The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 27, 2014

Children can read to therapy dogs

Holly Youngquist
The Clinton Herald

---- — PAWS for Reading! On Monday, March 3, and Monday, March 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., read to a therapy dog at the library. Kids can read aloud to a therapy dog in order to improve reading and communication skills. Children read individually to trained therapy pets (and their handlers) at the library where they can feel comfortable and confident — and have fun. Kids will also get prizes along the way for each time they read to our therapy dogs. Registration required. Please call the library or sign up at the Children’s Desk at the Main Branch.

Minecraft for Kids. Beginning Tuesday, March 4, kids in grades 3 to 5 can face Minecraft challenges and competitions while they enjoy snacks every Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. Sign up at the Children’s desk.

Afternoon Adventures. Explore your world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Open to children in grades 1 through 5. The next Afternoon Adventure will be held March 5 and the theme for this week will be a board game marathon. Kids, come in to challenge your skills.

Story time. The theme for next week is Dragons! Story time will take place on Wednesday, March 5, and Thursday, March 6, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at 243-5436.

Smart Choice Health Insurance. Determine how to make a smart choice about health insurance at this workshop presented by the Clinton County office of the ISU Extension service on Thursday, March 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Are you wondering what the changes in health insurance mean for you? This workshop will help you: understand key health insurance concepts and terms; learn to identify your health insurance needs and priorities; examine the pros and cons of three hypothetical insurance plans; understand key provisions of the Affordable Care Act; use Iowa’s new Health Insurance Marketplace; understand tax credits and financial assistance available to many consumers. The workshop is free; but, please call the library at 242-8441 to register.

Community Discussion in the Root Cellar. On Saturday, March 8, at 11:30 a.m., the Root Cellar will welcome Chris Thompson, Director of the Iowa Family History Center. She will discuss using and other online tools essential for genealogical and family history research. Root Cellar events are open to the public, but people are encouraged to RSVP. Call 242-0840 or email

Surf the Net classes. I will present a one-hour instructional class designed to make users more comfortable surfing the internet. Attendees should have basic computer skills and know how to use a mouse. Two separate classes will be offered: one will be held at the main branch of the library in the Root Cellar on Monday, March 10, at 2 p.m. and the other will be held Monday, March 24, at the Lyons branch at 2 p.m. The class is free but class size is limited. Registration is required. Call the library at 242-8441 to register.

Nutrition program. March is National Nutrition Month and we are pleased to have Dr. Richard Betts presenting a program on March 12 at 5 p.m. titled “Nutrition, is it That Important? The Truths and Myths of Healthy Nutrition.” This presentation will focus on how many food choices can jeopardize health by increasing body fat and in fact cause obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Betts will discuss healing nutritional choices and give participants an understanding of how to take charge of their body’s own healing capabilities. There will be a question-and-answer period toward the end of the presentation. Find out how you can have optimal health through excellent nutritional choices. Dr. Betts’ expertise includes eastern medicine, acupuncture, nutrition and weight loss.

City Reads Book Club. On Thursday, March 13, at 4:30 p.m., the next City Reads Book Club will meet at the main library. The group will be reading “Defending Jacob” by William Landay. Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy in his home with his wife and son. But a shocking crime shatters their New England town, and Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. Copies of the book are available for check-out at the library.

Holly Youngquist is the Clinton Public Library’s adult programming librarian.