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Posted on: January 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Write, craft, learn at the library in February

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Don’t let the wintry weather keep you inside all month –  February is a perfect time to get out of the house and learn a little something new. This month, we have a full slate of programs for adults that focus on writing, crafting, nature, safety, and more. Here are just a few of this month’s featured events: 

Get Started on Your Writing Project 

February 1, 10:30 a.m. at Lake Elmo Library

You have an idea for a novel, memoir, short story, or poem, but you’re having trouble getting started. Come ready to brainstorm ideas for crafting that ever-important first sentence, paragraph, and draft of creative work with an experienced teacher and writer from The Loft at Lake Elmo Library. Registration required.

Home is Where the Heart Is 

February 8, 1 p.m. at Oakdale Library*

Decorate your walls with a memento of your favorite place, perfect to hang in your home or give to a friend in this class with the Textile Center at Oakdale Library. Discover different embroidery stitches and outline your favorite state with needle and thread. Then mark your special location with an embroidered heart, flower, or other icon. Registration required.

AED Safety Information

February 12, 4 p.m. at Park Grove Library*

Have you ever been curious about how an AED machine works? Join us at Park Grove Library to learn how, when, and where to use a lifesaving AED machine. Participate in a hands on demonstration and practice what you’ve learned! This is an information session and not meant to serve as a certified training for First Aid or CPR. No registration required.

Birds of the State, State of the Birds

February 12, 6:30 p.m. at Hardwood Creek Library

Join University of Minnesota Conservation Biologist, Todd Arnold, for an overview of the status of birds in Minnesota in this program at Hardwood Creek Library. Learn which species are declining, which are increasing and what you can do in your own backyard to help our feathered friends.

Artist Lab: A Three-Part Series

February 13, 20, 27, 10 a.m. at R.H. Stafford Library*

This three-part series at R.H. Stafford Library will help artists create and edit their content using new tools available at the library. We’ll explore the basics of Adobe Photoshop on library iMacs and get finer control using Wacom tablets. Other classes will showcase typography in Adobe Illustrator, how to edit print materials in Adobe InDesign, and more. Registration required.

Trivia at the Library

February 15, 1 p.m. at Hardwood Creek Library*

Join Trivia Mafia for trivia at Hardwood Creek Library in Forest Lake! Topics will include everything from Minnesota culture to history, music, art and geography. We’ll have a professional trivia host for an afternoon of fast paced fun. Top scoring teams win bragging rights! Registration appreciated, but not required. 

Rosalie Wahl: Girl from Birch Creek

February 19, 6:30 p.m. at Valley Library

In this Valley Talk, we will be celebrating the life and legacy of Washington County resident & Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, Rosalie Wahl. Justice Wahl was the first woman to be named onto the Minnesota Supreme Court and was very influential in the creation of the Washington County Library system. We will be joined by Justice Esther Tomljanovich to discuss her time working with Justice Wahl, and filmmaker, John Kaul, for a showing of the documentary on Rosalie Wahl’s life, Girl from Birch Creek. No registration required.

Street Law: Your Rights as a Renter

February 20, 6 p.m. at Park Grove Library

Representatives from the Minnesota Justice Foundation will be visiting Park Grove Library to present on legal topics that affect everyday life. In February, the topic will be renters’ rights. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask certified student attorneys questions regarding their rights when renting an apartment. No registration required. 

Writing a Memoir with Betty Passick

February 29, 10:30 a.m. at Oakdale Library

Come to Oakdale Library to learn from local author Betty Passick (Indie "Notable 100" Book Award winner, 2019) and share memorable stories and experiences. Betty Passick will guide participants through the process she took to write a 400 page family history, which she published in 2015, titled "We Are Eight", and give tips and strategies on how to start your own memoir.  

To check out all of the events happening at Washington County Library, visit our calendar at

*These programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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