A perfect winter scene — snowflakes falling outside the windowpane as you sit in a big cozy chair snuggled under a blanket, sipping hot chocolate and reading a really good book. As the “library carol” goes, “When the weather outside is frightful, reading is so delightful.”
Winter can be the perfect time to hibernate with a stack of good books. The library has shelves full of books to help you escape the cold Iowa winter. For those who received a new eReader for Christmas, did you know you can download free eBooks from the WILBOR website using your library card? Stop by the library, and we’ll tell you more about it.
The Jefferson Public Library is a winter wonderland, filled with goodies and surprises to keep everyone warm when we have to stay inside. Do you like to watch movies? The library has more than 2,000 to choose from, including recent movies you may have missed at the theater or old favorites that you’d like to watch again. There are movies to keep the children entertained, Westerns, comedies, musicals, and educational DVDs, too. You can check out six movies at a time, free with your library card. Don’t forget to pick up some board games and jigsaw puzzles. Would the kids like to put on a puppet show? Just make some popcorn, invite some friends over and hibernate.
There are lots of fun activities going on at the library in January. A winter reading program will be offered again for the adults. Read books, complete an activity packet and attend programs through March 8 and you might win a prize or two.
Magic begins when a child picks up a book. The January theme in the children’s department is “Believe…The Magic of Fairytales.” Look for Cinderella’s slipper, Ariel’s fork, Aladdin’s magic lamp and more in the “I Spy” contests.
Children in second-fifth grades are invited to pick up a reading and activity packet about Rapunzel, Jack in the Beanstalk, and other fairy tales. When the packet is completed, the child’s name will be placed in a drawing for a chance to win prizes and a chance to attend a sleepover party at the library.
The Mad Hatter and King Arthur appear in movies for children 4 years through sixth grade on Wednesdays, Jan. 15 and 29, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Remember to pre-register early.
Ready Readers Story Time for children 3-6 years old will be held on a new day: Wednesdays starting Jan. 22 from 10 – 11 a.m. A parent or responsible caregiver must stay in the building during Story Time.
Visit the library soon and you’ll discover it really is a winter wonderland.
Jefferson Public Library
200 West Lincoln Way
386-2835 Adult Dept.
386-4415 Children’s Dept.
Mon. and Wed.: 1 – 8 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.:
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.