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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.

Author Brian Freeman here October 14

Tuesday, October 14, 7 p.m.
Author Brian Freeman returns to Austin to talk about his latest Jonathan Stride books, The Cold Nowhere and Turn to Stone. Get all your questions answered about what's next for Stride—and get a sneak preview of Brian's next book featuring Cab Bolton (from The Bone House).

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>>

Michael Cotter book release party October 24

Friday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
Come celebrate the release of local storyteller Michael Cotter's new book, The Killdeer, written in collaboration with his wife, Bev Jackson Cotter. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres catered by the Brick House, and hear Michael introduce his book. If you haven't heard Michael in person before, you do not want to miss this! More about Michael Cotter>>

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.