Exchange food items to cover library fines

Holly Youngquist

The Clinton Public Library will host a Food for Fines event during National Library Week, April 12 to 18, to help patrons reduce their library fines in exchange for non-perishable food items.

All food donations will go to one or more food pantries to benefit families in the Clinton area. For each donation, $1 will be credited toward a fine on a library user’s account, up to a maximum of $50 per person. No money will be exchanged; patrons will be given account credit at the time of the donation. The Food for Fines program excludes replacement fees for lost or damaged items and billed items.

Eligible food items include peanut butter (plastic jars only); canned fruits, vegetables, chicken, tuna, or other canned meats or seafood; canned or boxed soups; cereals, rice, pasta, dried beans; and boxed meals. Please note: No glass jars will be accepted, and no damaged, opened, repackaged or expired food items will be accepted. Soda and candy will not be accepted. Participants can drop off donations through Saturday, April 18 at the Clinton Public Library located at 306 Eighth Ave. South.

Bingo @ the Library! On Thursday, April 23, on the second floor of the library, join us for an afternoon of bingo fun from 2 to 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded, and coffee and cookies will be provided. The program is free! Call the library at 242-8441 to register.

Genealogy Day at Lyons - Saturday April 25th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join Root Cellar staff and folks from the local genealogy community for a chance to exchange ideas, learn tricks of the trade, and discuss your projects. The cost is $5 for lunch which includes 50 free black-and-white copies per attendee. The program is open to the public. For more information contact the library by emailing rootcellar@clinton.lib.ia.us or calling 242-8441.

2015 Gateway History Conference - Where the Lincoln Road Meets the Mississippi: A Conference on Industry, Commerce, and Community in the Iowa-Illinois Gateway Area, 1835-Present. On Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., join the Sawmill Museum, Windmill Cultural Center and Clinton Public Library for the Gateway History Conference, featuring panels from various scholars, educators, and enthusiasts covering a range of regional history topics from 1835 to present. This year’s keynote speaker is Clark Kidder, author of “Emily’s Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider,” who has co-produced and co-written “West By Orphan Train,” a new film based on his book. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to screen “Country School: One Room, One Nation,” the Emmy-nominated documentary from Kelly and Tammy Rundle, with commentary from preservationist Caroline Bredekamp.

Kitchen Science for Grownups! Amaze your kids! Astound your Grandkids! All tricks are kid tested and mother approved! Children’s librarian, Beth Mosher will demonstrate fascinating tricks with common objects found around the house on Thursday, April 30, at 2 p.m. on the second floor of the library.

Minecraft for kids! On Monday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m., kids in grades first through sixth can come to the library to play Minecraft. Sign up at the children’s desk or call 243-5436 to register.

Story time. Toddler Time will be Tuesday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. The preschool story times will be Wednesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 23, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at 243-5436.

Afternoon Adventures. Children in grades first to fifth can explore their world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The theme changes every week.

Weekly Teen Program. Every Wednesday, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. teens are encouraged to attend our special programming. Programs vary each week so come check it out. 

Anime Club. Teens, come join the weekly Anime Club at the library on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. The club alternates between watching anime, discussions, and drawing and sharing original characters.

Book Review – “Sabriel” by Garth Nix. Sabriel is the daughter of the Abhorsen, a necromancer of the Old Kingdom who binds the dead so they can’t rise again. Her father has given her some training but when he goes missing, he sends a spirit servant to her with the tools of his office: bells, a sword and The Book of the Dead. Sabriel is sure her father is still alive and she’s determined to find him and free him. To do this, she must leave her school in Ancelstierre, cross the wall and return to the Old Kingdom. During her journey, she encounters evil dead beings who seek to kill her as well as allies intent on aiding her on her quest. Sabriel is a coming-of-age Young Adult story with all the great elements of fantasy: magic, a quest, great evil and quirky companions.

Holly Youngquist is the Clinton Public Library’s Adult Services Librarian.

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