Library: Walk through a story | Review by Chanhassen

Why just read a story with your kids when you can skim through one?

Visit the Chanhassen Library every Thursday this summer until August 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a StoryWalk. The pages of a picture book are displayed along a walking path!


The Reading List Council has announced the 2022 selections for The Reading List, an annual best-of list made up of different genres of fiction for adult readers. A shortlist of honor titles, up to four per genre, was also announced. In the historical fiction genre, the winner was:

“The Sweetness of Water” by Nathan Harris. At the end of the Civil War, brothers Prentiss and Landry—freed by the Emancipation Proclamation—seek refuge on the estate of George Walker and his wife, Isabelle.

“Daughters of Sparta” by Claire Heywood. As princesses of Sparta, Helena and Klytemnestra have known only luxury and abundance. With their high birth and unparalleled beauty, they are the envy of all Greece. But such privilege comes at a price.

“Leonora in the Morning Light” by Michaela Carter. A train carrying exiled German prisoners from a labor camp arrives in southern France. Within moments, word spreads that Nazi capture is imminent and the men flee into the woods, desperate to disappear across the Spanish border.

“The Rose Code” by Kate Quinn. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call of the mysterious estate of Bletchley Park, where Britain’s best minds train to break German military codes.

“Advice for the Hanged Man” by Allison Epstein. During Kit Marlowe’s final year at Cambridge, he is approached by Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster who offers him an unorthodox career opportunity: going undercover to intercept a Catholic plot to put Mary, Queen of Scotland on Elizabeth’s throne.


Assistance service for master gardeners of the Chanhassen and Chaska libraries: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 18. Bring your yard and gardening questions to the Library Help Desk, staffed by volunteer Carver/Scott County Extension Master Gardeners, who will answer questions and provide current research-based yard and garden information.

Preparation for genealogy site visits on Zoom: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21. Registration required. This program will give you tips on preparing for a site visit to a historical or genealogical repository – research the repository, update your research online, organize your wish list, and prepare your cemetery kit. The class is taught by Mary Wickersham. This course will be held virtually, login details will be sent closer to the course date. If you cannot make it to class but are interested in the subject, please register. We plan to make a recording of the program available to those who register some time after the program date.

Brain teaser : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. Stop by any location in the library for a new puzzle, game or adult brain teaser to take home every Wednesday this summer. We will publish the answer the following week.

Planting a Seed Meet-Up at the Chaska Library: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 22. Join us and share the progress of your midsummer garden! Master gardeners and other seed enthusiasts will be on hand to answer questions about the evolution of your plants. We will have a short program at 4:30 p.m. with a presentation on troubleshooting common issues gardeners face in the first month of the growing season.


Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program: Until August 13. Register on by following the link to Summer Reading in the “Services” tab. Readers can create their account online in our Beanstack system or from the app. If you have participated in other reading programs, be sure to enroll in the 2022 Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program. Book reviews and reading activities can be entered into the library’s online Beanstack system or submitted using the paper forms for a chance to win great incentives such as gift cards and tickets to local attractions.

Bill the Juggler at the Charlson Thun Bandstand in Victoria: 11:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, June 20. Years ago, young Bill decided he wanted to learn how to juggle, so he read lots of juggling books and practiced! Today, Bill shows off his impressive skills with a little help from the audience in this wacky comedy juggling act!

Art Classes for Teens at Victoria Library: 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, June 20. Registration required. Learn how to merge photography and painting into an incredible composition. Print your snaps on regular printer paper, bring those prints to the library, and we’ll provide the rest for an exciting and unique painting project. 12 years and over.

Online Funday Monday: 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 20 on Facebook live. Monday nights are Funday Nights! We will read books, tell stories, sing songs and more.

Preschool STEM Storytime at Chanhassen Library: 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 21. Learn about robots, coding, and more during this special STEM storytime for preschoolers!

Squad Car Storytime at Chaska Library: From 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 21. Story time with a Chaska Policeman is fun and it’s your chance to see a police cruiser and ask questions. Intended for children from 2 to 5 years old.

Robotics demonstration at the Chanhassen library: 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 21. Members of local high school robotics teams will present and demonstrate the robots they have created and used in competitions! Come and find out what these robots can do!

STEAM Station: Stay and Explore at Chanhassen Library: From 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 21. Come hang out at various activity stations to explore science, technology, engineering, and math. From 6 years old.

Art classes for teenagers at the Chanhassen library: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday 21. Registration required. Use unexpected tools such as bubble wrap, combs or cardboard to apply paint in interesting ways to the canvas and create new texture in your art with paper, fabric or fiber. For 12-17 year olds.

Storywalk at Victoria Library: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 22. This summer, enjoy a self-guided storytelling walk with your family and take a walk to tell a story.

Lowry Nature Center at Chaska Library: 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 22. Join the Lowry Nature Center as they share “Hawk Mother: The Story of a Red-tailed Hawk Who Hatched Chickens” by Kara Hagedorn. The event will also include a possible raptor visit and a Year of the Bird celebration. The program will be in the plaza in front of the Chaska Library and City Hall. Warning: check in case of bad weather.


No registration is required for the story hours.

Family story time: 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. For all ages, with a focus on children 2 and up. Children, parents and caregivers are invited to share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing and talking.

Story time for toddlers: 10:30 a.m., Monday. Toddlers and caregivers are invited to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, finger plays and musical moves for this age group. For 18-36 months.

Family story time: 10:30 a.m., Monday. For all ages, with a focus on children 2 and up. Children, parents and educators are invited to come and share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing and discussion.

Storytime for toddlers: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday. Toddlers and caregivers are invited to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, finger plays and musical moves for this busy age group. Recommended for ages 18-36 months.

Family story time: 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For all ages, with a focus on children 2 and up. Children, parents and educators are invited to come and share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing and discussion.

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