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WINTERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY

January 14, 2020  

For Teens & Adults:

Oscar-Nominated Films  – Fridays, January 17, 24, & 31 and February 7, 2:00 p.m.

Jan. 17 – Judy (rated PG-13) – nominated for Best Actress, Best Makeup and Hair

Jan. 24 – Rocketman (rated R) –nominated for Best Original Song

Jan. 31 – Parasite (rated R) – nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing

Feb. 7 – Harriet (rated PG-13) – nominated for Best Actress, Best Original Song

Get ready for the Academy Awards by watching some of this year’s film contenders. The library will provide free popcorn; bring your own beverage. This is a free program; no registration required.

New Year’s Wellness Class: Intro to Yoga – Monday, January 20, 6:30 p.m.

Begin the New Year with the best you possible. Connect with yourself and find more freedom and movement in your life. Teresa Hoffelmeyer from the Yoga Studio will be at the library to teach the quiet practice of breath work, body movement, and strength. Dress for comfort and movement. We will end with a ten minute guided relaxation that can be done seated in a chair. Wear comfortable clothing. Yoga is not only great for your physical body but helps relieve stress, elevate mood, and so much more. In other words, yoga is great for your body, mind, and spirit! This program is free and open to the public. For questions, please contact the library at 515-462-1731. This is a free program; no registration required.

Identity Theft Prevention – Wednesday, January 22, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Identity theft continues to become a bigger and bigger problem in today’s world. The more you learn about it the less vulnerable you are. Kalyn Cody from the Madison County Iowa State University Extension Office will be at the library to give tips on how to detect when identity theft is happening, and how to prevent it from happening in the first place. This is a free program; no registration required.

Debt Basics & Debt Reduction – Wednesday, January 22, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Now that the holidays are over, some of us have found ourselves with a bill that may appear a little daunting to pay back. Kalyn Cody from the Madison County Iowa State University Extension Office will be at the library to give a presentation on how to manage debt and work towards paying it off. This is a free program; no registration required.

Book Discussion – Thursday, January 23 – 7:00 p.m.  – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature….Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child.  And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders—and dangers—of her private world.” -The New York Times Book Review

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:

February 20 – Defending Jacob by William Landay

March 21 – Educated by Tara Westover

April 18 – Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Homemade Chinese Egg Rolls and Fortune Cookies – Saturday, January 25,  2:00 p.m.

Happy Chinese New Year! You can start celebrating the Year of the Rat by learning how to make Chinese egg rolls and fortune cookies from scratch. Chinese egg rolls are actually an American dish based on the Chinese spring roll. Fortune Cookies are an American creation as well. In this class we will learn about the history of the egg roll and how to make everything including the wrap. This is a free program intended for teens and adults; registration is required at http://bit.ly/2QIumY3 or call the library at 515-462-1731.

Genealogy: Let’s Get Going! – February 1, 8, 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 1. Gathering, Goals, and Group Sheets; 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.

Cabin Fever Gardening/Nature Series – Planting for Pollinators – Saturday, February 1, 10:00 a.m.

Derek McKay, Greenhouse Manager with Ted Lare Garden Center will share information and tips on how to attract native pollinators to your garden as well as favorite plants for butterflies, bees, and others–and also where and when to plant.  Bring your questions! Free – no registration is required.

Cabin Fever Gardening/Nature Series – Peonies – Saturday, February 1, 11:30 a.m.

Peonies are an old-fashioned favorite garden flower that add beautiful color and incredible fragrance to your spring garden.  Discover the many new varieties available with Derek McKay, Greenhouse Manager with Ted Lare Garden Center. Free – no registration is required.

Cabin Fever Gardening/Nature Series – How to Hardwood Log Mushroom Cultivate – Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.

Learn from experienced mushroom log cultivators how to small scale log grow gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Emily and Christopher Appelman from Stone Hollow Gardens & Shroomery in Dubuque will share their expertise in this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn the importance that mushrooms hold in everyday life within our bodies and environment. The Applemans practice and teach sustainable cultivation practices and differentiate between bag grown and hardwood log grown mushrooms as well as the challenges and advantages presented by each method. Participants will also learn the benefits that mycorrhizal mushrooms have in soil remediation and amendment. Participants will have the opportunity to inoculate a hardwood log and there will be a drawing for several inoculated logs at the end of the program.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please register by calling the library at 515-462-1731 or online at http://bit.ly/2F05ea4 .

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.

 

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.

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 Geri-Fit class held on February 4 or April 24.

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:

Sharks on the Plains: A Virtual Visit with Henry Doorly Zoo and the University of Nebraska – Thursday, January 30, 4:15 p.m.

Children in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to dive into life in the sea both ancient and modern. Join us on a virtual trip to both the Scott Aquarium at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, and the Mesozoic Fossil Gallery at the University of Nebraska Lincoln-Morrill Hall. We will explore marine life, habitats, and adaptations. Registration is required; call the library at 515-462-1731 or register online at:bit.ly/39PS9OK to reserve a space.

 

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.

Now on Display:  Photography by Glenn Kohler

Dallas County resident Glenn Kohler’s interest in photography began in 7th grade. Later in life, his camera and writing skills combined and he worked as a journalist for an Iowa newspaper. Glenn began doing photography for the magazine Successful Farming during the 1970s, a career that lasted 20 years. His passion for the art continued and he has photographed many freelance pieces for enjoyment. This exhibit will be on display through January.