The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 23, 2014

Download free music with Freegal

By Holly Youngquist
Special to the Herald

---- — The library has subscribed to the Freegal Music application where if you have a library card, you can download free music.

Library users have a weekly download limit of three songs. Your count resets every Monday at 12 a.m. Eastern time. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the Freegal website.

Just download a song and it’s yours to keep — it never expires — and you can put it wherever you want so you can listen to it at home or on the go. Not sure if you like a song? Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download but you must be logged in to enjoy the sample clips.

The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM, and videos are in the MP4 format with no DRM. This service will work on almost any computer, player, tablet or smartphone. The Freegal Music mobile app is free in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Click on the link on the library web site home page or go to

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 Wednesday and the theme for this week will be Wacky Science.

Story time

The theme for next week is All About Cake! Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m.

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

Beyond Bake Sales, Raffles, and Golf Outings: Basic fundraising for smaller organizations

On Tuesday at 6 p.m. join Linda Wastyn of Wastyn and 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.

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 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.

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 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.

McKenzley Morris

There will be an author signing and book reading. Visit the young adult department at the main branch of the library on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. to hear local Clinton teenager McKenzley Morris share how she decided to write her book and how and when she started. She will also read selections from her book.

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 book stores 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 Thursday, 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 former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver in February 2009. You can learn more about this talented musician by visiting his website at This program is free and open to the public.

Time is running out to get your fines forgiven

As a holiday gift to our readers, the library is offering a fine amnesty until Jan. 31 for people who return their overdue materials this month. 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.

Holly Youngquist is the Clinton Public Library's Adult Programming librarian.