Author and other literary programs, arts events and many other events are presented free this October at both the Maple Grove Library and Osseo Library.
The following events are scheduled in October at the Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main St. N.:
“Preschool Storytime,” Tuesdays, Oct. 2 to Nov. 13, at 10:30 a.m. — For children ages 4 to 6. Help a preschooler get ready to read. Enjoy stories together and build language skills.
“Friends Meeting,” Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. — Join fellow library enthusiasts to hear what’s happening at Hennepin County Library. Help support the library by planning and volunteering at book sales, programs, and special events. The Friends look forward to meeting participants. General membership meeting.
“Toddler Storytime,” Thursdays, Oct. 4 to Nov. 15, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. — For children ages 2 and 3. Interact with a toddler to nurture a love of books. Learn letters, sounds, and new words. Be active with music and movement.
“Used Book Sale,” Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Bargain hunters and book lovers take note: the Friends of the Library will host a sale of hundreds of adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback. Most books, withdrawn from the Hennepin County Library system or donated by the public, will be priced $1 or less. Funds raised will benefit the library.
“Murder on Main Street Author Talk: Monica Ferris,” Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. — Ferris is an author with many hats and names: Mary Monica Pulver, Mary Kuhfeld, Margaret Frazer or Ferris. She’ll talk about her current “Threadbare,” which features the popular sleuth, Betsy Devonshire. Ferris’ newest book, “And Then You Dye,” will be published December 2012. Sponsored by the Friends of the Maple Grove Library.
“Make This: Anime and Manga Drawings,” Thursday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. — Registration is required and is limited to 20. Grades seven to 12. Work with comic artist Adam Sward on developing and refining anime drawing skills. Practice character and concept development, composition, drawing, inking and coloring. No previous drawing experience necessary. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.
“Paint It Green: Inventor’s Workshop,” Saturday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. — Registration is required and is limited to 30. Kindergarten through grade six. Create an invention from a variety of fun and unusual scraps. Assemble the invention using tape, glue and wire. Remember, it is about the idea. Materials provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with ArtStart.
“Teen Anime Club,” Saturdays, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. — Grades seven to 12. Can’t get enough anime? Join up to watch and review brand-new anime episodes, share artwork and hang out with other anime fans. Sponsored by the Friends of the Maple Grove Library.
“Baby Storytime,” Fridays, Oct. 26 through Nov. 16, at either 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. or from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. — Registration is required for either time session and are limited to 20 each. For children from birth to 24 months. Delight and stimulate a baby’s senses with books and music. Build brain power.
“Murder on Main Street Author Talk: Ellen Hart,” Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. — Award-winning Hart will talk about her most recent book, “Rest for the Wicked.” She will offer a glimpse into the “writer’s life” and her thoughts on the modern mystery novel. Q&A will follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Maple Grove Library.
The Osseo Library, 415 Central Ave., will host “Family Genealogy Research Methods,” Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to plan a genealogical research, where best to look for information and how to keep track of it once it has been found. This program will be presented by certified genealogist Tom Rice, CGSM, followed by Q&A. Sponsored by the Friends of the Osseo Library.
To register or for more information, call the Maple Grove Library at 612-543-6450 or the Osseo Library at 612-543-5750.