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Posted March 05, 2014 in Adel, Community Featured

March is here and spring has almost sprung. We have some exciting events at your library this spring, including a new Science Camp during spring break and a fun Sherlock Holmes presentation from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. We are also excited to host our second Annual How To Festival on the first Saturday in April and co-host the first ever Dallas County Library Association Toddler Festival on the second Saturday in April.

Adel Public Library has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called  Sherlock Holmes in Turn-of-the-Century Britain by Dr. Richard Caplan on Saturday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m.

The stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have inspired generations of readers devoted to Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Richard Caplan, an authority on Sherlock Holmes, recently published a book concerning Doyle’s famous detective. This special interest in the subject also allows exploration of life in Britain at the start of the 20th century, as well as providing much enjoyment. Using his background in medicine and his love of literature, Dr. Caplan explores the persisting phenomenon of the great detective’s astounding longevity. This program is free and open to the public. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance please call 515-993-3512 in advance of the program.

To get us into the sleuthing mood, we’ll be showing the movie “Sherlock Holmes” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Judd Law on our big screen on Friday, March 21 at 11 a.m.

During spring break. March 17 – 21, our library will have an exciting Scales and Tales Science Camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Each day from 2 – 4 p.m. we’ll learn about snakes, frogs, turtles and lizards and how these incredible animals are alike and how they are different. On the last day of the camp Blank Park Zoo will visit the library. Please sign up your kids by March 14 as space is limited.

In addition to our regular weekly children’s activities we have two other events in March:

Our Early Out Movie for all school-aged children is on Tuesday, March 11 when we’ll be watching “Monster’s University” on our big screen at 2 p.m. We’ll bring the popcorn!

The always exciting Dallas County Conservationist will host a nature-themed story time on Tuesday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Your library will host our second annual “How To Festival” on Saturday, April 5. from 10 a.m. to 2 p/m. Come and take a short “how to” class where you will learn how to do something new. Full information about classes and presenters is available online at

Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St. • 993-3512
Hours: Mon. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues. – Thur. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat.: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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