Fine Amnesty in January! As a holiday gift to our patrons, the library will be offering a fine amnesty from Jan. 2 until Jan. 31 for people who return their overdue materials in January. Also, if you have outstanding fines at the library you may have those forgiven if you come into the library to make the request in person. This amnesty will cover fines only. It will not include replacement costs, processing fees or fines from other libraries. Beginning on Feb. 1, daily fines will increase from 10 cents per day to 20 cents per day for regular materials.
Vandalism. Due to continued vandalism, the Lyons bookdrop is no longer in use. We are sorry for the inconvenience to our patrons.
Copying at the library. In January, the library will be leasing a new printer. This will allow us to offer color copies at both locations. The cost of color copies will be 35 cents each at the Main and Lyons branches of the library. To cover increasing costs for printing, black and white copies will cost 15 cents per page beginning Jan. 2.
Bald Eagle Watch. Join Holly Youngquist, Tamie Bird and Brad Wiles at Clinton Community College between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to celebrate the Bald Eagle Watch on Saturday, Jan. 4. We’ll have a take-away activity for kids and share information about upcoming programs at the library with guests who stop by our table.
Afternoon Adventures. Explore your world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Open to children in grades first through fifth. Just imagine the possibilities with Imagination Station at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the library. Create new worlds with Play Doh, Legos, crafts and games.
Story time. The theme for next week is Snuggle up in your PJs. Children can snuggle up, bring a blanket and wear their pjs. Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will take place on Thursday, Jan 9, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, contact children’s staff at 243-5436.
Internet for beginners classes. A 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, 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. Contact the Root Cellar to register by calling 242-0840 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Wednesday, Jan. 15, any time between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to get your questions answered by Ellen Johnson of Community Health Care.
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.
Mother/Daughter Book Club. Join the book group for children ages 7-12 and their moms. The book for January is “The Sisters 8: Annie’s Adventures” by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Registration required. Place a hold to get your book. The club will meet at the Lyons Branch Library on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. to discuss the book and do fun activities.
Holly Youngquist is the adult programming librarian.