Updated March 29, 2019 

Libraries = Strong Communities

National Library Week National Library Week (April 7- 13, 2019) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.  From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunities to all.  The theme for 2019 National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities.”

Stop by the library to see what you have been missing.  Anyone who may have lost their library card can get it replaced for free during National Library Week.  Visitors can pick up a sweet treat!

Free Year-Round Fun with Adventure Pass

Don’t forget to reserve your Adventure Pass to get free admission to the Blank Park Zoo (Des Moines), Figge Art Museum (Davenport), Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens, Grout Museum District (Waterloo), National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (Dubuque), and Science Center of Iowa (Des Moines)!  All passes are reserved and borrowed through the library’s website at .  Passes may be used for families, couples, or individuals interested in exploring these venues.  Some restrictions do apply, so please check each venue’s website for program rules.  Passes can be reserved up to 90 days in advance, so plan your trip today!


For Teens & Adults:

Spring Wildflowers of Madison County – Saturday, March  30, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Madison County Naturalist Amy Warnke will share a slide show of spring wildflowers that are native to Iowa including many that are found in Madison County parks. We will talk about where we can find wildflowers in our county parks and when to look for them.  Free and open to the public.

AARP Fraud Watch – Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.

Get the latest information about scams happening locally and across the country, and learn about ways to protect yourself from fraud and abuse. No registration needed.  This event is free and open to the public.

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

Thursday, April 25, 4:00-7:00 p.m. (Friends Members Preview Sale; memberships available at the door)

Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Sale open to the public)

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Sale open to the public)

Time for spring cleaning – bring your donations of gently used books, movies, music, and puzzles to the library any time during regular library hours.  The book sale is a free will donation; all Friends funding returns to the library to support programs and collections.  Please support the library and the Friends with your donations and purchases!

Book Discussion – Thursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. – ‘Before We Were Yours’ by Lisa Wingate

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong. (Amazon)

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 Rebecca Bock & Tom Brown.  Please join us for the discussion – it is free and open to the public.

Future book discussion titles are:

May 23 – “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann

June 27 – “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn

July 25 – “Prairie Fires” by Carolyn Frasier

August 22 – “ What She Left Behind” by Ellen Wiseman

Geri-Fit & More – Tuesdays & Thursdays starting May 7, 9:00 a.m.

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 & Thursdays beginning May 7 through June 27.   Classes are free of charge.

Ongoing Program for Teens & Adults:

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 and Families:

Reading with Fletcher – Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.-Noon

Drop in to read to Fletcher, the trained therapy dog!  Reading with Fletcher is held in the library story time room.  Reading with Fletcher is a great drop-in event for children who like animals and reading or who would like to practice their reading skills.  Fletcher is a great listener and loves children of all ages!

Ongoing Weekly Youth Programs:

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.  *Tiny Tykes will not be held on May 21 & 28.

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!  *Story Time will not be held on May 22 & 29.

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!   *Messy Munchkins will not be held on May 23 & 30.

Now on Display:

Learn a bit about the coffee roasting process from an educational display created by the Cooke family, owners of the local roasting company Bearded Brothers Coffee.  Did you know coffee “beans” come from a cherry?  Be sure and check out their display located in our cases and snap a selfie with it for an extra reward!