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Library News, Oct 14

Posted October 14, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Winterset

Covered Bridge Festival at the Library – “Duck-in for Family Fun”
Thanks to all our volunteers and librarians for making it a great Festival full of family fun at the Library.  Special thanks to the panel of distinguished judges – Nolan Collins, Joel Nau, Jeanette Neel, and Daryle Johnson – who presented prizes for the Beard Contest and helped out in many ways.

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 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
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.

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.

Writer’s Workshop, Nov. 7, 7:00 pm
The Writer’s Workshop, with leader Heather Clark, is held on the first Thursday each month.  Bring some of your writing to share, and you will get to hear from other authors as well.  It’s a great opportunity for those who are putting out some new stories for publication or just for your own amusement.

Resource of the Week – ROCKET LANGUAGES – “Namaste! Apke naam kya hay?”
The Library has a new resource for you, available since July — Rocket Languages!  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.

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.

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