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Updated February 12, 2019 

Save the Date – the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale will be held April 25-27!

 

For Teens & Adults:

Cabin Fever Gardening Series – Please note – some dates/times have changed!

Can’t wait for springtime?  Gardeners and nature lovers are welcome to join us to learn valuable gardening tips from Iowa experts. Visit with the experts and other outdoor enthusiasts to get new ideas. All programs are free and open to the public. *Please note—some speakers and dates have changed.

 

Saturday, February 16, 10:00-11:30 a.m. – Clematis & Garden Art – Rita Minard of Des Moines will share how clematis can add interest to every nook and cranny of your garden. You will enjoy her wonderful PowerPoint presentation. Rita’s husband, Keith, creates welded garden art. He will have some of his art on display. Clematis & garden art complement each other perfectly!

 

Saturday, March 2,  10:00-11:30 a.m. –  Step Into Spring:  Irises Galore & Iris Basics  – Wayne & Pam Messer of the Heart of Iowa Iris Growers chapter of the American Iris Society will talk about iris growing basics, range of iris types, bloom times, and sizes (including fall re-blooming irises). Enjoy the wonderful eye candy iris photos in anticipation of spring!

 

Friends of Winterset Library Monthly Meeting – Thursday, February 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!

 

Book Discussion – Thursday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

“On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.”  (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 titles include:

March 28 – The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

April 25 – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

 

Instant Pot Cooking Class – Saturday, March 2, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Crunched for time? Bored with the same meals? Discover how to get a tasty dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes using an Instant Pot! The Instant Pot pressure cooker has been a bestselling kitchen tool; learn its features and tips and find out why it is so popular. In this demonstration-style class you will learn basic techniques that will help you feel more comfortable executing any Instant Pot recipe. New recipes and dishes will be prepared and shared! Jared McDonald and Deena Hoeness will demonstrate several recipes that you will get to sample.  Registration is required for this free class – visit bit.ly/2MY57Py or call the Library at 515-462-1731 to reserve your spot. Registration begins on February 18.

 

Misbehaving Women of Iowa – Saturday, March 9, 11:00 a.m.-Noon

It’s been said that well-behaved women seldom make history. Iowa has plenty of women who made history by behaving in uncommon ways, but their accomplishments have been overlooked or ignored. Author Cheryl Mullenbach has uncovered the stories of some of the state’s intriguing women and invites you to meet these heroic, amusing, imaginative, and nervy individuals in celebration of National Women’s History Month.

 

Beginners Tai Chi – Mondays, March 11-April 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This nationally recognized Sun-style of Tai Chi will focus on arthritis and fall prevention and is suited for beginners because of the simple, yet effective form combinations. Tai Chi is an ancient martial art best known for its slow and gentle flowing movements, making it suitable for all ages and physical abilities. This class is taught in a standing position, but participants my sit in a chair and learn modified movements if needed. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Participants are encouraged to participate in all 8 classes and practice 1-2 days outside of class for the full benefit of the program. This free series is taught by Certified Instructor Stacey Falke.

Registration is required; call the library at 515-462-1731 or online at bit.ly/2DM5DwR . Your registration is for the full eight-week series; registration begins on February 18.

 

Women’s Self Defense Class – Saturday, March 23, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join us and learn all about situational awareness, assertiveness and boundary setting, verbal defense, physical self-defense tactics and techniques, and self-defense products. Appropriate for ages 13 and older. Free to the community.  Registration is required; please call the library at 515-462-1731 or reserve your spot online at goo.gl/Gi5RvF .

 

Ongoing Program for Teens & Adults:

Genealogy?  Help! – every Thursday*, 3:00-5:00 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? Bring your questions and challenges for free, one-on-one family history research and genealogy assistance, provided by a Madison County Genealogical Society volunteer. No registration required – just stop by the library’s Genealogy section to take advantage of this drop-in service. *Genealogy? Help! will be offered each Thursday through March 28.

 

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, March 2, 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!

 

Monday Movies –

Monday, February 18

10:30 a.m. – “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

2:00 p.m. –  “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

 

Monday, March 18

10:30 a.m. – “Small Foot”

2:00 p.m. – “Jumanji:  Welcome to the Jungle”

The library will be offering Monday Movies with free popcorn on no-school days. Morning movies are kid/family-friendly and afternoon movies are tween/teen friendly. Bring your own bottled/covered beverage. These events are free and registration is available online at goo.gl/fqyLff or call the library at 515-462-1731.

 

Cricut Create & Craft:  Personalized Water Bottles – Wednesday, March 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Kids age 12 and up are invited to create a personalized water bottle using a Cricut machine and vinyl prints. Bottles will be supplied or bring your own. Registration required for this free class; visit online at goo.gl/hFu2kW or call the library at 515-462-1731. Registration opens February 25.

 

Blank Park Zoo – Thursday, March 21, 11:00 a.m.

Spark children’s curiosity with this family-friendly live animal program. This show-and-tell program features four live animals to meet during an interactive, educational presentation. Children will be encouraged to answer thought-provoking questions about the animals and will have the opportunity to ask questions of their own. Registration required at goo.gl/Z9midW or call 515-462-1731. Registration opens February 25.

 

Make-up 101 Class – Thursday, March 21, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Rikki will do live demonstrations to teach the basics of face prep and makeup application. You will leave the class with wonderful ideas for age-appropriate, simple makeup routines for every day. This class is a great opportunity for ages 12 and up who would like to learn the tips and tricks for a simple makeup routine. Please bring your own makeup brushes and products with you to class. Registration for this class is required; visit online at goo.gl/LsHkgB or call the library at 515-462-1731. Registration opens February 25.

 

Women’s Self Defense Class – Saturday, March 23, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join us and learn all about situational awareness, assertiveness and boundary setting, verbal defense, physical self-defense tactics and techniques, and self-defense products. Appropriate for ages 13 and older. Free to the community.  Registration is required; please call the library at 515-462-1731 or reserve your spot online at goo.gl/Gi5RvF .

 

Ongoing Weekly Youth Programs:

Tiny Tykes – every Tuesday, 10:30 am

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 am

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 am

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:

“Bee ready” to “alpaca up” and check out this month’s display of crafts. Sunlight Harvest, a local farm owned by the Williams family, raises alpacas and bees. We will be displaying the beautiful items they create from their own alpaca fiber and items they produce from raising bees.