Take advantage of free library classes and presentations

In the coming weeks, the Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central is offering several computer classes, a genealogy research workshop, a One Read presentation and an author event.

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.

Family History Fair

Saturday, Nov. 3
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Connect with genealogy experts and learn about the 1940 census, Minnesota in the 1860s, land records, finding your ancestor’s town of origin, military records, online genealogy, and more. Browse resource tables and learn how to start your family history using the exceptional resources at the Library. Books will be available for purchase. Register Online or call 612-543-8000.

Minneapolis History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Saturday, Nov. 3
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Minnesota Wikipedia users and local historians: help increase the depth of information on Minneapolis history topics using materials from the library’s Minneapolis Collection. Pick a topic of interest or work from a list developed by Special Collections librarians. Participants will be given a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the department and its resources. Instruction will be available for new editors of Wikipedia.

Microsoft Excel: Creating and Managing Lists

Tuesday, Nov. 6
6 – 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn to create lists (inventory, contact or collection, etc.), sort data and print using Microsoft Excel. Prerequisite: Microsoft Excel Basics or familiarity with spreadsheets is highly recommended. Register Online or call 612-543-8000.

Microsoft Word: Basics

Thursday, Nov. 8
4 - 6 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn how to use the ribbon, enter and delete text, basic formatting, cut, copy and paste; and when to use 'save' and 'save as.' Register Online or call 612-543-8000.

Dreamland Faces Program

Thursday, Nov. 8
7 - 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library

Minneapolis duo Dreamland Faces will play an original score to two short silent films: Buster Keaton's "One Week" (1920) and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's "Coney Island" (1917), which features beautiful nighttime footage of the famous amusement park and some rare shots of a young Buster Keaton actually smiling. Dreamland Faces will be joined by Ryan Billig and Chris Hepola on drums, piano and sound effects.

Computer Class for Complete Beginners

Tuesday, Nov. 13
6 – 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn the difference between hardware and software, practice using a mouse and keyboard. Find out more about computer training resources at the library. For students with little or no experience using a computer. Register online or call 612-543-8000.

Microsoft PowerPoint: Basics

Saturday, Nov. 17
2 - 4 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 call 612-543-8000.

Talk of the Stacks with Geoff Dyer

Saturday, Nov. 17
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Geoff Dyer, author of four novels (“Paris Trance,” “The Search,” “The Colour of Memory” and “Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi”), three essay collections and five genre-defying titles (“But Beautiful,” “The Missing of the Somme,” “Out of Sheer Rage,” “Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It” and "The Ongoing Moment”), will read from his latest collection of essays, “Otherwise Known as the Human Condition,” which won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award for Criticism in 2012. His publisher, Fiona McCrae of Graywolf Press, will join Dyer on stage for a conversation about his work. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Genealogy Research: Get Started

Wednesday, Nov. 21
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 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 Oct. 24, 2012