Take advantage of free library workshops and presentations

In the coming weeks, the Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central is offering a free genealogy research workshop, Excel and PowerPoint training, a concert featuring music of the 1960’s, and One Read presentations.

One Minneapolis One Read: Dakota 38

Wednesday, Oct. 3
7 – 9 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

This documentary tells the story of Jim Miller, a Dakota native, who sets out to recreate the 330-mile journey from South Dakota to Minnesota that shaped the tragic experience of the Dakota people. A panel discussion follows the film. No registration required.

Talk of the Stacks with Naomi Wolf

Thursday, Oct. 4
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Social critic and political activist Wolf has authored several controversial and popular books, including The Beauty Myth, The End of America and Give Me Liberty. She blogs frequently on The Huffington Post and writes cultural commentary for The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her newest book, Vagina: A New Biography, reframes how we understand the vagina and, consequently, how we understand women. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Microsoft Excel: Basics

Friday, Oct. 5
1 - 3 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn the basics of working with an Excel spreadsheet: navigation, entering data and using formulas. Registration is required.

Microsoft PowerPoint: Basics

Friday, Oct. 5
4 - 6 p.m.

Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn to create presentations and use the ribbon to create a basic slide show. Registration is required.

Microsoft Excel: Charts and Graphs

Tuesday, Oct. 9
6 - 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn to create and integrate graphs and charts into your Excel spreadsheets. Registration is required.

One Minneapolis One Read: An Evening with Diane Wilson

Monday, Oct. 15
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

In support of the second annual One Minneapolis, One Read event, join Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past author Wilson for a reading, followed by a question/answer session and book-signing. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Author Talk: Brenda J. Child

Tuesday, Oct. 16
7 - 9 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Child, Ojibwe author, will discuss her 2012 book Holding Our World Together, which features countless stories of strong-willed, inspiring Ojibwe women and explores the remarkable role Ojibwe women played in sustaining Native American communities through the hardest years of the last two centuries. Post presentation reception will honor significant Native American women. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Genealogy Research: Get Started

Wednesday, Oct. 17
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. Registration is  required.

Tiptoe through the 60s: Songs and Stories from a Revolutionary Decade

Thursday, Oct. 18
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Enjoy the music of the 1960s performed live by singer Prudence Johnson and pianist Dan Chouinard. The decade’s history will be brought to life with accompanying stories and photos. Submit your own stories or song ideas to www.tiptoethroughthe60s.com for possible inclusion in the show. Registration required.

One Minneapolis One Read: The Dakota People’s Place in Minnesota

Thursday, Oct. 25
7 - 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library

The Dakota people have lived in Minnesota the longest, with a history that goes back hundreds of years. After the 1862 Dakota War, only a few Dakota remained in the state. Dakota artist, poet and scholar Gwen Westerman will share her perspective on modern Dakota people and their special place in Minnesota. No registration required.

Registration and more information

For a complete listing of other free learning opportunities sponsored by the Hennepin County Library, visit www.hclib.org. For programs that require registration, visit www.hclib.org or call 612-543-8000.

Published Sep 26, 2012