The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 26, 2013

Library's Autumn Fest to offer fun for the family

By Katie Dahlstrom Herald Assistant Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — The Clinton Public Library is inviting the community to take part in fall fun during its Autumn Fest this Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public and runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clinton Public Library.

“It’s going to be great family fun with a lot of activities and a lot of variety,” adult programming librarian Holly Youngquist said. “It’s also a chance to learn about the library. The possibilities of where the library’s going in the future are really exciting.”

The event is also a thank you to the community for supporting the library, Assistant Director Beth Mosher said.

Library staff have planned a day of family friendly fun that will take place outside and inside. The fest kicks off with a street fair that includes face painting, sidewalk chalk art, carnival games, playground games and some handmade games will run from 10:30 to noon.

Games include duck, duck, goose, a penny toss, a Lego maze and a parachute among other fun activities.

Also starting at 10:30 a.m., artist Sarah Haas will set up her mobile stage that she lives, travels and performs in that was built mostly from reclaimed materials.

Haas will talk about her art tour and residents from the sustainable living community, moonCatlife, which is outside of Fulton, Ill., will share talk about their community before Haas’s performance starts at 11:30 a.m.

From noon to 1:30 p.m. the Clinton County Cattlemen’s Association will sell a hamburger, chips and bottled water meal for $2.

The Clinton High School drumline will hold a bake sale at the same time for those who want to support them and have some dessert with their meal.

Live music will accompany the fun as Iowa band One Brick Shy performs from noon to 2 p.m.

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.”