The Library: So Much More Than Just Books

Library Chat with Library Woman
When I think ”library,” I conjure up images of stacks of books, bins of music CDs, shelves of recorded books, displayers with DVDs, and on and on–the physical materials. In reality a library is so much more! It’s book clubs and storytimes and computer workstations and Dog Gone Reading and Senior Surf Days and databases and…

Just thinking ahead to the next couple of months: The library is a source for tax forms. The actual physical forms haven’t arrived just yet, but when they do they will promptly be placed in the public area for folks to peruse. And if we don’t have the form you are looking for, you can proceed to one of our computer workstations, and search tax sites to find it. A librarian will gladly give you some assistance in finding the form you are seeking.

The library offers legal programs. Throughout the year Washington County Library and the Washington County Law Library partner up to offer legal programs, free and open to the public. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 1:30 p.m., find out about bankruptcy and wage garnishment when attorneys from the Volunteer Lawyers Network present the program “Bankruptcy: What You Need to Know” at Wildwood Branch Library, Mahtomedi.

The library offers special entertainment and informational programs for kids and adults.For kids: In January the MacPhail Center for Music presents their “Musical Snowstorm” program at all library locations.

Throughout the County during February—in celebration of I Love to Read Month—musician and storyteller Jack Pearson will entertain children and their families with songs and stories.For adults: attend author programs—Gloria VanDemmeltraadt in January, Kao Kalia Yang & Julie Kramer in February; attend informational programs—“Gangsters in White Bear Lake & Mahtomedi: A Sequel” coming up in February; attend a craft workshop, “Make a  Civil War Sewing Kit” in February.

The library recycles materials that are no longer popular by conducting book sales throughout the County. The Oakdale Library is first up for the year with their book sale planned for February 7 and 8 during regular library hours.

Free tech classes help folks get up to speed with technology—in February Science Museum PC trainers will present three Microsoft PC classes at Park Grove Library and Twin Cities Media Alliance will train on Apps, Linkedin and Google Docs at Oakdale Library.

More information about these programs, classes, activities, and others can be found on the Library’s Events Calendar. Or call your local library with questions. The general info number for Washington County Library is 651-731-1320.

Library Woman is Joey Halbach, Community Relations Librarian for Washington County Library. Contact her at

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