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WINTERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY

February 13, 2020

On Display:

Black History Month Exhibit:  The library will host “Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City,” a national traveling exhibition, on display from Friday, February 14 through Saturday, March 14, during regular library hours. The exhibition explores the youth of Frederick Douglass, born a slave in Maryland in 1818, who after his escape to New York in 1838 became one of the most famous men in nineteenth-century America. Douglass fought to end slavery and championed civil rights for all Americans. His autobiography, published in 1845, was a powerful weapon in the abolitionist cause, and a bestseller in the United States. The exhibition poses the question: What aspects of his youth shaped his determination to be free? 

View the exhibit and learn more about Black History by attending programs on February 15, 20, 27, or 28 (see schedule below).

Art in the Library:  Artist Angi Allison of Lead Crayon Art has a display through February. Angi has been drawing since childhood and by high school, she was creating professional quality pieces. Originally from a farm in Earlham, her first love was drawing horses and chickens. During her ten years, Angi resided in the South and Southwest which also inspired some of her work. Since her return to Madison County, Angi has done several independent pieces as well as custom orders. Come in and appreciate these beautiful works of art! You can also follow her art on Instagram at www.instagram/com/angiallison .  

 

For Teens & Adults:

Genealogy: Let’s Get Going! – February 15, 22, and 29, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Interested in starting your family tree, but not sure where to begin? Stuck trying to fill in some lineage and not sure how?  Take this free class with instruction by Genealogist and Historian Linda Smith to get you started (or restarted) on the basics.  Topics will include: Class 2: Census Sense – Federal and State; Class 3: Wading through the Web; and Class 4: Organizing and Other Despicable Tasks. Participants are invited to attend any of the programs, but do not have to attend all of them. This is a free program; no registration is required.

Black History Month Movie Matinees*

Thursday, February 13, 2:00 p.m. – Selma – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1964.  (rated PG-13)

Thursday, February 20, 2:00 p.m. – Glory – Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.  (rated R)

Thursday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. – Race – Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.  (rated PG-13)

Join us for some powerful, black history-based films. Black History Month is an annual observance in February, celebrating the past and present achievements of African Americans. This observance prompts us to remember important people, events, achievements, and contributions by African Americans to the arts, literature, sports, and pop culture. All matinees are free.  The library will provide free popcorn; please bring your own beverage.

*Visit the “Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City,” a national traveling exhibition, on display at Winterset Public Library from Friday, February 14 through Saturday, March 14 during regular library hours.

Light-Up Valentine’s Day Cards – Thursday, February 13,  6:00 p.m.

Light up your loved one’s life with the gift of a Valentine that lights up! This free program is for all ages; younger participants will need some adult help. We have all the supplies you will need:  paper, pencils, markers, copper tape, and chibitronics LED lights. Make sure to bring in your imagination! Registration is required at http://bit.ly/3alnR6T or call the library at 515-462-1731 to reserve your space.

Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration – Saturday, February 15, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment, known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment which gave women the right to vote in 1920, as well as Anthony’s 200th birthday anniversary. Local historian Linda Smith will share an informative presentation about Anthony’s life and the speech she gave at the Madison County Courthouse in 1875! Come enjoy cookies and cake while we celebrate the life of Susan B. Anthony, who fought along with her friend Frederick Douglass for women’s rights and to abolish slavery. Activities and cake from 10:00-10:30; presentation from 10:30-11:00. This free event is recommended for ages 12 & older and is a partnership between Dream Big Dreams 2020 and the Winterset Public Library.

Book Discussion – Thursday, February 20 – 7:00 p.m.  – Defending Jacob by William Landay

“Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life: his wife, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob. Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob. Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family. It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense. How far would you go?” (description from amazon.com)

Join the conversation! New members are always welcome, and we supply copies for you to check out. Leadership for the book group is provided by Tom Brown. Please join us for the discussion – it is free and open to the public.

Future discussion titles include:

March 21 – Educated by Tara Westover

April 18 – Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Cabin Fever Gardening/Nature Series – Low Maintenance Perennials – Saturday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.

Iowa State University Horticulturist Richard Jauron will speak about perennials that beautify the garden year after year and require surprisingly little upkeep. Free – no registration is required.

Potato Chip Day! – Friday, February 28, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Legend has it the potato chip was invented by an African-American named George Crum. Learn more about him, the story of the potato chip, and find out how to make this world famous junk food for yourself. Also, taste some really weird and unique flavors and vote for your favorite. This is a free program for all ages. No registration required.

Cabin Fever Gardening/Nature Series – Owls – Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m.

Join Madison County Conservation Naturalist Amy Warnke as she shares information about Iowa owls. Free – no registration is required.

Wellness & General Health – Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.

Discover and be inspired to new ways to live stronger, healthier, and longer! Dr. Clayton Lowe with Lowe Chiropractic will discuss the three most serious threats to your life, what you might be doing that makes you sick, and how your health creates your life. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Mystery Food Box Challenge – Wednesday, March 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Fareway Dietician Caitlyn Ferin will lead participants in a new Mystery Food Box Challenge. This program is open to tweens and teen 10 and up who will have one hour to create three dishes from food items provided. No cooking experience required, but registration is necessary. Call the library at 515-462-1731 or register online at bit.ly/2Sg8F2G to reserve a space.

Screen Printing Workshop – Friday, March 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Winterset Public Library is excited to welcome Artist Bree Daggett. She will be teaching a workshop on screen printing. Each registered participant will get to print the library logo on a canvas tote bag. This workshop is open to ages 10 and up.  Registration is required. Call the library at 515-462-1731 or register online at bit.ly/2ujmVjd .

 

Ongoing Program for Teens & Adults:

Game On!  – Mondays, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Each Monday (whenever possible) young people from ages 10 to 18 can meet at the library to hang out and play games. The library will supply board games, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo Switch.  Bring your own games (rated T or below) or play what we already have. In addition we will have a food project or craft at least once a month. This is a free program. No registration required.

Geri-Fit & More – Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. OR 11:30-12:15 p.m.** Note – additional class added

Increase your strength, flexibility, balance, and confidence with these fun and simple workouts. Geri-Fit is a 45-60-minute, evidence-based strength training exercise class for older adults of all ages and fitness levels. Most of the bodybuilding exercises are performed seated in chairs with a set of light dumbbell weights. As you become stronger, you can advance to using heavier dumbbells in order to challenge yourself even more. There’s no dancing, aerobics, or choreography to learn and you never have to get on the floor. Classes are Tuesdays & Fridays; no registration is required. Classes are free of charge. Light weights and stretch bands are provided; please bring your own bottle of water. **No 11:30-12:15 class held on April 10, 17, & 24 and neither Geri-Fit classes held on April 24.

Adult Game Day – Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Join us for some laughs and fun, friendly competition. Many games to choose from including chess, checkers, dominoes, and playing cards or bring your own favorites. Snacks are welcome! No fees or registration required.

Community Coffee Group – every Friday, 9:00 a.m.

The Community Coffee Group meets on Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Library’s Meeting Room. It is free and open to the public. Join us for a free cup of coffee and get caught up with others in our community through stories and conversation.

 

For Children & Families:

Light-Up Valentine’s Day Cards – Thursday, February 13,  6:00 p.m.

Light up your loved one’s life with the gift of a Valentine that lights up! This free program is for all ages; younger participants will need some adult help. We have all the supplies you will need:  paper, pencils, markers, copper tape, and chibitronics LED lights. Make sure to bring in your imagination! Registration is required at http://bit.ly/3alnR6T or call the library at 515-462-1731 to reserve your space.

Susan B. Anthony Birthday Celebration – Saturday, February 15, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment, known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment which gave women the right to vote in 1920, as well as Anthony’s 200th birthday anniversary. Local historian Linda Smith will share an informative presentation about Anthony’s life and the speech she gave at the Madison County Courthouse in 1875! Come enjoy cookies and cake while we celebrate the life of Susan B. Anthony, who fought along with her friend Frederick Douglass for women’s rights and to abolish slavery. Activities and cake from 10:00-10:30; presentation from 10:30-11:00. This free event is recommended for ages 12 & older and is a partnership between Dream Big Dreams 2020 and the Winterset Public Library.

Monday Movie at the Library – Abominable – Monday, February 17, 10:30 a.m.

The library offers a Monday Movie showing with free popcorn (please bring your own beverage). Join us for this free showing of Abominable (rated PG) where three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist who want it for their own needs. No registration required.

Potato Chip Day! – Friday, February 28, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Legend has it the potato chip was invented by an African-American named George Crum. Learn more about him, the story of the potato chip, and find out how to make this world famous junk food for yourself. Also, taste some really weird and unique flavors and vote for your favorite. This is a free program for all ages. No registration required.

Monday Movie at the Library – Frozen II – Monday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.

The library offers a Monday Movie showing of Frozen II (rated PG) with free popcorn (please bring your own beverage).   These event is free; no registration is required.

Mystery Food Box Challenge – Wednesday, March 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Fareway Dietician Caitlyn Ferin will lead participants in a new Mystery Food Box Challenge. This program is open to tweens and teen 10 and up who will have one hour to create three dishes from food items provided. No cooking experience required, but registration is necessary. Call the library at 515-462-1731 or register online at bit.ly/2Sg8F2G to reserve a space.

BLOCK Fest Winterset – Thursday, March 19, 10:30 a.m.-Noon

It’s time to play with blocks! This free parent/child event is open to all families with children ages 8 months-8 years! Learn about the importance of block play, and how it promotes early math and science learning, as you explore our five different block play stations with your child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a great opportunity to sit down and play together!

No shoes or bare feet: socks with blocks! No registration is required at this program is a come-and-go style event. Please plan on one hour to visit all five of our block stations. This program is co-sponsored by the library, Partners in Family Development, & 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa.

Screen Printing Workshop – Friday, March 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Winterset Public Library is excited to welcome Artist Bree Daggett. She will be teaching a workshop on screen printing. Each registered participant will get to print the library logo on a canvas tote bag. This workshop is open to ages 10 and up.  Registration is required. Call the library at 515-462-1731 or register online at bit.ly/2ujmVjd .

 

Ongoing Weekly Youth Programs:

Game On!  – every Monday, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Each Monday (whenever possible) young people from ages 10 to 18 can meet at the library to hang out and play games. The library will supply board games, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo Switch. Bring your own games (rated T or below) or play what we already have. In addition we will have a food project or craft at least once a month. This is a free program. No registration required.

Tiny Tykes – every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

Tiny Tykes is a 20-minute early literacy story time with interactive stories, songs, and gentle movements. Children ages birth-2 years old are welcome along with their favorite adult. Siblings are also welcome.

Story Time – every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

During our 30-minute Story Time, children will discover books, songs, rhymes, and movement activities while building language and literacy skills and having fun. Children ages 3-5 will enjoy hearing stories, singing, practicing writing, talking, and playing!

Messy Munchkins – every Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

This high-energy activity is a self-directed, multi-sensory play time that will engage child and caregiver through a variety of educational, social, and fun activities. Please dress accordingly as some activities will be messy! This is a drop-in activity – stay as little or as long as you like.