Pay fines in October and help hurricane relief efforts. All money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Looking for yearbook donations

The Lyons Branch Library is looking for some gently used yearbooks such as: CHS, Mount Saint Clare, OLA, St. Mary’s, Prince of Peace, Lyons H.S. 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 Branch Library: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m.

The Honey Queen visits the library

This program is sure to be a fun family activity. Come to the library to learn about honey bees, honey and beekeeping at this interactive, informative program presented by the 2017 Iowa Honey Queen Carly Vannoy.

On Monday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m., you will learn about how bees make mummies, the color of mystery honey, the strange use of beehives in medieval times, and much, much more.

Fraud for Everyone

On Thursday, Oct. 19, at 1:30 p.m., Randy Meier with the Clinton County Sheriff’s office will go over how easily fraud victimizes anyone and everyone. As Director of the Senior vs. Crime unit, Randy has years of experience with scammers and how to avoid scams.

Lyons Reads

October’s Lyons Reads book choice will be Choose Your Own Book. Come and talk about your most recent read. Lyons Reads book club meets at the Lyons Genealogy and Local History Center located at 105 Main Ave.

The club will meet Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. November’s book has not been decided upon yet. Anyone interested in family sagas is welcome to join the book club.

An After noon of Spirit Communication

On Saturday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m., Don Marlette will deliver messages from loved ones, angels and spirit guides to those in attendance. This is a wonderful opportunity to both feel and witness the love from the spirit side of life, and to have your deepest questions answered.

Marlette is known as “The Metro Monk,” and is a spiritual medium and hypnotherapist. He is a fourth generation medium, with a reputation for accuracy, compassion and clarity. His office is in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he works with clients in person and by phone, and also conducts development circles and demonstrations of mediumship and other psychic phenomena.

Genealogy Day

This event will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Genealogists are welcome to exchange ideas and share information. On that day we offer a special of 50 free black and white copies for $5 per attendee. Snacks are provided. Genealogy and local history research is always available Wednesday through Saturday. This is located at Lyons at 105 Main Ave.


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 kindergarten through fifth 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 through 12 are welcome to come to the boardroom and/or the teen loft for video games, drawing, Perler Beads, and other fun activities.

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 old, 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 item for your precious child.

If you are able to, make sure to keep a record of “any” book that is being read to your child. This includes 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.

Kendra Evers is the Public Services Associate at the Clinton Public Library.

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