Whether you are looking to get outside or stay cozied up at home, Carver County Library has family friendly programs planned for you. Take a stroll and read a story at Chaska’s StoryWalk on Saturday, Sept. 18 anytime between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

The StoryWalk will be set up at Chaska City Square Park, which is just a short walk from the library. Stop in before or after to check out books, pack a picnic, and make a morning of it.

Monday Funday continues on Carver County Library’s Facebook page on Monday, Sept.  20 at 6:30 p.m. for Sheeko Sheeko, which means storytime in Somali. Join presenter, Ruqia Abdi for a bilingual story in Somali.

HISPANIC HERITAGE

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated beginning Sept. 15 and honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. You can learn more at www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov or enjoy one of these titles from the Library’s collection. For titles in Spanish, visit the Chaska Library for the largest selection, check the catalog, and/or use the Libby app.

“Lost Children Archive” by Valeria Luiselli. An artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray. A breath-taking feat of literary virtuosity, "Lost Children Archive" is timely, compassionate, subtly hilarious, and formally inventive a powerful, urgent story about what it is to be human in an inhuman world.

“In the Midst of Winter” by Isabel Allende. Richard Bowmaster, a 60-year-old human rights scholar, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help.

“When We Left Cuba” by Chanel Cleeton. In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life and her heart to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel.

“The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henríquez. When 15-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs.

“Caramelo” by Sandra Cisneros. Every year, Ceyala Lala Reyes' family aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, and Lala's six older brothers packs up three cars and, in a wild ride, drive from Chicago to the Little Grandfather and Awful Grandmother's house in Mexico City for the summer. Like the cherished rebozo, or shawl, that has been passed down through generations of Reyes women, "Caramelo" is alive with the vibrations of history, family, and love.

EVENTS FOR YOUTH

Teen UnBook Club & Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 21. Join us at the Chanhassen library for our new UnBook Club and be part of the Teen Advisory Board at the same time. We will get together on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 pm. New members are always welcome.

ECFE on Wheels: 11:30 to noon, Chanhassen on Tuesdays, Victoria on Wednesday, and Chaska on Thursdays. For ages birth to 5. Registration for each child is required. Parent/guardian needs to stay with children. Parent education staff provides a free ECFE experience for families, caregivers, and children ages birth to 5 to share together. There will be circle time, songs an art activity and literacy take home project. Please register each child who will be participating.

EVENTS FOR ADULTS

The Loft Literary Center Online – Let’s Talk About Dialogue: 10:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 18. Writers — learn strategies to liven up your dialogue to reveal character, add tension or humor, and advance the plot — all at the same time. Register at https://carverlib.libcal.com/event/7815378

Master Gardener Help Desk: Chanhassen, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18. 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.

Artistry – Altered Books: Chanhassen, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22. Learn how to repurpose old and unloved books and turn them into "new" works of art. Different techniques will be explored including black-out poetry, paper folding, paper cutting, painting, drawing and more. Please have a book ready to make something amazing out of it!

Jodi Edstrom is branch manager for the Chaska Library. For questions about services, contact staff at www.carverlib.org/about-us/contact-us or reach out to Edstrom directly at 952-227-7603 or jedstrom@co.carver.mn.us.

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