Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson will present “A Dollar-a-Day,” a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps on Monday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the library.
This hour-long program will include stories, video, Jamerson reading excerpts from his novel and performance of original songs about the CCC including “City Slicker,” “Chowtime” and “Tree Plantin,’ Fire Fightin’ Blues.”
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of the Great Depression. Three and one-half million young men between the ages of 17 and 25 enlisted from 1933 – 1942. The young men lived in work camps and were paid a dollar a day plus $25 a month sent directly home to their families. Jamerson’s novel “Big Shoulders” follows a year in the life of a teenager who enlists in 1937 and spends a rugged year at a camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan revitalizing natural resources of that area.
Jamerson will share many stories he has collected from former CCC boys whom he has met over the years and will discuss CCC projects in Iowa. For more information about the program call the library at 357-6133 or visit Jamerson’s website at www.billjamerson.com. The Friends of the Library are sponsoring this free program.
Another program of interest, “Discover Pinterest,” will be offered at the library on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10:30 a.m. Pinterest, a social networking site, is a virtual bulletin board which allows users to collect, organize and share images and videos. Participants will learn how to establish a Pinterest account, discover how to “pin” and “repin” an image, explore different Pinterest options and discuss Pinterest etiquette. A favorite of hobbyists and crafters, Pinterest offers an ever-expanding array of visuals on an amazing variety of topics. Library staffer Katie Koopman is presenting this free program.
The library is also offering a variety of programs for young persons this fall. Story time for infants through 5-year-olds is offered on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. This program is drop-in and no registration is required. After-school programs for first through third graders begin Sept. 25, and for fourth and fifth graders on Oct. 15. Enrollment is limited; please contact the youth department at 357-0315 for registration information. HOOPLA!, the library’s middle school program kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 3:30 p.m. as students decorate the library’s front window for Clear Lake High School’s homecoming.
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