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Library News, Dec. 29

Posted December 29, 2014 in Community Web Exclusives, Winterset

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
~J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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 new friends on Jan. 3.  It is free and open to teens and tweens.

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting, Jan 8, 6:30 pm
Friends of the Library will meet in their Annual Meeting to elect officers and directors.  This brief meeting will be followed immediately by the general monthly Friends meeting.  Items for discussion will include reports on the status of the building project.  Friends of the Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable membership organization, wholly dedicated to the enhancement of the Winterset Public Library.  Membership levels are $5 for annual, $25 for supporting, and $100 for lifetime.  Four years of supporting membership results in a lifetime membership.

Writer’s Workshop, Jan. 8, 6:30
Attention writers – please join us at the Writer’s Workshop.  It meets monthly at the Library, usually on the first Thursday each month.  Heather Clark is our “writer in residence” who facilitates the group discussion. Bring some of your own writing to share, and be ready to give some constructive comments to the other writers as well.  Writer’s Workshop is free and open to the public.

“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.

Book Discussion to be held at Middle School Library, Jan. 22, 7:00 pm
Because of the massive repairs going on at the Library, the Book Discussion Group will continue to meet at the Middle School Library until further notice.  The upcoming discussion on Jan. 22, will be “The Rosie Project,” by Graeme Simsion.  Here’s a book to restore your optimism about life and love.  Please join us at the Middle School Library for the book discussion.  It is free and open to the public.

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 New Year to you – we are looking forward to 2015!!!
The Library will be open from 10-5:00 on Dec. 31, will be closed on New Year’s Day, and will return to regular hours on January 2 and following.  We wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday and year.

Nancy Trask, Director
Winterset Public Library
123 N 2nd St
Winterset IA 50273

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