The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

February 13, 2014

YOUNGQUIST: Share books with your neighbors

CLINTON — Borrow from NEIBORS. I’ve borrowed some of my favorite books from a neighbor and now you can too.

How?

Use NEIBORS to check out e-books or downloadable audiobooks for your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other electronic reader. Visit the main library at 6 p.m. today. Bring your library card, your e-reader, and your Amazon, Nook or Adobe login information.

We’ll provide the WiFi to get you started. The class is free. Please call the library at 242-8441 to register or if you have any questions.

Library In-Service Day

The library will be closed to the public on Monday for a staff in-service day. The library will reopen with normal hours at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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 Afternoon Adventure will be held Feb. 19 and the theme for this week will be Extreme Dice Adventure — you are the game piece.

Story time

The theme for next week is B is for Bird. Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.

If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at 243-5436.

Library Noir Movie Afternoon

Venture into the world of tough guys, dangerous dames, and hard-boiled detectives for our new monthly movie afternoon. The movie airing on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. at the main branch of the library, will be Double Indemnity (1944) starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck.

Insurance agent Walter Neff falls for the wife of one of his clients and together they plot her husband’s murder, but murder always has consequences. Enjoy the movie on our big 60-inch TV screen and munch on popcorn while you’re riveted to this film noir classic.

Appy Hour for parents and caregivers

Do you have an iPad or Android tablet? Attend the library program at the main branch of the library on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. to get free children’s educational apps. We will show you how to obtain the apps and then offer some tips for using the games with your children.

Apps are for children aged 3-8 and provided by PBS Kids and Iowa Public Television. This is not an iPad instruction class. If you have questions about this program, call Children’s Librarian Tamie Bird at 242-8441.

PAWS for Reading

On Monday, Feb. 24, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. read to a therapy dog at the library. Kids can read aloud to a therapy dog in order to improve reading and communication skills.

Children read individually to trained therapy pets (and their handlers) at the library where they can feel comfortable and confident — and have fun. Those who sign up for the month of February will get a free grab bag to take home.

Kids also will get prizes along the way for each time they read to our therapy dogs. Registration required. Please call the library or sign up at the Children’s Desk at the Main Branch.

There’s an App for That

Learning to navigate your new iPad, tablet or smartphone? Want to share tips and cool apps with others on the same path? Then this program is for you. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. bring your device (tablet, iPad, smart phone) and your Apple or Android login. The library will provide the free WiFi.

We’ll discuss getting started with your device and share some great apps for beginners. The program will be held on the second floor of the main library. 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 February is “Meet Addy: an American Girl” by Connie Porter and Dahl Taylor. Registration required. Place a hold to get your book.

The club will meet at the Lyons Branch Library on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. to discuss the book and do fun activities.

African American History and Genealogy Day

The Root Cellar has rescheduled the presentation on African American history and Genealogy by Brianna Wright of the African American Museum of Iowa for the next Genealogy Day on Saturday, Feb. 22. The presentation will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Root Cellar, followed by a brief Q & A session. Doors open at 9 a.m. for Genealogy Day attendees and continue throughout the day until 5 p.m.

The presentation and discussion are free and open to the public. Genealogy Day registration is $5, which includes lunch and free copies. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Root Cellar at 242-0840 or email bwiles@clinton.lib.ia.us.

Holly Youngquist is the Adult Programming librarian at the Clinton Public Library.

 

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