The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

September 19, 2013

YOUNGQUIST: Get ready for library's Autumn Fest

The theme for next week is “Moving Along.” Come in to enjoy stories about cars, trucks, trains and planes. Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will be Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please contact children’s librarian Tamie Bird at 242-8441.

Killer Reads book club. Our first Killer Reads mystery book club will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the library board room on the second floor. The first read will be “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen. At this meeting we’ll pick our next read. Interested readers may still sign up, just contact the library. You can place holds on the book or read your own copy. Snacks will be provided for attendees.

Afternoon Adventures – Grossology Day. Explore your world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Open to children in grades first through fifth. Are you brave enough to face gross stuff? Come to the library on Sept. 25 to test your mettle.

Genealogy Day. On Friday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., come to the Root Cellar to work on your family research. Attendees pay $5 for lunch and receive free copies. To register or if you have questions, email rootcellar@clinton.lib.ia.us or call 242-0840. The Root Cellar houses a large collection of local history and genealogy materials including Clinton area newspapers from 1856 to present, city directories, school records, plat maps, Clinton county birth and death records from 1880 to about 1932, Clinton county marriage records from 1840 to about 1932, early Clinton County land records, and much more.

Autumn Fest. On Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the library will be hosting a fun family event. The day will feature live music provided by local band One Brick Shy, lunch supplied by the Cattlemen’s Association – sandwich, chips and drink for $2, a bake sale offered by the Clinton High Drum Line, activities and games for all ages, as well as a special performance by movement artist Sarah Haas. Library Director Amy Birtell will share exciting information with the public about the library building project. Enter a pie in a pie-baking contest to be judged on the day of the event. Attendees can also participate in cake walks and a street fair.

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