Weekly Newsletter Emails

 

Each Monday the director sends out a Weekly Newsletter via email with information on what is happening at the library, along with a list of new books added to the collection in the past week.  Most patrons of the library are signed up to receive the emails.  If you do not receive the email please subscribe below.

 

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February 19, 2024

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
 
Mon Feb 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Feb 19 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Mon Feb 19 at Chat & Chew Book Club
Tues Feb 20 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Feb 21 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Feb 21 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Feb 21 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Feb 21 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wed Feb 21 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Feb 22 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Feb 22 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Feb 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Feb 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Feb 26 at 2:00 BINGO
Tues Feb 27 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tues Feb 27 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Feb 28 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Feb 28 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Feb 28 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Feb 28 at 2:00 The Healing Process of Art w/ Jenny Bledsoe
Wed Feb 28 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Feb 29 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Feb 29 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Mar 1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
 
 
Book Clubs TODAY:
The Monday Book Club will meet today at 2:00 to discuss Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.  We will be handing out next month’s selection Lucy By the Sea by Elizabeth Stout.
 
As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William. For the next several months, it's just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea.

Rich with empathy and emotion, Lucy by the Sea vividly captures the fear and struggles that come with isolation, as well as the hope, peace, and possibilities that those long, quiet days can inspire. At the heart of this story are the deep human connections that unite us even when we're apart—the pain of a beloved daughter's suffering, the emptiness that comes from the death of a loved one, the promise of a new friendship, and the comfort of an old, enduring love.
 
Chat and Chew Book Club will also meet today at 5:30 to share what books we have been reading lately. We always get great ideas for new books to add to our reading lists.  We enjoy a slice of pizza while we chat.
 
Please feel free to join either book club - newcomers are always welcome.
 
Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Come to the Carnegie Cafe this Wednesday, February 21 at 2:00 to make a simple seasonal craft, enjoy a hot beverage, and enjoy each other’s company.  There is no cost or sign-up required, and we provide any supplies needed. Note: date change is for this month only.  We will resume meeting on the first Wednesday of the month in March.
 
The Healing Process of Art
Jenny Bledsoe's beautiful art display here in the library has been lifting our spirits since early January! On Wednesday, February 28 at 2:00, Jenny will be sharing how she got started making these wonderful pieces and the effect making them has had on her health and well-being.  She will also share her process in creating her art.
 

Changes to Weekly Newsletter
As of February 29, the service we use to send our weekly newsletters (TinyLetter) is discontinuing.  We are in the process of switching to a new service, so you may get a test email from me in the next couple of weeks. If you stop receiving the newsletter after Feb 29, check in your spam folder to see if it went there. I should have more details to share once it is set up. Thank you for your patience as we work through this transition.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Always Remember - #3 Ravenswood Series by Mary Balogh
When We Were Enemies by Emily Bleeker
Meadow Falls by Carolyn Brown
The Serpent & The Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent
The Waters by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Kinfolk by Sean Dietrich
When the Jessamine Grows by Donna Everhart
The Foxhole Victory Tour by Amy Lynn Green
The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins
The Bad Weather Friend by Dean Koontz
Random in Death by J. D. Robb
The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young
 
Nonfiction:
The World: a family history of humanity by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Being Henry: the Fonz….and Beyond by Henry Winkler
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Bread is like the sun.  It rises in the yeast and sets in the waist.
 
Have a great week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

February 12, 2024

Good Morning!

On The Calendar:

 
Mon Feb 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Feb 12 from 5-7:00pm Open House w/ artist Jenny Bledsoe
Tues Feb 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Feb 14 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Feb 14 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Feb 14 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Wed Feb 14 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Feb 14 at 2:00 Spend Smart, Eat Smart: What’s on Your Plate
Wed Feb 14 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Feb 15 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Feb 15 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Feb 16 at 16:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Feb 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Feb 19 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Mon Feb 19 at Chat & Chew Book Club
Tues Feb 20 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Feb 21 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Feb 21 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Feb 21 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Feb 21 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wed Feb 21 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Feb 22 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Feb 22 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Feb 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
 
Art Display and Open House Meet & Greet with Jenny Bledsoe TONIGHT:
Looking for a way to beat the winter blues? Join us from 5:00 – 7:00pm tonight (Monday, February 12) for an Open House Meet & Greet with artist Jenny Bledsoe.  You can admire her mixed media artwork and chat with her about her creative process and inspiration. Refreshments will be served.
 
If you can’t make it to the Open House, Jenny will also be giving a program on Wednesday, February 28 at 2:00pm. Jenny will be sharing how she got started making these wonderful mixed-media pieces and the effect making them has had on her health and well-being.  She will also share her process in creating these pieces.

 















 

 

 


Scones & Tomes Book Club:
Join us for an informal book club this Wednesday, February 14 at 11:30.  We share and discuss the books we have been reading lately while enjoying a sweet treat and a hot beverage.  Attendees always get ideas for great books to add to their reading lists. Newcomers are always welcome.
 
What’s On Your Plate?
Cheryl Bruene will return this Wednesday, February 14 at 2:00 with What's On Your Plate, another class in her Spend Smart, Eat Smart series.  She will teach us about using MyPlate, an easy-to-follow food guide. The program will have 3 parts:

  • Using MyPlate - what does a serving look like from each food group
  • Make Every Bite Count - How to meet nutritional needs for your age group while staying within your recommended calorie limits
  • 4 Key Guidelines - 4 Steps in keeping foods safe to eat

 
New Books:
Fiction:
Neena Lee is Seeing Things by Sheila Athens
Breaking Point - #3 Chammont Point Series by Marci Bolden
The Beach Hunt Murders - #2 Charity Shop Detective Agency Series by Peter Boland
Climbing to the Sun by Shelley Burchfield
Mercury by Amy Jo Burns
Gingerbread and Ghosts - #10 Peridale Café Mystery Series by Agatha Frost
All the Flowers of the Mountain by Christina Holbrook
Along the Dusty Road by Joey Jones
The Night Island by Jayne Ann Krentz
Slice of Courage Quiche by Jennifer Moorman
The Book of Beginnings by Sally Page
Hearts We Leave Behind by Buck Turner
The Keeper of Stars by Buck Turner
 
Memorial Books:
And Then There’s Margaret: a laugh out loud family dramedy by Carolyn Clarke, given in memory of Doris Thierer Danker by her family
Cat Tales: true stories of kindness and companionship with kitties by Aline Alexander Newman, given in memory of Martin Johnson by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust

Pun-Of-The-Week:
The guy at the furniture store told me the sofa would fit 5 people without any problems.  Then it occurred to me, I don’t know 5 people without any problems.
 
Have a great week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

February 5, 2024

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
 
Mon Feb 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tues Feb 6 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Feb 7 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Feb 7 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Feb 7 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Feb 7 at 2:00 Tapping Trees and Making Syrup
Wed Feb 7 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Wed Feb 7 at 2:45 Heart Squeeze with Jenny Hulme for grades K-5
Thurs Feb 8 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Feb 8 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Feb 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Feb 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Feb 12 from 5-7:00pm Open House with artist Jenny Bledsoe
Tues Feb 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Feb 14 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Feb 14 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Feb 14 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Wed Feb 14 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Feb 14 at 2:00 Spend Smart, Eat Smart: What’s on Your Plate? with Cheryl Bruene/ISU Extension
Wed Feb 14 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Feb 15 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Feb 15 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Feb 16 at 16:00 Fit and Feisty
 
Tapping Trees & Making Syrup:
Join us this Wednesday, February 7 at 2:00 for a sweet presentation by locals Bill Calderwood and Kevin Pecenka on the process of tapping trees and making your own maple syrup. You can learn from Bill and Kevin’s experience and you, too, could have your own fresh maple syrup this spring. There will be samples to try from Bill’s first batch this year!

 
Heart Squeeze for Grades K-5 with Jenny Hulme:
Bring your K-5th Graders to the library on Wednesday, February 7 at 2:45 for “Heart Squeeze” with Jenny Hulme. This program is sponsored by Tama County 4-H and includes a story, activity/science experiment and a craft to go home.  There is no registration or fee for this program.
 
Art Display and Open House Meet & Greet with Jenny Bledsoe
Looking for a way to beat the winter blues? Join us from 5:00 – 7:00pm Monday, February 12 for an Open House Meet & Greet with artist Jenny Bledsoe.  You can admire her mixed media artwork and chat with her about her creative process and inspiration. Refreshments will be served.

 
If you can’t make it to the Open House, Jenny will also be giving a program on Wednesday, February 28 at 2:00pm. Jenny will be sharing how she got started making these wonderful mixed-media pieces and the effect making them has had on her health and well-being.  She will also share her process in creating these pieces.
 
What’s On Your Plate?
Cheryl Bruene will return on Wednesday, February 14 at 2:00 with What's On Your Plate, another class in her Spend Smart, Eat Smart series.  She will teach us about using MyPlate, an easy-to-follow food guide. The program will have 3 parts:

  • Using MyPlate - what does a serving look like from each food group
  • Make Every Bite Count - How to meet nutritional needs for your age group while staying within your recommended calorie limits
  • 4 Key Guidelines - 4 Steps in keeping foods safe to eat 


 
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Caught on the Book - #4 Antique Bookshop Series by Laura Gail Black
The Long March Home: a WWII novel of the Pacific by Marcus Brotherton
Welcome Home, Stranger by Kate Christensen
Rocky Mountain Promise - #2 Sister of the Rockies Series by Misty M. Beller
The Connellys of County Down by Tracey Lange
The Weekend Retreat by Tara Laskowski
Take the Honey and Run by Jennie Marts
The Fury by Alex Michaelides
The Starfish Sisters by Barbara O’Neal
The Rescue by Jefferson T. Parker
Holmes, Miss Marple & Poe by James A. Patterson
The Bright Spot - #5 Sunrise Cove Series by Jill Shalvis
 
Large Print:
Clive Cussler’s Fire Strike by Mike Maden
Upside Down by Danielle Steel
 
TEEN:
Divine Rivals - #1 Letters of Enchantment Series by Rebecca Ross
Ruthless Vows - #2 Letters of Enchantment Series by Rebecca Ross
 
Nonfiction:
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs: and other questions about dead bodies by Caitlin Doughty
From Here to Eternity: traveling the world to find the good death by Caitlin Doughty
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Not everyone thinks that Cleopatra was beautiful, but that’s how Julius Caesar.
 
 
Have a great week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

January 29, 2924

On the Calendar:
 
Mon Jan 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Jan 29 at 2:00 BINGO
Tues Jan 30 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Jan 31 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Jan 31 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Jan 31 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Jan 31 at 2:00 Maintain Your Brain Health with Cheryl Bruene/ISU Extension
Wed Jan 31 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Feb 1 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Feb 1 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Feb 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Fri Feb 2 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
Mon Feb 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tues Feb 6 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Feb 7 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Feb 7 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Feb 7 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Feb 7 at 2:00 Tapping Trees and Making Syrup
Wed Feb 7 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Wed Feb 7 at 2:45 Heart Squeeze with Jenny Hulme for grades K-5
Thurs Feb 8 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Feb 8 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Feb 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
 
BINGO Today!
Join us at 2:00 today, Monday January 29 for a fun hour of BINGO in the Talen Community Room.  You can win exciting prizes!
 
Maintain Your Brain Health:
Cheryl Bruene with ISU Extension and Outreach will return on Wednesday, January 31 at 2:00 to share with us ways to Maintain Your Brain Health. Age-related brain shrinkage can be slowed through a healthful diet, physical activity, and exercising your mind. Join us to learn ways to maintain a healthy brain by adopting healthful habits. Taste-test a brain-healthy snack and discuss habits you are already implementing to live a healthy lifestyle.
 


Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood will be back on Friday February 2 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room to lead another watercolor class. We focus on learning a different painting technique each month. Newcomers are welcome! You do not need any prior painting experience to enjoy her classes! All supplies are provided.
 
Tapping Trees and Making Syrup:
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 7 at 2:00 for a sweet presentation by locals Bill Calderwood and Kevin Pecenka on the process of tapping trees and making your own maple syrup. You can learn from Bill and Kevin’s experience and you, too, could have your own fresh maple syrup this spring.
 
Heart Squeeze for Grades K-5 with Jenny Hulme:
Bring your K-5th Graders to the library on Wednesday, February 7 at 2:45 for “Heart Squeeze” with Jenny Hulme. This program is sponsored by Tama County 4-H and includes a story, activity/science experiment and a craft to go home.  There is no registration or fee for this program.
 


Art Display - by Jenny Bledsoe
Don’t forget to come to the library in January and February to admire our display of beautiful artwork by local artist Jenny Bledsoe! Thank you to Jenny for sharing this wonderful display with our library! Stay tuned for information on upcoming programs – Jenny will share how she got started with mixed media art and will explain her process, and may also have a hands on workshop and help you create your own art!
 
Used Book Sale:
Don’t forget to check out our Used Book Sale on the lower level.  We are always adding new items that have been donated or weeded from our collection. You can find more than just books- there are also magazines, puzzles, audiobooks, and DVDs.  Everything is available for a free will donation which you can bring upstairs to the circulation desk.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston
 
Nonfiction:
Durable Trades: family centered economies that have stood the test of time by Rory Groves
Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: the education of a craftsman by Peter Korn
 
Memorial Book:
Your Brain on Art: how the arts transform us by Susan Magsamen, given in memory of Janet Felts by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
 
 
Have a great week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

January 22, 2024

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
 
Mon Jan 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Jan 22 at 2:00 Monday Book Club (Rescheduled)
Mon Jan 22 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club (Rescheduled)
Tues Jan 23 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tues Jan 23 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Jan 24 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Jan 24 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Jan 24 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Jan 24 at 2:00 Coffee Talk w/Tama Co. Public Health
Wed Jan 24 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Jan 25 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Jan 25 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Jan 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Jan 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Jan 29 at 2:00 BINGO
Tues Jan 30 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Jan 31 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Jan 31 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Jan 31 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Jan 31 at 2:00 Maintain Your Brain Health with Cheryl Bruene/ISU Extension
Wed Jan 31 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Feb 1 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Feb 1 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Feb 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Fri Feb 2 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
 
Rescheduled Book Clubs are TODAY:
Our book clubs that were scheduled to meet last week were both postponed until today.
The Monday Book Club will meet today, January 22 at 2:00 to discuss The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle. We will also be handing out next month’s selection Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. This popular book was the Barnes & Noble book of the year in 2022.
 
Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. 

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.  

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.
 
Our Chat & Chew Book Club will meet this evening, January 22 at 5:30.  We discuss books we have been reading lately, and anyone is welcome to come share while we enjoy a slice of pizza.  We always get more ideas to add to our To Be Read lists!
 
Outside the Lines Coloring:
Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, January 23 at 1:05 for a relaxing hour of coloring, coffee and visiting.  All supplies are provided.
 
Coffee Talk w/ Tama Co Public Health:
Stop in for a cookie and a cup of coffee at 2pm this Wednesday, January 24, for a presentation on the following topics:  Depression, Cold Weather, Access to Care, and Urgent Care vs the ER. 

BINGO next week!
Join us at 2:00 next Monday, January 29 for a fun hour of BINGO in the Talen Community Room.  You can win exciting prizes!

Maintain Your Brain Health
Cheryl Bruene with ISU Extension and Outreach will return on Wednesday, January 31 at 2:00 to share with us ways to slow age-related brain shrinkage and adopting healthy life-style habits.

 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood will be back on Friday February 2 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room to lead another watercolor class. We focus on learning a different painting technique each month. Newcomers are welcome! You do not need any prior painting experience to enjoy her classes! All supplies are provided.
 
Tapping Trees and Making Syrup:
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 7 at 2:00 for a sweet presentation by locals Bill Calderwood and Kevin Pecenka on the process of tapping trees and making your own maple syrup. You can learn from Bill and Kevin’s experience and you, too, could have your own fresh maple syrup this spring.
 
Art Display - by Jenny Bledsoe
Don’t forget to come to the library in January and February to admire our display of beautiful artwork by local artist Jenny Bledsoe! Thank you to Jenny for sharing this wonderful display with our library! Stay tuned for information on upcoming programs – Jenny will share how she got started with mixed media art and will explain her process, and may also have a hands on workshop and help you create your own art!
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Call the Canaries Home by Laura Barrow
Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly by Marie Bostwick
The Secret Hours by Mick Herron
Fragile Designs by Colleen Coble
The River Runs South by Audrey Ingram
A Storm of Infinite Beauty by Julianne Maclean
A Shadow in Moscow by Katherine Reay
Sandbar Storm - #4 Summer Cottage Series by Rebecca Regnier
Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal - #3 Caribbean Kitchen Mystery Series by Raquel Reyes
The Wishing Bridge by Viola Shipman
 
Large Print:
Dirty Thirty - #30 Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
Just Once by Karen Kingsbury
 
Nonfiction:
Brother’s Blood: a heartland Cain and Abel by Scott G. Cawelti
 
New DVDs:
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Oppenheimer
The Hill
The Miracle Club
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
Trolls Band Together
Hallmark: Welcome to Valentine/A Picture of Her
 
Memorial Books:
The Art of Teaching Children by Phillip Done, given in Memory of Doris Thierer Danker by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
Dana’s Bakery: 100 Decadent Recipes for Unique Desserts by Dana Pollack given in memory of Joyce Hite by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
The Cottage Garden by Claus Dalby given in memory of Wilma Snider by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust

Pun-Of-The-Week:
Coming home after a cold snowy day = the snuggle is real.

Have a great week! Stay safe and warm out there!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

January 15, 2024

 

Good Afternoon!   BRRRRRR!!!
 
On The Calendar:
 
Mon Jan 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Jan 15 at 2:00 Monday Book Club: POSTPONED
Mon Jan 15 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club: POSTPONED
Tues Jan 16 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Jan 17 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Jan 17 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Jan 17 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Jan 17 at 2:00 Bird Watching w/Raina Genaw-Tama Co. Conservation
Wed Jan 17 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Jan 18 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Jan 18 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Jan 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Jan 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Jan 22 at 2:00 Monday Book Club (Rescheduled)
Mon Jan 22 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club (Rescheduled)
Tues Jan 23 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tues Jan 23 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Jan 24 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Jan 24 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Jan 24 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Jan 24 at 2:00 Coffee Talk w/Tama Co. Public Health
Wed Jan 24 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Jan 25 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Jan 25 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Jan 25 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty

Today's Book Clubs POSTPONED:
Our book clubs that were scheduled to meet today have both been postponed until next week.
The Monday Book Club will meet next Monday, January 22 at 2:00 to discuss The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle. I have heard good comments about this book, and we still have one copy left if anyone else wants to read it before next week and join in the discussion.
 
Our Chat & Chew Book Club will meet next Monday, January 22 at 5:30.  We discuss books we have been reading lately, and anyone is welcome to come share.  We always get more ideas to add to our To Be Read lists!
 
Weather Announcements:
Just a reminder that if the North Tama Schools cancel school, have late starts or early dismissals due to inclement weather, we will NOT have Story Time or Early Out activities.  If the weather is severe enough that the library will be closed or closing early, an announcement will be sent out via email, posted on our Facebook page and our website, and on KWWL.
 
Bird Watching:
Raina Genaw, Tama County Conservation Naturalist, will share about the variety of birds that can be seen locally during the winter. She will also talk about bird conservation and how to attract them to our yards. Join us this Wednesday January 17 at 2:00pm.
 
Coffee Talk w/ Tama Co Public Health:
Stop in for a cup of coffee at 2pm on Wednesday, January 24, for a presentation on the following topics:  Depression, Cold Weather, Access to Care, and Urgent Care vs the ER. 
 
 
Book Challenges – 2023 Challenge Prizes and New 2024 Challenge!
If you participated in the 2023 Decades Challenge, please bring your log sheets to the library (or email them to me dpanfil@traer.lib.ia.us )  We'd like to see how many participated and how many books were read. And we  have fun gift bags for you!
 
Now on to 2024!  This year, read at least one book from each of the listed genres. You can read any book, any time, and in any format, as long as it fits a genre on our list. You can stop in the library to pick up a list and a log sheet, and the librarians will be happy to help you search the library catalog if you need help.
 
There are no set timeframes to follow when completing this challenge – you have the entire year to complete the challenge by reading at least one book from each of the listed genres. Expand your literary horizons and try something new! Have fun with this challenge!

 
Art Display - by Jenny Bledsoe
Need help beating the winter blues? Come to the library in January and February to admire our display of beautiful artwork by local artist Jenny Bledsoe!
 
Jenny’s description of her work and display: 
"For as long as I can remember, I have been a maker. Creating something, anything, has always been a part of me. I try to create things from objects that have already been placed here for one purpose, then turn those objects into something new to serve an entirely different purpose. I am mindful to adopt the wisdom of the three R’s of “reduce, reuse, recycle” where we reduce our consumption, reuse useful items and recycle materials to keep them out of our landfills. So instead of purchasing new items, you will find me picking and thrifting from garage sales, thrift stores and marketplace to find frames for my art projects and small pieces of décor and furniture to transform.
The art style that has been catapulting me forward is new to me. After retiring from my position as a library director, I was inspired by something I saw. This particular piece was created with fabric, but I ran with the general idea and started to frantically create pieces of my own. My process begins, not with an idea of what I will create, but rather a background. The pieces that I have chosen to display at the Traer Public Library are mostly multi-layered pieces that have been created using canvas and cracker or cereal box cardboard to fit into a particular frame. My process begins with a paint “scraping” method to blend the background into a “wallpaper” type look. A small cardboard piece, (a scraper) and a brayer are used to create the background just how I want it. My fingers act as one of my best tools and will do much of the rubbing, smearing and smudging to achieve a somewhat grungy effect until the background feels complete. Other pieces of my process are stencils, tissue paper, bubble wrap, coffee filters, torn pieces of papers, paper bags, modeling paste, charcoal, colored pencil and my own created blended papers. Each piece is done using a layering process that takes anywhere from two days to two weeks to complete. I keep my supplies handy and create at the dining table where my overwintered plants and nature are in view and my cat keeps me company. I find that when all my supplies get tucked away, my creative flow gets tucked away with it. So, it all remains front and center on the table (except for game playing and family gatherings). Here in this cozy space, I can listen to music, podcasts and the many, many books that are constantly on my list. With the exception of three pieces, all the projects you will see in this library display have been created and completed in 2023.

The pieces I have selected will be presented at the beautiful Traer Library for the first time. As you peruse the display, you may spot a heart or two in each creation. The hearts represent the love of my family, the creating process itself and the healing that this process has brought into my life. My hope is that you enjoy viewing the display and that it brings a smile to your face and by observing my creations, they will evoke a reaction of inspiration.

Thank you to the Traer Library Director Diane and all of the wonderful staff for giving me this opportunity to share my art and heart in this presentation. Also I’d like to say thank you to my family and friends for their encouragement and authentic feedback. “

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas
-Jenny Bledsoe, January 2024
Thank you to Jenny for sharing and creating this beautiful display for our library! Be sure to come in to admire
Jenny’s work!
















 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Don’t get upset when your snow fort falls apart…just igloo it back together.

Have a great week! Stay safe and warm out there!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

January 8, 2024

Good Afternoon!
 
On The Calendar:
 
Mon Jan 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tues Jan 9 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Jan 10 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Jan 10 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Jan 10 at 11:30 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wed Jan 10 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Jan 10 at 2:00 Good Nutrition on a Budget w/ Cheryl Bruene-ISU Extension
Wed Jan 10 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Jan 11 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Jan 11 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Jan 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Jan 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Jan 15 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Mon Jan 15 at Chat & Chew Book Club
Tues Jan 16 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Jan 17 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Jan 17 at 10:30 Pen Pals
Wed Jan 17 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Jan 17 at 2:00 Bird Watching w/Raina Genaw-Tama Co. Conservation
Wed Jan 17 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Jan 18 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Jan 18 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Jan 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
 
Weather Announcements:
Just a reminder that if the North Tama Schools cancel school, have late starts or early dismissals due to inclement weather, we will not have Story Time or Early-Out activities. If the weather is severe enough that the library will be closed or closing early, an announcement will be sent out via email, and also posted on our Facebook page.

Scones & Tomes:
Join us for an informal book club this Wednesday, January 10 at 11:30.  We share and discuss the books we have read lately while enjoying a sweet treat and a hot beverage.  Attendees always get ideas for great books to add to their reading lists. Newcomers are always welcome.
 
Good Nutrition on a Budget: Spend Smart, Eat Smart
Join Cheryl Bruene with ISU Extension and Outreach this Wednesday, January 10 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room for. Good Nutrition on a Budget: Spend Smart, Eat Smart. We will learn to save money by:
  • Using grocery store ads
  • Completing a menu plan
  • Writing a grocery list
  • Using Unit Pricing to select the best buy
 
Bird Watching:
Raina Genaw, Tama County Conservation Naturalist, will share about the variety of birds that can be seen locally during the winter. She will also talk about bird conservation and how to attract them to our yards. Join us on Wednesday January 17 at 2:00pm.
 
Book Challenges – 2023 Challenge Prizes and New 2024 Challenge!
It’s a new year, which means our 2023 Decades Book Challenge has sadly come to an end. What fun it was! If you participated in our challenge, please bring your log sheets to the library (or email them to me) so I can see how many participants we had, and how many total books we read for the challenge.  If you completed the challenge, we have gift bags for you, so don’t forget to bring in your log sheet!
 
Now on to 2024!  We had so much fun with the reading challenge this year, we have planned another challenge for this year! During 2024, read at least one book from each of the listed genres. You can read any book, any time, and in any format, as long as it fits a genre on our list. You can stop in the library to pick up a list and a log sheet, and the librarians will be happy to help you search the library catalog if you need help.
 
There are no set timeframes to follow when completing this challenge – you have the entire year to complete the challenge by reading at least one book from each of the listed genres. Expand your literary horizons and try something new! Have fun with this challenge!

 
Art Display - by Jenny Bledsoe
Need help beating the winter blues? Come to the library in January and February to admire our display of beautiful artwork by local artist Jenny Bledsoe!
 
Jenny’s description of her work and display:
“For as long as I can remember, I have been a maker. Creating something,
anything, has always been a part of me. I try to create things from
objects that have already been placed here for one purpose, then turn
those objects into something new to serve an entirely different purpose.
I am mindful to adopt the wisdom of the three R’s of “reduce, reuse,
recycle”. You will find me picking and thrifting from garage sales,
thrift stores and marketplace to find frames for my art projects and small pieces
of décor and furniture to transform.
 
The pieces that I have chosen to display at the Traer Public
Library are mostly multi-layered pieces that have been created using
canvas and cracker or cereal box cardboard to fit into a particular frame.
My process begins with a paint “scraping” method to blend the
background into a “wallpaper” type look. A small cardboard piece, (a
scraper) and a brayer are used to create the background just how I want
it. My fingers act as one of my best tools and will do much of the rubbing,
smearing and smudging to achieve a somewhat grungy effect until the
background feels complete. Other pieces of my process are stencils,
tissue paper, bubble wrap, coffee filters, torn pieces of papers, paper
bags, modeling paste, charcoal, colored pencil and my own created
blended papers. Each piece is done using a layering process that takes
anywhere from two days to two weeks to complete. With the
exception of three pieces, all the projects you will see in this library
display have been created and completed in 2023.
 
The pieces I have selected will be presented at the beautiful Traer Library
for the first time. As you peruse the display, you may spot a heart or two
in each creation. The hearts represent the love of my family, the creating
process itself and the healing that this process has brought into my life.
My hope is that you enjoy viewing the display and that it brings a smile to
your face and by observing my creations, they will evoke a reaction of
inspiration.”
Thank you to the Traer Library Director Diane and all of the wonderful
staff for giving me this opportunity to share my art and heart in this
presentation. Also I’d like to say thank you to my family and friends for
their encouragement and authentic feedback.
 
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”  Edgar Degas
-Jenny Bledsoe, January 2024

 




















Thank you to Jenny for sharing and creating this display for our library! Be sure to come in to admire Jenny’s work!

Pun-Of-The-Week:
No one has seen the Zamboni driver lately. But I’m sure he’ll resurface eventually.

Have a great week! Stay safe and warm out there!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

January 1, 2024

Good Morning!  Happy New Year!
 
On The Calendar:
 
Mon Jan 1 – CLOSED Happy New Year
Tues Jan 2 at 1:30 NO Tuesday Quilters this week
Wed Jan 3 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Jan 3 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Jan 3 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wed Jan 3 at 2:30– 3:30 NO Early-Out Activities
Thurs Jan 4 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Jan 4 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Jan 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Mon Jan 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tues Jan 9 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wed Jan 10 at 10:15 Story Time
Wed Jan 10 at 11:30 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wed Jan 10 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wed Jan 10 at 2:00 Spend Smart, Eat Smart w/ Cheryl Bruene-ISU Extension
Wed Jan 10 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thurs Jan 11 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thurs Jan 11 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Fri Jan 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty

Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts:
Come to the Carnegie Cafe on Wednesday, January 3 at 2:00 to make a simple seasonal craft, enjoy a hot beverage, and visit.  There is no cost or sign-up required, and we provide any supplies needed.
 
Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Good Nutrition on a Budget.
Join Cheryl Bruene with ISU Extension and Outreach on Wednesday, January 10 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room for Spend Smart. Eat Smart. Good Nutrition on a Budget. We will learn to save money by:
  • Using grocery store ads
  • Completing a menu plan
  • Writing a grocery list
  • Using Unit Pricing to select the best buy
Decades Book Challenge - Prizes!
It’s a new year, which means our 2023 Decades Book Challenge has sadly come to an end. What fun that was! If you participated in our challenge, please bring your log sheets to the library (or email them to me) so I can see how many participants we had, and how many total books we read for the challenge.  And, if you completed the challenge, we have a gift bags for you, so don’t forget to bring in your log sheet!
 
Now on to 2024!  We had so much fun with this reading challenge last year, we are planning another challenge for this year. Stay tuned for more details next week!
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Tom Clancy’s Command and Control, a Jack Ryan Novel by Marc Cameron
 
Teen:
Skyward - #1 Skyward Series by Brandon Sanderson
Starsight - #2 Skyward Series by Brandon Sanderson
Cytonic - #3 Skyward Series by Brandon Sanderson
The Godhead Complex - #3 Maze Cutter Series by James Dashner
 
Jr-Fiction Graphic Novels:
I Survived the American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis
Cold War Correspondent - #11 Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale
Above the Trenches - #12 Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale
Cat Kid Comic Club Influencers - #5 Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I’m feeling bad about my new calendar…its days are numbered.

Have a great year!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

December 25, 2023

Good Morning! Merry Christmas!

On The Calendar:
 
Mon Dec 25 – CLOSED for Christmas
Tuesday Dec 26 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Dec 26 at 1:30 NO Tuesday Quilters this week
Wednesday Dec 27 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Dec 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Dec 28 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Dec 28 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Dec 29 - Mon Jan 1 – CLOSED Happy New Year
Tuesday Jan 2 at 1:30 NO Tuesday Quilters this week
Wednesday Jan 3 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Jan 3 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 3 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Thursday Jan 4 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Jan 4 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Jan 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty

Library Closed: The library will be closed today, December 25 for Christmas and from Friday December 29 – Monday January 1 for the New Year’s Holiday.

Outside the Lines Coloring:
Join us Tuesday, December 26 at 1:05 for a relaxing hour of coloring.  All supplies are provided.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Fire in the Flesh - #3 Flesh and Fire Series by Jennifer Armentrout
Daughter of Darkness - #2 Veridian Deet Series by Terry Brooks
Manner of Death by Robin Cook
The Watchmaker’s Hand by Jeffrey Deaver
The Goodbye - #14 Seaside Saga by Joanne Demaio
The Other Mothers by Katherine Faulkner
The Spy Coast by Tess Gerritsen
Calico by Lee Goldberg
We Must Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren Grodstein
The Affairs of Ashmore Castle by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Catfish Charlie by William W. Johnsotne
The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon
The Wildest Sun by Asha Lemmie
A Very Inconvenient Scandal by Jacqueline Mitchard
The Talk of Coyote Canyon - #2 Coyote Canyon Series by Brenda Novak
Alex Cross Must Die - #32 Alex Cross Series by James A. Patterson
Inheritance by Nora Roberts
Lost Hours – #5 Alaska Wild Series by Paige Shelton
Iron Flame - #2 Empyrean Series by Rebecca Yarros
 
Large Print:
The Little Liar by Mitch Albom
The Corsican Shadow by Dirk Cussler
Deadly Sabotage - #3 Honor Protection Specialists by Elizabeth Goddard
The Mystery Guest - #2 Molly the Maid Series by Nita Prose
The Ball at Versailles by Danielle Steel
 
Non-Fiction:
Find­ing ­grace: the in­spir­ing true s­to­ry of ther­a­py ­dogs bring­ing ­com­fort, hope & love ­to a hurt­ing ­world by Larry Randolph
The gen­tle art of Swedish death ­clean­ing: how ­to free y­our­self and y­our ­fam­i­ly from a life­time of ­clut­ter by Margareta Magnusson
Ghost­s of Honolu­lu: a Ja­pane­se spy, a Ja­pane­se Amer­i­can spy hunter, and the un­told s­to­ry of Pear­l Har­bor by Mark Har­mon and Leon Car­rol­l, Jr
Class by Stephanie Land
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
The forecast this Christmas is cloudy with a chance of reindeer.

Merry Christmas!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

December 18, 2023

Good Afternoon!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Dec 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 18 at 2:00 BINGO *NOTE DATE CHANGE
Monday Dec 18 at 3:00 Monday Book Club * NOTE TIME CHANGE
Monday Dec 18 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Dec 19 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 20 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Dec 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty Christmas gathering at Laurie’s
Wednesday Dec 20 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Dec 21 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Dec 21 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Dec 22 - Mon Dec 25 – CLOSED for Christmas
Tuesday Dec 26 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Dec 26 at 1:30 NO Tuesday Quilters this week
Wednesday Dec 27 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Dec 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Dec 28 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Dec 28 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Dec 29 - Mon Jan 1 – CLOSED Happy New Year
 

BINGO, MONDAY BOOK CLUB, AND CHAT & CHEW TODAY:
Since we will be closed for Christmas on the usual BINGO day (Dec 25), we have moved BINGO to TODAY, Monday, December 18 at 2:00 in the TALEN Community Room.  There is no cost to play, and you can win exciting prizes!
 
Our Monday Book Club has been pushed back an hour, to 3:00 TODAY, Monday, December 18. We will meet upstairs in the library to discuss A Redbird Christmas, by Fannie Flagg. We will also be handing out next month’s selection The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan. 
Three plucky women lift the spirits of home-front brides in wartime Britain, where clothes rationing leaves little opportunity for pomp or celebration—even at weddings—in this heartwarming novel based on true events, from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.
Please turn in your completed ballots for next year’s selections today if you have not already done so.

Our Chat & Chew Book Club will also meet TODAY at 5:30. This is a very informal book club where we share books that we have been reading lately, while enjoying a slice of pizza.  Newcomers are always welcome!

Fit & Feisty Christmas Gathering at Laurie’s:
After Fit and Feisty this Wednesday, December 20, Laurie will be hosting a Christmas gathering in her home.  Anyone who has attended our Fit & Feisty exercise programs is welcome to join us at 2:00.  You can share rides together after exercise, or call the library for directions to Laurie’s home.

Library Closed: The library will be closed from Friday, December 22 – Monday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday, and Friday December 29 – Monday January 1 for the New Year’s Holiday.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
The Whole Time - #4 D’Angelos Series by Catherine Bybee
The Good Part by Sophie Cousens
Blood Lines - #2 Scott Brodie Series by Nelson DeMille
I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died by Amanda Flower
The Porcelain Maker by Sarah Freethy
The Burnout by Sophie Kinsella
Do You Remember by Freida McFadden
Ward D by Freida McFadden
 
Large Print:
The Edge by David Baldacci
The Secret (Jack Reacher Series) by Lee Child
Heirloom by Beverly Lewis
The Caretaker by Ron Rash
 
Memorial Books: “In Honor and Memory of Keith Frank Earley, by his sisters Ann E. Earley and Jane F. Earley, To share with future citizens, the work and life of farming, that he loved in Tama County”:
Iowa Far­m Man­age­men­t: Far­m Man­age­men­t Sur­veys in Black­ Hawk, Grundy, and Ta­ma Coun­ties, Iowa by H. B Munger
Back­ ­to the Fu­tures: Crash­ing Dirt Bikes, Chas­ing Cows, and Un­rav­el­ing the Mys­tery of Com­mod­i­ty Fu­tures Mar­ket by Scott Irwin
Let­ter­s ­to a y­oung ­farmer: on ­food, ­farm­ing, and our ­fu­ture from the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Ker­nel­s of Corn His­to­ry: A Brief His­to­ry of 18 Iowa Hy­brid Corn Com­pa­nies, Corn Farm­ing Im­ple­ments and One-Of-A-Kind Corn Museum by Steve Kenkel
The ul­ti­mate guide ­to rais­ing ­far­m an­i­mal­s: a ­com­plete guide ­to rais­ing chick­en­s, pigs, ­cows, and ­more by Laura Childs
A New History of Iowa by Jeff Bremer
The Ad­ven­tures of Bob­by, Iowa Far­m Boy by Bob Bancks
 
New DVDs:
Three Wise Men and a Baby
I Heard the Bells
A Haunting in Venice
Meg 2 – The Trench
Gran Turismo
The American Buffalo
Paw Patrol The Mighty Movie
Scooby Doo! And Krypto Too!
Chair Workouts for Seniors

Pun-Of-The-Week:
What kind of linens do gingerbread men put on their beds? Cookie sheets

Merry Christmas!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

December 11, 2023

Good Afternoon!

On The Calendar:

Monday Dec 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Dec 12 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 13 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Dec 13 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Holiday Gathering at Laurie’s
Wednesday Dec 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 13 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Dec 14 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Dec 14 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Dec 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday, Dec 15 at 2:00 Homeschool Support Group
Monday Dec 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 18 at 2:00 BINGO *NOTE DATE CHANGE
Monday Dec 18 at 3:00 Book Club * NOTE TIME CHANGE
Monday Dec 18 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Dec 19 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 20 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Dec 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty Christmas gathering at Laurie’s
Wednesday Dec 20 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Dec 21 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Dec 21 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Dec 22 - Mon Dec 25 – CLOSED for Christmas
 
Scones & Tomes Holiday Gathering:
Join us for a special Holiday Scones and Tomes Book Club this Wednesday, December 13 at 11:30 at Laurie’s.  We share and discuss the books we have read lately while enjoying some sweet treats and a hot beverage.  Attendees always get ideas for great books to add to their reading lists. If you’d like to ride to Laurie’s together, come to the library by 11:15.
 
Homeschooling Support Group:
Do you homeschool? Come to the library this Friday, December 15 to meet with other homeschoolers! We will be meeting monthly on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2:00 in the Kupka Cultural Center. This is an informal group that will gather to share knowledge, bounce ideas off of one another, and ask questions. There is no "leader" for this group, just come to visit and share with other homeschoolers. Kids are welcome to come! We will have some toys for the younger ones, and a DVD player and TV available. You may bring snacks and drinks.
 
Special Calendar Notes:
Due to the upcoming holidays, we have a few calendar notes:
BINGO: Since we will be closed for Christmas on the usual BINGO day (Dec 25), we have moved BINGO to Monday, December 18 at 2:00.
 
Book Club: Book Club has been pushed back an hour, to 3:00 on Monday, December 18.
 
Library Closed: The library will be closed from Friday, December 22 – Monday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
The Collected Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer
Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop - #2 Christmas Bookshop Series by Jenny Coglan
Dirty Thirty - #30 Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
Dating Can be Deadly - #5 Amish Matchmaker Series by Amanda Flower
Christmas She Wrote: 27 Heartwarming Short Stories, Tidbits & More by Ann Hazelwood
The Amish Matchmakers - #4 Amish Inn Series by Beth Wiseman
Three Weeks in Winter - #6 Tony Harrington Series by Joseph LeValley
Resurrection Walk – a Lincoln Lawyer novel by Michael Connelly
Sugar Plum Poisoned - #14 Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series by Jennifer McKinlay
Sisters under the Rising Sun by Heather Morris
America Fantastica by Tim O’Brien
Twas the Bite Before Christmas - #38 Andy Carpenter Series by David Rosenfelt
Christmas at the Shelter Inn by RaeAnne Thayne
Christmas Presents by Lisa Unger
Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward
The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson
The President’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood
 
Large Print:
The Exchange by John Grisham
The Last Devil to Die - #4 Thursday Murder Club Series by Richard Osman
Judgment Prey by John Sandford
Second Act by Danielle Steel
 
Non-Fiction:
Be Useful: seven tools for life by Arnold Schwarzenegger
One Week in June: the Iowa Floods of 2008 by Jeff Stein
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: dinner’s ready: 112 fast and fabulous recipes for slightly impatient home cooks by Ree Drummond
The Organized Home for New Parents: create routine-ready spaces for your baby’s first years by Ria Stafford
All I Want for Christmas is Yarn: 30 crochet projects for festive gifts and decorations by Lindsey Newns
 
Memorial Books:
This Old Tractor: a treasury of vintage tractors and family farm memories by Michael Dregni, given in memory of Keith F. Earley by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
Forever Strong: a new, science-based strategy for aging well by Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, given in memory of Joyce Petersen by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust

Pun-Of-The-Week:
What did Jack Frost say when he heard a clever snow pun? “Icy what you did there!”

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

December 4, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Dec 4 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Dec 5 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 6 from 10:00-Noon-drop off Oh Fudge! contest entries
Wednesday Dec 6 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Dec 6 from Noon – 5:00 Oh Fudge! Contest tasting/voting
Wednesday Dec 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 6 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Dec 6 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Wednesday Dec 6 at 2:45 Books for Cooks w/Jenny Hulme
Thursday Dec 7 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Dec 7 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Thursday Dec 7 at 7:00pm Remember Pearl Harbor with Jeff Stein
Friday Dec 8 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Dec 12 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 13 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Dec 13 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Christmas at Laurie’s
Wednesday Dec 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 13 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Dec 14 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Dec 14 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Dec 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday, Dec 15 at 2:00 Homeschooling Support Group
 
Oh Fudge!
Do you have a favorite fudge recipe?  Maybe you have a recipe handed down over generations? Or a recipe that your family begs you to make every Christmas? Enter our Christmas Fudge Contest!  Make your fudge and bring it to the library between 10:00 and Noon on Wednesday, December 6. Then everyone is invited to stop in and taste-test and vote for your favorite from Noon - 5:00.  The winner will receive a $25 Chamber Gift Certificate that can be used at any Chamber business!

Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts:
Come to the Carnegie Cafe on Wednesday, December 6 at 2:00 to make a simple seasonal craft, enjoy a hot beverage, and visit.  There is no cost or sign-up required, and we provide any supplies needed.

Books For Cooks:
This Wednesday, December 6, Jenny Hulme will lead another Books for Cooks Program for grades K-5, beginning at 2:45 in the Talen Community Room. There is no sign-up or cost for this program, thanks to a grant from The Tama County Community Foundation.
 
Each session is approximately one hour and will include a story, preparing a snack, physical activity as well as some type of activity/craft. And of course, the tasting of the prepared food as well as taking home the recipe.

 
Remember Pearl Harbor
The American Legion Auxiliary, Kubik-Finch Unit No. 142 is pleased to sponsor a Humanities Iowa educational program on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Traer Public Library.  Jeff Stein, a Toledo, Iowa native, will screen his documentary, “From the Battlefront to the Homefront:  Iowa Broadcasters Go To War.”  This project was funded in part by Humanities Iowa.  This presentation is free and open to the public.

 

From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Iowa Broadcasters Go To War
The bravery of American military members has been well-documented, often due to the unique reporting done by Iowa-based broadcasters on the scene. This presentation includes segments from a documentary by the same name, featuring vintage broadcasts and interviews with the journalists who covered conflicts from World War II to the first Gulf War: a 50-year span. Iowa broadcast historian Jeff Stein, the documentary producer, tells of the challenges the reporters faced in doing their jobs relaying information to a waiting audience and, at times, reassuring them of the safety of Iowans serving thousands of miles away.

Jeff Stein is an author, historian and broadcaster. A 2011 recipient of The National Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, he is recognized as the foremost broadcast historian in Iowa. His daily radio feature on Iowa history, “Iowa Almanac”, airs on 30 stations statewide. A past member of the State Historical Society of Iowa board of trustees, Stein taught at the college level for 25 years, including at Iowa State University, Buena Vista University-Marshalltown Center, William Penn University and Wartburg College.
 













 
 
New DVDs:
The Little Mermaid
Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One
Sound of Freedom
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Yesterday I saw a man spill a bunch of Scrabble letters on the road. So I asked him, “What’s the word on the street?”

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

November 27, 2023

Good Afternoon!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Nov 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 27 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday Nov 28 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Nov 28 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 29 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Nov 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 29 at 2:00 Do You Hear What I Hear? Hearing Health w/ Deb Kloster
Wednesday Nov 29 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Nov 30 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 30 at 2:15 NO Yoga
Friday Dec 1 at 1:00 NO Fit & Feisty
Friday, Dec 1 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
Friday Dec 1 at 5:30 Union Carolers
Saturday Dec 2 at 10:00 Story Time w/ Santa & Mrs. Claus
Monday Dec 4 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Dec 5 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 6 from 10:00-Noon-drop off Oh Fudge contest entries
Wednesday Dec 6 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Dec 6 from Noon – 5:00 Oh Fudge Contest tasting/voting
Wednesday Dec 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 6 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Dec 6 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Wednesday Dec 6 at 2:45 Books for Cooks w/Jenny Hulme
Thursday Dec 7 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Dec 7 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Thursday Dec 7 at 7:00pm Remember Pearl Harbor with Jeff Stein
Friday Dec 8 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Special Calendar Notes:
There will be NO Chair Yoga Thursday, and NO Fit & Feisty on Friday.
 
BINGO!
Join us at 2:00 on Monday Nov. 27 for a fun hour of BINGO in the Talen Community Room.  You can win exciting prizes!
 
Outside the Lines Coloring:
Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring Tuesday Nov. 28 at 1:05. We provide all supplies. There is no cost or sign up required.

Do You Hear What I Hear?
On Wednesday, November 29 at 2:00, Deb Kloster with On-Site Hearing will speak about hearing health and hearing aids.
She will touch on subjects such as:

  • When should you have your hearing checked?
  • How to talk to people with hearing aids
  • How to get people with hearing aids to talk to you
  • General questions

 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood’s monthly watercolor class will meet again Friday Dec. 1 at 2:00. We focus on learning a different painting technique each month. Newcomers are welcome! All supplies are provided.

Holiday Happenings Events:
Stop in the library on Friday, December 1 from 1:00-5:00 to sign up to win a free copy of Christmas at the Shelter Inn by RaeAnne Thayne.
Then at 5:30 in the Kupka Cultural Center, enjoy the sounds of the Holiday season with the Union Carolers.

On Saturday, December 2, bring the kids to the library at 10:00 to hear Santa read Twas the Night Before Christmas, have pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and get a cookie to take home!

Santa & Mrs Claus 2019.jpg

Oh Fudge!
Do you have a favorite fudge recipe?  Maybe you have a recipe handed down over generations? Or a recipe that your family begs you to make every Christmas? Enter our Christmas Fudge Contest!  Make your fudge and bring it to the library between 10:00 and Noon on Wednesday, December 6. Then everyone is invited to stop in and taste-test and vote for your favorite from Noon - 5:00.  The winner will receive a $25 Chamber Gift Certificate that can be used at any Chamber business!
 
Remember Pearl Harbor
The American Legion Auxiliary, Kubik-Finch Unit No. 142 is pleased to sponsor a Humanities Iowa educational program on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Traer Public Library.  Jeff Stein, a Toledo, Iowa native, will screen his documentary, “From the Battlefront to the Homefront:  Iowa Broadcasters Go To War.”  This project was funded in part by Humanities Iowa.  This presentation is free and open to the public.
From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Iowa Broadcasters Go To War

The bravery of American military members has been well-documented, often due to the unique reporting done by Iowa-based broadcasters on the scene. This presentation includes segments from a documentary by the same name, featuring vintage broadcasts and interviews with the journalists who covered conflicts from World War II to the first Gulf War: a 50-year span. Iowa broadcast historian Jeff Stein, the documentary producer, tells of the challenges the reporters faced in doing their jobs relaying information to a waiting audience and, at times, reassuring them of the safety of Iowans serving thousands of miles away.
Jeff Stein is an author, historian and broadcaster. A 2011 recipient of The National Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, he is recognized as the foremost broadcast historian in Iowa. His daily radio feature on Iowa history, “Iowa Almanac”, airs on 30 stations statewide. A past member of the State Historical Society of Iowa board of trustees, Stein taught at the college level for 25 years, including at Iowa State University, Buena Vista University-Marshalltown Center, William Penn University and Wartburg College.

 













 


Pun-Of-The-Week:
Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, “You stay here; I’ll go on a head.”

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

November 20, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Nov 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 20 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Nov 20 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Nov 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 22 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Nov 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 22 at 2:30 – 3:30 NO Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12 this week
Thursday Nov 23 CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday Nov 24 CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday
Saturday Nov 25 CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday Nov 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 27 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday Nov 28 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Nov 28 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 29 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Nov 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 29 at 2:00 Do You Hear What I Hear? Hearing Health w/ Deb Kloster
Wednesday Nov 29 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Nov 30 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 30 at 2:15 NO Yoga
Friday Dec 1 at 1:00 NO Fit & Feisty
Friday, Dec 1 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
Friday Dec 1 at 1:00-5:00 Holiday Happenings: sign up to win a free book!
Friday Dec 1 at 5:30 Union Carolers
Saturday Dec 2 at 10:00 Story Time w/ Santa & Mrs. Claus

 
Special Calendar Notes:
Pen Pals will NOT be meeting for the month of November.
Story Time WILL meet on Wed. Nov 22
Early-Out Children’s Programming will NOT meet on Wed. Nov 22
The library will be CLOSED Thursday Nov 23-Sunday Nov 26 for Thanksgiving.
 
 
Book Clubs TODAY:
The Monday Book Club will meet today at 2:00 to discuss Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.  We will be handing out the ballot sheets to vote for book selections for next year. We will also be handing out next month’s selection A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg.
Deep in the southernmost part of Alabama, along the banks of a lazy winding river, lies the sleepy little community known as Lost River, a place that time itself seems to have forgotten. After a startling diagnosis from his doctor, Oswald T. Campbell leaves behind the cold and damp of the oncoming Chicago winter to spend what he believes will be his last Christmas in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River. There he meets the postman who delivers mail by boat, the store owner who nurses a broken heart, the ladies of the Mystic Order of the Royal Polka Dots Secret Society, who do clandestine good works. And he meets a little redbird named Jack, who is at the center of this tale of a magical Christmas when something so amazing happened that those who witnessed it have never forgotten it. Once you experience the wonder, you too will never forget A Redbird Christmas.
Chat and Chew Book Club will also meet today at 5:30 to share what books we have been reading lately. We always get great ideas of new books to add to our To Be Read lists.  We enjoy a slice of pizza while we discuss.

 
Please feel free to join either book club - newcomers are always welcome.
 
Do You Hear What I Hear?
On Wednesday, November 29 at 2:00, Deb Kloster with On-Site Hearing will speak about hearing health and hearing aids. She will touch on subjects such as:

  • When should you have your hearing checked?
  • How to talk to people with hearing aids
  • How to get people with hearing aids to talk to you
  • General questions

 
Holiday Happenings Events:
Stop in the library on Friday, December 1 from 1:00-5:00 to sign up to win a free copy of Christmas at the Shelter Inn by RaeAnne Thayne.
 
Then at 5:30 in the Kupka Cultural Center, enjoy the sounds of the Holiday season with the Union Carolers.

On Saturday, December 2, bring the kids to the Kupka Cultural Center at 10:00 to hear Santa read Twas the Night Before Christmas, have pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and get a cookie to take home!

Oh Fudge!
Do you have a favorite fudge recipe?  Maybe you have a recipe handed down over generations? Or a recipe that your family begs you to make every Christmas? Enter our Christmas Fudge Contest!  Make your fudge and bring it to the library between 10:00 and Noon on Wednesday, December 6. Then everyone is invited to stop in and taste-test and vote for your favorite from Noon - 5:00.  The winner will receive a $25 Chamber Gift Certificate that can be used at any Chamber business!
 
Remember Pearl Harbor
The American Legion Auxiliary, Kubik-Finch Unit No. 142 is pleased to sponsor a Humanities Iowa educational program on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Traer Public Library.  Jeff Stein, a Toledo, Iowa native, will screen his documentary, “From the Battlefront to the Homefront:  Iowa Broadcasters Go To War.”  This project was funded in part by Humanities Iowa.  This presentation is free and open to the public.

From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Iowa Broadcasters Go To War
The bravery of American military members has been well-documented, often due to the unique reporting done by Iowa-based broadcasters on the scene. This presentation includes segments from a documentary by the same name, featuring vintage broadcasts and interviews with the journalists who covered conflicts from World War II to the first Gulf War: a 50-year span. Iowa broadcast historian Jeff Stein, the documentary producer, tells of the challenges the reporters faced in doing their jobs relaying information to a waiting audience and, at times, reassuring them of the safety of Iowans serving thousands of miles away.
Jeff Stein is an author, historian and broadcaster. A 2011 recipient of The National Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, he is recognized as the foremost broadcast historian in Iowa. His daily radio feature on Iowa history, “Iowa Almanac”, airs on 30 stations statewide. A past member of the State Historical Society of Iowa board of trustees, Stein taught at the college level for 25 years, including at Iowa State University, Buena Vista University-Marshalltown Center, William Penn University and Wartburg College.

 













 

 

 

New Books:
Non-Fiction:
All Star Quilts of Valor: 25 Patriotic Patterns from Star Designers by Ann Parsons Holte
Tabletastic! Table Topper Patterns by Doug Leko
Tabletastic 2! Table Topper Patterns by Doug Leko
Tabletastic 3! Table Topper Patterns by Doug Leko
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I think there’s something wrong with this turkey. It tastes a bit fowl.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

November 13, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Nov 13 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Nov 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 15 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Nov 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 15 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Nov 16 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 16 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Nov 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Nov 17 at 2:00 Homeschooling Support Group
Monday Nov 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 20 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Nov 20 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Nov 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 22 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Nov 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 22 at 2:30 – 3:30 NO Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12 this week
Thursday Nov 23 CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday Nov 24 CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday
Saturday Nov 25 CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday

Special Calendar Notes:
Pen Pals will NOT be meeting for the month of November.
Story Time WILL meet on Wed. Nov 22
Early-Out Children’s Programming will NOT meet on Wed. Nov 22
The library will be CLOSED Thursday Nov 23-Sunday Nov 26 for Thanksgiving.
 
Homeschooling Support Group:
Do you homeschool? Come to the library this Friday, November 17 to meet with other homeschoolers! We will be meeting monthly on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2:00 in the Kupka Cultural Center. This is an informal group that will gather to share knowledge, bounce ideas off of one another, and ask questions. There is no "leader" for this group, just come to visit and share with other homeschoolers. Kids are welcome to come! We will have some toys for the younger ones, and a DVD player and TV available. You may bring snacks and drinks.
 
Book Club NEXT week:
The Monday Book Club will meet NEXT Monday, Nov. 20 at 2:00.  There is still time to read this month’s selection Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.  Please feel free to join our discussion – books are available at the circulation desk and newcomers are always welcome.
 
Mesmerizing from the first page to the last, Kristin Hannah's Winter Garden is one woman’s sweeping, heartbreaking story of love, loss, and redemption. At once an epic love story set in World War II Russia and an intimate portrait of contemporary mothers and daughters poised at the crossroads of their lives, it explores the heartbreak of war, the cost of survival and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. It is a novel that will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Undertow - #3 Tempest Island Series by Jana DeLeon
Marshaling the Heart - #3 Wyoming Sunrise Series by Mary Connealy
 
Large Print:
Lane that Leads to Christmas - #3 Mailbox Mysteries by Melanie Lageschulte
 
Non-Fiction:
The Art of Talking with Children: the simple keys to nurturing kindness, creativity, and confidence in kids by Rebecca Rolland
 
Memorial Books:
Treasures from the Hive: a beginners guide to beekeeping by Hector Donald Desmond, given in memory of Dallas Gene Cizek by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
Shop Class For Everyone: practical life skills in 83 projects by Sharon & David Bowers, given in memory of Keith F. Earley by Diane Panfil & Family
Joy Ride: a bike odyssey from Alaska to Argentina by Kristen Jokinen, given in memory of Curtis Gravatt by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
Gather & Give: sharing God’s heart through everyday hospitality by Amy Hannon, given in memory of Sharlene Hoeg by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust

DVDs:
Haunted Mansion

Pun-Of-The-Week:
The baker stopped making donuts – he just got tired of the hole thing.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

November 6, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Nov 6 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Nov 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 8 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Nov 8 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Wednesday Nov 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 8 at 2:00 Cooking with Fresh Herbs w/ISU Extension
Wednesday Nov 8 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Nov 9 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 9 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Nov 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 13 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Nov 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 15 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Nov 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 15 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Nov 16 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 16 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Nov 17at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Nov 17 at 2:00 Homeschooling Support Group
 
Scones & Tomes:
Join us for an informal book club this Wednesday, November 8 at 11:30.  We share and discuss the books we have read lately while enjoying a sweet treat and a hot beverage.  Attendees always get ideas for great books to add to their reading lists. Newcomers are always welcome.

Cooking with Fresh Herbs:
Do you enjoy growing herbs but would like some new ideas about how to cook with them? When and how do you add fresh herbs while cooking? Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00. Holly Van Heel with ISU Extension and Outreach will be leading us as we explore ways to cook with fresh herbs. We would like to have an idea of how many are coming, so please let us know if you plan to attend.  Or register yourself at https://go.iastate.edu/LVNJYS
 

PenPals will NOT be meeting for the month of November.
 
Get Active at the Library!
While we know how much you love to curl up on a chilly day with a book or magazine or DVD (we do too!), we also know the importance of being active. We currently have 2 programs at the library that get you out and get you moving.
 
Our Fit & Feisty exercise group meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:00. We offer a variety of exercises, and you can participate from either a sitting or standing position, so it’s appropriate for all fitness levels. 
 
We also offer Chair Yoga on Thursdays at 2:15. This is a very basic yoga class that focuses on relaxation, stretching, balance, and breathing. All exercises are done from either from a seated position, standing and using the chair, or beside your chair. You do not have to get down on (or up from) the floor! There is no cost for either of these programs. Give one of them a try!
 
Come Build a Dinosaur!
We have a new activity that will be out for one more week! On loan from the State Library of Iowa- a STEM Dinosaur activity! There is a pile of 105 bones and instructions to build 3 dinosaurs, or build your own. There are also books available (for all ages) to look at in the library. Bring the kids in anytime to build a dinosaur!
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews
Traitors Gate - #6 William Warwick Series by Jeffrey Archer
Sisters by the Sea: 4 short romances set in the Sarasota, Florida Amish Community by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Last Word to the Wise - #2 Christie Bookshop Mystery Series by Ann Claire
The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
The Armor of Light - #4 Kingsbridge Series by Ken Follett
The Running Grave - #7 Cormoran Strikes Series by Robert Galbraith
Hopeless - #1 Hopeless Series by Colleen Hoover
Losing Hope - #2 Hopeless Series by Colleen Hoover
Finding Cinderella - #3 Hopeless Series by Colleen Hoover
Finding Perfect - #4 Hopeless Series by Colleen Hoover
Lost and Found by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Ghost Illusion by Kat Martin
The Last Exchange by Charles Martin
My Darling Girl by Jennifer McMahon
23 ½ Lies: 3 Thrillers (including #23 ½ Women’s Murder Club Series) by James A. Patterson
 
Large Print:
Blessing of the Lost Girls - #20 Joanna Brady by J.A. Jance
When the Rain Ends by Mary Ellen Taylor
 
Non-Fiction:
The Big Book of Happy Crafts: 24 creative projects to infuse your world with style, personality & fun by Lucia Mallea
Killing the Witches: the horror of Salem, Massachusetts by Bill O’Reilly
 
Teen:
Kingdom of the Feared - #3 Kingdom of the Wicked Series by Kerri Maniscalco
The Chalice of the Gods - #6 Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
 
Junior Fiction/Non Fiction:
Which Way to Anywhere by Cressida Cowell
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel - #14 Stacey’s Mistake by Ann Martin
Science Comics: Polar Bears by Jason Viola
Wrecker by Carl Hiaasen
Tales from a not-so-posh Paris Adventure - #15 Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russel
Minecraft: Guide to Exploration
 
DVDs:
Barbie
Elemental
Golda
Jules
The Crown Season 5
Jack Ryan Season 3

Pun-Of-The-Week:
Corduroy pillows are making headlines.

 

October 30, 2023

Good Morning!
On The Calendar:
Monday Oct 30 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 30 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday Oct 31 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday Oct 31 3:30 – 5:00 Trick or Treating
Wednesday Nov 1 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Nov 1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 1 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Nov 1 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Wednesday Nov 1 at 2:45 Books For Cooks w/ Jenny Hulme Grades K-5
Thursday Nov 2 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 2 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Nov 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Nov 3 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
Monday Nov 6 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Nov 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 8 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Nov 8 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Wednesday Nov 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 8 at 2:00 Cooking with Fresh Herbs w/ISU Extension
Wednesday Nov 8 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Nov 9 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 9 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Nov 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
 BINGO TODAY!
Join us at 2:00 TODAY for a fun hour of BINGO in the Talen Community Room.  You can win exciting prizes!
 
Trick or Treating TOMORROW!
Don’t forget to bring your ghosts, monsters, superheroes and princesses to the library tomorrow afternoon from 3:30-5:00 to Trick or Treat!  Huge shout-out THANK YOU to Curt and Karen Kern for donating many, many bags of candy! We will have some non-candy treats available too!
 
Pen Pals will NOT be meeting for the month of November.
 
Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Come to the Carnegie Cafe this Wednesday, November 1 at 2:00 to make a simple seasonal craft, and visit.  There is no cost or sign-up required, and we provide any supplies needed.
 
Books For Cooks:
On Wednesday, November 1, Jenny Hulme will lead another Books for Cooks Program for grades K-5, beginning at 2:45 in the Talen Community Room. There is no sign-up or cost for this program, thanks to a grant from The Tama County Community Foundation.
Each session is approximately one hour and will include a story read, preparing a snack, physical activity as well as some type of activity/craft. And of course, the tasting of the prepared food as well as taking home the recipe.
This month we will learn the importance of following directions when baking, and make Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes. Our story will be Lily and the Yucky Cookies by Sean Covey.
 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood’s monthly watercolor class will meet again this Friday, November 3 at 2:00. We focus on learning a different painting technique each month. Newcomers are welcome! You do not need any prior painting experience to enjoy her classes! All supplies are provided.
 
Cooking with Fresh Herbs:
Do you enjoy growing herbs but would like some new ideas about how to cook with them? When and how do you add fresh herbs while cooking? Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00. Holly Van Heel with ISU Extension and Outreach will be leading us as we explore ways to cook with fresh herbs. We would like to have an idea of how many are coming, so please let us know if you plan to attend.  Or register yourself at https://go.iastate.edu/LVNJYS
 
Activity Backpacks:
We have added a new Activity Backpack for children that is available to check out.  The Tama County Libraries have put together 9 backpacks that will rotate between the libraries in the county.  Each backpack has a theme, and we will rotate them every 3 months.  The backpack we have this quarter has books and activities about ANIMALS. WE also always have available 5 other backpacks full of activities for children.  These can be checked out just like a book!
 
Come Build a Dinosaur!
We have a new activity that will be out for the next two weeks! On loan from the State Library of Iowa- a STEM Dinosaur activity! There is a pile of 105 bones and instructions to build 3 dinosaurs, or build your own. There are also 5 books available (for all ages) to look at in the library. Bring the kids in anytime to build a dinosaur!
dino bones.jpg
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Raft of Stars by Andrew Graff
The Trapped Ones - #5 Nikki Hunt Series by Stacy Green
A Traitor in Whitehall by Juliana Francis Kelly
The Inmate by Freida McFadden
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Breaking News: Ghosts Banned from Liquor Store for Stealing Boos!
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

October 23, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Oct 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Oct 24 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Oct 24 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 25 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 25 at 10:15 Story Time with Special Guest Emily
Wednesday Oct 25 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 25 at 2:00 What Your Body Needs in Your 50s, 60s and Beyond
Wednesday Oct 25 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 26 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 26 at 2:15 Chair Yoga ***Cancelled
Friday Oct 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 30 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 30 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday Oct 31 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 1 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Nov 1 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Nov 1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 1 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Nov 1 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Wednesday Nov 1 at 2:45 Books For Cooks w/ Jenny Hulme Grades K-5
Thursday Nov 2 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 2 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Nov 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Nov 3 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
 
Outside the Lines Coloring:
Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring tomorrow, Tuesday, October 24 at 1:05. We provide colored pencils, markers, cards, bookmarks, or coloring books for you, or bring your own supplies and come to socialize and relax. There is no cost or sign up required.

Story Time Sticker Fun With Pumpkins!

Join us for a special Story Time on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:15AM in the Kupka Cultural Center!  Special Guest Emily Doyle will be joining us and bringing pumpkins! We will have lots of fun enjoying a story and decorating the pumpkins with stickers!
 
This Wednesday @ 2:00: What Your Body Needs in your 50s, 60s and Beyond:
As we mature, so do our nutritional requirements. This Wednesday, October 25 at 2:00, Dietician Crystal Petersen with the Grundy County Hospital will tell us What our Bodies Need in our 50's, 60's and Beyond. She will speak about healthy eating and what our bodies require at different ages. Come to find out more.
 

There will be NO YOGA this week.
 
Cooking with Fresh Herbs:
Do you enjoy growing herbs but would like some new ideas about how to cook with them? When and how do you add fresh herbs while cooking? Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00. Holly Van Heel with Tama County ISU Extension and Outreach will be leading us as we explore ways to cook with fresh herbs.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Fall of Ruin and Wrath –#1 Awakening Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Christmas Every Day by Linda Byler
Before She Finds Me by Heather Chavez
Gooseberry Christmas - #3 Cottage on Gooseberry Bay Series by Kathi Daley
Read to Death at the Lakeside Library - #3 Lakeside Library Series by Holly Danvers
The World Played Chess by Robert Dugoni
A Christmas Courtship - #3 Berlin Bookmobile Series by Shelley Shepard Gray
The Girl in the Ground - #4 Nikki Hunt Series by Stacy Green
The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff
Wildflower Falls - #4 Riverbend Series by Denise Hunter
Chenneville: a novel of murder, loss and vengeance by Paulette Jiles
Summer in the Spotlight - #3 Prince Edward Island Shores Series by Liz Johnson
Holly by Stephen King
Catch Her Death - #7 Bree Taggert Series by Melinda Leigh
They Call Her Dirty Sally by Amy Matayo
They Say He Flies at Night by Amy Matayo
The Locked Door by Freida McFadden
Talulah’s Back in Town by Brenda Novak
 
Large Print:
No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister
The Last Ranger by Peter Heller
The Girl in the Eagle’s Talons #7 Millennium Series by Karin Smirnoff
 
Non-Fiction:
Of Time and Turtles: mending the world, shell by shattered shell by Sy Montgomery
The Six: the untold story of America’s first women astronauts by Loren Grush
The Home Edit: Stay Organized: the ultimate guide to making systems stick by Clea Shearer
Birdie & Harlow: Life, Loss, and Loving My Dog So Much I Didn’t Want Kids (…Until I Did) by Taylor Wolfe
 
Junior:
Guinness World Records 2024
LEGO Star Wars – Awesome Vehicles by Simon Hugh
The Super Secret Octagon Valley Society by Melissa De La Cruz
Dragon Girls Series books 1-3 by Maddy Mara
Science Comics Graphic Novels: Bats; Coral Reefs; Solar System; Spiders

Pun-Of-The-Week:
The coffee shops are very busy this time of year. I guess people really love their pumpkin spice a latte.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

October 16, 2023

Good Morning!

On The Calendar:
Monday Oct 16 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 16 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Oct 16 at 5:30 Chat & Chew **Cancelled
Tuesday Oct 17 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 18 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 18 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Oct 18 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 18 at 2:00 African Violets Hands-On Workshop
Wednesday Oct 18 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 19 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 19 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Oct 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Oct 20 at 2:00 Homeschooling Support Group
Monday Oct 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Oct 24 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Oct 24 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 25 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 25 at 10:15 Story Time with Special Guest Emily
Wednesday Oct 25 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 25 at 2:00 What Your Body Needs in Your 50s, 60s and Beyond
Wednesday Oct 25 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 26 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 26 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Oct 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Book Club Today at 2:00:
The Monday Book Club will meet today, Monday October 16 at 2:00 to discuss The Reading Promise: my father and the books we shared by Alice Ozma. We will also be handing out next month’s selection Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.  Please feel free to join our discussion – books are available at the circulation desk and newcomers are always welcome.
Mesmerizing from the first page to the last, Kristin Hannah's Winter Garden is one woman’s sweeping, heartbreaking story of love, loss, and redemption. At once an epic love story set in World War II Russia and an intimate portrait of contemporary mothers and daughters poised at the crossroads of their lives, it explores the heartbreak of war, the cost of survival and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. It is a novel that will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned.
The Chat and Chew Book club will NOT meet tonight.

African Violets Hands-On Workshop this Wednesday at 2:00:
Cindy Weida’s program about Propagating African Violets on September 13 was so interesting the attendees wanted to have her back for a more "hands-on" demonstration.  So join us on Wednesday, October 18 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room and prepare to "get your hands dirty"! Cindy will help each of us take cuttings from existing violets and show us the best ways to plant and nurture them.
 
Homeschooling Support Group:
If you are a Homeschooler, come to the library this Friday, October 20o meet with other homeschoolers! We will be meeting monthly on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2:00 in the Kupka Cultural Center. This is an informal group that will gather to share knowledge, bounce ideas off of one another, and ask questions. There is no "leader" for this group, just come to visit and share with other homeschoolers. Kids are welcome to come! We will have some toys for the younger ones, and a DVD player and TV available. You may bring snacks and drinks.
 
Sticker Fun with Pumpkins:
Join us for a special Story Time on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:15AM in the Kupka Cultural Center!  Special Guest Emily Doyle will be joining us and bringing pumpkins! We will have stories and have fun decorating the pumpkins with stickers!
 
What Your Body Needs in your 50s, 60s and Beyond:
On Wednesday, October 25 at 2:00, Dietician Crystal Petersen with the Grundy County Hospital will tell us What our Bodies Need in 50's, 60's and Beyond.  As we mature, so do our nutritional requirements, and she will speak about healthy eating and what our bodies require at different ages. Come to find out more.

Pun-Of-The-Week: With all the pumpkins around, autumn is definitely the most Gourd-geous season.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

October 9, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday, Oct 9 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Oct 10 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 11 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 11 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Oct 11 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Oct 11 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 11 at 2:00 Echoes in the Hallways with James Kenyon
Wednesday Oct 11 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 12 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 12 at 2:15 NO Yoga
Friday Oct 13 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 16 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 16 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Oct 16 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Oct 17 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 18 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 18 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Oct 18 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 18 at 2:00 African Violets Hands-On Workshop
Wednesday Oct 18 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 19 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 19 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Oct 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Oct 20 at 2:00 Homeschooling Support Group

Scones & Tomes:
Join us for an informal book club this Wednesday, October 11 at 11:30.  We share and discuss the books we have read lately while enjoying a sweet treat and a hot beverage.  Attendees always get ideas for great books to add to their reading lists. Newcomers are always welcome.
 
Echoes in the Hallways with James Kenyon this Wednesday at 2:00:
How many of you attended school in buildings that are now closed, run down and abandoned, or no longer there? There are schools like that across the entire state, and several in Tama County, that only stand tall and proud in our memories. Join us this Wednesday, October 11 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room for Echoes in the Hallways, a presentation by Cedar Falls author James Kenyon.
 
"Echoes in the Hallways is a historical account of the former high schools of the state of Iowa. Over 18 months, he traveled to all of Iowa’s 99 counties and a story from each county is told in this book. He traveled highways, county roads, gravel, and dirt roads to see these old schools and towns. Some schools were still standing, others have been converted for community use, and others are gone. He met with area people in convenience stores, school gymnasiums, coffee shops, around kitchen tables, libraries, and on park benches. In total, over 1000 Iowans shared their memories and the history of their town and schools. He made so many wonderful new friends who shared. It became a labor of love."
 
James will share experiences and stories and history from his travels across Iowa researching and visiting some of these old schools. His book is available for checkout.



African Violets Hands-On Workshop:
Cindy Weida’s program about Propagating African Violets on September 13 was so interesting the attendees wanted to have her back for a more "hands-on" demonstration.  So join us on Wednesday, October 18 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room and prepare to "get your hands dirty"! Cindy will help each of us take cuttings from existing violets and show us the best ways to plant and nurture them.
 
Blank Park Zoo Passes:
We still have about a dozen free passes to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  These passes are good for One Free Child Admission (ages 3-12), and are valid through December 31, 2023. Passes are available at the circulation desk.  Please only request one pass per child.
 
Free Online Resources for Children and Adults:
Now that school is back in full swing, you might be looking for a little extra help or lesson practice for your kids.  The library has several free resources available – all you need is a library card and internet access.
 
Tumblebooks – FREE kids ebooks online: Tumblebooks is an online collection of e-books for children.  It can be accessed from any device with internet, so they can read on a computer, tablet or phone. This is a great resource to use anytime your kids say “I’m bored!”, or as an additional way to get them reading more books!
 
Kids can read along with over 1,100 animated, talking picture books, as well as chapter books, non-fiction books, and graphic novels, and play games and put together puzzles. And it’s all FREE for our library patrons! Just go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the homepage, and put in your library card number. Or download the free Tumblebooks app.
 
Brainfuse online resources: BrainFuse HelpNow is FREE on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels. Help is available for students Kindergarten-College, and for Adult Learning as well! There is even FAFSA help!
 
Students communicate with live tutors (available from 2:00pm-11:00pm) using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, or copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. Students can receive help with writing, math, language arts, science and social studies. There is even help preparing for/practice tests for the PSAT, ACT, Nursing Exams, AP classes and more!
 
Adult Learner Help includes GED prep, US Citizenship test prep, Microsoft Office Help, Career Resources, and Resume help. HelpNow™ will be available FREE to all library patrons from the public computers at the library or from any computer with internet connection. To access HelpNow™, please visit the library’s website at www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on Online Resources, and then on the BrainFuse HelpNow icon to set up your account. If you have questions, please come to the library - we will be happy to help.

ABC Mouse:
ABCMouse.com early Learning Academy is a digital computer game for children ages 2-8.  You can access their website for FREE on any of the computers in our lab! Subjects covered include reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, music and art.  Activities include puzzles, games, videos, coloring activities, songs, and poems.  There are also some digital books. Come play along with your child, or let them work and play alone, as you use the computer next to them.
 
Stay Sharp Memory Kits available for checkout:
The Library has 3 Stay Sharp Memory Kits available for check out. The kits help support those experiencing Alzheimer’s, dementia, memory loss, and other cognitive impairment, or those just wishing to keep their minds sharp.

Each kit is intended to help you interact, converse, or reminisce with others, including those with cognitive decline. The kits include items that stimulate memory and help spark conversations about life experiences, such as books, photos, sensory tools, puzzles and games.

We have 3 kits available: Garden, Handyman, and Birds & Butterflies

New Memorial Books:
Closer Than Your Next Breath: Where is God When You Need Him Most by Susie Larson, given in memory of JoAnn Kopriva by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
 
Smith­so­ni­an Makers Workshop: ­fas­ci­nat­ing his­to­ry & essen­tial how-­tos- ­gar­den­ing, craft­ing, dec­o­rat­ing & ­food, given in memory of Dennis Steinmetz by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
A seabird snatched my German Sausage.  It was a tern for the wurst.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

October 2, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Oct 2 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Oct 3 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 4 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 4 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Oct 4 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 4 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Oct 4 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Wednesday Oct 4 2:45-4:00 Books for Cooks w/Jenny Hulme for Grades K-5
Thursday Oct 5 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 5 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Oct 6 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Oct 6 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
Monday, Oct 9 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Oct 10 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 11 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 11 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Oct 11 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Oct 11 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 11 at 2:00 Echoes in the Hallways with James Kenyon
Wednesday Oct 11 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 12 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 12 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Oct 13 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts:
Come to the Carnegie Cafe on Wednesday, October 4 at 2:00 to make a simple seasonal craft, and visit.  There is no cost or sign-up required, and we provide any supplies needed.

Books For Cooks:
This Wednesday, October 4, Jenny Hulme will lead another Books for Cooks Program for grades K-5, beginning at 2:45 in the Talen Community Room. There is no sign-up or cost for this program, thanks to a grant from The Tama County Community Foundation.
 
Each session is approximately one hour and will include a story read, preparing a snack, physical activity as well as some type of activity/craft. And of course, the tasting of the prepared food as well as taking home the recipe.

This month we will learn how to cut fruit and squeeze fruit to make juice, and will make Splendid Fruit Salad.  We will read the book Right This Very minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen.

Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood’s monthly watercolor class will meet again this Friday October 6 at 2:00. She will be focusing on teaching a different painting technique each month. Newcomers are welcome! You do not need any prior painting experience to enjoy her classes! All supplies are provided.
 
Echoes in the Hallways with James Kenyon:
How many of you attended school in buildings that are now closed, run down and abandoned, or no longer there? There are schools like that across the entire state, and several in Tama County, that only stand tall and proud in our memories. Join us on Wednesday, October 11 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room for Echoes in the Hallways, a presentation by Cedar Falls author James Kenyon. 
"Echoes in the Hallways is a historical account of the former high schools of the state of Iowa. Over 18 months, he traveled to all of Iowa’s 99 counties and a story from each county is told in this book. He traveled highways, county roads, gravel, and dirt roads to see these old schools and towns. Some schools were still standing, others have been converted for community use, and others are gone. He met with area people in convenience stores, school gymnasiums, coffee shops, around kitchen tables, libraries, and on park benches. In total, over 1000 Iowans shared their memories and the history of their town and schools. He made so many wonderful new friends who shared. It became a labor of love."
James will share experiences and stories and history from his travels across Iowa researching and visiting some of these old schools. His book is available for checkout.



African Violets Hands-On Workshop:
Cindy Weida’s program about Propagating African Violets on September 13 was so interesting the attendees wanted to have her back for a more "hands-on" demonstration.  So join us on Wednesday, October 18 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room and prepare to "get your hands dirty"! Cindy will help each of us take cuttings from existing violets and show us the best ways to plant and nurture them.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Masters of Death by Olivie Blake
Echoes Fade - #17 David Wolfe Series by Jeff Carson
Sunshine and Sweet Wine - #4 Bistro at Holiday Bay Series by Kathi Daley
Death at Beresford Hall - #4 Adam and Eve Mystery Series by Emma Davies
Apple Strudel Alibi - #8 Oxford Tearoom Mysteries Series by H.Y. Hanna
Coffee at the Beach House Hotel - #7 Beach House Hotel Series by Judith Keim
Seaside Book Club - #6 Lobster Bay Series by Meredith Summers
 
Large Print:
Moonlight and Promises - #3 Hideaway Bay Book Series by Michele Brouder
Fire with Fire by Candice Fox
Missing and Endangered - #19 Joanna Brady Series by Judith A. Jance
Cremas, Christmas Cookies and Crooks - #6 Cape Bay Café Series by Lin Harper
 
Non-Fiction:
Confessions of a Recovering Evangelical: overcoming fear and certainty to find faith through doubt and questioning by Danielle Henderson
Barn Star Sampler: 20 starry blocks and 7 spectacular quilts by Shelley Cavanna
The Things Our Fathers Saw: the untold stories of the WWII generation Volume V: D-Day and Beyond by Matthew A. Rozell
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Simba was walking too slowly, so I told him to Mufasa.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
Traer Public Library

 

September 25. 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday, Sept 25 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Sept 25 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday, Sept 25 at 3:30-5:00 OR 5:30 – 6:45 Pinterest Night
Tuesday Sept 26 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Sept 26 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 27 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 27 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Sept 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 27 at 2:00 Coffee Talk w/Tama Co. Public Health
Wednesday Sept 27 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Sept 28 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 28 at 2:15 NO Yoga this week
Friday Sept 29 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 2 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Oct 3 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 4 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 4 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Oct 4 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 4 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Oct 4 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Wednesday Oct 4 2:45-4:00 Books for Cooks w/Jenny Hulme for Grades K-5
Thursday Oct 5 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 5 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Oct 6 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Oct 6 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
 
BINGO TODAY!
Join us at 2:00 TODAY for a fun hour of BINGO in the Talen Community Room.  You can win exciting prizes!

Pinterest Night TODAY!
If you signed up for Pinterest Night…that’s today! There are 2 different times -  3:30 and 5:30. Call the library if you can’t remember what time you signed up for. Can’t wait to see all the pumpkins!
 
Outside the Lines Coloring:
Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26 at 1:05. We provide colored pencils, markers, cards, bookmarks, or coloring books for you, or bring your own supplies and come to socialize and relax. There is no cost or sign up required.
 
Coffee Talk:

On Wednesday, Sept 27 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room, Tama County Public Health nurse Beth Eberle will be speaking about Healthy Meals, Influenza, and LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program).  Come for some good information, or to ask your questions about these topics. She will have coffee and cookies, and maybe even some free give-away items!

 
Books For Cooks:
On Wednesday, October 4, Jenny Hulme will lead another Books for Cooks Program for grades K-5, beginning at 2:45 in the Talen Community Room. There is no sign-up or cost for this program, thanks to a grant from The Tama County Community Foundation.
Each session is approximately one hour and will include a story read, preparing a snack, physical activity as well as some type of activity/craft. And of course, the tasting of the prepared food as well as taking home the recipe.

This month we will learn how to cut fruit and squeeze fruit to make juice, and will make Splendid Fruit Salad.  We will read the book Right This Very minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen.
 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood’s monthly watercolor class will meet again on Friday October 6 at 2:00. She will be focusing on teaching a different painting technique each month. Newcomers are welcome! You do not need any prior painting experience to enjoy her classes! All supplies are provided.
 
Used Book Sale:
Our Used Book Sale Room is overflowing! We have Fiction, Non-Fiction, Teen, Children’s books, magazines, audiobooks, movies and cake pans! All available for a free-will donation! The book sale room is open during library hours. Please bring your donation to the circulation desk. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library.

New Books:
Fiction:
The Year of Second Chances by Lara Avery
Remember Me - #2 Ravenswood Series by Mary Balogh
The Lie Maker by Linwood Barclay
Tom Clancy Weapons Grade by Don Bentley
The Raging Storm - #3 Two River Series by Ann Cleeves
Good Bad Girl by Alice Feeney
The Little Village of Book Lovers by Nina George
Ladies of the Lake by Cathy Gohlke
Cursed at Dawn - #3 Blackbird Trilogy by Heather Graham
The Secret Recipe of Ella Dove - #3 Dove Pond Place Series by Karen Hawkins
The Housekeepers by Alex Hay
Ned / #3 Minnesota Marshalls Series by Susan May Warren
The Longmire Defense - #19 Walt Longmire Series by Craig Johnson
An Honest Man by Michael Koryta
The River We Remember by William Kent Krueger
The Coworker by Freida McFadden
Ricochet - #3 Garrett Kohl Series by Taylor Moore
The Love Story of Missy Carmichael
Payback In Death by J.D. Robb
After That Night - #11 Will Trent Series by Karin Slaughter
Darius - #0 Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward
The Breakaway by Jennifer Weiner
 
Large Print:
Canary Girls by Jennifer Chiaverini
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
Happiness by Danielle Steel
 
Teen:
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
The Brothers Hawthorne - #4 Inheritance Games Series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
 
Non-Fiction:
Never Enough: when achievement culture becomes toxic—and what we can do about it by Jennifer Breheny Wallace
The Blue Zones: secrets for living longer: lessons from the healthiest places on earth by Dan Buettner
Valiant Women: the extraordinary American servicewomen who helped win World War II by Lena S. Andrews
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
A big hole was discovered at the end of Main Street.  Police are looking into it.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

September 18, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Sept 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 18 at 2:00 Book Club**CANCELLED
Monday Sept 18 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Sept 19 at 1:30 English Paper Piecing with Cathy McFarland
Wednesday Sept 20 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 20 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Sept 20 from 12:00 – 5:00 Salsa Contest
Wednesday Sept 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 20 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Sept 21 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 21 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Sept 22 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Sept 25 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Sept 25 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday, Sept 25 at 3:30-5:00 OR 5:30 – 6:45 Pinterest Night
Tuesday Sept 26 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Sept 26 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 27 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 27 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Sept 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 27 at 2:00 Coffee Talk w/Tama Co. Public Health
Wednesday Sept 27 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Sept 28 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 28 at 2:15 NO Yoga this week
Friday Sept 29 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty

Book Clubs TODAY:
The Monday Book Club WILL NOT MEET TODAY. Next month’s selection will be The Reading Promise: my father and the books we shared by Alice Ozma. We have several regular and Large Print copies available - you can pick up a copy at the circulation desk. 
When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundredth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak." Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college.
Alice approaches her book as a series of vignettes about her relationship with her father and the life lessons learned from the books he read to her.

Our Chat & Chew Book Club will meet tonight, Monday, September 18 at 5:30.  This is a very informal group. We discuss books we are currently reading or have read recently, or have heard about, while enjoying a slice of pizza.
 
English Paper Piecing:
On Tuesday, September 19 at 1:30, Cathy McFarland will give a brief history of English Paper Piecing, then lead the class in making your own project to take home. No previous experience is necessary!
There will be a cost of $10 for each participant. You will each receive your own kit. Please contact the library to sign up for this interesting class! (This class was rescheduled from June, so if you signed up then, you are still signed up.)

Homemade Salsa Contest!
Do you like to make salsa? Enter our contest on Wednesday, September 20!  Bring your entry to the library before noon on Wednesday (we are open Mon 1-7, Tues 1-5, Wed 10-5).

Do you like to eat salsa? Salsa tasting is open to everyone and will be held from 12:00 - 5:00pm. Come taste test all of the entries and vote for your favorite salsa! A $25 Gift Certificate to La Terraza Mexican Grill and Seafood Restaurant in Traer will be awarded to the winner!
 
Pinterest Night!
Laurie is returning with another fun Pinterest Night on Monday, September 25! What is Pinterest Night?? Laurie will walk you through making your own seasonal decoration inspired by something she saw on Pinterest! This fall you will be making a wooden pumpkin wall or door hanging (double-sided if you'd like 2 different colors)! The pumpkin is roughly 18" tall x 16" wide. There are also 2 different fonts to choose from for your initial: Quirky Script (on orange pumpkin) or Love Spell (on teal pumpkin).

She is offering 2 different classes: 3:30 and 5:30. All sign-up slots have been filled, but we will take a couple more alternate names in case we have a last-minute cancellation. There will be a $10 fee for all of the supplies you will need. We will have many paint colors, so you can customize your pumpkin however you'd like.
























 

“Wellderly” Series:
Mark your calendars for some upcoming programs that focus on “Wellness for the Elderly” - health topics for those of us who are 55+. These programs will all be at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.

  • Wed. Sept 27: Coffee Talk with Tama County Public Health- nurse Beth Eberle will be speaking about Healthy Meals, Influenza, LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
  • Wed. Oct 25: Dietician Crystal Petersen from the Grundy County Hospital will be speaking about nutrition – what your body needs in your 50s, 60s and beyond
  • Wed. Nov 29 – Deb Kloster with On-Site Hearing in Waterloo will be speaking on the importance of taking care of our hearing as we age

Used Book Sale:
Our Used Book Sale Room is overflowing! We have recently added a lot more donated and weeded books, both fiction and non-fiction.  We have also added some audiobooks. The book sale room is open during library hours. Please bring your free-will donation to the circulation desk. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library.

Westerns!
Do you like to read "Westerns"?  Maybe you've never given them a try? Westerns are primarily set in the American Old West between the late eighteenth century and late nineteenth century and tell the stories of cowboys, settlers, and outlaws exploring the western frontier and taming the Wild West. We have a variety of books in our own collection, plus we get 10 Large Print Westerns from both the Decorah Public Library and from the Drake Community Library in Grinnell every month.  We keep these books for 3 months before returning them.  We receive classic authors like Zane Grey, Max Brand, William W. Johnstone, and Louis L'Amour, and also newer authors such as Ralph Cotton, Lauran Paine, and many others.  Stop in and check one out!
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I have a pet termite.  I named him Clint.  Clint eats wood.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

September 11, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday, Sept 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Sept 12 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 13 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 13 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Sept 13 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Sept 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 13 at 2:00 Propagating African Violets with Cindy Weida
Wednesday Sept 13 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Sept 14 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 14 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Sept 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Sept 15 at 2:00 Homeschooling Support Group
Monday Sept 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 18 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday Sept 18 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Sept 19 at 1:30 English Paper Piecing with Cathy McFarland
Wednesday Sept 20 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 20 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Sept 20 from 12:00 – 5:00 Salsa Contest
Wednesday Sept 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 20 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Sept 21 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 21 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Sept 22 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty

Propagating African Violets:
Come to the Talen Community Room on Wednesday, September 13 at 2:00 to learn about propagating African Violets. Cindy Weida will share what she has learned about growing, propagating and caring for these beautiful flowers. She has many different varieties, and will bring some to show.
 
Homeschooling Support Group:
If you are a Homeschooler, come to the library this Friday, September 15 to meet with other homeschoolers! We will be meeting monthly on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2:00 in the Kupka Cultural Center. This is an informal group that will gather to share knowledge, bounce ideas off of one another, and ask questions. There is no "leader" for this group, just come to visit and share with other homeschoolers. Kids are welcome to come! We will have some toys for the younger ones, and a DVD player and TV available. You may bring snacks and drinks.

Upcoming Book Clubs:

Scones & Tomes: Join us for an informal book club this Wednesday, September 13 at 11:30.  We share and discuss the books we have read lately while enjoying a sweet treat and a hot beverage.  Attendees always get ideas for great books to add to their reading lists. Newcomers are always welcome.

 

Monday Book Club meets next week on Monday, September 18 at 2:00 to discuss Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser. We still have copies available if you’d like to join the discussion. You can pick up a copy at the circulation desk. 

 

Chat & Chew: Our Chat & Chew Book Club will also meet on Monday, September 18 at 5:30.  This is a very informal group. We discuss books we are currently reading or have read recently, or have heard about, while enjoying a slice of pizza.

 
English Paper Piecing:
On Tuesday, June September 19 at 1:30, Cathy McFarland will give a brief history of English Paper Piecing, then lead the class in making your own project to take home. English Paper Piecing involves stabilizing fabric pieces with paper. Once the shapes are wrapped and ready, the sewer will hand sew the shapes together one at a time until the shapes become an intricate design.

There will be a cost of $10 for each participant. You will each receive your own kit. Please contact the library to sign up for this interesting class! (This class was rescheduled from June, so if you signed up then, you are still signed up.)

Homemade Salsa Contest!
Do you like to make salsa? Enter our contest on Wednesday, September 20!  Bring your entry to the library between 10:00am and 12:00. Do you like to eat salsa? Salsa tasting is open to everyone and will be held from 12:00 - 5:00pm. Come taste test all of the entries and vote for your favorite salsa! A $25 Gift Certificate to La Terraza Mexican Grill and Seafood Restaurant in Traer will be awarded to the winner!
 
Pinterest Night!
Laurie is returning with another fun Pinterest Night! What is Pinterest Night?? Laurie will walk you through making your own seasonal decoration inspired by something she saw on Pinterest! Save the date for Monday, September 25.  She will be offering 2 different classes: 3:30 and 5:00. Please call the library to sign up by September 20, as there will be limited supplies available. There will be a small fee for all of the supplies you will need. Stay tuned for more details!
 
“Wellderly” Series:
Mark your calendars for some upcoming programs that focus on “Wellness for the Elderly” - health topics for those of us who are 55+. These programs will all be at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.

  • Wed. Sept 27: Tama County Public Health- nurse Beth Eberle will be speaking about Healthy Meals, Influenza, LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
  • Wed. Oct 25: Dietician Crystal Petersen from the Grundy County Hospital will be speaking about nutrition – what your body needs in your 50s, 60s and beyond
  • Wed. Nov 29 – Deb Kloster with On-Site Hearing in Waterloo will be speaking on the importance of taking care of our hearing as we age

New Materials:
Fiction:
Trapper Road - #6 Stillhouse Lake Series by Rachel Caine
Lost Angels - #3 Nikki Hunt Series by Stacy Green
The Sisters of Glass Ferry by Kim Michele Richardson
 
Non-Fiction:
The Essential Guide to Intermittent Fasting for Women: balance your hormones to lose weight, lower stress, and optimize health by Megan Ramos
The Things Our Fathers Saw-The Untold Stories of the World War II Generation Volume 4: Up the Bloody Boot-The War in Italy by Matthew A. Rozell
 
Teen:
Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
Part of your World by Liz Braswell
Straight on til Morning by Liz Braswell
My Friend the Octopus by Lindsay Galvin
The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning
 
DVDs:
Spiderman – Across the Spider-verse
Monster High – The Movie
The Way
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I’m reading a great book on anti-gravity.  It’s impossible to put down!
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

September 4, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Sept 4 CLOSED for Labor Day
Tuesday Sept 5 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 6 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 6 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Sept 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 6 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Sept 6 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Wednesday Sept 6 at 2:45 – 4:00 Books for Cooks Grades K-5
Thursday Sept 7 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub***Note Time Change
Thursday Sept 7 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Sept 8 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Sept 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Sept 12 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 13 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 13 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Sept 13 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Sept 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 13 at 2:00 Propagating African Violets with Cindy Weida
Wednesday Sept 13 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Thursday Sept 14 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 14 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Sept 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Sept 15 at 2:00 Homeschooling Support Group
 
Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Come to the Carnegie Cafe on Wednesday, September 6 at 2:00 to make a simple seasonal craft and visit with your friends and neighbors.  There is no cost or sign-up required, and we provide any supplies needed.


Children’s Wednesday Programing resumes this week
Join Miss Sue beginning September 6 for Story Time every Wednesday at 10:15 as we listen to stories, make crafts, sing songs and have play time!
 
We will resume children's programming from 2:30 - 3:30 on Early-Out Wednesdays (days with early school dismissal) on September 6. We will have snacks and offer activities (games or crafts) for children in grades 4-12.  
Jenny Hulme also returns September 6 to lead Books for Cooks on the first Monday of the month from 2:45 - 4:00 in the Talen Community Room. This is a fun program for kids who have completed grades K-5, and they will read books while learning how to cook! Everyone will learn to make a recipe, and of course you get to eat what you make and take the recipe home! This month we will make Salsa Fresca, read The Foodie Flamingo by Vanessa Howl, and learn knife safety for chopping and dicing fresh produce. There is NO FEE for this program.

Cribbage & Rummikub: NOTE Time Change
Beginning this week, our Cribbage and Rummikub groups will return to their regular meeting time of 10:00 AM every Thursday.  Stop by for a few friendly games and a hot beverage! We welcome new players – no experience is necessary!

Propagating African Violets:
Come to the Talen Community Room on Wednesday, September 13 at 2:00 to learn about propagating African Violets. Cindy Weida will share what she has learned about growing, propagating and caring for these beautiful flowers. She has many different varieties, and will bring some to show.
 
Homeschooling Support Group:
If you are a Homeschooler, come to the library on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2:00 to meet with other homeschoolers! This is an informal group that will gather to share knowledge, bounce ideas off of one another, and ask questions. There is no "leader" for this group, just come to visit and share with other homeschoolers. Kids are welcome to come! We will meet in the Kupka Cultural Center, and have some toys for the younger ones, and a DVD player and TV available. You may bring snacks and drinks.

Decades Book Challenge:
In September we move on to the 1980s. Technology, materialism, and conservatism were among the highlights of the 1980s. Stop in to get a list of events and book ideas, or go to our website https://www.traer.lib.ia.us/programs/list-ongoing-programming/decades-book-challenge
 
New Materials:
Fiction:
Murder on Mustang Beach - #2 Outer Banks Bookshop Series by Alicia Bessette
The Paris Assignment by Rhys Bowen
North of Nowhere by Allison Brennan
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni
Halfway to You by Jennifer Gold
Secrets in the Dark - #2 Blackbird Trilogy by Heather Graham
What Never Happened by Rachel Howzell Hall
The Invisible Hour by Alice Hoffman
None of This is True by Lisa Jewell
Just Another Missing Person by Gillian McAllister
The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
Nora Goes off Script by Annabel Monaghan
Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent
 
Non-Fiction:
Patchwork T-Shirt Quilts: the fabric lovers approach to keep-sakes and preserving memories by Amelia Johanson
 
DVDs:
Tai Chi – Best of Both Worlds
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
What is the tallest building in every city? The library, because it has the most stories.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

August 28, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday, Aug 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Aug 28 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday Aug 29 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 30 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Aug 30 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 30 at 2:00 Prisoners of War in Iowa with Linda McCann
Thursday Aug 31 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 31 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Sept 1 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Sept 1 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
Saturday Sept 2 CLOSED for Labor Day
Monday Sept 4 CLOSED for Labor Day
Tuesday Sept 5 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 6 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 6 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Sept 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 6 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Sept 6 at 2:30 – 3:30 Early-Out Activities Grades 4-12
Wednesday Sept 6 at 2:45 – 4:00 Books for Cooks Grades K-5
Thursday Sept 7 at 10:00 Cribbage and Rummikub***Note Time Change
Thursday Sept 7 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Sept 8 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
BINGO Today:
Join us at 2:00 TODAY for a fun hour of BINGO in the Talen Community Room.  You can win exciting prizes!
 
Prisoners of War In Iowa with Linda McCann:
Join us this Wednesday, August 30 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room for another interesting historical program with Iowa Author Linda McCann. Linda has written several books on Iowa History. Linda will speak about what she learned while researching and interviewing people for her book Prisoners of War in Iowa.
 
During World War II, approximately 25,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war were housed in Iowa. There were two main camps; Algona and Clarinda, which housed about 3,000 POWs each. There were 19 branch camps where prisoners stayed for a few months working in the fields, or at canning factories, seed corn companies, or other places which hired them. One of those branch camps was at the former Sac and Fox Sanitarium in Toledo. Linda has spoken with many people who knew or worked with the POWs and shares their memories in her book.


Watercolors with Stephenie this Friday:
Stephenie Bellwood is back by popular demand with more watercolor classes!  On the first Friday of the month, beginning September 1st at 2:00, she will be focusing on a different painting technique each month. You do not need any prior painting experience to enjoy her classes! All supplies are provided, and you will go home with your own watercolor painting.
 
Note: The Library will be CLOSED next Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.
 
Children’s Wednesday Programing resumes Sept. 6
Join Miss Sue beginning September 6 for Story Time every Wednesday at 10:15 as we listen to stories, make crafts, sing songs and have play time!
 
We will also be back on September 6 with children's programming from 2:30 - 3:30 on Early-Out Wednesdays (days with early school dismissal). We will have snacks and offer activities (games or crafts) for children in grades 4-12.  
 

Jenny Hulme returns to lead Books for Cooks on the first Wednesday of the month from 2:45 - 4:00 in the Talen Community Room. This is a fun program for kids who have completed grades K-5, and they will read books while learning how to cook! Everyone will learn to make a recipies, and of course you get to eat what you make and take the recipe home! There is NO FEE for this program.
 
Decades Book Challenge:
Ready for the next decade in our Challenge?  In September we move on to the 1980s.
Technology, materialism, and conservatism were among the highlights of the 1980s.

 

**See the Decades Book Challenge page for topic ideas and events,
and for ideas for books available at our library.


 
New Materials:
Fiction:
Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews
Magical Midlife Alliance - #7 Leveling Up Series by K.F. Breene
The Wait - #13 Seaside Saga Series by Joanne DeMaio
Pink Lemonade Cake Murder - #29 Hannah Swenson Series by Joanne Fluke
One Perfect Grave - #2 Nikki Hunt Series by Stacy Green
Jonas - #3 Minnesota Marshalls Series by Susan May Warren
Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan
The First Summer by Christina Edgar Olds (Waterloo, IA author)
Giving Up Grace by Christina Edgar Olds (Waterloo, IA author)
 
Teen:
One of Us is Back – #3 One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
 
Non-Fiction:
The In-Between: unforgettable encounters during life’s final moments by Hadley Vlahos
Sew Sustainable: make 22 stylish products to reduce and reuse by Jennifer Warren
Artfully Transforming Bottles & Plates: 75 elegant projects to upcycle class and porcelain by Petra Knoblauch
 
DVDs:
Fast X (#10 Fast & Furious)
1923 (Yellowstone Origin Story Season 1)
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I have a spare sewing machine for when my regular one breaks down.  It’s my backup Singer.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

August 21, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Aug 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 21 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday Aug 21 at 5:30 Chat & Chew **CANCELLED
Tuesday Aug 22 at Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Aug 22 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 23 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Aug 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 24 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 24 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Aug 25 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Aug 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Aug 28 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday Aug 29 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 30 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Aug 30 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 30 at 2:00 Prisoners of War in Iowa with Linda McCann
Thursday Aug 31 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 31 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Sept 1 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Sept 1 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
 
Monday Book Clubs:
Book Club will be meeting today to discuss Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen. We will also be handing out next month’s selection Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.  Additional Large Print copies are available at the circulation desk.
Chat and Chew will NOT meet tonight.  We will meet next month on Sept. 18 at 5:30pm.
Outside the Lines Coloring:
Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22 at 1:05. We provide colored pencils, markers, cards, bookmarks, or coloring books for you, or bring your own supplies and come to socialize and relax. There is no cost or sign up required.
 
Prisoners of War In Iowa with Linda McCann:
Join us on Wednesday, August 30 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room for another interesting historical program with Iowa Author Linda McCann. Linda has written several books on Iowa History, including Prisoners of War in Iowa. She will share what she has learned about this part of Iowa history that many of us know little or nothing about.
 
During World War II, approximately 25,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war were housed in Iowa. There were two main camps; Algona and Clarinda, which housed about 3,000 POWs each. There were 19 branch camps where prisoners stayed for a few months working in the fields, or at canning factories, seed corn companies, or other places which hired them. One of those branch camps was at the former Sac and Fox Sanitarium in Toledo. Linda has spoken with many people who knew or worked with the POWs and shares their memories in her book.
 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood is back by popular demand with more watercolor classes.  On the first Friday of the month, beginning September 1st at 2:00, she will be focusing on a different painting technique each month. You do not need any prior painting experience to enjoy her classes! All supplies are provided, and you will go home with your own watercolor painting.
 
 
New Materials:
Fiction:
Murder in the Book Lover’s Loft - #9 Book Retreat Series by Ellery Adams
A Soul of Ash and Blood - #5 Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Out of Nowhere by Sandra Brown
Steeped in Malice – #4 Tea by the Sea Series by Vicki Delany
Letters of Comfort - #2 Friendship Letters Series by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Small Town Sins by Ken Jaworowski
Everyone Here is Lying by Shari Lapena
The Keeper of Hidden Books by Madeline Martin
Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge by Spencer Quinn
The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer
Summer at the Ice Cream Café by Jo Thomas
Good Night Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Bookbinder by Pip Williams
Two Wars and a Wedding by Lauren Willig
 
Teen:
One of Us is Next - #2 Bayview High Series by Karen M. McManus
 
Non-Fiction:
Outlive: the science & art of longevity by Peter Attia
Young Forever: the secrets to living your longest, healthiest life by Mark Hyman
 
DVDs:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
About my Father
Gentle Yoga: 7 Practices for your Day
Yoga for Seniors with Jane Adams
Yoga Vitality: Chair Yoga for Healthy Aging
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
My friends have named their band ‘Duvet’.  It’s a cover band.

 

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

August 14, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday, Aug 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Aug 15 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday Aug 15 at 2:00 Teen Book Club
Wednesday Aug 16 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Aug 16 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 17 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug17 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Aug 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 21 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday Aug 21 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Aug 22 at Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Aug 22 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 23 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Aug 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 24 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 24 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Aug 25 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
 
Quilt Display:
We will be taking down the Quilt Display in memory of Cynthia Stary Drajna on Tuesday, August 15. Cynthia passed away unexpectedly in March of this year, and had been the leader of the Library’s weekly Quilting Group for almost 10 years.  The Quilters continue to meet weekly, using many of the skills she taught them. She also published the book Gather 'Round the Table: a collection of 12 table runner patterns, which we have available to check out at the library.  On display are quilts that Cynthia made, and quilts made by others in the group, using patterns created by Cynthia. Stop in today to see this lovely display upstairs in the library.

Summer Teen Book Club:
Attention Teens! Join us on Tuesday, August 15 at 2:00 for a very informal discussion about the books you've been reading this summer!  NT Senior Jamie Jacobs will be leading the discussion. Come hang out, have a snack, and talk about books you’ve read, or heard about and want to read.

Prisoners of War In Iowa with Linda McCann:
Join us on Wednesday, August 30 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room for another interesting historical program with Iowa Author Linda McCann. Linda has written several books on Iowa History, including Prisoners of War in Iowa. She will share what she has learned about this part of Iowa history that many of us know little or nothing about.
 
During World War II, approximately 25,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war were housed in Iowa. There were two main camps; Algona and Clarinda, which housed about 3,000 POWs each. There were 19 branch camps where prisoners stayed for a few months working in the fields, or at canning factories, seed corn companies, or other places which hired them. One of those branch camps was at the former Sac and Fox Sanitarium in Toledo. Linda has spoken with many people who knew or worked with the POWs and shares their memories in her book.
 
 
New Books:

Fiction:
A Questionable Character - #17 Booktown Mysteries Series by Lorna Barrett
The Bitter Past by Bruce Bargos
The Lucky Shamrock by Carolyn Brown
Beginning of Forever - #3 D’Angelos Series by Catherine Bybee
An Evil Heart - #15 Kate Burkholder Series by Linda Castillo
Hello Stranger by Katherine Center
The Summer Skies by Jenny Colgan
The Block Party by Jamie Day
The Lonely Hearts Book Club by Lucy Gilmore
The Wayward Prince - #7 Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Series by Leonard S. Goldberg
Whispers at Dusk by Heather Graham
The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Two to Tango - #4 Maple Falls Series by Kathleen Fuller
A Lady’s Guide to Scandal by Sophie Irwin
The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson
After Death by Dean R. Koontz
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Must Love Flowers by Debbie Macomber
Murder at an Irish Bakery by Carlene O’Connor
The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page
The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston
The Paris Agent by Kelly Rimmer
How Can I Help You by Laura Sims
Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger
Purrfect Heat - #4 Mysteries of Max Series by Nic Saint
 
Large Print:
Must Love Flowers by Debbie Macomber
Obsessed - #15 Michael Bennett Series by James A. Patterson
 
Non Fiction:
Random Acts of Medicine: the hidden forces that sway doctors, impact patients, and shape our health by Anupam B. Jena

Pun-Of-The-Week:
The carpenter came by the other day.  He made quite an entrance.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

August 7, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday Aug 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Aug 8 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 9 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Aug 9 at 11:30 Scones and Tomes
Wednesday Aug 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 10 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 10 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Aug 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday Aug 12 Extended Hours for WSF 10:00-2:00
Monday, Aug 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Aug 15 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday Aug 15 at 2:00 Teen Book Club
Wednesday Aug 16 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Aug 16 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 17 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 17 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Aug 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Quilt Display:
From August 1 through August 15, the Traer Library is hosting a Quilt Display in memory of Cynthia Stary Drajna.  Cynthia passed away unexpectedly in March of this year, and had been the leader of the Library’s weekly Quilting Group for almost 10 years.  She also published the book Gather 'Round the Table: a collection of 12 table runner patterns, which we have available to check out at the library.  We will display quilts that Cynthia made, and also quilts made by others in the group, using quilt patterns created by Cynthia.  Stop in to see this lovely display upstairs in the library.

Scones & Tomes:
Join us for an informal book club on Wednesday, August 9 at 11:30.  We share and discuss the books we have read lately while enjoying a sweet treat and a hot beverage.  Attendees always get ideas for great books to add to their reading lists. Newcomers are always welcome.

Open Longer Hours for Winding Stairs Festival:
The library will be open from 10:00AM – 2:00PM on Saturday, August 12 for the Winding Stairs Festival.  If you have friends or family members back in town who have not been in the library lately, or it’s been a while since you were in, this will be a great time to stop in to browse and see everything we offer to the community. We also have some interesting historical publications to browse through, such as “Generations of Community Pride: Traer Iowa 1873 – 1998 125 Years”, a 1998 Traer Quasquicentennial Calendar, and The Traer Public Library Grand Opening Aug. 1 2004 supplement to the Traer Star Clipper, plus many old yearbooks. You can also admire the Quilt Display in Memory of Cynthia Drajna. The Used Book Sale Room will also be open.
 
Decades Book Challenge:
Are you participating in our Decades Book Challenge, going on all year in celebration of Traer’s Sesquicentennial?  In August we move on to the 1970s. Stop in the library to pick up lists of topics and events and books available at the library.  Or find the lists on our website   https://www.traer.lib.ia.us/programs/list-ongoing-programming/decades-book-challenge
 
Prisoners of War In Iowa with Linda McCann:
Join us on Wednesday, August 30 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room for another interesting historical program with Iowa Author Linda McCann. Linda has written several books on Iowa History, including Prisoners of War in Iowa. She will share what she has learned about this part of Iowa history that many of us know little or nothing about.
 
During World War II, approximately 25,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war were housed in Iowa. There were two main camps; Algona and Clarinda, which housed about 3,000 POWs each. There were 19 branch camps where prisoners stayed for a few months working in the fields, or at canning factories, seed corn companies, or other places which hired them. One of those branch camps was at the former Sac and Fox Sanitarium in Toledo. Linda has spoken with many people who knew or worked with the POWs and shares their memories in her book Prisoners of War in Iowa.
 
New Materials:
Fiction:
Flags on the Bayou by James Lee Burke
Break of Day - #3 Annie Pederson Series by Colleen Coble
All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby
Dead Man’s Wake - #14 Mike Bowditch Series by Paul Doiron
Night will Find You by Julia Heaberlin
Slammed - #1 Slammed Series by Colleen Hoover
Point of Retreat - #2 Slammed Series by Colleen Hoover
This Girl - #3 Slammed Series by Colleen Hoover
Hiss Me Deadly - #15 Cat in the Stacks by Miranda James
The Last Sinner by Lisa Jackson
The Only One Left by Riley Sager
A Most Agreeable Murder by Julia Seales
 
Large Print:
Identity by Nora Roberts
Welcome to Beach Town by Susan Wiggs
 
Non Fiction:
The Wager: A tale of shipwreck, mutiny, and murder by David Grann

Junior Fiction and Graphic Novels:
We have received quite a few new Junior Fiction and Graphic Novels in the last few weeks.

Pun-Of-The-Week:
How large does the stage need to be at the Winding Stairs Festival? Depends on the bandwidth.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

July 31, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday, July 31 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, July 31 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday Aug 1 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters – set up Quilt Display
Wednesday Aug 2 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Aug 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 2 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Thursday Aug 3 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 3 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Aug 4 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Aug 8 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 9 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Aug 9 at 11:30 Scones and Tomes
Wednesday Aug 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 10 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 10 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Aug 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday Aug 12 Extended Hours for WSF 10:00-2:00
 
Quilt Display:
From August 1 through August 15, the Traer Library will have a Quilt Display in memory of Cynthia Stary Drajna.  Cynthia passed away unexpectedly in March of this year, and had been the leader of the Library’s weekly Quilting Group for over 9 years.  She also published the book Gather 'Round the Table: a collection of 12 table runner patterns, which we have available to check out at the library.  We will display quilts that Cynthia made, and also quilts made by others in the group, using quilt patterns created by Cynthia.  Stop in to see this lovely display upstairs in the library.


















 
 
 
Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts:
Come to the Carnegie Cafe on Wednesday, August 2 at 2:00 to make a simple seasonal craft, visit, and enjoy the nice cool library and a hot cup of coffee.  There is no cost or sign-up required, and we provide any supplies needed.

Decades Book Challenge:
 Ready for the next decade in our Challenge?  In August we move on to the 1970s.This was a decade full of wars, riots, coups, abductions, and assassinations in Vietnam, Nigeria, Jordan, Canada, Poland, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Sudan, Israel, Philippines, Chile, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Argentina, Cambodia, Lebanon, Angola, Indonesia, South Africa, Germany, Uganda, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. The decade also included a massacre at the Munich Olympics, and the Watergate scandal and resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. Space exploration, computer technology advances, the Roe v. Wade decision, and the beginning of the EPA were significant events.
 
**See the Decades Book Challenge page for topic ideas and events,
and for ideas for books available at our library.
 
Open Longer Hours for Winding Stairs Festival:
The library will be open from 10:00AM – 2:00PM on Saturday, August 12 for the Winding Stairs Festival.  If you have friends or family members back in town who have not been in the library lately, or it’s been a while since you were in, this will be a great time to stop in to browse and see everything we offer to the community. You can also admire the Quilt Display in Memory of Cynthia Drajna. The Used Book Sale Room will also be open.
 
New Materials:

Fiction:
Gone Forever by Scott Blade
The Charity Shop Detective Agency by Peter Boland
Magical Midlife Challenge - #6 Leveling Up Series by K F Breen
Dressed for Murder - #6 Calendar Mystery by Camilla Chafer
Lilacs by the Sea - #5 Blue Heron Cottage Series by Kay Correll
Moonlight and Broomsticks - #2 The Bistro at Holiday Bay Series by Kathi Daley
The Cupid and Cool Jazz - #3 The Bistro at Holiday Bay Series by Kathi Daley
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
The Happiness Plan by Susan Mallery
Flop Dead Gorgeous - #27 Andy Carpenter Series by David Rosenfelt
Summer’s Gift by Jennifer Ryan
Zero Days by Ruth Ware
The Beach at Summerly by Beatriz Williams
 
Large Print:
The First Ladies by Marie Benedict
My Magnolia Summer by Victoria Benton Frank
Talking at Night by Claire Daverley
Palazzo by Danielle Steel
 
Non Fiction:
The Forgotten Girls: a memoir of friendship and lost promise in rural America by Monica Potts

Memorial Book:
The Legend of the First Super Speedway: the birth of American auto racing by Mark Dill, given in memory of Donald Jantzen, by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust - Traer

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I went to a party for my archaeologist friend.  We were looking for dinosaur leg bones in the backyard. It was quite the shindig.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

July 24, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday July 24 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday July 25 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday July 25 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday July 26 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday July 26 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday July 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 26 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Donna DeBoef and Elsa Weida
Thursday July 27 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 27 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday July 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, July 31 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, July 31 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday Aug 1 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters – set up Quilt Display
Wednesday Aug 2 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Aug 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 2 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Thursday Aug 3 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 3 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday Aug 4 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Outside the Lines Coloring:
Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring tomorrow, Tuesday, July 25 at 1:05. We provide colored pencils, markers, cards, bookmarks, or coloring books for you, or bring your own supplies and come to socialize and relax. There is no cost or sign up required.

Quilting Group:
Do you love to quilt? Would you like to learn more? Are you stuck and need help from fellow quilters? Or do you just need space to spread out? Join our Tuesday Quilters Group! This is a lively, talented group that gets together every Tuesday at 1:30 to quilt and share ideas and tips.

We also have a new cutter and accessories to share! With donation and grant money, we have purchased an AccuQuilt Ready Set Go! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System and several cutting dies. This cutter allows you to cut 6 layers of fabric at a time, and gives you exact, precise pieces with an easy turn of a crank.

Quilt Display:
From Tuesday, August 1 through Tuesday, August 15, the Traer Library will have a Quilt Display in memory of Cynthia Drajna.  Cynthia led the library’s weekly Quilting Group for over 9 years.  We will display quilts that Cynthia made, and also quilts made by others in the group, using quilt patterns created by Cynthia.  Stop in to see this lovely display.

Garden Walk: Wednesday, July 26 at 3:30:
Our final Garden Walk this year will be at the gardens of Donna DeBoef and Elsa Weida. Meet at the library to ride together, or call for the addresses and directions. 
 
Chair Yoga Thursdays at 2:15:
Cat! Cow! Warrior! Incredible Hulk! What do these things have in common? Yoga Poses!! Come to our Chair Yoga Class on Thursdays at 2:15. Learn some relaxation techniques, and some gentle ways to improve your flexibility, strength and balance. Ellen Stoakes will be back to lead us in this gentle, beginner class, and you DO NOT have to get down on (or up from) the floor! All exercises are from a seated or standing position, using the chair for balance. Bring your yoga mat and water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes. Give it a try!
 
Open Longer Hours for Winding Stairs Festival:
The library will be open from 10:00am – 2:00pm on Saturday, August 12 for the Winding Stairs Festival.  If you have friends or family members back in town who have not been in the library lately, or it’s been a while since you were in, this will be a great time to stop in and browse and see everything we offer to the community. You can also admire the Quilt Display in Memory of Cynthia Drajna. The Used Book Sale Room will also be open.
 
Children’s Summer Reading Challenge:
There are still a few weeks left of summer! Children can register any time for our On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! Summer Reading Challenge! Children still have plenty of time to join the “race” to the finish line, and earn prizes at Pit Stops along the way! Stop in the library to sign up, or contact the library at 319-478-2180 with any questions you have.
 
Used Book Sale Room:
We keep adding books to our used book sale! Items are available for a free-will donation. Many Fiction, Large Print, Romance, Junior Fiction, Junior Non-Fiction and Easy books, and non-fiction DVDs have recently been added to the sale.  We also have magazines, and a few audio books, puzzles, and cake pans.

New Materials:
Fiction:
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
The Sommerfield Trilogy: three acclaimed Mennonite Romances by Kim Vogel Sawyer
 
DVDs:
A League of  Their Own
The Rookie
Love Again
The Last of Us – Season One
 
Audio Books:
Several years ago, the libraries in Tama County got together to purchase audio books that we rotate between the libraries every 3 months.  Each set has 30-35 audios, and we add new ones and weed old ones each year.  We just received the latest set, so if you like audio books, make sure you stop in to see what’s new.  These audios have a blue sticker, and are shelved separately, sitting on top of the shelf above our own audios.  Check out time is the standard 2 weeks.
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Where did Noah put the bees? In the ark hives.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

July 17, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday, July 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, July 17 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday, July 17 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday July 18 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 18 at 2:00 Teen Book Club
Tuesday July 18 at 7:00pm in Taylor Park- Bubble Stations!
Wednesday July 19 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday July 19 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday July 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 19 at 2:00 Coffee Talk w/Tama Co Public Health Nurse Beth Eberle
Wednesday July 19 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Stephenie Bellwood & Barb Kopriva
Thursday July 20 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 20 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Thursday July 20 at 6:00 Lifespan Book Discussion w/ Rex McKee
Friday July 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday July 24 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday July 25 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday July 25 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday July 26 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday July 26 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday July 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 26 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Donna DeBoef and Elsa Weida
Thursday July 27 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 27 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday July 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Monday Book Club and Chat & Chew Today:
Our Monday Book Club meets today at 2:00 to discuss The Sowing Season, by Katie Powner.
We will also be handing out next month’s selection, Other Birds, by Sarah Addison Allen.
 
From the acclaimed author of Garden Spells comes an enchanting tale of lost souls, lonely strangers, secrets that shape us, and how the right flock can guide you home.

Down a narrow alley in the small coastal town of Mallow Island, South Carolina, lies a stunning cobblestone building comprised of five apartments. It’s called The Dellawisp and it is named after the tiny turquoise birds who, alongside its human tenants, inhabit an air of magical secrecy.

When Zoey Hennessey comes to claim her deceased mother’s apartment at The Dellawisp, she meets her quirky, enigmatic neighbors including a girl on the run, a grieving chef whose comfort food does not comfort him, two estranged middle-aged sisters, and three ghosts. Each with their own story. Each with their own longings. Each whose ending isn’t yet written.

When one of her new neighbors dies under odd circumstances the night Zoey arrives, she is thrust into the mystery of The Dellawisp, which involves missing pages from a legendary writer whose work might be hidden there. She soon discovers that many unfinished stories permeate the place, and the people around her are in as much need of healing from wrongs of the past as she is. To find their way they have to learn how to trust each other, confront their deepest fears, and let go of what haunts them.

Delightful and atmospheric, Other Birds is filled with magical realism and moments of pure love that won’t let you go. Sarah Addison Allen shows us that between the real and the imaginary, there are stories that take flight in the most extraordinary ways.
 
All are invited to join our book discussions.  You can pick up a copy of the current month’s selection at the circulation desk.  We usually have several Regular and Large Print copies available.
 
Our Chat & Chew Book Club will also meet today, at 5:30.  This is a very informal group. We discuss books we are currently reading or have read recently, or have heard about, while enjoying a slice of pizza.
 
Summer Teen Book Club:
Attention Teens! Join us on Tuesday, July 18 at 2:00 for a very informal discussion about the books you've been reading this summer!  NT Senior Jamie Jacobs will be leading the discussion. Come hang out, have a snack, and talk about books you’ve read, or heard about and want to read.

Summer Family Fun Program: BUBBLE STATIONS Tuesday Evening!!
Mark your calendars for some family fun in the park! Absolute Science will be bringing their Bubble Stations to Taylor Park in Traer on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00pm. This Bubble Station program was recently hosted by the Norma Anders Library in Dysart during their 4th of July celebration, and they were a huge hit!
 
Bubble Stations is one of the largest Mobile Bubble Outdoor Programs in the United States. Their hand-made bubble solution makes bubbles not only bigger, but longer lasting! With hundreds of wands of different shapes and sizes from all over the world, Bubble Stations is a wonderful hands-on experience that brings out the child in all of us! Check out their website at  https://www.absolute-science.com













Coffee Talk: Heat, Diabetes, Diet & Exercise Wednesday, July 19 at 2:00

On Wednesday, July 19, Beth Eberle, RN with Tama County Public Health & Home Care will be leading a discussion on Heat, Diabetes, Diet and Exercise.  She will also be available to answer your questions about Home Health Care.  Join us in the Talen Community Room at 2:00 to hear information on these important health topics. Free coffee and cookies will be served!
 
Garden Walk: Wednesday, July 19 at 3:30:
Our Garden Walk this week will be at the gardens of Stephenie Bellwood and Barb Kopriva. Meet at the library to ride together, or call for the addresses and directions. 
 
Living Longer and Healthier: Discussion with Rex McKee, based on the book “Lifespan”:
Rex McKee will continue his discussion of how to live longer and healthier, based on the book “Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To” by David A Sinclair, PhD . Our next discussion will be on Thursday, July 20 at 6:00 in the Talen Community Room. You can still join this discussion, even if you haven’t been here for previous discussions.  Come listen if you are interested in learning how lifestyle changes can help you feel younger and stay healthier longer. This may change the way you think about ageing and what you can do about it.
 
Children’s Summer Reading Challenge:
Children can register any time for our On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! Summer Reading Challenge! Children still have plenty of time to join the “race” to the finish line, and earn prizes at Pit Stops along the way! Stop in the library to sign up, or contact the library at 319-478-2180 with any questions you have.
 
Used Book Sale Room:
Our used book sale room is full! Items are available for a free-will donation. Lots of Fiction, Large Print, Romance, Junior Fiction, Junior Non-Fiction and Easy books have recently been added to the sale.  We also have magazines, and a few audio books, DVDs, puzzles, and cake pans.
 
Looking for Greenhouses and She-Sheds:
Do you have a greenhouse or a she-shed you’d love to show off? Laurie is looking for gardeners who would be willing to share their greenhouses or she-sheds with the library’s Down & Dirty Gardening Group during next year’s garden walks.  They don’t have to be extravagant – just share ideas with others gardeners and show what is working for you! If you would like to share, or know someone who might, please call the library at 319-478-2180 for more details.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
The Housemaid’s Secret - #2 Housemaid Series by Freida McFadden
Birthday Cake and Bodies - #9 Peridale Café Series by Agatha Frost
Love May Fail by Matthew Quick
 
Non-Fiction
Keto Cooking for Beginners! Easy recipes and essential information for living Keto
 
DVDs:
Book Club: The Next Chapter
Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret
The Man from Toronto
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
The seamstress decided to diversify and open a restaurant inside her shop.  But the reviews were only sew-sew.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

July 10, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday July 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday July 11 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday July 12 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday July 12 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday July 12 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday July 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 12 at 2:00 Felted Fiber Art with Megan Hammer
Wednesday July 12 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Donna Kersten
Thursday July 13 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 13 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday July 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, July 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, July 17 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday, July 17 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday July 18 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 18 at Teen Book Club
Tuesday July 18 at 7:00pm in Taylor Park- Bubble Stations!
Wednesday July 19 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday July 19 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday July 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 19 at 2:00 Coffee Talk w/Tama Co Public Health Nurse Beth Eberle
Wednesday July 19 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Stephenie Bellwood & Barb Kopriva
Thursday July 20 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 20 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Thursday July 20 at 6:00 Lifespan Book Discussion w/ Rex McKee
Friday July 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Scones & Tomes:
Join us for an informal book club on Wednesday, July 12 at 11:30.  We share and discuss the books we have read lately while enjoying a sweet treat and a hot beverage.  Attendees always get ideas for great books to add to their reading lists. Newcomers are always welcome.
 
Felted Fiber Art with Megan Hammer
Join us this Wednesday, July 12 at 2:00 to meet Fiber Artist Megan Hammer, and learn how she creates beautiful artwork from felted wool.

By transforming wispy wool fiber into soft, strong felt, Megan Hammer explores the potential for harmony and collaboration with nature. She embraces the textures revealed through the felting process and presents intricate details to share botanical studies and explorations of our natural world.

Megan will give a short presentation about her inspiration and the process she uses to create her felted wool fine art. Following the presentation, Megan will demonstrate needle-felting and provide an opportunity for participants to create a mini felted artwork. (Sharp needles will be used; caution is advised.) We will have supplies for 20 participants. Please come in or call the library to guarantee a kit so you can try needle-felting.  There is no cost.
 
Megan is the daughter of Glenn and Dorothy Thorne of rural Traer. You can see more examples of her beautiful art pieces on her website http://www.meganhammer.com/
 

Garden Walk: Wednesday, July 12 at 3:30:
Our Garden Walk this week will be at the gardens of Donna Kersten. Meet at the library to ride together, or call for the address and directions. 
 
Summer Family Fun Program: BUBBLE STATIONS!
Mark your calendars for some family fun in the park! Absolute Science will be bringing their Bubble Stations to Taylor Park in Traer on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00pm.
 
Bubble Stations is one of the largest Mobile Bubble Outdoor Programs in the United States. Their hand-made bubble solution makes bubbles not only bigger, but longer lasting! With hundreds of wands of different shapes and sizes from all over the world, Bubble Stations is a wonderful hands-on experience that brings out the child in all of us!

Check out their website at  https://www.absolute-science.com

Children’s Summer Reading Challenge:
Children can register any time for our On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! Summer Reading Challenge! Stop in the library to sign up, or contact the library at 319-478-2180 with any questions you have.
 
July’s Decade Challenge –The Swinging Sixties:
In July, our focus will be the 1960s. You can pick up lists of ideas and books we have available at the circulation desk, or on the library website https://www.traer.lib.ia.us/ and clicking on the Decades Book Challenge link on the homepage.
 
Blank Park Zoo Passes:
The library is again offering a limited number of passes to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  These passes are good for One Free Child Admission (ages 3-12), and are good until December 31, 2023. Passes are available at the circulation desk.  Please only request one pass per child.
 
Used Book Sale Room:
Our used book sale room is full! Items are available for a free-will donation. Lots of Fiction, Large Print, Romance, Junior Fiction, Junior Non-Fiction and Easy books have recently been added to the sale.  We also have magazines, and a few audio books, DVDs, puzzles, and cake pans.
 
Looking for Greenhouses and She-Sheds:
Do you have a greenhouse or a she-shed you’d love to show off? Laurie is looking for gardeners who would be willing to share their greenhouses or she-sheds with the library’s Down & Dirty Gardening Group during next year’s garden walks.  They don’t have to be fancy – just share ideas with others gardeners and show what is working for you! If you would like to share, or know someone who might, please call the library at 319-478-2180.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Mrs. Nash’s Ashes by Sarah Adler
The Whispers by Ashley Audrain
Weapons of Opportunity - #3 Nick Flynn series by Dale Brown
The Spectacular by Fiona Davis
Fortune Teller - #25 Miss Fortune series by Jana DeLeon
Shore Road - #12 Seaside Saga series by Joanne DeMaio
She Started It by Sian Gilbert
The Paris Daughter by Kristin Harmel
Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood
A Little Ray of Sunshine by Kristan Higgins
The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand
Rocky Mountain Rendezvous by Misty M. Beller
The Laws of Attraction - #2 Wyoming Sunrise series by Mary Connealy
The Bookshop by the Bay by Pamela M. Kelley
Someone Else’s Bucket List by Amy T. Matthews
Never Lie by Freida McFadden
The Little Italian Hotel by Phaedra Patrick
Things We Hide from the Light - #2 Knockemout series by Lucy Score
Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See
The Sweetheart List - #4 Sunrise Cove series by Jill Shalvis
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
Famous in a Small Town by Viola Shipman
Storm’s Fury by Mary Stone
Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger
The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
 
Large-Print:
The Wind Knows my Name by Isabel Allende
The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand
 
Non-Fiction
The Family Guide to Outdoor Adventures: 30 wilderness activities to enjoy nature together by Creek Stewart
The Last Ride of the Pony Express: my 2,000 mile horseback journey into the Old West by Will Grant
Never Give Up: a prairie family’s story by Tom Brokaw
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
The Watchmaker’s Daughter: the true story of World War II heroine Corrie Ten Boom by Larry Loftis
I escaped from Auschwitz: the shocking true story of the World War II hero who escaped the Nazis and helped save over 200,000 Jews by Rudolf Vrba
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Most campers are fluent in s’mores code.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

July 3, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday, July 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday July 4 – CLOSED for Independence Day
Wednesday July 5 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday July 5 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday July 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 5 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday July 5 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Paul Wendt
Thursday July 6 at 1:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 6 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday July 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday July 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday July 11 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday July 12 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday July 12 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday July 12 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday July 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 12 at 2:00 Felted Fiber Art with Megan Hammer
Wednesday July 12 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Donna Kersten
Thursday July 13 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 13 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday July 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Story Time Resumes:
Our normal Story Time with Miss Sue will resume this Wednesday, July 5 at 10:15. We listen to stories, sing songs, enjoy a simple craft and play games. These activities are geared towards our youngest patrons.  As a reminder, we do not have Story Time in August.

Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts:
Come to the Carnegie Cafe on Wednesday, July 5 at 2:00 to make a simple seasonal craft and enjoy a hot beverage.  There is no cost or sign-up required, and we provide any supplies needed.
 
Garden Walk: Wednesday, July 5 at 3:30:
Our Garden Walk this week will be at the gardens of Paul Wendt. Meet at the library to ride together, or call for the address and directions.
 
Felted Fiber Art with Megan Hammer:
Join us on Wednesday, July 12 at 2:00 to meet Fiber Artist Megan Hammer, and learn how she creates beautiful artwork from felted wool.

By transforming wispy wool fiber into soft, strong felt, Megan Hammer explores the potential for harmony and collaboration with nature. She embraces the textures revealed through the felting process and presents intricate details to share botanical studies and explorations of our natural world.

Megan will give a short presentation about her inspiration and the process she uses to create her felted wool fine art. Following the presentation, Megan will demonstrate needle-felting and provide an opportunity for participants to create a mini felted artwork. (Sharp needles will be used; caution is advised.) We will have supplies for 20 participants. Please come in or call the library to sign up for a kit.  There is no cost.
 
Megan is the daughter of Glenn and Dorothy Thorne of rural Traer, and a graduate of North Tama. You can see examples of her beautiful art pieces on her website http://www.meganhammer.com/

 











Summer Family Fun Program: BUBBLE STATIONS!

Mark your calendars for some family fun in the park! Absolute Science will be bringing their Bubble Stations to Taylor Park in Traer on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00pm.
 
Bubble Stations is one of the largest Mobile Bubble Outdoor Programs in the United States. Their hand-made bubble solution makes bubbles not only bigger, but longer lasting! With hundreds of wands of different shapes and sizes from all over the world, Bubble Stations is a wonderful hands-on experience that brings out the child in all of us!

Check out their website at  https://www.absolute-science.com

Kids Summer Reading Challenge:
On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! Summer Reading Challenge for children continues until mid-August! Stop in the library to sign up, or contact the library at 319-478-2180 with any questions you have.

July’s Decade Book Challenge –The Swinging Sixties:
In July, our focus will be the 1960s. The Sixties was a decade dominated by the Vietnam War and a strong anti-war sentiment among young people against the US involvement in the War. Civil Rights marches also defined the era and helped bring about positive changes, including the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

In the early 1960s, many Americans lived in fear of nuclear war as the Cold War escalated. Throughout the decade, the country mourned the losses of beloved leaders, including President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Other headlines included Hippies, Woodstock & the Swinging Sixties, the British Invasion, and the Space Race. The 60s came to a close with a giant leap for mankind as the first astronauts stepped foot on the moon.

These are some of the historical events that have come to define the decade:
 
1960 May 9: The birth control pill becomes commercially available.
November 8: The 1960 United States presidential election marks the first televised debates between presidential candidates.
 
1961 January 20: John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as President of the United States.
April 12: Yuri Gagarin, flying the Vostok 1 spacecraft as part of the Vostok program, becomes the first human in space.
April 1720: Bay of Pigs Invasion by Cuban exiles ends in failure
May 25: In an address to Congress, John F. Kennedy declares the United States' objective of "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth" by the end of the decade. This would be in fact achieved by the Apollo Project, despite several challenges and much doubt.
The Great Leap Forward ends in China after the deaths of roughly 20–45 million people.
 
1962 July 2: Walmart founded in Rogers, Arkansas by Sam Walton.
         October 1629: The Cuban Missile Crisis nearly causes nuclear war.
 
1963 March 22: The Beatles' first record, Please Please Me, and the beginnings of the British Invasion.
November 22: Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson assumes office as President of the United States.
 
1964 July 2: Civil Rights Act abolishes segregation in the USA.
August 2: The Gulf of Tonkin incident led to the escalation of U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War.
November 28: NASA launches the Mariner 4 space probe from Cape Kennedy toward Mars to take television pictures of that planet in July 1965.
1966 October 21: The Aberfan disaster, the catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip (pile of waste coal
mining material) in Aberfan, Wales results in 144 deaths.
Joseph Weizenbaum, a German computer scientist at MIT, completes ELIZA, the first ever chatbot.
 
1967 May 26: The Beatles release their landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Mid-year: Summer of Love, in which as many as 100,000 people, mostly young people sporting hippie fashions of dress and behavior, converged in San Francisco's neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury.
 
1968 JanuarySeptember: The Tet Offensive occurs in South Vietnam.
March 16: My Lai massacre, a mass murder and rape of unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by U.S. troops in the Vietnam War.    
September - National Guard deployed to Waterloo, Iowa, after riots.
 
1969 June 28July 3: The Stonewall riots in New York City instigate the gay rights movement.
July 20: Apollo 11 Moon landing, in which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first two humans on the moon.
August: The Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York, attracts an audience of more than 400,000.
October 29: Creation of Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), the earliest incarnation of the Internet.
November 10: Sesame Street premieres its debut episode.
 

You can also find our lists of ideas and books we have available at the library on our website https://www.traer.lib.ia.us/ or pick up lists at the circulation desk.
 
Blank Park Zoo Passes:
The library is again offering a limited number of passes to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  These passes are good for One Free Child Admission (ages 3-12). Passes are available at the circulation desk.  Please only request one pass per child.
 
New DVDs:
Avatar: The Way of the Water
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
The Americans – the complete TV Series
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Don’t skip out on the Fourth of July barbeque – that could be a missed steak.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

June 26, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday June 26 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday June 26 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday June 27 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday June 27 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 28 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday June 28 at 10:00 Summer Reading Kids Programming: Blank Park Zoo
Wednesday June 28 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 28 at 3:30 Garden Walks – Linda Gowdy & Susie Reichmann
Thursday June 29 at 1:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday June 29 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday June 30 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, July 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday July 4 – CLOSED for Independence Day
Wednesday July 5 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday July 5 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday July 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 5 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday July 5 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Paul Wendt
Thursday July 6 at 1:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 6 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday July 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
BINGO Today!
Join Laurie today, June 26, at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room for some friendly games of BINGO and socializing. You can win fun prizes!
 
Outside The Lines:
Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring tomorrow, Tuesday June 27 at 1:05. We provide colored pencils, markers, cards, bookmarks, or coloring books for you, or bring your own supplies and come to socialize and relax. There is no cost or sign up required.

Garden Walk: Wednesday, June 28 at 3:30:
Our Garden Walk this week will be at the gardens of Linda Gowdy and Susie Reichmann. Meet at the library to ride together, or call for the address and directions. 
 
Summer Reading Children’s Program: Blank Park Zoo!
This Wednesday will be our last special program for children. The Blank Park Zoo will be here, and they are bringing some of their animal friends! Come to the Kupka Cultural Center in the lower level of the library this Wednesday, June 28 at 10:00 to see some animals up close!
 
Story Time Resumes:
Our normal Story Time with Miss Sue will resume next Wednesday, July 5 at 10:15. We listen to stories, sing songs, enjoy a simple craft and play games. These activities are geared towards our youngest patrons.  As a reminder, we do not have Story Time in August.
 
Summer Reading Challenge:
Children can register any time for our On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! Summer Reading Challenge! Stop in the library to sign up, or contact the library at 319-478-2180 with any questions you have.
 
Summer Family Fun Program: BUBBLE STATIONS!
Mark your calendars for some family fun in the park! Absolute Science will be bringing their Bubble Stations to Taylor Park in Traer on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00pm.
 
Bubble Stations is one of the largest Mobile Bubble Outdoor Programs in the United States. Their hand-made bubble solution makes bubbles not only bigger, but longer lasting! With hundreds of wands of different shapes and sizes from all over the world, Bubble Stations is a wonderful hands-on experience that brings out the child in all of us!
Check out their website at  https://www.absolute-science.com
 
Upcoming Program: Megan Hammer, Fiber Artist:
Join us on Wednesday, July 12 at 2:00 to hear how Fiber Artist Megan Hammer creates beautiful artwork from felted wool. Megan is the daughter of Glenn and Dorothy Thorne of rural Traer. She will explain her process and give some background on how she became a fiber artist, and will bring along some of her beautiful work to show. Megan says:
 
“I create fiber art to embrace the textures of nature. My expressive felted wool pieces inspire curiosity and close examination. I combine natural fibrous texture with intricate details to explore the potential for collaboration and harmony with nature.”
 












Yes, these are made with felted wool! You can see more examples of her beautiful art pieces on her website https://www.meganhammer.com/

Blank Park Zoo Passes:
The library is again offering a limited number of passes to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  These passes are good for One Free Child Admission (ages 3-12). Passes are available at the circulation desk.  Please only request one pass per child.
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
Fruitcake and Fear - #8 Peridale Café Series by Agatha Frost
The Secret Life of Sunflowers by Marta Molnar
The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer
 
Teen:
Enduring Freedom by Jawad Arash and Dysart native Trent Reedy
 
Junior Fiction:
Cat Ninja #4 by Matthew Cody
Stella Batts # 6-10 by Courtney Sheinmel
The Ghostess with the Mostest by JoJo Siwa
Jingle Bows and Mistletoe by JoJo Siwa
 
Non-Fiction:
Trishas’s Kitchen: easy comfort food for friends and family by Trisha Yearwood
The Things Our Father­s Saw: The Un­told S­to­ries of the World War II Gen­er­a­tion from Home­town, USA: #2 The War in the Air Book One by Matthew A. Rozell
The Things our ­Fa­ther­s ­Saw: The un­told s­to­ries of the World War II ­Gen­er­a­tion from Home­town, USA: #3 The War in the Air Book T­wo: ­com­bat­, ­cap­tiv­i­ty, and re­union by Matthew A. Rozell
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
The calf complained to his mother cow, “Why do I have to find someplace in the field to lie down and sleep?” She explained, “It’s pasture bedtime.”

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

June 19, 2023

Good Morning!

On The Calendar:
Monday, June 19 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, June 19 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday, June 19 at 3:00 NO APPLIQUE this month
Monday, June 19 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday June 20 at 1:30 English Paper Piecing with Cathy McFarland
Tuesday June 20 at 2:00 Summer Teen Book Club with Jamie Jacobs
Wednesday June 21 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday June 21 at 10:00 Summer Reading Kids Programming: Fire and Ice Show!
Wednesday June 21 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 21 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Wilson Nature Preserve with Ned Vaughn
Thursday June 22 at 1:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday June 22 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday June 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday June 23 at 2:30 The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Alzheimer’s with Dr. Robert Keefer (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Monday June 26 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday June 26 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday June 27 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday June 27 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 28 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday June 28 at 10:00 Summer Reading Kids Programming: Blank Park Zoo
Wednesday June 28 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 28 at 3:30 Garden Walks – Linda Gowdy & Susie Reichmann
Thursday June 29 at 1:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday June 29 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday June 30 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty

Book Clubs Today:
Our Monday Book Club meets today at 2:00 to discuss The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. The story, history and strength of these amazing women should make for a good discussion. We will also be handing out next month’s selection, The Sowing Season, by Katie Powner.
After he's forced to sell the family farm he's labored on his whole life, 63-year-old Gerrit Laninga doesn't know what to do with himself. He sacrificed everything for the land--his time, his health, his family--with nothing to show for it but bitterness, regret, and two grown children who want nothing to do with him.
Fifteen-year-old Rae Walters has growing doubts and fears about The Plan--the detailed blueprint for high school that will help her follow in her lawyer father's footsteps. She's always been committed to The Plan, but now that the pressure to succeed is building, what was supposed to unite her family in purpose, may end up tearing it apart.

When their paths cross just as they each need a friend the most, Gerrit's and Rae's lives begin to change in unexpected ways. Can they discover together what really matters in life and learn it's never too late for a second chance?
All are invited to join our book discussions.  You can pick up a copy of the current month’s selection at the circulation desk.  We usually have several Regular and Large Print copies available.
 
Our Chat & Chew Book Club will also meet today, at 5:30.  This is a very informal group. We discuss books we are currently reading or have read recently, or have heard about, while enjoying a slice of pizza.

English Paper Piecing:
On Tuesday, June 20 at 1:30, Cathy McFarland will give a brief history of English Paper Piecing, then lead the class in making your own project to take home. English Paper Piecing involves stabilizing fabric pieces with paper. Once the shapes are wrapped and ready, the sewer will hand sew the shapes together one at a time until the shapes become an intricate design.
There will be a cost of $10 for each participant. You will each receive your own kit. Please contact the library to sign up for this interesting class!

Summer Teen Book Club:
Attention Teens! Join us for a very informal discussion about the books you've been reading this summer!  NT Senior Jamie Jacobs will be leading the discussion. Come hang out, have a snack, and talk about books you’ve read, or heard about and want to read.
We will meet at 2:00 on the following Tuesdays:
June 20
July 18
August 15
 
Summer Reading Program: The Fun Continues!
 
Get FIRED UP for this week’s program! On Wednesday, June 21 at 10:00, Absolute Science will present their Fire and Ice Reaction Show! You'll see Fire light up in different beautiful colors. You'll see the freezing magic of Liquid Nitrogen. You'll even learn how to make Smoke appear like a genie out of a bottle in this amazing show about chemical reactions! Don’t miss this exciting program!
 

Next Wednesday, June 28, the Blank Park Zoo will be back and bringing some live animal friends!
 
All programs are at 10:00 AM in the Kupka Cultural Center in the lower level of the library.
 
Children can register any time for our On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! Summer Reading Challenge and receive a goal sheet, a free book, pencil and vinyl sticker. They will decorate their own race car to move along our bulletin board race track. For every completed goal sheet, their car advances to the next pit stop on the race track, earning a small prize! Your child can pick up a new goal sheet and keep on reading. Every time they bring a completed goal sheet to the library, they can advance their car and earn additional prizes!! Once they reach the finish line, their name will be put into a drawing for some BIGGER prizes. Please contact the library at 319-478-2180 with any questions you have.
 
Garden Walk: Wednesday, June 21 at 3:30:
Our Garden Walk this week will be at the Carl & Evelyn Wilson Nature Preserve, with Ned Vaughn as our guide. Meet at the library to ride together, or meet us there.  The Preserve is located at the west end of 6th Street in Traer.
 
The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Alzheimer’s with Dr. Robert Keefer:
Come to the Talen Community Room on Friday, June 23 at 2:30 (NOTE TIME CHANGE), to hear Dr. Robert Keefer speak about the relationship between hearing loss and Dementia/Alzheimers.  Dr. Keefer (son and brother to Traer residents Kathleen Keefer and Mark Keefer) has recently published The Alzheimer's/Hearing Aid Paradox: In Search of Sanity on his groundbreaking findings, and will share this important information with us.
The facts are staggering. Scientific studies have shown that people with hearing loss have up to a five hundred percent higher risk of dementia (including Alzheimer's), as well as serious falls and clinical depression. Today, around six million Americans have Alzheimer's--a number that is only expected to increase and overwhelm the healthcare system in the next five to seven years.

In a groundbreaking presentation, Dr. Robert Keefer relies on thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry and the results of his meticulous research to offer insights on how to correct outdated Medicare policies, improve US hearing healthcare, and ensure well-performing hearing aids for everyone in need. After detailing why people with hearing loss don't use hearing aids, he leads us on a journey into the world of these tiny medical devices, the US hearing healthcare matrix, the technology, and costs surrounding hearing aids, stories of those with hearing loss, wisdom from audiologists in their own words, and ways to advocate for changes that save hundreds of billions of dollars in healthcare expenses.

Blank Park Zoo Passes:

The library is again offering a limited number of passes to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  These passes are good for One Free Child Admission (ages 3-12). Passes are available at the circulation desk.  Please only request one pass per child.
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
The Midnight News by Jo Baker
Tom Clancy: Flash Point – a Jack Ryan Jr. novel by Don Bentley
Only the Dead - #6 Terminal List Series by Jack Carr
The Diva Delvers on a Promise - #15 Domestic Diva Series by Krista Davis
Blueberry Blunder - #8 Amish Candy Shop Series by Amanda Flower
In the Shadow of the River by Ann H. Gabhart
The Shifting Current - #4 Coastal Guardians Series by Dani Pettrey
Lie to Her - #6 Bree Taggert Series by Melinda Leigh
You are Here by Karin Lin-Greenberg
The House on Prytania - #2 Royal Street Series by Karen White
Never Forget You by Fiona Lucas
The Housemaid by Freida McFadden
Summer Reading by Jennifer McKinlay
Things I Wish I Told my Mother by Sue Patterson
Identity by Nora Roberts
One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
 
Teen:
Legendborn - #1 Legendborn Cycle Series by Tracy Deonn
Bloodmarked - #2 Legendborn Cycle Series by Tracy Deonn
 
Junior Fiction:
Doggo and Pupper Series (Books 1-3) by Katherine Applegate
Cat Ninja Series (Graphic Novel Series Books 1-3) by Matthew Cody
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Who’s in Charge - #5 Stella Batts Series by Courtney Scheinmel
 
Non-Fiction:
Follow Me to Hell: McNelly’s Texas Rangers and the rise of frontier justice by Tom Clavin
The Summer of 1876: outlaws, lawmen, and legends in the season that defined the American West by Chris Wimmer
I’m Glad my Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
 
Memorial Books:
Birding Basics: tips, tools and techniques for great bird watching by Noah K. Strycker, given in memory of Barbara Bauch by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
The Travel Book: a journey through every country in the world by Lonely Planet, given in memory of William C. Talen by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
The Wedding Planner (Large Print) by Danielle Steel, given in memory of Barbara Dedic by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
Wings of War: The World War II fighter plane that saved the Allies and the believers who made it fly by David Fairbank White, given in memory of Jon Nagel by Marilyn Nagel
 
DVDs:
Paw Patrol – The Great Pirate Rescue!
Pokemon Collectors Set: 4 movies
Creed III
The Bible Stories: Jesus
65
Travel the Road - Season 1
Tulsa King – Season 1
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

June 12, 2023

Good Morning!

On The Calendar:

Monday June 12 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday June 12 from 1:00-4:00 Books for Cooks for Grades K-5 (Pre-registration was required)
Tuesday June 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 14 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday June 14 at 10:00 Summer Reading Kids Programming: Toby KID
Wednesday June 14 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday June 14 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 14 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Emily Doyle
Thursday June 15 at 1:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday June 15 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Thursday June 15 at 6:00 “Lifespan” Book Discussion with Rex McKee
Friday June 16 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, June 19 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, June 19 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday, June 19 at 3:00 NO APPLIQUE this month
Monday, June 19 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday June 20 at 1:30 English Paper Piecing with Cath McFarland
Tuesday June 20 at 2:00 Summer Teen Book Club with Jamie Jacobs
Wednesday June 21 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday June 21 at 10:00 Absolute Science presents: Fire and Ice Show!
Wednesday June 21 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 21 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Wilson Nature Preserve with Ned Vaughn
Thursday June 22 at 1:30 Cribbage and Rummikub**Note change in time for summer
Thursday June 22 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday June 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday June 23 at 2:00 The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Alzheimer’s with Dr. Robert Keefer

Summer Reading Program!
Our theme this year is On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!
 
Children can register any time for our Summer Reading Challenge and receive a goal sheet, a free book, pencil and vinyl sticker. The will also decorate their own race car to move along our bulletin board race track. For every completed goal sheet, their car advances to the next pit stop on the race track, earning a small prize! Your child can pick up a new goal sheet and keep on reading. Every time they bring a completed goal sheet to the library, they can advance their car and earn additional prizes!! Once they reach the finish line, their name will be put into a drawing for some BIGGER prizes. Please contact the library at 319-478-2180 with any questions you have.
 
We had a lot of fun last week with our Spy Adventures! The fun continues this Wednesday, June 14 at 10:00!
 
June 14 - The Funny Farm presents Toby KID Klauenberg, whose interactive comedy/magic show will have both kids and adults laughing!
 
June 21 - Absolute Science presents their Fire and Ice Reaction Show! You'll see Fire light up in different beautiful colors. You'll see the freezing magic of Liquid Nitrogen. You'll even learn how to make Smoke appear like a genie out of a bottle in this amazing show about chemical reactions!
 
June 28 - The Blank Park Zoo will be back and bringing some live animal friends!
 
All programs will be on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM in the Kupka Cultural Center in the lower level of the library.
 
English Paper Piecing:
On Tuesday, June 20 at 1:30, Cathy McFarland will give a brief history of English Paper Piecing, then lead the class in making your own project to take home. English Paper Piecing involves stabilizing fabric pieces with paper. Once the shapes are wrapped and ready, the sewer will hand sew the shapes together one at a time until the shapes become an intricate design.

There will be a cost of $10 for each participant. You will each receive your own kit. Please contact the library to sign up for this interesting class!

Summer Teen Book Club:
Attention Teens! Join us for a very informal discussion about the books you've been reading this summer!  NT Senior Jamie Jacobs will be leading the discussion. Come hang out, have a snack, and talk about books you’ve read, or heard about and want to read.
We will meet at 2:00 on the following Tuesdays:
June 20
July 18
August 15
 
The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Alzheimer’s with Dr. Robert Keefer:
Come to the Talen Community Room on Friday, June 23 at 2:00, to hear Dr. Robert Keefer speak about the relationship between hearing loss and Dementia/Alzheimers.  Dr. Keefer (son and brother to Traer residents Kathleen Keefer and Mark Keefer) has recently published The Alzheimer's/Hearing Aid Paradox: In Search of Sanity on his groundbreaking findings, and will share this important information with us.
The facts are staggering. Scientific studies have shown that people with hearing loss have up to a five hundred percent higher risk of dementia (including Alzheimer's), as well as serious falls and clinical depression. Today, around six million Americans have Alzheimer's--a number that is only expected to increase and overwhelm the healthcare system in the next five to seven years.
In a groundbreaking presentation, Dr. Robert Keefer relies on thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry and the results of his meticulous research to offer insights on how to correct outdated Medicare policies, improve US hearing healthcare, and ensure well-performing hearing aids for everyone in need. After detailing why people with hearing loss don't use hearing aids, he leads us on a journey into the world of these tiny medical devices, the US hearing healthcare matrix, the technology, and costs surrounding hearing aids, stories of those with hearing loss, wisdom from audiologists in their own words, and ways to advocate for changes that save hundreds of billions of dollars in healthcare expenses.

 
New Books:
Fiction:
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
Once You See: Seven Temptations of the Western Church by Jeff Christopherson
The Perks of Being a Parker - #6 Moonbeam Bay Series by Kay Correll
Restaurant on the Wharf - #4 Blue Heron Cottages Series by Kay Correll
Magpie by Elizabeth Day
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
Macarons and Mayhem - #7 Peridale Café Mystery by Agatha Frost
The Girls in the Snow by Stacy Green
The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
Dessert at the Beach House Hotel - #6 Beach House Hotel Series by Judith Keim
Marriage Vow Murder - #9 Merry Wrath Series by Leslie Langtry
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
The Varsity Dad Dilema by Lex Martin
The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose
One Last Gift by Emily Stone
Wild at Heart - #2 Simple Wild Series by K.A. Tucker
 
Large Print:
Where Coyotes Howl by Sandra Dallas
Seabreeze Sunset - #3 Summer Beach Series by Jan Moran
 
Teen:
Dead Girls Can’t Tell Secrets by Chelsea Ichaso
Cold Hearted: a tale of the wicked stepmother by Serena Valentino
Poor Unfortunate Soul : a tale of the sea witch by Serena Valentino
 
Non-Fiction:
The Alzheimer’s/Hearing Aid Paradox: In Search of Sanity by Robert C. Keefer, PhD
Murder, Motherhood, and Miraculous Grace by Debra Moerke
Homer’s Odyssey: a fearless feline tale, or, how I learned about love and life with a blind wonder cat by Gwen Cooper
 
DVDs:
Dungeons and Dragons – Honor Among Thieves
Blessed & Cursed
Brother White
Homeless for the Holidays
Space Jam
A Place for Heroes
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
A cartoonist was found dead in his home.  Details are sketchy.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

June 5, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
 
Monday, June 5 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday June 6 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 7 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday June 7 at 10:00 Summer Reading Kids Programming: Spy Adventures with Jenny Hulme
Wednesday June 7 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 7 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday June 7 at 3:30 Garden Walks – Laurie Schafer & Diane Wagner
Thursday June 8 at 1:30 Cribbage and Rummikub**Note change in time for summer
Thursday June 8 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday June 9 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday June 12 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday June 12 from 1:00-4:00 Books for Cooks for Grades K-5 (Pre-registration was required)
Tuesday June 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 14 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday June 14 at 10:00 Summer Reading Kids Programming: Toby KID
Wednesday June 14 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday June 14 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 14 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Emily Doyle
Thursday June 15 at 1:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday June 15 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Thursday June 15 at 6:00 “Lifespan” Book Discussion with Rex McKee
Friday June 16 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty

It’s SUMMER!! We have lots of children’s activities going on at the library, online resources your children can access through our website or on our library computers, and lots and lots of children’s books and videos to check out!

Summer Reading Program!
We are getting ready for our 2023 Summer Reading Program with the theme On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!
 
Beginning this Wednesday, June 7, children can register for our Summer Reading Challenge and receive a goal sheet and a free book, pencil and vinyl sticker! When your child completes the goal sheet, they can return it to the library. When they return their first goal sheet, they can design a race car and advance their car to the first stop on the race track. They will also earn a small prize! Your child can pick up a new goal sheet and keep on reading. Every time they bring a completed goal sheet to the library, they can advance their car and earn additional prizes!! Once they reach the finish line, their name will be put into a drawing for some BIGGER prizes. Please contact the library at 319-478-2180 with any questions you have.
 
We also have some fun and exciting programming planned for June!  All programs will be on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM in the Kupka Cultural Center in the lower level of the library.
 
June 7 - Jenny Hulme with Iowa State Extension & Outreach will have fun with Spy Adventures!
 
June 14 - The Funny Farm presents Toby KID Klauenberg, whose interactive comedy/magic show will have both kids and adults laughing!
 
June 21 - Absolute Science presents their Fire and Ice Reaction Show! You'll see Fire light up in different beautiful colors. You'll see the freezing magic of Liquid Nitrogen. You'll even learn how to make Smoke appear like a genie out of a bottle in this amazing show about chemical reactions!
 
June 28 - The Blank Park Zoo will be back and bringing some live animal friends!
 
Tumblebooks – FREE kids ebooks online:
During summer vacation, when your kids or grandkids say “I’m bored!”, don’t forget about Tumblebooks! Tumblebooks is an online collection of e-books for children.  It can be accessed from any device with internet, so they can read on a computer, tablet or phone.
 
Kids can read along with over 1,100 animated, talking picture books, as well as chapter books, non-fiction books, and graphic novels, and play games and put together puzzles. And it’s all FREE for our library patrons! Just go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the homepage, and put in your library card number. Or download the free Tumblebooks app.
 
Brainfuse: FREE online resources:
Need some boredom busters to keep kids engaged? Don’t let what kids learned in school fade away this summer! Keep their skills engaged by visiting the Brainfuse Help Now Online Summer Skills Camp. It has printable worksheets in all kinds of subjects for free. This is a great resource for caregivers too! 
 
To access these resources, go to our website  https://www.traer.lib.ia.us and click on the red Online Resources box. Then click the orange Brainfuse HelpNow button. Access the Summer Skills Camp under "Study." (look for the sun icon)
 
ABC Mouse:
ABCMouse.com early Learning Academy is a digital computer game for children ages 2-8.  You can access their website for FREE on any of the computers in our lab! Subjects covered include reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, music and art.  Activities include puzzles, games, videos, coloring activities, songs, and poems.  There are also some digital books. Come play along with your child, or let them work and play alone, as you use the computer next to them.

Garden Walks:
Garden walks will begin on June 7 at 3:30. We will be going to visit the gardens of Laurie Schafer and Diane Wagner. You can meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for their addresses and directions.
 
Summer Time Change for Cribbage and Rummikub:
For the months of June, July and August, our Cribbage and Rummikub groups will be meeting at 1:30 PM every Thursday.  Stop by for a few games and beat the afternoon heat in our nice cool library! We welcome new players – no experience is necessary!
 
English Paper Piecing:
On Tuesday, June 20 at 1:30, Cathy McFarland will give a brief history of English Paper Piecing, then lead the class in making your own project to take home. English Paper Piecing involves stabilizing fabric pieces with paper. Once the shapes are wrapped and ready, the sewer will hand sew the shapes together one at a time until the shapes become an intricate design.
There will be a cost of $10 for each participant. You will each receive your own kit. Please contact the library to sign up for this interesting class!

In search of…. Pine Cones!
Laurie is looking for some large pine cones (the size of your fist) that she is planning to use for an upcoming craft.  If you happen to have any, please bring them to the library, or give us a call!
 
Decade Challenge:
New month – new Decade for the Book Challenge! In June, our focus will be the 1950’s. Pick up a list of book ideas at the circulation desk, check out a book from our display, or search the catalog for your own ideas. You can also find our lists of ideas and books on our website https://www.traer.lib.ia.us/ .
 
New Books:
You can always see what new books we have on our website. Click on the orange Catalog Search flag in the top right corner of our homepage, or the orange library catalog box below the library photos, and you can see covers of our newest books scrolling across the top. You can also click on the What’s New tab in the What’s Hot box.
 
We have lots of new children’s books at the library – too many to list, but here’s a sample. 
 
Easy Books:
Dogs On Duty (Herding, Military, Service and Search & Rescue)
Animal Battles
Look and Find
I Can Read books
Owl Diaries #14 - #18
 
Junior Non-Fiction:
X-treme Facts: Engineering (books about buildings, bridges, cities, dams, tunnels and vehicles)
Cutting Edge Technology (Bionic Pets, Drones, Self-Driving Cars, Virtual Reality, Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence)
Amazing Animal Self Defense (Bloody Eyes, Bubbling Drool, Deadly Quills, Gooey Slime, Oozing Toxins, Eye-Watering Stink)
Animals At Risk (Axolotis, Tasmanian Devil)
What Do We Know About….. (Crop Circles, Atlantis, Loch Ness Monster)
Sports & E-Sports
Healthy Living
 
VOX Books:
VOX Books capture children’s attention by combining picture books with audio recordings. The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read-along. There’s no need for computers, tablets, or CDs. Children simply push a button to listen and read along!
 
Mermaid School by Lucy Courtenay
Rick the Rock of Room 214 by Julie Falatko
Little Houses by Kevin Henkes
Home is Where the Heart Is by Cam Higgins
Come Home Already by Jory John
The Digger and the Duckling by Joseph Kuefler
Moon River by Johnny Mercer
Where is the Dragon by Leo Timmers
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
A termite walks into a bar and asks “Is the bar tender here?”
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

May 29, 2023

Good Morning!

On The Calendar:
Monday May 29 CLOSED for Memorial Day
Tuesday May 30 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 31 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday May 31 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday May 31 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday June 1 at 1:30 Cribbage and Rummikub **Note change in time for summer
Thursday June 1 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Thursday June 1 at 6:00 “Lifespan” Book Discussion with Rex McKee
Friday June 2 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, June 5 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday June 6 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 7 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday June 7 at 10:00 Summer Reading Kids Programming: Spy Adventures with Jenny Hulme
Wednesday June 7 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 7 at 3:30 Garden Walks – Laurie Schafer & Diane Wagner
Thursday June 8 at 1:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday June 8 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday June 9 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty

NOTE: The library is closed today (Monday, May 29) for Memorial Day.
 
“Lifespan” Book Discussion with Rex McKee
Would you like to live longer and healthier? Join our new Book Discussion group beginning on Thursday, June 1 at 6:00 in the Talen Community Room as we discuss the book “Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To” by David A Sinclair, PhD.
In this paradigm-shifting book from acclaimed Harvard Medical School doctor and one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people on earth, Dr. David Sinclair reveals that everything we think we know about ageing is wrong, and shares the surprising, scientifically-proven methods that can help readers live younger, longer.
For decades, the medical community has looked to a variety of reasons for why we age, and the consensus is that no one dies of old age; they die of age-related diseases. That's because ageing is not a disease – it is inevitable.

But what if everything you think you know about ageing is wrong?
What if ageing is a disease? And that disease is curable.
 
Rex McKee will lead this discussion, which will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. We have multiple copies of the book available at the library, so stop in and check out a copy if you are interested in learning how lifestyle changes can help us feel younger and stay healthier longer. This may change the way you think about ageing and what you can do about it.

Summer Reading Program!
We are getting ready for our 2023 Summer Reading Program with the theme On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!
 
Beginning on Wednesday, June 7, children can register for our Summer Reading Challenge and receive a goal sheet and a free book! When your child completes the goal sheet, they can return it to the library. When they return their first goal sheet, they can design a race car and advance their car to the first stop on the race track. They will also earn a small prize! Your child can pick up a new goal sheet and keep on reading. Every time they bring a completed goal sheet to the library, they can advance their car and earn additional prizes!! Once they reach the finish line, their name will be put into a drawing for some BIGGER prizes. Please contact the library at 319-478-2180 with any questions you have.
 
We also have some fun and exciting programming planned for June!  All programs will be on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM in the Kupka Cultural Center in the lower level of the library.
 
June 7 - Jenny Hulme with Iowa State Extension & Outreach will have fun with Spy Adventures!
 
June 14 - The Funny Farm presents Toby KID Klauenberg, whose interactive comedy/magic show will have both kids and adults laughing!
 
June 21 - Absolute Science presents their Fire and Ice Reaction Show! You'll see Fire light up in different beautiful colors. You'll see the freezing magic of Liquid Nitrogen. You'll even learn how to make Smoke appear like a genie out of a bottle in this amazing show about chemical reactions!
 
June 28 - The Blank Park Zoo will be back and bringing some live animal friends!

Garden Walks:
This summer we will once again be offering Garden Walks through local gardens.  The walks are a wonderful way to see what your neighbors are growing, share tips and techniques, and get ideas for your own gardens. Our first walk will be on June 7 at 3:30. We will be going to visit the gardens of Laurie Schafer and Diane Wagner. You can meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for their addresses and directions.
 
Summer Time Change for Cribbage and Rummikub:
For the months of June, July and August, our Cribbage and Rummikub groups will be meeting at 1:30 PM every Thursday.  Stop by for a few games and beat the afternoon heat in our nice cool library! We welcome new players – no experience is necessary!
 
New Kids Books on Healthy Living:
We recently received a grant from the Tama County Public Health SKIP* Program (*Supporting Kids in Prevention) to purchase 10 new children’s books that focus on living a healthy lifestyle! The book topics focus on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, as well as mental and social health. Some cover physical movement, from sports and exercise, to general ways to be more active, to yoga. Others focus on healthy eating and foods, or taking care of your physical, mental and social health.  Stop by with your kids and check them out!
 
Traer Fashion Show DVD:
If you missed the Sesquicentennial Fashion Show “Traer’s Apparel Through the Ages” in April, we have good news!  Bruce and Judy Morrison videotaped the show, and we now have a copy on DVD here at the library and available to check out!
 
In search of…. Pine Cones!
Laurie is looking for some large pine cones (the size of your fist) that she is planning to use for an upcoming craft.  If you happen to have any, please bring them to the library, or give us a call!
 
Decade Challenge:
On Thursday it will be June already - which means a new decade for the Book Challenge! In June, our focus will be the 1950’s. With the Great Depression just a memory and the post-WWII economy strong, the 1950s began a time of rapid change in the US. Families were growing fast, giving rise to the baby boomer generation, and began flocking to the suburbs in search of an “idyllic” life amid increasing fears of the atomic bomb. The Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights movement were major news topics of the 1950s, but here are a few other noteworthy events:
 
June 1950s:
 1950   August 25Bertie the Brain, one of the first computer games, is released.
North Korea invades South Korea in June.  SeptemberNovember: UN forces reclaim Seoul and invade North Korea.
Senator McCarthy’s campaign against alleged communists during the Red Scare which lasted from 1950-1954.
1951    September 8: The Treaty of San Francisco ends the Occupation of Japan and formally  concludes hostilities between Japan and the US.
1952    February 6: Queen Elizabeth II becomes Monarch of the Commonwealth realms.
 Development of the first effective polio vaccine by Jonas Salk.
1953    April 25: Discovery of the three-dimensional structure of DNA.
 Elvis Presley's musical career is launched.
The first color television is produced.
1954    May 17: The Supreme Court of the United States decides Brown v. Board of Education,   ordering an end to racial segregation in public schools.
1955    April 12: The Salk polio vaccine having passed large-scale trials earlier in the United States, receives full approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
            The Vietnam War began in November.
            Disneyland opened.
1957    October 4: Launch of Sputnik 1 and the beginning of the Space Age.
First prescription of the combined oral contraceptive pill.
Beginning of the Asian flu in China, leading to a worldwide pandemic that lasts until the following year.
1958    July 29NASA formed.
Invention of the optical disc and the cassette tape.
1959    February 3: Rock and roll musicians Ritchie ValensBuddy Holly and The Big Bopper die in  a plane crash.
            First documented AIDS cases.

You can also find our lists of ideas and books we have available at the library on our website https://www.traer.lib.ia.us/ or pick up lists at the circulation desk.
 
 
New Books:
Fiction:
The Beekeeper’s Cottage by Emma Davies
Sweets & Treats - #2 Paws & Pastries Series by Barbara Hinske
Texas Homecoming (Large Print) - #2 Ryan Family Series by Carolyn Brown
 
Memorial Books:
Wake Up With Purpose! What I’ve Learned in My First Hundred Years by Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, given in memory of Ida Kosnar by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust – Traer

House Planted: choosing, growing, and styling the perfect plants for your space by Lisa Munoz, given in memory of Dorothy Pecenka by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust - Traer
 
DVDs:
Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Moving On
Yellowstone Season 5 Part 1
Traer’s Apparel Through the Ages
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Insurance companies are warning campers…if your tent is stolen during the night you won’t be covered.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

May 22, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday, May 22 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 22 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday May 23 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday May 23 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 24 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday May 24 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday May 24 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 24 at 2:00 Sesquicentennial Highlights with Judy Morrison
Wednesday May 24 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders (last one for this school year)
Thursday May 25 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 25 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday May 26 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, May 27-Monday May 29 CLOSED for Memorial Day weekend
Tuesday May 30 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 31 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday May 31 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday May 31 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday June 1 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday June 1 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Thursday June 1 at 6:00 “Lifespan” Book Discussion with Rex McKee
Friday June 2 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty

NOTE: The library will be closed Saturday May 27-Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
 
BINGO Today!
Join DuLaine today, May 22, at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room for some friendly games of BINGO and socializing. You can win fun prizes!
 
Outside The Lines:
Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring tomorrow, Tuesday May 23, at 1:05. We provide colored pencils, markers, cards, bookmarks, or coloring books for you, or bring your own supplies and come to socialize and relax. There is no cost or sign up required.
 
Sesquicentennial Highlights with Judy Morrison:
On Wednesday, May 24, at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room, Judy Morrison will be giving a presentation about Traer's Sesquicentennial, highlighting the events scheduled throughout the year.  There are lots of exciting things happening to celebrate our 150 years! Judy and the rest of the Sesquicentennial Committee have put in an enormous amount of time planning these events, culminating in a big Party in the Park on June 3rd. Come learn more about these events, along with a bit of history of our wonderful town.


“Lifespan” Book Discussion with Rex McKee
Would you like to live longer and healthier? Join our new Book Discussion group beginning on Thursday, June 1 at 6:00 in the Talen Community Room as we discuss the book “Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To” by David A Sinclair, PhD.
In this paradigm-shifting book from acclaimed Harvard Medical School doctor and one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people on earth, Dr. David Sinclair reveals that everything we think we know about ageing is wrong, and shares the surprising, scientifically-proven methods that can help readers live younger, longer.

For decades, the medical community has looked to a variety of reasons for why we age, and the consensus is that no one dies of old age; they die of age-related diseases. That's because ageing is not a disease – it is inevitable.

But what if everything you think you know about ageing is wrong?
What if ageing is a disease? And that disease is curable.
Rex McKee will lead this discussion, which will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. We have multiple copies of the book available at the library, so stop in and check out a copy if you are interested in learning how lifestyle changes can help us feel younger and stay healthier longer. This may change the way you think about ageing and what you can do about it.

Summer Reading Program!
We are getting ready for our 2023 Summer Reading Program with the theme On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!
 
Beginning on Wednesday, June 7, children can register for our Summer Reading Challenge and receive a goal sheet and a free book! When your child completes the goal sheet, they can return it to the library. When they return their first goal sheet, they can design a race car and advance their car to the first stop on the race track. They will also earn a small prize! Your child can pick up a new goal sheet and keep on reading. Every time they bring a completed goal sheet to the library, they can advance their car and earn additional prizes!! Once they reach the finish line, their name will be put into a drawing for some BIGGER prizes. Please contact the library at 319-478-2180 with any questions you have.
 
We also have some fun and exciting programming planned for June!  All programs will be on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM in the Kupka Cultural Center in the lower level of the library.
 
June 7 - Jenny Hulme with Iowa State Extension & Outreach will have fun with a Spy Theme!
 
June 14 - The Funny Farm presents Toby KID Klauenberg, whose interactive comedy/magic show will have both kids and adults laughing!
 
June 21 - Absolute Science presents their Fire and Ice Reaction Show! You'll see Fire light up in different beautiful colors. You'll see the freezing magic of Liquid Nitrogen. You'll even learn how to make Smoke appear like a genie out of a bottle in this amazing show about chemical reactions!
 
June 28 - The Blank Park Zoo will be back and bringing some live animal friends!

Books For Cooks:
Jenny Hulme from ISU Extension & Outreach will be leading Books for Cooks on Monday June 12 from 1:00 – 4:00 in the Talen Community Room. This is a fun program for kids who have completed grades K-5, and they will read books while learning how to cook! Everyone will learn to make a recipe for breakfast, lunch and a snack. And of course you get to eat what you make and take the recipe home! There is NO FEE for this program, but you do need to register your child by June 7.  Forms are available at the circulation desk, or online at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/tama/youth-programs 
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Paper Cuts - #6 Secret, Book & Scone Society Series by Ellery Adams
Hard Rain - #2 Annie McIntyre Mysteries Series by Samantha Jayne Allen
Simply Lies by David Balducci
Swamp Story by Dave Barry
The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton
My Heart Will Find You by Jude Deveraux
Ghostly Game - #19 Ghostwalker Series by Christine Feehan
The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher
Meet me at the Lake by Carley Fortune
Death by Chocolate Marshmallow Pie - #6 Death by Chocolate Series by Sarah Graves
Shadow of Death by Heather Graham
Happy Place by Emily Henry
The Secret book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry
Maybe Not - #2 Maybe Someday Series by Colleen Hoover
Maybe Now - #3 Maybe Someday Series by Colleen Hoover
With My Little Eye by Joshilyn Jackson
Collateral Damage - #17 Ali Reynolds Series by Judith A. Jance
Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner
The Seaside Library by Brenda Novak
The 23rd Midnight - #23 Women’s Murder Club Series by James A. Patterson
The Bride Wore White - #7 Burning Cove, CA Series by Amanda Quick
Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club by Ryan J. Stradal
All the Days of Summer by Nancy Thayer
Strawberry Lane by Jodi Thomas
Lassiter - #21 Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward
 
Large Print:
Perilous Security Detail - #2 Honor Protection Specialists Series by Elizabeth Goddard
The Way of the Bear - #8 Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Series by Anne Hillerman
 
Non-Fiction:
Life in Five Senses: how exploring the senses got me out of my head and into the world by Gretchen Craft Rubin
The Power of Trees: how ancient forests can save us if we let them by Peter Wohlleben
Truly Simple: 140 Healthy Recipes for Weekday Cooking by Kristin Cavallari
 
Inspirational:
Critical Threat - #3 Extreme Measures Series by Lynette Eason
The Secret to Happiness - #2 Cape Cod Creamery Series by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Tapestry of Grace by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Hopefully Ever After - #3 Amish Bookstore Series by Beth Wiseman
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I accidentally drank some invisible ink...now I’m in the hospital waiting to be seen.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

May 15, 2023

Good Afternoon!
 
On The Calendar:
Monday, May 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 15 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday May 15 at 3:00 Applique Class - cancelled
Monday May 15 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday May 16 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 17 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday May 17 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday May 17 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 17 at 2:00 Planting our Raised Bed Gardens
Wednesday May 17 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday May 18 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 18 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday May 19 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday May 19 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
Monday, May 22 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 22 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday May 23 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday May 23 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 24 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday May 24 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday May 24 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 24 at 2:00 Sesquicentennial Highlights with Judy Morrison
Wednesday May 24 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders (last one for this school year)
Thursday May 25 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 25 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday May 26 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, May 27-Monday May 29 CLOSED for memorial Day weekend
 
 
Book Club Today:
Our monthly Book Club will be meeting today, May 15 at 2:00 to discuss Stars over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth. Many have said “This is a great book!”
 
We will also be handing out next month’s selection The Radium Girls: the dark story of America’s shining women by Kate Moore.
 
The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s Undark danger

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.
Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...
 
Stop in and join the discussion or pick up next month’s selection at the circulation desk.
 
 
Chat & Chew Today:
At 5:30, join us for Chat & Chew, an informal Book Club where we share the books we have been reading lately, while enjoying a slice of pizza.
 
 
Planting our Raised Bed Gardens!
Join Laurie and Stephenie on Wednesday, May 17 to plant our raised bed gardens behind the library! Then feel free to stop by anytime to check on the plants and pluck a weed or 2!

 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood will be leading another Watercolor Class on Friday, May 19 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room. She will guide you through painting your own watercolor picture to take home.  You can learn some basic techniques, practice what you already know, and even learn new techniques and get new ideas.  There is no cost and all supplies are provided.

 
BINGO date change:
Please note that BINGO this month will be moved up a week to Monday, May 22 at 2:00, due to the library being closed on Monday May 29 for Memorial Day

 
Sesquicentennial Highlights with Judy Morrison:
On Wednesday, May 24, at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room, Judy Morrison will be giving a presentation about Traer's Sesquicentennial, highlighting the events scheduled throughout the year.  There are lots of exciting things happening to celebrate our 150 years! Judy and the rest of the Sesquicentennial Committee have put in an enormous amount of time planning these events, culminating in a big Party in the Park on June 3rd. Come learn more about these events, along with a bit of history of our wonderful town.
 


Summer Reading Program!
We are getting ready for our 2023 Summer Reading Program with the theme On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!
 
We have lots of fun activities planned for the summer, and we will be sharing more details on our reading challenge soon!
 
We have some fun and exciting programming planned for June!  All programs will be on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM in the Kupka Cultural Center in the lower level of the library.
 
June 7 - Jenny Hulme with Iowa State Extension & Outreach will have fun with a Spy Theme!
 
June 14 - The Funny Farm presents Toby KID Klauenberg, whose interactive comedy/magic show will have both kids and adults laughing!
 
June 21 - Absolute Science presents their Fire and Ice Reaction Show! You'll see Fire light up in different beautiful colors. You'll see the freezing magic of Liquid Nitrogen. You'll even learn how to make Smoke appear like a genie out of a bottle in this amazing show about chemical reactions!
 
June 28 - The Blank Park Zoo will be back and bringing some live animal friends!

 
New Books:
Fiction:
Seven Girls Gone - #4 Quinn & Costa Series by Allison Brennan
Jump Start - #8 Cherry Blossom Point Series by Christine Gael
Confess by Colleen Hoover
Shell Beach – #8 Miramar Bay Series by Davis Bunn
Edge of Steele - #6 Steele Guardians by Susan Sleeman
Quilt City Panic in Paducah - #2 Hadley Carrol Mystery Series by Bruce Leonard
Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score
 
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I saw an ad for burial plots and thought to myself…this is the last thing I need.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

 

May 8, 2023

Good Morning!

On The Calendar:
 
Monday May 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday May 9 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 10 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday May 10 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday May 10 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday May 10 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 10 at 2:00 Creative Crocheting with Sandra & Julie
Wednesday May 10 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday May 11 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 11 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday May 12 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, May 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 15 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday May 15 at 3:00 Applique Class
Monday May 15 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday May 16 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 17 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday May 17 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday May 17 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 17 at 2:00 Planting our Raised Bed Gardens
Wednesday May 17 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday May 18 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 18 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday May 19 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday May 19 at 2:00 Watercolors with Stephenie
 
Creative Crocheting with Sandra and Julie:
On Wednesday, May 10 at 2:00, join Sandra Hyde and Julie Creeden, a mother-daughter team who enjoy crocheting together. Come and learn how the dynamic duo enjoy the love of crafting and time together as they crochet rugs and other creative things.  Sandra will also share how she makes fabric yarn for making her rugs.












 
 
Still time to read a great Book Club book:
Our monthly Book Club will be meeting next Monday, May 15 at 2:00 to discuss Stars over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth, and there is still time for you to read it and join us! The book is set in the 1940’s and the present, (so it ties in nicely to our Decades Challenge!) and was inspired by the real Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. We have several copies available at the circulation desk, including large print.  Those who have read it have really enjoyed it!

Planting our Raised Bed Gardens:
Our raised beds behind the library look great and are ready for some plants! On Wednesday, May 17 at 2:00, join Laurie and Stephenie to help plant our raised bed gardens!


Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie will be leading another Watercolor Class on Friday, May 19 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room. She will guide you through painting your own watercolor picture to take home.  You can learn some basic techniques, practice what you already know, and even learn new techniques and get new ideas.  There is no cost and all supplies are provided.
 
Sesquicentennial Highlights with Judy Morrison:
On Wednesday, May 24, Judy Morrison will be giving a presentation about Traer's Sesquicentennial, highlighting the events scheduled throughout the year.  There are lots of exciting things happening to celebrate our 150 years! Judy and the rest of the Sesquicentennial Committee have put in an enormous amount of time planning these events, culminating in a big Party in the Park on June 3rd. Come learn more about these events, along with a bit of history of our wonderful town.


 
Decades Book Challenge:
In May, our focus will be the 1940’s. The 1940s were defined by World War II, the Holocaust, atomic bombs, and the beginning of the Cold War. Women were needed in the workforce to replace men who went to war, and wartime production pulled the U.S. out of the Great Depression.

You can find lists of ideas and books we have available at the library on our website https://www.traer.lib.ia.us/ or pick up lists at the circulation desk. The book ideas list only has a few of the many books set during the 1940s that we have available.  Search our online catalog for more!

Searching for New Materials at the Library:
In addition to the list included in this newsletter each week, you can also check our website for new books and movies, and other materials. Just click on Catalog, and images of the newest Fiction, Non-fiction, Teen and Children’s books are featured in a crawl across the top of the screen.
 
You can also click in the What’s Hot box on the What’s New tab, and select what type of materials you want, and search when added from 1 week to 2 months ago. You can also click on the Most Popular tab for the hottest books at our library, or the Booklist tab to search by certain categories of books.

New Books:
Fiction:
Her Deadly Game by Robert Dugoni
The Trackers by Charles Frazier
Breaking New Ground - #3 Amish Legacy Series by Amy Clipston
The Golden Doves by Martha Hall Kelly
Worthy Opponents by Danielle Steel
The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell
On the Line by Fern Michaels
The Only Survivors by Megan Miranda
The Fourth Enemy - #6 Daniel Pitt Series by Anne Perry
On the Way to the Wedding - #8 Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
The Bridgertons Happily Ever After - #9 Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
Dark Angel - #2 Letty Davenport Series by John Sandford
 
Non-Fiction:
P.S. It’s Gonna Be Good: How God’s Word Answers Our Questions about Faith, Fear, and All the Things by Heidi Lee Anderson
It’s OK to be Angry about Capitalism by Bernard Sanders
 
DVDs:
Champions
Jesus Revolution
80 For Brady
Maybe I Do
Hallmark : Hidden Gems; Two Tickets to Paradise; Caribbean Summer
The Handmaid's Tale – Seasons 1,2,3
 
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I’m trying to organize a Hide & Seek tournament, but good players are really hard to find.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

May 1, 2023

Good Afternoon!  Happy May Day!

On the Calendar:

Monday, May 1 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday May 2 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 3 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday May 3 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday May 3 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 3 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday May 3 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday May 4 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 4 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday May 5 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday May 9 25 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 10 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday May 10 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday May 10 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday May 10 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 10 at 2:00 Creative Crocheting with Sandra & Julie
Wednesday May 10 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday May 11 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 11 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday May 12 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts:
Come to the Carnegie Cafe on Wednesday, May 3 at 2:00 to make a simple seasonal craft and enjoy a hot beverage.  There is no cost or sign-up required, and we provide any supplies needed.
 
Creative Crocheting with Sandra and Julie:
On Wednesday, May 10 at 2:00, join Sandra Hyde and Julie Creeden, a mother-daughter team who enjoy crocheting together. Come and learn how the dynamic duo enjoy the love of crafting and time together as they crochet rugs and other creative things.  Sandra will also share how she makes fabric yarn for making her rugs.
Here are examples of their Creative Crocheting!
 


Decades Book Challenge:

New month – new Decade for the Book Challenge! In May, our focus will be the 1940’s. The 1940s is the decade when Depression turns into prosperity, when disillusionment gives way to optimism, when want yields to plenty — and when domestic peace is shattered by world war. The 1940s were defined by World War II, the Holocaust, atomic bombs, and the beginning of the Cold War. Women were needed in the workforce to replace men who went to war, and wartime production pulled the U.S. out of the Great Depression. We have a plethora of WW2 books, both non-fiction and historical fiction. 

World War II dominated the decade, but there are a few other noteworthy events that happened in the 1940's.
You can also find our lists of ideas and books we have available at the library on our website https://www.traer.lib.ia.us/ or pick up lists at the circulation desk.
 
May - 1940s:
1940    May 15McDonald's founded in San Bernardino, California.
1941    JuneDecember: Hitler commences the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.
            December 7: The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor leads to the USA joining World War II.
1942    The Manhattan Project begins.
            July 5 – Anne Frank goes into hiding
1943    January 15The Pentagon is completed.
            January 18: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
           February 2Battle of Stalingrad ends with over two million casualties and retreat of the German Army.
1944    June 1: First operational electronic computer, Colossus, comes online.
            June 6: D-Day when over 150,000 allied troops landed on beaches in Normandy, France
 1945    April 12: President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office, making his vice president, Harry S. Truman the new president
            MayEnd of World War II in Europe.
            The Holocaust ends after ~12 million deaths, including 6 million Jews.
            August: The US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, ending the war in the Pacific
            October 8: The microwave cooking oven is patented, with the one of the first prototypes placed at a Boston restaurant for testing.
           October 24:  United Nations charter signed by 50 nations.
1947    April 15Jackie Robinson becomes the first baseball player of color.
            Polaroid cameras invented
            June 27:  Dead Sea Scrolls discovered.
1948    June 24Berlin Blockade begins.
1949    June 8George Orwell publishes Nineteen Eighty-Four.
 

New Books:

Fiction:
The Devine Donut Shop by Carolyn Brown
Curated Murder - #5 Calendar Murder Mysteries by Camilla Chafer
Bookshop Near the Coast - #3 Blue Heron Series by Kay Correll
The Parker Family Secret - #4 Moonbeam Bay Series by Kay Correll
Grace Parker’s Peach Pie - #5 Moonbeam Bay Series by Kay Correll
Clue Krew - #24 Miss Fortune Series by Jana DeLeon
The Beachgoers - #11 Seaside Saga Series by Joanne Demaio
The Metropolitan Affair by Jocelyn Green
The Unkindness of Ravens by M.E. Hilliard
Cod Name Edelweiss by Stephanie Landsem
Americanos, Apple Pies, and Art Thieves - #5 Cape Bay Café Series by Lin Harper
Twist of Fate - #2 Southern Storms Series by Lexie Nicholas
West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
Fields of Bounty - #3 Leah’s Garden Series by Lauraine Snelling
Fraser by Susan May Warren
 
Large Print:
Earth’s the Right Place for Love by Elizabeth Berg
Meet Me at Sunrise - #2 Hideaway Bay Series by Michele Brouder
Second Chance at Sunflower Ranch by Carolyn Brown
Another One Bites the Crust - #7 Oxford Tearoom Series by H Y Hanna
The Road to Golden Days - #2 Mailbox Mysteries Series by Melanie Lageschulte
Summer Breeze - #2 Summer Beach Series by Jan Moran
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Helvetica and Times New Roman walk into a bar. “Get out of here!” shouts the rude bartender. “We don’t serve your type.”
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

April 24, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday April 24 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday April 24 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday April 25 at 1:05 Outside The Lines Coloring
Tuesday April 25 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 26 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday April 26 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday April 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday April 26 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday April 27 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday April 27 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday April 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday May 2 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 3 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday May 3 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday May 3 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 3 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday May 3 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday May 4 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 4 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday May 5 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
BINGO TODAY!
Join us for a fun hour of BINGO today, Monday, April 24 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.  There is no cost to play, and you can go home with exciting prizes!
 
Outside The Lines Coloring:
Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring tomorrow, Tuesday April 25 at 1:05. We provide colored pencils, markers, cards, bookmarks, or coloring books for you, or bring your own supplies and come to socialize and relax. There is no cost or sign up required.
 
Decades Book Challenge:
April is almost over already!  Looking forward to May, our focus will be the 1940’s. We have no shortage of WW2 books, both non-fiction and historical fiction.  If you have never read historical fiction before, this might be a good time to try it.  Historical Fiction is set in a real place, during a culturally recognizable time. The details and the action in the story can be a mix of actual events and ones from the author's imagination as they fill in the gaps. Characters can be pure fiction or based on real people (often, it's both). We have a plethora of books that fall into this category. We will have our lists of topics, books ideas, and more details ready next week, but feel free to come in early and browse or use our online catalog if you want to get a jump on next month’s decade.
 
FREE Seed Giveaway!!
We still have some seeds left to give away. We have placed some in the card catalog in the library entryway, and there are more downstairs in the hallway – help yourself!
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry
The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth
Under Fire - #3 Defend and Protect Series by Lynn Huggins Blackburn
Windswept Way - #9 Hope Harbor Series by Irene Hannon
A Novel Proposal by Denise Hunter
Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson
The White Lady by Jacqueline Winspear
Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall
The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley
The London Séance Society by Sarah Penner
How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior
Loyalty by Lisa Scottoline
Fateful Words - #8 Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series by Paige Shelton
Beyond That, The Sea by Laura Spence-Ash
Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls
 
Non-Fiction:
Master Slave Husband Wife: and epic journey from slavery to freedom by Ilyon Woo
Eat to Beat Your Diet: burn fat, heal your metabolism, and live longer by William W. Li
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Just so everyone’s clear, I’m going to put my glasses on.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
Traer Public Library

 

 

April 24, 2023April 17, 2023

Good Afternoon!

On the Calendar:
Monday April 17 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday April 17 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday April 17 at 3:00 Applique Class
Monday April 17 NO Chat & Chew
Tuesday April 18 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 19 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday April 19 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday April 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday April 19 at 2:00 Filling a Raised Bed Garden w/Laurie
Wednesday April 19 at 2:45-4:30 Kids BINGO for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday April 20 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday April 20 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday April 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday April 24 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday April 24 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday April 25 at 1:05 Outside The Lines Coloring
Tuesday April 25 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 26 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday April 26 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday April 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday April 26 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday April 27 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday April 27 at 2:15 Chair Yoga
Friday April 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Book Club:
Our Book Club will meet today, April 17 at 2:00.  We will be discussing Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan.  We will also be handing out next week’s selection Stars Over Clear Lake. This book is set in the 1940’s and the present, (so it ties in nicely to our Decades Challenge!) and was inspired by the real Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. We have several copies available at the circulation desk, including large print. 

Lorraine Kindred’s most cherished memories are of the Surf Ballroom, the place where youth lost themselves to the brassy sounds and magnetic energy of the big band swing, where boys spent their last nights before shipping off to war―and where Lorraine herself was swept away by a star-crossed romance.
 
Returning to the ballroom for the first time in decades, Lorraine enters a dazzling world she thought long vanished. But as the sparkling past comes to life, so does the fateful encounter that forced her to choose between her heart and her duty all those years ago―and Lorraine must face the secret she’s buried ever since. Along the way, she’ll rediscover herself, her passion, and her capacity for resilience.

Set during the 1940s and the present and inspired by a real-life ballroom, Loretta Ellsworth’s Stars Over Clear Lake is a moving story of forbidden love, lost love, everlasting love―and self love.
 
Applique Today:
If you have been attending Joan Schafer’s monthly Applique Classes, you will be meeting today, at 3:00 to make a cute spring banner.
 
NO Chat & Chew:
Sorry for the late notice, but there will be NO Chat & Chew tonight.  We will meet again next month on May 15, and will just have twice as many books to talk about!
 
Filling a Raised Bed Garden:
The Library has received a donation of 2 raised bed gardens from the Traer Lions Club!  We will eventually be planting seeds there, and growing produce to give away!
Last week we assembled the beds. This week we will be placing them behind the library. On Wednesday, April 19 at 2:00, join Laurie to help her fill the beds to get them ready for planting.  She will talk about what to put into your raised bed, besides plain ol' dirt! Come to learn more, and help her get the beds ready for planting!
 
Traer’s Fashion Show was a resounding success!
The library’s Kupka Cultural Center hosted Traer’s Apparel Through the Ages yesterday, a live fashion show featuring local and historical clothing from the 1870s - through the 1950s. The show was planned as part of Traer’s year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration, and included lots of history of Traer, Traer families, and the garments themselves. Jean Kruse was wonderful as Master of Ceremonies, Jennifer Hulme delighted the crowd playing background music on the Grand Piano, and the many local models were lovely and handsome in their vintage clothing.
 
The committee worked for over a year planning, researching, and organizing the show. Countless hours were spent looking through boxes of clothing and mending many old, delicate dresses. The library would like to thank all involved in making this event a success:
 
The Sesquicentennial Fashion Show Committee: Jean Kruse, Jane Seeley, Lora McMillan, Kristin McMillan-Stefanovic, Patty Suess, Sharon Stoakes, and Wendy Barnes
 
The Models: Madi Schultz, Jamie Jacobs, Olivia Stickels, Emma Boldy, Kaylee Kruse, Danielle (descendent of the Kobers, wearing the Kober wedding dress), Michelle Powell Podhajsky, Anita Herker, Gail Kucera, Carol Stansbery, Patty Suess, Lisa Eikamp, Ryan Hosek, Mason Hosek
 
Wardrobe Helper: Doris Danker
 
Pianist: Jennifer Hulme
 
Video: Bruce and Judy Morrison
 
A delightful reception followed at the Traer Historical Museum, hosted by Sharon Stoakes, Carol Boyce, Donna Kersten, and Joan Reuman
 
A huge thank you also goes to the Traer Historical Museum for sharing the clothing items, much of the history of the garments and families, and for hosting the reception.

If you'd like to see pictures from the show, check out the Facebook pages for the Traer Public Library and the Traer Historical Museum.
 
FREE Seed Giveaway!!
We still have some seeds left to give away. We have placed some in the card catalog in the library entryway, and there are more downstairs in the hallway – help yourself!
 
New DVDs:
Missing
M3GAN
Moonrise
Paw Patrol – Aqua Pups
Gaslit – Complete Series
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I get so frustrated when I try to organize my closet.  I might need some hanger management.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

April 10, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday April 10 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday April 11 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 12 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday April 12 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday April 12 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Wednesday April 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday April 12 at 2:00 Building a Raised Bed Garden w/Laurie
Wednesday April 12 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday April 13 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday April 13 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday April 14 NO Fit & Feisty
Sunday April 16 at 2:00 Traer’s Apparel Through the Ages Fashion Show
Monday April 17 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday April 17 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday April 17 at 3:00 Applique Class
Monday April 17 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday April 18 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 19 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday April 19 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday April 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday April 19 at 2:00 Filling a Raised Bed Garden w/Laurie
Wednesday April 19 at 2:45-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday April 20 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday April 20 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday April 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Scheduling Note: There will be NO Fit & Feisty this Friday, April 14, as we will be setting up for the upcoming Fashion Show.
 
Scones & Tomes:
Join us for an informal book club on Wednesday, April 12 at 11:30.  We share and discuss the books we have read lately while enjoying a sweet treat and a hot beverage.  Attendees always get great ideas for good books to add to their reading lists. Newcomers are always welcome.
 
Upcoming Raised Bed Gardening Programs:
The Library has received a donation of 2 raised bed gardens from the Traer Lions Club!  We will eventually be planting seeds there, and growing produce to give away!
We will be assembling the beds on Wednesday, April 12 at 2:00, as Laurie talks more about raised bed gardening. We will then be placing them behind the library.
 
On Wednesday, April 19 at 2:00, Laurie will be filling the beds to get them ready for planting.  She will talk about what to put into your raised bed, besides plain ol' dirt! Come to learn more, and help her get the beds ready for planting!
 
Fashion Show – Traer’s Apparel Through the Ages: April 16
Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a wonderful afternoon. Come to the Library's Kupka Cultural Center on Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 to enjoy a live fashion show event featuring local and historical clothing from the 1870s - through the 1950s. The event will feature Jean Kruse as Master of Ceremonies, Jenny Hulme playing the Grand Piano, and many local models.
 
Admission is FREE, and there is limited seating. A reception is planned following the show at the Traer Historical Museum.
 
This event is being planned by the Traer Sesquicentennial Committee in celebration of Traer's 150 Years of Pride and Progress.
 
fashion show.jpg

Book Club:
Our Book Club will meet next Monday, April 17 at 2:00.  We will be discussing Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan.  There is still time to read the book and join us for the discussion – we have several copies available at the circulation desk.

Decades Book Challenge: April - 1930s:
Are you participating in our Decades Book Challenge to celebrate Traer’s 150 years? We kicked off January with the 1870s – 1890s. In February we moved into the 1900s – 1910s, and in March we focused on the Roaring 20’s. Our April decade is the 1930’s. Go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us and click on the Join Our Decades Book Challenge link for more topic ideas and a list of books we have available, pick up lists at the circulation desk, or stop in or call the library for more details!
 
Large Print Westerns:
Do you like to read “Westerns”? Maybe you’ve never given them a try? “Westerns” are primarily set in the American Old West between the late eighteenth century and late nineteenth century and tell the stories of cowboys, settlers, and outlaws exploring the western frontier and taming the Wild West.  We have a variety of books in our own collection, plus we receive 10 Large Print Westerns from both the Decorah Public Library and from the Drake Community Library in Grinnell every month.  We keep these books for 3 months before returning them.  We receive classic authors like Zane Gray, Max Brand, William W. Johnstone, and Louis L’Amour, and also newer authors such as Ralph Cotton, Lauran Paine, and many others. Stop in and check one out!
 
Stay Sharp Memory Kits available for checkout:
The Library has 3 new Stay Sharp Memory Kits now available for check out. The kits help support those experiencing Alzheimer’s, dementia, memory loss, and other cognitive impairment.
Each kit is intended to help you interact, converse, or reminisce with a person with cognitive decline. The kits include items that stimulate memory and help spark conversations about life experiences, such as books, photos, sensory tools, puzzles and games.
We have 3 kits available: Garden, Handyman, and Birds & Butterflies

FREE Seed Giveaway!!
We still have quite a few seeds left to give away. You can help yourself to some we have placed in the card catalog in the library entryway, and there are more downstairs in the hallway – help yourself!
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Sandbar Summer - #3 Summer Cottage Series by Rebecca Regnier
Good Dog, Bad Cop - #4 K Team Series by David Rosenfelt
 
Memorial Books:
Ashes & Valor: The Story of Firefighting through the Ages by Paul Anderson, given in memory of Nicholas “Nick” Riley by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust – Traer
The Things our Fathers Saw: The Untold Stories of the World War II Generation from Hometown, USA by Matthew A. Rozell, given in memory of Stanley Hladik by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust – Traer
Home Repairs Made Easy: How to Fix Anything in your House by Alex M Richardson, given in memory of David Brezina by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust – Traer
Be Home By Dark: How I Earned my Dime Store MBA by Dale Phenicle, given in memory of Joan Rodimaker by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust – Traer
Betty Crocker Lost Recipes: Beloved Vintage Recipes for Today’s Kitchen, given in memory of LuMae Podhajsky by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust – Traer
Quilt Recipes by Jen Kingwell, given in memory of Cynthia Stary Drajna by the Traer Public Library, in recognition of her leadership of the library’s weekly quilting group for over 9 years
 
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Good thing the Easter Bunny could stay home today….he’s having a bad hare day.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

April 3, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday April 3 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday April 4 at 1:00 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 5 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday April 5 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday April 5 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Container Gardening w/Emily
Wednesday April 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday April 5 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday April 5 at 2:45-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday April 6 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday April 6 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday April 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, April 8 Closed for Easter Weekend
Monday April 10 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday April 11 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 12 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday April 12 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday April 12 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Wednesday April 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday April 12 at 2:00 Building a Raised Bed Garden w/Laurie
Wednesday April 12 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday April 13 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday April 13 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday April 14 NO Fit & Feisty
 
Upcoming Gardening Programs:
 
Lunch & Learn - Container Gardening w/Emily:
Bring your lunch and eat while you learn about Container Gardening.  Emily Doyle will join us on Wednesday, April 5 at noon to give us more information and tips on growing your plants in containers.
Raised Bed Gardens at the library:
The Library has received a donation of 2 raised bed gardens from the Traer Lions Club!  We will eventually be planting seeds there, and growing produce to give away!
 
We will be assembling the beds on Wednesday, April 12 at 2:00, as Laurie talks more about raised bed gardening. We will then be placing them behind the library.
 
On Wednesday, April 19 at 2:00, Laurie will be filling the beds to get them ready for planting.  She will talk about what to put into your raised bed, besides plain ol' dirt! Come to learn more, and help her get the beds ready for planting!
 
Chair Yoga Classes – Resume this Thursday:
Cat! Cow! Warrior! Incredible Hulk! What do these things have in common? Yoga Poses!! Come to our Chair Yoga Class on Thursdays at 2:15, resuming on April 6.  Learn some relaxation techniques, and some gentle ways to improve your flexibility, strength and balance. Do Not Be Afraid! Ellen Stoakes leads us in this gentle, beginner class, and you DO NOT have to get down on (or up from) the floor! All exercises are from a seated or standing position, using the chair for balance.
 
Bring your yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes.  Come give it a try!
 
Fashion Show – Traer’s Apparel Through the Ages: April 16
Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a wonderful afternoon. Come to the Library's Kupka Cultural Center on Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 to enjoy a live fashion show event featuring local and historical clothing from the 1870s - through the 1950s. The event will feature Jean Kruse as Master of Ceremonies, Jenny Hulme playing the Grand Piano, and many local models.
 
Admission is FREE, and there is limited seating. A reception is planned following the show at the Traer Historical Museum.
 
This event is being planned by the Traer Sesquicentennial Committee in celebration of Traer's 150 Years of Pride and Progress.
 
fashion show.jpg
 
 
Decades Book Challenge: April - 1930s:
 
Are you participating in our Decades Book Challenge to celebrate Traer’s 150 years? We kicked off January with the 1870s – 1890s. In February we moved into the 1900s – 1910s, and in March we focused on the Roaring 20’s. Our April decade is the 1930’s. Some major events of this decade include:
 
The Great Depression
The Star Spangled Banner is adopted as the United State’s national anthem 1931
Empire State Building completed 1931
The Lindbergh baby kidnapping 1932
The neutron is discovered by James Chadwick 1932
FDR inaugurated for 4th term1933
Prohibition abolished1933
Bonnie & Clyde shot & killed 1934
Enactment of Nuremberg racial laws 1935
Hoover Dam completed 1936
Hindenburg crashes in New Jersey 1937
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs first feature-length animated film released 1937
Time Magazine declares Adolph Hitler as Man of the Year 1938
Release of MGM's The Wizard of Oz 1939
Nazi invasion of Poland triggers WWII 1939
Release of Gone with the Wind 1939
 
You can still join in on our reading challenge! This is YOUR Challenge so you can choose how you fulfill the prompt. You can choose a book published in that decade, a book about an event from that decade or set in that decade, or any topic related to something from the decade.
 
Go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us and click on the Join Our Decades Book Challenge link for more topic ideas and a list of books we have available, pick up lists at the circulation desk, or stop in or call the library for more details!
 
Stay Sharp Memory Kits available for checkout:
The Library has 3 new Stay Sharp Memory Kits now available for check out. The kits help support those experiencing Alzheimer’s, dementia, memory loss, and other cognitive impairment.
Each kit is intended to help you interact, converse, or reminisce with a person with cognitive decline. The kits include items that stimulate memory and help spark conversations about life experiences, such as books, photos, sensory tools, puzzles and games.
We have 3 kits available: Garden, Handyman, and Birds & Butterflies
 
FREE Seed Giveaway!!
We still have quite a few seeds left to give away! We received a generous donation of 2022 seed packets from Home Depot and are sharing them with our community! You can help yourself to some we have placed in the card catalog in the library entryway.  The rest are downstairs in the hallway – help yourself!
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Night Flight to Paris - #2 Kate Rees WWII novel by Cara Black
I Will Find You by Harlan Coben
Lessons at the School by the Sea - #3 School by the Sea Series by Jenny Colgan
Forget What You Know by Christina Dodd
What Have We Done by Alex Finlay
Peanut Butter panic - #7 Amish Candy Shop Mystery by Amanda Flower
Exiles - #2 Aaron Falk Series by Jane Harper
Murder Your Employer -McMasters Guide to Homicide Volume 1 by Rupert Holmes
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
Letters of Trust by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Second Time Around by Melody Carlson
All That is Mine I Carry with Me by William Landay
The Sister Effect by Susan Mallery
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
Once We Were Home by Jennifer Rosner
The Queen of Dirt Island by Donal Ryan
Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q Sutanto
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
 
Large Print:
Storm Watch - #23 Joe Pickett Series by C.J. Box
Unnatural History - #38 Alex Delaware Series by Jonathan Kellerman
 
Non-Fiction:
The Nazi Conspiracy: the secret plot to kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill by Brad Meltzer
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Some aquatic mammals at the zoo escaped.  It was otter chaos!
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

March 27, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday Mar 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday Mar 27 at 2:00 BINGO
Tuesday Mar 28 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Mar 28 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 29 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Mar 29 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Mar 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 29 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Mar 30 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Mar 31 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday April 3 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday April 4 at 1:00 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 5 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday April 5 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday April 5 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Container Gardening w/Emily
Wednesday April 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday April 5 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday April 5 at 2:45-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday April 6 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday April 6 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday April 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, April 8 Closed for Easter Weekend
 
BINGO TODAY!
Join us for a fun hour of BINGO today, Monday March 27 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.  There is no cost to play, and you can go home with exciting prizes!
 
Outside The Lines Adult Coloring:
Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring tomorrow, Tuesday March 28 at 1:05. We provide colored pencils, markers, cards, bookmarks, or coloring books for you, or bring your own supplies and come to socialize and relax. There is no cost or sign up required.
 
Tuesday Quilters:
As many of you have heard, Cynthia Drajna, our quilting group leader, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 17. We will carry on in her absence, and continue quilting, laughing, learning, and helping each other in her memory. If you have always wanted to learn how to quilt, or need some ideas or guidance, we have fabric, sewing machines, cutters and mats, quilting accessories, and lots of quilters with the knowledge to help you. Please join us on Tuesdays at 1:30 in the Talen Community Room.
 
Lunch & Learn - Container Gardening w/Emily:
Bring your lunch and eat while you learn about Container Gardening.  Emily Doyle will join us on Wednesday, April 5 at noon to give us more information and tips on growing your plants in containers.

Chair Yoga Classes – Resume in April
Cat! Cow! Warrior! Incredible Hulk! What do these things have in common? Yoga Poses!! Come to our Chair Yoga Class on Thursdays at 2:15, resuming on April 6.  Learn some relaxation techniques, and some gentle ways to improve your flexibility, strength and balance. Do Not Be Afraid! Ellen Stoakes leads us in this gentle, beginner class, and you DO NOT have to get down on (or up from) the floor! All exercises are from a seated or standing position, using the chair for balance.
 
Bring your yoga mat and water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes. Give it a try!
 
FREE Seed Giveaway!!
We still have A LOT of seeds left to give away! We received a generous donation of 2022 seed packets from Home Depot and are sharing them with our community! You can help yourself to some we have placed in the card catalog in the library entryway.  The rest are in tubs in the lower level hallway – help yourself! We have a huge selection – vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs - Oh My!
 
Tumblebooks – FREE kids ebooks online:
Are you looking for more fun ways to get your kids or grandkids interested in reading? Tumblebooks is an online collection of e-books for children.  It can be accessed from any device with internet, so you can read on your computer, tablet or phone.
 
Kids can read along with over 1,100 animated, talking picture books, as well as chapter books, non-fiction books, and graphic novels, and play games and put together puzzles. And it’s all FREE for our library patrons! Just go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the homepage, and put in your library card number. You can also download the app on your tablet or phone.
 
Brainfuse: FREE online resources:
The Traer Library offers free online help for students (including adult learners), as well as job seekers, veterans, and their families.  To access these resources, go to our website  https://www.traer.lib.ia.us and click on the red Online Resources box. Then choose one of these options:
 
HelpNow: FREE online Homework and Adult Learner Help! All you need is your library card. You can get help in math, reading, writing, science, social studies, and more! You can also build your skills by connecting with a live tutor, viewing videos, completing practice tests, and even playing study games with Flashbulb. Practice tests include the ACT, SAT, GED, and many more.
In the Adult Learning Center, you have access to GED prep, US Citizenship test prep, Microsoft Office Help, Career Resources, and Resume Writing Help.

JobNow/VetNow: Sometimes it is hard to ask for help. We offer access to FREE online help with personalized job coaching, online skills tutoring and lessons, veteran benefit resources, and live help for VA benefits eligibility. Brainfuse VetNow allows you to connect anonymously with a veteran to get help figuring out VA benefits.
 
Looking for chess sets:
We would like to start a “Chess Club” at the library, but we need some nice chess boards and pieces.  If you have one you no longer use and would be willing to donate, the library would happily take it off your hands. Please contact the library or stop in for more information.
 
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Stony Point Summer - #10 Seaside Saga Sereis by Joanne DeMaio
Sycamore Circle - #2 Rumors in Ross County by Shelley Shepard Gray
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Forged in Love by Mary Connealy
The Sophocles Rule - #5 Tony Harrington Series by Joseph LeValley
Seeking Signs by Staci Angelina Mercado
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
 
Non-Fiction:
This Old Quilt: a heartwarming celebration of quilts and quilting memories
The Road to Camelot: inside JFK’s five-year campaign by Thomas Oliphant & Curtis Wilkie
 
Memorial Books:
Never Forget Eleanor by Jason June, given in memory of Janice Kopriva by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
Generation by Generation: a modern approach to the basics of genealogy by Drew Smith, given in memory of Florence Seda by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
 
DVDs:
The Chosen-Season 2

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I just saw some red-breasted birds sitting in the sun and selling ice cream….I think they were baskin robins.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

March 20, 2023

 
Good Morning! Happy Spring!

On the Calendar:
Monday, Mar 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday, Mar 20 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday, Mar 20 at 3:00 Applique
Monday, Mar 20 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Mar 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 22 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Mar 22 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Mar 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 22 at 2:00 Birdhouse Painting with Connie Draper
Wednesday Mar 22 at 2:45-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday Mar 22 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Mar 23 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Mar 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Mar 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Mar 28 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Mar 28 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 29 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Mar 29 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Mar 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 29 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Mar 30 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Mar 31 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
 
Book Clubs TODAY:
Our Book Club meets this afternoon at 2:00 to discuss The Music of Bees, by Eileen Garvin.
We will also be handing out the next selection, Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan.
When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford professor and the beloved writer of The Chronicles of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters.

Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, found a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.
At 5:30, join us for Chat & Chew, an informal Book Club where we share the books we have been reading lately, while enjoying a slice of pizza.
 
Applique TODAY:
Applique will meet today at 3:00. Join Joan Schafer as she leads us through making our February applique mini-banner.  There is no sewing involved in making these adorable banners! If you missed previous classes that’s ok – you can still join us and get the materials to make them at home.  Cost is only $10 for materials for the whole year.
 
Birdhouse Painting with Connie Draper:
Mark your calendars for another fun painting activity!  On Wednesday, March 22 at 2:00, Connie Draper will guide you while you paint your own birdhouse! You can paint a simple or elaborate design – it is up to you. We provide the paint and birdhouses – you provide the creativity. We have approximately 18 birdhouses available, so if you want to reserve one, call the library or respond to this email.  HUGE THANK YOU TO PAUL WENDT for making all the birdhouses!!
 


Yoga Resumes in April:
Ellen Stoakes will be returning to lead our weekly Yoga class on Thursday, April 6.  We meet at 2:15 in the Kupka Cultural Center. Ellen leads us through basic yoga routines as we focus on stretching, flexibility, balance, and relaxing our minds.  All exercises are done sitting in your chair, or standing using the chair for balance if needed.  There is no getting down to or up from the floor!
Bring your yoga mat and water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes.

FREE Seed Giveaway!!
We still have A LOT of seeds left to give away! We received a generous donation of 2022 seed packets from Home Depot and are sharing them with our community! You can help yourself to some we have placed in the card catalog in the library entryway.  The rest are in tubs in the lower level hallway – help yourself! We have a huge selection – vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs - Oh My!
 
New Books:
 
Teen:
As Old as Time by Liz Braswell
The Odd Sisters: a tale of three witches by Serena Valentino
Mother Knows Best: a tale of the old witch by Serena Valentino
Mistress of all Evil: a tale of the dark fairy by Serena Valentino
Covet by Tracy Wolff
 
DVDs:
A Man Called Otto
Women Talking

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I saw a woman in Walmart yesterday who had March Madness teeth.  She was down to her Final Four.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

March 13, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday, Mar 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Mar 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 15 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Mar 15 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Mar 15 12:00 FREE Seed Giveaway
Wednesday Mar15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 15 at 2:00 Coffee Klatch
Wednesday Mar 15 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Mar 16 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Mar 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Mar 17 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
Monday, Mar 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday, Mar 20 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday, Mar 20 at 3:00 Applique
Monday, Mar 20 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Mar 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 22 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Mar 22 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Mar 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 22 at 2:00 Birdhouse Painting with Connie Draper
Wednesday Mar 22 at 2:45-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday Mar 22 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Mar 23 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Mar 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty

FREE Seed Giveaway:
We received a donation of A LOT of 2022 seed packets from Home Depot, and we are giving them away! You can help yourself to some we have placed in the card catalog in the library entryway.  Or you can stop by for an even wider selection on Wed. Mar 15 @ noon. Laurie will have them all spread out down in the Talen Community Room.
 
Coffee Klatch:
Join us this Wednesday, March 15 at 2:00 for Coffee Klatch! We meet in the Talen Community Room for coffee, cookies and conversation! This is simply a time to gather and socialize with friends and neighbors, and maybe meet someone new!

Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood is back to lead another Watercolor Painting Class! Join us this Friday, March 17 at 2:00 to learn some basic watercolor techniques, or just to practice what you already know and get new ideas.  Your painting will have a Springtime theme!  All supplies are provided.

Birdhouse Painting with Connie Draper:
Mark your calendars for another fun painting activity!  On Wednesday, March 22 at 2:00, Connie Draper will guide you while you paint your own birdhouse! You can paint a simple or elaborate design – it is up to you. We provide the paint and birdhouses – you provide the creativity. We have a limited number of birdhouses available, so if you want to reserve one, call the library or respond to this email.  HUGE THANK YOU to Kevin Pecenka for making all the birdhouses!!
 
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
Murder at Haven’s Rock by Kelley Armstrong
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
Storm Watch - #23 Joe Picket Series by C.J. Box
Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn
A Calder at Heart - #3 Calder Brand Series by Janet Dailey
The Sunshine Girls by Molly Fader
Force of Nature - #2 Aaron Falk Series by Jane Harper
Paws & Pastries by Barbara Hinske
The Book Spy by Alan Hlad
Never Never by Colleen Hoover
Margaritas at the Beach House - #5 Beach House Hotel Series by Judith Keim
The Librarian of Burned Books by Brianna Labuskes
One Day with You by Shari Low
Burner - #12 Gray Man Series by Mark Greaney
The House of Wolves James Patterson & Mike Lupica
Go As A River by Shelley Read
Convincing Florence by Celine L.A. Simpson
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
 
Easy Books:
Knight Owl by Christopher Denise
Wallflowers by MacKenzie Joy
Hey Otter! Hey Beaver! By Brian Pinkney
 
DVDs:
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Devotion
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody

Pun-Of-The-Week:
What’s Irish and comes out in the spring?  Paddy O’Furniture
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

March 6, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday, Mar 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Mar 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 8 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Mar 8 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Mar 8 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Mar 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 8 at 2:00 Chiropractic & Acupuncture for Animals w/ Dr. Abbey Smith-NT Vet Clinic
Wednesday Mar 8 at 2:45-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday Mar 8 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Mar 9 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Mar 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Mar 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Mar 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 15 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Mar 15 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Mar 15 12:00 FREE Seed Giveaway
Wednesday Mar15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 15 at 2:00 Coffee Klatch
Wednesday Mar 15 at 2:45-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Mar 16 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Mar 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Mar 17 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie

Story Time Special Guest!
On Wednesday, March 8 at 10:15, we will have a Special Guest at Story Time!  Stacie Steveson, an Education Specialist from Iowa PBS will be joining us and leading our Story Time.  She has some fun things planned so we hope to see you then!
 
Scones & Tomes Book Club:
Join us for an informal book club on Wednesday, March 8 at 11:30.  We share and discuss the books we have read lately while enjoying a sweet treat.  Attendees always get great ideas for good books to add to their reading lists. Newcomers are always welcome.
 
Chiropractic and Acupuncture for Animals:
On Wednesday, March 8 at 2:00, Dr. Abbey Smith from the North Tama Veterinary Clinic will speak about the benefits of using Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture for large and small animals. Some of these benefits include:
  • Increasing the mobility, longevity, and well-being of your animals
  • Helping animals recover more quickly from injuries
  • Increased performance of show animals
  • Helping your animals live a longer, healthier life!

She will also have a demonstration with a live animal.

FREE Seed Giveaway!!
We received a donation of A LOT of 2022 seed packets from Home Depot, and we are giving them away! You can help yourself to some we have placed in the card catalog in the library entryway.  Or you can stop by for an even wider selection on Wed. Mar 15 @ noon.
 
Spread the word – we have A LOT to give away!
 
Decades Book Challenge: March 1920s:
You can still join in on our reading challenge! Since Traer is celebrating our Sesquicentennial (1873-2023) this year, we will be doing a Decades Book Challenge all year long! To cover our 150 years, each month you will choose a book corresponding to a specific decade. This is YOUR Challenge so you can choose how you fulfill the prompt. You can choose a book published in that decade, a book about an event from that decade or set in that decade, or any topic related to something from the decade.
 
In March we focus on the Roaring 20’s! Some major events of this decade include:
 
Prohibition begins – 1920
19th Amendment gave Women the right to vote 1920
Tutankhamen’s Tomb discovered 1922
Walt Disney Company founded 1923
FBI founded by J. Edgar Hoover 1924
First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade held 1924
Hitler’s Mein Kampf published 1925
NBC founded as first nationwide broadcasting system 1926
Bath School Disaster in Michigan 1927
Charles Lindberg performs first non-stop flight from New York City to Paris 1927
Construction begins on Mount Rushmore 1927
Accidental discovery of penicillin 1928
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago 1929
Wall Street Crash in 1929 and beginning of Great Depression
 
Go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us and click on the Join Our Decades Book Challenge link for more topic ideas and a list of books we have available, or pick up lists at the circulation desk. Stop in or call the library for more details!
 
Fashion Show – Traer’s Apparel Through the Ages
Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a wonderful afternoon. Come to the Library's Kupka Cultural Center on Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 to enjoy a live fashion show event featuring local and historical clothing from the 1870s - through the 1950s. The event will feature Jean Kruse as Master of Ceremonies, Jenny Hulme playing the Grand Piano, and many local models.
 
Admission is FREE, and there is limited seating. A reception is planned following the show at the Traer Historical Museum.

This event is being planned by the Traer Sesquicentennial Committee in celebration of Traer's 150 Years of Pride and Progress.

New Books:
 
Fiction:
Joe Country - #6 Slough House Series by Mick Herron
Code Name Sapphire by Pam Jenoff
Someone Else’s Shoes by JoJo Moyes
The Wedding Ranch by Nancy Naigle
Encore in Death by JD Robb
 
Non-Fiction:
Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
 
Easy Books:
Spring Sings for the Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Capybara is Friends with Everyone by Maddie Frost
Once Upon a Book by Grace Lin
A Spoonful of Frogs by Lyall Casey
All Are Neighbors by Alexandra Penfold
Don’t Eat the Bees: life lessons from Chip the Dog by Dev Petty
Blue Bison needs a Haircut by Scott Rothman
Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle
 
DVDs:
Murder She Baked –a   Hannah Swenson Mystery movie collection
Sweet Revenge – a Hannah Swenson Mystery
The Flight Attendant – Complete Series
House of the Dragon – Season 1
Joe Pickett – Season 1

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I had a crazy dream last night! I was swimming in an ocean of orange soda.  Turns out it was just a Fanta sea.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

February 27, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Feb 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Feb 27 at 2:00 BINGO!
Tuesday Feb 28 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Feb 28 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 1 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Mar 1 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Mar 1 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Springtime Gardening Tips & Tools of the Trade
Wednesday Mar1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 1 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Mar 1 at 2:45 Read Across Iowa Month story & activities w/Jenny Hulme
Wednesday Mar 1 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Mar 2 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Mar 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, Mar 4 at 10:00  FREE Seed Giveaway
Monday, Mar 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Mar 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 8 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Mar 8 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Mar 8 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Mar 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 8 at 2:00 Chiropractic & Acupuncture for Animals w/ Dr. Abbey Smith-NT Vet Clinic
Wednesday Mar 8 at 2:30-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday Mar 8 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Mar 9 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Mar 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty

 

PLEASE NOTE:  We had to CANCEL our Bird Watching Program due to illness.  We hope to reschedule it at a later date.

BINGO TODAY!
Join us for a fun hour of BINGO today, Monday February 27 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.  There is no cost to play, and you can go home with exciting prizes!
 
Outside The Lines Adult Coloring:
Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring tomorrow February 28 at 2:00. We provide colored pencils, markers, cards, bookmarks, or coloring books for you – not cost or sign up required.
 
Lunch & Learn: Springtime Gardening Tips & Tools of the Trade
This Wednesday, March 1 at 12:00, Laurie will lead a discussion for all gardeners about Springtime Planting. Please come to share any gardening tips you have, and learn new tips from your friends and neighbors.  Also, please feel free to bring any tools you love that make gardening easier for Show & Tell! Bring your own lunch and eat while you learn.

FREE Seed Giveaway!!
We received a donation of A LOT of 2022 seed packets from Home Depot, and we are giving them away! You can help yourself to some we have placed in the card catalog in the library entryway.  Or you can stop by for an even wider selection on the following dates:
           
            Sat. Mar 4 @ 10:00
            Wed. Mar 15 @ 12:00
Spread the word – we have A LOT to give away!
 
Chiropractic and Acupuncture for Animals:
On Wednesday, March 8 at 2:00, Dr. Abbey Smith from the North Tama Veterinary Clinic will speak about the benefits of using Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture for large and small animals. Some of these benefits include:
  • Increasing the mobility, longevity, and well-being of your animals
  • Helping animals recover more quickly from injuries
  • Increased performance of show animals
  • Helping your animals live a longer, healthier life!
She will also have a demonstration with a live animal.

Decades Book Challenge: March 1920s:
You can still join in on our reading challenge! Since Traer is celebrating our Sesquicentennial (1873-2023) this year, we will be doing a Decades Book Challenge all year long! To cover our 150 years, each month you will choose a book corresponding to a specific decade. This is YOUR Challenge so you can choose how you fulfill the prompt. You can choose a book published in that decade, a book about an event from that decade or set in that decade, or any topic related to something from the decade.
 
In March we focus on the Roaring 20’s! Some major events of this decade include:
 
Prohibition begins – 1920
19th Amendment gave Women the right to vote 1920
Tutankamen’s Tomb discovered 1922
Walt Disney Company founded 1923
FBI founded by J. Edgar Hoover 1924
First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade held 1924
Hitler’s Mein Kampf published 1925
NBC founded as first nationwide broadcasting system 1926
Bath School Disaster in Michigan 1927
Charles Lindberg performs first non-stop flight from New York City to Paris 1927
Construction begins on Mount Rushmore 1927
Accidental discovery of penicillin 1928
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago 1929
Wall Street Crash in 1929 and beginning of Great Depression

 
Go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us and click on the Join Our Decades Book Challenge link for more topic ideas and a list of books we have available, or pick up lists at the circulation desk. Stop in or call the library for more details!
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
The Surgeon’s Daughter - #2 Nora Beady Series by Audrey Blake
Murder at Blackberry Inn - #4 Calendar Mystery Series by Camilla Chafer
Pied Sniper - #15 Lexie Graves Series by Camilla Chafer
Adrift - #2 Tempest Island Series by Jana DeLeon
Salt Air Secrets - #9 Seaside Saga Series by Joanne DeMaio
Lemon Drop Dead - #6 Amish Candy Shop Series by Amanda Flower
What Divides Us - #2 Kilteegan Bridge Story by Jean Grainger
Loving Tessa - #2 January Cove Series by Rachel Hanna
Solid as Steele - #5 Steele Guardians by Susan Sleeman
The Lies that Bind - #3 Snug Harbor Series by Karen MacInerney
The Vineyard Daughters - #3 Wayfarer Inn Series by Grace Palmer
Twice the Crime this Time  - #2 Trailer Park Tales Series by Maggie Pill
Sandbar Season - #2 Summer Cottage Series by Rebecca Regnier
Seaside Bonds - #5 Lobster Bay Series by Meredith Summers
 
DVDs:
Big Sky River
Hallmark: Don’t Forget I Love You/Marry Me in Yosemite
Running the Bases
Strange World
Black Panther, Wakanda Forever
Till

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I don’t buy anything with Velcro.  It’s a total rip-off!
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

February 20, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday, Feb 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday, Feb 20 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday, Feb 20 at 3:00 Applique
Monday, Feb 20 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Feb 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 22 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Feb 22 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Feb 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 22 at 2:00 Bird Watching with Naturalist Emma Bruck & Bird Feeder Craft
Wednesday Feb 22 at 3:00 FREE Seed Giveaway
Wednesday Feb 22 at 2:30-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday, Feb 22 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Feb 23 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Feb 24 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Feb 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Feb 28 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 1 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Mar 1 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Mar1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 1 at 2:00 Coffee Klatch
Wednesday Mar 1 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Mar 2 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Mar 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, Mar 4 at 10:00  FREE Seed Giveaway
 
Book Clubs TODAY:
Our Book Club meets this afternoon at 2:00 to discuss The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet.
We will also be handing out the next selection, The Music of Bees, by Eileen Garvin.
 
Three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life's curveballs, are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing--and maybe even a second chance--just when they least expect it.
 
At 5:30, join us for Chat & Chew, an informal Book Club where we share the books we have been reading lately, while enjoying a slice of pizza.
 
Applique TODAY:
Applique will meet today, Monday, February 20 at 3:00. Join Joan Schafer as she leads us through making our February applique mini-banner.  There is no sewing involved in making these adorable banners! If you missed previous classes that’s ok – you can still join us and get the materials to make them at home.  Cost is only $10 for materials for the whole year.
 
 
Bird Watching Program:
This Wednesday, February 22 at 2:00, Emma Bruck, Naturalist with Tama County Conservation, will talk about the basics of birdwatching, and how to use clues to identify bird species seen in our community. She will briefly discuss common birds in Iowa, then dive into how to get involved in birding, provide information on birding organizations and groups, plus share information on how to become a good backyard birder. You can also stay and make this fun birdfeeder.  All supplies will be provided.



FREE Seed Giveaway!!
We received a donation of A LOT of 2022 seed packets from Home Depot, and we are giving them away! You can help yourself to some we have placed in the card catalog in the library entryway.  Or you can stop by for an even wider selection on the following dates:
 
            Wed. Feb 22 @ 3:00 (after the Bird Watching Program)
            Sat. Mar 4 @ 10:00
            Wed. Mar 15 @ 12:00
 
Spread the word – we have A LOT to give away!
 
Community Events:
Mark your calendars for these upcoming exciting (maybe yummy!) events:
 
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, hosted by the Traer United Methodist Church

  • Tuesday, Feb 21, 5:00pm – 7:00pm in the Traer Memorial Building. Tickets are Free will donation.

Traer Fire Department Fish Fry

  • Friday, Feb 24, 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the Fire Station. Adults $15, Under 12 $8

Sesquicentennial Fashion Show: Traer’s Apparel Through the Ages

  • Sunday, April 16, 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Traer Public Library  Experience a timeline of Traer’s fashion history with this live fashion show featuring local and historical clothing.

Traer’s Big Birthday Bash!

  • Saturday, June 3, 2:00pm – 9:00pm in Taylor Park  Celebrate and commemorate our Sesquicentennial with live music, food & beverage vendors, free birthday cake, all day activities, moonlight movie & more!

 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Mitford Affair by Marie Benedict
Don’t Open the Door - #2 Regan Merritt Series by Allison Brennan
The Night Travelers by Armando Lucas Correa
Irish Coffee Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross
The House at the End of the World by Dean R. Koontz
Just the Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica
The Three Lives of Alix St. Pierre
The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn
The Backup Plan - #3 Sunrise Cove Series by Jill Shalvis
You Must Remember This by Kat Rosenfield
Do I Know You? By Emily Wibberley
 
Teen:
Chain of Thorns - #3 Last Hours Series by Clare Cassandra
 
Non-Fiction:
Becoming Free Indeed: my story of disentangling faith from fear by Jinger Duggar Vuolo
One: Simple One-Pan Wonders by Jamie Oliver
Spare by Prince Harry
 
DVDs:
Nothing is Impossible
Turning Red
The Fabelmans
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
According to our kids, Dad Jokes are not cool…for a-parent reasons.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

February 13, 2023

Good Morning!

On The Calendar:

Monday, Feb 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Feb 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 15 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Feb 15 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Feb 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 15 at 2:00 Coffee Klatch
Wednesday Feb 15 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Feb 16 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Feb 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Feb 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday, Feb 20 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday, Feb 20 at 3:00 Applique
Monday, Feb 20 at Chat & Chew
Tuesday Feb 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 22 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Feb 22 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Feb 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 22 at 2:00 Bird Watching with Naturalist Emma Bruck
Wednesday Feb 22 at 2:30-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday, Feb 22 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Feb 23 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Feb 24 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Coffee Klatch:
Join us this Wednesday, February 15 at 2:00 for Coffee Klatch! We meet in the Talen Community Room for coffee, cookies and conversation! This is simply a time to gather and socialize with friends and neighbors, and maybe meet someone new!
 
Bird Watching Program:
On Wednesday, February 22 at 2:00, Emma Bruck, Naturalist with Tama County Conservation, will talk about the basics of birdwatching, and how to use clues to identify bird species seen in our community. She will briefly discuss common birds in Iowa, then dive into how to get involved in birding, provide information on birding organizations and groups, plus share information on how to become a good backyard birder. You can also stay and make a fun birdfeeder.  All supplies will be provided.
 
Book Club next week:
Our Book Club will be meeting next week on Monday, February 20 at 2:00, so there is still time to read this month’s selection The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.  We have several copies available at the circulation desk. Anyone is welcome to join the discussion.
 
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.
 

Decades Book Challenge: February 1900s – 1910s:
You can still join in on our reading challenge! For February we move into the 1900s – 1910s.
 
You can choose a book published in that decade, a book about an event from that decade or set in that decade, or any topic related to something from the decade. You can read fiction, non-fiction, adult, teen, junior/children’s, or audio books. The idea is just to challenge yourself to read something you might not normally read, or to learn something new, and enjoy!
 
Go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us and click on the Join Our Decades Book Challenge link for more topic ideas and a list of books we have available, check out our book display, or pick up lists at the circulation desk. Stop in or call the library for more details!
 
Community Events:
Mark your calendars for these upcoming exciting (maybe yummy!) events:
 
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, hosted by the Traer United Methodist Church

  • Tuesday, Feb 21, 5:00pm – 7:00pm in the Traer Memorial Building. Tickets are Free Will Donation.

 Traer Fire Department Fish Fry

  • Friday, Feb 24, 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the Fire Station. Adults $15, Under 12 $8

Sesquicentennial Fashion Show: Traer’s Apparel Through the Ages

  • Sunday, April 16, 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Traer Public Library  Experience a timeline of Traer’s fashion history with this live fashion show featuring local and historical clothing.

Traer’s Big Birthday Bash!

  • Saturday, June 3, 2:00pm – 9:00pm in Taylor Park  Celebrate and commemorate our Sesquicentennial with live music, food & beverage vendors, free birthday cake, all day activities, moonlight movie & more!


New Books:
 
Fiction:
Every Summer - #8 Seaside Saga Series by Joanne DeMaio
The Reluctant Warrior - #2 High Sierra Sweethearts Series by Mary Connealy
The Unexpected Champion - #3 High Sierra Sweethearts Series by Mary Connealy
Every Summer After by Carley Fortune (Large Print)
Hurricane Beach by Lexie Nicholas
Three Debts Paid - #5 Daniel Pitt Series by Anne Perry
The Silent Wife - #10 Will Trent Series by Karin Slaughter
Everyone in my Family has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson
Keeper of Secrets - #7 Carly Moore Series by Denise Grover Swank

Non-Fiction:
8 Rules of Love: how to find it, keep it, and let it go by Jay Shetty
 
Memorial Books:
The Complete Guide to Adopting a Cat by Laura Cassiday, given in memory of Amy Brooke Speirs by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust – Traer
Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein, given in memory of Loren Ewoldt by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust - Traer

Pun-Of-The-Week:
My Aunt ran off to get married on Valentine’s Day. Yep….Antelope.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

February 6, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday, Feb 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Feb 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 8 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Feb 8 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Feb 8 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Feb 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 8 at 2:30-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday, Feb 8 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Feb 9 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Feb 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Feb 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Feb 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 15 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Feb 15 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Feb 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 15 at 2:00 Coffee Klatch
Wednesday Feb 15 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Feb 16 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Feb 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Quilting Group and new AccuQuilt cutter and dies!
Do you love to quilt? Would you like to learn more? Are you stuck and need help from fellow quilters? Or do you just need space to spread out? Join our Tuesday Quilters Group! This is a lively, talented group that gets together every Tuesday at 1:30 to quilt and share ideas and tips.

We also have a new cutter and accessories to share! With donation and grant money, we have purchased an AccuQuilt Ready Set Go! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System and several cutting dies. This cutter allows you to cut 6 layers of fabric at a time, and gives you exact, precise pieces with an easy turn of a crank. No more backaches, cut fingers or sore hands from cutting pieces! We have dies to cut pieces for 8” and 9” blocks, and also for 1”, 1 ½”, 2”, and 3” strips.
 
The group is led by Cynthia Drajna of Iowa Star Quilts, and they always have a fun afternoon of quilting, visiting, and sharing their progress! Stop in to join them, and someone will be happy to show you how to use the AccuQuilt cutter!





Scones & Tomes:

Like the idea of a Book Club, but don’t want to be “told” read a specific book?  Come to Scones & Tomes Book Club! We share books we have read lately and favorite authors! We will meet this Wednesday, February 8 at 11:30 in the Carnegie Café. We enjoy a hot beverage and a sweet treat as we share our love of books.  Newcomers are always welcome.
 
February Early-Out Activities:
If you are in grades 4-12, join Miss Sue at 2:30 on Wednesday for snacks and fun! You could be crafting, doing Lego challenges, or other fun activities!
 
From 3:30-4:00, join Stephenie for Peas in a Pod, where you will learn some basics about gardening and participate in gardening activities.

Bird Watching Program:
On Wednesday, February 22 at 2:00, Emma Bruck, Naturalist with Tama County Conservation, will talk about the basics of birdwatching, and how to use clues to identify bird species seen in our community. She will briefly discuss common birds in Iowa, then dive into how to get involved in birding, provide information on birding organizations and groups, plus share information on how to become a good backyard birder. You can also stay and make this fun bird feeder.  All supplies will be provided.



Decades Book Challenge: February 1900s – 1910s:
You can still join in on our reading challenge! Since Traer is celebrating our Sesquicentennial (1873-2023) this year, we will be doing a Decades Book Challenge all year long! To cover our 150 years, each month you will choose a book corresponding to a specific decade. This is YOUR Challenge so you can choose how you fulfill the prompt.
 
You can choose a book published in that decade, a book about an event from that decade or set in that decade, or any topic related to something from the decade. You can read fiction, non-fiction, adult, teen, junior/children’s, or audio books. The idea is just to challenge yourself to read something you might not normally read, or to learn something new.
 
We kicked off January with the 1870s – 1890s. In February we move into the 1900s – 1910s. Some major events of these decades include:
 
Galveston Hurricane of 1900
Frank L. Baum Published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1900
Assassination of President McKinley in 1901
First Flight of the Wright Brothers in 1903
San Francisco Earthquake in 1906
Ford Model T invented in 1908
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 1911
Sinking of the Titanic 1912
World War I begins 1914
Spanish Flu epidemic 1918
 
Go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us and click on the Join Our Decades Book Challenge link for more topic ideas and a list of books we have available, or pick up lists at the circulation desk. Stop in or call the library for more details!
 
Access to Digital copies of 1941-1975 Traer Star Clippers:
We have partnered with the Traer Historical Museum to provide access to digitized copies of the Traer Star Clipper dating from 1941 – 1975.  Unlike previous digitized issues, these are available in-house only, and can be brought up and used at the library or the museum with assistance from the librarian or the museum host. We encourage those interested in genealogy or local history to take advantage of these resources.
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
Mean Streak - #2 Pelican Point Series by Christine Gael
The Blue Diamond - #5 Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard S. Goldberg
The Survivors by Jane Harper
Nantucket Homes - #8 Nantucket Beach Plum Series by Pamela Kelley
Coming Home to Hideaway Bay by Michele Brouder
Seabreeze Inn by Jan Moran
Sandbar Sisters by Rebecca Regnier
This Time Around: three sweet romances by Melissa Ferguson, Kathleen Fuller, and Denise Hunter

Pun-Of-The-Week:
For plumbers, a flush beats a full house.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

January 30, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday, Jan 30 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday, Jan 30 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday, Jan 30 at 3:30 – 6:00 Makerspace by Appointment
Tuesday Jan 31 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 1 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Feb 1 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Feb 1 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Planning Your Garden
Wednesday Feb 1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 1 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Craft
Wednesday Feb 1 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday Feb 1 at 3:00-4:30 Story, snack & activities for K-5th graders with Jenny Hulme
Thursday Feb 2 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Feb 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Feb 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Feb 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 8 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Feb 8 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Feb 8 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Feb 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 8 at 2:30-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday, Feb 8 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Feb 9 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Feb 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
BINGO TODAY!
Join us for a fun hour of BINGO today, Monday, January 30 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.  There is no cost to play, and you can go home with exciting prizes!
 
Makerspace Crafting TODAY 3:30 – 6:00
Do you need space to spread out to work on a crafting project? Or maybe you need some supplies you don’t have in your own crafting cupboard? From 3:30-6:00 today, you can stop in to use the library’s sewing machines, Cricuts, stamps, inks, papers, cutters, and other crafting supplies.  We have lots of crafting supplies! Just give us a call at 319-478-2180 to set up a time so we can get out what you need. The cost is a free will donation for any supplies you use.
 
Lunch & Learn:
It's time to start thinking about your gardens! Join Laurie on Wednesday, February 1 at noon for a Lunch & Learn about Planning Your Garden. She will talk about things to take into account when planning this year's garden, and help you to make your own Garden Planning Book to take with you. Please bring your lunch and eat while you learn.

Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts:
Come to the Carnegie Cafe on Wednesday, February 1 at 2:00 to make a simple seasonal craft and enjoy a hot beverage.  There is no cost or sign-up required, and we provide any supplies needed.

February Early-Out Activities:
On February 1, join Jenny Hulme from the ISU Extension Office as she reads “Never Let a Dinosaur Scribble!” She will also have snacks, an activity/science experiment, and a craft to make and take home. This program is for children grades K-5th.

If you are in grades 4-12, join Miss Sue at 2:30 on Wednesdays for snacks and fun! You could be crafting, doing Lego challenges, or other fun activities!
 
From 3:30-4:00 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays,  join Laurie and Stephenie for Peas in a Pod, where you will learn some basics about gardening and participate in gardening activities

Decades Book Challenge: February 1900s - 1910s:
You can still join in on our reading challenge! Since Traer is celebrating our Sesquicentennial (1873-2023) this year, we will be doing a Decades Book Challenge all year long! To cover our 150 years, each month you will choose a book corresponding to a specific decade. This is YOUR Challenge so you can choose how you fulfill the prompt. You can choose a book published in that decade, a book about an event from that decade or set in that decade, or any topic related to something from the decade.
 
We kicked off January with the 1870s – 1890s. In February we move into the 1900s – 1910s. Some major events of these decades include:
 
Galveston Hurricane of 1900
Frank L. Baum Published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1900
Assassination of President McKinley in 1901
First Flight of the Wright Brothers in 1903
San Francisco Earthquake in 1906
Ford Model T invented in 1908
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 1911
Sinking of the Titanic 1912
World War I begins 1914
Spanish Flu epidemic 1918
 
Go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us and click on the Join Our Decades Book Challenge link for more topic ideas and a list of books we have available, or pick up lists at the circulation desk. Stop in or call the library for more details!
 
Access to Digital copies of 1941-1975 Traer Star Clippers:
We have partnered with the Traer Historical Museum to provide access to digitized copies of the Traer Star Clipper dating from 1941 – 1975.  Unlike previous digitized issues, these are available in-house only, and can be brought up and used at the library or the museum with assistance from the librarian or the museum host. We encourage those interested in genealogy or local history to take advantage of these resources.
 
Looking for chess sets:
We would like to start a “Chess Club” at the library, but we need some nice wooden chess boards and pieces.  If you have one you no longer use and would be willing to donate, the library would happily take it off your hands. Please contact the library or stop in for more information.
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
Dark of Night - #2 Annie Pederson Series by Colleen Coble
Without a Trace (Large Print) by Danielle Steel
City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita
 
Non-Fiction:
Ray Lampe’s Big Green Egg Book: grill, smoke, bake & roast by Ray Lampe
US: The Resurrection of American Terror by Rev. Kenneth W. Wheeler
 
DVDs:
Finding Your Roots – Seasons 1 and 2
Ghosts – Season 1

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I sold my vacuum cleaner. It was just gathering dust.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

January 23, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday, Jan 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Jan 24 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Jan 24 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 25 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Jan 25 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Jan 25 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 25 at 2:00 Rock Painting with Connie Draper
Wednesday Jan 25 at 2:30-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday, Jan 25 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Jan 26 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Jan 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Jan 27 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
Monday, Jan 30 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday, Jan 30 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday, Jan 30 at 3:30 – 6:00 Makerspace by Appointment
Tuesday Jan 31 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 1 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Feb 1 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Feb 1 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Microgreens
Wednesday Feb 1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 1 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday Feb 1 at 3:00-4:30 Books for Cooks for K-5th graders with Jenny Hulme
Thursday Feb 2 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Feb 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Outside The Lines Adult Coloring:
Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring tomorrow January 24 at 1:05. We provide colored pencils, markers, cards, bookmarks, or coloring books for you – no cost or sign up required.
 
Rock Painting:
Join us in the Talen Community Room this Wednesday, January 25 at 2:00, for Rock Painting with Connie Draper! If any of you have been to Connie’s home, you know she has beautifully painted rocks scattered amongst her plants and home. She will share ideas, tips and techniques as she guides you in painting your own decorative rocks. All supplies are provided.
 
Early-Out Activities:
If you are in grades 4-12, join Miss Sue at 2:30 on Wednesday for snacks and fun! You could be crafting, doing Lego challenges, or playing Minute-To-Win-It Games!
 
From 3:30-4:00, join Laurie and Stephenie for Peas in a Pod, where you will learn some basics about gardening and participate in gardening activities.
 
On February 1, join Jenny Hulme from the ISU Extension Office for Books for Cooks, a simple cooking program for children grades K-5. Stay tuned for more details.
 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Join Stephenie Bellwood on Friday, January 27 at 2:00 for her final Watercolor Class of the season. Learn some basic watercolor techniques, or just practice what you already know and get new ideas.  Those attending her previous classes enjoy the relaxing hour and take home a lovely painting. All supplies are provided and no sign up is necessary.
 
Lunch & Learn:
Join Laurie on Wednesday, February 1 at noon for a Lunch & Learn about Microgreens. What are Microgreens? Come find out! Laurie will share an ISU extension video followed by a demonstration. Please bring your lunch and eat while you learn.

Decades Book Challenge:
You can still join in on our reading challenge! Since Traer is celebrating our Sesquicentennial (1873-2023) this year, we will be doing a Decades Book Challenge all year long! To cover our 150 years, each month you will choose a book corresponding to a specific decade. This is YOUR Challenge so you can choose how you fulfill the prompt. You can choose a book published in that decade, a book about an event from that decade or set in that decade, or any topic related to something from the decade. We kicked off January with the 1870s – 1890s. Stop in or call the library for more details!
 
Looking for chess sets:
We would like to start a “Chess Club” at the library, but we need some nice wooden chess boards and pieces.  If you have one you no longer use and would be willing to donate, the library would happily take it off your hands. Please contact the library or stop in for more information.
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
Light to the Hills by Bonnie Blaylock
Love, Clancy: diary of a good dog by Bruce W. Cameron
Dead and Gondola by Ann Claire
A Place to Land by Lauren K Denton
Frozen Detective - #2 Piper & Porter Series by Amanda Flower
Honeymoons can be Hazardous - #4 Amish Matchmaker Series by Amanda Flower
The Villa by Rachel Hawkins
Spook Street - #4 Slough House Series by Mick Herron
London Rules - #5 Slough House Series by Mick Herron
Something Old, Something New by Amy Clipston
Sleep No More by Jayne Ann Krentz
A House in the Pines by Ana Reyes
The Last Widow - #9 Will Trent Series by Karin Slaughter
 
 
Non-Fiction:
The Fun Habit: how the pursuit of joy and wonder can change your life by Michael Rucker
Sacred Rest: recover your life, renew your energy, restore your sanity by Saundra Dalton-Smith
How to Do Nothing: resisting the attention economy by Jenny Odell
Scandi Rustic: creating a cozy and happy home by Rebecca Lawson
The Last Hill: the epic story of a Ranger battalion and the battle that defined WWII by Tom Clavin
The White House Plumbers: the seven weeks that led to Watergate and doomed Nixon’s presidency by Egil Krogh
Agatha Christie: an elusive woman by Lucy Worsley
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Having too many vowels is a consonant struggle in the game of Scrabble.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

January 16, 2023

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Jan 16 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Jan 16 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday, Jan 16 at 3:00 Applique (rescheduled-note time and date change)
Monday Jan 16 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Jan 17 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 18  at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Jan 18 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Jan 18 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 18 at 2:00 Coffee Klatch
Wednesday Jan 18 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Jan 19 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Jan 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Jan 20 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
Monday, Jan 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Jan 24 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Jan 24 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 25  at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Jan 25 at 10:15 Story Time
Wednesday Jan 25 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 25 at 2:00 Rock Painting with Connie Draper
Wednesday Jan 25 at 2:30-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday, Jan 25 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Jan 26 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Jan 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Jan 27 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
 
 
Applique TODAY:
Applique will meet today, Monday, January 16 at 3:00. Join Joan Schafer as she leads us through making our January applique mini-banner.  There is no sewing involved in making these adorable banners! If you missed previous classes that’s ok – you can still join us and get the materials to make them at home.  Cost is only $10 for materials for the whole year.
This is the January banner:

 
Book Clubs TODAY:
Our Monday Book Club meets at 2:00 today upstairs in the library. We will be discussing Where I Come From: Stories from the Deep South by Rick Bragg. We will also be handing out our February selection, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. We have several regular and large print copies available at the circulation desk, so stop by to pick up a copy and join our Book Club!
 
The Chat & Chew Book Club also meets tonight at 5:30. We are a more informal book club – we enjoy a slice or two of pizza while we share the books we have been reading lately, favorite authors, or books we’ve heard about but haven’t had time to read yet.
 
Coffee Klatch:
New this Wednesday, January 18 at 2:00 – Coffee Klatch! Join us in the Talen Community Room for coffee, cookies and conversation! This is simply a time to gather and socialize with friends and neighbors. 
 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood is back leading another trio of Watercolor Painting Classes! Join us on Friday, January 20 and 27 at 2:00 to learn some basic watercolor techniques, or just to practice what you already know and get new ideas.  These classes will have a Winter theme.  The group that met last Friday enjoyed painting a polar bear! The couple of paintings I saw were great and the participants enjoyed the process. All supplies are provided and no sign up is necessary.
 
Rock Painting:
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 25 at 2:00, and join Connie Draper for Rock Painting! If any of you have been to Connie’s home, you know she has beautifully painted rocks scattered amongst her plants and home. She will share ideas, tips and techniques as she guides you in painting your own decorative rocks. All supplies are provide.

Decades Book Challenge:

You can still join in on our reading challenge! Since Traer is celebrating our Sesquicentennial (1873-2023) this year, we will be doing a Decades Book Challenge all year long! To cover our 150 years, each month you will choose a book corresponding to a specific decade. This is YOUR Challenge so you can choose how you fulfill the prompt. You can choose a book published in that decade, a book about an event from that decade or set in that decade, or any topic related to something from the decade.
 
Adults and children can participate! You can pick up a log sheet at the circulation desk to keep track of your books each month (or if you are not in town I can email you the info). We also have a list of topics and book ideas, a display table full of options, or just ask and we can help you find something! We will be giving away gifts to those who complete the challenge!
 
This is not a competition, just a personal challenge to read some books you might not otherwise choose. You can read fiction or non-fiction, adult, teen, junior fiction, or children’s books, as long as it relates in some way to the Decade(s) for each month. Books, e-books and audiobooks all count!  We hope you have FUN with this challenge as Traer celebrates our 150 years!
 
We kicked off January with the 1870s – 1890s. As you are searching for topics, ideas and books, if you find a book you’d like to read that we don’t have in our library, we can get it from another library for free, or look on Bridges/Libby for an e-book or audiobook.
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
End Game - #6 Max Austin Series by Jack Arbor
Dead Canyon - #16 David Wolf Series by Jeff Carson
Little Beach Bungalow - #7 Seaside Saga by Joanne DeMaio
Liar Liar by Christine Gael
A Study in Crimson: Sherlock Holmes in WW2 by Robert Harris
Ties that Bind - #16 Shelby Nichols Series by Colleen Helme
The Quarry Girls by Jess Lourey
Beneath the Bending Skies by Jane Kirkpatrick
Concealed in Shadow - #5 Cassie Quinn Series by L T Ryan
Blind Bake by Denise Grover Swank
Shades of Truth - #6 Carly Moore Series by Denise Grover Swank
Shifting Sands - #4 Lobster Bay Series by Meredith Summers
No Matter the Cost - #3 Epic Story of RJ and York Series by Susan May Warren
The Dressmakers of Prospect Heights by Kitty Zeldis
 
Non-Fiction:
The Seed Saving Bible by Steven Dowding
And there was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham
Do I feel Better Yet? Questionable attempts at self-care and existing in a general by Madeline Trebenski
 
Memorial Book:
Tom Clancy’s Red Winter by Marc Cameron, given in memory of James “Jim” Dinsdale by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust - Traer

Pun-Of-The-Week:
Orion’s Belt is a big waist of space.  (Terrible pun. Only 3 stars.)
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

January 9, 2023

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
Monday jan 9 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday Jan 10 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 11  at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Jan 11 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 11 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Jan 11 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 11 at 2:00 Health Benefits of Massage Therapy with Kortlyn Frush, LMT
Wednesday Jan 11 at 2:30-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday, Jan 11 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Jan 12 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Jan 13 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Jan 13 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
Monday, Jan 16 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday, Jan 16 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday, Jan 16 at 3:00 Applique (rescheduled-note time and date change)
Tuesday Jan 17 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 18  at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Jan 18 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 18 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 18 at 2:00 Coffee Klatch
Wednesday Jan 18 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Jan 19 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Jan 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Jan 20 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
 
 
Applique rescheduled:
Applique Class will NOT meet today.  We have rescheduled for next Monday, January 16 at 3:00, Join Joan Schafer as she leads us through making our January applique mini-banner.  There is no sewing involved in making these adorable banners! If you missed previous classes that’s ok – you can still join us and get the materials to make them at home.  Cost is only $10 for materials for the whole year.
 jan banner 2023resize .jpg
Scones & Tomes:
Our Scones & Tomes Book Club will meet this Wednesday at 11:30 in the Carnegie Café. We enjoy a hot beverage and a sweet treat as we share the books we have been reading lately.  Newcomers are always welcome.
 
Health Benefits of Massage Therapy:
We all feel a little tense or have achy muscles from time to time (or maybe all the time). Join us on Wednesday, January 11 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room as Kortlyn Frush speaks about the many Health Benefits of Massage Therapy. Kortlyn is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and has her practice right here in Traer in the Traer Chiropractic office. She will share information and will answer any questions you have to determine if massage therapy is right for you.
 
Early-Out Wednesday Activities for 4th – 12th graders:
Not sure what to do with the kids when they get out of school early on Wednesdays?  The library offers activities for 4th – 12th graders from 2:30 – 4:30. Snacks are provided. There is no cost or sign-up to attend.
 
Miss Sue has a different theme for her activities each month. In January, join her for Crafting, Lego Challenges, Minute-To-Win-It games, and More!
 
This week on Wednesday at 3:30, we will also be offering Peas In A Pod, a gardening program for youth grades 4-12. These programs will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday, from 3:30-4:00. Laurie Schafer and Stephenie Bellwood will be leading these programs in conjunction with their Master Gardener Program. Kids will learn some basics about gardening, and there is no cost or sign-up necessary.
 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood is back to lead another trio of Watercolor Painting Classes! Join us on Friday, January 13, 20, and 27 at 2:00 to learn some basic watercolor techniques, or just to practice what you already know and get new ideas.  These three classes will have a Winter theme.  All supplies are provided.
 
Book Club:
The Monday Book Club will meet next week on Monday, January 16 at 2:00 to discuss Where I Come From: Stories from the Deep South by Rick Bragg. We do still have a couple of copies available at the circulation desk, so you still have time to read it and join us.
 
Coffee Klatch:
Coming next week – Coffee Klatch! Join us in the Talen Community Room at 2:00 on Wednesday, January 18 for coffee, cookies and conversation! This is simply a time to gather and socialize with friends and neighbors. There is no cost or sign-up. 
 
Decades Book Challenge:
Since Traer is celebrating our Sesquicentennial (1873-2023) this year, we will be doing a Decades Book Challenge all year long! To cover our 150 years, each month you will choose a book corresponding to a specific decade. This is YOUR Challenge so you can choose how you fulfill the prompt. You can choose a book published in that decade, a book about an event from that decade or set in that decade, or any topic related to something from the decade.  It can be fiction or non-fiction.
 
Adults and children can participate! You can pick up a log sheet at the circulation desk to keep track of your books each month (or if you are not in town I can email you the info). We also have a list of topics and book ideas, a display table full of options, or just ask and we can help you find something! We will be giving away gifts to those who complete the challenge! We hope you have FUN with this challenge as Traer celebrates our 150 years!
 
We will kick off January with the 1870s – 1890s. As you are searching for topics, ideas and books, if you find a book you’d like to read that we don’t have in our library, we can get it from another library for free, or look on Bridges/Libby for an e-book.
 
 
 
 
DVDs:
Black Adam
Rick Steves’ Europe Season 11
Better Call Saul Season 6
Reacher Season 1
Jack Ryan Season 2
The Last Kingdom Season 5
The Vicar of Dibley Season 3
Victoria Season 3
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
What did the snowman say to the aggressive carrot? “Get out of my face!”
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

January 2, 2023

Good Morning! Happy New Year!

We are hitting the ground running in 2023 with lots of programs planned for January to help keep away those winter blues. Hope to see you in the library!

On the Calendar:
Monday, Jan 2 CLOSED
Tuesday Jan 3 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 4  at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Jan 4 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 4 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 4 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Jan 4 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Jan 5 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Jan 6 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday, Jan 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday, Jan 9 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday Jan 10 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 11  at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Jan 11 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 11 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Jan 11 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 11 at 2:00 Health Benefits of Massage Therapy with Kortlyn Frush, LMT
Wednesday Jan 11 at 2:30-3:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday, Jan 11 at 3:30-4:00 Peas in a Pod Gardening Basics for 4th–12th Graders
Thursday Jan 12 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Jan 13 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Jan 13 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
 
Coffee & Crafts:
On Wednesday, January 4 at 2:00, join Laurie to make a simple seasonal craft. These crafts are free and we provide everything you need.  No sign up is necessary. Enjoy a hot beverage while you get your creative juices flowing.
 
Early-Out Wednesday Activities for 4th – 12th graders:
Not sure what to do with the kids when they get out of school early on Wednesdays?  The library offers activities for 4th – 12th graders from 2:30 – 4:30. Snacks are provided. There is no cost or sign-up to attend.
 
Miss Sue has a different theme for her activities each month. In January, join her for Crafting, Lego Challenges, Minute-To-Win-It Games, and More!
 
Starting in January we will also be offering Peas In A Pod, a gardening program for youth grades 4-12. These programs will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday, from 3:30-4:00. Laurie Schafer and Stephenie Bellwood will be leading these programs in conjunction with their Master Gardener Program. Kids will learn some basics about gardening, and there is no cost or sign-up necessary.
 
Applique:
On Monday, January 9 at 2:00, join Joan Schafer as she leads us through making our January applique mini-banner.  There is no sewing involved in making these adorable banners! If you missed previous classes that’s ok – you can still join us and get the materials to make them at home.  Cost is only $10 for materials for the whole year.
 
Health Benefits of Massage Therapy:
We all feel a little tense or have achy muscles from time to time (or maybe all the time). Join us on Wednesday, January 11 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room as Kortlyn Frush speaks about the many Health Benefits of Massage Therapy. Kortlyn is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and has her practice right here in Traer in the Traer Chiropractic office. She will share information and will answer any questions you have to determine if massage therapy is right for you.
 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood will be back in January to lead another trio of Watercolor Painting Classes! Join us on Friday, January 13, 20, and 27 at 2:00 to learn some basic watercolor techniques, or just to practice what you already know and get new ideas.  These three classes will have a Winter theme.  All supplies are provided.
 
Decades Book Challenge for 2023:
Since Traer is celebrating our Sesquicentennial (1873-2023) this year, we will be doing a Decades Book Challenge all year long! To cover our 150 years, each month you will choose a book corresponding to a specific decade. This is YOUR Challenge so you can choose how you fulfill the prompt. You can choose a book published in that decade, a book about an event from that decade or set in that decade, or any topic related to something from the decade.  It can be fiction or non-fiction.
 
We will kick off January with the 1870s – 1890s. Ideas include:
The Gilded Age
The Wild West
Gunfight at the OK Corral
Brooklyn Bridge opened
Statue of Liberty arrived in New York
First Sherlock Holmes story published
Jack the Ripper’s first victim discovered
Carnegie Hall opened
Christmas lights first hung in the White House
Chicago World’s Fair/debut of Ferris Wheel
Wounded Knee Massacre
Spanish/American War
Klondike/Yukon Gold Rush begins in Alaska
First Modern Olympic Games
Invention of Blue Jeans
 
Here are some books as examples:
The Last Kind Words by Larry McMurty (Wild West)
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Chicago World’s Fair)
The Five: untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
The Floor of Heaven: a true tale of the last frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush by Howard Blum
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (Blue Jeans)
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Series by Leonard S. Goldberg
Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany (Sherlock Holmes)
The Games by James Patterson (Olympics)
My Face to the Wind: the diary of Sarah Jane Price, a prairie teacher, Broken Bow, Nebrasks 1881 by Jim Murphy (junior non-fic)
Flying High: the story of gymnastics champion Simone Biles by Michelle Meadows (childrens)
 
 
As you can see, you have a lot of leeway with your interpretation of a book relating to the decade(s)! Adults and children can participate! Remember, if you find a book you’d like to read that we don’t have in our library, we can get it from another library for free, or look on Bridges/Libby for an e-book.
 
You can pick up a log sheet at the circulation desk to keep track of your books each month (or if you are not in town and wish to participate, I can email you the info). We will also have a list of topics and book ideas, or just ask and we can help you find something! We will be giving away gifts to those who complete the challenge! We hope you have FUN with this challenge as Traer celebrates our 150 years!
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton
Home of the Heart by Carolyn Brown
Night Shift by Robin Cook
The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip by Sara Brunsvold
Anything but Plain by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Secrets of Emberwild by Stephenia H. McGee
Targeted: three romantic suspense novellas by Lynn Blackburn, Lynette Eason, and Natalie Walters
Last Circle of Love by Lorna Landvik
Hunting Time - #4 Coulter Shaw Series by Jeffery Deaver
The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris
Winter’s End - #4 Alaska Wild Series by Paige Shelton
 
Non-Fiction:
Mind Fuel: Simple Ways to Build Mental Resilience Every Day by Bear Grylls
The Commanders: the leadership journeys of George Patton, Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel by Lloyd Clark
The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff

Memorial Books:
The Art of Collecting: Personal Treasures that Make a Home from the editors of Victoria Magazine, given in memory of Irene Hanus by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust - Traer

Project Smoke: Seven Steps to Smoked Food Nirvana plus 900 recipes by Steven Raichien, given in memory of Richard Renzo by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust – Traer
 
DVDs:
Lifemark
Paw Patrol-Big Truck Pups
Show Me the Father
Blue Bloods Season 12
Revolution Season 2
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
A New Year’s Resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

December 26, 2022

Good Morning!  Happy Holidays from all of us at the Traer Public Library!

On the Calendar:

Monday December 26 CLOSED
Tuesday, December 27 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Dec 27 at 1:30 NO QUILTERS THIS WEEK
Wednesday Dec 28 at 10:00 NO PENPALS THIS WEEK
Wednesday Dec 28 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 28 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Dec 29 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 30 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, Dec 31 CLOSED
Monday, Jan 2 CLOSED
Tuesday Jan 3 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 4  at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Jan 4 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 4 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 4 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Jan 4 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Activities for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Jan 5 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Jan 6 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Check the Calendar:
Due to the Holiday Week and the recent lovely winter weather, it’s always a good idea to check to see if our regular programming is still scheduled. You can check our Facebook page, the online calendar on our webpage https://www.traer.lib.ia.us/ , or just give us a call.

Outside the Lines Coloring:
Join us on Tuesday, December 27 at 1:05 for a relaxing hour of coloring.  We supply the pens, pencils, and markers, and have cards, bookmarks or coloring books to color.

Pun-Of-The-Week:
What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the regular alphabet? The Christmas alphabet has Noel.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

December 19, 2022

Good Morning! Merry Christmas from the Traer Public Library!

On The Calendar:
Monday Dec 19 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 19 at 2:00 Book Club
Tuesday Dec 20 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 21 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Dec 21 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 21 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 21 at 2:00 Table for One
Wednesday Dec 21 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Games, Crafts & More for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Dec 22 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday Dec 24 CLOSED
Monday December 26 CLOSED
Tuesday, December 27 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Dec 27 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 28 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Dec 28 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 28 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday, Dec 28 at 2:00 Table for One with Laurie
Thursday Dec 29 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 30 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, December 31 CLOSED
Monday, January 2 CLOSED
 
Monday Book Club TODAY:
Our Monday Book Club will meet this afternoon in the Talen Community Room. We will be discussing Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer. We will also be handing out our January selection, Where I Come From: Stories from the Deep South by Rick Bragg.
 
Ballots and Information packets will also be distributed for your input on our selections for 2023! These packets are also available at the circulation desk and are due back to the library by December 31. We are always looking for more readers to join our group, so pick up a packet and you can have some input on what we read next year!
 
Chat & Chew TODAY:
Our evening book club group will meet tonight at 5:30. We welcome newcomers, and enjoy a slice of pizza as we discuss the latest books we’ve been reading. We always add more books to our growing To-Be-Read lists.
 
Table for One:
Join Laurie Schafer on Wednesday, December 21 for our next Table for One session. Laurie shares recipes and tips on how to make single serving dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner (even desserts!). Don’t miss this fun and informative program – she always has samples to taste!
 
Cribbage and Rummikub:
Do you like to play games? Join us on Thursdays at 10:30 to play some rounds of Cribbage or Rummikub! We are always looking for additional players to join the fun, and if you don’t know how to play, we will teach you! We also offer a hot beverage to enjoy while you play.

Spanish Interpreter / Translator / Homework help available:
One of our library patrons speaks fluent Spanish, and has offered her services to help with homework, or as an interpreter or translator.  She will be available to meet you here at the library if you need any of these services.  Please call the library with any questions, or to set up a meeting with her.
 

New Books:
 
Fiction:
All the Broken Places by John Boyne
A Christmas Memory by Richard Paul Evans
Like the Wind by Robin Lee Hatcher
A Quiet Life by Ethan Joella
A World of Curiosities - #18 Chief Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny
The Choice - #3 Dragon Heart Legacy by Nora Roberts
Angels of the Resistance by Noelle Salazar
The Whittiers by Danielle Steel
 
Large Print:
Going Rogue: Rise & Shine Twenty-Nine - #29 Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
 
Teen:
A thousand Heartbeats by Kiera Cass
 
DVDs:
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
Ticket to Paradise
Magpie Murders TV Series
Reacher – Season 1
Revolution – Season 1
 
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Santa’s helpers are subordinate Clauses.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

December 12, 2022

Good Morning!

On The Calendar:

Monday Dec 12 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 12 at 2:00 Holiday Coffee & Cookies
Tuesday Dec 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 14 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Dec 14 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 14 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Dec 14 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 14 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Games, Crafts & More for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday Dec 14 at 3:00 Kids Gift Making with Jenny Hulme K-5th Graders
Thursday Dec 15 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 16 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 19 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 19 at 2:00 Book Club @ Laurie Schafer’s home
Tuesday Dec 20 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 21 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Dec 21 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 21 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 21 at 2:00 Table for One
Wednesday Dec 21 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Games, Crafts & More for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Dec 22 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday Dec 24 CLOSED
Monday December 26 CLOSED
 
Holiday Coffee & Cookies TODAY!:
Stop in at 2:00 this afternoon to socialize and enjoy some coffee and cookies in the Talen Community Room! Feel free to bring cookies to share if you’d like. And while you’re here be sure to take a stroll around the library to enjoy all of the holiday decorations!
 
Scones & Tomes:
Join our informal book discussion group on Wednesday, December 14 at 11:30 to share what you’ve been reading lately, or get ideas of what to read next. We enjoy a hot beverage and sweet treat while we converse.
 
Monday Book Club:
Our Monday Book Club will meet next Monday, December 19 at 2:00 at Laurie Schafer’s home, with Joan Schafer providing treats.  We will be discussing Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer. This is a quick easy read, and we have several copies available at the circulation desk if you’d like to pick up a copy and join us!
 
We will also be handing out our January selection, Where I Come From: Stories from the Deep South by Rick Bragg. Ballots and book information will also be distributed for your input on our selections for 2023!
 
Tumblebooks – FREE kids ebooks online:
Will your kids or grandkids be looking for something to do on those cold days over winter break? Tumblebooks is an online collection of e-books for children.  It can be accessed from any device with internet, so you can read on your computer, tablet or phone.
 
Kids can read along with over 1,100 animated, talking picture books, as well as chapter books, non-fiction books, and graphic novels, and play games and put together puzzles. And it’s all FREE for our library patrons! Just go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the homepage, and put in your library card number.
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
A Light in the Flame - #2 Flesh and Fire Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Selling Point - #2 Chammont Point Series by Marci Bolden
Murder by the Book - #3 Calendar Mystery Series by Camilla Chafer
Walks Along the Shore - #2 Blue Heron Cottages Series by Kay Correll
Thanksgiving Past - #2 Cottage on Gooseberry Bay Series by Kathi Daley
Death on the Menu - #3 Adam and Eve Mystery Series by Emma Davies
Night Beach - #6 Seaside Saga Series by Joanne DeMaio
Too Mulch to Handle - #6 English Cottage Garden Series by H Y Hanna
The Whisper Soul – #4 Nick Drake Series by Dwight Holing
The Last Way Home - #2 Prince Edward Island Shore Series by Liz Johnson
Made of Steele - #4 Steele Guardians Series by Susan Sleeman
Gilded Girl by Pamela M. Kelley
Mean Girl Murder - #8 Merry Wrath Mysteries Series by Leslie Langtry
Quilt City Murders by Bruce Leonard
The Girls by Bella Osborne
 
Large Print:
Four Puddings and a Funeral - #6 Oxford Tearoom Series by H Y Hanna
Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout
 
Memorial Book:
Devotion: an epic story of heroism, friendship, and sacrifice by Adam Makos, given in memory of William “Bill” Russell, by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust - Traer
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I knew a guy who collected candy canes.  They were all in mint condition.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 
 

December 5, 2022

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday Dec 5 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 5 at 2:00 Applique Class - CANCELED
Tuesday Dec 6 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 7 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Dec 7 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 7 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 7 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Dec 7 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Games, Crafts & More for 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Dec 8 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 9 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 12 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 12 at 2:00 Holiday Coffee & Cookies
Tuesday Dec 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 14 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Dec 14 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 14 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Dec 14 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 14 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Games, Crafts & More for 4th-12th Graders
Wednesday Dec 14 at 3:00 Kids Gift Making with Jenny Hulme K-5th Graders
Thursday Dec 15 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 16 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Applique:
There will be NO Applique Class today. For those that signed up, later this week Joan will drop off the materials to make the banner, and you can pick them up at the circulation desk.
 
Coffee & Crafts:
On Wednesday, December 7 at 2:00, join Sue to visit while you make a seasonal craft. These crafts are simple, free, and we provide everything you need. Enjoy a hot beverage while you get your creative juices flowing.
 
Holiday Coffee & Cookies:
Stop in at 2:00 on Monday, December 12 to socialize and enjoy some coffee and cookies in the Talen Community Room! Feel free to bring cookies to share if you’d like. And while you’re here be sure to take a stroll around the library to enjoy all of the holiday decorations!
 
Kids Gift Making (Sign Up Required!):
On December 14, Jenny Hulme with theTama County 4-H and the ISU Extension Office will be offering a Kids Gift Making program for K-5th graders from 3:00- 4:30. Kids will create 3 gifts, complete with gift wrapping to put under the tree. Cost is $10, and registration is required by December 9.  Pick up a registration form at the library or the Tama County Extension office.

Drop off the fee and registration form at the library, or mail it to the Extension office at:
203 West High Street
PO Box 308
Toledo, IA  52342
 
Early-Out Wednesday December Activities:
On December 7, 14, and 21 from 2:30-4:30, we are offering Crafts, Games and More for children in grades 4th-12th. Our Children's Librarian Miss Sue will lead the activities, and snacks will be provided. There is no cost or sign-up needed for these activities.

Open House Give-Away Winner!
The lucky winner of our Open House give-away book “A Quilt for Christmas” by Melody Carlson is Kathleen Keefer! Congratulations!
 
New Books:

Fiction:
Take it from Me by Jamie Beck
City of Time and Magic - #4 Found Things Series by Paula Brackston
Be Your Everything - #2 D’Angelos Series by Catherine Bybee
Quicksand - #3 Champions Series by Janet Dailey
Crossfire - #2 Extreme Measures by Lynette Eason
The Sweet Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Lindbergh Nanny by Mariah Fredericks
Sold on Love - #3 Maple Falls Romance Series by Kathleen Fuller
Finding Closure - #12 Bluebird Bay Series by Christine Gael
Christmas at the Amish Market by Shelley Shepard Gray
The Heart of Summer - #6 Finfarran Peninsula Series by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Falling for the Cowgirl - #4 Colorado Cowboys Series by Jody Hedlund
A Ghost of Caribou - #3 Alex Carter Series by Alice Henderson
Layla by Colleen Hoover
The Sentence is Death - #2 Hawthorne & Horowitz Series by Anthony Horowitz
For Batter or Worse - #13 Cupcake Bakery Series by Jennifer McKinlay
Strawberried Alive - #14 Cupcake Bakery Series by Jennifer McKinlay
The Plot and the Pendulum - #13 Library Lovers Series by Jennifer McKinlay
Falling Stars by Fern Michaels
The Library by Bella Osbourne
The Vineyard Mothers - #2 Vineyard Sisters Series by Grace Palmer
A Wish for Winter by Viola Shipman
 
Large Print:
Desert Star - #5 Ballard & Harry Bosch Series by Michael Connelly
The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy
 
Non-Fiction:
Marie Kondo’s Kurashi at Home: how to organize your space and achieve your ideal life by Marie Kondo
Simple Double-Dipped Quilts by Kim Diehl
The Light We Carry: overcoming in uncertain times by Michelle Obama
So Help Me God by Mike Pence
 
 Pun-Of-The-Week:
A copy of “A Christmas Carol” just fell on my toe.  It hurts like the Dickens.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 
 

November 28, 2022

Good Morning!

On The Calendar:
Monday Nov 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 28 at 2:00 Bingo
Monday Nov 28 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by Appointment
Tuesday Nov 29 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 30 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Nov 30 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Laurie
Wednesday Nov 30 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 30 at 2:45 Christmas Card Making Grades 4-12
Thursday Dec 1 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 2 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Dec 2 at 1:00-5:00 Holiday Happenings Open House
Friday Dec 2 at 5:30 Union Carolers in the Kupka Cultural Center
Saturday Dec 3 at 10:00 Story Time with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Monday Dec 5 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 5 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday Dec 6 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 7 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Dec 7 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 7 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 7 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Dec 7 at 2:30-4:30 Early Out Activities 4th-12th Graders
Thursday Dec 8 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 9 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
BINGO and Makerspace TODAY:
Come in today at 2:00 for a fun hour of BINGO! And if you have a crafting project you’ve been wanting to finish, you can come use any of the library supplies, like the Cricut, sewing machines, fabric, yarn, paper and other crafting supplies.  Just call the library to reserve a time between 3:30 and 6:00.

Holiday Happenings Events at the Library:

Library Open House: Stop in the library on Friday, December 2 from 1:00 - 5:00 for a cup of coffee and a cookie, and to sign up for a free book!  We will draw one lucky winner to receive a copy of "A Quilt for Christmas", a new book by Melody Carlson.

Union Carolers Performance: At 5:30 on Friday, December 2, come to the Kupka Cultural Center for a musical performance by the Union Carolers. The Union Carolers are an a capella ensemble that will provide about 20 minutes of holiday music, all while adorning traditional mid-19th century attire. For many years, the Union Carolers have been a constant in the holiday season across the Cedar Valley. A free-will donation may be made at the door.


Story Time with Santa & Mrs. Claus: On Saturday, December 3, bring your children to the library at 10:00 for Story Time with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Santa will be reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas," children will be able to get their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the library will provide cookies and juice.


 
New Memorial Books:
Iowa Agriculture: A History of Farming, Family and Food by Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, given in memory of Gary Lee Kersten by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
 
So Help Me Golf: Why We Love the Game by Rick Reilly, given in memory of Richard Johnson by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
 
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Did you hear about the explosion at the French cheese factory? All that was left was da brie.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

November 21, 2022

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday Nov 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 21 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday Nov 21 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Nov 22 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Nov 22 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 23 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Nov 23 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Nov 24- Sunday Nov 27 Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday Nov 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 28 at 2:00 Bingo
Monday Nov 28 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by Appointment
Tuesday Nov 29 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 30 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Nov 30 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 30 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 30 at 2:45 Christmas Card Making Grades 4-12
Thursday Dec 1 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 2 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Dec 2 at 1:00-5:00 Holiday Happenings Open House
Friday Dec 2 at 5:30 Union Carolers in the Kupka Cultural Center
Saturday Dec 3 at 10:00 Story Time with Santa & Mrs. Claus
 
Book Clubs TODAY:
Our Monday Book Club meets at 2:00 to discuss The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson. Come join us for the discussion, and to pick up next month’s selection Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer.
 
Our Chat & Chew Book Club meets at 5:30 this evening.  We enjoy a slice of pizza as we discuss the books we’ve read recently, the books we want to read, or the books we’ve heard everyone else talking about.  We are a very laid-back group and welcome newcomers. 
 
Outside the Lines Adult Coloring:
Do you love to color but don’t have the supplies? Come to the library for a relaxing hour of coloring on Tuesday, November 22 at 1:05. We provide markers, pens, pencils, cards and bookmarks. 
 
Holiday Happenings Events:
Library Open House: Stop in the library on Friday, December 2 from 1:00 - 5:00 for a cup of coffee and a cookie, and to sign up for a free book!  We will draw one lucky winner to receive a copy of "A Quilt for Christmas", a new book by Melody Carlson.
Union Carolers Performance: At 5:30 on Friday, December 2, come to the Kupka Cultural Center for a musical performance by the Union Carolers. The Union Carolers are an a capella ensemble that will provide about 20 minutes of holiday music, all while adorning traditional mid-19th century attire. For many years, the Union Carolers have been a constant in the holiday season across the Cedar Valley. A free-will donation may be made at the door.
Story Time with Santa & Mrs. Claus: On Saturday, December 3, bring your children to the library at 10:00 for Story Time with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Santa will be reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas," children will be able to get their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the library will provide cookies and juice.

New Books:
Fiction:
The Sandcastle Hurricane by Carolyn Brown
Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz
The Italian Ballerina by Kristy Cambron
A Colorful Scheme by Krista Davis
Thief of Fate by Jude Deveraux
Going Rogue by Janet Evanovich
The Couple at the Table by Sophie Hannah
A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson
Body of Evidence By Irene Hannon
Old Cowboys Never Die by William W. Johnstone
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
No Strangers Here by Carlene O’Connor
Triple Cross by James A. Patterson
We are the Light by Matthew Quick
 
Large Print:
No Plan B by Lee Child
The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham
The Christmas Spirit by Debbie Macomber
 
Non-Fiction:
The Myth of Normal: Trauma, illness, and healing in a toxic culture by Gabor Maté
Lifespan: Why we age and why we don’t have to by David A. Sinclair
Go-to Dinners: Make ahead, freeze ahead, prep ahead, easy assembled by Ina Garten
Killing the Legends by Bill O’Reilly
The Escape Artist: the Man who broke out of Auschwitz to warn the world by Jonathan   Freedland
 
Teen:
The Stern Chase (#9 Brotherband Chronicles) by John Flanagan
Belladonna by Adalyn Grace
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Shouldn’t IPhone chargers just be called apple juice?

Have a good week!
Judy Mitchell
​Traer Public Library

November 14, 2022

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Nov 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 14 at 2:00 Author Joseph LeValley: "Lessons Learned on My Journey to Becoming a Novelist"
Tuesday Nov 15 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 16 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Nov 16 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 16 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 16 at 2:00 Table For One with Laurie
Wednesday Nov 16 at 2:45 Christmas Card Making Grades 4-12
Thursday Nov 17 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 17 at 2:15 Yoga (last class until spring)
Friday Nov 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Nov 18 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
Monday Nov 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 21 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday Nov 21 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Nov 22 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Nov 22 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 23 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Nov 23 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Nov 24- Sunday Nov 27 Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

TODAY at 2:00 Author Joseph LeValley:
Join Joseph LeValley today at 2:00 for Lessons Learned on My Journey to Becoming a Novelist. Joe is the author of a series of award-winning mystery/thriller novels, featuring a young newspaper reporter based in Iowa. Prior to becoming an author, Joe was a reporter/photographer for Iowa newspapers, covering crime and criminal justice. He then served over 30 years as a health care executive. He also plays drums and guitar, writes songs, and was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
 
Joe will share his writing experiences, behind the scenes details about his books, what he's learned about publishing, some of the quirky things that have happened to him along the way, and how he went from journalist to executive to author. He will talk about the true crimes he covered as a newspaper reporter and how they inspired him to write mystery/thriller novels. Joe enjoys engaging in dialogue with the audience and answering their questions, and encourages attendees to lead the conversation to focus on one or more topics such as writing, publishing, criminal justice, or journalism.
 
Joe will have copies of his books available for purchase after the program. You can also check out his website at https://josephlevalley.com
 
Table for One:
Join us this Wednesday, November 16 at 2:00 for our next Table For One session. Laurie Schafer shares recipes and tips on how to make single serving dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner (even desserts!). Don’t miss this fun and informative program – she always has samples to taste!
 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood will be leading her third Watercolor Painting Class in November this Friday, November 18 at 2:00. Those that came to the first two sessions enjoyed themselves and took home some lovely paintings. Join her to learn some basic watercolor techniques, or just to practice what you already know and get new ideas.  These classes will have a Christmas/Winter theme.  All supplies are provided.
 
Book Club:
There is still time to read this month’s Book Club selection – The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson.
The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.
Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.
Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.
We still have several copies at the circulation desk. We will be meeting on Monday, November 21 at 2:00 to discuss and share our thoughts.

Holiday Happenings Events:
Library Open House: Stop in the library on Friday, December 2 from 1:00 - 5:00 for a cup of coffee and a cookie, and to sign up for a free book!  We will draw one lucky winner to receive a copy of "A Quilt for Christmas", a new book by Melody Carlson.

Union Carolers Performance: At 5:30 on Friday, December 2, come to the Kupka Cultural Center for a musical performance by the Union Carolers. The Union Carolers are an a capella ensemble that will provide about 20 minutes of holiday music, all while adorning traditional mid-19th century attire. For many years, the Union Carolers have been a constant in the holiday season across the Cedar Valley. A free-will donation may be made at the door.

Story Time with Santa & Mrs. Claus: On Saturday, December 3, bring your children to the library at 10:00 for Story Time with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Santa will be reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas", children will be able to get their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the library will provide cookies and juice.
 
 
Community Calendar:
The next Sesquicentennial Planning Meeting will be tonight at 5:30 at the Traer Museum.

Join the Traer Sesquicentennial Committee on Tuesday, November 15 from 5:30-7:30 in the Library’s Kupka Cultural Center for a Community Input Meeting and Open House about the future plans for Taylor Park. Meet folks from the ISU’s Department of Landscape Architecture and its Community Design Lab, hear about their initial inventory and analysis report, and give your own input on desired amenities, site configurations, goals, concerns, and opportunities for improving Taylor Park.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Castaway Cottage - #5 Seaside Saga Series by Joanne DeMaio
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Sundown - #3 Sky King Ranch Series by Susan may Warren
The Night Ship by Jess Kidd
A Brush with Death - #2 Nosey Parker Series by Fiona Leitch
 
 
Non-Fiction:
From Scratch: adventures in harvesting, hunting, fishing, and foraging on a fragile planet
 
DVDs:
The Munsters TV Series
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
This morning some clown opened the door for me.  I thought to myself…that’s a nice jester.
 
Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

November 7, 2022

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Nov 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 7 at 2:00 Applique
Tuesday Nov 8 NO QUILTING
Wednesday Nov 9 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Nov 9 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 9 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Nov 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 9 at 2:45 Christmas Card Making Grades 4-12
Wednesday Nov 9 at 3:00 Jenny Hulme: Story/Activity/Craft for K-5th Graders
Thursday Nov 10 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 10 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Nov 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Nov 11 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
Monday Nov 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 14 at 2:00 Iowa Author Joseph LeValley
Tuesday Nov 15 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 16 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Nov 16 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 16 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 16 at 2:00 Table For One with Laurie
Wednesday Nov 16 at 2:45 Christmas Card Making Grades 4-12
Thursday Nov 17 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 17 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Nov 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Nov 18 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
 
Applique Class TODAY:
In October, we started a new Applique Class, and anyone can still participate! Today at 2:00, join Joan Schafer as she leads us through making our November applique mini-banner.  There is no sewing involved in making these adorable banners! If you missed the October class that’s ok – you can still join us and get the materials to make the October banner.  Cost is only $10 for materials for the whole year.
 
This is the November banner:
 
Quilting Reminder:
There will be NO quilting this week, Nov 8, since it is Election Day, and Cynthia will be working at the polls all day.
 
Scones & Tomes Book Club:
Join our lively Scones and Tomes book discussion group this Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 11:30, to share the latest books you’ve been reading.  This is an informal group, and we always love having new readers join us.  Enjoy a hot beverage and a sweet treat as we share books we’ve read and add more to our Want-To-Read lists!
 
Early Out Wednesdays in November:
Every Wednesday in November at 2:45, Miss Sue will provide snacks and crafting supplies to make Christmas Cards to give to the residents at Sunrise Hill Care and Rehab Center here in Traer.  This activity is for anyone in 4th – 12th grades.
 
This Wednesday, November 9 from 3:00-4:30, anyone in grades K-5th can also join Jenny Hulme with ISU Extension and Outreach for a story and some fun projects and activities using leaves! 
 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood will be leading three Watercolor Painting Classes in November! Those that came last Friday enjoyed themselves and the paintings they took home. Join us again on Friday, November 11 and 18 at 2:00 to learn some basic watercolor techniques, or just to practice what you already know and get new ideas.  These classes will have a Christmas/Winter theme.  All supplies are provided.
 
Here are examples of what you may be painting:


Iowa Author Visit:
Mark your calendars for another Iowa Author visit! Joseph LeValley is the author of a series of award-winning mystery/thriller novels, featuring a young newspaper reporter based in Iowa. Prior to becoming an author, Joe was himself a reporter/photographer for Iowa newspapers, covering crime and criminal justice. He then served over 30 years as a health care executive. He also plays drums and guitar, writes songs, and was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
 
Join Joe on Monday, November 14 at 2:00 for “Lessons Learned on the Journey to Becoming a Novelist”. Joe will share his writing experiences, behind the scenes details about his books, and how he went from journalist to executive to author.  He is a great storyteller.
 
The Library has the first four books in his Tony Harrington series if you’d like to check one out. His most recent, “Performing Murder”, was named Best Mystery/Suspense Novel of 2021 by the Maincrest Media Awards. You can also check out his website at https://josephlevalley.com



 

Community Calendar:
Join the Traer Sesquicentennial Committee on Tuesday, November 15 from 5:30-7:30 in the Library’s Kupka Cultural Center for a Community Input Meeting and Open House about the future plans for Taylor Park. Meet folks from the ISU’s Department of Landscape Architecture and its Community Design Lab, hear about their initial inventory and analysis report, and give your own input on desired amenities, site configurations, goals, concerns, and opportunities for improving Taylor Park.
 
New Books:

Fiction:
A Running Start - #7 Cherry Blossom Point Series by Christine Gael
Christmas Surprises at the Door - #5 Door County Quilts Series by Ann Hazelwood
It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover
Home Sweet Christmas by Susan Mallery
Under the Starry Skies - #3 Love on the Santa Fe Series by Tracie Peterson
Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking - #2 Caribbean Kitchen Mystery Series by Raquel V. Reyes
Santa’s Little Yelpers - #26 Andy Carpenter Series by David Rosenfelt
Canary by Tijan
Enemies by Tijan
Hate to Love You by Tijan
The Revenge - #3 Insiders Series by Tijan
The Story of Love - #2 Amish Bookstore Series by Beth Wiseman
 
Large Print:
Long Shadows - #7 Amos Decker Series by David Baldacci
Endless Summer by Elin Hilderbrand
Righteous Prey by John Sandford
The High Notes by Danielle Steel
 
Non-Fiction:
Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know by Ben Bowlin
Madly, Deeply: the diaries of Alan Rickman by Alan Rickman
 
Teen:
The First to Die at the End - (prequel) #0 They Both Die at the End Series by Adam Silvera
 
Memorial Book:
Country Strong by Linda Lael Miller (Large Print), given in memory of Marian Argyl Nagel by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust - Traer
 
DVDs:
Top Gun: Maverick
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I can cut wood just by looking at it.  It's true! I saw it with my own eyes.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween!

On the Calendar:
Monday Oct 31 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 31 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Oct 31 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by appt
Monday Oct 31 at 4:00-7:00 Trick or Treat!
Tuesday Nov 1 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 2 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Nov 2 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 2 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Nov 2 at 2:45 Christmas Card Making Grades 4-12
Thursday Nov 3 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 3 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Nov 4 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Nov 4 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
Monday Nov 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 7 at 2:00 Applique
Tuesday Nov 8 NO QUILTING
Wednesday Nov 9 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Nov 9 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 9 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Nov 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 9 at 2:45 Christmas Card Making Grades 4-12
Wednesday Nov 9 at 3:00 Jenny Hulme: Story/Activity/Craft for K-5th Graders
Thursday Nov 10 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 10 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Nov 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Nov 11 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
 
BINGO Today!
Come to the Library today at 2:00 for a fun hour of BINGO! You can win fabulous prizes! Extra prizes if you come in your Halloween Costume!
 
Trick or Treat!
Don’t forget to bring your ghosts and goblins and superheroes and princesses and….. to the library this afternoon to Trick Or Treat from 4-7. Your librarians love to see the kids and their costumes.  We may even be dressed up ourselves! 
 
Quilting Notes:
Attention Quilters! Quilting this week will be in the Kupka Cultural Center. There will be NO quilting next week, Nov 8, since it is Election Day, and Cynthia will be working at the polls all day.
 
Coffee & Crafts:
On Wednesday, November 2 at 2:00, join Laurie to make a seasonal craft and visit. These crafts are simple, free, and we provide everything you need. Enjoy a hot beverage while you get your creative juices flowing.
 
Early Out Wednesdays in November:
Every Wednesday in November at 2:45, Miss Sue will provide snacks and crafting supplies to make Christmas Cards to give to the residents at Sunrise Hill Care and Rehab Center here in Traer.  This activity is for anyone in 4th – 12th grades.
 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood will be leading three Watercolor Painting Classes in November! Join us on Friday, November 4, 11, and 18 at 2:00 to learn some basic watercolor techniques, or just to practice what you already know and get new ideas.  These three classes will have a Christmas/Winter theme.  All supplies are provided.
 
Here are examples of what you may be painting!
 

Applique:
On Monday, November 7 at 2:00, join Joan Schafer as she leads us through making our November applique mini-banner.  There is no sewing involved in making these adorable banners! If you missed the October class that’s ok – you can still join us and get the materials to make the October banner.  Cost is only $10 for materials for the whole year.
 
Here is the November Applique banner!


Award-Winning Author Visit!
Mark your calendars for another Iowa Author visit! Joseph LeValley is the author of a series of award-winning mystery/thriller novels, featuring a young newspaper reporter based in Iowa. Prior to becoming an author, Joe was himself a reporter/photographer for Iowa newspapers, covering crime and criminal justice. He then served over 30 years as a health care executive. He also plays drums and guitar, writes songs, and was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
 
Join Joe on Monday, November 14 at 2:00 for “Lessons Learned on the Journey to Becoming a Novelist”. Joe will share his writing experiences, behind the scenes details about his books, and how he went from journalist to executive to author.  He is a great storyteller.
 
The Library has the first four books in his Tony Harrington series if you’d like to check one out. His most recent, “Performing Murder”, was named Best Mystery/Suspense Novel of 2021 by the Maincrest Media Awards. You can also check out his website at https://josephlevalley.com


 

New Books:
Fiction:
Beach Bliss - #4 Seaside Saga Series by Joanne DeMaio
November 9 by Colleen Hoover
I will Find You - #2 Epic Story of RJ and York Series by Susan May Warren
Triple Jeopardy - #2 Daniel Pitt Series by Anne Perry
 
Non-Fiction:
All-Time Favorites:14 quilts from blocks we love by Lissa Alexander
 
DVDs:
Minions: The Rise of Gru
League of Super-Pets: DC league of Super-Pets
Lightyear
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
The US and the Holocaust
Paws of Fury – The Legend of Hank
Thor – Love and Thunder
Trick or Treat Scooby Doo
 
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I tripped over a pumpkin today.  It really caught me off gourd.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 
 

October 24, 2022

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Oct 24 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday, Oct 25 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Oct 25 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 26 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 26 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 26 at 12:00 Ghoulish Goulash
Wednesday Oct 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 26 at 2:45 Recycling Projects Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 27 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 27 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Oct 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 31 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 31 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Oct 31 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by appt
Monday Oct 31 at 4:00-7:00 Trick or Treat
Tuesday Nov 1 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 2 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Nov 2 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 2 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Nov 2 at 2:45 Christmas Card Making Grades 4-12
Thursday Nov 3 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 3 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Nov 4 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Friday Nov 4 at 2:00 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
 
Outside the Lines:
Come to the library on Tuesday, October 25 at 1:05 for a relaxing hour of coloring and visiting. We have a wide variety of pens, markers, and pencils to try, and lots of cards and bookmarks to color. Or feel free to bring your own supplies.
 
Spooky Season Lunch!
Who’s up for a fun “Halloween” lunch?  Join us for lunch on Wednesday, October 26 at 12:00 for some Ghoulish Goulash! Make your favorite goulash to share and bring the recipe.  It will be fun to see how people’s goulash recipes differ!
 
Watercolors with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood will be back to lead three Watercolor Painting Classes in November! Join us on November 4, 11, and 18 at 2:00 to learn some basic watercolor techniques, or just to practice what you already know and get new ideas.  These three classes will have a Christmas/Winter theme.  All supplies are provided.

Community Calendar:
Halloween is quickly approaching! The Traer Chamber of Commerce Halloween Costume Contest is after school on October 31 at the Traer Memorial Building. Costume judging will be at 4:00, with Trick or Treating at downtown businesses following.  Traer Trick or Treating is from 5pm – 7pm.  The library is open until 7pm on Mondays, so be sure to stop in with your children – we love seeing all of the costumes!
 
New Books:

Fiction:
Murder on the Poet’s Walk - #8 Retreat Series by Ellery Adams
Next in Line - #5 William Warwick Series by Jeffrey Archer
The Winners - #3 Beartown Series by Fredrik Backman
Treasure State – #6 Cody Holt/Cassie Dewell Series by CJ Box
Sweetwater and the Witch by Jayne Castle
The Fall Girl by Marcia Clark
Christmas at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan
Because I could not Stop for Death by Amanda Flower
Troubled Blood - #5 Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith
The Ink Black Heart - #6 Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Mother Daughter Traitor Spy by Susan Ella Macneal
Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
The Manhattan Girls by Gill Paul
Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult
We Spread by Iain Reid
The Girl form Guernica by Karen Robards
Still My Forever by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks
All is Bright by RaeAnne Thayne
Suspect by Scott Turow
The Viper - #3 Black Brotherhood Prison Camp Series by JR Ward
We begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
The Orphans of Mersea House by Marty Wingate
 
Large Print:
The Bullet the Missed - #3 Thursday Murder Club Series by Richard Osman
Blowback by James A. Patterson
Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks
 
Non-Fiction:
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Future: what yesterday’s science and science fiction tell us about the world of tomorrow by Steven Novella
The Urban Prepper’s Guide: how to become self-sufficient and prepared for the next crisis by Jim Cobb
Hungry Girl Simply Comfort: feel-good favorites for your slow cooker and air fryer by Lisa Lillien
The Art of Knitting Hats: 30 easy to follow patterns to create our own colorwork masterpieces by Courtney Flynn
Charming Colorwork socks: 25 delightful knitting patterns for colorful, comfy footwear by Charlotte Stone
The Mosquito Bowl: a game of life and death in World War II by Buzz Bissinger
Starry Messenger: cosmic perspectives on civilization by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Operation Pineapple Express: the incredible story of a group of Americans who undertook one last mission and honored a promise in Afghanistan by Scott Mann
 
Children’s Books Given in Honor of Addison Jo Kvidera, by Joe & McKenna Kvidera:
Eyes Different Than Mine by Erin Johnson
47 Strings: Tessa’s Special Code by Becky Carey
We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Jane Kates
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
The skeleton was afraid to go to prom because he had no body to go with.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

October 17, 2022

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Oct 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 17 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Oct 17 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Oct 18 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 19 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 19 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 19 at 2:00 Table for One
Wednesday Oct 19 at 2:45 Recycling Projects Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 20 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 20 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Oct 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 24 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Tuesday, Oct 25 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Oct 25 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 26 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 26 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 26 at 12:00 Ghoulish Goulash
Wednesday Oct 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 26 at 2:45 Recycling Projects Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 27 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 27 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Oct 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Book Clubs TODAY!
Our Monday Book Club meets today at 2:00 to discuss The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.  We will also be handing out next month’s selection The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson.
 
The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.

Come join us for the discussion, or to pick up next month’s selection.
 
Our Chat & Chew Book Club also meets today, at 5:30.  We enjoy a slice of pizza as we discuss the books we’ve read recently, or the books we want to read but can’t find the time, or the books we’ve heard everyone else talking about.  We are a very laid-back group and welcome newcomers.  We always leave with more books added to our reading lists!
 
Table for One:
Join us this Wednesday, October 19 at 2:00 for our next Table For One session. Laurie Schafer will share recipes and tips and show us how to make single serving dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner (even desserts!). Don’t miss this fun and informative program – she always has samples to taste!
 
Spooky Season Lunch!
Who’s up for a fun “Halloween” lunch?  Join us for lunch on Wednesday, October 26 at 12:00 for some Ghoulish Goulash! Make your favorite goulash to share and bring the recipe.  It will be fun to see how people’s goulash recipes differ!
 
Cribbage & Rummikub:
Do you like to play games? Join us on Thursdays at 10:30 to play Cribbage or Rummikub while visiting and enjoying a cup of coffee.  Don’t know how to play? We will teach you! Newcomers are always welcome!

FREE e-books, magazines and audiobooks on your tablet, phone or computer!
Are you a resident of Traer, Clutier, or Rural Tama County with a Traer Public Library card? If so, you have thousands of books, magazines, and audiobooks at your fingertips through your phone, tablet or computer using BRIDGES! If you don’t have a library card stop in and we will sign you up! It only takes a few minutes – you just need an ID and proof of current address.
 
On your computer, go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, scroll down and click on the blue box (bridges, ebooks & audios & mags).  If you are using a tablet or phone, download the ‘Libby, by OverDrive’ app. If you need help signing in to either, stop in or give us a call and we will help you. Once signed in you can borrow up to 5 books/audios at a time, and unlimited magazines.  If a book is not immediately available you can place a hold, and you will be notified when it’s your turn to borrow it.
 
If you can’t find a book or audio you want, you can recommend it be purchased.  The State Library does not guarantee the request will be honored, but all recommendations are strongly considered.  To make a request, sign in to your account, and search for your item by author or title.  If it isn’t currently in BRIDGES, the item will come up saying it is ‘Not Owned’, then click on ‘Recommend’.  If the item is added to the collection you will be notified.  You are allowed to make 3 recommendations every 14 days.

FREE access to the People’s Law Library;
The State Library has partnered with the University of Iowa Law Library to develop the People’s Law Library. This new online resource, with its stand-alone website, is designed to help Iowans easily find and navigate topics related to Iowa law. The website includes information on legal topics such as consumer law, family law, and landlord/tenant law, along with guidance on researching legal issues, a glossary of more than 100 legal terms, and more. Go directly to their website at https://www.peopleslawiowa.org or access it from the Traer Library website https://www.traer.lib.ia.us , click on Online Resources, and click on the Legal Resource Website link.

Community Calendar:
Halloween is quickly approaching! The Traer Chamber of Commerce Halloween Costume Contest is after school on October 31 at the Traer Memorial Building. Costume judging will be at 4:00, with Trick or Treating at downtown businesses following.  Traer Trick or Treating is from 5pm – 7pm.  The library is open until 7pm on Mondays, so be sure to stop in with your children – we love seeing all of the costumes!
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I’ve just been diagnosed as being color blind.  I know – it really came out of the purple.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

October 10, 2022

Good Afternoon!

On the Calendar:
Monday Oct 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 10 at 2:00 Rex & Phyllis McKee’s Moose Hunt Experience
Tuesday Oct 11 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 12 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct12 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 12 at 2:45 Recycling Projects Grades 4-12
Wednesday Oct 12 at 3:00 K-5th Grade Story, Activity & Craft w/Jenny Hulme
Thursday Oct 13 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 13 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Oct 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 17 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Oct 17 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Oct 18 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 19 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 19 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 19 at 2:00 Table for One
Wednesday Oct 19 at 2:45 Recycling Projects Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 20 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 20 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Oct 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Moose Hunt Experience TODAY!
Join us today at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room as Rex and Phyllis McKee share stories and photos from their experiences hunting moose in Newfoundland, Canada. This is sure to be an interesting program!
 
Recycling Projects- October’s Early-Out Wednesday Program:
If you are in grades 4-12, come to the library between 2:45 and 4:45 on Early-Out Wednesdays for some fun with Miss Sue! October's theme is Recycling Projects.  We will be making fun crafts from recycled objects, like egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, etc. We provide all the materials, and also provide snacks!
 
Help make a Scarecrow for the Library THIS WEDNESDAY!:
Jenny Hulme with the ISU Extension Office will have her next session Early-Out Kids Program for grades K-5th on Wed. Oct 12 from 3:00-4:30. The kids will help create a scarecrow for the Library!  There will also be a story, and another craft for them to make and take home. No sign up is necessary.
 
Chair Yoga Classes – Thursdays at 2:15
Cat! Cow! Warrior! Incredible Hulk! What do these things have in common? Yoga Poses!! Come to our Chair Yoga Class and learn some relaxation techniques, and some gentle ways to improve your flexibility, strength and balance. Do Not Be Afraid! Ellen Stoakes leads us in this gentle, beginner class, and you DO NOT have to get down on (or up from) the floor! All exercises are from a seated or standing position, using the chair for balance. Give it a try!
 
Brainfuse: FREE online resources:
The Traer Library offers free online help for students (including adult learners), as well as job seekers, veterans, and their families.  To access these resources, go to our website  https://www.traer.lib.ia.us and click on the red Online Resources box. Then choose one of these options:
 
HelpNow: FREE online Homework and Adult Learner Help! All you need is your library card. You can get help in math, reading, writing, science, social studies, and more! You can also build your skills by connecting with a live tutor, viewing videos, completing practice tests, and even playing study games with Flashbulb. Practice tests include the ACT, SAT, GED, and many more.

In the Adult Learning Center, you have access to GED prep, US Citizenship test prep, Microsoft Office Help, Career Resources, and Resume Writing Help.

JobNow/VetNow: Sometimes it is hard to ask for help. We offer access to FREE online help with personalized job coaching, online skills tutoring and lessons, veteran benefit resources, and live help for VA benefits eligibility. Brainfuse VetNow allows you to connect anonymously with a veteran to get help figuring out VA benefits.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Poison Rose Murder by Camilla Chafer
The Beach Inn - #3 Seaside Saga Series by Joanne DeMaio
Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover
Out of the Night - #1 Epic Story of RJ and York Series by Susan May Warren
Making Waves - #3 Lobster Bay Series by Meredith Summers
 
Non-Fiction:
The Cedar Valley Road by Linda Betsinger McCann
Handmade Hugs by Tiffany Brown
57 Buttermilk Acres: mixing vintage and new for a cozy, inviting home by Stacy West
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Long fairy tales have a tendency to dragon.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

October 3, 2022

Good Morning!

On The Calendar:
Monday Oct 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 3 at 2:00 Applique
Tuesday Oct 4 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 5 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 5 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 5 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Oct 5 at 2:45 Recycling Projects Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 6 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 6 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Oct 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 10 at 2:00 Rex & Phyllis McKee’s Moose Hunt Experience
Tuesday Oct 11 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 12 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct12 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 12 at 2:45 Recycling Projects Grades 4-12
Wednesday Oct 12 at 3:00 K-5th Grade Story, Activity & Craft w/Jenny Hulme
Thursday Oct 13 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 13 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Oct 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty


Monthly Applique Class TODAY:
Beginning Monday, October 3 our applique class will be starting a new project. Joan Schafer will teach you how to applique using simple techniques. There will be 12 classes, meeting on the first Monday of the month at 2:00, and you will be making a different applique mini-banner with a seasonal theme each month. You may participate in as many classes as you'd like. Class size is limited, but there are still spots available. There is a $10.00 fee for the entire year of classes to cover materials. There will be simple sewing involved.
This is what we will be making today:
 
 
Recycling Projects- October’s Early-Out Wednesday Program:
If you are in grades 4-12, come to the library between 2:45 and 4:45 on Early-Out Wednesdays for some fun with Miss Sue! October's theme is Recycling Projects.  We will be making fun crafts from recycled objects, like egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, etc. We provide all the materials, and also provide snacks!
 
Rex & Phyllis McKee’s Moose Hunt Experience:
Join us on Monday, October 10 at 2:00 as Rex and Phyllis McKee share photos and stories of their experiences hunting Moose in Newfoundland, Canada.
 
K-5th Grade Story, Activity & Craft with Jenny Hulme
Jenny Hulme with the ISU Extension Office will be offering programs for K-5th graders on the second Wednesday of the month. She will provide a program that includes a story, activity/science experiment, and a craft to go home with you!
 
Our next session is Oct. 12 from 3:00-4:30. The kids will help create a scarecrow for the Library!  There will also be another craft for them to make and take home. No sign up is necessary.
 
Tumblebooks:
Now that your kids are back into the school routine, remind them about using Tumblebooks, an online collection of e-books for grades PreK-6th. They are a great resource for tech-savvy kids, and teaches them the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. There are over 1,100 animated talking picture books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and also videos, games and puzzles!
 
And - it is all FREE for our library patrons. There are no check-out times or wait lists: the books are always available! To access, go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the homepage, and put in your library card number.  Or, you can download the Tumblebooks app to your phone or tablet.  Just follow the prompts, then enter Traer Public Library and your library card number.  Your children can then have access to books to read along wherever there is internet access!

Community News:
Traer's Fall Clean-Up will be this weekend, on Friday Oct. 7 from 10AM -2PM, and Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8AM – 1PM. The drop-off location is at the recycling site, behind the library. For more information, visit www.traer.com
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Bound by Murder - #3 Antique Bookshop Series by Laura Gail Black
A Beacon of Light - #2 Long Road Home Series by Linda Byler
A Good Dog’s Guide to Murder - #8 Paws & Claws Series by Krista Davis
The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards
The Cuckoo’s Calling - #1 Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith
The Silkworm - #2 Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith
Lethal White - #4 Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith
Harvest Moon - #3 Riverbend Series by Denise Hunter
Hell and Back - #18 Longmire Series by Craig Johnson
Fairy Tale by Stephen King
Fire Storm - #2 Garrett Kohl Series by Taylor Moore
Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
Desperation in Death - #55 In Death Series by J.D. Robb
 
Large Print:
Hellburner by Mike Maden
 
Non-Fiction:
American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper by Daniel Stashower
An Immense World: how animal senses reveal the hidden realms around us by Ed Yong
Everything You Need to Know about Crochet
 
Memorial Book:
Horses: Portraits & Stories by Shelley S. Paulson, given in memory of Mildred Dengler by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust-Traer
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
People who take care of chickens are literally chicken tenders.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

Septmeber 26, 2022

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Sept 26 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 26 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Sept 26 3:30 – 6:00 Makerspace Crafting by appt
Monday Sept 26 at 5:00 Pinterest Night
Tuesday Sept 27 at 1:05 Adult Coloring
Tuesday Sept 27 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 28 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 28 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 28 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 28 at 2:00 Iowa Author Linda McCann: Memories of the CCC in Iowa
Wednesday Sept 28 at 2:45 Gaming Unplugged
Thursday Sept 29 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 29 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Sept 30 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 3 at 2:00 Applique
Tuesday Oct 4 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 5 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Oct 5 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 5 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Oct 5 at 2:45 Recycling Projects Grades 4-12
Thursday Oct 6 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Oct 6 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Oct 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty

BINGO Today!
Stop in for a fun hour of BINGO at 2:00 today! We always have a good time as Laurie calls the numbers, and you can go home with a fabulous prize!
 
Pinterest Night Tonight!
There are still a couple of spots open for Pinterest Night tonight from 5:00-7:00 in the Talen Community Room. You will be decorating a fall wreath hand crafted from old barn wood. Cost for supplies is $10. There are supplies for 10 wreaths, so call or stop in the library to sign up!


 
Outside the Lines Coloring:
Do you like to color, but don’t have nice supplies? We do! Join us for a relaxing hour of coloring on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 1:05.  We offer cards, bookmarks, pencils, and markers, or feel free to bring your own!
 
Iowa Author/Historian Linda McCann Program: CCC in Iowa:
Join us for what is sure to be a very interesting program on Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00. Iowa Author Linda McCann will share information and stories of 15 men who worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Iowa. As she states in the dedication of one of her books, “They entered as boys and left as men. The Corps changed them, and they changed our state.”
 
Linda has published 2 books about the CCC in Iowa: “Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa” was published in 2016, and “Civilian Conservation Corps in Southeast Iowa” was published in 2018. Copies of these and her other books will be available for purchase after the program.
 












Monthly Applique Class:

Beginning Monday, October 3 we will be starting a new applique class. Joan Schafer will teach you how to applique using simple techniques. There will be 12 classes, meeting on the first Monday of the month at 2:00, and you will be making a different applique mini-banner with a seasonal theme each month. You may participate in as many classes as you'd like. Class size is limited and there is a $10.00 fee for the entire year of classes to cover materials. There will be simple sewing involved.

This is what we will be making on October 3rd:

 
Interlibrary Loan:
Did you know that if our library does not have a book you would like to read, we are able to request the book from another library in Iowa?  Please give us the title and the author of the book you want and we will see if it is available.  Once it arrives, we text or email you to let you know it is here.  There is no charge for this service. Please call, email or stop in to make your request.
 
Used Book Sale:
Come check out our Used Book Sale room in the lower level of the library!  We have lots of weeded and donated books, magazines, DVDs, Audiobooks, puzzles and cake pans. Take what you’d like – for just a free will donation to the Friends of the Library!
 
Community News:
Traer’s City Wide Garage Sales are this weekend, Sept 30 and Oct 1.
 
Traer Fall Clean-Up will be the following weekend, on Friday Oct. 7 from 10AM -2PM, and Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8AM – 1PM. The drop-off location is at the recycling site, behind the library. For more information, visit www.traer.com
 
New Books:
Fiction:
The Daring Girls of Guernsey by Gayle Callen
Back in Black by Lori Foster
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
The Seamstress of New Orleans by Diane C. McPhail
Promises by Belva Plain
Flowers on Main by Sherryl Woods
Changing Tides - #2 Lobster Bay Series by Meredith Summers
 
Large Print:
The Existential Worries of Mags Monroe - #1Mags Monroe Series by Jean Grainger
Growing Wild in the Shade - #2 Mags Monroe Series by Jean Grainger
Captive by Iris Johansen
Rise & Shine Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick
 
Non-Fiction:
Dinner in One: exceptional and easy one pan meals by Melissa Clark
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I named my horse Mayo.  And sometimes Mayo neighs.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

September 19 Newsletter

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Sept 19 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 19 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Sept 19 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Sept 20 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 21 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 21 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 21 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 21 at 2:00 Table For One with Laurie
Wednesday Sept 21 at 2:45 Gaming Unplugged
Thursday Sept 22 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 22 at 2:15 Yoga
Thursday Sept 22 at 5:30 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
Friday Sept 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 26 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 26 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Sept 26 3:30 – 6:00 Makerspace Crafting by appt
Monday Sept 26 at 5:00 Pinterest Night
Tuesday Sept 27 at 1:05 Adult Coloring
Tuesday Sept 27 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 28 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 28 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 28 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 28 at 2:00 Linda McCann: Memories of the CCC in Iowa
Wednesday Sept 28 at 2:45 Gaming Unplugged
Thursday Sept 29 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 29 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Sept 30 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Book Clubs Today:
Our Monday Book Club will meet this afternoon at 2:00.  We will be discussing The Gown, by Jennifer Robson. Next month’s selection is The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. Set in Depression-era America, it is a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond. Stop by the circulation desk for a copy. Please join us even if you have never attended a book club before. Newcomers are always welcome, and we enjoy discussing a variety of books.
 
At 5:30 our Chat & Chew Book club will meet to discuss the books we’ve been reading lately, while enjoying a slice of pizza. Join us even if you haven’t joined us before or read anything lately – we always have discussions about favorite authors or books, and always go home with more books added to our To-Be-Read lists!
 
Tuesday Quilters:
Do you love to quilt? Would you like to learn more? Are you stuck and need help from fellow quilters? Or do you just need space to spread out? Join our Tuesday Quilters Group! This is a lively, talented group that gets together every Tuesday at 1:30 to quilt and share ideas and tips. The group is led by Cynthia Drajna of Iowa Star Quilts, and they always have a fun afternoon of quilting, visiting, and sharing their progress!
 
Table for One this Wednesday:
Join us for this new monthly series on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room. Our first session will be this week, September 21. Laurie Schafer will share recipes and tips and show us how to make single food servings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (even desserts!) Each session will include samples to taste!
 
Watercolor Painting with Stephenie:
Stephenie Bellwood is back with her evening Watercolor painting class. Join us this Thursday, September 22 at 5:30 in the Talen Community Room. You will learn basic watercolor techniques, and no prior experience is necessary. Past participants have created some beautiful paintings. This month you will be painting images of feathers!

Pinterest Night!
Laurie returns with another fun Pinterest Night on Monday September 26 from 5:00-7:00. You will be crafting a square fall wreath. (check out our website and Facebook for a picture later today).There are supplies for 10 wreaths, so call or stop in the library to sign up! Cost for supplies is $10.
 
Iowa Author Linda McCann Program: CCC in Iowa:
Join us for what is sure to be a very interesting program on Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00. Iowa Author Linda McCann will share information and stories of 15 men who worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Iowa. As she states in the dedication of one of her books, “They entered as boys and left as men. The Corps changed them, and they changed our state.”
 
Linda has published 2 books about the CCC in Iowa: “Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa” was published in 2016, and “Civilian Conservation Corps in Southeast Iowa” was published in 2018. Copies of these and her other books will be available for purchase after the program.

New Books:

Fiction:
Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen
The Restarting Point by Marci Bolden
Soul Taken - #13 Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
Rules at the School by the Sea - #2 School by the Sea Series by Jenny Colgan
The Secrets of Ashmore Castle by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Fox Creek - #19 Cork O’Connor Series by William Kent Krueger
Die Around Sundown by Mark Pryor
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Lost Girls of Willowbrook by Ellen Marie Wiseman
 
Large Print:
Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini
The Best is Yet to Come by Debbie Macomber
The Challenge by Danielle Steel
 
Non-Fiction:
Calming Your Child: de-escalating tantrums, anxiety, aggression, and other challenging behaviors by Sue Bagshaw
Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris
 
Memorial Books:
Good Housekeeping’s The Best-Ever Cookie Book: 175 tested-‘til-perfect recipes for crispy, chewy & ooey-gooey treats, given in memory of Lois Earley by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
Home Ec For Everyone: practical life skills in 118 projects by Sharon and David Bowers, given in memory of Lois Earley by Diane Panfil and family
 
DVDs:
Elvis
Where the Crawdads Sing
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
What generation does Forrest Gump belong to? Gen A.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

September 12 Newsletter

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday Sept 12 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 12 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday Sept 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 14 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 14 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 14 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Sept 14 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 14 at 2:00 Donna Kersten: Lakota Sioux Heirlooms and Artifacts Program
Wednesday Sept 14 at 2:45 Gaming Unplugged
Wednesday Sept 14 at 3:00 Early-Out Program with Jenny Hulme for Grades K-5
Thursday Sept 15 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 15 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Sept 16 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 19 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 19 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Sept 19 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Sept 20 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 21 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 21 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 21 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 21 at 2:00 Table For One with Laurie
Wednesday Sept 21 at 2:45 Gaming Unplugged
Thursday Sept 22 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 22 at 2:15 Yoga
Thursday Sept 22 at 5:30 Watercolor Painting with Stephenie
Friday Sept 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Applique Class Today:
Our Applique group meets today at 2:00.  This will be the last class in our “Monthly Applique Wall Hanging” series.  In October, we will start a new project.  Joan Schafer leads this beginners class, and you will learn simple applique sewing techniques. Anyone is welcome to join.  Stop in the library to see what we will be making next.
 
Scones & Tomes:
Our Scones and Tomes Book club will meet on Wednesday, September 14 at 11:30.  This is an informal book club – we discuss the books we have been reading lately while enjoying a hot beverage and a sweet treat. Newcomers are always welcome! We always add more books to our own “To Be Read” lists!
 
Lakota Sioux Heirlooms and Artifacts Program with Donna Kersten:
Join us on Wednesday, September 14 at 2:00 to hear Donna Kersten speak on her trip to Timberlake, South Dakota. She traveled there recently to return family heirlooms and artifacts belonging to the people of the Lakota Sioux. She will share her experiences, talk about her family heirlooms, and have photos to share.
 
Early-Out programming this week:
Do your school-aged children need something to do on Early-Out Wednesdays? Every Wednesday from 2:45 to 4:45, we are offering an activity for children in 4th-12th grades.  September's theme is Gaming Unplugged. We will have board and card games available, or feel free to bring your favorite game to share! Snacks will be provided.
 
Jenny Hulme with the Tama County 4-H and the ISU Extension Office will also be offering a program this Wednesday, Sept 14  for K-5th graders. Her program includes a story, activity/science experiment, and a craft to go home with you! There is no fee or registration for these programs. Just come to the library from 3:00-4:30 for some fun!
 
Monday Book Club:
Our Monday Book Club will meet next Monday, September 19 at 2:00.  This month’s selection is The Gown, by Jennifer Robson. This is quite a timely selection, as it is a novel of the Royal Wedding, the wedding gown worn by Queen Elizabeth, and the two embroiderers chosen to create the intricate stitching that will adorn her gown.  We still have a few copies available at the circulation desk if you’d like to read it and join our discussion.
 
Table for One:
Join us for this new monthly series on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room. Our first session will be next week, September 21. Laurie Schafer will share recipes and tips and show us how to make single food servings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (even desserts!) Each session will include samples to taste!
 
New Books:

Fiction:
Swamp Spirits - #23 Miss Fortune Series by Jana DeLeon
The Lost City - #2 Two Faces of the Jaguar by George Dismukes
Forged in Steele - #3 Steele Guardians Series by Susan Sleeman
Map Skills Murder - #7 Merry Wrath Series by Leslie Langtry
Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter
The Chocolatier by Jan Moran
 
Non-Fiction:
Big Thrift Energy: the art and thrill of finding vintage treasures, plus tips for making old feel new by Virginia Chamlee
With Love: Poems Vol. 8 by Traer Resident Roger Corbin
 
DVD:
Bluey – Seasons 1 & 2
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Somebody started throwing random Stephen King books at everyone.  I wondered why…..then It hit me.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

September 5, 2022 Newsletter

Good Morning! I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!

On the Calendar:
Monday Sept 5 Closed for Labor Day Holiday Weekend
Tuesday Sept 6 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 7 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 7 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 7 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 7 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee and Crafts
Wednesday Sept 7 at 2:45 Gaming Unplugged
Thursday Sept 8 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 8 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Sept 9 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 12 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 12 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday Sept 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 14 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 14 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 14 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Sept 14 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 14 at 2:00 Donna Kersten: Lakota Sioux Heirlooms and Artifacts Program
Wednesday Sept 14 at 2:45 Gaming Unplugged
Wednesday Sept 14 at 3:00 Early-Out Program with Jenny Hulme for Grades K-5
Thursday Sept 15 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 15 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Sept 16 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Coffee & Crafts:
Join Laurie on Wednesday, September 7 at 2:00 in the Carnegie Café to make a fun seasonal craft and enjoy a hot beverage. This month we will be making a curled paper apple!  See an example at the circulation desk, or on our new digital sign out front!
 
Lakota Sioux Heirlooms and Artifacts Program with Donna Kersten:
Join us on Wednesday, September 14 at 2:00 to hear Donna Kersten speak on her trip to Timberlake South Dakota. She went there recently to return family heirlooms and artifacts belonging to the people of the Lakota Sioux. She will have photos to share.
 
Gaming Unplugged :
Do your school-aged children need something to do on Early-Out Wednesdays? Beginning September 7, every Wednesday from 2:45 to 4:45, we are offering an activity for children in 4th-12th grades.  Our Children's Librarian Miss Sue will have a different theme each month! September's theme is Gaming Unplugged. We will have board and card games available, or feel free to bring your favorite game to share! Snacks will be provided.
 
Early-Out Day programming for K-5th Graders:
Jenny Hulme with the Tama County 4-H and the ISU Extension Office will be offering programs this fall for K-5th graders on the second Wednesday of the month. She will provide a program that includes a story, activity/science experiment, and a craft to go home with you! There is no fee or registration for these programs. Just come to the library from 3:00-4:30 on the following Early-Out Wednesdays for some fun!
Sept. 14, 2022
Oct. 12, 2022
Nov. 9, 2022
 
Summer Reading Challenge Prize winners!
If your child or grandchild turned in some reading badges for completing BINGOs over the summer, they may have won a prize! Stop in the library or give us a call to find out!
 
Community News:
The next Traer Community Blood drive will be on Thursday, September 8, from 12:30 – 5:30pm in the Memorial Building (414 2nd Street). For an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.com and enter Sponsor Code:  Traer
 
New Books:

Fiction:
Overkill by Sandra Brown
Red on the River by Christine Feehan
All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
I Remember You by Brian Freeman
Building a Future - #2 Amish Legacy Series by Amy Clipston
Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner
The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell
The Lost Kings by Tyrell Johnson
The Blame Game by Sandie Jones
How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie
Down Range by Taylor Moore
Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
 
Non-Fiction:
Life on the Mississippi: an epic American adventure by Rinker Buck
Diana, William, and Harry by James A. Patterson
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
What did Spartacus say when the lion ate his wife? Nothing. He was gladiator.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

August 29 Newsletter

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Aug 29 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 29 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Aug 29 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace by Appt
Tuesday Aug 30 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 31 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Aug 31 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 31 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday Sept 1 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 1 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Sept 2 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday Sept 3 Closed for Labor Day Holiday Weekend
Monday Sept 5 Closed for Labor Day Holiday Weekend
Tuesday Sept 6 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 7 at 10:00 PenPals!
Wednesday Sept 7 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 7 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 7 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee and Crafts
Wednesday Sept 7 at 2:45 Gaming Unplugged
Thursday Sept 8 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 8 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Sept 9 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
BINGO and Makerspace Today!
Come in today at 2:00 for a fun hour of BINGO! And if you have a crafting project you’ve been wanting to finish, you can come use any of the library supplies, like the Cricut, sewing machines, fabric, yarn, paper and other crafting supplies.  Just call the library to reserve a time between 3:30 and 6:00.
 
PenPals! New day and time:

PenPals! is our creative writing group and now meets every Wednesday at 10:00 AM.  If you are interested in writing a book, your obituary, your memories, or any other type of writing, you are invited to join the group. We discuss, critique and encourage each other in our writing endeavors. Newcomers are welcome at any time.

 
Cribbage and Rummikub meets at 10:30:
Our Cribbage and Rummikub players will return to their normal meeting time starting this week.  If you like to play either of these games, or would like to learn, join us on Thursdays at 10:30 for a cup of coffee and some friendly competition!
 
Summer Reading Challenge Prize winners!
If your child or grandchild turned in some reading badges for completing BINGOs over the summer, they may have won a prize! Stop in the library or give us a call to find out!
 
Children’s Programming:
Story Time with Miss Sue will resume on September 7! We meet every Wednesday at 10:15 for stories, songs, crafts, and play! All young children and their caregivers are invited to come – we love making new friends! Just a reminder – we do not meet if there is no school or a two-hour delay at North Tama.

Do your school-aged children need something to do on Early-Out Wednesdays? Beginning September 7, every Wednesday from 2:45 to 4:45, we are offering an activity for children in 4th-12th grades.  Our Children's Librarian Miss Sue will have a different theme each month! September's theme will be Gaming Unplugged. We will have board and card games available, or feel free to bring your favorite game to share! Snacks will be provided.

Also, Tama County 4-H and the ISU Extension Office will be offering programs this fall for K-5th graders on the second Wednesday of the month. They will provide a program that includes a story, activity/science experiment, and a craft to go home with you! There is no fee or registration for these programs. Just come to the library from 3:00-4:30 on the following Early-Out Wednesdays for some fun!
Sept. 14, 2022
Oct. 12, 2022
Nov. 9, 2022
 
Community News:
The next Traer Community Blood drive will be on Thursday, September 8, from 12:30 – 5:30pm in the Memorial Building (414 2nd Street). For an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.com and enter Sponsor Code:  Traer
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
Cottage on Gooseberry Bay: Halloween Moon by Kathi Daley
Two Faces of the Jaguar by George Dismukes
Saving Sandcastles by Meredith Summers
 
Non-Fiction:
How to Eat More Plants: transform your health with 30 plant-based foods per week (and why it is easier than you think) by Megan Rossi
Simple Whatnots III: a third serving of satisfyingly Scrappy Quilts by Kim Diehl
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
To the person who stole my glasses – I will find you.  I have contacts.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

August 22 Newsletter

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Aug 22 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 22 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Aug 23 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Aug 23 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 24 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 24 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday Aug 25 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 25 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Aug 26 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 29 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 29 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Aug 29 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace by Appt
Tuesday Aug 30 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 31 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 31 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday Sept 1 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 1 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Sept 2 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Outside the Lines:
Join us for a relaxing hour of coloring and visiting on Tuesday, August 23 at 1:05. We provide the cards, bookmarks, pencils and markers, you provide the creativity.
 
September Book Club:
The September selection for the Monday Book Club is The Gown, by Jennifer Robson. We have lots of copies at the circulation desk – several in large print. Stop by to pick up a copy. We will meet to discuss the book on September 19. New members are always welcome!

About the book:
London, 1947
Though the war ended two years ago, England’s recovery has been difficult. But the nation’s spirits are lifted when Princess Elizabeth’s engagement is announced. For Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, the upcoming wedding is more than a celebration. The talented embroiderers have been chosen to create the intricate stitching that will adorn the bride’s gown. It’s an extraordinary opportunity for a working-class English girl and a French émigrée who survived the Nazis.

Toronto, 2016
Intrigued by the exquisite set of embroidered flowers she inherited from her late grandmother, Heather Mackenzie discovers they match Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown. She also finds an old photo of Nan with Miriam Dassin, a celebrated artist. How did her beloved Nan come to possess these treasures and what was her connection to Miriam Dassin? Yearning to know more about her grandmother’s past, Heather travels to London for a journey that will unlock the secrets of Nan’s life and, perhaps, lead her to her own destiny.

Children’s Programs for Early-Out Wednesdays:
Do your children need something to do on Early-Out Wednesdays? We have programs for all ages! 

Beginning September 7, every Wednesday from 2:45 to 4:45, we are offering an activity for children in 4th-12th grades.  Our Children's Librarian Miss Sue will have a different theme each month! September's theme will be Gaming Unplugged. We will have board and card games available, or feel free to bring your favorite game to share! Snacks will be provided.

Also, Tama County 4-H and the ISU Extension Office will be offering programs this fall for K-5th graders on the second Wednesday of the month. They will provide a program that includes a story, activity/science experiment, and a craft to go home with you! There is no fee or registration for these programs. Just come to the library from 3:00-4:30 on the following Early-Out Wednesdays for some fun!
   Sept. 14, 2022
   Oct. 12, 2022
   Nov. 9, 2022

New Books:
 
Fiction:
A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen
Smile Beach Murder by Alicia Bessette
Where the Sky Begins by Rhys Bowen
Bookish People by Susan Coll
Reckoning by Catherine Coulter
Upgrade by Blake Crouch
Point Last Seen by Christina Dodd
The Apple Creek Announcement - #3 Creektown Discoveries by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Banished by Linda Byler
A Ladies Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin
Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra
Properties of Thirst by Marianne Wiggins
 
Non-Fiction:
Leadership: six studies in world strategy by Henry Kissinger
 
Teen:
The Hawthorne Legacy - #2 Inheritance Games Series by Jennifer Barnes
The Bronzed Beasts - #3 Gilded Wolves Series by Roshani Chokishi
 
Junior Fiction Graphic Novels:
The Twisted Ones - #2 Five Nights at Freddy’s
The Fourth Closet - #3 Five Nights at Freddy’s
 
DVDs:
Jurassic World Dominion
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Takers
The Gilded Age – Season 1
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Never let your kids watch the orchestra.  There’s way too much sax and violins.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

August 15 Newsletter

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Aug 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 15 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday Aug 15 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Aug 16 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 17 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 17 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday Aug 18 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 18 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Aug 19 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, Aug 20 10:30 Goblin Punks (tabletop Role-Playing Game for ages 11-17)
Monday Aug 22 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 22 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Aug 23 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Coloring
Tuesday Aug 23 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 24 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 24 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday Aug 25 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 25 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Aug 26 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Book Clubs Today:
At 2:00 our Monday Book Club will meet to discuss Code Girls by Liza Mundy. We will also pass out the next selection The Gown by Jennifer Robson.
 
At 5:30 our Chat & Chew group will meet to share and discuss the books we have been reading lately while enjoying a slice of pizza.
 
Newcomers are always welcome at both of these Book Clubs. Give one a try!
 
Summer Reading Challenge ends this Wednesday:
Young Readers - You still have some time to read and turn in your BINGO cards! Remember, for each BINGO you get, you receive a reading badge. After the library closes on Wednesday, August 17, all of the badges will be combined and we will randomly draw prize winners. Our prizes include Traer Theatre movie passes, Pizza Palace personal pan pizza coupons, Blank Park Zoo passes, camping cinch sacks of goodies, and more! So fill up those BINGO cards and come in to the library for your badges!

Goblin Punks role-playing game:
We will be hosting another role-playing game for ages 11-17 this Saturday! Come to the library at 10:30 on August 20 to play Goblin Punks, a one-page role-playing game about being a directionless teenager but also, crucially, about being a goblin as well. Lily Jampoler will be the game facilitator.  So far they have played Honey Heist and Crash Pandas, and they have been lots of fun!
 
Exercise for all abilities:
Don’t be afraid to try one of our exercise classes!  On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:00 we offer Fit & Feisty, a chair exercise class that focuses on keeping up your strength, flexibility and balance. On Thursdays at 2:15 we offer a chair yoga class, that focuses on all of that plus relaxation and breathing techniques. Neither of these classes are high-intensity workouts - we focus on adapting to what you are able to do.

New Books:
 
Fiction:
The Girl in his Shadow by Audrey Blake
Opera and Old Lace by Kathi Daley
Murder Spills the Tea - #3 Tea by the Sea Series by Vicki Delany
Hotel California: an anthology of new mystery short stories
Critical Alliance - #3 Rocky Mountain Courage Series by Elizabeth Goddard
Beyond the Desert Sands - #2 Love on the Santa Fe Series Tracie Peterson
Soft Hearts by Eric Lodin
The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin
The Red Cross Orphans by Glynis Peters
 
Large Print:
Sugar and Salt by Susan Wiggs
 
Non-Fiction:
Good Eats 4: the final years by Alton Brown
Quilts from Quarters by Pam Lintott
Brilliant Inks: a step-by-step guide to creating in vivid color: draw, letter, paint, print, and more by Anna Sokolova
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
My puns may be cheesy, but I still think they’re pretty gouda.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

August 8 Newsletter

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Aug 8 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 8 at 2:00 All Things Tomatoes w/Laurie and Sharon
Monday Aug 8 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Aug 9 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday Aug 9 at 2:00 Summer Teen Book Club
Wednesday Aug 10 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Aug 10 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 10 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday Aug 10 at 3:30 Garden Walk – David & Sandy Ingle
Thursday Aug 11 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 11 at 2:15 **NO Yoga this week**
Thursday Aug 11 at 7:00 Kevin Wood in Concert – “Home, Sweet Home!”
Friday Aug 12 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, Aug 13 Open from 10:00 – 2:00 for Winding Stairs Festival
Saturday, Aug 13 10:30 Tabletop Role-Playing Games for ages 11-17
Monday Aug 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 15 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday Aug 15 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Aug 16 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 17 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 17 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday Aug 18 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 18 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Aug 19 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, Aug 20 10:30 Tabletop Role-Playing Games for ages 11-17
 
TODAY!! All Things Tomatoes:
Do you have an over-abundance of tomatoes? Are you tired of the same old recipes? Or just looking for new ways to use tomatoes? Come to “All Things Tomatoes” on Monday, August 8 at 2:00, and bring some of your favorite recipes using tomatoes to share. Laurie Schafer and Sharon Kern will lead the discussion, and hopefully you will go home with some new ideas and recipes using your tomato bumper crops!
 
Last Summer Teen Book Club:
Our final Summer Teen Book club will meet this Tuesday, August 9 at 2:00. Olivia will lead the discussion on what you’ve been reading lately, your favorite books and authors, or what’s next on your reading list.  Snacks will be provided.
 
Last Garden Walk of the Season:
We have seen so many beautiful gardens this year, and we have one more Garden Walk scheduled. This week we will gather at the garden of David & Sandy Ingle on Wednesday Aug. 10 at 3:30. Meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for addresses and directions.

Kevin Wood In Concert!
We are excited to have Traer native (class of '74) and professional singer and actor Kevin Wood returning to the library’s Kupka Cultural Center Stage! Kevin will present "Home, Sweet Home!" on Thursday, August 11 beginning at 7:00pm. This will be a cabaret-style show you won't want to miss!
 
Kevin is a graduate of North Tama as well as Luther College (Decorah, IA) and the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL).
After living and performing in NYC, Kevin relocated to Chicago and has had a music career that includes performances of operatic, musical theater and art song repertoire.  (No, you will not hear classical music at this show!)  He has also worked as a full-time parish church musician as well as music teacher and private voice instructor and accompanist in Chicagoland.

Bruce Perry, a fellow Luther alum, will join Kevin at the piano.  Bruce maintains an active musical schedule as a studio teacher, conductor, and performer. He serves as worship and music coordinator for Grace Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge and is active in Iowa Choral Directors Association. As a pianist, Perry has performed throughout the Midwest and in Brazil. Mr. Perry holds degrees in piano and vocal performance from Luther College and the University of Iowa.

Tickets are not required for this performance; however free-will donations to help support future library programs will be gratefully accepted.

Yoga: Please Note- There will be NO YOGA this week. See you back on the 18th!
 
Winding Stairs Festival hours:
The library will be open from 10:00-2:00 on Saturday, August 13 for anyone that would like to stop in and look around our wonderful Carnegie Library.  We will have additional staff and Board Members available from noon-2:00 to answer any questions and show you around. If you or out-of-town friends and family have not been in the library since our 2004 renovation and addition, come see our beautiful library.  We are so very fortunate to have such a wonderful facility available for our community!

Tabletop Role-Playing Games:

Attention 11-17 year olds! Do you like to play role-playing games? Or would you like to try one for the first time? Come to the library this Saturday, August 13 to try one! Lily Jampoler will be the game facilitator.  Last week they played Honey Heist, and everyone had a lot of fun!
 
A tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG), also known as a pen-and-paper role-playing game, is a form of role-playing game in which the participants describe their characters' actions through speech. Participants determine the actions of their characters based on their characterization and the actions succeed or fail according to a set system of rules and guidelines. Within the rules, players have the freedom to improvise and their choices shape the direction and outcome of the game.
 
Summer Reading Challenge:
Young Readers - You still have some time to read and turn in your BINGO cards! Remember, for each BINGO you get, you receive a reading badge. After the library closes on Wednesday, August 17, all of the badges will be combined and we will randomly draw prize winners. Our prizes include Traer Theatre movie passes, Pizza Palace personal pan pizza coupons, Blank Park Zoo passes, camping cinch sacks of goodies, and more! So fill up those BINGO cards and come in to the library for your badges!
 
Early Carnival Ticket Vouchers:
Are you planning to ride the carnival rides at the Winding Stairs Festival? You can get Early Carnival Ticket Vouchers here at the library. Each Discount Voucher is $18. (Tickets at the Festival will be $20) You will then take this voucher to the Carnival Ticket Booth during the festival to receive your 24-ticket punch card. Each ride will require 2-3 punches. Vouchers must be paid for in cash. You may purchase vouchers until August 10.
 
New Books:

Fiction:
Remember Love by Mary Balogh
Cloudmaker by Malcolm Brooks
The Hidden One - #14 Kate Burkholder Series by Linda Castillo
The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark
The Last Paladin by P.T. Deutermann
When You Dare - #1 Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series by Lori Foster
Trace of Fever - #2 Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series by Lori Foster
Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier
Housebreaking by Colleen Hubbard
Deadly Target - #2 Rocky Mountain Courage Series by Elizabeth Goddard
The Big Dark Sky by Dean R Koontz
The Best is Yet to Come by Debbie Macomber
Augusta Hawke by G. M. Malliet
The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda
The Swell by Allie Reynolds
To Marry a Scottish Laird by Lynsay Sands
The Edge of Summer by Viola Shipman
Portrait of an Unknown Woman - #22 Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva
The It Girl by Ruth Ware
 
Large Print:
The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci
Any Other Family by Eleanor Brown
An Island Wedding by Jenny Colgan
High Risk Rescue by Elizabeth Goddard
By Her Own Design: a novel of Ann Lowe, fashion designer to the social register by Piper Huguley
Shattered - #14 Michael Bennett Series by James A. Patterson
 
Teen:
Blade of Secrets – #1 Bladesmith Series by Tricia Levenseller
The Inheritance Games – #1 Inheritance Games Series by Jennifer Barnes
 
Non-Fiction:
Botanical Watercolor Painting for Beginners: a step-by-step way to create beautiful floral artwork by Cara Rosalie Olsen
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I can’t believe someone broke into my garage and stole my limbo stick.  Seriously – how low can you go?!

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

August 1 Newsletter

Good Morning!
On the Calendar:
Monday Aug 1 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 1 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday Aug 2 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 3 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 3 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Aug 3 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday Aug 3 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Cindy Youel
Thursday Aug 4 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 4 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Aug 5 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 8 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 8 at 2:00 All Things Tomatoes w/Laurie and Sharon
Monday Aug 8 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Aug 9 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday Aug 9 at 2:00 Summer Teen Book Club
Wednesday Aug 10 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Aug 10 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 10 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday Aug 10 at 3:30 Garden Walk – David & Sandy Ingle
Thursday Aug 11 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 11 at 2:15 Yoga
Thursday Aug 11 at 7:00 Kevin Wood in Concert – “Home, Sweet Home!”
Friday Aug 12 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday, Aug 13 Open from 10:00 – 2:00 for Winding Stairs Festival
 
 
Reminder: Story Time will NOT be meeting in August. We will resume in September.
 
Upcoming Garden Walks:
We have seen so many beautiful gardens this year, and we have two more Garden Walks scheduled! The walks will be on the following Wednesdays at 3:30:
            August 3 – Cindy Youel
            August 10 - David & Sandy Ingle
Meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for addresses and directions.
 
All Things Tomatoes:
Do you have an over-abundance of tomatoes? Are you tired of the same old recipes? Or just looking for new ways to use tomatoes? Come to “All Things Tomatoes” on Monday, August 8 at 2:00, and bring some of your favorite recipes using tomatoes to share. Laurie Schafer and Sharon Kern will lead the discussion, and hopefully you will go home with some new ideas and recipes using your tomato bumper crops!

Kevin Wood In Concert!
We are excited to have Traer native and professional singer and actor Kevin Wood returning to the library’s Kupka Cultural Center Stage! Kevin will present "Home, Sweet Home!" on Thursday, August 11 beginning at 7:00pm. This will be a cabaret-style show you won't want to miss!
 
Kevin is a graduate of North Tama (Class of '74) as well as Luther College (Decorah, IA) and the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL).

After living and performing in NYC, Kevin relocated to Chicago and has had a music career that includes performances of operatic, musical theater and art song repertoire.  (No, you will not hear classical music at this show!)  He has also worked as a full-time parish church musician as well as music teacher and private voice instructor and accompanist in Chicagoland.

Bruce Perry, a fellow Luther alum, will join Kevin at the piano.  Bruce maintains an active musical schedule as a studio teacher, conductor, and performer. He serves as worship and music coordinator for Grace Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge and is active in Iowa Choral Directors Association. As a pianist, Perry has performed throughout the Midwest and in Brazil. Mr. Perry holds degrees in piano and vocal performance from Luther College and the University of Iowa.

Tickets are not required for this performance; however free-will donations to help support future library programs will be gratefully accepted.

Winding Stairs Festival hours:
The library will be open from 10:00-2:00 on Saturday, August 13 for anyone that would like to stop in and look around our wonderful Carnegie Library.  We will have additional staff and Board Members available from noon-2:00 to answer questions and show you around. If you or out-of-town friends and family have not been in the library since our 2004 renovation and addition, come see our beautiful library.  We are so very fortunate to have such a wonderful facility available for our community!

Food-A-Plenty!

Our “Share Your Bounty” table has seen lots of action already!  Gardeners have been sharing their abundance, and the fresh produce has quickly been picked up by those eager to enjoy the fresh vegetables!  Bring in your extras to share; stop in and take what you can use. 
 
Also, the Little Free Pantry that is behind the library is quite full, thanks to generous donors in the community!  Please pass the word that it is there – for anyone in need.
 
Zoo Passes:
We have a dozen free admission passes left for the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. The passes are good for One Free Child Admission (ages 3-12) and are good through December 31, 2022.  Just ask at the circulation desk – one pass per child please.
 
Early Carnival Ticket Vouchers:
Are you planning to ride the carnival rides at the Winding Stairs Festival? You can get Early Carnival Ticket Vouchers here at the library. Each Discount Voucher is $18. (Tickets at the Festival will be $20) You will then take this voucher to the Carnival Ticket Booth during the festival to receive your 24-ticket punch card. Each ride will require 2-3 punches. Vouchers must be paid for in cash.

New Books:

Junior Fiction:
Ingo - #1 Ingo Chronicles Series by Helen Dunmore
The Tide Knot - #2 Ingo Chronicles Series by Helen Dunmore
The Deep - #3 Ingo Chronicles Series by Helen Dunmore
The Crossing of Ingo - #4 Ingo Chronicles Series by Helen Dunmore
Stormswept - #5 Ingo Chronicles Series by Helen Dunmore
 
Memorial Book:
RV Hacks: 400+ ways to make life on the road easier, safer, and more fun by Marc & Julie Bennett, given in memory of Glen W. Gaston by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust - Traer
 
DVDs:
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
The Lost City
The Scarlet and the Black
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
You can’t run through a campground. You can only ran, because it’s past tents.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

July 25 Newsletter

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday, July 25 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday July 25 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday July 25 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by appointment
Monday July 25 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday July 26 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday July 26 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 26 at 2:00 Summer Teen Book Club
Wednesday July 27 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 27 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday July 27 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Emily Doyle
Thursday July 28 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 28 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday July 29 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 1 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Aug 1 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday Aug 2 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 3 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Aug 3 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Aug 3 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday Aug 3 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Cindy Youel
Thursday Aug 4 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Aug 4 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday Aug 5 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
 
Today!!
We have something for everyone today!  Our Fit & Feisty chair exercise class begins at 1:00, followed by a competitive hour of BINGO at 2:00! Either one will get your heart pumping! If you need to work on some craft projects, come to Makerspace from 3:30-6:00 to use the library supplies. Remember to call ahead to set up an appointment. And for you creative writers, PenPals! meets at 4:00 to talk about what they’ve been writing and give encouragement.  They are always looking for others who love to write or who would like to learn more!
 
Outside the Lines:
Join us for a relaxing hour of coloring on Tuesday, July 26 at 1:05.  We have markers, pens and pencils for you, or feel free to bring your own.  We also have cards and bookmarks for you to color.
 
Summer Teen Book Club:
Our Summer Teen Book Club will meet this Tuesday, July 26 at 2:00. Olivia will lead the discussion on what you’ve been reading lately, your favorite books and authors, or what’s next on your reading list. Snacks will be provided.
 
Story Time:
Join us Wednesday, July 27 at 10:15 for Story Time with Miss Sue! Listen to stories, sing songs, make crafts, and join the other children (and caregivers!) for some playtime afterwards!
Important note: Story Time will NOT be meeting in August. We will resume in September.
 
Upcoming Garden Walks:
We have already seen some beautiful gardens this year, and we have a couple more Garden Walks scheduled! The walks are a great way to see what your neighbors are growing, share tips and techniques, and get ideas for your own gardens. The walks will be on the following Wednesdays at 3:30:
            July 27 – Emily Doyle
            August 3 – Cindy Youel
Meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for addresses and directions.

Share Your Bounty!

We have put out our “Share the Bounty” table again.  This year, in anticipation of abundant vegetables, we have placed the table in our front entryway.  If you have a bumper crop of vegetables, bring in your extras to share.  Everyone is invited to stop in and take what you can use.  Maybe you will find something new to try!
 
Lots of New Books!
 
Fiction:
The Second Mrs. Astor by Shana Abe
Long Way Home by Lynn N. Austin
Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Riverbend Reunion by Carolyn Brown
Wingwalkers by Taylor Brown
Edge of Dusk by Colleen Coble
Memories of the Beach by Kay Correll
Little Souls by Sandra Dallas
Fellowship Point by Allice Elliott Dark
Hatchet Island - #13 Mike Bowditch Series by Paul Doiron
Look Closer by David Ellis
The Saints of Swallow Hill by Donna Everhart
Harmony of Fire by Brian Feehan
It all Comes Down to This by Therese Anne Fowler
Finding Purpose - #11 Bluebird Bay Series by Christine Gael
False Start - #6 Cherry Blossom Point Series by Christine Gael
Listen to Me by Tess Gerritsen
Night Bird Calling by Cathy Gohlke
The Star and the Shamrock by Jean Grainger
I’ll be Seeing You by Robin Lee Hatcher
The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks
The Angel of Vienna by Kate Hewitt
Fast Girls: a novel of the 1936 Women’s Olympic Team by Elise Hooper
The Spanish Daughter by Lorena Hughes
Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson
The Girl Who Survived by Lisa Jackson
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari
We are the Brennans by Tracey Lange
The People We Keep by Allison Larkin
Can’t Look Away by Carola Lovering
The Record Keeper - #3 Murphy Shepard Sereis by Charles Martin
Once there were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
The Moonlight Child by Karen McQuestion
Beyond the Dessert Sands by Tracie Peterson
The Deadly Shadows - #3 Coastal Guardians Series by Dani Pettrey
The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
We are Not Like Them by Christine Pride
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
The Things we Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer
Holy Chow - #25 Andy Carpenter Series by David Rosenfelt
The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
The Second Wife of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore
Storm Tide by Wilbur Smith
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
The Bartender’s Cure by Wesley Straton
The Brighter the Light by Mary Ellen Taylor
The Simple Wild by K. A. Tucker
The Second Husband by Kate White
 
Teen:
A Year to the Day by Robin Benway
Gods & Monsters - #3 Serpent & Dove Series by Shelby Mahurin
 
Large Print:
The Measure by Nikki Erlick
The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand
A Face to Die For by Iris Johansen
The Mayfair Bookshop by Eliza Knight
Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore
Escape - #3 Billy Harney Series by James A. Patterson
Red Warning by Matthew Quirk
Nightwork by Nora Roberts
The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
 
Non Fiction:
The Fight to Save the Town: reimagining discarded America by Michelle W. Anderson
How to Keep House While Drowning: a gentle approach to cleaning and organizing by KC Davis
The Scarlet and the Black: the true story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, hero of the Vatican underground by J.P. Gallagher
The Earth is All that Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Sioux Nation by Mark Lee Gardner
Simple Whatnots III: A Third Serving of Satisfyingly Scrappy Quilts by Kim Diehl
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I changed all my passwords to “Kenny”. Now I have all Kenny Loggins.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

July 18 Newsletter

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday July 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday July 18 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday July 18 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday July 19 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 19 at 7:00 Hillbilly Bob
Wednesday July 20 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 20 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday July 20 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday July 20 at 3:30 Garden Walks – Paul Price, Vicki Pecenka, Gayle Kucera
Thursday July 21 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 21 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday July 22 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday July 25 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday July 25 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by appointment
Monday July 25 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday July 26 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday July 26 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 26 at 2:00 Summer Teen Book Club
Wednesday July 27 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 27 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday July 27 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Emily Doyle
Thursday July 28 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 28 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday July 29 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Hillbilly Bob! Tomorrow Evening 7:00! Fun Family Entertainment!
Mark your calendar for some fun family entertainment!  Hillbilly Bob, along with his rusty ol’ 1929 Model A “Ruthie,” will bring their travelin’ show out front of this here library on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00.  Rumor has it that they hail from o’er yonder, somewhere ‘round them there Dysart parts o’ the county.
 
Ruthie is decked out in a variety of humorous hillbilly paraphernalia, and she and Hillbilly Bob travel all over the country entertaining families with stories, balloon animals, and more! We will provide water and snacks. Bring your lawn chairs and the whole family for an evening of outdoor entertainment!
 
Cards with Joan:
Join Joan Schafer this Wednesday, July 20 at 2:00 to make a festive greeting card. Joan shares tips and techniques step by step, and all materials are provided.

Upcoming Garden Walks for July:
We have already seen some beautiful gardens this year, and we have 4 more Garden Walks scheduled! The walks are a great way to see what your neighbors are growing, share tips and techniques, and get ideas for your own gardens. The walks will be on the following Wednesdays at 3:30:
   July 20 – Paul Price, Vicki Pecenka, Gayle Kucera
   July 27 – Emily Doyle
   August 3 – Cindy Youel
   August 10 – Sandy & Dave Ingle
Meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for addresses and directions.
 
Little Free Pantry:
A Little Free Pantry has recently been placed behind the library. The pantries were built by GMG students in a construction class, and placed around the county by Tama County/ISU Extension And Outreach and other groups. Anyone can contribute non-perishable items to the pantry, and anyone in need can take what they can use. Many items have been donated already!
 
Share Your Garden Bounty:
We have put out our “Share the Bounty” table again!  This year, in anticipation of an abundance of produce, we have placed the table in our front entryway.  If you have a bumper crop, bring in your extras to share.  Everyone is invited to stop in and take what you can use.  Maybe you will find something new to try!

Magazine Subscriptions:

The library subscribes to over 60 magazines covering a wide variety of interests. Come check out our great selection, including these 3 new titles:
   Bon Appetit Magazine
   People Magazine
   Wired magazine
 
New DVDs:
Downton Abbey: A New Era
The Bad Guys
Fantastic Beasts – The Secrets of Dumbledore
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
What kind of headaches do wheat farmers get? My grains.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

July 11 Newsletter

Good Morning!
On the Calendar:
Monday July 11 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday July 11 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday July 12 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 12 at 2:00 Summer Teen Book Club
Wednesday July 13 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday, July 13 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Wednesday July 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00 Graphology – The Study of Handwriting Analysis w/ Leesa Talbot
Wednesday July 13 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday July 13 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Dave Draper/Linda Peters/Connie Draper
Thursday July 14 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 14 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday July 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday July 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday July 18 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday July 18 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday July 19 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 19 at 7:00 Hillbilly Bob
Wednesday July 20 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 20 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday July 20 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday July 20 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Paul Price
Thursday July 21 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 21 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday July 22 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
PenPals! Today:
Our creative writing group PenPals will meet today at 4:00.  The group meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month to motivate and encourage each other to write. If you have ever thought about writing - fiction, poems, your family history, your personal journal, or even your own obituary, this group is for you! All beginner and seasoned writers are welcome!
 
Scones & Tomes:
Join us this Wednesday at 11:30 for Scones and Tomes, an informal book discussion group. We share the books we have been reading lately (which often leads us astray discussing other interesting topics), while we enjoy a beverage and a sweet treat.  All newcomers are welcome!
 
Graphology: Handwriting Analysis Program This Wednesday:
On Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00, Leesa Talbot will be speaking to us about Graphology. The theory underlying graphology is that handwriting is an expression of personality; hence, a systematic analysis of the way words and letters are formed can reveal traits of personality. Leesa will give a general overview, then have everyone give her a handwriting sample to interpret.  It will be fun to see what your handwriting says about you!
 
Garden Walks for July:
We have already seen some beautiful gardens this year, and we have three more Garden Walks scheduled for July. The walks are a great way to see what your neighbors are growing, share tips and techniques, and get ideas for your own gardens. The July walks will be on the following Wednesdays at 3:30:
    July 13 - David Draper; Linda Peters; Connie Draper
    July 20 – Paul Price
    July 27 – Emily Doyle
Meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for addresses and directions.
 
Hillbilly Bob! Evening Family Entertainment:
Mark your calendar for some fun family entertainment!  Hillbilly Bob, along with his rusty ol’ 1929 Model A “Ruthie” will bring their traveling show to the front of the Traer Library on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00.  Ruthie is decked out in a variety of humorous hillbilly paraphernalia, and she and Hillbilly Bob travel all over the country entertaining families with stories, balloon animals, and more! We will provide water and snacks. Bring your lawn chairs and the whole family for an evening of outdoor entertainment!
 
Zoo Passes:
We still have some free admission passes for the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  The passes are good for One Free Child Admission (ages 3-12), and are good through December 31, 2022. Just ask at the Circulation Desk – one pass per child please.
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
When it Falls Apart by Catherine Bybee
The Como Falcon by Jeff Carson
High Road - #15 David Wolf Series by Jeff Carson
Murder in the Library by Camilla Chafer
Surviving the Forest by Adiva Geffen
Movieland - #4 Eve Ronin Series by Lee Goldberg
The Trouble with Secrets – Jean Grainger
Desert Devil - #2 Sand and Shadows Series by Colleen Helme
The Vineyard Sisters by Grace Palmer
 
Non-Fiction:
We Were Rich and We Didn’t Know It: a memoir of my Irish boyhood by Tom Phelan
We Came, We Saw, We Left: a family gap year by Charles Wheelan
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Last week I stopped at a cherry stand, then at a fireworks stand.  Bought a bing, bought a boom.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 
 

July 4 Newsletter

 

Good Morning! Happy Independence Day!
 
On the Calendar:
Monday July 4 Closed for Independence Day holiday
Tuesday July 5 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday July 6 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 6 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday July 6 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday July 7 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub (note time change)
Thursday July 7 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday July 8 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday July 11 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday July 11 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday July 12 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 12 at 2:00 Summer Teen Book Club
Wednesday July 13 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday, July 13 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Wednesday July 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00 Graphology – The Study of Handwriting Analysis w/ Leesa Talbot
Wednesday July 13 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday July 13 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Dave Draper/Linda Peters/Connie Draper
Thursday July 14 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub (note time change)
Thursday July 14 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday July 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Coffee & Crafts:
Join us on Wednesday, July 6 at 2:00 For Coffee and Crafts to make a simple seasonal craft. There is no cost or sign up required, and all supplies are provided. We enjoy a hot beverage while we craft and visit.
 
Stay active at the Library!
If you are a walker and are finding it too hot and humid outside, come to our nice, cool library for some exercise! Our Fit & Feisty Exercise Group meets at 1:00 on Monday-Wednesday-Friday, and Yoga with Ellen meets at 2:15 on Thursday. Both focus on stretching, balance, and building strength from a seated or standing position, and are appropriate for all fitness levels. There is no cost for either of these programs.  Give one of them a try!

Summer Hours for Cribbage and Rummikub:
At the request of our regular players, the meeting time for Cribbage and Rummikub has moved to 1:00pm.  This special summer meeting time will continue through the end of August. Newcomers are always welcome.  Don’t know how to play? The players are happy to teach you!
 
Free Tumblebooks AND TeenBookCloud:
Are your kids looking for something to do on those hot days? Tumblebooks is an online collection of e-books for children.  It can be accessed from any device with internet, so you can read on your computer, tablet or phone. Kids can read along with animated, talking picture books, as well as chapter books, non-fiction books, and play games and put together puzzles. And it’s all free for our library patrons! Just go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the homepage, and put in your library card number.
 
We also have a free trial of Teen Book Cloud, which is geared more towards Teen and Young Adult readers.  You have unlimited access to over 1000 fiction and classic books, including lots of Graphic Novels, with more coming soon! If you or your young readers like graphic novels, check it out at www.TeenBookCloud.com. Just put in the username  tpl  and password  trial.
 
New Books:
Fiction:
Clause of Death - #16 Booktown Mystery Series by Lorna Barrett
Local Gone Missing by Fiona Barton
Tom Clancy’s Zero Hour by Don Bentley
Book of Night by Holly Black
Godspeed by Nickolas Butler
In the Blood - #5 Terminal List Series by Jack Carr
The Teacher of Warsaw by Mario Escobar
Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins
The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand
Flying Solo by Linda Holmes
Sunburst - #2 Sky King Ranch Series by Susan May Warren
Right Behind Her - #4 Bree Taggert Series by Melinda Leigh
Dead Against Her - #5 Bree Taggert Series by Melinda Leigh
The Island by Adrian McKinty
The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
The Messy Lives of Book People
Tracy Flick Can’t Win by Tom Perrotta
The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
Last Call at the Nightingale by Katharine Schellman
 
Large Print:
The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian
Sparring Partners by John Grisham
The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan
The Friendship Pact - #2 Sunrise Cove Series by Jill Shalvis
The Lost Summers of Newport by Beatriz Williams
 
Non-Fiction:
James Patterson: the stories of my life by James Patterson
 
 
Memorial Books:
The Midwest Survival Guide by Charlie Berens, given in memory of Larry Halupnick, by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
Audubon Birdhouse Book: building, placing and maintaining great homes for great birds by Margaret A Barker, given in memory of John Kvidera, by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I told my suitcases no vacation this year. Now I’m dealing with emotional baggage.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

June 27 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
Monday June 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday June 27 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday June 27 at 3:00 Applique (note time and date change)
Monday June 27 at 3:30 – 6:00 Makerspace by Appt
Monday June 27 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday June 28 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday June 28 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday June 28 at 2:00 Summer Teen Book Club
Wednesday June 29 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday June 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 29 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday June 29 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Adam & Elyse Clapp
Thursday June 30 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub (note time change)
Thursday Jun 30 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday July 1 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday July 2 Closed for Independence Day holiday
Monday July 4 Closed for Independence Day holiday
Tuesday July 5 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday July 6 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 6 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday July 6 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday July 7 at 1:00 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 7 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday July 8 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty

BINGO TODAY:
Join us at 2:00 for a fun hour of BINGO!  There is no cost to play, and as always, there are fabulous prizes!
 
Applique Class: TODAY
Just a reminder for those who have been attending our Applique Class, July’s class has been moved to this Monday, June 27 at 3:00, due to the 4th of July holiday falling on our regular meeting day.
 
Summer Teen Book Club Tuesday:
Join other teens on Tuesday June 28 at 2:00 to talk about what books you’ve been reading. Olivia Stickles will lead this very informal discussion, and there will be snacks! Come even if you haven’t had a chance to read anything lately – you can talk about your favorite books or authors, and may get an idea for what to read next. Bring a friend! Adults – if you know a teen that would be interested, please pass the word!

Story Time resumes this Wednesday:
Story Time will resume at its normal time this Wednesday at 10:15. Join Miss Sue as we listen to stories, make simple crafts, sing songs, watch educational videos, and play games.
 
Garden Walk Wednesday at 3:30:
This week’s garden walk will be at the home of Adam and Elyse Clapp on Wednesday, June 29 at 3:30. You can meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for their address and directions.

Summer Hours for Cribbage and Rummikub:
At the request of our regular players, starting on June 30, we will move the meeting time for Cribbage and Rummikub to 1:00pm.  This special summer meeting time will continue through the end of August. Newcomers are always welcome.  Don’t know how to play? The players are happy to teach you!
 
ABC Mouse:
Are your young kids bored already this summer? ABCMouse.com early Learning Academy is a digital computer game for children ages 2-8.  You can access their website for free on any of the computers in our lab! Subjects covered include reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, music and art.  Activities include puzzles, games, videos, coloring activities, songs, and poems.  There are also some digital books. Come play along with your child, or let them work and play alone, as you use the computer next to them.

New Books:
 
Fiction:
The Darling Dahlias and the Red Hot Poker by Susan Wittig Albert
A Deadly Deletion - #15 Booktown Mystery Series by Lorna Barrett
A Welcome Misfortune - #1 Sworn Sisters Duology by Kay Bratt
To Move the World - #2 Sworn Sisters Duology by Kay Bratt
The Parker Café - #2 Moonbeam Bay Series by Kay Correll
A Heather Parker Original - #3 Moonbeam Bay Series by Kay Correll
Death by Candlelight - #1 Adam and Eve Mystery by Emma Davies
Death at the Dinner Party - #2 Adam and Eve Mystery by Emma Davies
A Time to Bloom - #2 Leah’s Garden Series by Lauraine Snelling
Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin
The Third Side of Murder - #3 Tony Harrington Series by Joseph LeValley
Performing Murder - #4 Tony Harrington Series by Joseph LeValley
The Route that Takes You Home by Melanie Lageschulte
Eat, Drink and Be Wary - #5 Sleuth Sisters Series by Maggie Pill
Peril, Plots and Puppies - #6 Sleuth Sisters Series by Maggie Pill
Captured, Escape, Retreat - #7 Sleuth Sisters Series by Maggie Pill
Once Upon a Trailer Park by Maggie Pill
The Steel Girls by Michelle Rawlins
When the Bough Breaks - #6 Rose Gardner Investigations by Denise Grover Swank
It All Falls Down - #7 Rose Gardner Investigations by Denise Grover Swank
 
Non-Fiction:
The Garden Refresh: How to give your yard big impact on a small budget by Kier Holmes
Small Farm, Big Dreams: turn your flower-growing passion into a successful flower enterprise by Jennifer O’Neal
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Doctor: “So you’re telling me that you have a problem hearing in one ear? Are you sure?”
Me: “Yes. I’m definite.”

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

June 20 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
 
On the Calendar:
Monday June 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday June 20 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday June 20 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday June 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday June 21 at 6:30 John Liepa “How Iowa Met Baseball”  Doors open at 6:00 for display
Wednesday June 22 at 10:00 Summer Reading Program #4 – ISU Insect Zoo “Bring those Bugs Inside!”
Wednesday June 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 22 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday June 23 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Jun 23 at 2:15 Yoga
Thursday June 23 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Linda Gowdy
Thursday June 23 at 5:30 Watercolor Painting with Stephanie
Friday June 24 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday June 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday June 27 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday June 27 at 3:00 Applique (note time and date change)
Monday June 27 at 3:30 – 6:00 Makerspace by Appt
Monday June 27 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday June 28 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday June 28 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday June 28 at 2:00 Summer Teen Book Club
Wednesday June 29 at 10:15 Storytime with Miss Sue
Wednesday June 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 29 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday June 29 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Adam & Elyse Clapp
Thursday June 30 at 2:00 Cribbage and Rummikub (note time change)
Thursday Jun 30 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday July 1 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
 
Book Clubs Today:
The Monday Book Club will meet today at 2:00 to discuss The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner.
 
We will also hand out the next book selection, The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. If you can’t come today, stop by anytime to pick up a copy.  All newcomers are welcome!

“In 1942 Paris, architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money—and maybe get him killed. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it while World War II rages on. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist.
Soon Lucien is hiding more souls and saving lives. But when one of his hideouts fails horribly, and the problem of where to conceal a Jew becomes much more personal, and he can no longer ignore what's at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we’ll go to make things right.”

Chat & Chew Book Club will meet today at 5:30. We will discuss what we’ve been reading lately as we enjoy a slice of pizza.  This is a very informal group and we welcome anyone – even if you haven’t had the chance to read anything lately. You may get some great ideas of what to read next!
 
First Big Evening Program of the Summer:
John Liepa – “How Iowa Met Baseball: The Myths, The History, The Players”
Join us on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 in the Kupka Cultural Center as baseball historian John Liepa talks baseball and shares his large collection of baseball memorabilia. Doors will open at 6:00 so you will have time to view his extensive memorabilia collection featuring Iowa players. And just like the song says, we will offer….Peanuts and Cracker Jacks….
His presentation explores the myths of baseball’s origins, the early history and evolution of the game, baseball’s journey to Iowa and the role of the Civil War in spreading its popularity. John brings to life some of the first players from Iowa who played a critical role in the development of the game. He often does his presentations dressed as Iowa’s first major Leaguer, Cal McVey of Montrose, Iowa.
 
Summer Reading Program
Our Summer Reading Programs have been so much fun! We continue on with our camping theme this week as we focus on some possible “uninvited guests” around your campsite or backyard. The ISU Insect Zoo presents “Bring Those Bugs Inside” on Wednesday, June 22 at 10:00! Check out over 100 species of living arthropods, on display in our library! Knowledgeable Insect Zoo staff will talk about the animals on display and help you handle millipedes, beetles, walking sticks and more! Bring in your photos of bugs to be identified or even the bug itself! Join us for some creepy crawly fun!
 
Garden Walk Thursday at 3:30:
This week’s garden walk will be at the home of Linda Gowdy on Thursday, June 23 at 3:30 (please note special day). You can meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for her address and directions.
 
Watercolor Class:
Stephanie Bellwood will continue her Watercolor Painting classes on Thursday, June 23 at 5:30. We meet in the Talen Community Room, and no prior watercolor or painting experience is necessary! You will learn some basic techniques, and go home with your beautiful original painting! No cost or sign-up is necessary! Go to our website to see an example of this month’s painting.  https://www.traer.lib.ia.us , then click on Programs – Upcoming Programs
 
Applique Class: Date Change
Just a reminder for those who have been attending our Applique Class, July’s class has been moved to Monday, June 27 at 3:00, due to the 4th of July holiday falling on our regular meeting day.
 
Summer Hours for Cribbage and Rummikub:
At the request of our regular players, starting on June 30, we will move the meeting time for Cribbage and Rummikub to 1:00.  This special summer meeting time will continue through the end of August.
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
The Diva says Cheesecake - #15 Domestic Diva Series by Krista Davis
Verse and Vengeance - #4 Magical Bookshop Mystery Series by Amanda Flowers
Crime and Covers - #5 Magical Bookshop Mystery Series by Amanda Flowers
The Honeymoon Cottage by Lori Foster
Meant to Be by Emily Griffin
Unfailing Love - #3 When Hope calls Series by Janette Oke
Gwendy’s Final Task – #3 Gwendy’s Button Box Trilogy by Stephen King
The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery
Murder Most Grave - #4 Granny Reid Series by G.A. McKevette
Secrets - #2 Lost & Found Series by Fern Michaels
Nightwork by Nora Roberts
The Insiders - #1 Insiders Series by Tijan
The Damaged - #2 Insiders Series by Tijan
 
Non-Fiction:
Minecraft Amazing Bite-size Builds: over 20 awesome mini-projects
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
A police officer came to my house and asked me where I was between 5 and 6.  He seemed irritated when I answered “Kindergarten”.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

June 13 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
Monday June 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday June 13 at 4:00 Pen Pals
Tuesday June 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday June 14 at 2:00 Summer Teen Book Club
Wednesday June 15 at 10:00 Summer Reading Program #3 – “Camping Basics” with Ellen and Kathleen
Wednesday June 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 15 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday June 15 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday June 15 at 4:30 Garden Walk – Dennis & Kelly Deke
Thursday June 16 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Jun 16 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday June 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday June 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday June 20 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Tuesday June 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday June 21 at 6:30 John Liepa “How Iowa Met Baseball”  Doors open at 6:00 for display
Wednesday June 22 at 10:00 Summer Reading Program #4 – ISU Insect Zoo “Bring those Bugs Inside!”
Wednesday June 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 22 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday June 23 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Jun 23 at 2:15 Yoga
Thursday June 23 at 3:30 Garden Walk – Linda Gowdy
Thursday June 23 at 5:30 Watercolor Painting with Stephanie
Friday June 24 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Summer Reading Program!
Our Summer Reading Programs have been great so far, with a wonderful turnout! Our theme this year is Camp Read S’more.
 
Get ready for more camping fun this week! Join us on Wednesday, June 15th at 10:00 for “Camping Basics” with Ellen and Kathleen. We will sing camp songs, hear a camping story, learn about camping safety and camping etiquette, check out some camping supplies, and who knows what else – it’s always fun with these two gals!! Children will also get to take home a Camping Buddy! Don’t worry parents – it’s not an insect.  That’s next week!!  Hahaha!
 
Next week the ISU Insect Zoo will present “Bring Those Bugs Inside” on June 22. All programs are at 10:00 downstairs in the Kupka Cultural Center at the Traer Library. Programs are geared towards children in grades preschool – 6th, but all children and adults are welcome!
 
Children can also sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Once registered, they will get to choose a free book, and choose a BINGO card. By completing activities on the card to get a BINGO, their names will be entered into the drawing in August for several fun prizes.  The more BINGOs they get over the summer, the more chances they have to win!
 
NEW!  Summer Teen Book Club:
Starting on June 14, teens can meet at the library to talk about the books they have been reading, favorite authors, or books they have heard about and would like to read.  Olivia Stickles will lead this very informal group. We will meet every other Tuesday at 2:00.  There will be snacks!  Adults – if you know of a teen that would be interested, please pass the word!

Cards With Joan:
Joan has another creative and beautiful card for June! On Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 she will show us how to make it ourselves.  All supplies are provided and no sign up is needed. You can see a picture of her card (and previous cards) on the library website. Just click on Programs – Ongoing Programs – Cards with Joan.  Or go to our calendar and click on it there and follow the prompts.
 
Garden Walk Wednesday at 4:30:
This week’s garden walk will be at Dennis and Kelly Deke’s home on Wednesday, June 15 at 4:30 (please note special time). You can meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for their address and directions.
 
John Liepa - How Iowa Met Baseball:
Join us on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 in the Kupka Cultura Center as baseball historian John Liepa talks baseball and shares his large collection of baseball memorabilia. Doors will open at 6:00 so you will have time to view his collection.
Over the past century the setting for the spring passion of many Iowans has been the ballpark. This presentation explores the myths of baseball’s origins, the early history and evolution of the game, baseball’s journey to Iowa and the role of the Civil War in spreading its popularity. Audiences will learn about some of Iowa’s baseball pioneers and view an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia featuring Iowa players.

New Books:
 
Fiction:
Finding Truth - #10 Bluebird Bay Series by Christine Gael
Starting Over - #5 Cherry Blossom Point Series by Christine Gael
Hangin’ by a Moment - #5 Deep Haven Collection Series by Susan May Warren
Right Here Waiting - #6 Deep Haven Collection Series by Susan May Warren
Peach Cobbler - #8 Dewberry Farm Series by Karen MacInerney
Etched in Shadow - #4 Cassie Quinn Series by K. M. Rought
Up Shute Creek - #4 Rose Gardner Investigations Series by Denise Grover Swank
Come Rain or Shine - #5 Rose Gardner Investigations Series by Denise Grover Swank
Hell in a Handbasket - #6 Rose Gardner Investigations Series by Denise Grover Swank
 
Non-Fiction:
South Dakota’s Mathis Murders: Horror in the Heartland by Noel Hamiel
 
DVDs
The Batman
The Wedding Veil
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
What did one flag say to the other flag?  Nothing.  It just waved.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

June 6 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
Monday June 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday June 6 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday June 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 8 at 10:00 Summer Reading Program #2 – “Close Up Magic” with Magician Rick Brammer
Wednesday June 8 at 11:30 Scones and Tomes
Wednesday June 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 8 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday June 8 at 3:30 Garden Walk - Laurie Schafer
Thursday June 9 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Jun 9 at 2:15 Yoga
Thursday June 9 at 7:00pm Prepping and Preserving Produce with Sharon Kern and Laurie Schafer
Friday June 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday June 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday June 13 at 4:00 Pen Pals
Tuesday June 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 15 at 10:00 Summer Reading Program #3 – “Camping Basics” with Ellen and Kathleen
Wednesday June 15 at 11:30 Scones and Tomes
Wednesday June 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 15 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday June 15 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday June 15 at 4:30 Garden Walk – Dennis & Kelly Deke
Thursday June 16 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Jun 16 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday June 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty

Summer Reading Program:
We had a great kick-off to this year’s Summer Reading Program! Our theme this year is Camp Read S’more, and we are started it off last week with a big crowd and lots of fun with Jenny learning about campfires.
 
This week’s program is all about fun! Join us on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:00 for “Close-Up Magic” with Rick “Eugene” Brammer. Magician Rick Eugene specializes in comedy magic and family entertainment.  Prepare to be amazed and entertained!
 
Future programs are “Camping Basics” on June 15, and the ISU Insect Zoo presenting “Bring Those Bugs Inside” on June 22. All programs are downstairs in the Kupka Cultural Center at the Traer Library. Programs are geared towards children in grades preschool – 6th, but all children and adults are welcome!
 
Children can also sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Once registered, they will get to choose a free book, and choose a BINGO card. By completing activities on the card to get a BINGO, their names will be entered into the drawing in August for several fun prizes.  The more BINGOs they get over the summer, the more chances they have to win!
 
Scones & Tomes:
Join us this Wednesday at 11:30 for Scones and Tomes, an informal book discussion group.  We talk about the books we have been reading lately (which often leads us astray discussing other interesting topics), while we enjoy a beverage and a sweet treat.  All newcomers are welcome!
 
Garden Walks begin this Wednesday:
This summer we will once again be offering Garden Walks through local gardens.  The walks are a wonderful way to see what your neighbors are growing, share tips and techniques, and get ideas for your own gardens. Our first walk will be at Laurie Schafer’s garden on Wednesday, June 8 at 3:30. You can meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for her address and directions.
 
Prepping and Preserving Produce:
On Thursday, June 9 at 7:00pm, Sharon Kern and Laurie Schafer will show us different ways we can prepare and save our bountiful garden produce to enjoy later! You will be introduced to different techniques and tools, and you can decide what you'd like to try, or what would work best for you. They will show several different tools to help you with your freezing, canning, dehydrating, etc.
 
John Liepa - How Iowa Met Baseball:
Join us on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 in the Kupka Cultura Center as baseball historian John Liepa talks baseball and shares his large collection of baseball memorabilia.
Over the past century the setting for the spring passion of many Iowans has been the ballpark. This presentation explores the myths of baseball’s origins, the early history and evolution of the game, baseball’s journey to Iowa and the role of the Civil War in spreading its popularity. Audiences will learn about some of Iowa’s baseball pioneers and view an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia featuring Iowa players.

Free Tumblebooks AND TeenBookCloud:
Give the kids something quiet and fun to do this summer! Tumblebooks is an online collection of e-books for children.  Kids can read along with animated, talking picture books, as well as chapter books, non-fiction books, and play games and put together puzzles. And it’s all free for our library patrons! Just go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the homepage, and put in your library card number.
 
We also still have a free trial to Teen Book Cloud, which is geared more towards Teen and Young Adult readers.  You have unlimited access to over 1000 fiction and classic books, including lots of Graphic Novels, with more coming soon! If you or your young readers like graphic novels, check it out at www.TeenBookCloud.com. Just put in the username  tpl  and password  trial. You can access this from any device with internet, so you can read on your computer, tablet or phone. Let us know what you think! If it is popular we may subscribe in the future!
 
New Books:
Fiction:
The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews
Take your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay
Countdown to Midnight - #2 Nick Flynn Series by Dale Brown
A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke
The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray
Girls of Flight City: inspired by true events, a novel of WWII, the Royal Air Force, and Texas
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Search by Michelle Huneven
The View from Coral Cove by Amy Clipston
Love in Plain Sight - #3 Amish Mail Order Bride Series by Kathleen Fuller
Something Wilder by Christina Lauren
22 Seconds - #22 Women’s Club Murder Series by James A. Patterson
When She Dreams - #6 Burning Cove Series by Amanda Quick
The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
Summer Love by Nancy Thayer
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
 
Large Print:
Overboard - #21 V.I. Warshawski Series by Sara Paretsky
The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani
 
Teen:
Family of Liars - #0 We Were Liars Series by E. Lockart
The Toll - #3 Arc of a Scyth Series by Neal Shusterman
 
Non-Fiction:
Killing the Killers: the secret war against terrorists by Bill O’Reilly
The Lazy Genius Kitchen: have what you need, use what you have, and enjoy it like never before by Kendra Adachi
Good Apple: tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York by Elizabeth Passarella
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I accidentally handed my husband a glue stick instead of a ChapStick.  He still isn’t talking to me.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

May 30 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
Monday May 30 – Closed for Memorial Day Holiday
Tuesday May 31 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 1 at 10:00 Summer Reading Program #1 – "Building a Campfire for S’more Fun" with Jenny Hulme
Wednesday June 1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 1 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday June 1 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday June 2 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Jun 2 at 2:15 Yoga
Friday June 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday June 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday June 6 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday June 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 8 at 10:00 Summer Reading Program #2 – “Close Up Magic” with Magician Rick Brammer
Wednesday June 8 at 11:30 Scones and Tomes
Wednesday June 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 8 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Wednesday June 8 at 3:30 Garden Walk - Laurie Schafer
Thursday June 9 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Jun 9 at 2:15 Yoga
Thursday June 9 at 7:00pm Prepping and Preserving Produce with Sharon Kern and Laurie Schafer
Friday June 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Summer Reading Program begins June 1!
We are excited for this year’s Summer Reading Program! Our theme this year is Camp Read S’more, and we are starting it off with our first special Summer Reading Program on Wednesday, June 1st at 10:00 with “Building a Campfire for S’More Fun!” with Jenny Hulme from ISU Extension and Outreach. Listen to a story, then Jenny will teach us how to build a campfire (kids will build their own edible "campfire"!) and share some campfire safety tips.  You will also make a S'More craft!

Upcoming programs will be “Close-Up Magic” on June 8, “Camping Basics” on June 15, and the ISU Insect Zoo presenting “Bring Those Bugs Inside” on June 22. All programs are downstairs in the Kupka Cultural Center at the Traer Library. Programs are geared towards children in grades preschool – 6th, but all children and adults are welcome!
 
Beginning June 1, children can also sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Once registered, they will get to choose a free book, and choose a BINGO card. By completing activities on the card to get a BINGO, their names will be entered into the drawing in August for several fun prizes.  The more BINGOs they get over the summer, the more chances they have to win!
 
Get Ready for Garden Walks:
This summer we will once again be offering Garden Walks through local gardens.  The walks are a wonderful way to see what your neighbors are growing, share tips and techniques, and get ideas for your own gardens. Our first walk will be at Laurie Schafer’s garden on June 8 at 3:30. You can meet at the library to ride together, or call the library for her address and directions.
 
Prepping and Preserving Produce:
On Thursday, June 9 at 7:00pm, Sharon Kern and Laurie Schafer will show us different ways we can prepare and save our bountiful garden produce to enjoy later! You will be introduced to different techniques and tools, and you can decide what you'd like to try, or what would work best for you. Examples of techniques they will explain include freezing, canning, dehydrating, etc.
 
John Liepa - How Iowa Met Baseball:
Join us on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 in the Kupka Cultura Center as baseball historian John Liepa talks baseball and shares his large collection of baseball memorabilia.

Over the past century the setting for the spring passion of many Iowans has been the ballpark. This presentation explores the myths of baseball’s origins, the early history and evolution of the game, baseball’s journey to Iowa and the role of the Civil War in spreading its popularity. Audiences will learn about some of Iowa’s baseball pioneers and view an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia featuring Iowa players.
 
Zoo Passes:
We have a limited number of passes to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  These passes are good for One Free Child Admission (ages 3-12). Passes are available at the circulation desk.  Please only request one pass per child.
 
Summer Day Camps through ISU Extension and Outreach:
Sign-up forms are available at the library for several Summer Day Camps and Workshops offered in June through ISU Extension and Outreach. Pick up a form to register your children - some are free, others have a small fee and registration deadlines.
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
To Tame a Cowboy - #3 Colorado Cowboys Series by Jody Hedlund
Nerves of Steele - #2 Steele Guardians Series by Susan Sleeman
 
Large Print:
The Wedding Veil by Kristy Woodson Harvey
 
Non-Fiction:
Wilhelm’s Way: the inspiring story of the Iowa Chemist who saved the Manhattan project by Teresa Wilhelm Waldof
Maquoketa Basketball 1967-2000: a legacy of excellence by NT alum Bill Fleming
 
DVD:
The Chosen – Season 1
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I’ve started investing in stocks. First chicken, then beef, and now vegetable. I know it’s risky, but I know one day it will pay off and I’ll be a bouillonaire.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

May 23 Newsletter

Good Morning!
On the Calendar:
Monday May 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 23 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday May 23 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by appointment
Monday May 23 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday, May 24 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday May 24 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 25 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday May 25 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 25 at 2:00 Butterfly Houses with Brendan Kelly
Wednesday May 25 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday May 26 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 26 at 2:00 One-on-One Sign Language with Kathleen Keefer by appointment
Thursday May 26 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen
Thursday May 26 at 5:30 Watercolor Class with Stephanie Bellwood
Friday May 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday May 28 and Monday May 30 – Closed for Memorial Day Holiday
Tuesday May 31 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 1 at 10:00 Summer Reading Program #1 – Building a Campfire for S’more Fun with Jenny Hulme
Wednesday June 1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 1 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday June 1 at 2:30 Lego Challenge
Thursday June 2 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Jun 2 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen
Friday June 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
BINGO TODAY!
Since we are closed next Monday for Memorial Day, BINGO is TODAY at 2:00. Join Laurie for a fun hour - and you may even go home with prize!
 
Outside the Lines:
Join us on Tuesday, May 24 for a relaxing hour of coloring and visiting. We provide pencils, pens, cards and bookmarks, but you are always free to bring your own supplies. No prior coloring experience is necessary.  J
 
Make a Butterfly House:
On Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00, Brendan Kelly, Naturalist with Tama County Conservation, will show us how to make a butterfly house.  There are several spots still available. There will be materials for 12 wooden houses, and we have an example here at the library. Come to the library to sign up. Cost is $15.
Watercolor Class:
Stephanie Bellwood will teach another Watercolor Painting Class on Thursday, May 26 from 5:30 – 7:00. We meeting the Talen Community Room, and no prior watercolor or painting experience is necessary! You will learn some basic techniques, and will go home with your beautiful original painting! Materials are provided and no sign-up is required.
 
Summer Reading Program begins June 1!
We are excited for this year’s Summer Reading Program! Our theme this year is Camp Read S’more, and we are starting it off with our first special Summer Reading Program on Wednesday, June 1st at 10:00 with “Building a Campfire for S’More Fun!” with Jenny Hulme from the ISU Extension and Outreach. Future programs will be “Close-Up Magic” on June 8, “Camping Basics” on June 15, and the ISU Insect Zoo presenting “Bring Those Bugs Inside” on June 22. All programs are downstairs in the Kupka Cultural Center at the Traer Library. Programs are geared towards children in grades preschool – 6th, but all children and adults are welcome!
 
Beginning June 1, children can also sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Once registered, they will get to choose a free book, and choose a BINGO card. By completing activities on the card to get a BINGO, their names will be entered into the drawing in August for several fun prizes.  The more BINGOs they get over the summer, the more chances they have to win!
 
 
Zoo Passes:
We have a limited number of passes to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  These passes are good for One Free Child Admission (ages 3-12). Passes are available at the circulation desk.  Please only request one pass per child.
 
NEW Online Catalog Features!
Have you looked at our Online Catalog lately? We have added several great new features to help you find just what you’re looking for. You can always access our online catalog from our website www.traer.lib.ia.us. Click on the orange flag or button that says “Catalog Search”. In the blue area at the top, enter your search information (title/phrase, author, subject) and click GO! You can also click on More Search Options if you’d like to narrow your search.
 
After you’ve entered your search information, a list of options will appear. You will now see a picture of the cover, along with Location, Spine Label, Title, author, etc.  If you hover your cursor over the small picture, a larger picture will pop up. (If you’re like me, sometimes I remember the covers better than the titles!)
 
Once you click on your selection, you will still get all of the basic information that we’ve always provided.  But now, if you scroll down a bit further, you will be able to access a lot more, like other books you might like, similar authors, or other books in the series. You also have access to Reader or Professional Reviews, Author Information, and a Book Profile, that will give you genre or topic information that you can click on that will take you to similar books.
 
We hope you utilize all of these new features, and be sure to ask us for help if you need it!
 
Summer Day Camps through ISU Extension and Outreach:
Sign-up forms are available at the library for several Summer Day Camps and Workshops offered in June through ISU Extension and Outreach. Pick up a form to register your children - some are free, others have a small fee and registration deadlines.
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
The Vanishing Type - #5 Secret, Book & Scone Society series by Ellery Adams
The Wrong Victim - #3 Quinn & Costa series by Allison Brennan
Hope Creek - #6 The New Americana series by Janet Dailey
Lessons in Chemistry: a novel by Bonnie Garmus
Sister Stardust by Jane Green
The Catch - #3 US Marshalls series by Lisa Harris
Quilted Cherries - #4 Door County Quilts series by Ann Hazelwood
The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth
The Emerald Tide – #6 Miramar Bay series by Davis Bunn
The Baxters by Karen Kingsbury
Murder on the Menu by Fiona Leitch
The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon
Sunday at the Sunflower Inn - #4 Honey Creek Series by Jodi Thomas
 
Large Print:
What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline
Beautiful – Danielle Steel
 
Non-Fiction:
Paradise Falls: the true story of an environmental catastrophe by Keith O’Brien
Forest Walking: Discovering the trees and woodlands of North America by Peter Wohlleben
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
What does a thesaurus eat for breakfast? Synonym Toast Crunch.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

May 16 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
 
On the Calendar:
Monday May 16 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 16 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday May 16 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday May 17 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 18 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday May 18 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 18 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday May 18 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday May 18 at 3:00-4:30 Early-Out K-5: Gardening & Getting Your Hands Dirty!
Thursday May 19 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 19 at 2:00 One-on-One Sign Language with Kathleen Keefer- by appointment
Thursday May 19 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen
Friday May 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 23 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 23 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday May 23 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by appointment
Monday May 23 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday May 24 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 25 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday May 25 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 25 at 2:00 Butterfly Houses with Brendan Kelly
Wednesday May 25 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday May 26 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 26 at 2:00 One-on-One Sign Language with Kathleen Keefer by appointment
Thursday May 26 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen
Thursday May 26 at 5:30 Watercolor Class with Stephanie Bellwood
Friday May 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Saturday May 28 and Monday May 30 – Closed for Memorial Day Holiday
 
Book Clubs Today:
On Monday May 16 at 2:00, our Monday Book Club will be meeting to discuss the book Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout.  We will also be handing out next month’s selection, The Bridge Ladies by Besty Lerner.
 
On Monday May 16 at 5:30 our Chat & Chew Book Club will meet to discuss what we have been reading lately, or wish we had time to read, or just add more books to our To-Be-Read lists. We are a very informal group, and enjoy a slice of pizza (or 2 or 3) as we discuss.
 
Cards with Joan:
Join Joan this Wednesday, May 18 at 2:00 to make a beautiful greeting card. All materials will be provided, and you can see examples of the cards we will be making on our website. If you would like to join Joan’s class via Zoom, please call the library and we will get you set up.

Early-Out Kids Program this Wednesday:

Jenny Hulme with ISU Extension and Outreach will be back this Wednesday, May 18 from 3:00-4:30 with another fun program for kids in grades K-5.  This month it’s all about Gardening and Getting your Hands Dirty! The program will include a story, an educational activity or experiment, and a craft.  There is no cost or registration needed – just show up for some fun!
 
Make a Butterfly House:
On Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00, Brendan Kelly, Naturalist with Tama County Conservation, will show us how to make a butterfly house.  Space is limited. There will be materials for 12 wooden houses, and we have an example here at the library. Come to the library to sign up. Cost is $15.

Zoo Passes:
We have a limited number of passes to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  These passes are good for One Free Child Admission (ages 3-12). Passes are available at the circulation desk.  Please only request one pass per child.
 
2nd Grade STEM display:
At one of their STEM Stations, Mrs. Kaufman’s 2nd Grade class has been using wooden blocks to recreate structures with famous architecture. The students take turns building and adding on to their structures.  Recently, they chose to recreate the Traer Public Library! Come in and see pictures of what they built, and see if you can find the entrance, balcony, shelves, books, stairs, desks, chairs……
 
NEW Online Catalog Features!
Have you looked at our Online Catalog lately? We have added several great new features to help you find just what you’re looking for. You can always access our online catalog from our website www.traer.lib.ia.us. Click on the orange flag or button that says “Catalog Search”. In the blue area at the top, enter your search information (title/phrase, author, subject) and click GO! You can also click on More Search Options if you’d like to narrow your search.
 
After you’ve entered your search information, a list of options will appear. You will now see a picture of the cover, along with Location, Spine Label, Title, author, etc.  If you hover your cursor over the small picture, a larger picture will pop up. (If you’re like me, sometimes I remember the covers better than the titles!)
 
Once you click on your selection, you will still get all of the basic information that we’ve always provided.  But now, if you scroll down a bit further, you will be able to access a lot more, like suggestions for other books you might like, similar authors, or other books in the series. You also have access to Reader or Professional Reviews, Author Information, and a Book Profile, that will give you genre or topic information that you can click on that will take you to similar books.
 
We hope you utilize all of these new features, and be sure to ask us for help if you need it!
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
The 14th Colony by Steve Berry
The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry
The Lost Order by Steve Berry
The King’s Deception by Steve Berry
Claimed - #1 Lair of the Wolven by J.R.Ward
 
Non-Fiction:
Edges of Truth – The Mary Weaver Story by Deb Brammer

DVDs:
Uncharted
Dog
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I just burned my Hawaiian pizza. I should have put it on aloha temperature.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

May 9 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
Monday May 9 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 9 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday May 10 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 11 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday May 11 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday May 11 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 11 at 2:00 Funeral Info for Today with Todd Kruse
Wednesday May 11 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday May 12 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 12 at 2:00 One-on-One Sign Language with Kathleen Keefer
Thursday May 12 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen
Friday May 13 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 16 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 16 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday May 16 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday May 17 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 18 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday May 18 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 18 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday May 18 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday May 18 at 3:00-4:30 Early-Out K-5: Gardening
Thursday May 19 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 19 at 2:00 One-on-One Sign Language with Kathleen Keefer
Thursday May 19 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen
Friday May 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
Funeral Information for Today with Todd Kruse:
Thinking about planning a funeral can be overwhelming, whether it is for you or for a loved one. There are so many options, and a lot has changed in the funeral industry in recent years. Todd Kruse, Co-Owner and Funeral Director with Kruse-Phillips Funeral Homes in Tama-Toledo, will be speaking this Wednesday, May 11 at 2:00.  Todd will cover topics such as financial and legal matters, COVID reimbursement, and information on funeral services, memorial services, cremation services, pre-planning services and more. This is important information for everyone regardless of age or stage of life.
 
Upcoming Book Clubs (Newcomers are always welcome at any of our groups!):
This Wednesday, May 11 at 11:30 is our Scones and Tomes Book Club. We gather to share what we’ve been reading lately, while enjoying a hot beverage and a sweet treat.
 
On Monday May 16 at 2:00, our Monday Book Club will be meeting to discuss the book Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout.  We still have several copies available, so stop by to pick up a copy if you’d like to join our discussion.
 
On Monday May 16 at 5:30 our Chat & Chew Book Club will meet to discuss what we have been reading lately, or wish we had time to read, or just add more books to our To-Be-Read lists. We are a very informal group, and enjoy a slice of pizza (or 2 or 3) as we discuss.

One-on-One Sign Language:
Would you like to learn some basic sign language, or maybe build on what you already know? Every Thursday in May, Kathleen Keefer will be available to work with you one-on-one. No appointment is necessary, just come to the Talen Community Room at 2:00.
 
Fit & Feisty on Fridays!
Starting May 6, we are adding an additional Fit and Feisty exercise class on Fridays at 1:00! This will be a DVD-led class.  Most exercises are performed from a seated position, or using a chair for balance, so are appropriate for any fitness level. We focus on moving, flexibility, and building strength, and welcome newcomers!
 
Make a Butterfly House!
On Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00, Brendan Kelly, Naturalist with Tama County Conservation, will show us how to make a butterfly house.  Space is limited. There will be materials for 12 wooden houses, so come to the library to sign up. Cost is $15
.
Zoo Passes:
We have a limited number of passes to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.  These passes are good for One Free Child Admission (ages 3-12). Passes are available at the circulation desk.  Please only request one pass per child.
 
2nd Grade STEM display:
At one of their STEM Stations, Mrs. Kaufman’s 2nd Grade class has been using wooden blocks to recreate structures with famous architecture. The students take turns building and adding on to their structures.  Recently, they chose to recreate the Traer Public Library! Come in and see pictures of what they built, and see if you can find the entrance, balcony, shelves, books, stairs, desks, chairs……
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
Pay Dirt Road by Samantha Jayne Allen
Welcome to the School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
Angels of the Pacific by Elise Hooper
Mulberry Hollow - #2 Riverbend Romance Series by Denise Hunter
Wolf Hall - #1 Wolf Hall Trilogy by Hilary Mantel
Bring up the Bodies - #2 Wolf Hall Trilogy by Hilary Mantel
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Under Lock and Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian
Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild
A Deadly Bone to Pick by Peggy Rothschild
Mysteries of Max : Purrfect Murder; Purrfectly Deadly; Purrfect Revenge by Nic Saint
Summer at the Cape by RaeAnne Thayne
The Bookseller’s Promise by Beth Wiseman
 
Large Print:
Dream Town - #3 Archer Series by David Baldacci
The Caretakers by Amanda Bestor-Siegal
The Sacred Bridge - #7 Leapholm, Chee & Manuelito Series by Anne Hillerman
Robert Ludlum’s the Treadstone Transgression by Joshua Hood
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
Fear Thy Neighbor by Fern Michaels
Death of the Black Widow by James A. Patterson
The Investigator by John Sandford
The Shop on Royal Street by Karen White
 A Safe House by Stuart Woods
 
Non-Fiction:
Feels like Home: transforming your space from uninspiring to uniquely yours by Marian Parsons
The Half-Acre Homestead: 46 years of building & gardening by Lloyd Kahn
Learn to Landscape by The Great Gardening Academy
Against all Odds: a true story of ultimate courage and survival in World War II by Alex Kershaw
 
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Want to hear a joke about paper? Never mind, it’s tearable.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

May 2 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
Monday May 2 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 2 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday May 3 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 4 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday May 4 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 4 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday May 4 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday May 5 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 5 at 2:00 One-on-One Sign Language with Kathleen Keefer
Thursday May 5 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen
Friday May 6 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 9 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 9 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday May 10 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 11 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday May 11 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday May 11 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 11 at 2:00 Funeral Info for Today with Todd Kruse
Wednesday May 11 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday May 12 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 12 at 2:00 One-on-One Sign Language with Kathleen Keefer
Thursday May 12 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen
Friday May 13 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
 
 
Applique Class today:
If you have been attending our monthly Applique class with Joan, today is the day!  We meet at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.

Coffee & Crafts:
Join us Wednesday, May 4 at 2:00 to make a simple seasonal craft. All supplies are provided, and we enjoy a hot beverage while we craft and visit.

One-On-One Sign Language:
Would you like to learn some basic sign language, or maybe build on what you already know? Every Thursday in May, Kathleen Keefer will be available to work with you one-on-one. No appointment is necessary, just come to the Talen Community Room at 2:00.
 
Fit & Feisty on Fridays!
Starting May 6, we are adding an additional Fit and Feisty exercise class on Fridays at 1:00! This will be a DVD-led class.  Most exercises are performed from a seated position, or using a chair for balance, so are appropriate for any fitness level. We focus on moving, flexibility, and building strength, and welcome newcomers!

Funeral Information for Today with Todd Kruse:
Thinking about planning a funeral can be overwhelming, whether it is for you or for a loved one. There are so many options, and a lot has changed in the funeral industry in recent years. Todd Kruse, Co-Owner and Funeral Director with Kruse-Phillips Funeral Homes in Tama-Toledo, will be speaking on Wednesday, May 11 at 2:00.  Todd will cover topics such as financial protocol, legal matters, COVID reimbursement, and information on funeral services, memorial services, cremation services, pre-planning services and more.
 
Free Tumblebooks AND TeenBookCloud:
Tumblebooks is an online collection of e-books for children.  Kids can read along with animated, talking picture books, as well as chapter books, non-fiction books, and play games and put together puzzles. And it’s all free for our library patrons! Just go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the homepage, and put in your library card number.
 
For the next few weeks, we also have a free trial of Teen Book Cloud, which is geared more towards Teen and Young Adult readers.  You have unlimited access to over 1000 fiction and classic books, including lots of Graphic Novels, with more coming soon! If you or your young readers like graphic novels, check it out at www.TeenBookCloud.com. Just put in the username tpl and password trial. You can access this from any device with internet, so you can read on your computer, tablet or phone. Let us know what you think! If it is popular we may subscribe in the future!
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
Flame and Fortune - #22 Miss Fortune Series by Jana DeLeon
Bright Young Dead - #2 Mitford Murders Series by Jessica Fellowes
Lighthouse Cove - #7 Carolina Sunset Series by Rachel Hanna
Woman of Sunlight - #2 Brides of Hope Mountain Series by Mary Connealy
Her Secret Song - #3 Brides of Hope Mountain Series by Mary Connealy
Motto for Murder - #6 Merry Wrath Series by Leslie Langtry
Murder, Curlers, and Cruises - #3 Murders, Curlers Series by Arlene McFarlane
Sleuthing at Sweet Springs - #4 Sleuth Sisters Series by Maggie Pill
Never Go Home - #8 Jack Noble Series by L.T. Ryan
 
Large Print:
Muffins and Mourning Tea - #5 Oxford Tearoom Series by H.Y. Hanna
 
Non-Fiction:
Parentships in a PLC at work: forming and sustaining school-home relationships with families, by Kyle Palmer (a North Tama graduate)
 
Memorial Books:
My Dad Had That Car; a nostalgic look at the American automobile by Tad Burness, given in memory of John “Pep” Pressley Cochran by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
Masonry: the DIY guide to working with concrete, brick, block and stone by John Kelsey, given in memory of Vernon Zmolek by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
Because of a Teacher: stories of the past to inspire the future of education by George Couros, given in memory of Maurita Ann Haldy by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
Good as Gold: my eight decades in baseball by Jim Kaat, given in memory of Dr. Willard F. Haldy, D.D.S. by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
 
DVDs:
The King’s Daughter
Moonfall
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
My kids tolerated my puns for years, but now they’re all groaned up.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

April 25 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
Monday Apr 25 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Apr 25 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Apr 25 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace by appt
Monday Apr 25 at 4:00 Pen Pals
Tuesday Apr 26 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Apr 26 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Apr 27 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Apr 27 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Planting Design Graphics
Wednesday Apr 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Apr 27 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Apr 28 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Apr 28 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen Stoakes
Thursday Apr 28 at 5:30 Watercolor Painting Class
Monday May 2 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday May 2 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday May 3 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 4 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday May 4 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday May 4 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday May 4 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday May 5 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 5 One-on-One Sign Language with Kathleen Keefer
Thursday May 5 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen Stoakes

BINGO TODAY!
It’s time for another fun hour of BINGO! Gather your friends and come to the library at 2:00 today for some friendly rounds of BINGO.  There is no sign-up or cost to play, and you can win fabulous prizes!
 
Outside the Lines:
Our adult coloring group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 26 at 1:05pm.  We supply the pens, pencils and markers, and have cards, bookmarks or coloring books to color. Join us for a relaxing hour of coloring and visiting.
 
Lunch & Learn Webinar Series:
Our next Lunch & Learn webinar “Planting Design Graphics” with Lisa Nunamaker (ISU Dept. of Horticulture) will be shown Wednesday, April 27 from 12-1:00pm in the Talen Community Room. You have so many ideas for your garden and would like to finally draw something on paper! This presentation will show how to draw plant symbols, plus showcase the power of drawing plants in both plan (top view) and elevation (side view).

Yoga Returns:
Yoga is back – at a new date and time!  On Thursdays at 2:15, Ellen Stoakes is back leading us in a basic, gentle Yoga Class. We focus on relaxation, stretching, balance, and breathing.  If you can’t get down to (or up from) the floor, that’s ok! We sit in a chair for most poses, or use the chair for balance when standing. Bring your yoga mat (or borrow one of ours) and join us!
 
Watercolor Painting Class:
Stephanie Bellwood will be back with another evening Watercolor Painting Class on Thursday, April 28 at 5:30. We meet in the Talen Community Room, and no prior watercolor or painting experience is necessary! You will learn some basic techniques, and go home with your beautiful original painting! No cost or sign-up is required.
 
Free Tumblebooks AND TeenBookCloud:
Tumblebooks is an online collection of e-books for children.  Kids can read along with animated, talking picture books, as well as chapter books, non-fiction books, and play games and put together puzzles. And it’s all free for our library patrons! Just go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the homepage, and put in your library card number.
 
For the next few weeks, we also have a free trial of Teen Book Cloud, which is geared more towards Teen and Young Adult readers.  You have unlimited access to over 1000 fiction and classic books, including lots of Graphic Novels, with more coming soon! If you or your young readers like graphic novels, check it out at www.TeenBookCloud.com. Just put in the username tpl and password trial. You can access this from any device with internet, so you can read on your computer, tablet or phone. Let us know what you think! If it is popular we may subscribe in the future!
 
New Books:
 
Fiction:
Under the Golden Sun by Jenny Ashcroft
Woman of Fire by Lisa Barr
Sugar Birds by Cheryl Bostrom
A Family Affair by Robyn Carr
A Relative Murder - #4 Medlar Mystery Series by Jude Deveraux
The Silent Sisters - #3 Charles Jenkins Series by Robert Dugoni
The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich
Shadows of Berlin by David R. Gillham
Crimson Summer by Heather Graham
Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake - #5 Death by Chocolate Series by Sarah Graves
Sea Glass Cottage - #8 Hope Harbor Series by Irene Hannon
Summer on the Island by Brenda Novak
When he was Wicked - #6 Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
It’s in his Kiss - #7 Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
Citizen K-9 - #3 K Team Series by David Rosenfelt
That Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline
The Burning Pages - #7 Scottish Bookshop Series by Paige Shelton
Dark Night - #3 Alaska Wild Series by Paige Shelton
A Woman of Intelligence by Karin Tanabe
The Hitman’s Daughter by Carloyne Topdjian
Lover Arisen - #20 Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
The Librarian Always Rings Twice - #3 First Edition Library Series by Marty Wingate
 
Large Print:
Shadow’s Reel - #22 Joe Pickett Series by C.J. Box
The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich
The Lightning Rod - #2 Zig & Nola Series by Brad Meltzer
High Stakes by Danielle Steel
French Braid by Anne Tyler
A Sunlit Weapon - #17 Maisie Dobb Series by Jacqueline Winspear
 
Non-Fiction:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
The Pie and Tart Collection: artisan baking for the pie and tart enthusiast by Brian Hart Hoffman
Maus I A Survivor’s Tale : my father bleeds history by Art Speigelman
Maus II A Survivor’s Tale: and here my troubles began by Art Speigelman
 
DVD’s:
Spiderman: No Way Home
Marry Me
Cyrano
Ben Franklin
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I have a friend who writes music about sewing machines.  He’s a singer songwriter.  Or sew it seams.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

April 18 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
We are excited to share that the Traer Public Library has been designated as a Dementia Friendly Library! We are only the second library in Iowa to have this distinction! All staff members have gone through training provided by Dementia Friendly Iowa and the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, to learn more about dementia and the small things we can do to make a difference both within and outside of the library. In small ways we can all have a positive impact on our community.
 
On the Calendar:
Monday Apr 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Apr 18 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Apr 18 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Apr 19 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Apr 20 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Apr 20 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Planting Design Models
Wednesday Apr 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Apr 20 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Apr 20 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday, April 20 at 3:00 ISU Extension K-5th grade program– Bee Bots
Thursday Apr 21 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday April 21 NO YOGA this week
Monday Apr 25 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Apr 25 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Apr 25 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace by appt
Monday Apr 25 at 4:00 Pen Pals
Tuesday Apr 26 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Apr 26 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Apr 27 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Apr 27 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Planting Design Graphics
Wednesday Apr 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Apr 27 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Apr 28 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Apr 28 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen Stoakes
Thursday Apr 28 at 5:30 Watercolor Painting Class
 
 
Book Clubs Today!
Today at 2:00 the Monday Book Club will meet to discuss Woman 99 by Greer Macallister. We will also be handing out next month’s selection Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout.  Feel free to stop by and pick up a copy, even if you can’t make it to today’s discussion. If you can’t make it to the library, give us a call and you can join via Zoom.
 
At 5:30 our informal Chat & Chew Book Club will meet to enjoy some pizza while we discuss the books we’ve been reading lately, books we’ve heard about and want to read, or whatever other topic takes us off on a tangent. 

Lunch & Learn Webinar Series:
Our Lunch & Learn programs are continuing with another trio of webinars, this time focusing on landscaping. Cheryl Bruene will be here to present these informative webinars provided by ISU Extension & Outreach.
 
Our second webinar “Planting Design Models” with Lisa Nunamaker (ISU Dept. of Horticulture) will be shown this Wednesday, April 20 from 12-1:00pm in the Talen Community Room. The arrangement of plants is a beautiful process that can feel overwhelming. This presentation will highlight several planting models (or templates of-sorts) that you can follow to arrange plants in different ways depending on the site or style you wish to convey. Please join us – and feel free to bring your lunch!
 
Next week’s topic will be “Planting Design Graphics. You have so many ideas for your garden and would like to finally draw something on paper! This presentation will show how to draw plant symbols, plus showcase the power of drawing plants in both plan (top view) and elevation (side view).
 
Cards with Joan:
Joan Schafer will be here this Wednesday, April 20 to share her card-making talents and ideas and guide us through making a lovely spring card.  All materials and supplies needed are provided.  See an example on our website https://www.traer.lib.ia.us/programs/list-ongoing-programming/line-crafting
 
Early-Out Wednesday Programs:
Need an activity for your kids in grades K-5 on Early Out Wednesdays? We have a couple of fun programs coming up! These programs are put on by Jenny Hulme with ISU Extension and Outreach, and each topic includes a story, an educational activity/experiment, and craft. There is no cost and no registration for these programs - just show up for some fun! Programs are from 3:00-4:30.
April 20 topic is Earth Day.....includes Bee Bots (robotics)
May 18 topic is Gardening: Getting Your Hands Dirty
 
Watercolor Painting Class:
Stephanie Bellwood will be back with another evening Watercolor Painting Class on Thursday, April 28 at 5:30. We meet in the Talen Community Room, and no prior watercolor or painting experience is necessary! You will learn some basic techniques, and go home with your beautiful original painting! No cost or sign-up is required.
 
Board Games!
Do you like to play games?  Join us on Thursdays at 10:30 for some fun, friendly rounds of Cribbage or Rummikub.  The library also has some other board games available that you can play while here at the library.  Just ask at the circulation desk!
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
My church has a whole new group of singers every Sunday.  It is required.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

April 11 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
 
On the Calendar:
Monday Apr 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Apr 11 at 2:00 Booking a VRBO
Monday Apr 11 at 4:00 Pen Pals
Tuesday Apr 12 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Apr 13 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Apr 13 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Apr 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday, Apr 13 at 2:00 NEI3A presents “What Can Your Agency Do For You”
Wednesday Apr 13 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Apr 14 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Apr 14 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen Stoakes
Saturday, April 16 CLOSED for Easter weekend
Monday Apr 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Apr 18 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Apr 18 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Apr 19 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Apr 20 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Apr 20 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Planting Design Models
Wednesday Apr 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Apr 20 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Apr 20 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday, April 20 at 3:00 K-5th grade program– Earth Day & Bee Bots
Thursday Apr 21 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub

Booking a VBRO - TODAY at 2:00
When people talk about going on vacation and mention VRBO, what are they talking about?  Cheryl Ewoldt Wauters will give us some basic information and tips on using VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) to book your vacation accommodations.  Join us at 2:00 on Monday, April 11 to learn more!

PenPals! TODAY at 4:00
Our PenPals! Creative writing group will meet today at 4:00.  If you are interested in writing your memories, a journal, a short story, a book, or any other type of writing, you are invited to join our group. 
 
Scones & Tomes:
On Wednesday, April 13 at 11:30, we will be meeting in the Carnegie Café for coffee, book discussion, and a sweet treat.  Come and share what you have been reading lately, and pick up ideas for what you want to read next.

Northeast Iowa Area Agency On Aging: What Can We Do For You?
The Northeast Iowa Area Agency On Aging (NEI3A) is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving individuals throughout 18 counties in Northeast Iowa. NEI3A coordinates services for individuals to help them maintain the independence they desire. They connect older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities to the services they need to remain independent. Come learn about all of the services they offer on Wednesday, April 13 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room. Chances are you or someone you know could benefit from the many services they offer.
 
Yoga with Ellen Stoakes returns:
Yoga is back – at a new date and time!  Beginning on Thursday, April 14 at 2:15, Ellen Stoakes will be returning to lead us in a basic Yoga Class. We focus on relaxation, stretching, balance, and breathing.  If you can’t get down to (or up from) the floor, that’s ok – you can still participate from your chair. Bring your yoga mat (or borrow one of ours) and join us!
 
Lunch & Learn Webinar Series:
Our Lunch & Learn programs are continuing with another trio of webinars, this time focusing on landscaping. Cheryl Bruene will be here to present these informative webinars provided by ISU Extension & Outreach.
 
Our second webinar “Planting Design Models” with Lisa Nunamaker (ISU Dept. of Horticulture) will be shown Wednesday, April 20 from 12-1:00pm in the Talen Community Room.The arrangement of plants is a beautiful process that can feel overwhelming. This presentation will highlight several planting models (or templates of-sorts) that you can follow to arrange plants in different ways depending on the site or style you wish to convey. Please join us and bring your lunch!

Early-Out Wednesday Programs:
Need an activity for your kids in grades K-5 on Early Out Wednesdays? We have a couple of fun programs coming up! These programs are put on by Jenny Hulme with ISU Extension and Outreach, and each topic includes a story, an educational activity/experiment, and craft. There is no cost and no registration for these programs - just show up for some fun! Programs are from 3:00-4:30.

    April 20: topic is Earth Day.....includes Bee Bots (robotics)
    May 18: topic is Gardening: Getting Your Hands Dirty

 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Memorial Books:
Seventy Years of Farm Tractors by Brian Bell, given in Memory of Ellsworth Charles Cizek by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer.

Tractor Wars: John Deere, Henry Ford, International Harvester, and the birth of modern agriculture by Neil Dahlstrom, given in memory of Paul Hulme by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer.
 
DVDs:
Old Henry
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
What do you call a row of bunnies hopping away? A receding hare line.
 

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

April 4 Newsletter

Good Morning!

It’s National Library Week!

Help us celebrate by attending one of our many programs, checking out some of our wonderful materials, using our computer lab, or just stopping in to say hi and taking a look around!

Your small-town library has a lot to offer! We have books, magazines, audiobooks, puzzles, cake pans, cookie cutters, rubber stamps, and more, all available to check out.  We subscribe to 4 newspapers, and they are available for everyone to read during library hours. We offer 8 public computers in our computer lab, and have 2 Chromebooks available to use in the library. We have 2 meeting rooms available for library and community programs, or to rent for private events.

As your librarian, I feel so fortunate to be able to work in such a beautiful building with such a supportive community. Thank you for making the Traer Public Library a wonderful place to be!

 

On the Calendar:

Monday Apr 4 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Apr 4 at 2:00 Applique Class
Monday Apr 4 at 6:00 Genetic Genealogy with Judy Mitchell
Tuesday Apr 5 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Apr 6 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Apr 6 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Planting Design Tips
Wednesday Apr 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Apr 6 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Apr 6 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Apr 7 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Apr 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Apr 11 at 2:00 Booking a VRBO
Monday Apr 11 at 4:00 Pen Pals
Tuesday Apr 12 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Apr 13 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Apr 13 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Apr 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday, Apr 13 at 2:00 NEI3A presents “What Can Your Agency Do For You”
Wednesday Apr 13 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Apr 14 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Apr 14 at 2:15 Yoga with Ellen Stoakes
 
Applique Class Today:
If you have been attending our Applique class, the next class is today at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.
Genetic Genealogy: DNA and Family Trees Tonight:
This evening at 6:00, Judy Mitchell will provide an overview of Genetic Genealogy.  Genetic Genealogy is the use of DNA profiling and testing, in combination with traditional genealogical methods, to infer genetic relationships between individuals. Topics covered will include: which DNA test is best; ethnicities; I have "matches", now what; and be prepared for surprises.
 
Lunch & Learn Webinar Series:
Our Lunch & Learn programs are continuing with another trio of webinars, this time focusing on landscaping. “Planting Design Tips” with Lisa Nunamaker (ISU Dept. of Horticulture) will be shown this Wednesday, April 6 from 12-1:00pm in the Talen Community Room. Learn about simple tips to help you arrange plants in your garden. Elements such as form, texture, color, massing, plus several others are highlighted. Cheryl Bruene will be here to present this informative webinar provided by ISU Extension & Outreach. On April 20 the topic will be “Planting Design Models”, and on April 27 we will learn about “Planting Design Graphics”. Please join us – and feel free to bring your lunch!
Booking a VRBO:
When people talk about going on vacation and mention VRBO, what are they talking about?  Cheryl Ewoldt Wauters will give us some basic information and tips on using VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) to book your vacation accommodations.  Join us at 2:00 on Monday, April 11 to learn more!
Northeast Iowa Area Agency On Aging: What Can We Do For You?
The Northeast Iowa Area Agency On Aging (NEI3A) is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving individuals throughout 18 counties in Northeast Iowa. NEI3A coordinates services for individuals to help them maintain the independence they desire. They connect older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities to the services they need to remain independent. Come learn about all of the services they offer on Wednesday, April 13 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room. Chances are you or someone you know could benefit from the many services they offer.
 
Yoga with Ellen Stoakes returns:
Yoga is back – at a new date and time!  Beginning on Thursday, April 14 at 2:15, Ellen Stoakes will be returning to lead us in a basic Yoga Class. We focus on relaxation, stretching, balance, and breathing.  If you can’t get down to (or up from) the floor, that’s ok – you can still participate from your chair. Bring your yoga mat (or borrow one of ours) and join us!
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
Murder at the Porte de Versailles by Cara Black
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
The Gift at Sugar Sand Inn by Leigh Duncan
Booth by Karen Joy Fowler
Finding Refuge - #8 Bluebird Bay Series by Christine Gael
Finding Comfort - #9 Bluebird Bay Series by Christine Gael
Looking for Leroy by Melody Carlson
The Missing Piece by John T. Lescroart
The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery
The Darkest Place - #5 Robin Lakewood Series by Phillip Margolin
Crowbones - #3 World of the Others by Anne Bishop
Shadows Reel - #22 Joe Pickett Series by C. J. Box
 
Large Print:
The Match by Harlan Coben
Sierra Six by Mark Greaney
Killer View by Roy Johansen
City of the Dead by Jonathan Kellerman
Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton & James Patterson
One Night on the Island by Josie Silver
Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh
 
Non-Fiction:
Mission Possible: Go Create a Life that Counts by Tim Tebow
Estate Planning Basics by Denis Clifford
 
DVDs:
Sing 2
West Side Story
Supergirl - Season 6
Call of the Midwife – Season 10
All Creatures Great and Small – Season 2
Outlander – Seasons 2 & 3
Yellowstone Season 4
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I’m a social vegan.  I avoid meet.
 

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

March 28 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
 
Monday Mar 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Mar 28 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Mar 28 at 3:30-6 Makerspace by Appt
Monday Mar 28 at 4:00 Pen Pals
Tuesday Mar 29 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday March 29 at 2:00 Living with Dementia-Featuring Kevin Dill
Wednesday Mar 30 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Mar 30 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Starting a Cutting Garden
Wednesday Mar 30 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 30 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Mar 31 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Mar 31 at 6:30 Sue Ewoldt’s Publishing Journey
Monday Apr 4 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Apr 4 at 2:00 Applique Class
Monday Apr 4 at 6:00 Genetic Genealogy with Judy Mitchell
Tuesday Apr 5 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Apr 6 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Apr 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Apr 6 at 2:00 Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Apr 6 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Apr 7 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
 
BINGO Today!
It’s BINGO Monday! Come to the Kupka Cultural Center this afternoon at 2:00 for some friendly rounds of BINGO. You can go home with some fun prizes!
 
Makerspace by Appointment Today:
Do you need space to spread out to work on a crafting project? Or maybe you need some supplies you don’t have in your crafting cupboard? From 3:30-6:00 today, you can stop in to use the library’s sewing machines, Cricuts, stamps, inks, papers, cutters, and other crafting supplies.  Just give us a call at 319-478-2180 to set up a time. The cost is a free will donation for any supplies you use.

Living With Dementia and Becoming a Dementia Friend:
This Tuesday, March 29 at 2:00, the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging will present Becoming a Dementia Friend, with special guest Kevin Dill, who will speak on Living With Dementia. Kevin, who is battling Lewy Body Dementia, has been featured on The Steele Report on KWWL. We will learn simple things we can do to support those struggling with the disease.  We have folks in our community living with dementia, and any actions, big or small, to support these folks can make a difference.

Lunch & Learn Webinar Series:
The next Lunch & Learn webinar “Starting a Cutting Garden” will be this Wednesday, March 30 from 12-1:00pm.  Cheryl Bruene will be here to present this informative webinar provided by ISU Extension & Outreach, shown on our new big-screen TV in the Talen Community Room. Please join us – and feel free to bring your lunch!

Sue Ewoldt’s Publishing Journey:
Sue Ewoldt (aka Miss Sue, our Children’s Librarian) has written a children’s book! Sue will be presenting Huxley and Howard, and will share her Publishing Journey on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30pm in the Kupka Cultural Center. Come listen as Sue reads her book and talks about her progression from idea to published book.  Refreshments will be served, and signed copies of Sue’s book will be available.
 
Genetic Genealogy: DNA and Family Trees:
On Monday, April 4th at 6:00, Judy Mitchell will provide an overview of Genetic Genealogy.  Genetic Genealogy is the use of DNA profiling and testing, in combination with traditional genealogical methods, to infer genetic relationships between individuals. Topics covered will include: which DNA test is best; ethnicities; I have "matches", now what; and be prepared for surprises.

Booking a VRBO:
When people talk about going on vacation and mention VRBO, what are they talking about?  Cheryl Ewoldt Wauters will give us some basic information and tips on using VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) to book your vacation accommodations.  Join us at 2:00 on Monday, April 11 to learn more!

VOX Books:
We have 11 new VOX Books for young children! VOX Books capture children’s attention by combining picture books with audio recordings. The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary picture book into an all-in-one read-along. There’s no need for computers, tablets or CDs.  Children simply push a button to listen and read along!
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
The Bluebonnet Battle by Carolyn Brown
Qwendy’s Magic Feather - #2 Gwendy’s Magic Button Box Series by Richard Chizmar and Stephen King
For the Birds - #2 Rose Gardner Series by Denise Grover Swank
 
Large Print:
Edgewater Road by Shelley Shepard Gray
 
Non-Fiction:
Moda Bake Shop – Did Someone Say Cake: a dozen quilts from 10 layer quilt squares by Lisa Alexander
 
DVDs:
Around the World in 80 Days – Season One
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Babies born on March 31st are the easiest to prank on April Fool’s Day because they were literally born yesterday.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

March 21 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Mar 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Mar 21 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Mar 21 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Mar 22 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Mar 22 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 23 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Mar 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 23 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Mar 24 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Mar 24 at 2:00 Down & Dirty: Making Rain barrels w/ Naturalist Brendan Kelly
Thursday Mar 24 at 5:30-7:00 Watercolor 101 – evening edition
Monday Mar 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Mar 28 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Mar 28 at 3:30-6 Makerspace by appt
Monday Mar 28 at 4:00 Pen Pals
Tuesday Mar 29 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday March 29 at 2:00 Becoming a Dementia Friend-Featuring Kevin Dill
Wednesday Mar 30 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Mar 30 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Starting a Cutting Garden
Wednesday Mar 30 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 30 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Mar 31 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Mar 31 at 6:30 Sue Ewoldt presents her Publishing Journey
 
Book Clubs today:
At 2:00 today, our Monday Book Club will be meeting to discuss the book Heartland by Sarah Smarsh. We will also be handing out next month’s selection, Woman 99 by Greer Macallister. At 5:30, our Chat & Chew Book Club will gather to share the books we have been reading lately, while we enjoy some pizza.  Come join us for either of these lively book clubs!
 
Outside the Lines:
On Tuesday, March 22 at 1:05, stop by for a relaxing hour of coloring and visiting.  We have everything you need – cards, bookmarks, pencils and pens.  Or bring your own supplies and projects and come for the socializing.

Down & Dirty Gardening Group - Rain Barrels:
On Thursday, March 24 at 2:00, Brendan Kelly, Naturalist with Tama County Conservation, will present information on making and using rain barrels. He will be bringing all of the components to make your own rain barrel.  Prior sign-up was required for the materials to make one, and all materials have been spoken for.  However, please feel free to come listen and observe even if you aren’t making one at this time.

Watercolor Class – Evening Edition:
Stephanie Bellwood will be back with an evening Watercolor Painting Class.  The participants in her February classes created some wonderful paintings, and we had requests for an evening class, so join us on Thursday, March 24 from 5:30 – 7:00 in the Talen Community Room for your chance to learn some basic techniques for painting with watercolors.
 
Becoming a Dementia Friend:
On Tuesday, March 29 at 2:00, the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging will present Becoming a Dementia Friend. You will learn about living with dementia, and the simple things you can do to support someone struggling with the disease.  We have folks in our community living with dementia, and any actions, big or small, to support these folks can make a difference. The program will feature Kevin Dill, who is battling Louis Body Dementia – you may have seen him on The Steele Report.

Lunch & Learn Webinar Series:
The next Lunch & Learn webinar “Starting a Cutting Garden” will be Wednesday, March 30 from 12-1:00pm.  Cheryl Bruene will be here to present this informative webinar provided by ISU Extension & Outreach, shown on our new big-screen TV in the Talen Community Room. Please join us – and feel free to bring your lunch!

Sue Ewoldt’s Publishing Journey:
Sue Ewoldt (aka Miss Sue, our Children’s Librarian) has written a children’s book! Sue will be presenting Huxley and Howard, and will share her Publishing Journey on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30pm in the Kupka Cultural Center. Come listen as Sue reads her book and talks about her progression from idea to published book.  Refreshments will be served, and copies of Sue’s book will be available.
 
Book Displays:
Our Local Author Display continues to grow! We have amazing authors from Traer and the surrounding area.  We also have a display of books that have inspired upcoming movies or TV shows.  Come check out the books before watching the shows!
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
The War of Two Queens - #4 Blood and Ash series by Jennifer Armentrout
Calder Grit - #2 Calder Brand Series by Janet Dailey
Phantom Game - #38 GhostWalker Series by Christine Feehan
Caramel Pecan Roll Murder - #28 Hannah Swenson Series by Joanne Fluke
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Malicious Intent - #2 Defend and Protect Series by Lynn Huggins Blackburn
The Sugarcreek Surprise - #2 Creektown Discoveries Series by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Threads of Hope - #3 Plain Patterns Series by Leslie Gould
Along the Rio Grande by Tracie Peterson
With Love from London by Sarah Jio
The Dickens Boy by Thomas Keneally
The Tobacco Wives by Adele Myers
 
Large Print:
The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis
Nothing to Lose - #25 JP Beaumont Series by J. A. Jance
 
Non-Fiction:
Find Your People: building deep community in a lonely world by Jennie Allen
Digital Minimalism: choosing a focused life in a noisy world by Cal Newport
Funny Farm: my unexpected life with 600 rescue animals by Laurie Zaleski
The Art of Papercraft by Helen Hiebert
 
Teen:
Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson
Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
 
DVDs:
Coming 2 America
Redeeming Love
The 355
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Spring is here but I can’t plant flowers yet.  I haven’t botany.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

March 14 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
 
Monday Mar 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Mar 14 at 2:00 Sign Language with Kathleen Keefer
Monday Mar 14 at 4:00 Pen Pals
Monday Mar 14 at 5:30-7:00 Sewing 101 refresher/practice
Tuesday Mar 15 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 16 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Mar 16 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Monarch Habitat
Wednesday Mar 16 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 16 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Mar 16 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Mar 16 at 3:00 Kids in the Kitchen
Thursday Mar 17 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Mar 17 at 2:00 IowaWORKS program on Unemployment Benefits changes
Monday Mar 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Mar 21 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Mar 21 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Mar 22 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Mar 22 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 23 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Mar 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 23 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Mar 24 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Mar 24 at 2:00 Making Rain barrels w/ Naturalist Brendan Kelly
Thursday Mar 24 at 5:30-7:00 Watercolor 101 – evening edition
 
 
Sign Language:
On Monday, March 14, join us at 2:00 as Kathleen Keefer shares some of her experiences with learning and speaking Sign Language. She will also teach us some basic ASL signs.

Sewing 101 Practice/Refresher:

Would you like to practice what you learned last week at Sewing 101? Come in this afternoon from 5:30-7:00.  Just let us know if you will be coming, so we can have a sewing machine set up for you. You can also always come during our Makerspace time (Last Monday of the Month from 3:30 - 6:00 by appointment).

If there is enough interest, we may expand this program into more classes.

Rain Barrel Making – Sign Up Today!
On March 24 at 2:00. Brendan Kelly, Naturalist with Tama County Conservation, will present information on making and using rain barrels. He will be bringing all of the components to make 10 rain barrels.  If you would like to make your own rain barrel, please contact the library to sign up. Cost is $10 for everything you need, and the cutoff date to sign up is TODAY, Monday March 14.  Please feel free to come listen and observe even if you don’t wish to make one at this time.
 
NEW! Lunch & Learn Webinar Series!
Join us for the next Lunch & Learn webinar “Monarch Habitat in the Home Garden Landscape” this Wednesday, March 16 from 12-1:00pm.  Cheryl Bruene will be here to present these informative webinars provided by ISU Extension & Outreach and will show them on our new big-screen TV in the Talen Community Room. On March 30 learn how to Plan a Cutting Flower Garden.  Please join us – and feel free to bring your lunch!
 
Cards With Joan:
Joan Schafer makes beautiful greeting cards, and she shares her ideas and talents on the third Wednesday of every month. Join her this Wednesday, March 16 at 2:00 to make a lovely spring card (view examples on our website https://www.traer.lib.ia.us/) All materials are provided.  If you would like to join Joan’s class via Zoom, please call the library and we will get you set up.

Changes in Unemployment Benefits Informational Program:
Maria Morales from the Marshalltown IowaWORKS office will be speaking about changes to Unemployment Benefits on Thursday, March 17 at 2:00. She will also be available to answer any questions you may have about these changes.
 
Watercolor Class – Evening Edition:
Stephanie Bellwood will be back with an evening Watercolor Painting Class.  The participants in her February classes created some wonderful paintings, and we had requests for an evening class, so join us on Wednesday, March 24 from 5:30 – 7:00 in the Talen Community Room for your chance to learn some basic techniques for painting with watercolors.
 
Sue Ewoldt’s Publishing Journey:
Sue Ewoldt (aka Miss Sue, our Children’s Librarian) has written a children’s book! Sue will be presenting Huxley and Howard, and will share her Publishing Journey on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30pm in the Kupka Cultural Center. Come listen as Sue reads her book and talks about her progression from idea to published book.  Refreshments will be served, and copies of Sue’s book will be available.
 
Book Displays:
Our Local Author Display is still growing! We have amazing authors from Traer and the surrounding area.  And so many genres too:  Children’s, Junior, Teen and Adult Fiction; Non-Fiction; Local History; Poetry; Educational, and a Magazine! Even a Pulitzer Prize winner! These books span almost 100 years of publishing – from 1923-2022! Most are available to check out, so come in and take a look.
 
We also have a display of books that have inspired upcoming movies or TV shows.  Come read the books before watching the shows!
 
Meeting Room Rental:
Did you know that you can rent the meeting rooms in the lower level of the library? Our meeting rooms are great for community or informational meetings, baby or wedding showers, graduation open houses, etc. The Talen Community Room has an attached kitchen and has a large screen TV available for use. The maximum occupancy in the Community Room is 60 people, and is available for $50 rent + $50 deposit. The Kupka Cultural Center has a capacity of 150 people, and also has a movable TV or pull-down screen available for use. This room also has a stage and a grand piano, and is available for $75 rent + $75 deposit.  Both rooms can be rented for $100 rent + $100 deposit.  Contact the library to find out more.
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
House of Sky and Breath - #2 Crescent City Series by Sarah J. Maas
 
Non-Fiction:
The Age of AI: and our human future by Henry Kissinger
The Big Book of Favorite Scrap Quilts: 44 Colorful and Cozy Patterns
 
Teen:
If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy
 
DVDs
American Underdog
House of Gucci
Eternals
The Beatles: Get Back
Outlander – Season One
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Irish puns are the most O’ffensive.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

March 7 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
 
Monday Mar 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Mar 7 at 2:00 Applique Class
Monday Mar 7 at 2:00 Iowa Dept on Aging: Elder Abuse
Tuesday Mar 8 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 9 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Mar 9 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Mar 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 9 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Mar 9 at 3:00 Kids in the Kitchen
Wednesday Mar 9 at 5:30 Sewing 101
Thursday Mar 10 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Mar 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Mar 14 at 2:00 Sign Language with Kathleen Keefer
Monday Mar 14 at 4:00 Pen Pals
Monday Mar 14 at 5:30-7:00 Sewing 101 refresher/practice
Tuesday Mar 15 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 16 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Mar 16 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Monarch Habitat
Wednesday Mar 16 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 16 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Mar 16 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Mar 16 at 3:00 Kids in the Kitchen
Thursday Mar 17 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Mar 17 at 2:00 IowaWORKS program on Unemployment Benefits changes
 
Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness Today:
Today at 2:00, Ann Marie from the Iowa Department on Aging will present information on Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness.  She will explain the different types of Elder Abuse, some of the signs of abuse, and what to do if it is happening to you or older loved ones.  She will also share what you can do to help prevent abuse, and explain what kind of help their agency offers.
 
Applique Class Today:
If you have been attending our Applique classes, the next class will be this afternoon at 2:00.

Sewing 101:
Do you want to learn some basic sewing techniques? Join us on Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30-7:00pm for a beginner's sewing class. Heather Breja will show you how to use a sewing machine and give you some other basic tips. Class size is limited so please call the library to sign up.  Cost is $5 for all supplies.  We have 7 sewing machines available, but if you have your own you’d like to bring, let us know and we can add you to the class.
Come back to practice what you learned on Monday March 14 from 5:30-7:00.  Just let us know if you will be coming, so we can have a sewing machine set up for you. You can also always come during our Makerspace time (Last Monday of the Month from 3:30 - 6:00 by appointment).
If there is enough interest, we may expand this program into more classes.

Sign Language:
On Monday, March 14, join us at 2:00 as Kathleen Keefer shares some of her experiences with learning and speaking Sign Language. She will also teach us some basic ASL signs.
 
NEW! Lunch & Learn Webinar Series!
Join us for the next Lunch & Learn webinar “Monarch Habitat in the Home Garden Landscape” next Wednesday, March 16 from 12-1:00pm.  These webinars are provided by ISU Extension & Outreach and will be shown on our new big-screen TV in the Talen Community Room. On March 30 learn how to Plan a Cutting Flower Garden.  Lunch will not be provided- please bring your own lunch.

Changes in Unemployment Benefits Informational Program:
Maria Morales from the Marshalltown IowaWORKS office will be speaking about changes to Unemployment Benefits on Thursday, March 17 at 2:00. She will also be available to answer any questions you may have about these changes.
 
Down & Dirty Gardening Group:
The next gathering of our Down and Dirty Group will be on March 24 at 2:00. Brendan Kelly, Naturalist with Tama County Conservation, will present information on making and using rain barrels. He will be bringing all of the components to make 10 rain barrels.  If you would like to make your own rain barrel, please contact the library to sign up. Cost is $10 for everything you need, and the cutoff date to sign up is Monday March 14.  Please feel free to come listen and observe even if you don’t wish to make one at this time.
 
Local Author Display:
Our Local Author Display just keeps getting bigger and bigger! We have amazing authors from Traer and the surrounding area.  And so many genres too:  Children’s, Junior, Teen and Adult Fiction; Non-Fiction; Local History; Poetry; Educational, and a Magazine! Even a Pulitzer Prize winner! These books span almost 100 years of publishing – from 1923-2022! Most are available to check out, so come in and take a look.
 
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
Tin Camp Road by Ellen Airgood
The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library - #2 Lakeside Library Mystery by Holly Danvers
The One You’re With by Lauren K. Denton
Gated Prey - #3 Eve Ronin Series by Lee Goldberg
The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf
What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris
A Blizzard of Polar Bears - #2 Alex Carter Series by Alice Henderson
Moonflower Murders - #2 Magpie Murders Series by Anthony Horowitz
Tranquility Falls - #4 Miramar Bay Series by Davis T. Bunn
The Cottage on Lighthouse Lane - #5 Miramar Bay Series by Davis T. Bunn
At Lighthouse Point - #3 Three Sisters Island Series by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Riviera House by Natasha Lester
The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post by Allison Pataki
Steal - #3 Instinct Series by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers
Abandoned in Death by J.D. Robb
The Social Graces by Renee Rosen
The Storyteller of Casablanca by Fiona Valpy
The Lives of Edie Pritchard by Larry Watson
 
 
Non-Fiction:
From Strength to Strength: finding success, happiness, and deep purpose in the second half of life by Arthur C. Brooks
Uncanceled: finding meaning and peace in a culture of accusations, shame, and condemnation by Phil Robertson
Crochet in a weekend: 29 quick-to-stitch sweaters, tops, shawls & more by Salena Baca
Red, White & Blue Star Quilts: 16 striking patriotic & 2-color patterns by Judy Martin
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Tales of the Tombstones: Buckingham Cemetery, Traer, IA by Judy L. Robb
Sara Jane and Me: a memoir by Jean Day (Stella Jean Draper)
 
Large Print:
Diablo Mesa - #3 Nora Kelly Series by Douglas J. Preston
 
Teen:
The Silvered Serpents - #2 Gilded Wolves Series by Roshani Chokshi
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I went to see my sick comedian friend in the hospital ICU. I asked him how he was feeling and he said “I’ll be here all weak.”

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

Feb 28 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:
 
Monday Feb 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Feb 28 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday Feb 28 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace by appointment
Monday Feb 28 at 4:00 Pen Pals!
Tuesday March 1 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 2 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Mar 2 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Beekeeping 101
Wednesday Mar 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 2 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Mar 2 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Mar 2 at 3:00 Kids in the Kitchen
Thursday Mar 3 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Mar 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Mar 7 at 2:00 Applique Class
Monday Mar 7 at 2:00 Iowa Dept on Aging: Elder Abuse
Tuesday Mar 8 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 9 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Mar 9 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Mar 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 9 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Mar 9 at 3:00 Kids in the Kitchen
Wednesday Mar 9 at 5:30 Sewing 101
Thursday Mar 10 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
 
“Board”om Buster- Last day to vote for your favorite:
Stop by and see how our creative patrons repurposed the old wood cabinet door they chose, and vote for your favorite “Board”. Today is the last day of voting, so stop in and make your vote count! The contestant with the most votes will win a gift basket with lots of wonderful gifts!
 
BINGO Today!
Join us today, February 28 at 2:00 in the Kupka Cultural Center for a friendly yet competitive hour of BINGO. There is no cost to participate, and you can win fabulous prizes!
 
NEW! Lunch & Learn Webinar Series!
Join us for the first Lunch & Learn webinar “Beekeeping 101” this Wednesday, March 2 from 12-1:00pm!  These webinars are provided by ISU Extension & Outreach and will be shown on our new big-screen TV in the Talen Community Room. On March 16 learn about creating a Monarch Habitat. On March 30 learn how to Plan a Cutting Flower Garden.  Lunch will not be provided- please bring your own lunch.
 
Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts:
Join us for an hour of crafting, chatting, and coffee (or tea, hot cocoa or cider) this Wednesday, March 2 at 2:00.  We will be creating a simple seasonal craft, and we provide all supplies needed.  There is no cost and no sign-up required.
 
Kids in the Kitchen:
The first of three more “Kids in the Kitchen” programs will be this Wednesday, March 2 from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Talen Community Room. Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, leads these programs for kids grades K-5. The next 2 sessions will be on March 9 and 16. Kids will eat and make healthy, child-friendly recipes, and learn about food safety, the 5 food groups, and the importance of physical activity.

Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness:
On Monday, March 7 at 2:00, a representative from the Iowa Department on Aging will present information on Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness.  They will explain the different types of Elder Abuse, what are some signs of abuse, and what to do if it is happening to you or older loved ones.  They will also share what you can do to help prevent abuse.   They will also explain what their agency does to help, and what kinds of help they offer.
 
Applique Class:
If you have been attending our Applique classes, the next class will be on Monday, March 7 at 2:00.

Sewing 101:
Do you want to learn some basic sewing techniques? Join us on Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30-7:00pm for a beginner's sewing class. Heather Breja will show you how to use a sewing machine and give you some other basic tips.  
Come back to practice what you learned on Monday March 14 from 5:30-7:00.  Just let us know if you will be coming, so we can have a sewing machine set up for you. You can also always come during our Makerspace time (Last Monday of the Month from 3:30 - 6:00 by appointment).
If there is enough interest, we may expand this program into more classes.
 
Local Author Display:
Come to the library and check out our Local Author Display! We have amazing authors from Traer and the surrounding area.  And so many genres too:  Children’s, Junior, Teen and Adult Fiction; Non-Fiction; Local History; Poetry; and a Magazine! Even a Pulitzer Prize winner! These books span almost 100 years of publishing – from 1923-2022! Most are available to check out, so come in and take a look.
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman
The Parker Women by Kay Correll
The Last Agent - #2 Charles Jenkins Series by Robert Dugoni
Gone by Midnight - #3 Crimson Lake Series by Candice Fox
Lost Hills - #1 Eve Ronin Series by Lee Goldberg
Bone Canyon - #2 Eve Ronin Series by Lee Goldberg
High Stakes Crime - #15 Shelby Nichols Series by Colleen Helme
A Head Start - #4 Cherry Blossom Point Series by Christine Gael
Beyond the Tides – #1 Prince Edward Island Shores Series by Liz Johnson
On Love’s Gentle Shore - #3 Prince Edward Island Dreams Series by Liz Johnson
Tough as Steele - #1 Steele Guardians Series by Susan Sleeman
Then Came You - #4 Deep Haven Collection Series by Susan May Warren
Glad One: Crazy is a Relative Term - #1 Val Fremden Midlife Mysteries Series by Margaret Lashley
Two Crazy: Bust a Move - #2 Val Fremden Midlife Mysteries Series by Margaret Lashley
Three Dumb: Wheelin’ and Dealin’ - #3 Val Fremden Midlife Mysteries Series by Margaret Lashley
The Lost Girls of Devon by Barbara O’Neal
A Peculiar Combination - #1 Electra McDonnel Series by Ashley Weaver
Murder is a Must - #2 First Edition Library Mystery Series by Marty Wingate
 
Large Print:
The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron
Under the Bayou Moon by Valerie Fraser Luesse
 
Children’s:
Huxley and Howard by Traer Public Library staff member Sue (Miss Sue) Ewoldt
 
DVDs:
Encanto
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Working at an unemployment office must be a tense job…knowing if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

Feb 21 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Feb 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Feb 21 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Feb 21 at 4:00 Pen Pals!
Monday Feb 21 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Feb 22 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Feb 22 – Note: NO Quilting today
Wednesday Feb 23 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Feb 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 23 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Feb 24 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Feb 24 at 2:00 Down & Dirty Gardening Group
Thursday Feb 24 at 5:30 NT Speech Students present speeches going to District Contest
Monday Feb 28 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Feb 28 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday Feb 28 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace by appointment
Tuesday March 1 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Mar 2 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Mar 2 at 12:00 Lunch & Learn: Beekeeping 101
Wednesday Mar 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Mar 2 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Mar 2 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Mar 2 at 3:00 Kids in the Kitchen
Thursday Mar 3 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
 
Busy Monday!
We have programs all day long today!
 
Join us for Fit & Feisty at 1:00 for group exercise.  We do a variety of exercises that you can do from a standing or seated position.
 
At 2:00, our Monday Book Club will be discussing Little Faith by Nickolas Butler.  We will also be handing out next month’s selection, Heartland: a memoir of working hard and being broke in the richest country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh.
 
At 4:00, the Pen Pals will be meeting to discuss what they’ve been writing lately. Anyone who likes to write, or if you would like to start writing but don’t know where to start, is encouraged to join this group.  (This is a change in date, due to conflicts with their normal meeting time.)
 
Chat and Chew Book Club will meet at 5:30 to discuss books we’ve been reading while enjoying a slice or two of pizza.
 
 
Down & Dirty Gardening Group:
The next gathering of the Down and Dirty Gardening Group will be this Thursday, February 24 at 2:00.  Lisa Eikamp and Patty Suess from Simply Blooming will be talking to us about plants that are easy to grow, and will share ideas for both indoor and outdoor plants.
 
 
NT Speech Students Present:
The North Tama Speech students are preparing for District Individual Speech contest, and will present their speeches to the Traer community on Thursday, February 24 at 5:30 in the Kupka Cultural Center.  Please plan to attend to encourage our NT students, and give them an enthusiastic and supportive audience!
 
NEW! Lunch & Learn Webinar Series!
Join us in March for a series of Lunch & Learn webinars from 12-1:00pm!  These webinars are provided by ISU Extension & Outreach, and will be shown on our new big screen TV in the Talen Community Room. On March 2 we have Beekeeping 101. On March 16 learn about creating a Monarch Habitat. On March 30 learn how to Plan a Cutting Flower Garden.  Lunch will not be provided- please bring your own lunch.
 
Kids in the Kitchen:
Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, will be coming back with her 3rd "Kids in the Kitchen" program for ages K-5. There are 3 sessions from 3:00 to 4:30pm on early-out Wednesdays: March 2, 9, and 16. Kids will eat and make healthy, child-friendly recipes, and learn about food safety, the 5 food groups, and the importance of physical activity.  The cost is $10 for all three sessions. Registration is due by February 23.  Stop by the library to pick up a registration form, or contact the Extension Office at (641-484-2703). Space is limited so sign up early!
 
“Board”om Buster- Vote for your favorite:
Stop by and see how the contestants repurposed the old wood cabinet door they chose, and vote for your favorite “Board”. Patrons can vote at the library once a day through the end of the month. The contestant with the most votes will win a gift basket with lots of wonderful gifts!
 
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
Something to Hide by Elizabeth George
The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
Foundation of Love by Amy Clipston
Life Flight by Lynette Eason
Quicksilver by Dean R. Koontz
The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz
Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
The Fields by Erin Young
 
Large Print:
The Maid by Nita Prose
Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart
Invisible by Danielle Steel
Criminal Mischief by Stuart Woods
 
Non-Fiction:
The Secret to Love, Health, and Money by Rhonda Byrne
How Civil Wars Start, and How to Stop Them by Barbara F. Walter
Instant Pot Bible: copycat recipes – 175 original ways to remake your favorite restaurant recipes in your Instant Pot by Bruce Weinstein
All About Me!: my remarkable life in show business by Mel Brooks
My Dad’s Funnier than Your Dad: growing up with Tim Conway in the funniest house in America by Kelly Conway
The Storyteller: tales of life and music by David Grohl
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I was happy with my historian job until I realized there was no future in it.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

Feb 14 Newsletter

Good Morning!  Happy Valentine’s Day!
 
On the Calendar:
 
Monday Feb 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Feb 14 at 2:00 You Decide! Keto and a Healthy Diet with Deb & Craig Gingrich
Monday Feb 14 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Feb 15 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 16 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Feb 16 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 16 at 2:00 Cards With Joan
Wednesday Feb 16 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Feb 17 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Feb 17 at 2:00 Watercolor Class
Monday Feb 21 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Feb 21 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Feb 21 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Feb 22 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Feb 22 – Note: NO Quilting today
Wednesday Feb 23 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Feb 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 23 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Feb 24 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Feb 24 at 2:00 Down & Dirty Gardening Group
Thursday Feb 24 at 5:30 NT Speech Students present speeches going to District Contest
 
You Decide: Keto and the Healthy Diet:
We are back with another informative “You Decide” program.  At 2:00 today, Deb and Craig Gingrich will be speaking about incorporating the Keto Diet into a healthier eating style.  Come find out what this way of eating is all about, and decide if it’s right for you.
 
“Board”om Buster Deadline:
If you picked up a Board to decorate or repurpose for our “Board”om Buster contest, they are due by the end of the day today! (7:00pm Feb 14).
 
Stop by and see how the contestants repurposed the old wood cabinet door they chose, and vote for your favorite “Board”. Patrons can vote at the library once a day through the end of the month. The contestant with the most votes will win a gift basket with lots of wonderful gifts!
 
Cards With Joan:
Joan Schafer makes beautiful greeting cards, and so can you! Join her next Wednesday, Feb 16 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.  Joan shares her step by step techniques, and you can also add your own personal touch. All materials are provided. You can see photos of the cards we will be making on our website.  https://www.traer.lib.ia.us   If you would like to join Joan’s class via Zoom, please call the library and we will get you set up.
 
Watercolor Class this Thursday:
Our third session will be this week on Thursday Feb. 17 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.  You can join us this week, even if you missed the first two sessions. The participants are really enjoying themselves. There is no fee or registration required and all supplies will be provided.
 
NT Speech Students Present:
The North Tama Speech students are preparing for District Individual Speech contest, and will present their speeches to the Traer community on Thursday, February 24 at 5:30 in the Kupka Cultural Center.  Please plan to attend to encourage our NT students, and give them an enthusiastic and supportive audience!
 
Kids in the Kitchen:
Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, will be coming back with her 3rd "Kids in the Kitchen" program for ages K-5. There are 3 sessions from 3:00 to 4:30pm on early-out Wednesdays: March 2, 9, and 16. Kids will eat and make healthy, child-friendly recipes, and learn about food safety, the 5 food groups, and the importance of physical activity.  The cost is $10 for all three sessions. Registration is due by February 23.  Stop by the library to pick up a registration form, or contact the Extension Office at (641-484-2703). Space is limited so sign up early!
 
Down & Dirty Gardening Group:
Even though it certainly does not feel like spring outside, we can still start dreaming about our gardens! The next gathering of the Down and Dirty Gardening Group will be on Thursday, February 24 at 2:00.  Lisa Eikamp and Patty Suess from Simply Blooming will be talking to us about plants that are easy to grow, and will share ideas for both indoor and outdoor plants.
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison
Mud Run Murder - #5 Merry Wrath series by Leslie Langtry
A Killer Ending - #1 Snug Harbor Series by Karen MacInerney
Inked Out - #2 Snug Harbor Series by Karen MacInerney
The Sleuth Sisters - #1 Sleuth Sisters Mysteries series by Maggie Pill
3 Sleuths, 2 Dogs, 1 Murder - #2 Sleuth Sisters Mysteries series by Maggie Pill
Murder in the Boonies - #3 Sleuth Sisters Mysteries series by Maggie Pill
 
Large Print:
Til Death Do Us Tart - #4 Oxford Tearoom Mysteries by H.Y. Hanna
 
Memorial Book:
Faith, Farming, and Family: cultivating hope and harvesting joy wherever you are by Caitlin Henderson, given in memory of Beverly Vojtech by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust-Traer
 
DVDs:
King Richard
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Skunks love Valentine’s Day because they are very scent-imental.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

Feb 7 Newsletter

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
 
Monday Feb 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Feb 7 at 2:00 Applique Class
Wednesday Feb 9 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Feb 9 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Feb 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 9 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Feb 10 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Feb 10 at 2:00 Watercolor Class
Monday Feb 14 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Feb 14 at 2:00 You Decide! Keto and a Healthy Diet with Deb & Craig Gingrich
Monday Feb 14 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Feb 15 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 16 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Feb 16 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 16 at 2:00 Cards With Joan
Wednesday Feb 16 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Feb 17 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Feb 17 at 2:00 Watercolor Class
 
Applique Class Today:
If you signed up for February’s Applique Class, it will be held in the Kupka Cultural Center today at 2:00.
 
Watercolor Class this Thursday:
Would you like to learn how to paint with watercolors? Or maybe you know how but need inspiration? Stephanie Bellwood will lead this new class at 2:00 on the first three Thursdays in February.  Our second session will be this week on Thursday Feb. 10 in the Talen Community Room.  Our participants last week really enjoyed themselves.  Join us this week, even if you missed the first session.  There is no fee or registration required and all supplies will be provided.
 
You Decide: Keto and the Healthy Diet:
We are back with another informative “You Decide” program.  On Monday, February 14, Deb and Craig Gingrich will be speaking about incorporating the Keto Diet into a healthier eating style.  Come find out what this way of eating is all about, and decide if it’s right for you.
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
Robert B. Parker’s Bye Bye Baby – a Spenser novel by Ace Atkins
Her Hidden Genius by Marie Benedict
The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain
Summer Friends by Holly Chamberlain
One Step too Far by Lisa Gardner
Presumed Puzzled by Parnell Hall
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk
Lightning in a Mirror by Jayne Ann Krentz
The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester
The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester
The Good Son by Jacquelyn Mitchard
The First Family by Michael Palmer
Last Promise by Scarlett Dunn
Reunion by Sharon Sala
White Pines Summer by Sherryl Woods
 
Large Print:
Find Me by Alafair Burke
The Midnight Lock by Jeffrey Deaver
The Horsewoman by James A. Patterson
The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis
 
Non Fiction:
Already Enough: a path to self-acceptance by Lisa Olivera
Miss Independent: a simple 12-step plan to start investing and grow your own wealth by Nicole Lapin
The Betrayal of Anne Frank: a cold case investigation by Rosemary Sullivan
The President and the Freedom Fighter: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and their battle to save America’s soul by Brian Kilmeade
Chasing History: a kid in the newsroom by Carl Bernstein
 
Teen:
At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp
 
DVDs:
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Clifford the Big Red Dog
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
A ship carrying red paint has collided with a ship carrying blue paint.  Both crews are said to be marooned.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

Jan 31 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Jan 31 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Jan 31 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday Jan 31 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace by appointment
Tuesday Feb 1 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 2 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Feb 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 2 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Feb 2 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Feb 3 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Feb 3 at 2:00 Watercolor Class
Monday Feb 7 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Feb 7 at 2:00 Applique Class
Wednesday Feb 9 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Feb 9 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Feb 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 9 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Feb 10 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Feb 10 at 2:00 Watercolor Class
 
 
BINGO Today:
It’s BINGO day! Join us today at 2:00 in the Kupka Cultural Center for a lively hour of BINGO. There is no cost to participate, and you can win fabulous prizes!
 
Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts:
Come to the Carnegie Café this Wednesday, February 2 at 2:00 to visit while you make a simple seasonal craft and enjoy a hot beverage. There is no fee or sign-up for this craft and all supplies will be provided.
 
Watercolor Class this Thursday:
Would you like to learn how to paint with watercolors? Or maybe you know how but need inspiration? Stephanie Bellwood will lead this new class at 2:00 on the first three Thursdays in February.  Our first session will be this week on Thursday Feb. 3 in the Talen Community Room.  There is no fee or registration required and all supplies will be provided.
 
You Decide: The Keto Diet:
We are back with another informative “You Decide” program.  On Monday, February 14, Deb and Craig Gingrich will be speaking about the Keto Diet.  Come find out what this way of eating is all about, and decide if it’s right for you.
 
FREE e-books, magazines, audiobooks and videos on your tablet, phone or computer!
Are you a resident of Traer, Clutier, or Rural Tama County with a Traer Public Library card? If so, you have thousands of books, magazines, and audiobooks at your fingertips through your phone, tablet or computer using BRIDGES! You also have access to over 600 videos if you are using your computer! If you don’t have a library card stop in and we will sign you up! It only takes a few minutes – you just need an ID and proof of current address.
 
On your computer, go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, scroll down and click on the blue box (bridges ebooks & audios & mags).  If you are using a tablet or phone, download the ‘Libby, by OverDrive’ app. If you need help signing in to either, stop in or give us a call and we will help you. Once signed in you can borrow up to 5 items at a time, and unlimited magazines.  If a book is not immediately available you can place a hold, and you will be notified when it’s your turn to borrow it.
 
If you can’t find a book or audio you want, you can recommend it be purchased.  The State Library does not guarantee the request will be honored, but all recommendations are strongly considered.  To make a request, sign in to your account, and search for your item by author or title.  If it isn’t currently in BRIDGES, the item will come up saying it is ‘Not Owned’, then click on ‘Recommend’.  If the item is added to the collection you will be notified.  You are allowed to make 3 recommendations every 14 days.
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
Mother Nature can be snow flaky this time of year.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

Jan 24 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Jan 24 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Jan 24 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Jan 25 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Jan 25 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 26 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 26 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Jan 27 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Jan 27 at 2:00 Down & Dirty Gardening Group – Container Gardening with Cheryl Bruene
Monday Jan 31 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Jan 31 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday Jan 31 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace by appointment
Tuesday Feb 1 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Feb 2 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Feb 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Feb 2 at 2:00 Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Feb 2 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Feb 3 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
 
 
Outside the Lines:
Do you have the winter blues? Get the yellows, reds, greens, pinks, and many other colors too by joining us for a fun, relaxing hour of coloring! Our Adult Coloring group will be meeting this Tuesday, January 25, at 1:05pm. Bring your own supplies, or use ours – we have a great selection of cards, bookmarks, pens, pencils and markers.
 
Down & Dirty Gardening:
Our first Down & Dirty program of the year will be this Thursday, January 27 at 2:00pm.  Cheryl Bruene, Executive Director with the ISU/Tama County Extension Service will be speaking about Container Gardening. She will also be available to answer any questions.
 
FREE Tumblebooks:
Do you need something fun for the kids to do on snow days, or when it’s just too cold for them to be outside? Try Tumblebooks! Tumblebooks is an online collection of e-books for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading. There are over 1000 animated, talking picture books for children to listen to and read along with. The site also features read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and games and puzzles. And it is all FREE for our library patrons! Just go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the Home page, and put in your library card number.  If you aren’t sure of your library card number, just give us a call.
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
The Sorority Murder by Allison Brennan
Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
Mango, Mambo & Murder – #1 Caribbean Mystery by Raquel V. Reyes
 
Large Print:
Tom Clancy’s Chain of Command by Marc Cameron
The Paris Detective: three Detective Luc Moncrief thrillers by James A. Patterson
Flying Angels by Danielle Steele
 
Non-Fiction:
The Power of Fun: how to feel alive again by Catherine Price
The Forever Dog: surprising new science to help your canine companion live younger, healthier and longer by Rodney Habib
The Cookie Collection: artisan baking for the cookie enthusiast by Brian Hart Hoffman
Respect the Spindle: spin infinite yarns with one amazing tool by Abby Franquemont
The Defense lawyer: the Barry Slotnick Story by James A. Patterson
 
Inspirational Fiction:
A Stranger’s Game by Colleen Coble
Much Ado about a Latte - #2 Maple Falls Romance Series by Kathleen Fuller
Sunrise - #1 Sky King Ranch Series by Susan May Warren
 
DVDs:
The Addams Family 2
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Look for the fresh prints.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 
 

Jan 17 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Jan 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Jan 17 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Jan 17 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Jan 18 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 19 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 19 at 2:00 Cards With Joan
Wednesday Jan 19 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Jan 19 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Jan 20 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Jan 24 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Jan 24 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Jan 25 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Jan 25 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 26 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 26 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Jan 26 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Jan 27 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Jan 27 at 2:00 Down & Dirty Gardening Group – Container Gardening with Cheryl Bruene
 
 
 
Book Clubs TODAY!
The Monday Book Club will be meeting today at 2:00, to discuss A Painted House by John Grisham.  Ballots for choosing the books for the rest of the year are due TODAY. We will also be handing out next month’s book selection: Little Faith by Nickolas Butler, which was the 2021 All Iowa Reads winner.
 
Our Chat & Chew Book Club is also meeting today.  Join us at 5:30 for a slice of pizza as we discuss the books we have been reading or wish we had time to read. This is a very informal group, and is a great place to get ideas for books to add to your Want-To-Read list.
 
If you want to know what books any of our book clubs have been reading, you can find lists on our website.  www.traer.lib.ia.us  Click on the green “book clubs” box, then choose the book club you’d like.
 
Cards With Joan:
Joan Schafer makes beautiful greeting cards, and so can you! Join her this Wednesday, January 19 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room to make a Love-ly Valentine card.  Joan shares her step by step techniques, and you can also add your own personal touch. All materials are provided. You can see the cards we will be making on the Traer Public Library Facebook page (like us if you haven’t already!), or on our website.   www.traer.lib.ia.us   Click on the Programs Tab, choose Ongoing Programming, then Cards with Joan.
 
Down & Dirty Gardening:
It’s January, so it’s time to think about gardening!  Yes, really! Now is the time to think about spring and start planning your garden.  Our Down and Dirty Gardening Group will be holding gardening discussions on the last Thursday of the month in January, February, and March. This group is geared towards anyone interested in gardening – those who are itching to get back in their gardens but know they have to be patient, or those who would like to get started in gardening with just a few plants.
 
Our first Down & Dirty program of the year will be on Thursday, January 27 at 2:00pm.  Cheryl Bruene, Executive Director with the ISU/Tama County Extension Service will be speaking and answering questions about Container Gardening. We also have The Whole Seed Catalog 2022 available for checkout if you’d like to start dreaming about some luscious new vegetables to try.
 

NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
Murder in the Courthouse by Nancy Grace
A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson
Saturn Run by John Sanford
12.21: a novel by Dustin Thomason
 
Non-Fiction:
For all the Small Schools by Dave Else
Handbook of Native American Mythology by Dawn E. Bastian and Traer Library staff member Judy Mitchell
Slow Knitting: a journey from sheep to skein to stitch by Hannah Thiessen
Christianity and World Religions: wrestling with questions people ask by Adam Hamilton
 
Teen:
A Trick of Light by Stan Lee
 
Memorial Books:
Attainable Sustainable: the lost art of self-reliant living by Kris Bordessa, given in memory of Wilfred “Willie” Yuska by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust-Traer
Beat Bobby Flay: conquer the kitchen with 100+ battle tested recipes by Bobby Flay, given in memory of Jolene Cibula by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust-Traer
 
DVDs:
Dune
Ron’s Gone Wrong
The Girl Who Believes in Miracles
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
My boss wants me to sign up for a 401K.  There’s no way I’m running that far.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

Jan 10 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Jan 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Jan 10 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Jan 11 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday Jan 11 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 12 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 12 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Wednesday Jan 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 12 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Jan 12 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Jan 13 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Jan 17 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Jan 17 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Jan 17 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday Jan 18 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 19 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 19 at 2:00 Cards With Joan
Wednesday Jan 19 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Jan 19 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Jan 20 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
 
 
Monday Book Club:
The Monday Book Club will be meeting next Monday, January 17, to discuss A Painted House by John Grisham.  We still have copies available if you would like to read it this week.  Ballots for choosing the books for the rest of the year are due by the end of the week. We have ballots at the circulation desk if you’d like to pick one up and help choose what we read the rest of the year.
 
Story Time cancelled if no school:
Just a reminder that Story Time with Miss Sue does not meet during the school year if North Tama Schools are closed or have a two-hour delay.
 
Down & Dirty Gardening:
It’s January, so it’s time to think about gardening!  Yes, really! Now is the time to think about spring and start planning your garden.  Our Down and Dirty Gardening Group will be holding gardening discussions on the last Thursday of the month in January, February, and March. This group is geared towards anyone interested in gardening – those who are itching to get back in their gardens but know they have to be patient, or those who would like to get started in gardening with just a few plants.
 
Our first Down & Dirty program of the year will be on Thursday, January 27 at 2:00pm.  Cheryl Bruene, Executive Director with the ISU/Tama County Extension Service will be speaking and answering questions about Container Gardening. We also have The Whole Seed Catalog 2022 available for checkout if you’d like to start dreaming about some luscious new vegetables to try.
 
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
Burying the Lede - #1 Tony Harrington Series by Joseph LeValley
Cry From an Unknown Grave - #2 Tony Harrington Series by Joseph LeValley
Murder, Curlers and Canes - #2 Murders, Curlers Series by Arlene McFarlane
 
Large Print:
Two Down, Bun to Go - #3 Oxford Tearoom Series by H.Y. Hanna
Keep Me Warm at Christmas by Brenda Novak
 
Inspirational:
Aiming for Love - #1 Brides of Hope Mountain Series by Mary Connealy
Almost a Bride – #4 Bride Ships Series by Jody Hedlund
Crazy for You - # 3 Deep Haven Collection Series by Susan May Warren
 
Non-Fiction:
The Day the World Went Nuclear: dropping the atom bomb and the end of World War II in the Pacific by Bill O’Reilly
 
Teen:
Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino
 
Pun-Of-The-Week:
I hired a handyman and gave him a to-do list. When I came home, only #1, 3, 5, 7, & 9 were done.  Turns out he only does odd jobs.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

 

Jan 3 Newsletter

Good Morning and Happy New Year!!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Jan 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Jan 3 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday Jan 4 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 5 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 5 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Craft
Wednesday Jan 5 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Jan 5 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Jan 6 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Jan 10 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Jan 10 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Jan 11 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday Jan 11 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 12 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 12 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Wednesday Jan 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 12 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Jan 12 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Jan 13 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
 
 
Applique Class Today!
If you signed up for the Applique Class, we are meeting today at 2:00pm in the Talen Community Room.  See you then!
 
New Year – Healthier You!
Have you made a New Year’s Resolution to be healthier? We can help! We currently have 2 programs at the library that get you up and get you moving.  Our Fit & Feisty exercise group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 1:00 in the Kupka Cultural Center. We offer a variety of exercises, and you can participate from a sitting or standing position, so it’s appropriate for all fitness levels. We also offer Chair Yoga on Wednesdays at 2:00. This is a very basic yoga class that focuses on stretching, balance, and relaxation. The exercises are done using a chair – either from a seated position, or a standing position using the chair for balance if needed. There is no cost for either of these programs.  Give one a try! Or, if you would rather exercise in the comfort of your own home, we also have lots of exercise DVDs that you can check out.
 
Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts:
Come to the Carnegie Café this Wednesday at 2:00 to make an easy seasonal craft and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, cider or cocoa. There is no fee or sign up for this craft, and all supplies needed will be provided.
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
Just Getting Started - #2 Cherry Blossom Point Series by Christine Gael
A Fresh Start - #3 Cherry Blossom Point Series by Christine Gael
 
Inspirational:
Downfall - #3 Intervention Series by Terri Blackstock
 
Non-Fiction:
We The Interwoven: Untold stories from the American heartland of Living Between Two Worlds by Andrea Wilson
 
Teen:
Smoke in the Sun - #2 Flame in the Mist Series by Renee Ahdieh
Monster - #7 Gone Series by Michael Grant
Villain - #8 Gone Series by Michael Grant
Hero - #9 Gone Series by Michael Grant
 
DVDs:
No Time To Die
 
Pun-Of-The-Week
Some thief took all of my holiday lights last night.  I have to say, I am delighted.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

Dec 27 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Dec 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 27 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday Dec 27 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by Appointment
Monday Dec 27 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Dec 28 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Wednesday Dec 29 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 29 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Dec 29 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Dec 30 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 31 and Saturday Jan 1 CLOSED
Monday Jan 3 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Jan 3 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday Jan 4 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Jan 5 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Jan 5 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Jan 5 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Craft
Wednesday Jan 5 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Jan 5 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Jan 6 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
 
 
Library Closed:
The Library will be closed on Friday, December 31 and Saturday, January 1. Happy New Year!
 
Monday Fun-Day!!
We have all kinds of fun activities going on today! At 1:00, join the Fit and Feisty Group for some exercise. We focus on stretching, balance and strength exercises that are appropriate and adaptable for all ages and abilities. At 2:00 in the Kupka Cultural Center, you can participate in a fun hour of BINGO and win exciting prizes! If you’re feeling crafty, make an appointment between 3:30 and 6:00 for Makerspace Crafting. You can work on your own projects and use the library’s Cricuts, stamps, ink, papers, cutters and sewing machines. If you’d like to do some creative writing, join the PenPals group at 4:00. If you are thinking about starting to journal in the new year, this group would be a great place to go for encouragement and ideas.
 
NO QUILTING this week:
Please note – the Tuesday Quilters will NOT be meeting this Tuesday (Dec 28).  See you next year!
 
Outside the Lines:
Feeling stressed from the holidays? Join us for a relaxing hour of coloring! Our Adult Coloring group will be meeting this Tuesday, December 28, at 1:05pm. Bring your own supplies, or use ours – we have a great selection of cards, bookmarks, pens, pencils and markers.
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
The Lieutenant’s Nurse by Sara Ackerman
Murder in the Cookbook Nook - #7 Book Retreat Mysteries Series by Ellery Adams
Magical Midlife Meeting - #5 Leveling Up Series by K. F. Breene
The Sunshine Club by Carolyn Brown
An Unexpected Distraction - #3 Richter Series by Catherine Bybee
Better Luck Next Time - #2 Ashville Brewing Series by A. R. Casella
The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
Marriage Can Be Mischief - #3 Amish Matchmaker Series by Amanda Flower
Finding Redemption - #7 Bluebird Bay Series by Christine Gael
The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin
When Christmas Comes: a Yuletide Mystery by Andrew Klavan
Movie Night Murder - #4 Merry Wrath Series by Leslie Langtry
Family Jewels - #1 Rose Gardner Investigations by Denise Grover Swank
 
 
Large Print:
Clive Cussler’s the Devil’s Sea - #26 Dirk Pitt Series by Dirk Cussler
Fear No Evil - #29 Alex Cross Series by James A. Patterson
 
 
Inspirational:
Moondust Lake - #3 Miramar Bay Series by Davis T. Bunn
Hooked on You - #1 Maple Falls Romance Series by Kathleen Fuller
 
 
Non-Fiction:
Lemons on Friday: Trusting God through my greatest heart-break by Mattie Jackson Selecman
The 17 day Kickstart Diet: a doctor’s plan for dropping pounds, toxins, and bad habits by Mike Moreno
Eat Right for your Inflammation Type: the three-step program to strengthen immunity, heal chronic pain, and boost your energy by Maggie Berghoff
 
Teen:
Dance of Thieves - #1 Dance of Thieves Series by Mary Pearson
Vow of Thieves - #2 Dance of Thieves Series by Mary Pearson
Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
 
 
DVDs:
God’s Not Dead #4 – We The People
 
Pun-Of-The-Week
If you don’t like my Christmas puns, you’re Rude-olph.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 
 

Dec 20 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Dec 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 20 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Dec 20 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Dec 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 22 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 22 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Dec 22 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Dec 22 at 3:00-4:30 Kids Gift Making (rescheduled)
Thursday Dec 23 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 24 and Saturday Dec 25 CLOSED
Monday Dec 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 27 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday Dec 27 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by Appointment
Monday Dec 27 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Dec 28 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Dec 28 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 29 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 29 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Dec 29 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Dec 30 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 31 and Saturday Jan 1 CLOSED
 
Library Closed:
The Library will be closed on Friday, December 24, Saturday, December 25, Friday, December 31 and Saturday, January 1.  The library staff would like to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
Book Clubs:
The Monday Book Club will meet today, December 20 at 2:00. We will be discussing The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg. We will be handing out the January book selection – A Painted House by John Grisham. We will also be handing out the ballots to vote for next year’s book selections.
 
The Chat & Chew Book Club will also meet this afternoon at 5:30. Join us for pizza as we discuss the books we have been reading lately.
 
FREE Tumblebooks:
Do you have grandchildren visiting for the Holidays, and need more ideas to keep them busy? Do your kids get bored at home over Christmas break? Try Tumblebooks! Tumblebooks is an online collection of e-books for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading. There are over 1000 animated, talking picture books for children to listen to and read along with. The site also features read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and games and puzzles. And it is all FREE for our library patrons! Just go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the Home page, and put in your library card number.  If you aren’t sure of your library card number, just give us a call.
 
 
Community Bulletin Board:
Santa and his elves will be in his workshop at Taylor Park one more time this week before they head back to the North Pole. Stop by for one last visit on Thursday, December 23rd from 7:00-8:30 pm. Stroll or drive through the park to enjoy all of the beautiful lights, and stop in the new shelter house for cookies, cocoa and cider!

 

 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone - #9 Outlander Series by Diane Gabaldon
Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti
The Becoming - #2 Dragon Heart Legacy Series by Nora Roberts
The Sisters Sweet by Elizabeth Weiss
Still Life by Sarah Winman
 
Large Print:
Better Off Dead – #26 Jack Reacher by Lee Child
These Precious Days by Ann Patchett
 
Non-Fiction:
Knitted gifts for all seasons: easy projects to make and share by Wendy Bernard
The 1619 Project: a new origin story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
 
Teen:
The Missing Prince - #4 Ranger’s Apprentice: Royal Ranger series by John Flanagan
Escape from Falaise - #5 Ranger’s Apprentice: Royal Ranger series by John Flanagan
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
 
DVDs:
Dear Evan Hansen
Cry Macho
Venom: Let there be Carnage
 
Pun-Of-The-Week
Remember, don’t leave a fire burning in your fireplace this Christmas Eve, or else you might wake up to a Crisp Kringle.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

Dec 13 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Dec 13 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 13 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Dec 14 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday Dec 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday Dec 14 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Dec 15 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 15 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Dec 15 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Dec 15 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Dec 15 at 3:00-4:30 Kids Gift Making – sign up required
Thursday Dec 16 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Dec 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 20 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Dec 20 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Dec 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 22 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 22 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Dec 22 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Dec 23 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 24 and Saturday Dec 25 CLOSED
 
 
Coffee Talk and Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts – this Tuesday
Join Laurie the Librarian on Tuesday, December 14 at 1:00 for Coffee Talk! Laurie will give us a topic to get the conversation started, and who knows where it will lead!

This month’s Carnegie Café Coffee and Craft class will meet after Coffee Talk at 2:00.  Please join us to make a simple seasonal craft while you enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, cocoa or cider.  There is no cost and everything you need will be provided.
 
Cards with Joan:
Join Joan Schafer this Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00 to make a festive greeting card. Joan shares tips and techniques step by step, and all materials are provided. See this month’s card examples, as well as past cards and some how-to videos on our website www.traer.lib.ia.us. Click on the Programs tab, choose Ongoing Programming, then Cards With Joan.
 
Book Clubs:
The Monday Book Club will meet Monday, December 20 at 2:00. We will be discussing The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg. We still have copies available at the library if you would like to read it and join us – it’s a light, quick read. We will also be handing out the ballots to vote for next year’s book selections.
 
The Chat & Chew Book Club will meet Monday December 20 at 5:30. Join us for pizza as we discuss the books we have been reading lately.
 
FREE Tumblebooks:
Do you have grandchildren visiting for the Holidays, and need more ideas to keep them busy? Do your kids get bored at home over Christmas break? Try Tumblebooks! Tumblebooks is an online collection of e-books for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading. There are over 1000 animated, talking picture books for children to listen to and read along with. The site also features read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and games and puzzles. And it is all FREE for our library patrons! Just go to our website www.traer.lib.ia.us, click on the Tumblebooks box on the Home page, and put in your library card number.  If you aren’t sure of your library card number, just give us a call.
 
Community Bulletin Board:
Santa and his elves will be in his workshop at Taylor Park several times over the next few weeks. Check the Traer Chamber Facebook Page for times and dates, or check the flyer in the library and other businesses around town. Stroll or drive through the park to enjoy all of the beautiful lights, and stop in the new shelter house for cookies, cocoa and cider!
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
 
Large Print:
Oh William by Elizabeth Strout
To the River’s End: a novel of the American Frontier by William W. Johnstone
 
Inspirational Fiction:
Vicious Cycle - #2 Intervention Series by Terri Blackstock
 
Teen:
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
 
DVDs:
Jungle Cruise
Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings
That 70’s Show – All Seasons
 
Pun-Of-The-Week
I bought my son a fridge for Christmas.  I can’t wait to see his face light up when he opens it!

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

Dec 6 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:


Monday Dec 6 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 6 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday Dec 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 8 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 8 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Dec 8 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Dec 9 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Dec 13 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 13 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Dec 14 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday Dec 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday Dec 14 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Dec 15 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 15 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Dec 15 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Dec 15 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Dec 15 at 3:00-4:30 Kids Gift Making – sign up required
Thursday Dec 16 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
 
 
Applique Class TODAY:
If you have been coming to the monthly applique classes led by Joan Schafer, the next one will be today at 2:00.
 
Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
This month’s Carnegie Café Coffee and Craft class has been moved to Tuesday, December 14 at 2:00.  Please join us to make a simple seasonal craft while you enjoy a cup of coffee, tea cocoa or cider.  There is no cost and everything you need will be provided.
 
Scones & Tomes:
Scones & Tomes Book Club meets this Wednesday, December 8 at 11:30 in the Carnegie Café. We enjoy a hot beverage and a sweet treat as we discuss the books we have been reading lately. If you can’t make it, a list of books shared each month is on the library website at www.traer.lib.ia.us. Just Click on the Book Clubs tab, then on Scones & Tomes.
 
Yoga:
Yoga will be continuing through the winter for those that wish to attend.  We will be following along with various YouTube videos that are beginner level and focus on stretching, balance, breathing, and relaxation. This could be just what you need during this hectic holiday season.
 
Kids Gift Making - SIGN UP BY FRIDAY DEC 10:
This program is for Kindergarteners through 5th graders. Kids will be creating 3 gifts, complete with gift wrapping, ready to put under the tree! Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with the ISU Extension Service will be leading this session from 3:00 - 4:30 P.M. on Wednesday, December 15. 
 
Cost is $10.00 for supplies and a snack. Preregistration and payment is required by December 10, and class size is limited to 15.  Registration forms are available at the library, or online at www.extension.iastate.edu/tama/4h.
 
Cards with Joan:
Join Joan Schafer on Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00 to make a festive greeting card. Joan shares tips and techniques step by step, and all materials are provided. Past cards and some how-to videos are posted on our website www.traer.lib.ia.us. Click on the Programs tab, then on Cards With Joan.
 
There’s an Elf in the Library!!
Elliott the Elf is loose in the library!  He’s a shy little guy, and likes to hide from the librarians.  Can you help us find him? He changes his hiding place every day! He is easily scared, so you have to look quietly, and if you find him, don’t bother him, just come tell a librarian where he is hiding.  You will receive a piece of Christmas candy as a reward for helping us find the little guy!
 
The Library is Beautiful!
The elves have worked hard over the past few weeks setting up all of the library’s Christmas decorations, and it is a site to behold! Please stop in and marvel at the display and get into the holiday spirit! We also have many Christmas books, movies and puzzles for you to check out and enjoy.
 
Community Bulletin Board:
Santa and his elves will be in his workshop at Taylor Park several times over the next few weeks. Check the Traer Chamber Facebook Page for times and dates, or the flyer in the library and other businesses around town. Stroll or drive through the park to enjoy all of the beautiful lights, and stop in the new shelter house for cookies, cocoa and cider!
 
NEW BOOKS:
 
Fiction:
Dark Tarot by Christine Feehan
Never by Ken Follett
Heard it in a Love Song by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Month of Borrowed Dreams - #5 Finfarran Peninsula Series by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Dolphin Junction: stories by Mick Herron
A Little Hope by Ethan Joella
Firefly Season - #10 Melinda Foster Series by Melanie Lageschulte
The Wolf - #2 Black Dagger Brotherhood Prison Camp Series by J.R. Ward
 
Large Print:
Mercy - #4 Atlee Pine Series by David Baldacci
The Dark Hours - #4 Renee Ballard & Harry Bosch Series by Michael Connelly
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
The Judge’s List by John Grisham
Silverview by John LeCarré
Dear Santa by Debbie Macomber
 
Non Fiction:
Invisible Child: survival & hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott
Woodrow on the Bench: life lessons from a wise old dog by Jenna Blum
The Unofficial Book of Handmade Cricut Crafts: creating personalized gifts with your electronic cutting machine by Crystal Allen
Knitting with Disney: 28 official patterns inspired by Mickey Mouse, the Little Mermaid, and more! By Tanis Gray
 
Memorial Books:
The Greatest Beer Run Ever: a memoir of friendship, loyalty, and war by John “Chick” Donahue, given in memory of Mark Larson by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
Card Night: classic games, classic decks, and the history behind them by Will Roya, given in memory of JoAnn Bitcon by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
 
 
DVDs:
Paw Patrol – Marshall and Chase on the Case!
Spirit Riding Free – Spirit of Christmas
Luca
Christmas Waltz
A Little Christmas Charm
A Timeless Christmas
Free Guy
 
Pun-Of-The-Week
My dad was a Christmas tree salesman. Before he started work he always got himself spruced up.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

 

Nov 29 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Nov 29 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 29 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday Nov 29 at 3:30 – 6:00 Makerspace Crafting by appointment only
Tuesday Nov 30 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 1 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 1 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Dec 1 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Dec 2 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Dec 3 at 5:00-6:00 Santa & Mrs. Claus at the library
Friday Dec 3 at 6:00 Santa reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
Monday Dec 6 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Dec 6 at 2:00 Applique Class
Tuesday Dec 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Dec 8 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Dec 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Dec 8 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Dec 8 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Dec 9 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
 
TODAY! BINGO and Makerspace Crafting:
Don’t forget – BINGO is today at 2:00! There is no cost to participate and winners get to pick something from the cart of amazing prizes!
 
Also, Makerspace Crafting time is available by appointment from 3:30-6:00 today.  If you are working on Christmas crafts, the library has lots of gadgets and supplies you can use: Cricuts, stamps, inks, papers and sewing machines are just a few supplies you can use. We just ask for a free will donation for supplies you use.  Just call 319-478-2180 to set up a time.
 
Applique Class:
If you have been coming to the monthly applique classes led by Joan Schafer, the next one will be on Monday, December 6 at 2:00.
 
Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
This month’s Carnegie Café Coffee and Craft class has been moved to Tuesday, December 14 at 2:00.  We will NOT be meeting this Wednesday. Ple