The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

May 30, 2013

More than books

Holly Youngquist
The Clinton Herald

---- — Hello Clinton!

I mentioned summer reading in last week’s column. Let’s go into more detail.

Kids can win amazing prizes this summer by signing up for the summer reading program at the library. Stop in at either the Main or Lyons branch in June or July to register. All ages are welcome.

Parents: Sign up your baby (newborn to 2 years) and enter your name for a chance to win a gift basket full of supplies that all parents with little ones need.

Children (3 years old and older) who participate in the Summer Reading program will receive great prizes such as free food coupons, books, free passes to places in town and more. Children who have just finished fourth and fifth grade and complete the program will be entered to win an e-reader! Beat the heat this summer by coming to the library for many great and fun free programs.

The teen summer reading program runs through July 24, with the completion party being held on July 31. There will be many programs and events for teens, including video game nights, creative writing circles, movie nights, book discussions that involve making wands inspired by the Harry Potter series, camp T-shirts inspired by the Heroes of Olympus series, and our own anime convention. Teens complete log sheets to track their progress. Prizes — including an e-reader, themed baskets and gift cards/certificates from various local businesses — will be awarded to those who complete the program.

Adults can participate too. Simply fill out an entry slip for each book read beginning on June 1 to enter weekly prize drawings. Entrants are eligible to win only one weekly prize. Drawings are held on Fridays in June and July, starting June 7. Weekly winners remain in the pool for the grand prize. One grand prize winner will be chosen July 31. Watch the library web site, Facebook, Twitter and this column for winner announcements.

Here are some upcoming programs at the library:

• Story Times: Search and Rescue Dog! Lois Hall will bring her search and rescue dog to story time on Wednesday, June 5 at 10 a.m. Preschool story times occur weekly. Toddler Time theme will be dogs and will be held Thursday, June 6, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, contact children’s librarian Tamie Bird at 242-8441.

• Afternoon Adventures: Explore your world every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Open to children in grades one through five.

• Card-Making Basics- is cancelled. Due to an injury, Colleen Hastings won’t be able to teach the card-making class scheduled for June 1. We wish her a speedy recovery. Watch this column for updates regarding the July scrapbooking class.

• Quad City Flutes Unlimited Quartet in Concert: Visit the library for an evening of ethereal flute music on Monday, June 3, 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 St. Ambrose University. The library program is free and open to the public. Concert made possible by the Friends of the Clinton Public Library.

• Toss, Catch, Dig: Your family will want to catch this act on Tuesday, June 4, at 2 p.m. in the children’s department. Jay and Leslie of Laughing Matters will juggle, play mime baseball and amaze you with the invisible ball. The show includes Leslie as library archeologist Nellie Dingfod fresh from a dig. Program recommended for ages 3 and up.

• Teen Video Gaming Night. On Wednesday, June 5, from 4-6 p.m., YA Librarian Kendra Evers will lead teens in a video gaming night using a super new 60-inch television purchased by the library with funds awarded through a technology grant.

• Joe Blair, Author Reading/Signing: Iowa author Joe Blair visits the library June 8 at 10:30 a.m. to share readings from his debut memoir, “By The Iowa Sea: A Memoir.” Bring your copy or purchase a book from the author for signing. This wrenching, unsentimental account of the heartbreaks and ecstasies of marriage, fatherhood and small-town life in the Midwest has received critical acclaim and was an Oprah book of the week in 2012.

Holly Youngquist is the adult programming and outreach librarian with the Clinton Public Library.