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What”'s Up at the Franklin Library-January 2010

By Erin Thomasson
Children”'s Programs
Cuentos y Canciones/World Language Storytime: Spanish
Thur., Jan. 7”“Feb. 25, 6 p.m. Para niños de 2 años en adelante. Comparta y disfrute con sus niños libros, cuentos, rimas y música en español. Ages 2 and up. Share books, stories, rhymes and music in Spanish.
Origami Fun!
Sat., Jan. 9, 3:30 p.m.
Grades 1 and up. Learn this nifty paper-folding art from local master Daniel Kluver. Leave with your pockets full of animals!
Sheeko Caruur Af-Soomaali ah/World Language Storytime: Somali
Tuesdays, Jan. 12, 19 & 26, 6:30”“7:30 p.m. La wadaag bugagga, sheekoyinka, jaan-gooyada maansada iyo muusikada Soomaalida. Waxaa lagu maalgaliyey deeq ay For children ages 2 and up. Experience the world in other languages.
Celebrate Winter
Fri., Jan. 15, 4 p.m.
Kindergarten and up. Join us for winter-themed stories and crafts!
Minnesota Rocks!
Fri., Jan. 22, 3 p.m.
Kindergarten and up. Granite, slate, sandstone”¦ oh, those rocks! What are they like? Where are they found? Are there fake rocks? Solve rock mysteries and create a piece of rock art to take home. Materials provided.
Kids Book Club
Fri., Jan. 29, 4 p.m.
Grades 4-6. Join other kids to talk about a great book! No pre-reading required! We will share a story and discuss.
Teen Programs
Game On! Gaming Tuesdays
Tues., Jan. 5 – 26, 4”“6 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!
Game On! Gaming Wednesdays
Wed., Jan. 6 – 26, 4”“5 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!
Teen Center Reading Club
Wed., Jan. 6, 20 & 27, 5”“6 p.m.
Grade 6 and up. Come get cozy! Stretch out on the couches, chairs, or floor and settle in to read aloud or just listen – books, short stories, current events, it”'s up to you. No need to read anything ahead of time.
Design Club
Thur., Jan. 7 – 28, 4”“6 p.m.
For teens in grade 6 and up. Get creative! Design and take home T-shirts, posters, jewelry, magnets and other creations. Check out the posters at Franklin Library to see what project is coming up!
Group Games
Thur., Jan. 7 & 21, Feb. 4 & 18, 6 ”“7 p.m. For teens in grade 6 and up. No consoles needed! Learn social games designed for large groups of all ages: Charades, Wink, Mafia, Whiz Bam, Thumper, Taboo and others. Sure to make you laugh!
Music Listening Club
Thur., Jan. 7 & 21, Feb. 4 & 18, 7 ”“ 8 p.m. Grade 6 and up. Listen to the sounds of Kanye West, Mos Def, NAS and local artists such as Desdemona, Brother Ali and more! Focus will be on the lyrics, reading them as poems and listening to the way they”'re recited through the songs.
T-shirt Workshop
Tues., Jan. 12 & 19, 6”“8 p.m.
Grade 6 and up. Create a stencil of your favorite sentence, image or whatever. Then use acrylic paint to transfer the design to a shirt. Take home your unique T-shirt! Materials provided.
Financial Bingo
Wed., Jan. 13, 4:30 p.m.
Grade 6 and up. Play bingo and learn basic economic terms used in the financial industry that you will encounter on a daily basis for banking, credit and debit cards, ATM cards, etc.
Movement and Dance Studio
Thur., Jan. 14 & 28, Feb. 11 & 25, 6 ”“ 8 p.m. For teens in grade 6 and up. Time to move the furniture aside and practice dance moves, learn new ones, do yoga, create choreography and lots more!

Adult Programs
Seniors Play Reading Group
Fri., Jan. 8, 10:30a.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, 952-847-2925.
Nonfiction Book Discussions for Elder Learners
Fri., Jan. 8, 1”“3 p.m. Join us for a stimulating discussion of nonfiction books. For additional information, call the library, 952-847-2925.
Circulo de Lectores en Español para Adultos/Spanish-Language Book Club for Adults
Sat., Jan. 16, 11 a.m.”“noon
Participa en el Circulo 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.
Memoir Writing Group
Thur., Jan. 21, 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 952-847-2925 if interested.

Phillips Technology Center:
Register online for these classes and more at or call 952-847-2925
Computer Basics Workshop
Thur., Jan. 7 & 28, 12-2 p.m. and Fridays, Jan. 8 & 29, 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).
Social Networking: Basics
Thur., Jan. 7, 6”“8 p.m. Learn how to navigate the new generation of social media websites including twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
E-mail: Intermediate
Fri., Jan. 8, 10a.m. ”“ noon p.m.
Learn how to use folders, view and attach files to an e-mail and set up an e-mail address book using a Yahoo! account.
Searching and Applying for Jobs Online Sat, Jan. 9, noon”“1 p.m. Conduct a more effective job search by learning about valuable job hunting tools you can use at the library or online from anywhere.
Fasal Kumbuyuutar Af-Soomaali ah/Computer Class in Somali
Sat., Jan. 16, 1”“2 p.m.
Ka baro fasalkan sida loo isticmaalo kumbuyuutarka. Ka baro adeegsiga Microsoft Word, Intaraneedka, iimeylka, xog-kaydiyaha iyo kaataloogga Maktabadda Degmada Hennepin. Fasalkaaan waa lacag la”'aan wuxuuna ku bixi doonaa Af-Soomaali. Wac Warsame Hassan, 952.847.5662, wixii faahfaahin ah. 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 952.847.5662.
Senior Surf Day
Wed., Jan. 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 from representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®.
Tell Me More: Language Learning Sat., Jan. 23, noon”“1 p.m. Find out how to open an account and to use this free online language-learning tool available from the Library to learn Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Latin American Spanish or Spanish.
OpenOffice: Basics Thur., Jan. 28, 6”“8 p.m. Open Office is a free, multiplatform office suite that can be used to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Learn how to use Open Office in the library and how to download and install the program at home or work.

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 612-630-6830.

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