Library Lights annual Christmas tree auction, Nov. 21-23
“Library Lights” is the annual Christmas tree auction conducted as a fund-raiser by Friends of the Library. With Library Lights set to run from Nov. 20-23, it’s time to start your decorating project! 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. 20, noon-8:00. Viewing and bidding will be Nov. 21, noon-8 pm, Nov. 22, 10 am-5 pm, and Nov. 23, 10 am-2 pm — at 2 pm, bidding will come to a close, and winners will pick up their purchases.
Mike Pace to speak at the Library on Dec. 7
Winterset’s own Mike Pace, Iowa radio and TV personality, will present a program at the Library on the morning of Dec. 7. Stay tuned for the specific time. Mike Pace spent part of his youth in Winterset, and again, he and his wife Gail made Winterset their home during their son’s school years. Pace is a familiar face across Iowa, hosting the Iowa Realty Sunday Home Show for 30 years, and representing hundreds of companies on TV. He is an all-round talent as an actor, writer, speaker, poet, and musician. Pace will speak to us about his new book “Dreams and Detours: Reflecting on the Souvenirs of a Lifetime.” The Library has the book on order, and Pace will also sell and sign copies at his presentation.
Friends of the Library, Nov. 14, 6:30 pm
Who are the Friends of the Library? Join us for a meeting and find out! The Friends conduct several fund-raising projects each year to allow for enhancement of library services to our community. The upcoming meeting will focus on preparation for Library Lights and reports about finances and programs. Join the fun and serve the community!
Library Board of Trustees, Nov. 20, 6:30 pm
The Library Board will hold their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 pm, in the Library. This meeting is open to the public in keeping with the open meetings laws set forth in the State Code of Iowa. If you are interested in the governance of the public library, please plan to attend the meeting.
Wood-Carving Displayed by Jim McFarland
Jim McFarland is displaying one of his Caterpillar tractors at the Library for the months of October & November. It is a replica of a 3T7 Caterpillar which was manufactured in the 1930’s through the 1950’s. This is the 59th Caterpillar replica Jim has hand-crafted, and it is the one that he presented to Dick and Fonda Bass in 2011. It is made primarily of Iowa walnut wood, which is one of his favorite materials for carving, and it is made of 500 pieces. Moving parts include the levers, the tracks, and the blade. Jim started wood-working in the 1970’s, and he is currently working on Caterpillars #60 and #61. #59 is a beautiful piece, so head over to the Library and take a look!
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, 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.
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 Dec. 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. Rebecca Bock will lead the discussion of Gabrielle Hamilton’s “Blood, Bones, and Butter: The inadvertent education of reluctant chef” on Nov. 21 at 7:00 pm.
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!