The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 14, 2013

Story time helps humane society

By Holly Youngquist
Adult Programming Librarian

---- — The final DIY Christmas craft project class will allow attendees to make some unique gift tags for your Christmas presents.

This class will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Lyons branch. Colleen Hastings will share a variety of gift tag ideas with us. Materials fee is $13.

Story time

The theme for preschool story time on Wednesday at 10 a.m. is cats and dogs. For this storytime, the library is collecting donations for the Clinton Humane Society. If you’re not sure what to bring, you can find a list of suggestions at the children’s desk of the library or call children’s staff.

Toddler Time will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday. If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at 243-5436.

Afternoon Adventures

Explore your world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. This is open to children in grades 1 through 5. The theme for Dec. 18 is a holiday treasure hunt. Follow the clues and take home a prize.

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 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 3 through 8 and 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.

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 any time between 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to get your questions answered by Ellen Johnson of Community Health Care.

Holiday closings

The library will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas. The library also will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s. The library will be open for normal hours on other days around the holidays.

Book Review

Dune. Arrakis. Desert planet. “In Dune” by Frank Herbert, Paul Atreides is the heir to Duke Leto, a member of the Landsraad and cousin to the Emperor Shaddam IV. But Paul is more. Through a genetic breeding program run by the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, he’s a possibility who was born too soon.

As the story opens, Paul only knows that his mother, Jessica, fears for him and his father because their greatest enemies, the Harkonnens, have arranged with the Emperor for Duke Leto to take over Arrakis. The spice must flow, and the spice, to which most of the known universe is addicted, comes from Arrakis.

But a traitor from within brings down Duke Leto and the house Atreides, so there is only one escape for Paul…the desert. The people of Arrakis, called Fremen, have waited for a Bene Gesserit holy woman who will bring them the Messiah to lead them out of the desert. They believe Paul to be that Messiah, so they help him and Jessica flee from the Harkonnens.

But Paul must discover within himself if he is a Messiah or a demon, only then can he overcome all adversity in order to challenge not only the Harkonnens, but the Emperor himself. Dune is filled with mysticism, complex relationships, and depth.

This story does for science fiction what Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy did for fantasy. Readers may find the many hard-to-pronounce words which Frank Herbert coined a drawback, but the intertwining story and amazing world building far outweigh any problems with pronunciation.

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