News Flash

Posted on: May 8, 2018

Existing libraries offer inspiration for future of Park Grove Library

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Nearly 70 people attended the second community engagement meeting for the Park Grove Library building project on Monday, April 16. 

Jennifer McMaster of HGA Architects gave a brief presentation at the start of the event, highlighting some of the m...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: March 26, 2018

Nearly 90 people attend first community engagement meeting

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More than 90 people visited Park Grove Library on Tuesday, March 20 to offer their ideas about how to building a new library of the future on the site. At the open house event, visitors were invited to write down answers to five questions on posters aroun...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: February 1, 2018

Community engagement events scheduled for Park Grove Library

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Residents and patrons are invited to contribute their thoughts and opinions through a series of community meetings that will be conducted in early 2018. 

The community engagement events are scheduled:

Tuesday, March 20, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Park Grov...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: January 1, 2018

Architecture firm selected for Park Grove Library project

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson, Inc. to design a new building for Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove. 

Building for the Future: Park Grove Library
Posted on: January 1, 2018

Target Completion Date: Fall 2020

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The Park Grove Library was built at its current location on Hemingway Avenue in Cottage Grove in 1984. When the building was evaluated by Washington County Public Works, it was estimated to need millions of dollars in future repairs, not including updates...

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Building for the Future: Park Grove Library

News Flash

Posted on: April 12, 2018

Participants review themes, library images at second community meeting

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Around 35 community members participated in the second community engagement meeting for a building study at Valley Library on Tuesday, April 10. 

Tim McILwain of HCM Architects, briefly reviewed the findings from the first community engagement eve...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: March 19, 2018

First community engagement meeting for Valley Library held

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Approximately 30 interested community members attended the first community engagement meeting for Valley Library on Monday, March 12. Architects Tim McIlwain and Jerry Hagen asked residents to share how they use the library now, and what ways they believe...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: February 1, 2018

Community engagement events scheduled for Valley Library

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Community engagement events will occur in March and April. Residents and patrons are invited to contribute their thoughts and opinions through a series of community meetings that will be conducted in early 2018.

The community engagement events for Valley L...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: January 1, 2018

Architecture firm selected for Valley Library building study

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Hagen, Christensen & McIlwain Architects for architectural design and community engagement services in January 2018. 

The architectural firm will work with the community and...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library
Posted on: April 10, 2018

Target Completion Date: Summer 2018

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Valley Library has been in its current location in Lakeland for close to 30 years. The current location needs physical improvements for energy efficiency, accessibility, and to address general wear and tear of the building. The library space needs improve...

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Building for the Future: Valley Library

News Flash

Posted on: May 4, 2018

Common themes emerge for the future of Wildwood Library

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Nearly 40 people attended the second community engagement meeting for the Wildwood Library building project on Monday, April 23. 

Tim McIlwain with HCM Architects opened the meeting by sharing the common themes that emerged through the first commu...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: March 26, 2018

First community engagement meeting held for Wildwood Library

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Approximately 15 interested community members attended the first community engagement meeting for Wildwood Library on March 19. Architects Jerry Hagen and Dan Lawrence of HCM Architects opened the meeting by sharing some information about the current buil...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: February 1, 2018

Community engagement events scheduled for Wildwood Library

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Residents and patrons are invited to contribute their thoughts and opinions through a series of community meetings that will be conducted in early 2018.

The community engagement events are scheduled:

Monday, March 19, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the District Educ...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: January 1, 2018

Architecture firm selected for Wildwood Library project

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Hagen, Christensen, McIllwain to design a new building for Wildwood Library. 

Building for the Future: Wildwood Library
Posted on: April 10, 2018

Target Completion Date: Fall 2020

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The Wildwood Library was built at its current location on Stillwater Avenue in Mahtomedi in 1990. When the building was evaluated by Washington County Public Works, it was estimated to need millions of dollars in future repairs, not including updates to t...

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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library

News Flash

Posted on: June 22, 2018

Paws...at the library

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Let us be the first to wish you a happy National Take Your Dog to Work Day! While it’s rare (but not unheard of) that any of our library staff actually bring their pooches to work…

…it IS pretty common to see a furry, four-l...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 18, 2018

Pop Up Library brings materials, technology to Arts in the Park series

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Washington County Library will set up (temporary) shop at the Forest Lake Arts in the Park events with its Pop Up Library this summer, June through August. Arts in the Park is a free summertime community event which takes place every Tuesday from 5 &n...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 15, 2018

Our favorite summer reading recommendations

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Earlier this month, the Star Tribune gathered summer reading recommendations from librarians in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. We loved that idea so much we decided to borrow it, and turned to our own expert readers at Washington County Library for some of...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 18, 2018

Washington County Library Events: June 19 to July 1

Curious what's happening at Washington County Library? Check out this list of select events coming up over the next two weeks, everything from kids character storytimes to learning about the art styles of the Cubist movement. 

For a full calendar ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 13, 2018

Community engagement events prove to be useful tool

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Washington County Library offers many thanks to the community members who showed their support and interest during the spring community engagement events held for the library’s three building projects. The feedback and opinions shared allowed for the succ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 7, 2018

Most popular audiobooks of May 2018

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Because June is Audiobook Month, we decided it would be fun to take a look at some of the most popular audiobooks of the last month! These lists include include both CD checkouts and e-audiobook downloads through digital apps like CloudLibrary and RBdigit...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: June 4, 2018

Celebrate Summer at Your Library on June 9

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Get ready to start celebrating Summer at Your Library at Washington County Library with kick-off celebrations at every library branch this Saturday, June 9. These events are open to all ages, and don't require registration. At the kick-off parties, you ca...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 31, 2018

Spotlight On... Summer Learning

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This month, we’re highlighting resources we have to help children and families to stay curious and keep learning throughout the summer.

We’re excited to be adding a new resource in our catalog – access to Lexile measures for o...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 29, 2018

Underwater photos of the St. Croix on display at Valley Library

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Underwater photographs of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway will be on display at Valley Library in Lakeland through the end of June. 

“Under the Surface” is a collection of underwater photos from Wisconsin’s mos...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 24, 2018

Get ready for Summer at Your Library!

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With temperatures in the 90s in the forecast already, it can only mean that summer is just around the corner. (We're from Minnesota, of course we're going to start out talking about the weather!) 

This year, Washington County residents can celebra...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 21, 2018

Take it from a librarian, it's all ok at storytime

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While Washington County Library’s children’s librarians are taking a two week break from regular storytime to get ready for this year’s Summer Adventure at Your Library, Erica Myhre, children’s librarian at Hardwood...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 15, 2018

Library resources to help better understand your health

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Did you know the library has many great resources to help you find find reliable, accurate health information? Librarians aren't doctors, and therefore can't give medical advice, but can help point you towards resources with information on medical conditi...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 10, 2018

Get free audiobooks this summer through SYNC

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SYNC is back, which means teen readers can access free audiobooks all summer long!

Over the course of the program, which runs until July 25, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads each week consisting of pairs of high interest titles based on weekly ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 7, 2018

Our most popular DVDs of April 2018

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Even though many people have access to more media than time to watch it, DVDs are still a popular item to check out from the library – especially newly-released titles that aren't available for free anywhere else. This month, we thought it would...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Share "One World, Many Stories" during Children's Book Week

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Each year, libraries, bookstores, and schools across the country celebrate Children’s Book Week, a chance to commemorate great children’s books and the joy of reading. The 2018 slogan for Children’s Book Week is “One World, Many Stories,” highlighting the...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 30, 2018

Spotlight On... Health

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Don’t let your New Year’s resolutions to eat better, exercise more, or find new ways to relax fall by the wayside as the year has progressed – Washington County Library has a range of resources and programs to help you take charge of your health. &nbs...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Job Corners help connect the library to the WorkForce Center

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For the last year, Washington County Library and the Washington County WorkForce Center have been working together to provide better support for job seekers in the community, including plans for Job Corners at libraries in Woodbury, Cottage Grove and Oakd...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 25, 2018

Minnesota libraries launch statewide author contest

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Minnesota libraries are looking for the state's best self-published books in adult fiction and young adult fiction through the Minnesota Author Project

The 2018 contest kicked off on April 1, and submissions will be accepted through June 30. A p...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 23, 2018

Finding the best business books at the library

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This piece was submitted by Angie Noyes, collection development librarian for Washington County Library. She has worked at WCL since 2000 when she joined the staff as a librarian at Hardwood Creek Library in Forest Lake. 

Looking for books about j...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 20, 2018

Join a conversation about the Vietnam War at Bayport Legion

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Twin Cities Public Television, Washington County Library and Washington County Veterans Services invite you to a community conversation that explores the Vietnam War and its legacy from several points of view on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 – 8...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 18, 2018

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the library

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Ever wonder why “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers”? Or who advised to “gather ye rosebuds while ye may”? Spend some time reading poetry, and you might be able to answer those questions! ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 16, 2018

Get started with Job & Career Accelerator

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Washington County Library offers a number of databases and tools to help job seekers or career explorers get ahead. One popular database is Job & Career Accelerator, an online job search and training resource you can access using your library card.&am...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 13, 2018

A Day at the Library: Kerri Maher, Hardwood Creek Library

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Kerri Maher is a library services assistant at Hardwood Creek Library in Forest Lake. She has been working for Washington County Library since 2016.

Library Services Assistants, or LSAs, are the people who sit at the service desk, assisting with checkouts ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 11, 2018

A Day at the Library: Henok Fanta, R.H. Stafford Library

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Henok Fanta is a library services supervisor at R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury. He’s been working for Washington County Library since January 2018. Before coming to the library, Henok worked for the Washington County WorkForce Center.

11:45 a.m. | I che...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 9, 2018

A Day at the Library: Kristin Jones, Park Grove Library

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Kristin Jones is a librarian at Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove. She’s been working for Washington County Library since 2008. Before becoming a librarian, Kristin worked as a clerk and an assistant librarian.  

It’s 9 a.m. on a Monday, and bef...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: April 4, 2018

Jobs, careers, and technology programs in April

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As part of our April spotlight on the jobs and careers resources available at the library, we wanted to highlight the classes and programs we offer that can help you improve your job search, or just ad new skills to your resume when you go on the job mark...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 30, 2018

Spotlight On... Jobs and Careers

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Whether you’re considering a career change, job hunting, or just wondering what to be “when you grow up,” Washington County Library has tools, resources, and programs to help you navigate these important life decisions.

Tap in...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 28, 2018

April community engagement events for building projects

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In March, Washington County Library held the first round of community engagement meetings for projects at Park Grove, Wildwood and Valley libraries to gather community input on what residents hope to see in new library facilities.

Interested residents have...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 22, 2018

Great reads for the armchair traveler in all of us

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One of the great things about being a reader is that you can travel to exotic places (and times!) without ever leaving the comfort of your armchair. 

As part of our spotlight on travel resources this month, we’ve rounded up the lists of ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 19, 2018

Spotlight: Check out digital magazines and audiobooks

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Save money, reduce clutter, or keep your carry on light the next time you travel by checking out digital magazines and audiobooks from the library using RBdigital. 

Washington County Library’s RBdigital magazine collection contains over ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 13, 2018

Spotlight: Use Transparent Language free with your library card

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Getting ready to take a trip and want to learn a few simple phrases before you go? Need a refresher on the French or German you learned in college? Know a teenager who could use a little extra help in their high school Spanish class? 

Before you p...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 8, 2018

Our most popular books of February 2018

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February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean the readers of Washington County were any less active. Here are some of our most popular titles in romance, graphic novels, and children’s CDs from February 2018.&am...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 5, 2018

ALLDATA is back!

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Automotive do-it-yourselfers, rejoice. The ALLDATA database is back and available on library workstations once again to help you with your automotive repair and maintenance. 

ALLDATA is a comprehensive database resource that includes step-by-step ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: March 2, 2018

Spotlight: Explore the world with travel-themed storytimes

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As part of our monthly spotlight on the travel resources available at the library, we'll be offering a number of travel themed storytimes this month

Join us at one of these fun programs to explore new places through stories and songs without eve...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 28, 2018

Spotlight On...Travel

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Washington County Library can help you explore new places, or prepare for a great adventure, all through tools and materials available to you as a library cardholder. If you plan to travel for an upcoming Spring Break, or just want to get away from it all...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 27, 2018

Spotlight: New-ish book club becomes official

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Nine members of the Friday Morning Senior Book Club gathered at R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury on the second Friday in February to discuss their latest book, as they have for many years. But for the group that has been coming together since 2006, this ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 23, 2018

Spotlight: Book club picks available through Ebooks Minnesota

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Book clubs interested in getting their next read through Ebooks Minnesota, an online ebook collection of more than 2,500 titles available to all Minnesotans, have a new resource at their disposal. 

Ebooks Minnesota has created Book Club Kits for t...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 21, 2018

Community input sought on library building projects

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Washington County Library is asking residents who live near or use the Park Grove, Wildwood, and Valley libraries for their input as the library system moves forward with individual building projects at each of these three locations. Community engagement ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 19, 2018

Spotlight: Why Ebooks Minnesota is a perfect tool for book clubs

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Ebooks Minnesota is an online ebook collection for all Minnesotans. The collection covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages, and features content from Minnesota's independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfictio...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 16, 2018

It’s not too late to join in on Winter Reads

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With two weeks left in our annual Winter Reads program, there’s plenty of time to add your book review to the entries for a chance to win a reward book pack. It’s easy to participate in the seasonal adult reading program. Simply stop b...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 14, 2018

Spotlight: Checking out Instant Book Club Kits

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Oh, book clubs. Love to be in one, hate to organize one? Well, look no further than the Washington County Library Instant Book Club Kits. Everything you need to get started for your own book discussion group is included in the kit’s canvas bag. ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 12, 2018

Our most popular books of January 2018

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Curious what other readers in Washington County have been checking out so far this year? We’ve got you covered! Here are some of our most popular titles in nonfiction, audiobooks, and children’s fiction from January 2018. 

Nonf...

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Posted on: February 9, 2018

Spotlight: Finding book recommendations using NoveList Plus

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Ever wonder how librarians are able to offer a perfect book recommendation in any genre you desire? In addition to being book lovers, many also rely on tools like NoveList Plus, a collection of read-alike recommendations that is also available to Washingt...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 7, 2018

Read to Me totes offered to new and expectant parents

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Thanks to a partnership between Washington County Library and Washington County Public Health and Environment, new and expectant parents utilizing the county’s Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program will receive a tote bag full of useful reso...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 6, 2018

Video games provide a gateway to the library

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Last fall, Washington County Library launched a new addition to our physical collection – video games! When the games for PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Wii U began circulating in October, we hoped they’d be embraced by current library u...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 2, 2018

New library cards designs unveiled

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All Washington County Library patrons are invited to pick a card, any card from seven newly designed library card options (click HERE to see the designs up close). The recently redesigned library cards offer patrons a chance to choose a library card that ...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: February 1, 2018

Spotlight On...Book Clubs

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Washington County Library offers great resources to help you launch or sustain your book club. Our tools can suggest your next title based on your clubs’ preferences, or offer up books written by Minnesota authors. We have book club kits that do...

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Posted on: February 1, 2018

Behind the Scenes at the Library: Tech Services

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This piece originally ran on Washington County's employee news site in December 2017.

They talk like a team, they work like a team, but, most importantly, they feel like a team.

Marti Nystrom, Char Haukom, and Luann Corcoran are the people behind the scenes...

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Life at the Library
Posted on: January 26, 2018

Grand re-opening marks new chapter for Lake Elmo Library, Washington County Library

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The hard work of many partners came to fruition on Saturday, Jan. 20, when the Washington County Library system opened the doors of Lake Elmo Library as its newest branch location.

Washington County Library conducted a grand re-opening to celebrate the tra...

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