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Job openings available now

The Library has several flexible, entry-level, 14 hours/week job openings for precise, careful people who are great at customer service. Job duties include quickly and correctly re-stocking library shelves, providing customer service at the front desk, and maintaining an orderly building. Familiarity with computers is required. Applications are available at the Check Out Desk.

Free reading readiness assessments for 4-6 year olds

The Reading Center and the Austin Public Library are collaborating to bring reading readiness assessments to you. Free screenings for 4-6 year olds will be done at the library. To schedule an appointment, call (507) 433-2391. Go to The Reading Center for more information about the program.

Accio Books! book drive during April

The Austin chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance is collecting books for Read Indeed, a Minnesota-based nonprofit. Drop off new and gently used children's and young adult books at the library during April.

Spring used book sale May 2-4

Friday, May 2:  10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, May 3: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 4: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Help fund scholarships, new books, and library programs by purchasing used books at our spring book sale, sponsored by AAUW and the Friends of the Library. Donations of good quality used books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks may be dropped off at the library April 18-29. We cannot accept encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines, Reader's Digest condensed books, or items that have been stored in damp places.

Genre Hoppers teen book club meets May 5

The next meeting of Genre Hoppers will be Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. Genre Hoppers is a book club for teens where we read from a different genre each month. May's genre is graphic novels.

Next Pushing the Limits discussion May 20

Monday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.
The next discussion in the Pushing the Limits series will be Monday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. Maria Anderson will lead the discussion on the theme of connection. The featured book will be Thunderstruck by Eric Larson. Registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. For the complete series schedule and to register, go to Pushing the Limits.

26th annual Minnesota Book Awards announced

The winners of the 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards were announced recently by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Books written by a Minnesotan and first published in 2013 were eligible for the awards. For a complete list of finalists and winners, visit Minnesota Book Awards.

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Open viewing hours for The Saint John's Bible

The Saint John's Bible
SPECIAL NOTE: Open viewing hours are held on scheduled Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. During this time, several volumes of the Heritage Edition are available for viewing, along with informational DVD's, in the library's small meeting room. (Exceptions to this schedule will be posted on the library website.) If you are planning a visit from out of town or are coming with a group of 6 or more people, please contact the library to confirm the date. Additional viewing times are scheduled according to docent availability and are listed below.

To be announced

The Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible is on display in its case during regular library hours. The volumes are made available for viewing outside the case during posted “Open Viewing Hours” and for special study or group visits by appointment. Please contact the library at least one week in advance, if possible, to request an appointment. The library will accommodate as many requests as staff and volunteer availability allow.