The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 7, 2013

Write your mystery at the library Monday

By Holly Youngquist
Special to the Herald

---- — The Lyons branch of the library now has free WiFi available for library patrons. Stop in to the Lyons branch and the staff can help you get started.

Toys for Tots

This year the library will serve as a proud location to drop off toys, books, or other gifts to the Toys for Tots organization. Bring your new and unopened donation to the main floor of the library.

For more information about Toys for Tots, visit their website at

Story time

The theme for next week is weather. Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at 243-5436.

Afternoon Adventures

Explore your world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Open to children in grades 1 through 5. The next adventure on Wednesday will feature video and board games.

Write Your Mystery

On Monday at 6 p.m. local authors Misty Evans and Amy Manemann return to the library to help mystery writers learn how to plant false leads, create believable characters, and plot a suspenseful mystery.

Misty Evans is the award winning and best-selling author of four series including: the Super Agent romantic suspense series and Witches Anonymous, a light paranormal series. Amy Manemann is the international best-selling author of the Deadly mystery series.

Geek Reads for science fiction and fantasy readers is reading urban fantasy novel, “Storm Front,” by Jim Butcher. The group will meet for discussion on the second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The December selection will be chosen at the meeting. Contact the library to sign up and place a hold on a copy so you can check the book out. Snacks will be provided for attendees.

Weekly NaNoWriMo write-ins

Clinton area writers, get ready. November is NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is when writers tackle the challenge of completing a 50,000 word novel from scratch during the month of November.

This year, the Clinton Public Library will be a host location for area writers with write-ins each Wednesday nights from 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Writers are invited and encouraged to bring their laptop or pen and paper to the Root Cellar to get a solid two hour block of time to write.

Write your memoirs or family history

Learn how to write memoirs and family histories from Lyle Ernst on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. Lyle Ernst is a freelance journalist and award-winning author from Davenport. His journalism background includes contributing news stories, feature stories, and columns to newspapers in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Mother/Daughter book club

Moms, ever wanted to be in a book group with your daughter? Now you can.

The library is starting a book group for children ages 7-12 and their moms. Our first book will be a book from the mom’s childhood: “Pippi Longstocking,” by Astrid Lindgren. Please sign up and get your book at the children’s desk at the main branch.

The club will meet at the Lyons Branch Library on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. to discuss the book and do fun activities.

Book Review

If you like police mysteries, then give “Eleven Days” by Donald Harstad a try. The book isn’t for the faint of heart; it’s gritty, grisly and scary, but it is a great read.

Harstad grabs you on page one and doesn’t let go until the very end. Iowa Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman is called to a murder in progress at a remote farmhouse during an Iowa winter. The book follows Carl as a strange case of murder and missing persons unfolds. The characters are believable and Harstad’s police background adds authenticity to the story.

The plot is like the best rollercoaster you ever rode with gut-wrenching drops and hair-pin turns that keep you guessing all the way to the end. I wasn’t able to figure out whodunit and was surprised when the killer was revealed. A savvy and seasoned mystery reader may do better than I at solving the mystery, but “Eleven Days” will keep even the most jaded mystery reader riveted.