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WINTERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY

October 14, 2019  

For Teens & Adults:

Beginning Sewing Class:  Fabric Pumpkins – Monday, October 14, 6:00 p.m. OR 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.

Morbid Curiosities – An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe – Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.

Iowa storyteller Darrin Crow will bring Gothic horror master Edgar Allan Poe to life in “Morbid Curiosities– An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe”.  The master of Gothic horror comes from beyond the veil to talk with the audience about his life and share his best stories and poetry including “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Raven” and “The Tell Tale Heart.”  This performance also features one of Poe’s comedies, “The Angel of the Odd,”  a cautionary tall tale about the dangers of too much drinking. 

Darrin Crow tells powerful, imaginative, engaging stories that keep audiences on the edge of their seats and stick with them long after the tale ends.  Darrin crafts stories that deliver exactly what the listeners need in this first person look at Poe’s life and literature.  He has been telling stories since he was in high school with stops along the way working in museums and theater.  He makes his home in Cedar Rapids with his wife, three children, and two cats.

Free – no registration required. 

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset:  Fossil Hunting – Wednesday, October 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.*

Middle River twists and turns it way through Madison County leaving behind several accessible sandbars. These sandbars are geological gold mines with each piece of deposited limestone featuring one of a kind fossils. Old clothes and shoes that can get wet are a must for this event.  *Fossil hunters should meet at the shelter at Middle River Park at 5:30 pm on October 16.  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. 

Dollar-A-Day Boys:  A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps – Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.

Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson will present “Dollar-a-Day Boys,” a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps in Iowa.  Dressed in uniform, Jamerson shares stories about the CCC, reads excerpts from his book, shows a video clip from his PBS film, and sings original songs with his guitar.  It’s a nostalgic, fun-filled program of songs, laughter, and heartfelt stories.   The CCC was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine-year run beginning in 1933, over 49,000 men served in Iowa.  The men were 17-25 years of age. The camps were run by the army with an average of 29 camps in operation in Iowa for each year. Over 48 million dollars was spent in Iowa operating the camps.  The enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. The money sent home provided relief for their families who were desperate for food and basic necessities.    

Jamerson has performed at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of CCC-built national and state parks. The program is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun.  It’s about people both ordinary and extraordinary; with stories of strength, wit, and charm.  In 2017, Jamerson was awarded “National CCC Educator of the Year,” by CCC Legacy based in Edinburg, VA.

Free – no registration required. 

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset Lunch & Learn @ the Library:  Radon Testing – Wednesday, October 23, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has been identified as the second leading cause of lung cancer.  Learn about ways to reduce your exposure and test your house for radon from Mike Fairchild, Madison County Environmental Health Officer.  Free – no registration is required and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.  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, October 24, 7:00 p.m.  – “Vox” by Christina Dalcher

“Set in a United States in which half the population has been silenced, ‘Vox’ is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.  On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

This is just the beginning…not the end.”   (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.

The November 21 Book Discussion selection will be “On Writing” by Stephen King.

Monday Movies at the Library – Monday, October 28

10:30 a.m. – “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (rated PG)

2:00 p.m. – “The Sun is Also a Star” (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.

Paranormal Investigations – Monday, October 28, 6:30 p.m.

Are you intrigued by things that go bump in the night?  Fascinated by spooky or unexplained phenomena?  Krystin and Scott Sadler, members of the Central Iowa Ghost Society, will be speaking about the paranormal.   Their presentation will include a PowerPoint presentation and  video to lead a discussion about the paranormal and paranormal activity.  Bring your questions and curiosity!

This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.  The library will be collecting a free will donation of non-perishable food items that will go towards MATURA food pantry; please donate if you are able. 

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset: Healthy & Homemade: Cook Now, Enjoy Later – Wednesday, October 30,  Noon-1:00 p.m. 

Discover how planning can reduce stress, save money, and provide your family nutritious, home-cooked meals. 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. 

Iowa Confederates in the Civil War: an Evening with Author David Connon – Monday, November 4, 6:00 p.m.

Confederates from Iowa were as unusual as slaves in Dubuque.  In this free program, researcher and author 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. 

Free – no registration 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/healthywednesdayto 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. 

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:

Monday Movies at the Library – Monday, October 28

10:30 a.m. – “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (rated PG)

2:00 p.m. – “The Sun is Also a Star” (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 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:

Quilter Jean Nolte will have several of her quilts on display throughout the library. 

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