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Posted February 09, 2015 in Community Featured, Winterset

Librarians are celebrating Valentine’s Day all month!
Valentine’s Day has the Library all gushy with romance.  We are sharing the love by giving free library card replacements all month. If your library card has seen better days or has gone AWOL, just come to the Library desk and ask for a replacement.

Blind Date with a … Book!  Available at the Library throughout February
For those with an adventurous heart, please select a book wrapped up like a valentine, and check it out. Take your wrapped blind date home and find out what book you checked out.  You may find that you fall in love with a new author or new subject.  Bring back the book and fill out a book review, rating it from one heart up to five hearts.  Book reviews will be drawn for a romantic prize.  Blind Date with a Book is available for all ages.  This is proving to be a popular game, so we have extended it through the rest of February. Why not add a little adventure!!!


Teens with Tonja, March 7, 10:30-3:00
Tonja’s teen group meets on the first Saturday each month.  Since their session had to be cancelled in February, they will meet for a longer session in March, to complete their big project.  They are working with the stop-motion technique to create their movie entry for the nation-wide 2015 Teen Video Challenge. Bring drinks & snacks, if you wish, and lunch will be provided.  It’s sure to be a fun, and creative day.  Please do join Tonja and a great group of new friends.  This program is free and open to teens and tweens.

Civil War 150 Program Series:  Company E of the US 60th Colored Infantry Regiment, Madison County Historical Complex, February 14, 2015, 10:00 am

Please join Doug Jones from the Iowa Freedom Trail Project of the State Historical Society and Sharon Avery, archivist at the State Historical Society, at their program about the members of Company E of the US 60th Colored infantry (1st Iowa Infantry (African Descent)).  Many of the members of this company were former slaves in Northwest Missouri who arrived in Iowa as Freedom Seekers during the Civil War and enlisted in Company E when the call came out for volunteers to form the 1st Iowa Infantry (African Descent) that was organized in 1864.  The presentation will explore the lives of several members of Company E including their lives as slaves, their families, Underground Railroad history, military history, and their lives after the Civil War.  Some members of Company E and their families returned to live in various places in Iowa, while others returned to Northwestern Missouri to be with family living there.  Nationally, this event is part of a national public programming initiative presented by The Library of America, in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Locally, the event is cosponsored by the Madison County Civil War 150 Committee, the Winterset Public Library, and the Friends of the Winterset Public Library, and it is free and open to the public.

Cooking with Annie, Feb. 28, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 10:00 am
Annie Nau, our resident chef, will present “Souped-up Soup Mixes” at her February session. Cooking with Annie is temporarily meeting at St. Paul Lutheran Church during the Library’s repair project. Registration is recommended by calling the Library at 462-1731.

Book Discussion to be held at Middle School Library, Feb. 26, 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 Feb. 26, will be “My Name is Mary Sutter,” by Robin Oliviera.  This historical novel was selected by the Iowa Center for the Book as the All-Iowa-Reads book for 2015.  It is about the struggles of a young woman to become a doctor during the Civil War.  You will find Mary Sutter to be an unforgettable heroine who overcomes all the odds against her. Please join us at the Middle School Library for the book discussion.  It is free and open to the public.

Save the Date for Toddler Fest, April 11, 10 am – noon, Elementary School Gym
Calling all pre-schoolers – put Toddler Fest on your calendar!!!  Toddler Fest is a fun time for you and your family.  There will be a whole gymnasium full of games for the children, and lots of helpful information about community services for this important age-group.  The festival is cosponsored by 4RKids, the Winterset Library, and Friends of the Library.  Toddler Fest is free and open to preschoolers and their families.

ZINIO:  Downloadable Magazines
Just look on the left side of our homepage, www.winterset.lib.ia.us <http://www.winterset.lib.ia.us> , 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 the building repairs, please call the Library on the morning of our story-times to make sure that we will be holding the program.  Because we haven’t had access to the Children’s area for a couple weeks, Story-Times are meeting in the South East area of the Library.

Library Repairs – Thank you for your understanding during our messy building repairs
The upside is that we are using the Main Entrance Door for public entrance.  The downside is that the Children’s area is closed this week.  For the most current information, please watch the Madisonian, the Library web-site www.winterset.lib.ia.us <http://www.winterset.lib.ia.us> , 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.

Quote of the Week – in honor of Black History Month
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.





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