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Library News, Sept 30

Posted September 30, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Winterset

George Burns is coming to Winterset, Friday, 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 – open to the first 72 people to arrive and claim a seat.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Covered Bridge Festival at the Library – “Duck-in for Family Fun”
The Library will provide family-oriented Covered Bridge Festival activities in the Meeting Room on Saturday, Oct. 11, and will be closed as usual on Sunday.   Come to the Library to participate in the city-wide “Duck-in for Family Fun” program.  There will be prizes!!!
·         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!”


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.

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.


Library Lights Workshop, Oct. 26, 1-4:00 pm
Time to prepare for “Library Lights,” the annual Christmas tree auction conducted as a Library fund-raiser by Friends of the Library.   With Library Lights set to run from Nov. 13-16, it’s time to start your decorating project!  On Oct. 26, from 1-4:00, Marlene Saxton and Marilyn Spencer will be on hand to give expert tips on designing your Christmas Tree Auction creations.  This year, Library Lights will accept donations of trees (no size limit), wreaths, centerpieces/table settings, stockings, swags, and other wall art.  Set-up for Library Lights will be Nov. 13, noon-8:00.  Viewing and bidding will be Nov. 14, noon-8 pm, Nov. 15, 10 am-5 pm, and Nov. 16, 10 am-2 pm — at 2 pm, bidding will come to a close, and winners will pick up their purchases.

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 Nov. 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.  Suzy Poor will lead the discussion of Dorothy Wickenden’s “Nothing Daunted: The unexpected education of two society girls in the West” on Oct. 24 at 7:00 pm.


Resource of the Week – Small Engine Repair & Automobile Repair ONLINE!
Ebsco Small Engine Repair gives you repair instructions for your lawnmower, the washer and dryer, the ATV, the snowmobile, tractors, and much more.  Ebsco Automobile Repair gives you repair instructions for most makes and models of cars and trucks – it is like Chilton’s, only better!  Both are available to you for free from the Library computers and also through your own internet connection.  Just go to the Library web-site, www.winterset.lib.ia.us , click on RESEARCH at the top, select EbscoHost on the left side, select EbscoHost via your Library card, login with your Library card number, select Small Engine Repair or Auto Repair from the list of Ebsco databases, and begin your project.  Happy repairs!





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