Take advantage of free library workshops, presentations and performances

In the coming weeks, the Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central is offering free workshops on PowerPoint, eBooks and genealogy research. The library is also hosting a photography exhibit, One Read presentations and a string quartet performance.

Microsoft PowerPoint:  Basics

Tuesday, Sept. 4
6 - 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn to create presentations and use the ribbon to create a basic slide show. Register online or by calling 612-543-8000.

Microsoft PowerPoint: Multimedia Tips

Tuesday, Sept. 11
6 - 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Use multimedia tips and tricks such as auto transitions, audio and video to dress up your presentations. Prerequisite: Microsoft PowerPoint: Basics or familiarity with presentation software is highly recommended. Register online or by calling 612-543-8000.

One Minneapolis One Read: The Spirit Lake Massacre of 1857

Tuesday, Sept. 11
7 - 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Author Mary Bakeman will discuss the 1857 Spirit Lake Massacre. Inkpaduta's 1857 attack on Spirit Lake, Iowa, and southwest Minnesota is often cited as a cause of the 1862 Dakota War. Presented in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Public Schools in support of the annual "One Minneapolis, One Read" event.

eBooks: Basics

Thursday, Sept. 13
4 - 6 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn the basics about eBooks and eReaders, as well as how to find, check out and download eBooks from the Library. Registration required, begins Aug 16. Register online or call 612-543-8000.

One Minneapolis One Read: The New Eden

Saturday, Sept. 15
1 - 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis artist Scott Seekins will present the cultural and religious aspects of the 1862 Dakota War and the different perceptions and expectations of the settlers and the Native Americans. Samples of his art that illustrate these aspects of the conflict will be on display. This program is presented in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Public Schools in support of the annual "One Minneapolis, One Read" event.

Genealogy Research: Get Started

Wednesday, Sept. 19
10:30 a.m. - noon
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn how to access family history resources, including census and immigration records and the best of what's available at the library and the Web. Register online or by calling 612-543-8000. Registration required, begins Aug 22. Register online or call 612-543-8000.

Artaria String Quartet

Thursday, Sept. 20
7 – 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Minnesota-based Artaria String Quartet, whose mission is to cultivate the next generation of chamber music performers and listeners, will perform classical chamber works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky or Shostakovich.

Talk of the Stacks With Michael Chabon

Friday, Sept. 21
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Novelist, screenwriter, columnist and short-story writer Chabon is widely considered one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. He also authored the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," and other books. His newest book, "Telegraph Avenue" explores the intertwined lives of two families – one black and one white – in Oakland, California. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is first-come, first served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

One Minneapolis One Read: The U.S. – Dakota War

Tuesday, Sept. 25
7 - 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Senior historian Stephen Osman at historic Fort Snelling for three-plus decades will discuss the 1862 Dakota War using original artwork to study the questions of how we should remember these tragic events 150 years later. Presented in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Public Schools in support of the annual "One Minneapolis, One Read" event.

Additional programs and services

For a complete listing of other free learning opportunities sponsored by the Hennepin County Library, visit www.hclib.org.

Published Aug. 29, 2012