June 17, 2019                                                                                                   

For Teens & Adults:

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset: Hike at Pammel Park – Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.

Join Madison County Naturalist Amy Warnke for an evening stroll on the lodge trail at Pammel Park. The shaded trail is the perfect place to catch the last glimpse of late blooming wildflowers, hunt for snails and frogs, and watch the birds get ready to say goodnight to the world. This event is free and open to people of all ages. Please meet at the Pammel Park Lodge at 6:30 p.m. The hike will last about an hour. 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.

Everyone with Diabetes Counts classes – Thursdays – June 20, 27, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

These classes help you or your loved one live a healthier life. Participants will learn about planning healthy meals and understanding carbohydrates; ways to control blood sugar levels; how to become more physically active; and managing diabetes medications.  Learn how to live freely with diabetes!

This no-cost diabetes workshop series is free of charge and is taught by people personally affected by diabetes.  Register online at or call 515-462-1731. Your registration is for the entire series. You may join at any time.

Remembering the Apron – Tuesday, June 25, 2:00 p.m.

Presenter Sheila Craig is a grandmother with an amazing collection of aprons. Her program, “Remembering the Apron,” takes a nostalgic look at the apron in an interactive, hands-on manner (you can touch and feel the fabrics, if you want). The program will look at the fabrics, trims, styles, and the many different ways they were used by the people of our past. And don’t leave out the men—she has examples for them too!

Sheila is a retired University of Minnesota Extension Educator from Preston, Minnesota, originally from Decorah, Iowa. She has been doing “apron programs” for almost 20 years and will share approximately 100 aprons from her collection. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Mock the Movie:  The Meg – Wednesday, June 26, 1:00 p.m.

Teens ages 12 and up are invited to Mock the Movie! This event is an interactive movie experience where you can use your smart devices to put live messages up on the screen! We will be interacting with teens at other libraries across the state as well to mock The Meg. Bring your friends and have some laughs! Free popcorn provided. This program is a teens only event—no adults please. Registration is required. Register at or call the library at 515-462-1731.

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset: Stop the Bleed – Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.

Stop the Bleed training was developed by the American College of Surgeons following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Studies show that immediate bleeding control greatly increases a victim’s survival rate.  This free training is for the general public and is tailored to those with little to no health care experience. Join us for this great opportunity to learn how to potentially save a life in an emergency situation! 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.

Book Discussion – Thursday, June 27, 7:00 p.m.  – The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies,” who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.

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:

July 25 – Prairie Fires by Carolyn Frasier

August 22 – What She Left Behind by Ellen Wiseman


Ongoing Program for Teens & Adults:

Geri-Fit & More – Tuesdays & Thursdays through June 27, 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 through June 27.   Classes are free of charge.

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:

Martika Daniels’ Circus Variety Show – Thursday, June 20, 6:00 p.m.

Martika Daniels is an expert performer in the sideshow and circus arts! She will present  her  interactive, circus variety show with silk fans, hula hoops, plate spinning, and a fun circus game! Registration is required. Register at or call the library at 515-462-1731. Registration begins May 20.

Children’s Museum of Omaha’s Discovery Dome Science Experience – Monday, June 24, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.

The Winterset Public Library, with support from 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa, is excited to host the Children’s Museum of Omaha’s Discovery Dome! The Discovery Dome Science Experience features a planetarium dome film and hands-on science activities that bring the film to life. There will be three session offered and registration is required. There will be limited space in the dome, so please register yourself along with the child or children if you feel like they will not be able to sit in dome alone. Register at or call the library at 515-462-1731.  Registration begins May 20.

One World, One Sky,  10:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.

This program will be for preschool through first graders. “One World, One Sky” is a 23-minute planetarium show that follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhime Jie and the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. The show aims to nurture a child’s natural sense of wonder about the night sky. Registration is required; register at or call the library at 515-462-1731.  Registration begins May 20.

The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth,  12:30 p.m.

This Discover Dome program will be for first through 5th graders. This is about a routine fossil-hunting expedition During the expedition the Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the Earth’s prehistoric past has become an illegal dump site for toxic trash. In their investigation, children will learn about the formation and development of the Earth, and the life forms who call it home. Registration is required. Register at or call the library at 515-462-1731.  Registration begins May 20.

Pool Party – Thursday, June 27, 6:00-8:30 p.m. 

Families are invited to join us at the Winterset Aquatic Center for an evening of food and fun! We will provide free hot dogs, sides, and drinks from 6:00-7:00 p.m., and families are welcome to stay and swim from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  Registration is required for this free event. Register at or call the library at 515-462-1731. Registration begins May 20. Please register every member of the family that will be attending.


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!