Library seeks book donations for summer lunch program

The library and Friends of the Library are requesting book donations for a local summer lunch program at Clinton Community Human Services Campus. The kids that attend the lunch program get to read as they eat lunch, and their minds are just as hungry as their stomachs. Please bring any books appropriate for elementary, middle school, or high school aged kids and teens to the library and let us know they’re for the lunch program.

ADULT COLORING IS BACK Coloring is not just for kids! This is a great way for adults to relax, calm your mind, lower stress, and unplug from technology for an hour. Please join us at the Clinton Public Library Main Branch, Thursday, July 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, Lower Level. We will provide all the necessary supplies but you are more than welcome to bring your own. Seating is limited so please call 242-5355 or 242-8441 to sign up.

CLOSE UP MAGIC Join us on the second floor on Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. to learn the mystery behind your favorite tricks as Rick Brammer shows us "Close Up Magic." This program is for all ages.

TIPS AND TRICKS TO QUIT SMOKING MercyOne Respiratory Therapist, Peg Petersen, RT, will present tips to help people kick the habit at 3:30 p.m. July 12 at the Lyons branch, 105 Main Ave.

BETWEEN THE WARS This lecture will look at the city of Clinton between World War I and World War II and how the WPA was utilized here. Join us at Lyons on July 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. as Dave Bahnsen discusses the roaring 1920s, the effects of the Great Depression, the WPA, and daily life in Clinton throughout those years. Bahnsen was born and raised in Clinton and has done extensive research on this era while serving as a volunteer for the State of Iowa Historical Society in Iowa City. He is the author of the forthcoming book “The Legend of Rockledge: The Story of the Iten Family in Iowa and Beyond.”

GRATITUDE JOURNAL Writing down things that we are grateful for has been known to improve self-esteem, make you happier, reduce stress, and so much more. Join us July 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Clinton Public Library Main Branch to start your gratitude journal. We will provide free journal pages. This program is for adults and seating is limited. Please call 242-8441 to sign up.

THERE’S STILL TIME TO READ AND WIN The Summer Reading Program is a great way for kids and teens to retain reading and learning skills over the summer break. Readers keep track of their reading progress using our CPL reading log. We have lots of fun prizes to keep kids and teens motivated to read and to complete their logs. This year’s Summer Reading theme is “A Universe of Stories.” You can expect a lot of space-themed programs and activities at the library, and this year’s grand prize will be a telescope with books to help young astronomers learn how to look at the stars.

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

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOKSTORE The Friends of the Library Underground Bookstore is open Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday from 2 to 6 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 at 242-0840 to make arrangements for drop offs.

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