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WINTERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY

October 31, 2019  

The library will be closed on Monday, November 11 for Staff Development Day.

For Teens & Adults:

Game On!  – Monday, November 4 and 18, 3:00 p.m. to 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.

Iowa Confederates in the Civil War by David Connon – Monday, November 4, 6:00 p.m.

Confederates from Iowa were as unusual as slaves in Dubuque. David Connon will share a few intensely human stories from his new book, Iowa Confederates in the Civil War. The heart of the book is historical sketches of 76 Iowa residents who left our state and served the Confederacy. Two of those men lived in Madison County before the war.

David Connon has spent nearly two decades researching dissenters in Iowa: Grinnell residents who helped on the Underground Railroad, and their polar opposites, Iowa Confederates. He shares some of these stories with audiences across the state through the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau. He has worked as an interpreter at Living History Farms for ten seasons. Connon is a member of Sons of Union Veterans, an associate member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, and a member of the Des Moines Civil War Round Table. His articles have appeared in Iowa Heritage Illustrated, Iowa History Journal, Illinois Magazine, and local newspapers in both states.

Free – no registration is required.

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset: Healthy & Homemade: Slow Cooker Meals – Wednesday, November 6, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Explore the benefits of using the slow cooker, food safety tips, and meal ideas. ISU/Madison County Extension Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Health Mary Krisko will focus on strategies for using your time, resources, and skills wisely to save money and prepare nutritious and safe foods. The class will include food samples, recipes, menus, shopping lists, and apps to take home. Registration is required and begins on June 17 – call the library at 515-462-1731 or visit bit.ly/healthywednesday to reserve your space. Winterset Public Library supports lifelong learning and wellness and is an active partner in Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset; follow them on Facebook for more health and wellness opportunities.

Calling All Volunteers: New Ideas for Recruiting and Managing: an Evening with Author Dr. Jesse Bolinger – Thursday, November 7, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Meet Dr. Jesse Bolinger, author of the newly-published book “Calling All Volunteers: New Ideas for Recruiting and Managing.” Jesse will discuss his work, take audience questions, and have copies of his book available for sale. Free – no registration required.

Stephanie Plum Fan Fun – Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.

Twisted Twenty-Six is mystery author Janet Evanovich’s latest book in her hilarious Stephanie Plum series. This new title will be released on November 12, so the library is encouraging fans to gather together to talk all things Plum. We will play some games, vote Ranger vs. Morelli, and enjoy some Tastykakes and other treats. Costumes encouraged, but not required— dress as your favorite character—all Lulas, Vinnies, Grandma Mazurs, and Rangeman personnel are welcome!

Attendance is free. Registration is required; call the library at 515-462-1731 or online at  rebrand.ly/64nu00 to reserve your space.

Beginning Sewing Class:  Fabric Pumpkins – Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.

Get into the spirit of the autumn season and learn basic sewing techniques at this free class for teens and adults. Registration is required for this free class; register online at https://rebrand.ly/951001 or call the library at 515-462-1731 to reserve your space. Participants will need to bring to class:  one or two pieces of fabric at least 18”x22” (fat quarter size) OR one old sweater to cut up. The library will provide the remaining supplies to make your pumpkin to take home.

Friends of the Library Meeting – Thursday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.

The Friends of Winterset Library supports the library with generous volunteer and financial support. Join our monthly meeting to discover how you can get involved in the organization and make a difference in the community!

Hospice 101 – Monday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.

The folks from Care Initiatives Hospice will be at the library to give the public an important general overview of hospice services including the hospice philosophy, eligibility, covered services and products, funding, and the hospice team. They are also happy to answer all of your questions about hospice care.

This is a free library program open to all ages. No registration is required.

Iowa’s Historic Carnegie Libraries – Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 p.m.

Along with Winterset, whose Carnegie library was built between 1904 and 1905, over 100 other communities throughout Iowa took advantage of Andrew Carnegie’s generous offer to supply much needed libraries throughout our country. In this program, Dr. Shana L. Stuart, will tell the story of Iowa’s Carnegie libraries and how they impacted our state.

Dr. Shana Stuart has served as the director of the Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project since 2004. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Iowa with a Ph.D. in Art History and a MLIS.  As 2019 marks the centennial of Carnegie’s death, she has been invited to give talks across the state to commemorate his contributions to our communities.

Free – no registration is required.

Book Discussion – Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.  – On Writing by Stephen King

“‘Long live the King’ hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing.  Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.” (bn.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.

Monday Movies at the Library – Monday, November 25

10:30 a.m. – Toy Story 4 (rated G)

2:00 p.m. – Men in Black: International (rated PG-13)

The library will be offering Monday Movies with free popcorn (please bring your own beverage). Morning movies are kid/family-friendly and afternoon movies are tween/teen-friendly. These events are free; no registration required.

 

Ongoing Program for Teens & Adults:

Geri-Fit & More – Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:15-11:15 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 & Fridays; no registration is required. Classes are free of charge. Light weights and stretch bands are provided; please bring your own bottle of water.

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:

Game On!  – Monday, November 4 and 18, 3:00 p.m. to 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.

Charlotte’s Web: a Dramatic Reading – November 12-15, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Join us for a special presentation featuring Glenn Kohler’s dramatic reading of E. B. White’s classic children’s story, Charlotte’s Web.  Free – no registration is required.

Monday Movies at the Library – Monday, November 25

10:30 a.m. – Toy Story 4 (rated G)

2:00 p.m. – Men in Black: International (rated PG-13)

The library will be offering Monday Movies with free popcorn (please bring your own beverage). Morning movies are kid/family-friendly and afternoon movies are tween/teen-friendly. These events are free; no registration required.

Candles and Cookies – Tuesday, November 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

This is the time of year perfect for baking and making! Children in grades 4 through 6 are invited to come to the library to make candles and bake cookies! Children will each get to pour and create labels for their very own candles and will get to stir up a batch of cookies as well! Space will be limited, registration is required. Call the library at 515-462-1731 or register online at bit.ly/2WnEFDC.

Beads and Bread – Wednesday, November 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Children grades kindergarten through 3rd are invited to join us at the library for beads and bread. Each child will get to explore a bit of science as we create bread in a bag. While we wait for our bread to raise and bake, children will get to make some fun creations using Perler beads! Space will be limited, registration is required. Call the library at 515-462-1731 or register online at bit.ly/2BME2tC .

 

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

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!

Now on Display:

Historians David Hargrove & Walt Libby have curated a display of archival materials and artifacts about Madison County’s covered bridges.