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Library News, Feb 10

Posted February 10, 2014 in Community Web Exclusives, Winterset

“Give a Guy a Break” with Maureen Korte, Feb. 15, 10:00 am
Join us on Feb 15 at 10:00 am for a touching and hilarious Valentine’s Day program by storyteller and actress Maureen Korte.  It’s guaranteed to warm your heart!  This program will be fun for adults, and also school-kids from 10 and up.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library, the program will be held in the Library Meeting Room, and it is free and open to the public.

Join “The Big Library Read,” from Feb.17 – Mar. 5
Download an eBook from the Library’s WILBOR/Overdrive service, and join millions of people around the world reading the same book!  The selected book is by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp:  “Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook.”  The book is free to download and read on all major computers and devices; there are no late fees; and it is available simultaneously around the world without waitlists or holds.  We will also have a paper copy available for checkout for those who prefer the book in the hand.

Friends of the Library, Feb. 13, 6:30 pm
Friends of the Library will hold their regular monthly meeting on Feb. 13.  Please join us and find out all the buzz from the Friends and the Library.  We will be discussing the used book sale, and making plans for Library projects.  The meeting is free and open to the public.  Membership levels are $5 annual, $25 supporting, $100 lifetime.  Four annual payments for supporting membership results in a lifetime membership.

Cooking with Annie, Feb. 22, 10:00 am
Librarian and enthusiastic cook, Annie Nau, will continue the cooking series, demonstrating some great recipes on Feb. 22.  Stay tuned for further information about the menu of the month.  The program is free and open to the public, but space is limited.  Please call the Library to register for the program.

Happy Valentine’s Day:  Free Library cards through the month of February
The Library is “showing the love” during the month of February by offering free Library cards to replace your old broken-down card — Just ask at the front desk!

George Stout Program, Madison County Genealogical Society, March 4
Nancy Trask will present a historical slide show about Winterset’s Monuments Man, George Stout for the Genealogical Society on the evening of March 4.  The public is welcome to attend the presentation.  It is free and open to the public.  Stay tuned for the start-time of the presentation.

“Genealogy Basics” Class, March 22, 9:00 – 11:30 am
The Madison County Genealogical Society is once again holding their “Genealogy Basics” class to give direction to those who are just getting started as well as new ideas to those who are old hands at the hobby of genealogy.  The class is composed of three parts: a presentation of the basic building blocks, a demonstration of useful genealogy websites, and a library tour of helpful resources given by experienced genealogy researchers.  You will leave with some necessary documentation and methods to begin or further your family searches.  This program is free and open to the public.  Please sign up at the Library’s front desk or by calling the Library 462-1731.

Writer’s Workshop
If you enjoy writing, 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.

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 Morning Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday each month at 10:00 am.  Plan to attend on March 4 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.  Please join us for the discussion of “Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking,” by Susan Cain.  JoEllen Giles will lead the discussion on Feb. 27 at 7:00 pm.

Children’s Story-Times
Toddlers, don’t forget to bring your parents to Toddler Tuesdays for ages 0-2 on Tuesdays at 10:30 am.  For preschoolers ages 3 and up, Library Story-Times are on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30.  The Library loves to see these little ones who are learning so rapidly in every setting.  At the Library, besides meeting new friends, they are also learning to love good stories, and how to pay attention in a group setting — good preparation for Kindergarten!

Community Coffee – all are invited
A community coffee is held every Friday morning at 9-10:00 am.  Please plan to come to the Library Meeting Room on Friday mornings for lots of chat and a good cup of hot coffee or decaf.  If you’ve heard the rumor that the coffee is free, it’s true!  What’s not to like about that?

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,, 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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