In addition to all the free arts programs offered at your Carver County Library, you can also spring into arts with the smARTpass program. This access program is available exclusively to metro public library users.

Have a library card from one of the eight public library systems in the Twin Cities? Then you possess the opportunity to reserve free and/or discounted admission to a wide range of arts experiences such as the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Park Square Theater.

IT’S A MYSTERY

Like British mystery series? Check out the least installment in the Inspector Rebus mystery series as reviewed by Kathy Perschmann.

“In a House of Lies” by Ian Rankin. Private Detective Stuart Bloom disappeared 10 years ago. Some boys discover a car with his body in the boot, found in an area of some woods that had been extensively searched. Bloom had a head wound and his ankles were handcuffed.

Inspector John Rebus is retired now, but was on the original team. Many corners were cut, and there were some possible motives that were focused on to the exclusion of others. Bloom’s family is furious and has been hounding the police over the years. Rebus’ friends, Siobhan Clarke and Malcom Fox, are assigned to the new case.

Where did the handcuffs come from? From the police? Where has the car been all these years? Bloom was working for a low-budget movie producer who lived in a big house near the woods the car was found in. The producer also owned the woods and used them for filming his strange movies.

Bloom was investigating a crooked property developer who was trying to buy the woods. Drugs also might be involved. Bloom used a professional safe cracker to get some documents from the developer; it turns out they were fake. Many interrogations, twists, and turns finally lead to a thrilling conclusion.

CHANHASSEN LIBRARY

Writers Group: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 16. Want to express yourself in writing better? Join other aspiring writers for topics of interest, support and advice.

Music in March with the Chan-O-Laires in Concert: 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 16. Join us for a fun performance by the Chan-O-Laires, the talented Chanhassen Senior Center Choir.

Music in March with Lehto and Wright: 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 17. Lehto & Wright have a sound that is a unique blend of traditional and modern styles of folk music. The duo performs music that takes cues from Irish, English and American folk traditions and interprets them with contemporary, guitar-based arrangements. They will perform a show with their fresh approach to folk, with a focus on Irish traditions in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Senior Surf Day: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 18. Come and learn how to surf the internet. This class is designed for very basic beginners, with special emphasis on sites of interest to seniors. Class provided by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.

Friends of the Chanhassen Library Meeting: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 18. The Friends of the Chanhassen Library is a volunteer nonprofit organization that believes a dynamic library is a community gathering place that enriches the lives of all its citizens. We support strong library services to educate, provide resources, and to meet the growing information needs of our community.

Carver County Cares: Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?: 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 20. Wills aren’t often specific enough to include items that have more sentimental than monetary value. This class offers clear suggestions and strategies to equitably divide one’s keepsakes, collectibles and memorabilia among family, friends and others. Presented by U of M Extension.

Year-Round Art from the Garden: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21. Growing plants to enjoy through all Minnesota seasons. We will look at several topics including: using cut flowers throughout the growing season, fall vegetable decorations, and woody plant materials for winter interest. This class is presented by Carver/Scott Master Gardeners.

Author Leif Enger: 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. Enger burst onto the literacy scene in 2001 with “Peace Like a River.” Enger’s visit is part of the Club Book series sponsored by the metro library association and funded by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment. Club Book events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors open 45 minutes before each program. Enger’s books will be available for sale and signing.

CHASKA LIBRARY

Music in March with Tara B: Broadway and Sound of Music Tunes: 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16. Tara B sings Broadway and Sound of Music Tunes for an intergenerational audience. Funded by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.

Fairy Gardens: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 20. Learn how to create your own fairy garden. This class is presented by Carver/Scott Master Gardeners.

VICTORIA LIBRARY

Backpack/Laptop Stickers: 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16. Use our vinyl cutter to create unique stickers to decorate your backpack, laptop or anything else. Ages 10-18. No registration.

Tails for Reading: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 16. Preschool and elementary school age children are welcome to read books aloud to registered therapy dogs to encourage confidence in reading. Presented by North Star Therapy Animals. Children read for a 15-minute session on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration required.

Tech Tuesday: 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 19. Stop by and try out a varying STEM activity each month. You’ll see things like Snap Circuits and Makey Makeys. We’ll have simple instructions available so you can explore and learn at your own pace. Designed with ages 8-12 in mind.

Friends of the Victoria Library Meeting: 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 19. The Friends of the Victoria Library is a nonprofit organization that increases the use of the Victoria Library through public awareness and educational programming, advocates for strong public funding of the library, and provides private funding to enhance the services at the Victoria Library.

STORYTIMES

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. Co me 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 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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