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Although no one really needs an excuse to cuddle up with a good book, the crisp temperatures of November make it all the more tempting. Not sure what to read next? Browse this collection of great autumnal reads available right now through OverDrive. If you’re not ready to let October go, you can continue celebrating Teen Read Month with our most checked-out young adult titles of the year (so far).

This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a classic horror novel that was, quite literally, conceived on a dark and stormy night. Want to read beyond the novel? We’ve rounded up some great Frankenstein-inspired
books for kids, teens, and adults, on our blog.

Keep reading to check out some of our programming highlights for the month of November!

Show Your Library Card

Your Washington County Library card has always been good for getting deals inside the library, but now you can use it to get perks out in the community as well! Through our new Show Your Library Card program, you can get unique offers and discounts at participating Washington County businesses just by flashing your library card. Check out all of the participating businesses and learn more on our website.

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Spotlight On… Writing

Everyone has a story within them. Unleash your inner author this month with our Spotlight On…Writing with tools and materials to help you get your creativity flowing. Participate in National Novel Writing Month, then self-publish your work electronically and share it with readers throughout the state using the MN Writes MN Reads platform. Seek inspiration by using LitFinder, or hear directly from a prolific local writer at this year's MahtoREADi event. For more tips, resources, and book lists, visit our website.

Connect, Celebrate, Create

Connect with fellow yarn enthusiasts and crafters at Knits and Knots, a new fiber arts meetup group at Hardwood Creek Library. Knits and Knots meets the first and third Mondays of the month from 1 to 3 p.m.

Celebrate Star Wars Life Day at Park Grove Library on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. In honor of this Wookiee holiday, we'll have a Star Wars-themed storytime, a Star Wars maker lab, and more!

Create your own bullet journal – a combination to-do list, planner, and diary – in our Bullet Journaling 101 class on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at R.H. Stafford Library.

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Wolves at Our Doors

Join the International Wolf Center for “Wolves at Our Doors,” an engaging and unbiased program that will help school-aged children and their families better understand the complicated issues surrounding wolves. The program includes information on wolf biology, predator/prey relationships, challenges wildlife face, and the importance of habitat. We’ll be offering the program at Valley Library, Lake Elmo Library, Oakdale Library, and Wildwood Library on Saturdays in November. Mark your calendar today!

Library Closed for Holidays

All Washington County Library branches will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 in recognition of Veterans Day. We’ll also be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving. Hours for associate libraries in Stillwater and Bayport may be different, so be sure to check our calendar. Even though our buildings are closed, you can still access your library account on our website,, and check out ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines through our online catalog.

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