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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Jazz and Friends National Day of Community Readings

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On Thursday, February 25, communities across the United States join The Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Welcoming Schools program for Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings in support of transgender and non-binary you...

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Posted on: February 9, 2021

Celebrate Black History this month and all year long!

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Are you looking for ways for your family to celebrate Black History Month? Our librarians have compiled three lists of exceptional books for you: 

There are also a variety of online resources that might hel...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: December 31, 2020

Our top checkouts and best loved books of 2020

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The end of 2020 is near, and with it comes the change to reflect back on a year of reading. We've tallied the checkouts and gathered our staff favorites to present some of our best reads of the year. You can browse popular and recommended tiles f...

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Posted on: November 5, 2020

Creative connections: Art and books we want to re-read

Creativity in the arts opens doors to a different world outlook. We seek other’s ideas, especially at a time when we are focused inward due to COVID-19. Amy Zeuli, Andrea Garvey, and Sylvia Roman tell us what books they were inspired to read or ...

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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Creative connections: Art and children's books

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Art, both in paintings and writing, speaks to the community in different voices. Yet both explore and light up the world through imagination, giving us the opportunity to examine ideas through a different perspective.

Kate Buechler, youth services libraria...

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Posted on: September 29, 2020

NorthStar Watermedia art exhibition at Wildwood Library

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From October 3 to November 13, stop by Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi to see paintings on display with the NorthStar Watermedia Society's 6th annual National Juried Art Exhibition. 

Artists from 18 states will be represented in the exhibit...

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Posted on: August 4, 2020

Resources for your career and job search

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Washington County Library is ready to help you conquer your job search, whether you’ve just started looking, are rethinking your career, or need help prepping for the interview. No matter your age or level of experience, we have something that c...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

New databases offered through eLibrary of Minnesota

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Beginning this month, Washington County Library is offering an updated selection of online tools through Minitex and the eLibrary of Minnesota (ELM). 

This update includes two exciting new online tools for kids from Capstone, a trusted children&am...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

Resources on race for readers of all ages

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In light of recent events in Minnesota and the difficult, necessary conversations they have prompted, staff at Washington County Library have assembled a series of lists highlighting books for all ages to help with this work.

As our colleagues at Saint Pau...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

The top 10 ebooks we're reading while we stay home

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Since mid-March, WashCoLib has seen a 41 percent increase in ebook checkouts on OverDrive and CloudLibrary. We thought it would be fun to take a peek at the ebooks that WashCoLib readers are downloading during quarantine.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia O...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 25, 2020

Computers available by appointment at Washington County Library branches

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Washington County Library branches will reopen with limited capacity on Monday, June 26. At that time, visitors will no longer need to make an appointment to use a computer. Learn more at WashCoLib.org/COVID19. 


Beginning Tuesday...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

5 ways to celebrate Children's Book Week

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Children’s Book Week celebrates books for young readers across the book world. This year’s Children’s Book Week, celebrated May 4-10, invites you to "Read. Dream. Share." the love of reading across your community.&a...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 27, 2020

An update from Library Director Amy Stenftenagel

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On Friday, March 27, Library Director Amy Stenftenagel sent the following message to all Washington County Library cardholders. You can learn more about the library’s response to COVID-19 and get an update on current services at WashCoLib.org/Co...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Beating cabin fever during COVID-19

Feeling a little cabin-fever? Kaylin Creason, a librarian at Lake Elmo Library, put together these free resources to keep you entertained and mentally healthy while you’re at home. Download or share the full infographic here!

Catch the opera (and...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Get library materials using curbside pickup!

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Beginning Monday, June 29, Washington County Library branches will be open with limited capacity and reduced hours. Visitors can come to our buildings to pick up holds, browse materials, and use computers without an appointment. Learn more.  

A sm...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Modified services available during library closure

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Update

On Tuesday, March 24, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to suspend all public-facing services at libraries and other county facilities through Tuesday, April 7. The library’s modified services, outlined below, will continu...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

WashCoLib has a new mobile app!

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We’re so excited to share that we have a new mobile app! With this new app, you can access your library account no matter where you are. The app also makes it easy to browse the library’s collections, check out or place a hold on items...

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Get more for free with your library card!

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When you think about using your library card, it's natural to think about what you can check out by coming into the library – books, magazines, video games, and more. But your library card also grants you access to digital tools and col...

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