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Library News, Sept 11

Posted September 11, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Winterset

Friends of the Library, Sept. 12, 6:30 pm
The members of Friends conduct fund-raisers, sponsor programs, support the purchasing of library materials and technology, and much more.  Attend the meeting and find out the whole story.

Library open only in the Evening, Sept. 12
On Sept 12, the Library will be open only from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Library staff will be in Urbandale for the annual State Library Town Meeting.

Thanks for our biggest ever Book Sale
We greatly appreciate the purchases you made at the Used Book Sale – the proceeds will be spent on library books, DVDs, and other materials!  Thanks to the Friends of the Library who did a magnificent job of organizing and staffing the sale.  Special thanks to Craig Newton & Walt Libby & Linda Smith for all your efforts – Good job!

Plant Swap at the Library, Sept. 14, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Do your perennials and bulbs need to be divided?  Would you like to add some new & exciting plants to your garden – for free?  Do you have an obsession with gardening catalogs & need to share a few?  Come to the Plant Swap at the Library!  Bring your gardening magazines and catalogs to the Library during August & September.  On Sept. 14, please label and bring your plants, cuttings, and bulbs to the south side of the Library (outdoors), have a cup of coffee, and visit with other gardeners.  We will provide plastic bags to carry your treasures home.  Bring your plants at 8:30, start swapping at 9:30.  Happy dividing!  Free and open to the public.

Jeanne Martz, author of “The Creekers” – Sept. 25, 6:30
Plan to meet a central Iowa author, Jeanne Martz, and listen as she takes us to the land of “The Creekers.”  In this charming collection of short tales set in the rural Midwest, a poor, hardworking class of people from the wrong side of the creek embraces all life has to offer with passion, determination, and hope.  Free and open to the public.

Writers Workshop starts for the season, Oct 3, 7:00 pm
If you enjoy writing, please come to the Writers Workshop on the first Thursday each month at 7:00 pm.  Heather Clark is the facilitator, and she holds degrees from Drake University in creative writing and drama.  Bring your writings to share, and give helpful comments about the writings of other participants.

George Burns is coming to Winterset, Oct. 4, 3:30
Calling all fun-lovers, humorists, and aspiring actors – professional actor Duffy Hudson will return to Winterset to portray George Burns.  He will be at the Library on Friday, October 4, at 3:30 pm for a rollicking presentation.  This is a DON’T MISS.  Duffy was here a couple of years ago portraying Edgar Allan Poe, and we have been a bit haunted ever since!  This time, we can  guarantee lots of laughs.  Free and open to the public.

Prep for Covered Bridge Festival at the Library – Start growing your beard!
The Library will provide Covered Bridge Festival activities in the Meeting Room on Saturday, Oct. 11, and will be closed as usual on Sunday.  Get ready for our Saturday activities!
·         Duck Dynasty Beard Contest at 10:00 am

·         Bird Call Contest at 10:30 am

·         Learn to call birds and other wildlife

·         Use binoculars to find birds

·         Make a squawking bird craft and a bird call

·         Start your own birding journal

As they say on Duck Dynasty, “Let ‘er rip, Tater Chip!”

Social Security Filing, by Stephen Connolly – Oct. 22, 6:30-7:30 pm.

Connolly will present strategies to maximize your Social Security retirement benefits.  This program is for people who are between the ages of 55 and 68, and who have not yet filed OR have filed and want to find out if they can correct their filing.  He will cover strategies for married couples, as well as divorced and widowed retirees.  The program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required, by calling the Library at 515-462-1731.

Art Classes 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.

Preschool and Toddler Story-Times
Toddlers, ages 0-2, bring your parents to the Library for Toddler Tuesday, held year-round on Tuesdays, from 10:30 to approximately 11:00 am.  Parents or care-givers are required to attend along with their toddlers.  Preschool children, ages 3 and up, are always welcome at Story Time, held year-round on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:00 am.  Our children’s librarian, Ann Newbury (sometimes known as Mrs. Blueberry), makes it fun and interesting, while kids meet new friends and learn to participate in a group setting.  It is a great way to prepare for kindergarten.  No registration is required, and the programs are free and open to the public.

Two Book Discussion Groups
The Library is now the site of two Book Discussion Groups.  Please join one or both discussion groups in the Library Meeting Room.  They are free and open to the public – all are welcome!
·         The Tuesday Morning Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday each month at 10:00 am.  Plan to attend on October 3 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.  On Sept. 26 at 7:00 pm, Bonnie Bass will lead a discussion of the Steven King book “11/22/63.”

Resource of the Week – Learning Express Library
Need some new computer skills?  Brushing up on your math or language skills?  This is the place to find resources for all levels – adults, high-schoolers, and 4th – 8th graders.  Go to the Library web-page,, and select Learning Express Library from the menu on the left.  Log in with your Winterset library card number.  Then create your own account following the instructions on the page.  The 13 Learning Centers offer practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, diagnostics, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want – at work, at school, and in life!  There are entire Learning Centers dedicated to helping you get the job that’s right for you, brushing up on your math and statistical skills, learning new software skills such as Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and others).  Please call the Library with any questions.

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