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The Magic of Celtic Music concert March 4

Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Laura Mackenzie presents a free concert of music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Nova Scotia, Central France, and Galicia on a dazzling array of wind powered instruments, including wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, voice, and many bagpipes—Scottish, French, and English, bellows and blown.

LEGO Club meets March 7

Saturday, March 7, 2-3 p.m.
All children are invited to come and create a LEGO masterpiece! Your creation will be displayed in the library.

Monday, March 9: Living the Mayberry Life-a Look Inside the Andy Griffith Show

Presented by Gary Schindler as part of the History Happy Hour series.
At the Hormel Historic Home.   Social at 5:30 P.M. Presentation at 6:00 P.M.

Experience historical perspectives, lively conversation, and engaging presenters while sipping a cocktail and enjoying light snacks in an historic setting; a partnership between the Austin Public Library, the Hormel Historic Home and the Mower County Historical Society.

FREE for members of Hormel Historic Home, Friends of the Austin Public Library or the Mower County Historical Society. $5 for non-members.

Light snacks served and cash bar available.

"Vacationland" lecture and lunch at RCC March 12

Thursday, March 12, 12 p.m.
Austin Page Turners Citywide Reading Event
Riverland Community College Library

Riverland Community College Lecture Lunch series will feature Professor Richard Campbell's presentation of “Structure, Theme, and Symbol in Vacationland.” Lecture and lunch will be held in the library, and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Jeannie Kearney via email or by calling 507-433-0533. For all Austin Page Turners events featuring Sarah Stonich's Vacationland, visit their website.

Austin Page Turners Book Club Night March 16

Monday, March 16, 7 p.m.
Austin Page Turners Citywide Reading Event
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

The Austin Page Turners will host a Book Club Night at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in the Ruby Rupner Auditorium. Guest speaker will be Ren Holland, author of The Early Resorts of Minnesota. Refreshments will be provided. For all Austin Page Turners events featuring Sarah Stonich's Vacationland, visit their website.

Teen Advisory Group meets March 16

The next meeting of the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will be Monday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. TAG members help decide which teen materials to buy for the library, as well as plan programs and events. Open to all teens.

"Vacationland" author to speak March 23

Monday, March 23, 7 p.m.
Austin Page Turners Citywide Reading Event
Library, Large Meeting Room

Sarah Stonich, author of Vacationland, will speak about her work, which was chosen by the Austin Page Turners for their 2015 Citywide Reading Event. Refreshments will be served prior to her talk. A book signing will follow. >>More about the Austin Page Turners

Classic film series: "His Girl Friday" March 26

Thursday, 26, 1 p.m.
Our Classic Film series continues with His Girl Friday a 1940's film directed by Howard Hawks and featuring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. This featued film is speedy and hysterically funny, modern-style screwball comedy, and one of the best examples of its kind in film history. Participants will hear an introduction to the feature film and then enjoy the presentation on the big screen.

Job opening for Technology Librarian

The Library is accepting applications for the position of Library and Information Systems Manager/Technology Librarian. Application, job description, and supplemental questionnaire can be found on the City of Austin website. Open until filled; review of applications begins February 23, 2015.

Online courses now available

With your Austin Public Library Card, you now have access to our free online service called Gale Courses, which offers instructor-led classes on a variety of topics, including accounting, computer applications, language arts, personal development, and more. Courses run for six weeks, and new courses begin every month. Browse the course catalog and start learning today!