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March 30-April 2 Spring Story and Writing Week for Grades 1-6

Minnesota Reading Corps presents Spring Story and Writing Week at Austin Public Library!

No registration needed, materials provided, free to all.

March 30-April 2

4th-6th graders: Crafting Stories 10:30-11:30

1st-3rd graders:  Stories and Crafts  12:30-2:00

Easter closings April 3 and 5

Easter holiday closings: Friday, April 3, and Sunday, April 5
Open Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Regular hours resume Monday, April 6, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Genre Hoppers book club meets April 6

Cinder book jacketMonday, April 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. April's genre is Science Fiction.  From War of the Worlds to Cinder, and everything in between.  Just show up! No registration required.

Monday, April 13: Austin's Literary Legacy at History Happy Hour

Learn about Austin's own Richard Eberhart, and the impact of the Ladies' Floral Club in this program celebrating poetry and literature.
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.

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!

Free driver's license practice tests

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

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Text messaging, emails, and the enewsletter
The fastest way to be notified about your library items is by text message.  The next best way is by email.  Both ways save the library money on stamps and mailers.
Sign up at either the Information or Check Out desks, or online at My Account. Be sure to update every family member's account. Thank you!  Sign up also for our enewsletters--the fastest way to find out about our events and classes.

Open viewing hours for The Saint John's Bible

The Saint John's Bible
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.