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 beard; and make an owl craft
· Start your own birding journal
As they say on Duck Dynasty, “Let ‘er rip, Tater Chip!”
Friends of the Library to meet on Oct 10, 6:30
What’s the buzz about the Friends of the Library? Come to the meeting and find out! All are welcome. Friends is an active charitable 501(c)(3) organization, wholly dedicated to the support of the Library through volunteers, fund-raisers, grants, memberships, and endowments. It’s a great way to get involved in your community. The membership levels are $100 per person for Life; $25 per person for Supporting; $5 for Annual; and four years as a Supporting Member results in a Life Membership.
Library to be closed on Oct. 17-18
The Library will be closed for two days to permit the librarians to attend the annual conference of the Iowa Library Association in Coralville. While there, we will attend numerous continuing education classes.
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.
Kids! Special Story-Time by Ann Morris, author of “Surprise in Auntie’s Garden”
Iowa children’s author, Ann Morris, will present the Story-Time to preschoolers on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10:30 am. Ann is a master spinner of stories, and her book is richly illustrated. Parents and young children are all invited.
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
Wed, Nov 20, noon-8:00 set-up
Thurs, Nov 21, noon-8:00 viewing & bidding
Fri, Nov 22, 10-5:00 viewing & bidding
Sat, Nov 23, 10-2:00 viewing & bidding
Sat, Nov. 23, 2:00 winners pick up your purchases
We are looking forward to this event – it always adds so much festivity to the Library.
New this year, we have expert decorators Marlene Saxton & Marilyn Spencer on hand to help you with holiday decorating preparations — on Saturday, Oct. 26, 1-4:00, they will be in the Library meeting room to help you with your decorating ideas!
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 – FREEGAL
Music-lovers, charge up the iPods, iPads, smart phones, and other devices – Freegal is new this year from the Library. By going to the Freegal app from the App Store for Apple devices, or to Google Download Manager for Android devices, and using your Library card & PIN, you can download your favorite songs, for free! The limit is 3 songs per week. Once you download them on your device, they are yours to keep.