The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 6, 2014

RAGBRAI book may prompt action

Holly Youngquist
The Clinton Herald

---- — TONIGHT! Beyond Bake Sales, Raffles, and Golf Outings: Basic Fundraising for Smaller Organizations

At 6 p.m. join Linda Wastyn of Wastyn & Associates at the main branch of the library on the second floor for a program about basic fundraising. Most smaller nonprofit staff and volunteers focus their fundraising efforts on relatively high-effort, low-impact activities. Learn how to expand the impact of your fundraising program without investing significantly more time or resources. The program is free and open to the public.

African American History and Genealogy in Eastern Iowa

The Root Cellar celebrates Black History Month with a presentation on African American Genealogy from Brianne Wright, Curator at the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. The discussion on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11:30 a.m. will also feature special comments by former Clinton Mayor Lametta Wynn on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and members of the community are invited to share their stories as well. This event is free and open to the public but people are encouraged to RSVP by calling 242-0840 or to email

McKenzley Morris: Author Signing, Book Reading.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., Clinton teenager McKenzley Morris will share how she decided to write her book and how and when she started. She will also share readings from her book. Morris, a local Clinton teenager who is 15 years old, has recently published her first two books, titled “The Deadly Truth” and “The Deadly Abduction.” Both of these books are combined into one book, “The Deadly Truth” Book 1 and 2 and will be available at Guzzardo’s Book Store in Clinton as well as other book stores in the area and online.

Kevin “B.F.” Burt in concert!

The library will be jumping with hot blues music when veteran bluesman Kevin “B.F.” Burt comes to town Monday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. to perform at the main library on the second floor. His soul-inspired brand of blues is likened to artists Bill Withers and B.B. King. Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica and guitar) with a smooth, warm vocal presentation. His combination of serious music and infectious humor appeals to audiences of all ages and Kevin is recognized as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators. You can learn more about this talented musician by visiting his web site at: This program is free and open to the public.

Afternoon Adventures

Explore your world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Open to children in grades first through fifth. The next Afternoon Adventure will be Feb. 12 and the theme for this week will be crafts – make something to celebrate Valentine’s Day or Groundhog’s Day.

Story time. The theme for next week is XOXO! Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will take place on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at 243-5436.

Borrow from NEIBORS!

I’ve borrowed some of my favorite books from a neighbor and now you can too! NEIBORS, which stands for North East Iowa Bridge to Online Resource Sharing, can be your source for great books. How? Use NEIBORS to check out e-books or downloadable audiobooks for your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other electronic reader. Visit the main library on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. to learn how to use this excellent resource. Bring your reader, your Amazon, Nook and/or Adobe login information; we provide the WiFi and we can help you get started. The class is free. Please call the library at 242-8441 to register or if you have any questions.

Download Free Music with Freegal!

The library has subscribed to the Freegal Music service where if you have a library card, you can download free music. Library users have a weekly download limit of 3 songs and your count resets every Monday at 12 a.m. Eastern time. So, just download a song and it’s yours to keep – it never expires – and you can put it wherever you want so you can listen to it at home or on the go.

Library In-Service Day: The library will be closed to the public on Monday, Feb. 17, for a staff in-service day. The library will reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Book Review: Have you ever participated in RAGBRAI (the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa)? Or maybe you’ve interacted with riders when Clinton was the conclusion of the ride in 1978, 1985, 1994, 2004 or 2012? If so, then you might enjoy “RAGBRAI: America’s Favorite Bicycle Ride” by Greg Borzo. In 1973, this epic bicycle tour of Iowa was launched by John Karras and Donald Kaul and this book chronicles the history of the ride and the community that has arisen around this fun annual summer event. The book is filled with color photos and entertaining tales as well as fascinating facts. I was intrigued by the chapters on teams which was full of fun info and great pictures. “RAGBRAI: America’s Favorite Bicycle Ride” by Greg Borzo, located in the New Nonfiction collection at the library, might well entice you out of your favorite easy chair and onto the road.

Holly Youngquist is the Clinton Public Library’s adult programming librarian.