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Join us in the lower level multi-purpose room from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 to meet the library’s new director, Susan Mesecher.

COFFEE KLATCH

Please join us Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lyons Branch for some hot coffee and an hour long chat with Tom Koester from the Catholic Historical Center. We will learn historical information, what records are available at the Catholic Historical Center, and have the opportunity to chat about our own research.

THE DEVIL HAS MY CONSENT WITH KATHY WILSON

In 1692 more than 200 people were accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Twenty were executed. Why? What happened to create such hysteria? Were the accused possessed? Experiencing delusions caused by eating spoiled grain? Discover the real story behind the Salem Witch Trials. Join us at Lyons (105 Main Ave) on Sept. 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Seating is limited so please call 242-5355 to sign up.

BINGO!

Join us Sept. 20 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a chance to win some small prizes and some fun Bingo.

GLUTEN FREE: WHAT’S THE FUSS?

Why is this so popular? Should you be gluten free? How does one go gluten free? Join Margaret Alstead, Clinical Dietitian from MercyOne, from 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Lower Level Meeting room at 306 Eighth Ave. South for an overview of what gluten free is and how to start a gluten free diet.

THE TAVERN: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF DRINKING AND CONVIVIALITY

Since the first Europeans settled in North America, much of American life and politics have happened around the tavern. Readers of all kinds will appreciate this in-depth analysis of the tavern and its influence on American life and society throughout history.

Please join us at the library from 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 for a book presentation by Steven Barleen. Seating is limited so please call 242-8441.

Steven D. Barleen. Barleen earned a doctorate in history from Northern Illinois University. His primary historical focus is labor history. Barleen has published articles related to drinking, the tavern and Prohibition, and in 2014 he was awarded the Harry E. Pratt Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholarly Publications in Illinois history. He currently teaches at CCC.

STORYTIME

Morning storytimes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Come join the fun with songs, books and puppet shows.

MAKELAB SATURDAYS

Come in Saturdays to learn about robotics, making games, 3D modeling and much more. Meet like-minded individuals who share your hobby and love to create. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you’ll find a cohesive environment to have fun at the public library. The makeLab is open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday.

Come experience VR at the library on Saturdays. Like adventure? We have VR tours; come see the culture and artwork of ancient Rome, Scale the mountains of Machu Picchu. See what it’s like to be inside a movie in VR, or just sling around on webs as Spiderman. VR times are from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOKSTORE

The Friends of the Library Underground Bookstore is open Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located on the lower level of our library.

Although all material donations are greatly appreciated, we ask that you not place these items in our outside book drop as this limits space for patron returns. The Friends do have a list of acceptable donation items that they are happy to share with you. Please do not donate materials that have mildew, mold, or very overwhelming smells. Please contact our Friends of the Library during their store hours or call them 242-0840 to make arrangements for drop offs.

If you have questions about library programming, call 563-242-8441. Contact the Lyons Local History and Genealogy branch library by calling 563-242-5355 from Tuesday through Saturday.