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Posted April 27, 2015 in Community Blogs, Winterset

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, 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.

Community Coffee Group, Welcome back to the Library on May 1st!
The Community Coffee Group meets every Friday at 9:00 am for coffee and conversation.  Friday, May 1, will be their first time back in the Library after a long-term take-over of the Library Meeting Room by our construction crew.  Welcome back, folks!  The coffee is free; the conversation is fun; and the event is free and open to the public. This is a win-win-win situation.

Book Discussion on “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,” May 28, 7:00 pm, in the Library
The upcoming discussion will be about “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,” by Gabrielle Zevin.  About a curmudgeonly bookstore owner, it tells a wonderful story about getting a second chance at love.  The discussion is free and open to the public.

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.

Summer Reading Program will be Heroic!
The theme for the Library’s Summer Reading Program is “Every Hero Has a Story.”  The Library will kick off the 2-month program by hosting caricaturist Duane Murray in the Library all day on May 30.  Mr. Murray will draw free caricatures for kids up through age 18.  We will also hold a Summer Program Kickoff Party in the Library Meeting Room from 1:30-3:30 pm, on the same day, May 30, where games and snacks are on the agenda!

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.

·   ILBOR.  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.  The Library Meeting Room is available again.  Please call us to find out if the room is available for your event.  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.  Rent is waived for non-profit, educational, and governmental organizations.

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