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Library News, Sept 23

Posted September 23, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Winterset

Jeanne Martz, author of “The Creekers” – Sept. 25, 6:30
This evening!  Meet 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.

Transportation in Iowa, presented by Leighton Christiansen, Oct. 1, 7:00
Leighton Christiansen will be in the Winterset Library on Oct. 1 to share with us the history of Iowa transportation, especially concentrating on Madison County.  A native of Iowa, he received his graduate degree from the University of Iowa.  Mr. Christiansen is a colorful character, with a background in multiple pursuits, including truck-driving!  He is well-known for his speeches around the state.  He is the director of the Iowa DOT Library at the Institute for Transportation at ISU.  Madison County Genealogical Society and the Library are co-sponsors, and the program is free and open to the public.

George Burns is coming to Winterset, Oct. 4, 6:30
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 6:30 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 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.


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.

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, Rebecca Bock will lead a discussion of the Steven King book “11/22/63.”


Resource of the Week – TumbleBooks – for your kids from your home computer
TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.  The collection also includes chapter books for kids up through 6th grade, as well as puzzles, games, and videos.  On the Library web-page, www.winterset.lib.ia.us, select the Children’s tab, select Tumblebooks from the list on the left, login as wintersetpl, password is libra.  And let the fun begin!





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