Hassan Qarei

Artist Hassan Qarei displays his art at the Chanhassen Library in July and August.

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Artist Hassan Qarei displays his art at the Chanhassen Library in July and August.

From the earliest age, Qarei learned traditional and modern handcrafts, carpentry and other fields. After obtaining his baccalaureate degree, he specialized in applied arts.

Qarei participated in several art formations such as theater, scenography design, plastic arts, silk-screen printing and sculpture.

After many efforts, he has developed his abilities and brought his hobby to concrete reality.

HISTORICAL FICTION

The Reading List Council recently announced the 2019 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers. A shortlist of honor titles, up to four per genre, was also announced.

The winner for historical fiction was “Between Earth and Sky” by Amanda Skenandore. On a quiet Philadelphia morning in 1906, a newspaper headline catapults Alma Mitchell back to her past. A federal agent is dead, and the murder suspect is Alma’s childhood friend, Harry Muskrat.

Harry, or Asku (as Alma knew him), was the most promising student at the “savage-taming” boarding school run by her father, where Alma was the only white pupil.

Created in the wake of the Indian Wars, the Stover School was intended to assimilate the children of neighboring reservations. Instead, it robbed them of everything they’d known such as their language, customs, even their names and left a heartbreaking legacy in its wake.

The bright, courageous boy Alma knew could never have murdered anyone. But she barely recognizes the man Asku has become, cold and embittered at being an outcast in the white world and a ghost in his own.

Her lawyer husband, Stewart, reluctantly agrees to help defend Asku for Alma’s sake. To do so, Alma must revisit the painful secrets she has kept hidden from everyone — especially Stewart.

The books on the historical fiction short list were “The Butcher’s Daughter” by Victoria Glendinning, “Circe” by Madeline Miller, “Dear Mrs. Bird” by A.J. Pearce and “A Well-Behaved Woman” by Therese Anne Fowler.

VICTORIA LIBRARY

Robotics Demo: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 28. For all ages. Sure, you’re heard of high school sports teams, but have you heard of robotics teams? Members of a local high school robotics team will present and demonstrate the robots they’ve created and used in competitions. Come learn and see what these robots can do!

Chinese Brush Painting with Artistry: Noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 29. Learn to paint natural scenes with bamboo brushes and ink. We will begin by discussing the properties of bamboo brushes, mark-making techniques, brush strokes and ink characters. Then we will practice painting specific animals and natural subjects on rice paper. Registration required.

MASTER GARDENER

Master Gardener Help Desk: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 29. Bring your plant samples and insect disease questions to any of the Yard & Garden Help Desks at the Chaska and Chanhassen libraries. Carver/Scott master gardeners will help diagnose problems and answer your yard and garden questions.

STORYTIMES

No storytimes the week of July 1.

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. Chaska Library: 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 28.

Patrick Jones is branch manager for the Chanhassen and Victoria libraries. He can be reached at pjones@co.carver.mn.us.

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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