The Clinton Public Library is throwing a big party for the kids who completed the Summer Reading program.
Bring your family and friends today from 5-7 p.m. for games, live animals, free food, a performance by the Clinton Showboat performers, and a bounce house in the parking lot outside the Main Branch.
Activities will be open to the public but only those children who have completed the summer reading program will be eligible to receive food during the event. Food will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Winners of the Summer Reading Grand Prize drawings will also be announced at the party. Winners do not have to be present to receive their prizes. All activities are free, so join us in celebrating the end of summer reading.
Through 9 p.m. today, parking for library patrons will be available in the Discovery Center lot or in the city lot across from the YWCA. The library parking lot west of the building will be closed to make a safe outdoor environment for our Children’s Summer Reading After Party. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Groundbreaking Reads Adult Summer Reading: The prize winner for July 26 for the adult summer reading program is Christine Holmer. The prizes this week are two free subs from Jimmy Johns and a free pizza from Domino’s. She also wins two “rent one get one free” Family Video movie rentals certificates and two certificates for a “buy one get one free” sightseeing cruise on the Celebration Belle. Two grand prize winners will be announced in next week’s column!
Visit the library for more fun
Story Times: The theme for story times this week is Let’s Cool Down! Enjoy stories and crafts about water and snow. Preschool story time, for ages 3-6, will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. Toddler Time, for children aged 1-3, will be Thursday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please contact children’s librarian, Tamie Bird, at 242-8441.
Afternoon Adventures: Explore your world every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. On Aug. 7, kids can play video games. Open to children in grades first through fifth.
Can? Yes, you can can! Canning Basics with Margo Hansen: Visit the Lyons branch library Monday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. when Margo Hansen, director of programs at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, offers suggestions for preserving your gardening efforts so they can be enjoyed throughout the winter. Save money on your groceries by canning your garden produce to feed your family well for less. Margo is a Master Gardener instructor.
Aged Just Right! A Library Wine Tasting: Dorothy O’Brien of Wide River Winery presents an overview of the wine-making process and shares the fruits of her vineyard for a wonderful wine tasting evening on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Main library. Dorothy opened the Wide River Winery in 2005 and the winery has produced a number of award-winning vintages.
Healthy Meals in a Hurry: On Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s nonfiction department, attend Healthy Meals in a Hurry! Always on the go, but you still want to provide healthy meals for your family? Then this program is for you! Vera Stokes, of the ISU Extension office, will teach you ways to plan healthy meals that can be cooked quick yet will still have your entire family coming back for more.
New Book Clubs: Beginning in September, I will be hosting three new book clubs for adult readers. Geek Reads for sci ence fiction and fantasy readers will start out with “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkein. The group will meet every second Tuesday of every month beginning Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. The Happily Ever After book club for romance lovers will launch with “Mine Till Midnight” by Lisa Kleypas and will get together on the third Tuesday of every month starting Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Killer Reads for mystery fans will begin with “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen and will gather on the fourth Tuesday of each month, kicking off on Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Contact the library to sign up and place a hold on your book through the library catalog. Snacks will be provided for attendees.
City Reads Book Club returns: Join Assistant Library Director Beth Moser for the return of the City Reads Book Club on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The group will read “Light Between Oceans” by Margot L. Stedman.
Holly Youngquist is the Clinton Public Library’s adult programming and outreach librarian.