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What’s Up at the Franklin Library: October 2009

By Erin Thomasson
All ages
Bats: Truth vs. Fiction
Fri., Oct. 2, 3 p.m.
Are bats vampires in disguise or harmless flying bug eaters? Learn the truth about these creepy mammals of the night and make an origami bat to take home.
Family Read: The Best Pet of All
Fri., Oct. 9, 4–5 p.m.
Join us for an hour of reading fun with Minnesota author and illustrator David LaRochelle, whose other books include “The End.”

Children’s Programs
Sheeko Caruur Af-Soomaali ah/World Language Storytime: Somali
Tues., Oct. 6 through Nov. 24, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
La wadaag bugagga, sheekoyinka, jaan-gooyada maansada iyo muusikada Soomaalida.
For children ages 2 and up. Experience the world in other languages.
Preschool Storytime
Wed., 10:30-11:00 a.m.
For children ages 4 to 6. Help your preschooler get ready to read. Enjoy stories together and build language skills.
Cuentos y Canciones/World Language Storytime: Spanish
Fri. through Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.
Para niños de 2 años en adelante. Comparta y disfrute con sus niños libros, cuentos, rimas y música en español. For children ages 2 and up. Share books, stories, rhymes and music in Spanish.
Sonajas de Sol/Sun Shakers
Thurs., Oct. 15, 3 p.m.
Registration required. Register online or call 612.630.6800. For kids in grade 1 and up. Para niños del 1er. grado en adelante. ¡Crearemos fabulosos instrumentos musicales inspirándonos en el Calendario Azteca! Veremos varios ejemplos del arte intrincado del pueblo azteca y luego haremos nuestras propias sonajas para llevar a casa. Create a gorgeous musical instrument inspired by the Aztec Calendar! We’ll see various examples of the intricate art created by the Aztec people and make our own sun shaker to take home.
Monster Mania
Fri., Oct. 16, 3–4 p.m.
For kids in grade 2 and up. Goblins and vampires and skeletons, oh my! We’ll be celebrating Halloween early by sharing spooky stories and creating ghoulish crafts.
Kids Book Club
Fri., Oct. 23, 4-5 p.m.
Join other kids to talk about a great book! Pick up a copy of the book at the information desk

Teen Programs
O.P.E.N. Time
Various dates & times – check with staff for August schedule
Teens entering Gr.6&up. Options for Play and Enrichment Now Time. Choose from Teen Center computers, magazines, board games, video games, brain teasers, and conversation with friends.
Down Time
Tues.Aug. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 12-2 p.m.
Teens entering Gr.6&up. Looking for a quiet and comfortable space? Take advantage of “down time”. Do topic of the week or use our computers, board games and other self-directed activities.
Movies for Teens
Tues. Aug. 4 & 11, 5:30–8:30 p.m; Aug. 20 & 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Teens entering Gr.6&up. Movie titles by teens to ensure viewing pleasure on our comfy Teen Center couches and get the big-screen cinema feeling from our projector equipment.
Game On! Gaming Tuesdays
Tues. Aug. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2–4:30 p.m.
Teens entering Gr.6&up. Play PS2 or Wii games at the library! Grab a friend, bring your favorite board/card game, or play ours!
Teens Talk
Thurs. Aug. 6 & 27, & Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6:30–8 p.m.
Teens entering Gr.7&up. Time to enjoy old friends and make new ones at the Teen Center with something simple: talking. Discuss any topic or current event, play word games, or simply answer “Would you rather…?” questions.
Service Club
Fri. Aug. 7 & 21, 3–6 p.m.
Teens in Gr.6&up. Join a group of teens who are concerned about the community and the environment. Learn and discuss issues that matter to youth. Plan service projects in the neighborhood!
T-Shirt Club
Sat. Aug. 8, noon–5 p.m.
Register online or call 612.630.6800. Teens entering Gr.6&up. Teen Center’s Design Club is all about T-Shirts this summer. Get creative… design your own and bring home a one-of-a-kind, made-by-you shirt.
Community Trip
Fri. Aug. 14 & Aug. 28, 3 – 6 p.m.
Teens entering Gr.6&up. FLib.is in a neighborhood with many interesting resources. Teens and TC staff take a walking trip to galleries, organizations, or parks – you decide!
Teen Guys Read Book Club
Thurs. Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Guys entering Gr.6&up. Get together to talk about great books with other guys!
Go Fly a Kite!
Sat. Aug. 22, noon–5 p.m.
Teens entering Gr.6&up. The F TC will transform into a kite-making workshop! Fly kites outside the library any time during the afternoon, make your own kite to take home. Supplies provided.
Tronix Team
Wed. through Aug. 26, 4–5:30 p.m.
Register online or call 612-630-6800. Teens entering Gr.6&up. Learn basic circuitry as you modify a regular lunch box into a functional boom box with MP3 player. Learning never sounded so good!

Adult Programs
Family Read: Helping Kids Find the Right Books
Thurs., Oct. 8, 2–3 p.m.
How do you choose the “right” book for your child? Parents and caregivers will learn:
• Tools to help school-age kids find appropriate books
• Tips for encouraging reluctant readers
• Ideas for creating literacy-rich homes and extending reading experiences
Seniors Play Reading Group
Fri., Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join us for a stimulating morning of reading and discussing some of the great plays of our heritage. For additional information, call the library, 612-630-6800.
Nonfiction Book Discussions for Elder Learners
Fri., Oct. 9, 1–3 p.m.
Join us for a stimulating discussion of nonfiction books. For details, call 612-630-6800.
Memoir Writing Group
Thurs., Oct. 15, 12:30–2 p.m.
Would you like to create a record of your personal history? Bring what you have written and are willing to read to the group – for helpful comments and suggestions. Contact Franklin Library staff at 612-630-6801 if interested.
Círculo de Lectores en Español para Adultos/Spanish-Language Book Club for Adults
Sat. Oct. 17, 1–2 p.m.
Participa en el Círculo de Lectores para leer con nosotros las mejores novelas Latinoamericanas por escritores Latinos. Para más información llama 952-847-5648. Participants will read and discuss the greatest Latin American novels written by Latinos. Call 952-847-5648.
Genealogy Resources
Sat. Oct. 24, noon–1 p.m.
Registration required. Register online or call 612.630.6800. Learn how to access family history resources including census and immigration records using online resources such as Ancestry Plus and HeritageQuest.
Tababar sida shaqo loo doonto ee dadka waaweyn ee Soomaaliyeed/Job Search for Somali-Speaking Adults
Tues. Oct. 27, 2–4 p.m.
Xirfad sare u yeelo baarista shaqooyinka oo baro ilo muhiim ah oo kuu sahli doona inaad heshid shaqada aad doonaysid oo aad ku isticmaali kartid maktabadda ama Interneedka meel kasta oo aad joogtid. Wuxuu ku baxayaa Af-Soomaali. Conduct a better job search by learning about valuable job-hunting tools you can use at the library or online from anywhere.

Phillips Technology Center: 612-630-6800
Register online or call 612-630-6800
Computer Basics Workshop
Thurs. Oct. 8 & 15, noon-2 p.m. and Fridays, Oct. 9 & 16, 1–3 p.m.
Learn and bring questions about basic mouse and keyboarding skills, creating an e-mail account, using the Internet and scanning (where available).
Internet Trends
Thurs. Oct. 8, 6–8 p.m.
Learn how to find images, audio and video files, games and product reviews quickly and easily. Discover new Internet trends including social networking sites, blogging and more.
Introduction to Microsoft Word 1
Fri. 9, 10a.m.–noon
Learn the basics: how to use toolbars and menus, move around a document and apply basic text formatting.
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 1
Thurs. Oct. 15, 6–8 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.–noon
Registration required. Learn the basics of working with an Excel spreadsheet: formatting, navigation and menus.
Introduction to Microsoft Word 2
Fri. Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – noon p.m.
Learn to cut, copy and paste text; correct spelling and grammar; basic file management.
Fasal Kumbuyuutar oo Af-Soomaali ah/Somali Computer Class
Saturday, Oct. 17, 1–2 p.m.
Ka baro fasalkan sida loo isticmaalo kumbuyuutarka. Ka baro adeegsiga Microsoft Word, Intaraneedka, iimeylka, iyo xog-kaydiyaha iyo kaataloogga Maktabadda Deegaanka Hennepin. Fasalkaaan wuxuu ku bixi doonaa Af-Soomaali. Wixii faahfaahin ah fadlan wac 612-630-6390.
Waxaa lagu maalgaliyey deeq ay Comcast Foundation siisay Library Foundation of Hennepin County.
Learn the basics about computers. Learn how to use Microsoft Word, the Internet, e-mail, and the Hennepin County Library catalog and databases. The classes are free and will be taught in Somali. For more information, call 612-630-6390.

Franklin Learning Center: 612-630-6830
The Franklin Learning Center offers free, one-to-one tutoring for adults who are learning English and math, preparing for the GED and citizenship exams, and gaining life skills. We are always looking for community volunteers! No experience necessary; we provide training and materials. Contact us at 612-630-6830.

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