Villisca Axe Murder house

The Villisca Axe Murder House will be among the sites discussed at the Clinton Public Library on Wednesday during a session about the paranormal and haunted locations. Led by Kelly McCarville from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., those attending will hear stories about her paranormal investigations, experiences, and even some information on one of the most notorious locations, the Villisca Axe Murder House.

The Clinton Public Library was closed Oct. 14 for staff development.

Staff attended training at Clinton City Hall; held a virtual meeting with State Library consultant, Becky Heil; went over the library’s Makerspace with Board members, staff, and Friends of the Library; and focused on library tasks like learning how to do inventory with our computer system.

It was a great day filled with learning that will only benefit our services to the public. Our next Staff Development day will be Nov. 11.

PARANORMAL EXPERIENCES AND HAUNTED LOCATIONS Please join us at the Main Branch Library Lower Meeting Room for a presentation by Kelly McCarville on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Kelly will share stories of her paranormal investigations, experiences, and even some information on one of the most notorious locations, the Villisca Axe Murder House.

Please sign up, as seating is limited, by calling 242-8441 or 242-5355.

LYONS READS BOOK CLUB The Lyons Reads Book Club is an informal club where each member reads their own selection and shares with the rest of the group. The club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. at 105 Main Ave. The Book Club does not meet in November or December so this is the last book club of the year.

INTRODUCTION TO WRITING SHORT STORIES Join us Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Lower Level at 306 Eight Ave. South, for an introduction to writing short stories. This workshop, led by author Tom McKay, will examine setting, characters, and plot as three main elements of a story and address descriptions, action, and dialogue as three tools in telling a story.

The workshop is appropriate for beginning writers, more experienced writers who wish to compare perspectives, and avid readers who are curious about how stories are created. At the end of the session, Mr. McKay will be available to sign copies of “Junk to Think About.” Call 242-8441 to sign up.

Tom McKay has had numerous short stories published in journals and magazines including the Wapsipinicon Almanac, Vermont Ink, Downstate Story, Hyper Text, Karawane, the Out Loud Anthology series of the Midwest Writing Center, and So It Goes, the literary journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. His book Junk to Think About: Short & Shorter Stories recently appeared from River Lights Publishing.

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

WILD WEDNESDAYS Kids in grades K-5 are welcome to come to the second floor to play video games, computer games, Minecraft, tabletop games, puzzles, and crafts. Fun activities that change from week to week that are STEAM oriented and perfect for elementary kids.

MAKERSPACE AND MAKELAB Saturdays are a whirlwind of fun in the MakeLab. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., come explore 3D Modeling, Coding, Programming, Intro to Game Design, Robotics, Animation, Virtual Reality, and so much more. The sky and your imagination is the limit.

Thursdays from 4 to 7:30 p.m. are for any ages wanting to learn about our Makerspace. We have a Cricut, sewing and embroidery machines, laminator, button maker, 3D printer and 3D Modeling, and Virtual Reality.

TECHNOLOGY HELP Technology help can be general questions about your device or help with homework. Help should be with tech or technology related issues. We offer a variety of new exciting things that are available for use; please see the make-do-learn section for more information. We offer computer use with internet open for free tech use while no patrons are waiting during these hours. Call to make an appointment; appointments are subject to library programming schedule and staff availability. For more information call 242-8441 or email

Times are Thursdays from 4 to 7:30 p.m., Fridays at Lyons from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY WEEK Be sure to visit the Friends in the store on the lower level during National Friends of the Library Week from Oct. 20 to 26. The Friends of the Library Underground Bookstore is open Monday from 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.