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Posted April 14, 2015 in Community Web Exclusives, Winterset

Thanks for a great Toddler Fest, everyone!
The Library thanks our generous co-sponsors and contributors:  4RKids, all the helping agencies, Elementary School, and Friends of the Library.  And a big thanks to Bill Porter, Chris Gross, and Gail Mathes for their help with set-up.  Thanks also to librarians Tonja Porter, Ann Newbury, and Jill Peacock for arranging and staffing this wonderful annual event focused on pre-schoolers & their families.  The helping agencies provided information about their services in addition to activities for the toddlers.  Nearly 200 people enjoyed Toddler Fest this year.

Summer Sign-up, April 21, 5:00-7:00 pm, in the Library Meeting Room
If you want to sign up your kids for summer activities, bring your calendar and do it all in one place.  In addition to the Library’s Summer Reading Program, you can sign up for activities with the City Parks and Recreation Department, Madison County Conservation Board, the Winterset Stage, Winterset Art Center, and more. Give your kids some summer-time enrichment.

Book Discussion on “The Astronaut Wives Club,” April 23, 7:00 pm, in the Library
The upcoming discussion will be about “The Astronaut Wives Club,” by Lily Koppel.  This book is the true account of wives of the astronauts and their part in the amazing history that was being made in the world of space exploration.  ABC-TV has picked up this non-fiction work and created a series of 10 episodes that will air this year.  We are thrilled to announce that the Book Discussion returns to the Winterset Public Library Meeting Room in April …Things are getting back to normal at the Library!  The discussion is free and open to the public.

Cooking with Annie presents “Crockpot Curry,” April 25, 10:00 am at the Library
Annie Nau, our resident chef, will present “Crockpot Curry” at the Library on April 25. You will find that curry is the most addictive combination of spices that you never knew you loved.  Come with an open mind and palate.  Annie will make sure that her curry recipes are mild and pleasing to the Midwestern taste-buds.  She always delivers good nutrition and good taste!  Registration is recommended by calling the Library at 462-1731.

Writer’s Workshop, first & third Thursdays, 6:30, in the Library
The Writer’s Workshop will meet on the first and third Thursdays every month at 6:30 in the Library.  We are so lucky to have talented leaders in our town.  The Writer’s Workshop is led by Heather Clark, whose degrees are from Drake University.  Her format for the Writer’s Workshop is to have each participant bring some of their own writing to share, and to be ready to give constructive suggestions about the writings of the other participants.  Please join us on April 16 in the Library.  The Workshop is free and open to the public.

Local author Bill Cotton will present his books, Saturday, May 2, 10:00 am, in the Library
You are in for a treat when you meet Bill Cotton and hear stories from his new book, “Iowa Roots, Vol. 1: Ruminations upon a Unique Land, Uncommon People.” <> Cotton has lived in Iowa more than 50 years, after his Texas beginnings.  And he has fallen in love with our great state and the fine people of Iowa.  As a United Methodist minister, he has met lots of people, and he has collected their stories of perseverance against all odds, and hope against hope … stories to inspire all of us in our daily activities.  It is also an inspiration to read of Cotton’s appreciation of Iowa towns and landscapes … right here in our own backyard.  Please join us in the Library meeting room for his program.  It is free and open to the public.

So … the Library is more than a building full of books?
With your library card, you will find a world of information at your fingertips.  Here are a few of our most popular digital resources.  All resources are found on menu at left side of Library web-site <> .
·   Freegal Music. Download 5 songs per week. They remain on your device until you remove them. Login with your library card and PIN.

·   WILBOR.  Download e-books and audio books.  Login with your library card.

·   Zinio downloadable magazines.  Yes, it’s true – you can download magazines with your Library Zinio account.  Select Winterset as your library, and login with your library card.

·   Winterset Newspapers.  Our historic local papers are available on the web, and are word-searchable. Best of all is the free access with no password required!

·   Rocket Languages. 14 languages are available with 60 hours of instruction in each.  Create your own account with your email address and a password.

Children’s Story-Times
Toddlers up to age 2, we have a special story-time for you called Toddler Tuesday.  Be there at 10:30 am for fun and music and stories.  For preschoolers ages 3 and up, Library Story-Times are held 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!

Library Repairs & the Library Meeting Room
Thanks to everyone for your patience during the long-running repairs to the Library building.  Although not everything is completed, we can start using the Library Meeting Room again, on a limited basis – only in the evenings.  If your group has traditionally met in the Library, or wants to meet in the Library, give us a call to make sure we have you on the Meeting Room schedule.  The Meeting Room is available for $35 rent plus a separate $25 check for damage deposit.

Quote of the Week
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
~ Nelson Mandela

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

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