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Genre Hoppers book club meets March 2

Monday, March 2, 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. March's genre is books with green covers.

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.

"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.

"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

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!

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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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.