During these dark, cold days of winter, let’s enjoy thoughts of beautiful art, music and architecture in the Eden Prairie Library. Have you ever wondered about the spiral of colored stone on the exterior wall of the library? David Culver’s work is one of Eden Prairie Library’s art installations in and around the building that contribute to the library’s beautiful features. Local artists are invited to display their art on our art walls inside the library. Contact the library if you are interested in displaying your art.
MNspin is a free music resource offered by Hennepin County Library. Launched in 2017 and curated by local experts, MNspin offers full songs and albums by Minnesota artists of all genres, available to stream and download.
Twin Cities area libraries offer smARTpass, an arts access program for metro area public library patrons. Your library card gives you access to reserve free or discounted admission to a wide range of arts experiences. An upcoming local event offered in smARTpass is the opportunity to reserve seats for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performing at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie this January.
Burrow in this winter and spend some time reading about Minnesota writers, animators, actors, visual artists and musicians highlighted in this list of books selected by library staff.
Funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund gives the library the opportunity to partner with exceptional local organizations such as The Loft Literary Center and the Textile Center to offer writing and art classes for all ages. Sign up for a class on the HCL Events web page.
In other news, Hennepin County Library has a new library director! Scott Duimstra began his role as director in October and brings leadership experience from his work in Michigan.
Eden Prairie Library offers computers, meeting spaces and programs for all ages. The monthly Adult Book Club continues to meet on the first Monday evening of each month. Teens are welcome to join the weekend Chess Club. Homework Help tutors are at the library on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Kids in grades 1-5 are welcome to explore real fossils in the Drop in: Fossils and Clay Art program. Families with toddlers and babies can share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement in our weekly Family and Baby Storytimes. National History Day researchers are invited to the History Day Hullabaloo for one-on-one assistance on their projects, from picking a topic to finding useful research tools at the library.
We look forward to seeing you this winter at Eden Prairie Library!
Editor’s note: This seasonal column provides news and events at the Eden Prairie Library. The writer, Carrie Brunsberg, started as a librarian at the Minneapolis Central Library of the Hennepin County Library system and has been an adult services librarian at the Eden Prairie Library for 11 years.
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