The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 30, 2014

YOUNGQUIST: Black History program slated at Clinton Public Library

Holly Youngquist
Special to the Herald

CLINTON — Join the Mother/Daughter Book Club for children ages 7-12 and their moms. The book for January is “The Sisters 8: Annie’s Adventures” by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Registration required. The club will meet at the Lyons Branch Library on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. to discuss the book and do fun activities.


Explore your world on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Open to children in grades first through fifth. The next Afternoon Adventure will be held Feb. 5 and the theme for this week will be Grossology, celebrating all things slimy, stinky and just plain gross.

Story time. The theme for next week is Dinosaurs! Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will take place on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please contact children’s staff at 243-5436.

Rescheduled!Beyond Bake Sales, Raffles, and Golf Outings: Basic Fundraising for Smaller Organizations.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. join Linda Wastyn of Wastyn & Associates at the main branch of the library on the second floor for a program about basic fundraising. Most smaller nonprofit staff and volunteers focus their fundraising efforts on relatively high-effort, low-impact activities such as bake sales, raffles and special events. Learn how to expand the impact of your fundraising program without investing significantly more time or resources. The program is free and open to the public.

African American History and Genealogyin Eastern Iowa.

The Root Cellar celebrates Black History Month with a presentation on African American Genealogy from Brianne Wright, curator at the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. The discussion on Saturday, Feb 8, at 11:30 a.m. will also feature special comments by former Clinton Mayor Lametta Wynn on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and members of the community are invited to share their stories as well. This event is free and open to the public but people are encouraged to RSVP by calling 242-0840 or emailing

McKenzley Morris:Author Signing and Book Reading.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., local Clinton teenager McKenzley Morris will share how she decided to write her book and how and when she started. She will also share readings from book. McKenzley Morris, a local Clinton teenager who is 15 years old, has recently published her first two books, titled “The Deadly Truth” and “The Deadly Abduction.” Both of these books are combined into one book, “The Deadly Truth” Book 1 and 2 and will be available at Guzzardo’s Book Store in Clinton as well as other bookstores in the area and online. Her book is published in hardcover, paperback and e-book form, and would be of interest to older grade school children through high school.

Kevin “B.F.” Burt in concert.

The library will be jumping with hot blues music when veteran bluesman Kevin “B.F.” Burt comes to town Monday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. to perform at the main library on the second floor. His soul-inspired brand of blues is likened to artists like Bill Withers and B.B. King. Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica and guitar) with a smooth, warm vocal presentation. His combination of serious music and infectious humor appeals to audiences of all ages and Kevin is recognized as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators. He was granted this honor by the Governor of Iowa, Chet Culver, in February 2009. You can learn more about this talented musician by visiting his web site at: This program is free and open to the public.

Borrow from NEIBORS!

I’ve borrowed some of my favorite books from a neighbor and now you can too! NEIBORS, which stands for North East Iowa Bridge to Online Resource Sharing, can be your source for great books. How? Use NEIBORS to check out e-books or downloadable audiobooks for your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other electronic reader. Visit the main library on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. to learn how to use this excellent resource. Bring your reader, your Amazon, Nook and/or Adobe login in information, we provide the WiFi and we can help you get started. The class is free. Please call the library at 242-8441 to register or if you have any questions.

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