By Holly Youngquist
Special to the Herald
Let’s start the week with a book review: Lisa Kleypas introduces readers to a very different kind of hero in her historical romance, “Dreaming of You.”
Derek Craven, introduced as a secondary character in “Then Came You,” has grown up on the streets of London but has managed to “make good” by opening a highly exclusive gaming house. No matter how rich he has grown, Derek still has questions about his own worth as a human being. He’s hard, tough and suspicious. Into his world walks the unworldly country author, Sara Fielding. She enters Derek’s sphere of influence with an academic curiosity which quickly changes to intrigue with the man himself.
Despite his cynicism, Sara fascinates Derek too, but danger stalks them. Derek has enemies who want to bring him to his knees, and they set out to use Sara to make it happen. What I really loved about the story was Derek. It isn’t often you find a hero from the lower classes in historical romance, so Derek’s cockney background appealed to me as a reader. I really enjoyed Derek and Sara’s romance in “Dreaming of You” because they were two strong characters who served as excellent foils for one another. Sara acts as a mirror for Derek so he can see the man he wants to be, but doesn’t believe he is.
We did it! Join us for a celebration of NaNoWriMo. We wrote hard. We wrote long. And now we’re done. You finished your novel, so what’s next? Editing of course. Take this time to celebrate your accomplishments and mingle with fellow writers on Saturday, Nov 30, at 1 p.m. at the main library on the second floor.
Story time. The theme for next week is Tis the Season. Children will be making Christmas cards for the homebound. Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, contact children’s staff at 243-5436.
Afternoon Adventures. Explore your world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Open to children in grades first through fifth. The adventure on Dec. 4 is the Goofy Olympics. Participate in silly stunts and doings.
ACA Health Insurance Q&A. Have questions about negotiating the Affordable Care Act exchanges so you can purchase health insurance? Stop at the library on Thursday, Dec. 5, any time between 2 and 4 p.m. to get your questions answered by Ellen Johnson of Community Health Care.
Christmas DIY @ your library. As December opens the library will host three DIY Christmas craft project classes. Please contact the library to register for one or more classes.
• On Monday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. Colleen Hastings will lead a card-making class at the main branch of the library. We’ll be making Christmas cards. Materials fee is $10.
• Join us on Monday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. to create some glittery do-it-yourself Christmas ornaments. The ornament craft class will be held at the main library and class size is limited to 12. No cost for materials.
• Finally, make some unique gift tags for your Christmas presents on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Lyons branch. Colleen Hastings will return to share additional card-making ideas with us. Materials fee is $13.
Mother/Daughter Book Club. Moms, ever wanted to be in a book group with your daughter? Now you can! The library is starting a book group for children ages 7-12 and their moms. Our first book will be a book from the Mom’s childhood: “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren. Please sign up and get your book at the Children’s desk at the Main Branch. The club will meet at the Lyons Branch Library on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. to discuss the book and do fun activities.
Quad City Flutes Unlimited Quartet Holiday Concert. Visit the library for an evening of beautiful flute music on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Songs include: Joy to the World, Go Tell it on the Mountain, Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella, Pat-a-Pan, Jingle Bells and other Christmas favorites. The concert features the talents of the Quad City Flutes Unlimited Quartet, which was founded in 1983 by Janet Stodd, a flute instructor at Augustana College and St. Ambrose University. This library program is free and open to the public. The concert will be held at the main branch and all ages are welcome.
Get Free Children’s Educational Apps. Do you have an iPad or are you planning on purchasing one this holiday season? Attend the library program on Monday, Dec. 16, to get free children’s educational apps We will show you how to obtain the apps and then offer some tips for using the games with your children. Apps are for children ages 3to 8 and are provided by PBS Kids and Iowa Public Television. This is not an iPad instruction class. If you have questions about this program, call Children’s Librarian Tamie Bird at 242-8441.
Holly Youngquist is the Clinton Public Library’s adult programming librarian.