"Remembering Prince," with author Jim Walsh, is 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 17 at the Chanhassen Library. Walsh will discuss and sign copies of his book “Gold Experience: Following Prince in the '90s” and share Prince and Paisley Park memories. Carver County Historical Society Prince artifacts and other Prince-related items will be on display.

With commemorative Prince events coming up in April, the library also has Prince CDs, DVDs, and biographies available in the Carver County Library collection.

Remember Prince by borrowing some of the following:

“I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon,” by Touré. Journalist and author Touré gives a scholarly look at Prince. He includes interviews with band members and musicologists, and puts his own take on the mysteriousness of Prince.

“The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince,” by Mayte Garcia. By Prince’s ex-wife, this awaited book is out April 4. Holds may be placed on library on-order copies.

“Gold Experience: Following Prince in the '90s," by Jim Walsh. For serious fans, journalist Jim Walsh includes interviews, essays, columns, and reviews. Many were written for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

“ Purple Rain.” Both the DVD and CD with music from the motion picture are available at the library.

“4Ever.” The newest Prince CD collection released posthumously.

“HitNRun Phase One and Phase Two." These CDs were his last official releases.

Chanhassen Library

Great Decisions Discussion: Latin America’s Political Pendulum. 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Michael Shifter and Bruno Binettic describe the discussion: The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still, the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. Speaker Pedro Quijada is a teaching specialist at the University of Minnesota Morris in the Latin American Area Studies Program.

Photo Storage: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, Chanhassen Library. Are your photos taking too much space on your phone? We’ll present storage options (including cloud storage, zip drives, and more) so you can decide what’s best for you. Registration required.

Self-Editing Tips to Make You a Better Writer: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 15, Chanhassen Library. Connie Anderson will lead writing exercises and discussion until 11:30 a.m. Afterwards, participants will read their work until 2:00 p.m. Registration.

Pen & Ink with Watercolor with Artistry: 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, Chanhassen Library. Enhance your knowledge, technique ad skill in creating pen-and-ink drawings. Registration required.

Victoria Library

Kitchen Sink Collage: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8, Victoria Library. Art projects aren’t just for kids. This is the first-ever adult art project event at the Victoria Library. We will supply art materials and pictures.

Video Editing on the Cheap: 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 18. A review of select cheap or free apps that help edit and deliver good video on a low budget. Please bring a device with a video camera. Registration required.

3D Printing for Adults: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Learn the basics of using a 3D printer and its software. You’ll get hands-on experience creating a small project. Registration required.

Steam/TinkerCAD: 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, through May 11, for ages 9 and up. Join us to learn, play, tinker, and make with technology, multimedia, programing and design tools in this self-directed after school time. A technology assistant will be available to lend a hand. No registration required.

Minecraft: 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays for ages 8-18. Explore, build together, or participate in a challenge on our MinecraftEdu server! Join us at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. for 30 minutes of play each session. Registration upon arrival.

Chaska Library

Tails for Reading: For preschool and school-age children who wish to read books out loud to therapy dogs to encourage confidence in reading. Children read for a 15-minute session. 10:30-noon, Saturday, April 8.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12.

Town Ball Parks of Carver County: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20. Author Todd Mueller will host a talk on the fascinating history of local ball parks in Carver County. He is the author of the book “Town Ball Parks of Minnesota.”

Tax help

Free tax preparation sponsored by Carver County Library is offered to older adult taxpayers, people with low to moderate income, or those with limited English proficiency with simple tax returns. There are no appointments, and people are served on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, including what to bring, go to www.carverlib.org or check at the library. Volunteer tax counselors are trained by the IRS, Minnesota Department of Revenue and the AARP Foundation, and must be certified by the IRS to counsel.

Tax assistance is available at:

  • Chanhassen Library: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, through April 11.
  • Chaska, Moravian Church: 115 East Fourth Street, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, through April 10.


Family Storytimes are for all ages, with a focus on children ages 2 and up. Children, parents and their caregivers are invited to share 30 minutes of stories, music and movements that encourages the development of early literacy skills.

  • Chanhassen Library: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Chaska Library: 6:30 p.m. Monday; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Victoria Library: 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Toddler Storytimes are for 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.

  • Chanhassen Library: 10:30 a.m. Monday.
  • Chaska Library: 10:30 am Wednesday.
  • Victoria Library: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Lapsit Storytimes are for ages birth to 18 months. Babies and their caregivers share quality time in a 20-minute session designed to encourage language development through board books and movement activities, followed by time for visiting and play.

  • Chanhassen Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Kathy Bognanni is the branch manager of the Chanhassen Library and the Victoria Library, Carver County Library. She can be reached at kbognanni@co.carver.mn.us


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