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Posted July 23, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Winterset

“Dig into Reading!”  Read for Fun Prizes – Join the Library’s Summer Reading Games
The Library provides Summer Reading Games for all ages.  It’s getting late in the season, but children still have time to earn the summer T-shirt (donated generously by Union State Bank).  Kids – come play the reading game, and watch out for the ants!  Teens – pick up your BINGO reading log at the Library.  Adults – we have fun in store for you, too.  Read more books — get more prizes.

“What’s Neat Beneath Our Feet?” presented by the Science Center of Iowa, July 26, 1:00
We are bringing in the professionals!  Science Center of Iowa will be at the Library on July 26, to help us discover things that are living underground. When we say “Dig into Reading,” we are definitely having fun with the “digging!”  This program is for children who have completed kindergarten through completed fifth grade.  Please register by calling the Library at 515-462-1731.  It is free and open to those who register.  AND … attendance counts as one book read for those playing the Summer Reading Game.

Ice Cream Party, provided to Summer Readers by Union State Bank, July 27, 1:00
For all the children who have earned their Summer Reading T-Shirt (and their families), wear that new shirt as your entry ticket to the Ice Cream Party, on the south side of the Court House, July 27, 1:00.  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!

Summer Reading Program will hold Grand Finale Picnic at the Park, August 4, 5:00
Wear your Library T-shirt, and come to the North Shelter House of the City Park for picnic and games on August 4th from 5-7:00 pm.  There will be food!  There will be fun!  If you have earned your T-shirt, you have also earned a free ticket to the picnic for your whole family.  RSVP required.

Two Book Discussion Groups
The Library is now the site of two Book Discussion Groups.  The new Tuesday morning group meets on the first Tuesday each month at 10:00 am.  Joan Loftus is the facilitator.  Plan to attend on August 5 at 10:00 am – you will have a chance to talk about whatever book you are currently reading, and hear others tell about what they are reading.  The Evening Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday evening at 7:00 pm, facilitated by Rebecca Bock with various members leading the discussion.  This group selects a book for each month.  On July 25, members will be discussing the novel “Room,” by Emma Donoghue.  The room is the place where 5-year Jack is being raised by his captive mother.  It is the story of a young woman who was kidnapped at the age of 19, and enslaved ever since.  “Ma” however, has an escape plan.  Can she trust her 5-year-old to help her gain their freedom?  Please join the discussion on July 25 at 7:00 pm in the Library Meeting Room.  Both groups are free and open to the public – all are welcome to attend!

Resource of the Week – ROCKET LANGUAGES
The Library has a new resource for you — Rocket Languages!  And you can use it in the Library or from your home or office computer.  Go to the Library web-site at, and select Rocket Languages from the left side of the screen.  Create your own account using your email address and your library barcode, and create a password.  And in return you get over 60 hours of instruction in each of 12 languages – Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Inglés, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Sign Language, Spanish.

Friends of the Library to have a Used Book Sale, September 5-7.
The upcoming Book Sale will be held September 5-7.  Donations will be accepted on September 3 and 4.  Your contributions may be gently used books, puzzles, music on CD, and movies on DVD.  If you have an idea for a silent auction item, please talk to us.

Art Classes to be taught by Robin Paul from Madhaus Gallery.

The Library is very excited to bring Winterset artist Robin Paul to teach four techniques this fall in the Library Meeting Room.  Please call the Library to register for the following classes.  You can pick various classes or register for all four.
·         Oct 19, 10-12:00. Enameling on Copper.  Learn to torch-fire glass enamels on copper to make a pair of “poppy” earrings or a simple pendant.  Class & supply fee $45.

·         Oct 26, 10-12:00. Encaustic Painting.  Learn to create art pieces with encaustic paints using wax, resin, and oil pigments to create two different styles of encaustic paintings. Class & supply fee $45.

·         Nov 2, 10-12:00.  Marbling on Paper.  Students learn to use paints suspended on the surface of water to create marbled papers to use in scrap booking, gift wrap, book making, etc.  Can also be done with fabric.  Class & supply fee $45.

·         Nov. 9, 10-12:00.  Felting.  Learn about basic felting techniques, wet felting and needle felting, and then create at least two different projects including felted beads, balls, and one flat decorative piece.  Class & supply fee $40.

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