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WINTERSET PUBLIC LIBRARY

August 8, 2019                                                                                              

 

For Teens & Adults:

Friends of the Library Meeting – Thursday, August 8, 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!

Sifting Thru the Ashes – Saturday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.

Writing about a tragic house fire that occurred 60 years ago can be a challenge. Attempting to research the event, knowing that none of the survivors are still alive, is an even bigger challenge. And when those deceased survivors are all relatives, look out! Join author, genealogist, and storyteller Tim Ritter for a lively multimedia presentation about encountering brick walls in research, learning to sift through family legends in search of the truth, and taking chances that ultimately lead to incredible discoveries and connections to the past. You can learn more about Tim, his writing, and his adventures at http://www.timritter.net/ Tim will have copies of his books for sale and autographing following this presentation. This program is free and open to the public.

Monday Movies – Monday, August 12

10:30 a.m. – Mary Poppins Returns (rated PG)

2:00 p.m. – Captain Marvel (rated PG-13)

The library will be offer 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.

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset: School Preparedness – Wednesday, August 14, Noon-1:00 p.m.

The start of the school year can always be a challenge. With it comes school lists, things to buy, immunizations to cover and a whole list of stressful things. This session will give you tips on how to prepare your students both physically and emotionally to handle the new year. 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.

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset: Creek Stomp – Wednesday, August 21, 6:00-7:00 p.m. @ Pammel Park*

Join the Madison County Conservation Board and staff for a guided creek walk/stomp and sandbar exploration below the Pammel Park Ford.  *Meet at the east parking lot at the ford (tunnel side) before crossing the ford and heading down onto the sandbars to begin exploring Middle River. Wear old clothes as you will get wet; sturdy shoes are also required (no flip flops). Free—no registration required. 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, August 22, 7:00 p.m.  – What She Left Behind by Ellen Wiseman

In this stunning new novel, the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree merges the past and present into a haunting story about the nature of love and loyalty—and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most.

Ten years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara’s father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care—and Clara is committed to the public asylum.

Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara’s story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother’s violent act? Piecing together Clara’s fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices—with shocking and unexpected results.

Illuminating and provocative, What She Left Behind is a masterful novel about the yearning to belong—and the mysteries that can belie even the most ordinary life. (Amazon.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.

Future Book Discussion selections include:

September 26  – Ordinary Grace by William Krueger

October 24 – Vox by Christina Dalcher

November 21 – On Writing by Stephen King

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset: Personal Safety Workshop – Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 p.m.

Your personal safety and security is important to your overall well-being and health. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department will inform and educate about the basics of personal safety with simple steps you can take to prevent crime and dangerous situations. Free – no registration required.  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.

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset: Walk Around the Clock* – Wednesday, September 4, noon-1:00 p.m.

Madison County Naturalist Amy Warnke is our guest DJ featuring country music classics playing on the courthouse speakers. Make time for yourself to get some fresh air and exercise – bring a friend! *Start anywhere around the Town Square or walk wherever you are at if you can’t get to the Square. 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.

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset Lunch & Learn: Internet Safety for the Less Than Techie – Wednesday, September 11, noon-1:00 p.m.

Spyware, keystroke loggers, malware, Phishing, and the list goes on and on. How are you supposed to know if that anti-virus pop-up is real? Do I really have a package to pick up at the post office? Join Gary Mullen, former IT Director of the Madison County Hospital, to learn about some common internet threats, presented in a way that the “less than techie” can understand. Free – no registration required. 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.

History of the Hershey Chocolate Company – Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.

Many of us are chocolate lovers and owe gratitude to Milton Hershey for making chocolate more affordable and accessible. Today the name “Hershey” is synonymous with quality milk chocolate, but that wasn’t always the case.  Milton S. Hershey worked hard and failed often before his chocolate company was finally successful. And when he did become a household name and had earned a vast fortune, Milton and his wife Catherine decided to give it all away.  Because of their generosity, tens of thousands of orphans have been saved, protected, and educated. Attend this illustrated lecture to hear the “behind the scenes” story of this beloved American company.

Presenter Laura Keyes graduated from UW-Madison with a Master’s Degree in Library Studies, and has been presenting on historic topics for over ten years.  Free – no registration required. Free Hershey’s chocolate samples will be available for all attendees.

Downstairs at Downton Tea – Saturday, Sept. 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

What was life “really” like below stairs at place like Highclere Castle? Could the chauffeur really marry the daughter of an Earl? Would a maid help move a dead body to protect her mistress’ reputation? What about all that free time? Get the answers to these and other questions about one of the country’s most popular television series, and discover what life was really like for the people working downstairs at Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey.

Join us for an afternoon tea and social time as a part of the program. Lisa Alessandro of local restaurant “Anything Sweet and More” will provide delicious tea & goodies for participants to enjoy.

Registration is required for this free event and begins on August 14; call the library at 515-462-1731 or register online atbit.ly/2KnboV7 .

The feature film “Downton Abbey” will be released in theaters the following week, so join us to put yourself in the proper mood.

Gangsters of the Midwest – Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.

Put on your zoot suit and follow in the footsteps of America’s most infamous gangsters as they turned the Midwest into their personal crime vacation land. Filled with deadly bank robberies, explosive shootouts, brutal murders, and daring kidnappings, this presentation featuring author and researcher Chad Lewis lets the audience discover the grisly locations where the gangster history will never die.

For over two decades Chad Lewis has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual. From tracking vampires in Transylvania and searching for the elusive monster of Loch Ness to trailing the dangerous Tata Duende through remote villages of Belize and searching for ghosts in Ireland’s castles, Chad has scoured the earth in search of the paranormal. He has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s “A Haunting,” William Shatner’s “Weird or What,” ABC’s “World’s Scariest Places, Monsters, and Mysteries in America,” along with being a frequent contributor to “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” Radio. Holding a master’s degree in Psychology, Chad has authored over 20 books on the supernatural and extensively lectures on his fascinating findings. The more the bizarre the legend is, the more likely you will find Chad there!

Attendance is free; no registration is required. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

 

Ongoing Program for Teens & Adults:

Geri-Fit & More – Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 13-29, 9:00-10:00 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 & Families:

Bring on the Bus – Monday, August 12, 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Winterset School District Bus Driver Craig Milligan will meet us at the library with his big, yellow school bus. This is an opportunity for kids of all ages (with parent or guardian) who will be riding the school bus for the first time, or who would like a refresher on the ins and outs of riding the school bus. Kids will learn about bus safety and what the lights mean, practice getting on and off the bus, and even go for a short ride! The goal is for kids to feel confident and comfortable riding a bus and to calm those first day of school jitters. No registration is required.

Monday Movies – Monday, August 12

10:30 a.m. – Mary Poppins Returns (rated PG)

2:00 p.m. – Captain Marvel (rated PG-13)

The library will be offer 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.

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset: School Preparedness – Wednesday, August 14, Noon-1:00 p.m.

The start of the school year can always be a challenge. With it comes school lists, things to buy, immunizations to cover and a whole list of stressful things. This session will give you tips on how to prepare your students both physically and emotionally to handle the new year. 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.

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset: Creek Stomp – Wednesday, August 21 @ 6:00-7:00 p.m. @ Pammel Park*

Join the Madison County Conservation Board and staff for a guided creek walk/stomp and sandbar exploration below the Pammel Park Ford. *Meet at the east parking lot at the ford (tunnel side) before crossing the ford and heading down onto the sandbars to begin exploring Middle River. Wear old clothes as you will get wet; sturdy shoes are also required (no flip flops). Free – no registration required. 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.

 

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:

Local historian, author, and storyteller Walt Libby has curated an exhibit of Covered Bridge Festival coins and other Madison County memorabilia. Stop by the library and see these treasures before the end of August.