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Paws to Read With an Animal
Friday, July 25, 10–11:30 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 8, 10–11:30 a.m.

For families. Entering grades 1 and up. Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. Sign up for a time slot at the children's information desk on the day of the event.
Presented in collaboration with North Star Therapy Animals.
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Family Storytime
Mondays, July 7–28, 10 a.m.
For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement. 
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Genealogy Research: Online Resources
Monday, July 28, 10 a.m. 
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Uncover valuable family history information with two free genealogy tools you can use at the Library or online from anywhere with your library card. Includes brief demonstrations of Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest. 
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Family Storytime
Tuesdays, July 8–29, 10 a.m.
For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement. 
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Library Lab for Kids: Camp Create
Thursday, July 31, 10 a.m. – noon
For families. Entering K-grade 6. Create something new with us! Drop in or stay for the entire time. Materials provided. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Ridgedale Library.
July 3: Rainbow Looms - bring your own or use ours!
July 17: Legos!
July 31: Face painting and Model magic
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Socrates Café
Thursdays, June 5–Aug. 28, 7 p.m.
Sit back and philosophize with your friends and neighbors. The topic is decided by popular vote at the beginning of the meeting. All welcomed; no experience necessary. The concept of Socrates Café is based on the book of the same name by Christopher Phillips. 
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Teen Anime Club
Monday, Aug. 4, 4–6 p.m.
For teens. Watch anime, discuss manga and share artwork. Something different every time! 
Sponsored by Friends of the Ridgedale Library.
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Crafty Minnesota: Not Just Knots
Monday, Aug. 4, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
For adults. Plant hangers, owl art and knotty jewelry are all back and better than ever. Learn a simple collection of knots used to make unique jewelry and funky accessories. Materials provided. Find related books and more at the Library. 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with Textile Center.
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Internet Basics
Monday, Aug. 4, 6:30–8 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Hands on exploration of the Google Chrome web browser. Learn how to enter web addresses and use search engines to find information online. Mouse and keyboard use required. 
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Microsoft Windows Basics
Monday, Aug. 4, 4:30–6 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Hands on exploration of the Windows 7 operating system. Learn how to start programs, save and find files and folders, and switch between programs effectively. Mouse and keyboard use required. 
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J and K-pop Dance
Monday, Aug. 4, 6–6:30 p.m.
For teens. Love Japanese and Korean pop music? Join us as we learn the moves to some favorite songs. No experience necessary, just come for the fun! 
Sponsored by Friends of the Ridgedale Library.
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