Join “The Big Library Read,” from Feb.17 – Mar. 5
Download an eBook from the Library’s WILBOR/Overdrive service, and join millions of people around the world reading the same book! The selected book is by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp: “Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook.” The book is free to download and read on all major computers and devices; there are no late fees; and it is available simultaneously around the world without waitlists or holds. We will also have a paper copy available for checkout for those who prefer the book in the hand.
Cooking with Annie goes “Real Rustic,” Feb. 22, 10:00 am
Librarian and enthusiastic cook, Annie Nau, will continue the cooking series on Feb. 22. She will once again demonstrate her cooking techniques and offer yummy samples. The menu of the month is “Real Rustic” with chili, cornbread, and rustic pear-cranberry tart. The program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please call the Library to register for the program.
Happy Valentine’s Day: Free Library cards through the month of February
The Library is “showing the love” during the month of February by offering free Library cards to replace your old broken-down card — Just ask at the front desk!
Chamber Members to meet for Coffee at the Library, Feb. 28, 8:30 am
The Library is looking forward to hosting the members of the Chamber of Commerce for Friday morning coffee & goodies. See you in the Library Meeting Room at 8:30 am!
Teens with Tonja, March 1, 2:30-4:00
Carol Liechty will help us make a decorative tile which will be placed into a tile mural at Carver Park. Snacks will be provided; chatting is sure to happen; and we will benefit the community!
George Stout Program, Madison County Genealogical Society, March 4, 7:00 pm
Nancy Trask will present a historical slide show about Winterset’s Monuments Man, George Stout for the Genealogical Society on the evening of March 4. The public is welcome to attend the presentation. It is free and open to the public.
Civil War Historical Program, March 8, 10:00 am
Stay tuned for more details about the program to be presented in the Library Meeting Room on March 8. This will the final session of the educational series, and it is cosponsored by the Madison County Civil War 150 Committee and Friends of the Library in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
“Genealogy Basics” Class, March 22, 9:00 – 11:30 am
The Madison County Genealogical Society is once again holding their “Genealogy Basics” class to give direction to those who are just getting started as well as new ideas to those who are old hands at the hobby of genealogy. The class is composed of three parts: a presentation of the basic building blocks, a demonstration of useful genealogy websites, and a library tour of helpful resources given by experienced genealogy researchers. You will leave with some necessary documentation and methods to begin or further your family searches. This program is free and open to the public. Please sign up at the Library’s front desk or by calling the Library 462-1731.
If you enjoy writing, come to the Writers Workshop on the first Thursday each month at 7:00 pm. Heather Clark is the facilitator, and she holds degrees from Drake University in creative writing and drama. Bring your writings to share, and give helpful comments about the writings of other participants.
Book Discussion Groups
The Library is now the site of two Book Discussion Groups. Please join one or both discussion groups in the Library Meeting Room. They are free and open to the public – all are welcome!
· The Morning Book Discussion Group meets on the first Tuesday each month at 10:00 am. Plan to attend on March 4 at 10:00 am – you will have a chance to talk about whatever book you are currently reading, and hear others tell about what they are reading.
· The Evening Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday evening. Please join us for the discussion of “Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking,” by Susan Cain. JoEllen Giles will lead the discussion on Feb. 27 at 7:00 pm.
Toddlers, 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. 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!
Community Coffee – all are invited
A community coffee is held every Friday morning at 9-10:00 am. Please plan to come to the Library Meeting Room on Friday mornings for lots of chat and a good cup of hot coffee or decaf. If you’ve heard the rumor that the coffee is free, it’s true! What’s not to like about that?
Resource of the Week – AWE AfterSchool Edge Workstation
The Library has a brand-new computer resource for elementary school kids. The AWE AfterSchool Edge is a new computer that joined its little brother, the AWE Early Literacy Workstation, in the children’s area of the Library last week. It was paid for by Enrich Iowa money given by the Iowa legislature to support Iowa libraries. While Early Literacy will be enjoyed by ages 2-8, AfterSchool Edge will be enjoyed by ages 6-12. You will find tons of AWEsome stories, word games, math games, and you can even make music, take your own picture, and draw and paint.