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Libraries across the county are committed to providing equitable access to materials in the formats that patrons want. Beginning November 1, Macmillan Publishers will make that mission more difficult by limiting libraries, regardless of their size, to a single copy of new ebook titles for the first eight weeks after a book's release. We expect this embargo on libraries will result in longer wait lists for Macmillan ebooks, and adversely affect people who rely on the library the most. 

In October, the directors of all Twin Cities metro libraries published a piece in the Star Tribune outlining our opposition to this new policy and what readers can do to share their opinions. The American Library Association has also launched a petition called #eBooksForAll to help push back against this policy. If you're concerned about fair and equitable access to information, we encourage you to visit their website to learn more and sign the petition

Keep reading to check out some programming highlights this month at Washington County Library!

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It's an Adult Spelling Bee!

Relive your most triumphant or most horrifying childhood moment at our Adult Spelling Bee on November 12! We're excited to be partnering with 3rd Act Brewery in Woodbury to offer entertainment once a month while you enjoy food and drinks on site. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming programs like a "craft" beer night and family-friendly trivia. Learn more about the Adult Spelling Bee in our calendar.

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Experience dementia in a new way

In November, we're partnering with FamilyMeans and ACT on Alzheimer's on opportunities to experience dementia using virtual reality. Participants can also preview our new Memory Minder activity kits, which contain resources and activities designed to spark memories, create conversation, and provide positive interactions with individuals experiencing memory loss. These programs are being offered at every WashCoLib branch – see our calendar for more information

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NaNoWriMo write-ins in Woodbury

Hoping to get a jump start on your novel this month? Join other National Novel Writing Month participants every Wednesday evening at R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury for a NaNoWriMo write-in! Socialize with other writers, then settle in for a writing sprint (or use one of our provided prompts to break through writer's block). Find more info in our calendar.
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Learn to paint like Bob Ross! 

Learn to paint happy little trees with everyone's favorite chill painter, Bob Ross! Follow along with an episode of The Joy of Painting with a registered Bob Ross artist and walk away with your own piece of art at a Bob Ross Painting Party this winter. Slots are filling up fast for classes at R.H. Stafford Library on November 20, Oakdale Library on December 6, and Park Grove Library on December 18. Learn more and register in our calendar.


Libraries closed for November holidays

All Washington County Library branches will be closed on Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day. Libraries will also be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 so our staff can spend time with friends and family for Thanksgiving. 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 library apps.

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