Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich proclaimed September 2017 as Library Card Sign-Up Month throughout the city of Clinton and encourages everyone to sign up for their own library card at the Clinton Public Library during the month of September.

Planning Your Dream Vacation. Come to the library on Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. to hear Mary Jo Dopson’s (from Gateway Travel and Cruise) tips and tricks for planning your next vacation.

Meet Outlaws on the Iowa Frontier. Outlaws in Iowa? Iowa as the early Wild West? For some surprising answers, join author-historian Susan Lucke on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m., at the Clinton Public Library to hear “Early Iowa as the Frontier: Outlaws, the Bellevue War, and Iowa as the American West.” The Bellevue War — a controversial main street shoot-out between about 100 vigilantes and outlaws in Bellevue on April 1, 1840 — climaxed three years of organized crime that had spread through Eastern Iowa and beyond. This dramatic story, as colorful as any classic western tale, provides the pivot for Susan’s story of outlaw gangs that moved into early Iowa, then a prominent part of the advancing American frontier. Acquire insight into good guys, bad guys and “who really done it.” Frontier life, intriguing individuals, precursors to the Civil War, and many shades of gray all figure into Iowa history as you may never have heard it before.

Adventures of a Ghost Hunting Psychic. On Saturday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m., Cat Sinclair will discuss the different entities she has encountered during paranormal investigations. From children and pets, to psychopathic killers, and even some elementals. Cat Sinclair has consulted with many paranormal groups over the past eight years. She has encountered and dealt with many entities in that time. She has gone on many investigations and enjoys validating her information with evidence from the instruments, or good old-fashioned research.

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

1000 Books Before Kindergarten. The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think. Make a record of what you are reading in a spiral notebook, online or by whatever method you want. The journal itself will make a great keepsake for your child. If you are able to, make sure to keep a record of “any” book that is being read to your child. This includes books read by teachers and siblings. Are you ready to get started? You can download the iPhone App or Android App to keep track of your books or pick up the logs at the Clinton Public Library in the Children’s Department.

Remodeling at the Lyons Genealogy and Local History Center. We will be replacing the glass windows and doors at the Lyons branch library because the current windows were put in during the 1950s and 1960s. New energy efficient windows and doors will be installed late this summer in order to make the building more energy efficient. It will also make it more cost effective to run the building year round. There will be disturbance to the existing landscaping during the installation so the landscaping will be redone in the fall.

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

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