Friday, February 14, 2014

Expand Your Imagination at the Library

The following is our weekly column published in the Dakota County Star.

We are proud to host LEGO Imagination programming this year.  Your children six and older are invited to attend LEGO Imagination Building classes on February 15th and 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

LEGO Imagination Contest has the theme Transportation on Feb. 22nd at 2:30 p.m.  This is open to children 6 and older. 

February Real to Reel Movie:  Join us for February’s Real to Reel movie on Tuesday night February 18th at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday February 22nd at 2:00 p.m.  In this movie, Robert Redford stars as a sailor, lost at sea confronts his own mortality.

President’s Day Reads:  The library will be closed for President’s Day on Monday February 17th.  President’s Day is a time to honor presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Stop by and pick one of these titles about these presidents to read during President’s Day.  Book descriptions are from WorldCat Database.

George Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman (J 973.3 FRE) Washington's army nearly perished during the winter of 1777-78. Camped at Valley Forge, the revolutionaries endured severe hardship. The army's supply system had collapsed and they were without supplies. But when the harsh winter ended, the soldiers had survived, and marched away from Valley Forge more determined than ever.

Washington: a Life by Ron Chernow (BIO WAS) :     In "Washington : a Life" celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation, dashing forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man, and revealing an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people.

George Washington by Jeremy Roberts (JBIO WAS) Chronicles the life of George Washington, from his youth in Virginia, through his leadership in the Continental Army, to his years as the first president of the United States.

Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly (973.7 ORE) This book is a historical narrative of the events that surrounded the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The Fiery Trial:  Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner (973.7 FON) In a landmark work of deep scholarship and insight, Foner gives us a life of Lincoln as it intertwined with slavery, the defining issue of the time and the tragic hallmark of American history. The author demonstrates how Lincoln navigated a dynamic political landscape deftly; moving in measured steps, often on a path forged by abolitionists and radicals in his party, and that Lincoln's greatness lay in his capacity for moral and political growth.

The Lincoln’s:  a Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming (J 973.7 FLE) Though Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's backgrounds differed considerably; both were intellectuals who shared interests in literature and politics, as well as a great love for each other.

Technology Classes This Week: Tuesday Microsoft Excel 2 at 10:00 a.m., E-Book Readers at 12:30 a.m., Microsoft Excel 1 at 2:00 p.m., Microsoft Excel 2 at 3:00 p.m., Clean up Your Computer 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday Microsoft Excel 2 at 5:30 p.m., Pinterest at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday Microsoft Word 3 at 10:00 a.m., Internet Privacy at 11:00 a.m., Nebraska Access at 3:00 p.m., Publisher 3 at 3:30 p.m., Tech Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and E-Book Reader at 6:00 p.m.

Youth Activities:  We may have a short week, but we have a full schedule.  On Tuesday we have Night of FUN at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday Preschool Story Time 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mad Science (grades 3-6 pre registration is required) 6:30 p.m.; Thursday Pat-a-Cake Pals at 10:00 a.m., Explore the Unknown at 6:00 p.m., Friday Toddler Time at 10:00 a.m.; and the Saturday Movie at 11:00 a.m.).

Did you know that you can renew your books online on the library calendar? Ask one of the library staff to give you the details of how to renew your books, place holds, or request books, all from the library’s online catalog.

Stop by or visit us online and expand your mind at the library.

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