The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 19, 2013

Health insurance, fund-raising programs on tap at local library

By Holly Youngquist
The Clinton Herald

---- — ACA Health Insurance Q&A – Tonight! Have questions about negotiating the Affordable Care Act exchanges so you can purchase health insurance? Stop at the library any time between 5:30 and 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 will also 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.

Afternoon Adventures. There will be NO Afternoon Adventure on Wednesday, Dec. 25, as the library will be closed for Christmas.

Story time. There will be no storytime on Wednesday, Dec. 25, as the library will be closed for Christmas. Shake, Rattle and Roll for Toddler Time on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 10 a.m. as the little ones celebrate New Year’s early. If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at 243-5436.

Bald Eagle Watch. Join me, Tamie Bird and Brad Wiles at the Clinton Community College between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to celebrate the Bald Eagle Watch on Saturday, Jan. 4. We’ll have an eagle craft for kids and be sharing information about upcoming programs at the library with guests who stop by our table.

Internet for beginners classes. One hour basic instruction class designed to familiarize the user with the computer and set up an email account. Two separate classes will be offered: one will be held at the main branch of the library on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. and the other class will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Lyons branch of the library. Class is free but class size is limited. Registration required. Call the library at 242-8441 to register.

City Reads Book Club. On Thursday, Jan. 9, at 4:30 p.m. the next City Reads Book Club will meet at the main library. The group will be reading “The Girls from Ames” by Jeffrey Zaslow. Meet the Ames Girls: eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eight different states, yet managed to maintain an enduring friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, a child’s illness and the mysterious death of one member of their group.

Community Discussion at the Root Cellar. The Root Cellar invites you to start off the new year with a community discussion about genealogy and family history on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Root Cellar staff and area genealogists for an introduction to the Root Cellar collections, followed by an open forum for guests to exchange research tips, resources and other information relevant to the Gateway-area genealogy community. Contact the Root Cellar to register by calling 242-0840 or emailing rootcellar@clinton.lib.ia.us .

Library Noir Movie Afternoon. Venture into the world of tough guys, dangerous dames and hard-boiled detectives for our new monthly movie afternoon featuring the film noir genre. Our first movie, airing on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at the main branch of the library, will be “The Maltese Falcon” (1941) starring Humphrey Bogart as detective Sam Spade. He’s hired by a stunning damsel in distress but where she goes, death follows. And in the center of it all is the statuette of a bird: The Maltese Falcon. Enjoy the movie on our big 60-inch TV screen and munch on popcorn while you’re riveted to this film noir classic.

Beyond Bake Sales, Raffles, and Golf Outings: Basic Fundraising for Smaller Organizations. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. join Linda Wastyn of Wastyn & Associates at the main branch of the library for a program about basic fundraising. Most smaller nonprofit staff and volunteers focus their fund-raising efforts on relatively high effort, low-impact activities such as bake sales, raffles and special events. Learn how to expand the impact of your fund-raising program without investing significantly more time or resources. We will talk about how to identify potential donors from among your natural constituents and solicit those donors through annual fund appeals and for major gifts as well as introduce grant seeking to raise money from corporations, foundations and the government. You will leave with some specific ideas and strategies for immediately expanding your fundraising program to raise more money for your organization. The program is free and open to the public.

Genealogy Day at the Library. Beginning in January 2014, Genealogy Day will now be held on the last Saturday of every month through October, unless otherwise noted. So in January join Root Cellar staff on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Same deal as last year: $5 covers lunch and free copies, plus the opportunity to discuss tricks of the trade with other genealogists and family history researchers. We hope the turn out this year is as good as the last, and we look forward to being a part of your family reunion at the Root Cellar.

Holly Youngquist is the adult programming librarian at the Clinton Public Library.