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Books You Don't Have Time to Read
Ridgedale Library
Wednesdays, Sept. 17–Nov. 5, 12:30–2 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
Each week, hear a U of M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute member present a book that tackles a challenging subject of the day. Then discuss the issues involved. 
Presented in collaboration with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
What We're Reading:
September 17: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, by Todd S. Purdom.
September 24: The Devil's Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea.
October 1: The Innovator's Prescription , by Clayton M. Christensen et al.
October 8: Uncertain Justice, by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz.
October 15: The Loudest Voice in the Room , by Gabriel Sherman.
October 22: Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
October 29: Freedom's Daughters, by Lynne Olson.
November 5: How the West Was Won, by Rodney Stark.
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Writing Your Story
Sumner Library
Thursdays, Sept. 4–Nov. 20, 4:30–6 p.m.
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Adult Reading Circle
Sumner Library
Thursdays, Sept. 4–Nov. 20, 5–6 p.m.
Join adults who want to improve their reading skills. Have fun reading and sharing with others. 
Presented in collaboration with Open Door Learning Center.
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Paws to Read With an Animal
Sumner Library
Thursday, Sept. 18, 5:30–7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 16, 5:30–7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 5:30–7 p.m.

For families. 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. 
Presented in collaboration with North Star Therapy Animals.
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Author Talk: Pauline Knaeble Williams
Webber Park Library
Thursday, Sept. 18, 6–7:30 p.m.
Location: Webber Park Community Building, 4400 Dupont Ave. N., Minneapolis
Set in 1944 North Minneapolis, Williams' "Finding Hollis" transcends ethnic and racial barriers through the eyes of a young white woman who witnesses a tragic car accident only to discover as much about herself as the new world "where the black folks on this side of downtown were relegated." 
Presented in collaboration with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation.
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Paws to Read With an Animal
Brookdale Library
Thursday, Sept. 18, 6–7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 5, 1–2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 9, 1–2:30 p.m.

For families. 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. Time slots are 15 minutes.
Presented in collaboration with North Star Therapy Animals.
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Writers in the Library: Hans Weyandt
Minneapolis Central Library
Doty Board Room
Thursday, Sept. 18, 7–9 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8000.
How do writers and artists use the library to enhance their work? Join local writer, editor and bookseller Weyandt to learn how a residency at the James K. Hosmer Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library changed his perspective on his own stock and trade. Join us at 6:15 p.m. for a tour of Special Collections on the fourth floor.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with Coffee House Press and funded with a grant from The McKnight Foundation.
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Memoir Writing Group
Franklin Library
Thursday, Sept. 18, 1–3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 16, 1–3 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20, 1–3 p.m.

Would you like to create a record of your personal history? Bring what you have written and are willing to read to the group for helpful comments and suggestions. 
Presented in collaboration with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
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First Pages for Adults: Writing for Magazine Publications
Pierre Bottineau Library
Thursday, Sept. 18, 6:30–8 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6850.
Have you always had a secret desire to see your name in a magazine? Do you have a knack for writing, but just don't know how to get published? Learn tips that will get you on your way to writing for magazines. 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.
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Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront
Pierre Bottineau Library
Friday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
Location: Northeast Bank, 77 Broadway St. N.E., Minneapolis
Register Online or call 612-543-6850.
Author Penny Petersen presents the Minneapolis red-light district and the powerful madams who ran it. In their heyday Minneapolis brothels constituted a substantial economic and political force. Learn how they rose to prominence in the late 19th century and what caused their demise in the early 20th century. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Pierre Bottineau Library.
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Author Talk: Doug Hoverson
Penn Lake Library
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-5800.
Hoverson, certified beer judge and author of "Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota," will explore Minnesota's local beer scene, the new generation of brews and breweries, and the basics of home brewing. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Penn Lake Library; Presented in collaboration with United Liquor of Bloomington.
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