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Winterset – Library News, Dec 15

Posted December 15, 2014 in Community Web Exclusives, Winterset


Library Board of Trustees, Dec. 17, 6:30 pm
If you are interested in local government, and especially in the governance of the Public Library, please attend the Trustees meeting on Dec. 17, to be held at the Library in the children’s story room.  The Trustees are appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council.  They are charged with overseeing the Library and its services to the community, including fiscal responsibility, policies, and hiring/firing the library director.  The meeting is free and open to the public in keeping with the Code of Iowa.

Book Discussion to be held at Middle School Library, Dec 18, 7:00 pm
Because of the massive repairs going on at the Library, the Book Discussion Group will continue to meeting at the Middle School Library until further notice.  The upcoming session on Dec. 18, will be led by Ruth Reed, on the book, “Dear Life,” by Alice Munro.  Munro is one of the foremost story-tellers of her generation … she is now 81 years old.  This book is a compilation of short stories, including four that are semi-autobiographical.  Munro’s stories describe characters who are sometimes selfish, irrational, or careless, and the events that occur because of these weaknesses.  Please join us at the Middle School Library for the book discussion.  It is free and open to the public.

Skype Assistance Available, Dec. 15-23
If you won’t otherwise get to see family members during the holidays, you may want to use the Library equipment for a Skype session.  With Skype, you can see your loved one on a computer screen, and they can see you on their computer screen, as you chat with them on a free phone call.  Please contact Tonja at the Library and she will help you set up and manage a Skype session.

Teens with Tonja, Jan. 3, 2:30-4:00
Tonja’s teen group meets on the first Saturday each month.  They are continuing on the quest to create their movie entry for the nation-wide 2015 Teen Video Challenge.  Progress continues!  Each meeting also has snacks, in fact the teens made their own fudge in the December meeting.  It’s fun and it’s creative.  Please do join Tonja and a great group of teens on Jan. 3.  It is free and open to teens and tweens.

“The Life of Ulysses S. Grant” portrayed by Pete Grady, Jan 10, 10:00 am
Pete Grady has portrayed General Grant in programs throughout the Midwest, and we are lucky to have him scheduled for a program in Winterset on Jan. 10, at 10:00 am, in Zion Church on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Museum.  The program will be free and open to the public, and it is cosponsored by the Library and the Madison County Civil War 150 Committee.

“Cooking with Annie” is taking a break due to construction
Please stay in touch.  We hope to continue “Cooking with Annie” in January with a guest chef.
Introducing ZINIO’s Downloadable Magazines
The Library is pleased to announce that we have entered a consortium with other public libraries in central Iowa to provide downloadable magazines.  Just look on the left side of our homepage,, and you will find ZINIO!  The magazines can be downloaded to your eReaders, laptops, and other portable devices.  Browse and read articles from top news, entertainment, lifestyle and travel magazines, such as National Geographic, Us, Newsweek, Seventeen, and Cosmopolitan.  Zinio magazine issues now show up on your Wednesday Wowbrary email as part of the announcement of new items cataloged in the Library each week.

Children’s Story-Times
Toddlers, we know you are busy, but 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.  Reading is recognized as contributing to the health and well-being of every child, and pediatricians are recommending reading for their little patients.  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!  Parents, due to our upcoming construction project, please call the Library on the morning of our story-times to make sure that we will be holding the program.

Library Repairs – Thank you for your understanding during our messy building repairs
We are now using the Meeting Room Door for public entrance.  We intend to be open as much as possible during our usual hours.  Watch for signage on the sidewalks to guide you into the Library.  For the most current information, please watch the Madisonian, the Library web-site, and “friend” the Winterset Public Library on Facebook.  And please do use the phone to find out if we are open.  The back parking lot is blocked & that book return is closed and locked.  Remember, there’s a book return in the lobby accessible from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday & Saturday.  And also good to remember … we are being very lenient on fines during this time when the Library is less accessible, although of course we always appreciate it if you can get your materials returned on time.  There are no fines when the Library is closed.

Happy holidays to one and all!
We thank you sincerely for your interest in the Library.  The Library will be closed for 2 days, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 for the Christmas holidays. And it will be closed again for New Year’s Day on Dec. 31 at 5:00 pm, and all day Jan.1.  We wish you a safe and joyous holiday season.

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