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July 2011 Programs at the Franklin Library

By Erin Thomasson

Children’s Programs

Ross Sutter: Songs, Games and Instruments. Wed. July 6, 10:30 a.m. Entering kindergarten and up. Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and get moving to the beat as Sutter sings folk songs. Children will have a chance to try out different rhythm instruments.1

Puzzlemania!
Thurs. through Aug. 25, 2 –3 p.m. Entering grade 2 and up. Enjoy a variety of educational and fun puzzles and games!

Family Storytime
Wed. July 13 & 20, 10:30–11 a.m. Age 2 and up. Share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement with your children.

Dakota Wild Animals
Wed. July 27, 10:30 a.m. Entering kindergarten and up. See animals from around the world and discuss habitat, feeding and characteristics unique to each critter.2

Kids Book Club
Fri. July 29, 4–5 p.m.
Entering grades 4-6. Join other kids to talk about a great book! No pre-reading required. We will share a book and discuss. Pick up a copy of the book at the children’s information desk.

Teen Programs

Game On! Gaming Tuesdays
Tues. thru Aug. 30, 2–5 p.m.
Entering grade 6 and up. Play PS2 or Wii games at the library! Grab a friend, bring your favorite board or card game, or play ours!3

4-H Mentoring Club
Tues. thru Aug. 23, 5–7 p.m.
Entering grade 6 and up. Learn about urban ecology, health and nutrition, sustainable agriculture and related careers in food science from adults and peer mentors. You also will maintain a community garden and visit local food enterprises.iii

Game On! Gaming Wednesdays. Wed. thru Aug. 31, 2–4 p.m. Grade 6 and up. Play PS2 or Wii games at the library! Grab a friend, bring your favorite board or card game, or play ours! iii

Reading Club
Wed. Thru Aug. 31, 4–5 p.m.
Entering grade 6 and up. Come explore the literary worlds of fact, fiction and adventures! Share your ideas and creativity along the way iii

Game On! Gaming Thursdays
Thurs. thru Aug. 25, 2–5 p.m.
Entering grade 6 and up. Play PS2 or Wii games at the library! Grab a friend, bring your favorite board or card game, or play ours! iii.

Teen Center Writing Workshop
Thurs. thru Aug. 25, 5–7 p.m.
Entering grade 6 and up. On paper or online, words are our most valuable tool for self expression. You will have the opportunity to complete and share a planned writing activity or bring your own writing to work on. Then you will explore possibilities for publication. iii.

Photography Fridays
Fri. thru Aug. 26, 3–5 p.m.
Entering grade 6 and up. Explore and photograph our community. Visit local neighborhood galleries, organizations and other destinations. Please pick up parental permission forms for field trips beforehand. Cameras provided.Adult Programs
Reading Nonfiction for Elder Learners. Fri. July 8, 1–3 p.m.
Join us as we read and discuss the works of significant nonfiction writers4

Memoir Writing Group
Thurs. July 21, 1–2:30 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. iv.

Phillips Technology Center
Register online for these classes and more at www.hclib.org or call 952-847-2925

Senior Surf Day. Wed., July 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience with help from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®.5

Computer Basics Workshop
Thur. July 21 & 28, noon–2 p.m.; Fri. July 22, 1–3 p.m

Learn and bring questions about basic mouse and keyboarding skills, creating an email account, using the Internet and scanning (where available).

Social Networking: Basics
Thurs. July 21, 6–8 p.m.
Learn how to navigate the new generation of social media websites including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

OpenOffice: Writer and Calc
Fri., July 22, 10:30a.m.–12:30 p.m. Learn how these freely available word-processing and spreadsheet programs differ from Microsoft Word and Excel and practice simple data entry and formatting skills.

Microsoft Publisher: Basics
Thurs. July 28, 6–8 p.m.
Learn to use the menus and toolbars to create and publish your own fliers, brochures and greeting cards.

Franklin Learning Center:

952-847-2934

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 952-847-2934.

(Endnotes)

1.  Funded by the Library Foundation of Hennepin County.

2.  Funded by the Library Foundation of Hennepin County.

3. Made possible by the Library Foundation of Hennepin County through a grant from The McKnight Foundation.

4.  Presented in collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

5. Presented in collaboration with the Minnesota Board on Aging; Presented in collaboration with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.

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