News

Updated December  3, 2018 

Upcoming Closures:

The Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5 for a staff gathering.

The library will be closed Monday & Tuesday December 24-25, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

The library will be closed Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for New Year’s Day.                                                                                                                                                  

For Teens & Adults:

Book Discussion – Thursday, December 20, 7:00 p.m. – Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

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.

Zen Rock Painting – Tuesday, December 11, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Zen Rock Painting is a quiet, self-directed opportunity to create a seasonal/holiday craft to take home.  All supplies are provided as well as ideas for inspiration.  The class is free and open to ages teen and older.  Registration is required; register online at goo.gl/USf1mh or call the library at 515-462-1731 to reserve your space.

Cricut Create & Craft – Wednesday, December 12, 5:30 p.m.

Learn to create unique holiday gift tags with a Cricut machine.  We will be cutting fun designs and providing a choice of embellishments. The class is free and open to ages teen and up.  Register at goo.gl/YyF64Z or call the library at 515-462-1731.

Friends of Winterset Library Monthly Meeting – Thursday, December 13, 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!

Holiday Escape Room –  Friday, December 28, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pesky elves have stolen all of Santa’s hard-earned cookies and candy!  You and your teammates will have 30 minutes to solve holiday-themed puzzles to find the missing goodies.  RegisterFamilies and children age 10 and up are invited to test their skills in our holiday themed escape room!!  Pesky elves have stolen all of Santa’s hard-earned cookies and candy!  You will have 30 minutes to work together and solve holiday-themed puzzles to find the missing goodies. Groups of up to five people may register for a time slot by calling the Winterset Public Library at 515-462-1731 beginning December 14.  Note:  Santa’s watching!  Do not be late to your time slot!  If you are late, you will have to reschedule for a different time slot based upon availability.

Interactive Movie: Nightmare Before ChristmasMonday, December 31, 2:00 p.m.

Join Jack, Sally, and all the characters from Halloween Town while interacting with props and activities that corresponds with the movie, plus free popcorn!  Registration is required; register online at goo.gl/FGddmD or call 515-462-1731 to reserve your space.

Mystery Food Box Challenge – Tuesday, January 2, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Kids in grades 4-8 are invited to participate.  Participants will have one hour to create a dish from food items found in their mystery boxes created by Dietitian Caitlyn Ferin from Fareway.  No cooking experience is required, but registration is needed.  Register online at goo.gl/rkpM4q or call the library at 515-462-1731.

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 from January 10 through March 28.

Get Fit with GeriFit – weekly on Tuesdays & Fridays from January 18April 9, 2:00-2:45 p.m.

For older adults of all ages and fitness levels.  Registration required online at goo.gl/pXd1x9 or call 515-462-1731.  Registration opens January 2.

Geri-Fit is a 45-minute, evidence-based strength training exercise class for older adults. 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 beginning January 18 through April 9.

Class dates are: January 18, 22, 25, 29; February 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26; March 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29; April 2, 5, 9.

Your registration is for the entire 12-week session; we understand you may not be able to attend all classes, but it is encouraged.

The library provides participants with a set of 2- or 3-pound dumbbells and a stretch band. Participants should dress for comfort and bring a towel and a bottle of water to drink.

Ongoing Program for Teens & Adults:

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:

Drop-In Crafts – Thursday, December 27, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  

Get out of the cold weather and join us for drop-in crafting.  Children and families are welcome to create crafts for all ages.

Holiday Escape Room –  Friday, December 28, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pesky elves have stolen all of Santa’s hard-earned cookies and candy!  You and your teammates will have 30 minutes to solve holiday-themed puzzles to find the missing goodies.  RegisterFamilies and children age 10 and up are invited to test their skills in our holiday themed escape room!!  Pesky elves have stolen all of Santa’s hard-earned cookies and candy!  You will have 30 minutes to work together and solve holiday-themed puzzles to find the missing goodies. Groups of up to five people may register for a time slot by calling the Winterset Public Library at 515-462-1731 beginning December 14.  Note:  Santa’s watching!  Do not be late to your time slot!  If you are late, you will have to reschedule for a different time slot based upon availability.

Noon Year’s Eve – Monday, December 31, 11:00 a.m.-Noon

Ring in the New Year (a bit early) with this family-friendly event.  Children will enjoy an hour of activities, crafts, and treats. Youngsters will be able to help us countdown to NOON with a balloon drop.  Bring your family and friends and come help us celebrate!  Registration is required; register online at goo.gl/cLK13G or call 515-462-1731.

Interactive Movie:  Nightmare Before ChristmasMonday, December 31, 2:00 p.m.

Join Jack, Sally, and all the characters from Halloween Town while interacting with props and activities that corresponds with the movie, plus free popcorn!  Registration is required; register online at goo.gl/FGddmD or call 515-462-1731 to reserve your space.

Mystery Food Box Challenge – Tuesday, January 2, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Kids in grades 4-8 are invited to participate.  Participants will have one hour to create a dish from food items found in their mystery boxes created by Dietitian Caitlyn Ferin from Fareway.  No cooking experience is required, but registration is needed.  Register online at goo.gl/rkpM4q or call the library at 515-462-1731.

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.  *There will be no Tiny Tykes offered on December 25.

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!  *There will be no Story Time offered on December 26.

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!   *There will be no Messy Munchkins offered on December 27.

Now on Display:

The creative and vibrant art of Winterset Art Center member Kathy Wonderlin is on display at the Winterset Public Library.  Kathy creates hand bound journals, wall hangings, and other mixed media art using unique paper, fabrics, fiber, beads, stone, and other whimsy.