Carver County Library’s winter author series continues with Gina LaManna at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. Gina LaManna is a USA TODAY bestselling author living in St. Paul with her family. She is known for her "Magic & Mixology" series along with cozy mysteries and a lot of murder!

Gina’s seventh installment to the Detective Kate Rosetti Mystery Books, “Time is Money” was published Nov. 1, 2021. From magic and bullet slinging heroines to gentle stories and romance, Gina has something for everyone.

This author event will be featured on Carver County Library Facebook www.facebook.com/CarverCountyLibrary/live and was funded with money from the Minnesota's Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.

MURDER MYSTERIES

To read more murder mysteries, check out one of these titles from New York Public Library’s Best Adult Crimes, Mysteries, and Thrillers of 2021 list.

“The Burning Girls” by C.J. Tudor. Five hundred years ago, local Protestant martyrs were betrayed then burned. Thirty years ago, two teenage girls disappeared without a trace. And a few weeks ago, the vicar of the local parish hanged himself in the nave of the church. Rev. Jack Brooks, a single parent with a 14-year-old daughter and a heavy conscience, arrives in the village hoping for a fresh start. Uncovering the truth can be deadly in a village with a bloody past, where everyone has something to hide and no one trusts an outsider.

“Clark and Division” by Naomi Hirahara. Chicago, 1944: 20-year-old Aki Ito and her parents have just been released from Manzanar, where they have been detained by the US government since the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, together with thousands of other Japanese Americans. The life in California the Itos were forced to leave behind is gone; instead, they are being resettled two thousand miles away in Chicago. Inspired by historical events, Clark and Division infuses an atmospheric and heartbreakingly real crime with rich period details and delicately wrought personal stories Naomi Hirahara has gleaned from 30 years of research and archival work in Japanese American history.

“The Echo Wife” by Sarah Gailey. Martine is a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn Caldwell's award-winning research. She's patient and gentle and obedient. She's everything Evelyn swore she'd never be. And she's having an affair with Evelyn's husband. Now, the cheating husband is dead, and both Caldwell wives have a mess to clean up.

“56 Days” by Catherine Ryan Howard. No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead. Can they determine what really happened, or has lockdown created an opportunity for someone to commit the perfect crime.

EVENTS FOR YOUTH

Family Dance Party: 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 24 at Victoria Library. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to have some fun! This program will start with a story, and then the dancing begins!

Monday Funday Online: 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24 on Carver County Library’s Facebook Live page. Monday Nights are Funday Nights! We’ll read books, tell tales, sing songs, and more. Carver County Library Youth Services Librarians and special guests will lead the way!

EVENTS FOR ALL AGES

Cooking in the Kitchen with Jodi and Morgan: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 22 on Carver County Library’s Facebook Live page. Chaska Library Branch Manager Jodi and avid library user Morgan are back with special dog guest Duke to take advantage of the Library's cookbook collection and feature a delicious recipe- we'll be more specific about the recipe in the video information.

EVENTS FOR ADULTS

Winter Reads: Winter Reads is back in January and February. Adults ages 18 and up can review books and enter to win prizes, including Barnes & Noble gift cards and Kindles. Check our website, social media, and library locations for more information.

Adult Take and Make Kit: To celebrate our Winter Reading program we have created a Take & Make kit geared toward our adult patrons. Our kits include a pencil sketch by our talented Waconia librarian, Cindy Lowe; it also includes a glitter pen to jazz up the sketch and make it your own. Drink some complimentary hot chocolate while you work and look for your next read with our librarian recommendations. The kits are available Jan. 24-29 while supplies last. This program is funded by the Carver County Library Foundation.

STORYTIME

No registration is required for storytimes.

Chanhassen Library:

Family Storytime: 3:30 p.m. Sundays and 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up. Children, parents, and caregivers are invited to share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking.

Toddler Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Mondays. Toddlers and caregivers are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and musical movement for this age group. For ages 18-36 months.

Victoria Library:

Family Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Mondays. For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up. Children, parents and caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking.

Toddler Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays. Toddlers and caregivers are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and musical movement for this busy age group.Recommended for ages 18-36 months.

Chaska Library:

Family Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up. Children, parents and caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking.

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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