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Events at Hamline Midway Library

Posted on 06 November 2017 by Calvin

The Hamline Midway Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave., is the place to be as fall makes way for winter. Come to the library to check out books, magazines, CDs, and movies, enjoy free Internet access and expand your world with programs and classes.

Preschool Storytimes in English happen Fridays, 10:30-11am, with upcoming events on November 10 and 17 and December 1, 8, and 15. Storytimes feature stories, songs, puppets, and more. They’re a great way for caregivers to bond with children and build social skills, listening comprehension, and letter and number recognition while creating a solid foundation for lifelong learning. Children of all activity levels are welcome!

The library also offers Evening Storytimes on Tuesdays in November from 6-6:30pm. These storytimes feature the same kinds of stories, songs, puppets, and games you’ll find at the daytime storytimes. Upcoming Evening Storytimes will take place November 14, 21, and 28.

The library welcomes author Louis Porter II on Wed., Nov. 15, 5:30-7:30pm as he presents The Art of the Memoir. Write with guidance to share your unique story and discover the wonderful way that writing helps people sort through their experiences. This program is part of the St. Paul Public Library’s Tell Your Story: 100 Years/100 Stories series.

Sat., Nov. 18, 1:30-3pm, the library presents the popular Science Saturdays program. This month’s theme is Music Makers. School-aged participants and their families can enjoy making fun sounds with rubber bands, string, boxes, bells, combs, and tongue depressors. No preregistration necessary—just come by when you can. The December theme is BOUNCE!, with activities centered on bouncing different objects, playing with a parachute, and making bouncing toys. That event will happen on Sat., Dec. 9, 1:30-3pm.

On Tuesday afternoons in November from 4:30-6pm, poet Becca Barniskis, and musician Nick Jaffe will present Word and Sound Lab, a series of open studio workshops for youth grades 5-8 that explores the intersection of poetry, sound, and video. iPads and other tech will be available to use on-site or participants may bring their own devices. This activity is open and free to grades 5-8. No registration necessary; just show up! Come to one session or attend all as you’re able. Word and Sound Labs take place Tuesdays, Nov. 14, 21, and 28.

The Start a Series Book Club will meet on Sat., Nov. 25, 3-4pm to discuss “The Ruins of Gorlan,” the first book in John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series. This book club is recommended for grades 6-8, and each month will focus on a discussion of the first book in a series.

Jody’s Documentary Film Series will be holding two showings of the PBS POV series documentary Joe’s Violin on Wed., Nov. 29. The first showing will be from 1-3pm and the second will be from 7-8pm that same day. This Academy Award-nominated film tells the true story of Joe, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, and Brianna, a 12-year-old girl, and the ways their lives were brought together when Joe donated a violin.

The Novels at Night Book Club meets on Thur., Nov. 30, 6:30-7:30pm to discuss “The Care and Management of Lies” by Jacqueline Winspear. In this poignant novel of love and friendship tested by separation and war, Kezia struggles to keep her ordered life from unraveling after her husband enlists to fight for his country, while Thea, her best friend, sister-in-law, and suffragette, is drawn reluctantly to the battlefield.

On Sat., Dec. 2, 1-2pm, the Saints and Sinners Book Club meets to discuss good mysteries. Contact volunteer G. Balter for book lists and more information at gerribalter@gmail.com or 651-224-5570.

The Show and Tell Book Club for grades 1-3 meets on Sat., Dec. 2, 1:30-2:15pm. Come share books and do fun literacy activities at the library!

The library and the Hamline Midway Elders present Chair Yoga on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30am on Nov. 9, 16, and 30 and Dec. 7 and 14. All movement is done while seated or standing using the chair for balance. This class for adults is taught by Nancy Giguere.

All St. Paul Libraries will be closed on Nov. 10 and 11 in observance of Veterans Day and on Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving.

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