The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 14, 2013

Write memoirs or family history

By Holly Youngquist
The Clinton Herald

---- — Learn how to write memoirs and family histories from Lyle Ernst at 6 p.m. Monday. 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.

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After Reads for romance lovers is reading contemporary romance novel, “Bet Me,” by Jennifer Crusie. The group will meet for discussion on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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.

Story time

The theme for next week is shapes. Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, 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 puppets — make a puppet to take home.

Don’t forget our weekly NaNoWriMo Write-Ins

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 night 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.

Where Were You?

On Friday, Nov. 22, at 12:30 p.m. the library will host a brown bag lunch discussion group to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Join us at the main branch to share your memories of this tragic event in United States history and also share your remembrances of “Camelot” and the Kennedy administration.

The discussion will be led by Quinn Williams.

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 Thursday, Dec. 5, any time between 2 to 4 p.m. to get your questions answered by Ellen Johnson of Community Health Care.

Christmas DIY at your library

As December opens, the library will host three DIY Christmas craft project classes. Please contact the library to register for one or more classes.

On Monday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. Colleen Hastings will lead a card making class at the main branch of the library. We’ll be making Christmas cards.

Join us on Monday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. to create some glittery do-it-yourself Christmas ornaments. The ornament craft class will be held at the main library and class size is limited to twelve.

Finally, make some unique gift tags for your Christmas presents on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Lyons branch. Colleen Hastings will return to share additional card making ideas with us.

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 through 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.

Quad City Flutes Unlimited Quartet Holiday Concert

Visit the library for an evening of ethereal flute music on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The concert features the talents of the Quad City Flutes Unlimited Quartet which was founded in 1983 by Janet Stodd, a flute instructor at Augustana College and Saint Ambrose University.

Library program is free and open to the public. The concert will be held at the main branch. All ages welcome.

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