The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Join us for our third annual celebration of Prince at the Chanhassen Library from 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 24.

Heidi Vader, founder of the fan-based Purple Playground (a nonprofit honoring Prince’s legacy of positivity and giving), and board member Willie Adams will discuss Prince’s philanthropy, his legacy of positivity, and all things Purple Playground, including the “Academy of Prince” music program.

David TC Ellis will also be speaking about his work at High School for Recording Arts, and students from Academy of Prince will do a special acoustic performance.


Comic books for adults? Yes! And the Carver County Library has plenty of them.

These books, called adult graphic novels, are a story presented in comic-strip format and published as a book. But don’t think that means only superheroes in tights, as the graphic novel format spans all fiction genres, from horror to historical fiction, plus nonfiction areas such as history and biography.

Sure, there are titles you might have heard of from television shows like “The Walking Dead,” but there’s much more in this intriguing form of storytelling. Check out some of these new graphic novels.

“Anne Frank’s Diary” adapted by Ari Folman. This is the first graphic edition to remain faithful to the original, while the stunning illustrations interpret and add layers of visual meaning and immediacy to this classic.

“The Beatles: Yellow Submarine” adapted by Bill Morrison. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” album comes this fully-authorized, graphic novel adaptation. The Beatles are recruited by the Captain of the Yellow Submarine to help him free Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the world of Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies.

“A Clash of Kings” adapted by Landry Q. Walker. The first volume of a four-part, full-color graphic novel adaptation of the second book in George R.R. Martin’s landmark “Song of Ice and Fire” series, the inspiration for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

“The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling” by Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno. Everything you’d ever want to know about the history of grown men (and women) in tights pretending to hurt each other.


Writers Group: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20. Want to express yourself in writing better? Join other aspiring writers for topics of interest, support and advice.

Great Decisions: Decoding U.S.-China Trade: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 20. Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling China’s. Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. What other tools can the United States employ to counter China’s unfair trade practices? There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused. Speaker: Duncan McCampbell.

Earth Day/Arbor Day Storytime: 10:30 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 24. Celebrate the Earth and its resources! We will read some stories and make a recycled craft. For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up.


Adult Special Services Story Hour: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Monday, April 22. Enjoy music, age-appropriate picture books, discussion and more. Please contact Angela Hunt at 952-448-3886 if you plan to bring a group for the first time.

Earth Day Storytime: 10:30 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 23. Children, parents and their caregivers are invited to come and celebrate Earth Day with stories, songs, and a special craft. No registration required.


Earth Day Storytime: 10:30 to 11 a.m., Monday, April 22. Children, parents and their caregivers are invited to come and celebrate Earth Day with stories, songs, and a special craft. No registration required.


No registration is required for storytime.

Family Storytimes: 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. Chanhassen Library: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; Chaska Library: 6:30 p.m. Monday and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; Victoria Library: 10:30 a.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Thursday.

Toddler Storytimes: 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 and Victoria libraries: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Lapsit Storytime: 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.

Patrick Jones is branch manager for the Chanhassen and Victoria libraries. He can be reached at

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.


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