The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

June 6, 2013

Clinton Public Library gears up for busy week

Holly Youngquist
The Clinton Herald

---- — Library users might notice a lot of movies and gaming activities this summer for all ages at the library. We’re pleased to announce that the young adult department received a technology grant and this money was used to purchase a 60-inch television. Movies and games seem to pop off the screen, so come take a look and enjoy the fun.

Next week is a busy one at the library

• Dig up a good movie! Family-friendly movie day on Friday, June 7, at 1 p.m. Come to the library to view a family movie on the library’s new TV. Popcorn and drinks provided.

• Author reading/signing. Iowa author Joe Blair visits the library Saturday, 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.

• Bunny Tales: June 8 will be hoppin’ at the library. Join us for Bunny Tales on Saturday at 11 a.m. for stories, crafts, and see real bunnies. This event is open to all ages.

• Taco eating contest: See who can eat the most tacos the fastest in this taco eating contest for fourth- and fifth-graders on Monday, June 10, at 5 p.m. Kids can either participate or cheer their friends on as the kids duke it out in a battle of epic proportions. This is a great way for kids in fourth and fifth grades to boost the points in their summer reading logs.

• Baby story time. There will be a special story time for children from birth to 12 months on Tuesday, June 11, at 10 a.m. Parents and children can interact with fun activities, songs and stories. Learn educational activities that you can do at home with your baby.

• It’s Iowa Public Television’s Dan Wardell, on his Reading Road Trip: Children of all ages can come see Dan at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12. Dan will help us to Dig into Reading with his fun, fantastic storytelling. Wear your super hero cape, if you like, and have your picture taken with Dan.

Afternoon Adventures. Explore your world every Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. This week enjoy a family-friendly movie! Open to children in grades 1 through 5.

• Market Music: No Sugar Tonight. On Wednesday, June 12, from 5-7 p.m. enjoy an evening of classic rock and roll with a lemonade twist provided by local band, No Sugar Tonight. Market Music Concerts coincide with the Lyons Farmers Market and are sponsored by the Clinton Public Library. These concerts will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday nights this summer from June through August at the Four Square Park Bandshell. Funding provided by the Friends of the Clinton Public Library.

• Story Times. Toddler Time theme will be bats and will be held Thursday, June 13, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, contact children’s librarian, Tamie Bird, at 242-8441.

• Incredible bats: Ever wanted to see bats up close and personal? “Incredible Bats” will be coming to Clinton on Thursday June 13. See live Egyptian fruit bats and learn how important bats are to nature. The program will be held at the Ericksen Community Center at 3:30 p.m. Open to all ages.

Let’s finish with a book review: Charlie Bone was an ordinary boy and happy to be so. He didn’t want to be endowed like his Grandma Bone. A mix-up at the photoshop sends a mysterious photo into Charlie’s hands, and he realizes he’s not an ordinary boy, much to the delight of Grandma Bone. She decides it’s time for him to attend the spooky, drafty Bloor’s Academy — thus begins “Midnight for Charlie Bone” by Jenny Nimmo. This entertaining juvenile book combines mystery with fantasy to provide a thrill ride for readers of both genres and all ages. This story will appeal to fans of Harry Potter because of similar elements, but the plot is unique to Nimmo and Charlie Bone.

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