

  • Family Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Mondays. For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up. Children, parents and their caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking that encourages the development of early literacy skills.
  • Toddler Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays. Toddlers and their caregivers are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and musical movement for this busy age group. Come shake your sillies out with us! Recommended for ages 18-36 months.

Patrick Jones is branch manager for the Chanhassen and Victoria libraries. For questions about services, contact staff at www.carverlib.org/about-us/contact-us or reach out to Jones directly at 952-227-1504 or pjones@co.carver.mn.us. For more info, visit www.carverlib.org.

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