Thank you for contributing to the hurricane relief. During the month of September, the Clinton Public Library had jars at the check-out desks for cash donations for hurricane relief. These donations totaled $131.51. During the month of October, the library took any money that was for overdue fines and processed them as hurricane relief as well, along with still taking cash donations from patrons. This totaled $755.95. October and September’s totals add up to $887.46. This money was given to the American Red Cross.

Beginning Genealogy at the Lyons Local History and Genealogy Center. On Saturday, from 1 to 2 p.m., Jone Trumpeter will be giving a short presentation on how to start your family history research. She will have a question-and-answer session after the presentation. If you have any questions, call 242-5355. Located at 105 Main Ave.

Holiday Cheer with Ukulele Connection. On Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 p.m., the Ukulele Connection returns from our summer Market Music series to provide our patrons with a collection of holiday classics.

Winter Solstice and Astronomy with Wes Unke. Join us for a wonderful Winter Solstice & Astronomy presentation by Wesley Unke. You will learn about historical Winter Solstice celebrations and Wes will give an informative astronomy lesson. In addition, Wes will display his photos of this year’s total solar eclipse taken in Jackson, Wyoming on the big screen. The event will be Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lyons Local history and Genealogy Center, 105 Main Ave.

Lunch with a Librarian. Lunch with a Librarian will debut on the first Thursday of the month. The first will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, at noon and take place in the library board room at the Main branch. Bring your own lunch and beverage and come chat with library staff. For our first session join Holly Youngquist, the library director, for a discussion of how the library can serve the community better. We want to hear from you and this is an opportunity to share your feedback.

Library Closed: In-Service Day. Monday, Jan. 15, the library will be closed. Maintaining Your Motivation will be rescheduled to a later date.

Share Your Story: Tackling College Application Essays. College applications aren’t a breeze. Application essays can be even harder. How do you write about yourself? How much do you share? How can you turn a small story into an essay that is sure to grab the attention of the Admissions officers? On Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m., Gabriella Torres will lead a workshop that will help you understand the ins and outs of crafting a standout essay that gets you noticed. Located in the Teen Loft. Brain food will be provided. Please sign up by calling the library at 242-8441 or contacting Kendra Evers at Gabriella Torres is a Clinton native who, after seven years living in New York City and six years living in Seoul, South Korea, is happy to call Clinton home once again. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School University and her poetry can be found in print and online. She has taught college writing courses for over 10 years.

DIY Mod-Podge Coasters. Moved to Saturday, Feb. 10. Space and supplies are limited, so please call to sign up. We’re going to get creative and make some drink coasters for you to take home. Join us from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The design is up to you! Some examples of what you can bring to use are Valentine’s Day cards, scrapbook paper, game boxes, old book covers or pages, road maps, sheet music, wallpaper swatches, cardboard drink containers, cereal boxes or photos. All other supplies are provided by the library at no cost. This is a fun craft that makes a great Valentine’s Day gift.

Genealogy Day. There will be no Genealogy Day due to the holidays in November or December. Genealogy Day will resume Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Genealogy & Local History research is always available Wednesday through Saturday.

Storytimes. Morning storytimes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Come join the fun with songs, books and puppet shows.

Wednesday After-School Programs. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for both age groups. Kids in grades K-5 are welcome to come to the second floor to play different games, do crafts, or play Minecraft or other computer games, and puzzles. Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to come to the Boardroom and/or the Teen Loft for video games, drawing, Perler Beads, and other fun activities.

Great Resources Online. The Clinton Public Library has subscribed to the State Library sponsored package. Library cardholders should call or visit the library for help in accessing our new online resources:

n Gale Gold Package: Databases and full text journals covering a wide range of academic and general-interest topics.

n Chilton Library: Authoritative automotive repair covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years.

n Credo Reference: Elite reference content with a one-stop exploratory search platform, including the complete DK book collection.

n Transparent Language: Complete language-learning system with flexible learning paths to over 100 languages, including Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, and English for non-native speakers.

Looking for Yearbook Donations. The Lyons Genealogy and Local History Center is looking for some gently used yearbooks such as Clinton High School, Mount St. Clare, OLA, St. Mary’s, Prince of Peace, Lyons High School and the surrounding Iowa and Illinois area. We will also take grade school and junior high yearbooks. Donations are greatly appreciated. You may drop off at the Lyons Genealogy and Local History Center on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m. Located at 105 Main Avenue.

If you have questions about library programming, call 242-8441. Contact the Lyons Local History and Genealogy branch library by calling 242-5355 from Tuesday through Saturday. You can also access library information by visiting our web site at

Kendra Evers is a public services associate with the Clinton Public Library.

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