City Reads Book Club Meets Today. 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 discussing “The Girls from Ames” by Jeffrey Zaslow.
Fine Amnesty in January! As a holiday gift to our readers, 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.
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 relevant to the Gateway-area genealogy community. Contact the Root Cellar to register by calling 242-0840 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Jan. 15.
Story time. The theme for next week is “Snow much fun with penguins.” Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will take place on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at 243-5436.
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. 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 fundraising 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. You will leave with some specific ideas and strategies for immediately expanding your fund-raising program. 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.
Internet for beginners class. A one-hour basic instruction class designed to familiarize the user with the computer and set up an email account will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Lyons branch of the library. The class is free but class size is limited to six. Registration required. Call the library at 242-8441 to register.
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 at the Clinton Public Library.