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The flip of the calendar from April to May has us thinking about reading outside! Taking your books into the great outdoors is one of the joys of life in Minnesota, but of course there are some definite dos and don'ts for making the most of your time outside. And of course, you need just the right book.

Can't find something on that list? WashCoLib librarians are happy to help, in person or online. Stop by your local branch or fill out our Your Next Read form to get some personalized recommendations for what to read next. 

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

Build mindful communities with NAMI

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we’ll be offering a series of programs by NAMI Minnesota, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mental illnesses and their families. These programs will focus on ways individuals can improve their mental health and how communities can better understand and help individuals with mental illness. You can find the full schedule on our blog or in our calendar.  

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Prizes for self-published authors

Calling all writers! Minnesota libraries are looking for the state’s best self-published adult and young adult fiction titles as part of the Minnesota Author Project. The winner in each category will receive a cash prize, the chance to promote their work at libraries across Minnesota, and more. The 2019 contest is now open, and will be accepting submissions through May 31. Learn more on our website

Snakes and STEM programs for kids

Slither into the world of reptiles by touching, holding, and even feeding some scaly critters when Snake Discovery comes to Lake Elmo Library on Saturday, May 4 and Wildwood Library on Saturday, May 18. If snakes aren’t your thing (we get that!), check out some of our other STEM programs – kids can learn about dinosaurs, chemistry, electricity, microscopes, bats, and more!

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Family Fort Night

Bring your family to Park Grove Library for Family Fort Night on May 30 at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to build a fort in our library stacks using your own skills and creativity. Once your fort is built, you can read inside as a family for the remainder of the evening. Reading together is an excellent way to encourage a lifelong love of learning, reading, and literature. Bring your own book or grab one from our shelves. Can't find something you're interested in? You can ask a librarian or check out a display of wonderful reads for all ages!

Flashback! Bookmobiles at Washington County Library

On National Bookmobile Day in April, we took a peek at the history of bookmobiles at Washington County Library. Bookmobile service began in 1956 when Washington County purchased a van and started to offer a traveling library in partnership with the Stillwater Public Library. When WashCoLib was established in 1967, the bookmobile and staff became part of the county library system. Learn more about each of these bookmobiles on our Facebook page!

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Library closed for Memorial Day on May 27

All Washington County Library branches will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. 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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