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News from Hamline Midway Library

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Calvin

IOC10_14LibraryGraphicJanuary and February are busy and cozy at the Hamline Midway Library, 1558 West Minnehaha Ave., with arts, craft, and educational activities for all ages.

Chair Yoga meets on Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am. All movement is done while seated or standing using a chair for balance. This class is taught by Nancy Giguere. Upcoming classes are on Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23.

Preschool Storytimes in English happen Fridays from 10:30-11am. The storytimes feature songs, puppets, fingerplays, stories, and more and are a great way for young children to learn and bond with their caregivers. Upcoming storytimes are Jan. 13, 20, and 27 and Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. Children of all activity levels are welcome!

Evening/Pajama Storytimes in English are on Mondays from 6:30-7pm. Pajamas, blankets, and stuffed animals are all welcome at these family events. Upcoming evening storytimes are on Jan. 10, 17, and 24 and Feb. 7 and 14.

Sat., Jan. 14, 1:30-3pm, the library will host Math Day all day, with fun games, crafts, and activities featuring math and science. Use math to make art, do a scavenger hunt for shapes, and more.

School-aged children and their families can also stop by for Science Saturday from 1:30-3pm and explore patterns and puzzles. On Sat., Feb. 11, 1:30-3pm, the focus will be on Geometry 2D and 3D. Explore shapes and how they become 3-dimensional!

The Teen Book Club meets Sat., Jan. 21, 3-4pm, to read and discuss teen books, from graphic novels to Battle of the Books and Read Brave selections. For grades 9 and up.

Librarian Shelly hosts the Show and Tell Book Club on Sat., Jan. 28, 1:30-2:15pm to share books, activities, and snacks. Best for 1st-3rd graders.

The Saints and Sinners Mystery Book Club meets Sat., Feb. 4, 1-3pm, to read and discuss good mysteries. Contact volunteer G. Balter for the book list and more information at gerribalter@gmail.com or 651-224-5570.

On Thursdays, Jan. 19 through Feb. 23, 6-7:30pm, the library hosts BYO Craft evenings @ Hamline. Bring your knitting, crochet, coloring, needlepoint, embroidery, or whatever you have. Drop in, have fun, and get something done!

The popular Fireside Reading Series kicks off on Wed., Jan. 18, 7-8pm with Mary Casanova reading from her novel “Ice-Out.” Her novel returns to the frigid, brutal Prohibition-era borderland of Casanova’s novel Frozen and to the characters who made that book a favorite for readers of all ages.

The Fireside Readings will continue on Wed., Jan. 25, 7-8pm with an evening of poetry featuring Lara Mimosa Montes’s “The Somnambulist, Chris Santiago’s Tula, and Sun Yung Shin’s Unbearable Splendor.”

On Wed., Feb. 1, 7-8pm, Stephanie Wilbur Ash reads from her novel “The Annie Year.” Benjamin Percy reads from” Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction” at 7-8pm on Feb. 8, and Fred Amram reads from “We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories” on Wed., Feb. 15. The series concludes with Larry Millett reading from “Sherlock Holmes and The Eisendorf Enigma” on Feb. 22, 7-8pm.

And, what better way to pass a cold Minnesota evening than enjoying some fine literature beside the library’s cozy fireplace, along with cookies and coffee? Presented by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.

All libraries will be closed on Mon., Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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