The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 27, 2014

Lyons branch library's last day will be March 29

Holly Youngquist
The Clinton Herald

---- — The Clinton Public Library has some great new titles for you! Check out: "Healthy Joints for Life" by Richard Diana, "The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener" by Tammi Hartung, "The Confident Mom" by Joyce Meyer, and "You Must Remember This" by Robert Wagner.

Mother/Daughter Book Club – Tonight! Join the book group for children ages 7 to 12 and their moms. The book for March is "The Tail of Emily Windsnap" by Liz Kessler. The club will meet at the Lyons Branch Library tonight, Thursday, March 27, at 6 p.m. to discuss the book and do fun activities. Registration is required.

Genealogy Day at the Library. Join Root Cellar staff on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A cost of $5 covers lunch and free copies, plus the opportunity to discuss tricks of the trade with other genealogists and family history researchers. Pre-registration is not required but people are encouraged to RSVP at 242-0840 or rootcellar@clinton.lib.ia.us . Make the Root Cellar a part of your family reunion.

Lyons Last Day. Due to budget cuts, the last day the Lyons branch will be open is Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main library will remain open for normal hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Minecraft for Kids. Every Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m., kids in grades third to fifth can face Minecraft challenges and competitions while they enjoy snacks. Sign up at the children’s desk or call 243-5436.

Afternoon Adventures. Children in grades first through fifth can explore their world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The next Afternoon Adventure will be held on April 2.

Story time. Toddler Time will be held on Tuesday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m. The preschool story times will take place on Wednesday, April 2, and Thursday, April 3, at 10 a.m. The theme for all story times is April Showers. If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at 243-5436.

Minecraft free play for kids! Starting this April on Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m., kids in sixth grade and younger can come to the library to play Minecraft independently. There are no challenges or competitions, just fun. The computers will be available first come, first served.

HungryTown Folk Duo – In Concert. The Vermont singer/songwriter duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson will perform at the Clinton Public Library on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Main Library. The close harmony and traditional folk sound will please listeners of all ages. Hungrytown's music has appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel's hit series, "Portlandia." Library programs are free and open to the public.

Finding Money to Fund your Cause: Beginning Grant-seeking for Non-Profit Organizations. Linda Wastyn of Wastyn and Associates will present this program on Wednesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the main library. Companies, foundations, and the government give away billions of dollars each year to help non-profit organizations fulfill their mission. How can your non-profit organization share in some of this wealth? Whether you have never written a grant before or want to reinvigorate your grant program, this presentation has something for you. You will learn how to find grants for your organization, how to determine whether your organization qualifies for grants, and the basics of grant writing. NOTE: this program is not intended for finding support for individuals or for-profit organizations.

Money Smart for Kids. On April 14 from 5 to 6 p.m. parents and children as well as grandparents and grandkids are invited to the children’s department to attend a program intended to teach second- and third-graders to count and manage money. The program will cover all the basics that kids should know and each family will receive a free book.

Native American History and Author Event. Meet Kim Sigafus and Lyle Ernst on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. at the Main branch of the library. Kim and Lyle are co-authors of "The Life and Times of the Ojibwa People, Native Writers; Voices of Power," and a newly released fiction book, "The Mida." At the event, Lyle will do a reading from their books and answer questions. Kim will be dressed in traditional native Ojibwa clothing. She will sing and drum, and talk about a day in the life of the native peoples in the 1800s. The way families lived back then, how the work was divided, how food was cooked, what they ate, how they courted and more will be discussed. In addition, Kim will bring items for people to view as well as provide a native turkey and rice soup for people to taste.

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