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Genre Hoppers book club meets October 6

Monday, October 6, 7 p.m.
All teens and young adults are invited to the next meeting of Genre Hoppers, a book club where we read from a different genre each month. October's genre is supernatural/paranormal.

Fall used book sale October 9-11

Sponsored by the Friends of the Austin Public Library

Thursday, October 9: Pre-sale for Friends members only, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friends' memberships available at the door for $10.

Friday & Saturday, October 10 & 11: Sale to the general public, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 bag sale on Saturday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Donations of good quality used books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks may be dropped off at the Library until October 8. Please do not leave magazines, Reader's Digest condensed books, encyclopedias, textbooks, or items that have been stored in damp places. We cannot accept these items.

Antiques appraisal event October 23

Thursday, October 23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Antiques expert Mark F. Moran will be here to appraise your antiques and collectibles at this event sponsored by the Library, the Mower County Historical Society, and the Hormel Historic Home. Pre-registration is required at the Historical Society, 1303 6th Ave. SW, Austin.

Cost is $15 for members of the Friends of the Library, Mower County Historical Society, or the Hormel Historic Home. Space is limited to 40 participants. Spectators may attend for $3 per person. More about the event>>

Register online for AHS & EMS sports & activities

Registration for sports and activities at the Austin High School and Ellis Middle School has moved from paper to online registration and payment. Parents who need online access can use the Library's public computers to register their students.

To log on to a Library computer, use your library card number and PIN. If you do not have a card, please bring proof of identification to the Information Desk for assistance. For questions about the registration process, please email or call Janni Donovan at Austin High School, 507-460-1825.

Free Driver's License Practice Tests!

Get ready to take your written driver's license permit test with these free practice tests!  Drive safely!

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Open viewing hours for The Saint John's Bible

The Saint John's Bible
Scheduled Open Viewing times of The Saint John's Bible are limited during summer months, but groups and out-of-town visitors are encouraged to contact the library to request a special appointment. The library will accommodate as many requests as staff and volunteer availability allow.

The Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible is on display in its case during regular library hours. Volumes are 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.