Thursday, Sept. 17, 10 am, Columbia Heights Public Library online. A representative from the Senior Linkage Line will present recent changes in Medicare benefits and coverage, and how these changes affect you. They will cover the importance of reviewing Medicare Part D coverage during the annual Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7), how to use Medicare.gov to make health insurance comparisons, how Part D works, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act. They will also explain the Low Income Subsidy, a Federal program that may reduce prescription drug costs. Ideal audience: older adults, caregivers, and professionals. You will need a web-enabled device with a camera and microphone to participate in this program via Zoom. Registration is required. Call the Columbia Heights Library, 763-706-3690, or visit anokacountylibrary.org.
St. Anthony Library, 2941 Pentagon Dr., access or register for these and other online library events, go to the events page at hclib.org or call 612-543-KNOW (5669).
Sci-fi/Fantasy Book Club: Saturday, Aug. 15, 12:30-1:30 pm, online event. Join the discussion of new and interesting sci-fi and fantasy titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Hosted by St. Anthony Library. Sponsor: Friends of the St. Anthony Library. The link to the live online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance. Aug. 15: “This Is How You Lose the Time War,” by Amal El-Mohtar.
RAD Zoo: Too Fast, Too Feisty, Too Much for the Library: Sunday, July 26, all day online event. Go inside the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo with Zoo Director Jamie Pastika. He will introduce you to animals that that are just too fast, feisty or large to visit the library. Learn what they eat, how they survive in the wild, what their personalities are like and more. Sponsor: MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency). Collaborator: RAD Zoo.
Kids Spooky/Mystery Book Club: Wednesday, July 22, 3-4 pm, online event. Register online. Entering grades 4-6. Read a spooky or mystery book of your choice and join other kids to talk about it. Hosted by St. Anthony Library. Activities and the link to the live online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance.
Kids Realistic/Historical Fiction Book Club: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 3-4 pm, online event. Register online. Entering grades 4-6. Read a realistic fiction or historical fiction book of your choice and join other kids to talk about it. Hosted by St. Anthony Library. Activities and the link to the live online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance.
Encore at the Library: Color Connection Mural Camp: Monday-Thursday, July 20-July 23, 11 am-12 pm. Help create an art installation for the library’s teen space. Work collaboratively as a large group to create a design inspired by Maya Angelou’s quote, “We must all know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their color.” Meetings will take place over Zoom and work will be completed with materials provided by the library. For grades 6-9. Registration required.
Columbia Heights Public Library, 3939 Central Ave. NE. Info: Brianna Belanger, Youth Services Librarian, 763-706-3683, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cortni O’Brien, Adult Services Librarian, 763-706-3690, 763-706-3681, email@example.com.
The Columbia Heights Public Library offers many online resources for families which can be accessed remotely during the COVID-19 library closure. Patrons can access e-books, audiobooks, magazines, learning tools, homework help, arts instruction, and more. Visit anokacountylibrary.org and click on “research” to explore all of the online learning opportunities.
For those learning from home, try both the Learning Express Library and Lynda.com. Learning Express includes test prep for a wide range of tests, GED preparation, professional skill building, and résumé and cover letter assistance. Lynda.com offers video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. Looking to learn a new language? Check out Transparent Languages Online, an online language learning platform with individualized instruction over 80 languages.
Help Now! by Brainfuse is a resource that provides one-to-one tutoring to school-age students and adult learners in a variety of subjects, as well as practice tests, flashcards, games, and virtual study rooms. For children ages 3-6, the library has Miss Humblebee’s Academy, an interactive, online curriculum providing strength in five core subject areas.
And of course, if you’re looking for something to read, the library has you covered. Patrons of all ages can enjoy e-books, audiobooks, and magazines through the CloudLibrary or RB digital apps.
If you do not currently have a library card, you can call to be issued a card over the phone, or sign up via the Anoka County Libraries website. Columbia Heights Public Library staff are available to assist you Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9-5, at 763-706-3690.
According to their website, Hennepin County has closed all public-facing services at all 41 libraries, human service centers, and licensing service centers through April 6.
Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave. NE, in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, offers free upcoming events and activities. Info: 612-543-6775. Register: hclib.org/northeast.
Pierre Bottineau Library, 55 Broadway St. NE. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration may be required for some. Info: Svetlana Pavlova, Adult Services Librarian, 612-543-6859, firstname.lastname@example.org, Angel Gardner-Kocher, Youth Services Librarian, 612-543-6860, email@example.com; General and registration info: hclib.org, 612-543-6850, 612-543-KNOW (5669), hclib.org/about/locations/pierre-bottineau.
Researching the History of Your Home: Saturday, Feb. 1, 10-11:30 am. Learn about the historical resources at the library and across the county that will help you piece together a history of your Hennepin County house, neighborhood or property. Staff from Hennepin County Library’s Special Collections will explain print and online resources, including permit records, maps, photos and more, and will set you on the path to jump-start your research. Free, registration required.
Re-imagining Aging Book Club: Saturday, Feb. 8: “On the Brink of Everything,” by Parker Palmer. Saturday, March 14: “You Learn by Living,” by Eleanor Roosevelt, 9-10:30 am. Dicuss engaging and enlightening books about aging and what it means to live a vital life today. They will re-frame the idea of aging as opportunity, the responsibility to reach out to other generations, share wisdom, and learn new ways of living in the world is how we can grow up and grow old together. A limited number of lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to each discussion. For additional information, contact the library. Collaborator: East Side Neighborhood Services. Free, registration required.
Music of Bob Dylan: Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-7 pm. Minnesota native son Bob Dylan popularized a new era of the poet-songwriter. His simple, folk-like melodies helped keep the prominence of the lyrics front and center, and his reliance on traditional musical forms redefined the sounds of the time. Collaborator: MacPhail Center for Music. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Free, registration required.
Social Media Basics for Artists: Saturday, Feb. 15, 1:30-4 pm. Using Facebook and Twitter examples, learn core functionality, best practices and exercises to help you build an online strategy for your artistic business. Collaborator: Springboard for the Arts. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Free, registration required.
Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 pm, Columbia Heights Public Library, 3939 Central Ave. NE. Join the Anoka County Historical Society for a special history program commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Columbia Heights Public Library. Relive local history from the beginnings of Columbia Heights and Hilltop. This free program with the Anoka County Historical Society will take place in the Columbia Heights Public Library’s community room. No registration required.
Birdwatching in the Heights, Wednesdays, Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 at 6 pm, Columbia Heights Public Library, 3939 Central Ave. NE. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy birdwatching. Nor do you need to have a travel destination to “bird.” Some of the best birding can be done in urban settings, like Columbia Heights. Join the library for a two-part “Birdwatching in the Heights” experience. On Sept. 19 they will meet at the library and learn basic bird identification tips and how to use a field guide. On Sept. 26, they will meet at the library, walk to LaBelle Park, and practice using their ears to discover the birds around them. Registration for both programs is required. Space is limited. Register online or call 763-706- 3690.