Fine Amnesty in January! As a holiday gift to our readers, the library will be offering a fine amnesty from Jan. 2 until Jan. 31 for people who return their overdue materials in January. Also, if you have outstanding fines at the library you may have those forgiven if you come into the library to make the request in person. This amnesty will cover fines only. It will not include replacement costs, processing fees, or fines from other libraries. Beginning on Feb. 1, daily fines will increase from 10 cents per day to 20 cents per day for regular materials.
Afternoon Adventures. 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 Jan. 22 and the theme for this week will be video games. Kids, come try out our new Wii U game system.
Beyond Bake Sales, Raffles, and Golf Outings: Basic Fundraising for Smaller Organizations. On Tuesday, Jan 28, at 6 p.m. join Linda Wastyn of Wastyn & Associates at the main branch of the library for a program about basic fundraising. Most smaller nonprofit staff and volunteers focus their fund-raising efforts on relatively high-effort, low-impact activities such as bake sales, raffles and special events. Learn how to expand the impact of your fund-raising program without investing significantly more time or resources. The program is free and open to the public.
Genealogy Day at the Library. Beginning in January 2014, Genealogy Day will now be held on the last Saturday of every month through October, unless otherwise noted. So in January join Root Cellar staff on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Same deal as last year: $5 covers lunch and free copies, plus the opportunity to discuss tricks of the trade with other genealogists and family history researchers. We hope the turn out this year is as good as the last, and we look forward to being a part of your family reunion at the Root Cellar.
Internet for beginners class. A one-hour basic instruction class designed to familiarize the user with the computer and set up an email account will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Lyons branch of the library. The class is free but class size is limited to six. Registration required. 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 January is "The Sisters 8: Annie’s Adventures by Lauren Baratz-Logsted." Registration is required. Place a hold to get your book. 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.
Let’s close with a book review! After the holidays you might think you’re all out of food ideas, but everyone still has to eat. Check out the book: Taste of Home Contest Winning Annual Recipes 2013. This annual collection features 319 prize-winning recipes from talented family cooks across the country. The recipes range from easy to challenging and from quick to lengthy. You can browse this collection to find out just what will suit you and your family. The recipes are grouped by sections, which include snacks and appetizers to desserts and everything in between. Each recipe lists the ingredients, time involved in prep and cooking, as well as carefully detailed instructions and a mouth-watering photo. The only thing missing is the smell, but that can be provided by any good family cook who chooses to pick a recipe and share it with their loved ones. There are multiple editions of the Taste of Home Contest Winning Annual Recipes so if you don’t find something you like in one book, there are plenty of others to review.
Holly Youngquist is the Clinton Public Library's adult programming librarian.