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Activities for families at nearby libraries
What: Some events require registration as noted. Register by phone, or online at (for all except Columbia Heights).

Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave. NE, 612-543-6775.

Family Storytime, Tuesdays, through Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m., all ages.

Learn Together: Music With Paul Spring, Saturday, July 19, 1-2 p.m. Registration required. All ages. Folksinger Paul Spring will share his original songs about characters from children’s literature. Join us for this participatory, literary, musical escapade. Sponsored by Friends of the Hennepin County Library and MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency).

Pierre Bottineau Library, 55 Broadway St. NE, 612-543-6850.

Family Storytime, Wednesdays, through Nov. 19 (except July 9 and Aug. 27), 10:30 a.m., all ages.

Paws to Read With an Animal, Saturday, July 26, 11a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 18, 3:30-5 p.m. For families. Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs and you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. Presented in collaboration with North Star Therapy Animals.

Live Show! Brodini, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m. For families. Magician Graylyn Morris will raise spirits and test kids’ powers of concentration as he manipulates ropes, scarves, balls and other magician’s props in a perplexing "now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t" performance. Sponsored by Friends of the Pierre Bottineau Library.

St. Anthony Library, 2941 Pentagon Dr. NE, 612-543-6075.

Baby Storytime, Wednesdays, June 11-Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m., birth to 24 months; Family Storytime, Wednesdays, June 11-Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m., all ages.

Live Shows! sponsored by Friends of the St. Anthony Library: Brodini, Tuesday, July 1, 2 p.m. Magician Graylyn Morris will raise spirits and test kids’ powers of concentration as he manipulates ropes, scarves, balls and other magician’s props in a perplexing "now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t" performance. Magical Mia, Tuesday, July 8, 2 p.m. Don’t blink or you’ll miss one of Mia’s amazing illusions involving flowers, umbrellas, scarves, gems, pearls, butterflies and more. Eric the Juggling Magician, Tuesday, July 29, 2 p.m. Enjoy a fast-paced show with magic and juggling. Star Michaelina Magician, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2 p.m. Magic, comedy and books make this show a hilarious and educational experience. Star Michaelina builds in plenty of off-the-wall audience participation.

Dance Together, Saturdays, Aug. 2-16, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Registration required, begins July 5. For children 1 and up. Dance with your child to develop their physical, social and literacy skills. Registered caregivers may bring one or two children. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Presented in collaboration with Young Dance.

Library Lab for Kids: Bruce the Bug Guy, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2 p.m. Professional entomologist Bruce Giebink will present a lively, entertaining, hands-on program featuring insects and arthropods (creepy crawlies!). Sponsored by Friends of the St. Anthony Library.

Learn Together: African Animals, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2 p.m. Discover the vast diversity of Africa, its plants and animals. Learn to count in Swahili and explore African folktales. Chance to meet reptiles, amphibians, small mammals or bugs. Presented by Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Sponsored by Friends of the St. Anthony Library.

Columbia Heights Public Library, 820 40th Ave. NE, 763-706-3690,

Family Storytime, Tuesday, July 8, 6:30-7 p.m., all ages; Preschool Storytime, Tuesdays, through July 22, 10:30-11 a.m., ages 3-5; Toddler Storytime, Mondays, through July 21, 10:30 a.m., ages 18 months-3 years.

Wacky Wednesdays, through July 23, 2 p.m. Come to the library each Wednesday for a free, live performance. Programs are open to all, but geared towards children grades K-6. Come early to sign in. July 2: Reptile & Amphibian Discovery
Zoo; July 9: Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam; July 16: Mad Science: Mystery of Chemistry; July 23: Rich Wieber’s Bicycle Stunt Show.

Where: Columbia Heights Public Library
820 40th Ave. NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421  

Northeast Library
2200 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418  

Pierre Bottineau Library
55 Broadway St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413  

St. Anthony Library
2941 Pentagon Dr. NE
St. Anthony, MN 55418  

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