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It's a leap year, which means you have one extra day in February to get in your reviews for this year's Winter Reads program! Your first book read (and submitted review) will land you a cozy pair of Winter Reads socks, and one entry into a grand prize drawing for a bundle of great books. Every review after that is another chance to win, so read and share and much as you can by the end of the month! Learn more on our website.

Keep reading for more collection and program highlights coming up this month!

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Snowy strolls in Washington County

Join us at Big Marine Park Reserve and Lake Elmo Park Reserve for two story strolls in February! Walk through the park while reading The Snowy Day, then join us for hot cocoa and s'mores when you're done. All ages are welcome! Learn more on our website

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Dive deep into Adobe tools

Learn how to create and edit content using tools available at the library! In this three-part series, 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. Learn more and register

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Get your jigsaw puzzle on!

Take your puzzling to the next level at one of our jigsaw puzzle competitions! Teams of two to four people compete against other teams to see who will be the first to finish a secret 550-piece puzzle. In February, we're hosting contests at Park Grove Library and Hardwood Creek Library – find a team and save your spot!

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Learn your rights as a renter, worker

Curious about your rights as a renter, or as a worker? Representatives from the Minnesota Justice Foundation will be visiting Park Grove Library to present on legal topics that affect everyday life. Bring questions about your rights when renting an apartment to the program in February, and about your rights as an employee in March. Learn more in our calendar.

Young scientists invited to STEM Saturdays

Every Saturday in February, kids and families can get their science on through our STEM Saturdays programs. Take a peek!
  • 100 Things at Park Grove Library Celebrate the number 100 with a storytime, songs, and stations that focus on counting, grouping, and patterns. (February 1)
  • Volcanoes Erupt at Valley Library – Have a "blast" discovering more about one of Earth's most incredible land forms. (February 1)
  • Radical Robots at Lake Elmo Library – Join Mad Science to teach a  robot to play soccer, try a robotic arm, and build a MechanoHand to bring home.(February 8)
  • Volcanoes Erupt at Oakdale Library – Have a "blast" discovering more about one of Earth's most incredible land forms. (February 15)
  • Bruce the Bug Guy at R.H. Stafford Library – Live critters and other props give kids a chance for hands-on learning about insects and other arthropods. (February 22)
  • The Science of Slime at Hardwood Creek Library – Explore everyone's favorite non-Newtonian fluid, slime! (February 29)
Click through for more information including times, ages, and registration information.

Libraries closed for Presidents' Day

All Washington County Library branches will be closed Monday, February 17 in honor of Presidents' Day. Don't fret! Even though our buildings are closed, you can still access your library account on our website, WashCoLib.org, and check out ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines through our library apps.

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