The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


September 26, 2013

Library's Autumn Fest to offer fun for the family


At 12:30 p.m. Library Director Amy Birtell will announce the first- and second-place winners of the pie-baking contest, which is still seeking entrants.

Pies must be fruit, homemade and entered in the name of the person who baked it. Only one pie is allowed per person and must be in a disposable pie pan.

The contest is open to anyone with the first 25 entrants being accepted.

Entries must be received by 4 p.m. Friday along with the entry form at the children’s desk on the second floor of the main library branch.

Following the winner announcement, Birtell will present the options for expanding the library that came out of the recent library assessment.

“We want people to come out and find out more about what the future holds for us and have a chance to ask questions,” Youngquist said. “Amy has made the presentations to the council, but this is the public’s chance to come in and see what’s possible. It’s really exciting and beautiful.”

At 1 p.m., the cake walk will start in the children’s department. The cake walk is free to participate in.

Library staff asked various businesses and organizations in the community to donate cakes, cupcakes and other baked goods to the event. The event is free and people are limited to winning no more than one item.

Library staff members are excited to revive an event many people remember, but few have been to recently.

“We’ve had a pretty good turnout. Most of the baked items have been provided by the community,” children’s librarian Tammie Bird said. “It’s going to be the traditional cakewalk. I mean, how long has it been since people have been to a cake walk?”

Gary Herrity will provide historical tours of the library throughout the Autumn Fest starting at 10:30 a.m.

A book maze also will be available throughout the entire event. Attendees can walk through the maze and select one book from a variety of adult and children’s books for free.

“Hopefully it will be a really nice event,” Bird said. “It’s something we hope to continue every year. It’s really a community event because we’re a public library and we’re here to serve the community.”

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