Library: Lifelong learning at the library | Opinion

Visit the Carver County Library website ( for some great resources for adult lifelong learning. These are easily found under the ”resources” section of the website.

Adult Learning Center: Supports lifelong learning for work, a return to school, or just for learning’s sake.  Includes practice test center (includes GED and citizenship test help), skills building, a writing lab, and live online tutors.

JobNow!: One-stop online job coach including resume review.

Learning Express: Instant access to a comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources. Easy-to-use video tutorials to help you learn software, technical, creative and business skills

Transparent Language: A language learning system that uses flashcards to teach you a set of words or phrases.


Club Book presents Brian Freeman bestselling author at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Chanhassen Library.


Tails for Reading: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 13. Preschool and elementary school age children are welcome to read books aloud to specially trained 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.

Creating a Marketing Plan for Your Business: 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16. What is a marketing plan and why do I need one? You will leave this class with a template for creating a marketing plan for your business or organization. Set goals and achieve them over the next 12 months. Bring your own laptop or device if possible. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

Senior Surf Day: 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct 17. Senior Surf Day is a structured class that provides hands-on computer training for seniors who have little or no experience with computers. Attendees will become familiar with mouse, keyboard, desktop, how to tell if a website is secure, basics of the internet, and how to obtain info on their own by visiting websites aimed at preventing Medicare fraud.


Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists-Marketing: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. Define your product, discover your target audience, make decisions about how you sell your work, and identify a budget and strategy for your artistic business. Taught by Springboard for the Arts.  Funded by MELSA.

Animal Sleepover Storytime: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. For ages 2 and up.  Wear your PJs and bring a special stuffed animal (who is OK being away from home for a night). After stories, your stuffed friend is staying for a sleepover at the library!  Who knows what mischief they will get into while in the care of the librarians!  After a night of fun, you can come pick up your sleepy stuffed friend. No registration required.

ECFE on Wheels: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16. For ages birth to 5. Registration 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.

Art Your Way Beaded Bracelets: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16. For ages 13-18. Create your own beaded bracelet with stone and glass beads.  Informal and unstructured time to allow your creativity to flow freely! No registration required.

Alzheimer’s Support Desk: 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17. If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or any of the dementias, literature and community resources are available from a hands-on caretaker at the ACT on Alzheimer’s Desk at the Chanhassen Library .

The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 through 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25. Is that a pumpkin or Captain Underpants?! Use art supplies and other creative materials to transform your pumpkin into any literary character! No carving allowed! Pick up an entry and drop off your pumpkin at the library for display from Oct. 18-21. Voting will be during Oct, 22-25. Winners will be chosen from three age categories Kids (7 and under), Tweens (8-12) and Teens (13-18) and announced Oct. 26.  Winners will receive a prize book! Contest will last until Oct. 27.

Lifehack: Budgeting Basics Class: 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18. Fall is a great time to look at spending and set a budget. After the class participants will be able to know what the four parts of a workable budget are, understand, and name the three layers of savings, understand how values, emotions and advertising can influence spending, and know the difference between needs and wants, and understand how they can impact a budget.


Minecraft Jr.: 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17. For ages 5-7.  Explore and build together in Creative mode on our MinecraftEdu server. Registration upon arrival; first-come, first-served.

Art Your Way-Beaded Bracelets: 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18. For ages 13-18. Create your own beaded bracelet with stone and glass beads.  Informal and unstructured time to allow your creativity to flow freely! No registration required.


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. No registration required. 6:30 p.m. Monday and 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Chaska; 10:30 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Chanhassen; 10:30 a.m. Monday, and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Victoria.

Toddler Storytimes: For ages 18-36 months. 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. Come shake your sillies out with us. No registration required. 10:30 a.m., Monday, Chanhassen; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Victoria; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Chaska.

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. No registration required. 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Chanhassen.

Patrick Jones is branch manager for the Chanhassen and Victoria libraries. He can be reached at

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