Don’t forget to write in all the activities taking place at your public library on your 2013 calendar.
• Food for Fines. The library had an overwhelming response to this program last year, sending nearly 300 pounds of canned foods to the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank. We again will accept canned food to be donated to the food bank for payment of fines during January. For each nonperishable food item received, the donor will be credited with $1 toward fines owed on his or her account. “Food for Fines” applies only to fines accrued for the late return of library materials and credits will not be applied to charges for lost or damaged items. Items especially needed are peanut butter, canned meat (beef stew, etc.) and canned fruit and vegetables. Persons not owing fines are also encouraged to donate to the library’s food drive.
• Chill Out and READ: 2013 Winter Reading Program. Readers of all ages are invited to participate in our Winter Reading Program Jan. 3 – Feb. 25. Fill out a reading slip to enter weekly prize drawings. New this year, readers will be asked to rate books read on a scale of one (bad) to four (wow) stars. All four-star titles will be posted to a list to be displayed in the library and on the library website. All “Chill Out and READ” participants will also be entered into a drawing for our grand prize, a beautiful snow tiger plush toy. The Winter Reading Program concludes on Feb. 25 with the ever-popular family event “Dr. Seuss Birthday Party.” The Winter Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library
• Family History Tips. Anne Bagby of Clear Lake will present “Tell Me about Great-great Grandma” at the library at noon on Thursday, Jan, 24. Bagby will examine popular genealogical resources in both print and electronic formats. She will also offer ideas on developing search strategies and networking with other genealogists. Bagby is a former high school teacher who is an avid genealogist and a frequent volunteer in the library’s History Room. Persons are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to this free program.
• Post Holiday Tech Help. The library will be offering “tech help” on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4 – 7 p.m. Sign up for a free half hour session by calling the library at 357-6133 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Basic operating instructions will be provided for the Nook, Kindle, iPad and other devices as well as information on the library’s NEIBORS and FREEGAL download programs.
Don’t forget to renew your Friends of the Library membership for 2013. New Friends are always welcome.Clear Lake Public Library
200 N. Fourth St.
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Fri. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.