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Library News, May 5

Posted May 05, 2014 in Community Web Exclusives, Winterset

Friends of the Library to meet on May 8, 6:30 pm
Join us for the Friends of the Library business meeting on May 8.  If you want to help with community cultural and educational activities, this is a great way to do it.  The Library is dedicated to child literacy and adult cultural activities, and the Friends of the Library help in doing just that in order to make the community a better place for all.  Come to the meeting and learn about ways to get involved.  Memberships in Friends are in 3 levels:  $5 annual, $25 supporting, $100 life-time.  Four annual payments of a supporting membership results in a life-time membership.

Author Matthew Davenport presentation, May 10, 10-11:00 am
Iowa author, Matthew Davenport, will present his books and talk about his writings on May 10 in the Library meeting room, from 10-11:00 am.  Davenport’s writings aim to be both serious and silly, while still telling a compelling story.  After writing many short stories, he has now published five novels, including Random Stranger, Stranger Books, and The Trials of Obed Marsh.  The program is free and open to the public.

George Leslie Stout’s Grand-daughter to visit Winterset, May 15, 6:30 pm
As you may already know, Lieutenant Commander George Leslie Stout, USNR, was born and raised in Winterset, Iowa.  With the recent fame of the George Clooney movie, “The Monuments Men,” we have learned that Stout was a major contributor in saving the cultural heritage of Europe and Japan during the devastation of World War II.  Stout’s grand-daughter, Leslie Stout Marks, will be visiting Winterset May 15 along with several other members of her family.  The Library will host a public reception for Leslie and her family on May 15 at 6:30 pm in the Library meeting room.  Please plan to attend, and learn more about our native son who made such a great contribution to world culture.

“Music through the ages” is on display at the Library, in honor of National Music Week
Winterset Music Club presents a display of instruments, sheet music, and other musical items through the month of May.  Several instruments date from the Civil War years.  Don’t miss it!  It’s a trip down memory lane.  All are welcome to view this beautiful display.  Our thanks to the members of the Winterset Music Club!

Jester Puppets will kick off Summer Reading Program, May 31, 10:30, at the school
Can you believe it’s already time to announce Summer Reading Program??  The Jester Puppets will present a program to kick off the Library’s summer activities, and it will be held at the Elementary School Gym on May 31 at 10:30 am.  The theme for the Summer Reading Program is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” with a focus on science.  There will be lots of fun activities for all ages, including a big party at the City Park at the end of the program.

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 Group, May 22, 7:00 pm
The Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday evening each month.  This month, the book for discussion will be “The Princesses of Iowa,” by Molly Backes.  Quoting from “Publisher’s Weekly” — “Weightier than its title suggests, this well-executed first novel introduces 3 high school seniors whose perfect lives are in disarray after a drunk-driving accident the previous spring … Backes addresses guilt, deceit, homophobia, loyalty, and the burden of keeping up appearances in a brutally believable high school setting, as Paige recognizes the weaknesses of loved ones and her own imperfections.”  Join us on May 22 at 7:00 pm for the discussion.  It is free and open to the public, and all are welcome.

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 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?

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