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Programs planned that inform, entertain and inspire!

Posted on 08 August 2017 by Calvin


The Hamline Midway Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave., is a community treasure just waiting for you to explore. As summer shifts toward fall this Aug. and September, the library is hosting a wide variety of events to inform, entertain, and inspire you!

The library hosts Preschool Storytime in English on Fridays from 10:30am-11am. These storytimes feature puppets, songs, finger plays, stories, and more and are a great way for young children to build social and school readiness skills while bonding with their caregivers. Join the fun Aug. 11, 18, and 25 and Sept. 8, 15, and 22.

On Sat., Aug. 12, 2-3pm, the Summer Spark program brings local theater Dreamland Arts to the library, presenting “Children’s Stories from India.” Storyteller and Midway resident Zaraawar Mistry performs stories he heard during his childhood in India with musical accompaniment by Greg Herriges. For ages 3 and over.

On Tues., Aug. 15, 10:30-11:30am, Minnesota picture book author Tracy Nelson Maurer presents “Who Made America’s History Grow? John Deere, That’s Who!” Tracy will present her new picture book about John Deere and share surprising facts about the man who developed a new kind of plow in the 1830s, one that changed farming and a nation forever. Enjoy a fun, interactive presentation with a writer who’s published more than 100 titles for children, including another new picture book about Noah Webster, creator of the first truly American dictionary.

Teen Book Club meets Sat., Aug. 19, 3-4pm. Teens get together to discuss graphic novels, Battle of the Books, Read Brave, and more. For grades 9+.

On Mon., Aug. 21, 4:30-6:30pm, the library hosts Nature Smart Fun. Learn about bees and do bee-related crafts. Make a bee bath, bee buddy, and a queen bee crown! The event will also feature guests from the Bee Real Bee Everywhere project for some fun outdoor activities.

Teen Movie Night takes over the library auditorium on Wed., Aug. 23, 5:30-7:30pm with the Disney animated classic “The AristoCats.” Popcorn will be served!

The Show and Tell Book Club, for kids in grades 1-3, meets on Sat., Aug. 26, 1:30-2:15pm. Join librarian Shelly to share books and do fun activities aimed at building kids’ love of reading.

Jody’s Documentary Film Series features two short films on Wed., Aug. 30, 1-3pm. The first is “4.1 Miles” by filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki. This 2017 Academy Award nominee puts viewers right on the boat with a Greek Coast Guard captain and crew as they save refugees from drowning. The second film is “From Damascus to Chicago” by filmmakers Colleen Cassingham and Alex Lederman. Their film follows siblings Akram and Retaj as they enroll in dance class and help smooth the difficult transition to a new life for themselves and their parents. Enjoy these free films and snacks, then stay for a discussion facilitated by Jody. This program is a collaboration of the award–winning PBS documentary series POV, the Hamline Midway Elders, and the library.

All St. Paul libraries will be closed for the Labor Day weekend, Sat., Sept. 2-Mon., Sept. 4.

The Saints and Sinners Mystery Book Club meets on Sat., Sept. 9, 1-2pm, to discuss good mysteries. Contact volunteer G. Balter for book list or more information at gerribalter@gmail.com or 651-224-5570.

On Sat., Sept. 16, 1:30pm-3pm, the library hosts the popular Science Saturdays program, featuring Balance Circus. School-age children and their families are invited to stack objects and odd shapes on rockers to experiment with what balances and what comes crashing down. Learn to balance a stick at the end of your hand, make a balancing clown, talk about tightrope walkers, and more!