Weekly Emails

 

Each Monday the director sends out an 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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Email from June 21

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday June 21 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday June 21  at 2:00 Book Club - discussing The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman
Monday June 21 at 5:30  Chat and Chew
Tuesday June 22 at 1:05 Outside The Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday June 22 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday June 22 at 4:00 Garden Walk @ Donna Kersten's
Wednesday June 23 at 10:00 Summer Reading Program - Retrieving Freedom Service Dogs
Wednesday June 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday June 24 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday June 28 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday June 28  at 2:00 BINGO
Monday June 28 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting - by appointment only
Monday June 28 at 5:30 Pen Pals
Tuesday June 29 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday June 29 at 4:00 Garden Walk @ Paul Wendt's
Wednesday June 30 at 10:15 Storytime with Miss Sue
Wednesday June 30 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 30 at 2:00 Yoga Presentation with Ellen Stoakes
Wednesday June 30 at 2:00 Summer Reading Program Ice Cream Party!
Thursday July 1 at 10:30am Cribbage and Rummikub

Book Clubs Today:
Our Monday Book Club will be meeting today at 2:00 to discuss The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman.  Come join our discussion, and pick up next month's selection, The Almost Sisters, by Joshilyn Jackson.

Our Chat and Chew Book Club will meet today at 5:30.  Come enjoy a slice of pizza while we discuss the books we've been reading so far this summer.

Garden Walks:
We have 2 more Garden Walks coming up! On June 22 we will be at Donna Kersten's, and on June 29 we will be at Paul Wendt's. The Garden Walks will be held from 4:00-5:00.  If you would like to ride together, please meet at the library at 3:45. Call the library if you need directions.

Summer Reading Program:
Our last program for the summer will be at 10:00 Wednesday, June 23. We will have some very special guests from Retrieving Freedom. Keegan Birkicht and Trent Dirks and his dog "Tracer" will share information about service dogs. We will learn about the benefits of service dogs and learn the proper etiquette around these special animals. 

Next week we will return to our regular Storytime with Miss Sue on Wednesdays at 10:30.

Yoga Presentation:
On Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00, Ellen Stoakes will give a presentation on Yoga. She is a certified yoga instructor, and will cover the basics of yoga, and share the benefits of adding yoga to your fitness routine.

New this Summer: Summer Reading Challenge 2021!
We have an exciting new Summer Reading Challenge for school-aged children to encourage them to read over the summer!  Children get to set their own reading goals. Come to the library to find out more.

We will be having our first ice cream party soon, so get busy reading and filling out those goal sheets! If you've met your goals, come to the library at 2:00 on Wednesday June 30 and we will all go to Chillo's for ice cream, and discuss the great books you've been reading!

Summer Art Displays in the Library:
This summer we will be having artwork on display throughout the library, created by local artists. In June, our featured local artist is Linda Powell. Stop in the library to browse and admire our display of Linda's works.

Rubber Stamps:
Did you know you can check out rubber stamps for your craft projects?  We have a large selection of stamps available to check out, and we've just added quite a few new ones to our collection.  Stop in and check them out!

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:

Lizzie & Dante by Mary Bly
Magical Midlife Madness by K.F. Breene
Arctic Storm Rising by Dale Brown
The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit - #14 Domestic Diva Series by Krista Davis
Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison
The Art of Deception - #4 Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Series by Leonard S. Goldberg
Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
Unfinished Business - #16 Ali Reynolds Series by Judith Jance
The Henna Artist by Joshi Alka
The Hotel by Pamela Kelly
The Assassin's Blade - #0 (prequel) Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton - #4 Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
To Sir Phillip, With Love - #5 Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
Legacy by Nora Roberts
The Eagle's Claw: a novel of the Battle of Midway by Jeff Shaara
The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker

Inspirational Fiction:
Return to the Big Valley: 3 romances from a unique Pennsylvania Amish Community by various authors

Large Print:
The Final Twist by Jeffery Deaver
Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Non-Fiction:
The Heartbeat of Trees: embracing our ancient bond with forests and nature by Peter Wohlleben
Downeast: five Maine girls and the unseen story of rural America by Gigi Georges
Caste: the origins of our discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Teen:
Queens of Fennbirn - #0 (prequel) Three Dark Crowns Series by Kendare Blake
Five Dark Fates - #4 Three Dark Crowns Series by Kendare Blake
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

DVDs:
Godzilla vs. Kong
Tenet

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I slammed my hand in the rent-a-car door.  It Hertz.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

 

Email from June 14

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday June 14 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty
Monday June 14 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday June 15 at 1:30pm Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday June 15 at 4:00 Garden Walk @ Vicki Pecenka's
Wednesday June 16 at 10:00am Summer Reading Program - Story + Waste and the environment
Wednesday June 16 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 16 at 2:30pm Cards with Joan
Thursday June 17 at 10:30am Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday June 21 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty
Monday June 21  at 2:00 Book Club - discussing The Recipe Box
Monday June 21 at 5:30  Chat and Chew
Tuesday June 22 at 1:05 Outside The Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday June 22 at 1:30pm Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday June 22 at 4:00 Garden Walk @ Donna Kersten's
Wednesday June 23 at 10:00am Summer Reading Program - Retrieving Freedom Service Dogs
Wednesday June 23 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 23 at 2:30pm Cards with Joan
Thursday June 24 at 10:30am Cribbage and Rummikub

Garden Walks:
We have 3 Garden Walks coming up! On June 15 we will visit Vicki Pecenka's garden.  On June 22 we will be at Donna Kersten's, and on June 29 we will be at Paul Wendt's. The Garden Walks will be held from 4:00-5:00.  If you would like to ride together, please meet at the library at 3:45. Call the library if you need directions.

Summer Reading Program:
Our program this week will be at 10:00 Wednesday, June 16, sponsored by the Tama County Solid Waste Disposal Commission. We will enjoy a story and learn about food waste and our environment. Next week Keegan Birkicht and Trent Dirks will bring Tracer, and will share information about Service Dogs.

Yoga Presentation:
On Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00, Ellen Stoakes will give a presentation on Yoga. She is a certified yoga instructor, and will cover the basics of yoga, and share the benefits of adding yoga to your fitness routine.

New this Summer: Summer Reading Challenge 2021!
We have an exciting new Summer Reading Challenge for school-aged children to encourage them to read over the summer!  Children get to set their own reading goals - and if they meet those goals they will receive ice cream!  Come to the library to find out more!

Summer Art Displays in the Library:
This summer we will be having artwork on display throughout the library, created by local artists. In June, our featured local artist is Linda Powell. Stop in the library to browse and admire our display of Linda's works.

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 BOOKS:
Fiction:

For Whom the Book Tolls by Laura Gail Black
A Life Without Flowers - #2 Life Without Water Series by Marci Bolden
A Life Without Regrets - #3 Life Without Water Series by Marci Bolden
Finding Acceptance - #6 Bluebird Bay Series by Christine Gale/Denise Grover Swank
Merit Badge Murder - #1 Merry Wrath Series by Leslie Langtry
Mint Cookie Murder - #2 Merry Wrath Series by Leslie Langtry
Marshmallow S'More Murder - #3 Merry Wrath Series by Leslie Langtry
Whisper of Bones - #2 Cassie Quinn Series by L.T.Ryan
Symphony of Bones - #3 Cassie Quinn Series by L.T. Ryan
Come Rain or Come Shine - #11 Mitford Series by Jan Karon

Inspirational Fiction:
Cold Case - #4 Cold Harbor Series by Susan Sleeman
Cold Fear - #5 Cold Harbor Series by Susan Sleeman
Cold Pursuit - #6 Cold Harbor Series by Susan Sleeman
Sisters of the Quilt - the complete trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall

Teen:
A Study in Charlotte - #1 Charlotte Holmes Series by Brittany Cavallaro
The Last of August - #2 Charlotte Holmes Series by Brittany Cavallaro
The Case for Jamie - #3 Charlotte Holmes Series by Brittany Cavallaro
Sweet Evil - #1 Sweet Trilogy Series by Wendy Higgins
Sweet Peril - #2 Sweet Trilogy Series by Wendy Higgins
Sweet Reckoning - #3 Sweet Trilogy Series by Wendy Higgins
Sweet Temptation - #4 Sweet Trilogy Series by Wendy Higgins
Snow like Ashes - #1 Snow like Ashes Series by Sara Raasch
Ice like Fire -#2 Snow like Ashes Series by Sara Raasch

DVDs:
Raya and the Last Dragon
Chaos Walking
The Courier
Mystery 101/Playing Dead/Words Can Kill - Hallmark 3 movie collection
Paw patrol - Moto Pups

Pun-Of-The-Week:
Yesterday I accidentally swallowed some food coloring.  The doctor says I'm ok, but I feel like I've dyed a little inside.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

Email from June 7

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday June 7 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty Exercise Group
Tuesday June 8 at 1:00pm Coffee Talk
Tuesday June 8 at 1:30pm Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 9 at 10:00am Summer Reading Program - Story + Science experiments
Wednesday June 9 at 11:30pm Scones and Tomes
Wednesday June 9 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty
Thursday June 10 at 10:30am Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday June 14 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty
Monday June 14 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday June 15 at 1:30pm Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 16 at 10:00am Summer Reading Program - Story + Waste and the environment
Wednesday June 16 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty
Wednesday June 16 at 2:30pm Cards with Joan
Thursday June 17 at 10:30am Cribbage and Rummikub

Summer Reading Program:
This year's theme is "Reading Colors Your World".  We have some fun programs and speakers lined up for children from preschool through sixth grade. We will meet at 10:00 the first four Wednesdays in June.

Our program this week will be Wednesday, June 9 with Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with the Tama County Extension Service. Jenny will read a story and present science experiments with colors. Next week's program is sponsored by the Tama County Solid Waste Disposal Commission. We will enjoy a story and learn about food waste and our environment.

New this Summer: Summer Reading Challenge 2021!
We have an exciting new Summer Reading Challenge for school-aged children to encourage them to read over the summer!  Children get to set their own reading goals - we have several different goal sheets to choose from. Your child can choose what will work best for them! When they sign up, they will also receive a book bag, pencil, bookmark, and may also choose a free book to keep! If your child meets the monthly goal they have set, they can bring their goal sheets to the library at 2:00 on June 30 and again on July 28, and we will all go have ice cream at Chillo Ice Cream and Eats and talk about the great books we've read!

Summer Art Displays in the Library:
This summer we will be having artwork on display throughout the library, created by local artists. In June, our featured local artist is Linda Powell. Linda's main focus is painting with watercolors and acrylics. More recently she has been inspired by found objects and old barn junk, and has crafted interesting Barn Junk Sculptures.  Her current inspirations include barns, flowers, and local landscapes.  Stop in the library to browse and admire our display of Linda's works!

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 BOOKS:
Fiction:

A Deadly Turn - #3 Sheriff Hank Worth Series by Claire Booth
The Hunting Wives by May K. Cobb
Frightfully Fortune - #20 Miss Fortune Series by Jana DeLeon
People we Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Beaches, Bungalows and Burglaries - #1 Camper & Criminals Series by Tonya Kappes
Deserts, Driving and Derelicts - #2 Camper & Criminals Series by Tonya Kappes
Forests, Fishing and Forgery - #3 Camper & Criminals Series by Tonya Kappes
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
The Summer of Lost and Found - #6 Beach House Series by Mary Alice Monroe
The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan
The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman
The Break-Up Book Club by Wendy Wax
That Summer by Jennifer Weiner
Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty by Lauren Weisberger

Inspirational Fiction:
Aftermath by Terri Blackstock
An Amish Surprise - #2 Berlin Bookmobile Series by Shelley Shephard Gray
Fatal Mistake - #1 White Knights Series by Susan Sleeman
Kill Shot - #2 White KnightsSeries by Susan Sleeman

Large Print:
Reunion Beach: Stories inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank by various authors
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Last Night in London by Karen White

Memorial Books:
The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm by Daniel Mays, given in memory of Lillian Meinhart by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
Simple Things: Lessons from the Family Farm by Jerry Apps, given in memory of Marilyn L. (Dinsdale) Jellings by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer

The following books were given in memory of Marjorie L. Degner by Sharon Speirs and Barbara Bookmeier:
Go West, Young Man by William W. Johnstone
Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
Valley Forge by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West by H.W.Brands
Family Reference Atlas of the World by National Geographic

Pun-Of-The-Week:
Today a woman said she recognized me from vegetarian club. But I never met herbivore.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

 

 

Email from May 31

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday May 31: Closed in observance of Memorial Day
Tuesday June 1 at 1:30pm Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 2 at 10:00am Summer Reading Program - Tama County Conservation
Wednesday June 2 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty (NEW NAME for our exercise group!!)
Wednesday June 2 at 2:30pm Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts
Thursday June 3 at 10:30am Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday June 7 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty
Tuesday June 8 at 1:00pm Coffee Talk
Tuesday June 8 at 1:30pm Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 9 at 10:00am Summer Reading Program - Tama County Extension
Wednesday June 9 at 11:30pm Scones and Tomes
Wednesday June 9 at 1:00pm Fit and Feisty
Thursday June 10 at 10:30am Cribbage and Rummikub

Summer Reading Program:
This year's theme is "Reading Colors Your World".  We have some fun programs and speakers lined up for children from preschool through sixth grade. We will meet at 10:00 the first four Wednesdays in June.

Our first program will be this Wednesday, June 2 with Brendan Kelly, Naturalist/Park Ranger with Tama County Conservation.  You will get a close-up view of some colorful animals!

Next week we will have Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with the Tama County Extension Service. Jenny will read a story, present science experiments with colors, and have a craft to enjoy!

New this Summer: Summer Reading Challenge 2021!
We have an exciting new Summer Reading Challenge for school-aged children to encourage them to read over the summer!  Children get to set their own reading goals - we have several different goal sheets to choose from. Your child can choose what will work best for them! When they sign up, they will also receive a book bag, pencil, bookmark, and may also choose a free book to keep! If your child meets the monthly goal they have set, they can bring their goal sheets to the library at 2:00 on June 30 and again on July 28, and we will all go have ice cream at Chillo Ice Cream and Eats and talk about the great books we've read!

Summer Art Displays in the Library:
This summer we will be having artwork on display throughout the library, created by local artists. In June, our featured local artist is Linda Powell. Linda's main focus is painting with watercolors and acrylics. More recently she has been inspired by found objects and old barn junk, and has crafted a line of Barn Junk Sculptures.  Her current inspirations include barns, flowers, and local landscapes.  Stop in the library to browse and admire our display of Linda's works!

In July, we will have "Christmas in July", featuring Santas created by David Draper. In August we will have a "What I Did During COVID" display, featuring projects created by YOU, our talented patrons and community members! What did you do to help pass the time when we couldn't gather and socialize? Did you make something you'd like to share? Learn a new craft? Learn how to bake or cook? Write? Take photos? Read a lot of books? Play games? Were you an essential worker that kept our businesses and services going?  We'd like to display what kept you busy! So be thinking of what you could bring to the library to share - craft projects, artwork, new recipes, sewing projects, lists of great books, photos... the options are endless!

Fit and Feisty Exercise Class:
We have a new name for our exercise class for older adults! Come join us on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 for Fit and Feisty. We offer a variety of exercises, so you will never be bored! The exercises can also be performed in either a standing or a sitting position, so are appropriate for all fitness levels.

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:

Path of Bones - #1 Cassie Quinn Series by L.T. Ryan
Stiffs and Swine - #4 Supper Club Mysteries by Ellery Adams
The Battered Body - #5 Supper Club Mysteries by Ellery Adams

Inspirational Fiction:
Miramar Bay - #1 Miramar Bay Series by T. Davis Bunn
Firefly Cove- #2 Miramar Bay Series by T. Davis Bunn

Large Print:
21st Birthday - #21 Women's Club Murder Series by James A. Patterson

DVDs:
The Father
Minari
Senior Moment
Tom & Jerry The Movie

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I'm working on a device that will read minds.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

 

 

Email from May 24, 2021

 

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday May 24 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday May 24 at 2:00pm BINGO!
Monday May 24 at 3:30-6:00pm MakerSpace - by appointment only
Monday May 24 at 5:30pm PenPals!
Tuesday May 25 at 1:05pm Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday May 25 at 1:30pm Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 26 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday May 26 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Thursday May 27 at 10:30am Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday May 28 at 1:05pm Friday Needleworkers
Saturday May 29: Closed in observance of Memorial Day
Monday May 31: Closed in observance of Memorial Day
Tuesday June 1 at 1:30pm Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday June 2 at 10:00am Summer Reading Program - Tama County Conservation
Wednesday June 2 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Wednesday June 2 at 2:30pm Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts
Thursday June 3 at 10:30am Cribbage and Rummikub

Scheduling note: Since the library will be closed on Monday the 31st for Memorial Day, we will have BINGO and MakerSpace TODAY!

Summer Reading Program:
This year's theme is "Reading Colors Your World".  We have some fun programs and speakers lined up for children from Preschool through sixth grade. We will meet at 10:00 the first four Wednesdays in June. Our first program will be Wednesday, June 2 with Brendan Kelly, Naturalist/Park Ranger with Tama County Conservation.  You will get a close-up view of some colorful animals!
Also coming up we have:
Wednesday June 9 at 10:00 Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with the Tama County Extension Service
Wednesday June 16 at 10:00 Tama County Solid Waste Disposal Commission
Wednesday June 23 at 10:00 Retrieving Freedom - Service Dogs for Veterans

Summer Art Displays in the Library:
This summer we will be having displays throughout the library of items created by local artists. In June, our local artist is Linda Powell. Her artwork includes watercolors and barn art. In July, we will have "Christmas in July", featuring Santas created by David Draper. And in August we will have a "What I Did During COVID" display, featuring projects created by YOU, our talented patrons and community members! What did you do to help pass the time when we couldn't gather and socialize? Did you make something you'd like to share? Learn a new craft? Learn how to bake or cook? Write? Take photos? Read a lot of books? Play games? We'd like to display what you did! So be thinking of what you could bring to the library to share - craft projects, artwork, new recipes, sewing projects, lists of great books, photos... the options are endless!

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
The Venice Sketchbook: a novel by Rhys Bowen
Secrets of the Chocolate House - #2 Found Things Series by Paula Brackston
A Dog's Courage by W. Bruce Cameron
The Parasite and Other Tales of Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Bookshop of Second Chances: a novel by Jackie Fraser
The Secret Stealers: a novel by Jane Healey
Basil's War: a novel by Stephen Hunter
Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter
The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff
The Last Bookshop in London: a novel of World War II by Madeline Martin
The Girls in the Stilt House: a novel by Kelly Mustian
The Lady Has a Past - #5 Burning Cove, CA Series by Amanda Quick
The Viscount Who Loved Me - #2 Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
An Offer from a Gentleman - #3 Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Good Company: a novel by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Picnic in Someday Valley: #1 Honey Creek Series by Jodi Thomas
Second First Impressions: a novel by Sally Thorne
Lover Unveiled - #19 Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward
Confessions from the Quilting Circle by Maisey Yates

Inspirational:
The Jam and Jelly Nook - #4 Amish Marketplace Series by Amy Clipston
A Distant Shore: a novel by Karen Kingsbury

Large Print:
A Gambling Man - #2 Archer Series by David Baldacci
Sooley by John Grisham
Sunflower Sisters: a novel by Martha Hall Kelly
When the Stars go Dark: a novel by Paula McLain
Ocean Prey by John Sanford
Finding Ashley by Danielle Steel

Teen:
Daughter of the Pirate King - #1 Daughter of the Pirate King Series by Tricia Levenseller
Daughter of the Siren Queen - #2 Daughter of the Pirate King Series by Tricia Levenseller

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I'm reading a horror story in Braille.  Something bad is about to happen.....I can feel it.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

Email from May 17, 2021

 
Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday May 17 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday May 17 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday May 17 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday May 18 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 19 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday May 19 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Wednesday May 19 at 2:30 Cards with Joan
Thursday May 20 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday May 24 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday May 24 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday May 24 at 3:30-600 MakerSpace - by appointment only
Monday May 24 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday May 25 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday May 25 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 26 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday May 26 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Thursday May 27 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday May 28 at 1:05 Friday Needleworkers
Saturday May 29: Closed in observance of Memorial Day
Monday May 31: Closed in observance of Memorial Day

Scheduling note: Since the library will be closed on Monday the 31st for Memorial Day, we will have BINGO and MakerSpace on Monday the 24th.

Book Club:
Our Book Club will meet today at 2:00 to discuss The Underground Railroad, a novel by Colson Whitehead. We also have copies available of next month's book selection, The Recipe Box, a novel by Viola Shipman. Come discuss this month's selection, or stop in to pick up next month's selection - newcomers are always welcome!

Chat & Chew:
Our Chat & Chew Book Club will meet tonight at 5:30.  Join us for pizza as we discuss the latest books we've read, books we'd like to read, or just get ideas of more books to add to our To-Be-Read lists.

Summer Reading Programs in June:
Wednesday June 2 at 10:00 Brendan Kelly, Naturalist/Park Ranger with Tama County Conservation
Wednesday June 9 at 10:00 Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with the Tama County Extension Service
Wednesday June 16 at 10:00 To Be Determined
Wednesday June 23 at 10:00 Retrieving Freedom - Service Dogs for Veterans

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!

Used Book Sale:
We still have lots of wonderful books in our Used Book Sale room.  Stop in to browse and take home a few books for a free will donation.  Used books are great for camping, vacations, or to stock your shelves at your summer lake house.

NEW DVDs:
Just Add Romance; Love on the Menu
Land
Lena & Snowball
The Marksman
Hemingway
Atlantic Crossing
Shooter - Season 1

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
 
 

Email from May 10, 2021

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday May 10 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday May 10 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday May 11 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday May 11 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 12 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday May 12 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday May 12 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Thursday May 13 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday May 14 at 1:05 Friday Needleworkers
Monday May 17 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday May 17 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday May 17 at 5:30 Chat & Chew
Tuesday May 18 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 19 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday May 19 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Wednesday May 19 at 2:30 Cards with Joan
Thursday May 20 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub

PenPals Creative Writing Group Today!
If you have ever wanted to write, but just didn't know where to start, this group is for you! If you are interested in writing fiction, your family history, poems, your personal journal, or anything at all, this is a wonderful place to come to be motivated and encouraged. We meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30. All beginner and seasoned writers are welcome!

Coffee Talk Tomorrow!
Have you missed getting together with others, just to chat? Come to the library at 1:00 on the 2nd Tuesday of the month for Coffee Talk! We will have coffee, a sweet treat, and friendly conversation.

 

Scones & Tomes:
On Wednesday, May 12 we will be meeting in the Carnegie Cafe for coffee, book discussion, and a sweet treat. Come and share what you have been reading, and pick up ideas on what you want to read next.

Quilters, Knitters, Crocheters:
If you like to work with fabric or yarn, these groups are for you!  The Quilters meet every Tuesday at 1:30, and the Needleworkers meet at 1:05 the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. Come work on current projects, get new ideas, or just come for advice or to appreciate what others are making.

Free Tree Seedlings:
On Saturday, May 15, the Tama County Master Gardeners will be distributing free tree seedlings on a first-come basis. Pick-up will be at the Traer City Hall/TMU parking lot from 10:00-noon.  Limit 2 trees per household. For more information, contact the ISU Extension Office.

Chromebooks:
The library has 2 new Chromebook laptops available for patron use.  These can be checked out at the circulation desk for use in the library.  We will ask for a photo ID, and will hold your ID until you are finished using the Chromebook. These devices are easy to use and are wonderful for checking e-mail or surfing the internet.

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:
The Crown of Gilded Bones - #3 Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A Life Without Water  - #1 Life Without Water Series by Marci Bolden
The Prostitutes' Ball by Stephen J. Cannell
Any Luck at All - #1 Asheville Brewing Series by A.R. Casella
A Wanted Man: a Reacher Novel by Lee Child
Black Site: A Delta Force Novel by Dalton Fury
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles
The Sea Star Bakery - #2 Willa Bay Series by Nicole Ellis

Inspirational Fiction:
Night Fall - #1 Nighthawk Security Series by Susan Sleeman
Night Vision - #2 Nighthawk Security Series by Susan Sleeman
Night Hawk - #3 Nighthawk Security Series by Susan Sleeman

Teen:
The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
Pathfinder - #1 Pathfinder Series by Orson Scott Card
Ruins - #2 Pathfinder Series by Orson Scott Card
Visitors - #3 Pathfinder Series by Orson Scott Card
Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga

Non-Fiction:
Girl Decoded by Rana El Kaliouby
Racing to the Finish: my story by Dale Earnhardt
40 Thieves on Saipan: the elite Marine scout-snipers in one of WWII's bloodiest battles by Joseph Tachovsky
Outlaw Platoon: heroes, renegades, infidels, and the brotherhood of war in Afghanistan by Sean Parnell
Saving Bravo by Stephan Talty

Memorial Books:
Mastering Homebrew: the complete guide to brewing delicious beer by Randy Mosher, given in memory of Kurt Jesse Smelser by the Traer Public Library Staff
The Big Book of Star-Studded Quilts: 44 Sparkling Designs by That Patchwork Place, given in memory of Edith E. Paustian by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I've been thinking about taking up meditation. It's better than sitting around doing nothing.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

 

Email from May 3, 2021

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday May 3 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Tuesday May 4 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 5 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday May 5 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Wednesday May 5 at 2:30 Carnegie Cafe Coffee and Crafts
Thursday May 6 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 6 at 5:30-7:00 Pinterest Night
Monday May 10 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday May 10 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday May 11 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 12 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday May 12 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday May 12 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Thursday May 13 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday May 14 at 1:00 Friday Needleworkers

Pinterest Night:
We have set the date for our first Pinterest Night of 2021! On Thursday, May 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 we will "Wipe COVID 2020 From Your Shoes!"  We will be painting personalized welcome mats. The cost is $10, and space is limited to 10 participants.  Call or stop in the library to put your name on the sign-up list.

Chromebooks:
The library has 2 new Chromebook laptops available for patron use.  These can be checked out at the circulation desk for use in the library.  We will ask for a photo ID, and will hold your ID until you are finished using the Chromebook. These devices are easy to use and are wonderful for checking e-mail or surfing the internet.

VOX Books:
We have 10 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 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!

Free Tree Seedlings:
On Saturday, May 15, the Tama County Master Gardeners will be distributing free tree seedlings on a first-come basis. Pick-up will be at the Traer City Hall/TMU parking lot from 10:00-noon.  Limit 2 trees per household. For more information, contact the ISU Extension Office.

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:
Turn A Blind Eye - #3 William Warwick Series by Jeffrey Archer
Hummingbird Lane by Carolyn Brown
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
The Devil's Hand - #4 Terminal List Series by Jack Carr
Calder Brand by Janet Dailey
Big Little Spies - #7 Paws & Claws Series by Krista Davis
Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny
The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak
Animal Instinct #2 K Team Series by David Rosenfelt
Miss Julia Happily Ever After - #22 Miss Julia Series
Deadly Editions - #6 Scottish Bookshop Series by Paige Shelton

Inspirational Fiction:
Three Missing Days - #3 Pelican Harbor Series by Colleen Coble
Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard
Blackberry Beach - #7 Hope Harbor Series by Irene Hannon

Large Print:
Stargazer - #6 Leaphorn, Cheek & Manuelito Series by Anne Hillerman
Eternal by Lisa Scottoline

Non-Fiction:
The Lighter Step-By-Step Instant Pot Cookbook: Easy Recipes for a Slimmer, Healthier You with photographs of every step by Jeffrey Eisner
The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos by Judith Batalion

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

Email from April 26, 2021

Good Morning!

CALENDAR:

Monday April 26 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday April 26 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday April 26 Makerspace Crafts - by appointment only
Monday April 26 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday April 27 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday April 27 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 28 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday April 28 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Thursday April 29 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday April 30 at 1:00 Friday Needleworkers
Monday May 3 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Tuesday May 4 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday May 5 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday May 5 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Wednesday May 5 at 2:30 Carnegie Cafe Coffee and Crafts
Thursday May 6 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday May 6 at 5:30 Pinterest Night

BINGO Today!
Join us today at 2:00 for a friendly game of BINGO. There is no cost to participate, and you can win fabulous prizes!

PenPals Creative Writing Group Today!
If you have ever wanted to write, but just didn't know where to start, this group is for you! If you are interested in writing fiction, your family history, poems, your personal journal, or anything at all, this is a wonderful place to come to be motivated and encouraged. We meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30. All beginner and seasoned writers are welcome!

Outside the Lines Adult Coloring:
Feeling stressed?  Join us for a relaxing hour of coloring! We will meet at 1:05 on Tuesday.  Bring your own supplies, or use ours - we have a great selection of cards, bookmarks, markers and pens.

Drawing for Free Gardening Kits:
We have 2 Kids Gardening Kits to give away! These kits were provided by a collaborative effort by ISU Extension, Tama County Master Gardeners, and Tama County 4-H. You have this week to enter your name in the drawing - we will draw the names of the two lucky winners at 5:00 on Friday, April 30.

Pinterest Night:
We have set the date for our first Pinterest Night of 2021! On Thursday, May 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 we will "Wipe COVID 2020 From Your Shoes!" We will be painting personalized welcome mats. The cost is $10, and space is limited to 10 participants.  Call or stop in the library to put your name on  the sign-up list.

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:
Very Special Forces - #12 Lexi Graves Series by Camilla Chafer
Marked for Murder - #12 Shelby Nichols Series by Coleen Helme
A Patchwork Past - #2 Plain Patterns Series by Leslie Gould
No Home Like Nantucket - #1 Sweet Island Inn Series by Grace Palmer
No Beach Like Nantucket - #2 Sweet Island Inn Series by Grace Palmer
No Wedding Like Nantucket - #3 Sweet Island Inn Series by Grace Palmer
No Love Like Nantucket - #4 Sweet Island Inn Series by Grace Palmer
Six Months in Montana - #1 Montana Sweet Western Romance Series by Pamela M. Kelley
Mistletoe in Montana - #2 Montana Sweet Western Romance Series by Pamela M. Kelley
Mischief in Montana - #3 Montana Sweet Western Romance Series by Pamela M. Kelley
Match-Making in Montana - #4 Montana Sweet Western Romance Series by Pamela M. Kelley
Winter in Ireland - #5 Montana Sweet Western Romance Series by Pamela M. Kelley
Return to Robinswood - #2 Robinswood Story by Jean Grainger
Cold Terror - #1 Cold Harbor Series by Susan Sleeman
Cold Truth - #2 Cold Harbor Series by Susan Sleeman
Cold Fury - #3 Cold Harbor Series by Susan Sleeman

 

Email from April 19, 2021

Good Morning!

CALENDAR:
Monday April 19 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday April 19 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday April 19 at 5:30 Book Chat & Chew
Tuesday April 20 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 21 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday April 21 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Wednesday April 21 at 2:30 Cards With Joan - In person & Facebook Live
Thursday April 22 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday April 23 at 1:00 Friday Needleworkers
Monday April 26 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday April 26 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday April 26 Makerspace Crafts - by appointment only
Monday April 26 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday April 27 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday April 27 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 28 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday April 28 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Thursday April 29 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday April 30 at 1:00 Friday Needleworkers


Virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Information Session Tonight:
We have added a last minute program to our schedule. Join us Monday, April 19 at 6:00 PM in the Kupka Cultural Center for a virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Information Session via YouTube. Experts from the Iowa
Department of Public Health and the University of Iowa will speak and answer your questions about vaccine creation, safety and efficacy, as well as what getting vaccinated means for you and your loved ones. 

Book Club Today:
Our Book Club will be meeting this afternoon at 2:00 to Discuss News of the World by Paulette Jiles. We will also be passing out our next book, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. If you would like to join us next month, please stop by the library to pick up your copy - we have plenty, and welcome new attendees!

Pinterest Night:
We have set the date for our first Pinterest Night of 2021! On Thursday, May 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 we will "Wipe COVID 2020 From Your Shoes!"  Check back next week for all the details!

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:
Changing the Rules by Catherine Bybee
Tell No Lies - #2 Quinn & Costa Series by Allison Brennan
Wild Sign - #6 Alpha & Omega Series by Patricia Briggs
Meant to Be by Jude Deveraux
The Bounty - #7 Kate O'Hare Series by Janet Evanovich
Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham
Till Death - #3 Have Brides Will Travel Series by William W. Johnstone
The Other Emily by Dean R. Koontz
Drown Her Sorrows - #3 Bree Taggert Series by Melinda Leigh
Dark Sky - #21 Joe Picket Series by C.J. Box
Win by Harlan Coben
Fast Ice by Clive Cussler
Relentless - #10 Gray Man Series by Mark Greaney
The Palm Beach Murders by James A. Patterson
The Red Book - #2 Black Book Series by James A. Patterson
Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson
The Consequences of Fear - #16 Maisie Dobbs Series by Jacqueline Winspear
Double Jeopardy by Stuart Woods
No Way Out by Fern Michaels
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
The Path to Sunshine Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

Non-Fiction:
No Pain, No Gaines: The Good Stuff Doesn't Come Easy by Chip Gaines

NEW DVDs:
A Call To Spy
A Perfect Planet
Son of the South
Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar
The Pursuit of Happyness

Diane Panfil
Traer Public Library

 

Email from April 12, 2021

Good Morning!

CALENDAR:

Monday April 12 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday April 12 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday April 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 14 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday April 14 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Wednesday April 14 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Thursday April 15 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday April 19 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday April 19 at 2:00 Book Club
Monday April 19 at 5:30 Book Chat & Chew
Tuesday April 20 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 21 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday April 21 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Wednesday April 21 at 2:30 Cards With Joan - In person & Facebook Live
Thursday April 22 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday April 23 at 1:00 Friday Needleworkers

Free Little Library:
Did you know we have a Free Little Library in Taylor Park? It is near the children's playground area. Stop by and check it out the next time you are out enjoying the warmer spring weather. Feel free to take a book, or leave a book for others to enjoy.

NEW BOOKS:

Memorial Books:
All About the Story: News, Politics, and the Washington Post by Leonard Downie, Jr, given in memory of John Felts by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano, given in memory of John Felts by his family
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, given in memory of John Felts by his family
Code Talker: the first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII by Chester Nez, given in memory of John Felts by his daughter Janeal
The Forgotten 500: the untold story of the men who risked all for the greatest rescue mission of World War II by Gregory A. Freeman, given in memory of John Felts by his daughter Janeal
Winter World by A.G. Riddle, given in memory of John Felts by his daughter Janeal

Fiction:
The Wild Girl by Jim Fergus
Angel Falls - #1 Sands and Shadows Series by Colleen Helme
A Scone to Die For - #1 Oxford Tearoom Series by H.Y. Hanna
Trowel and Error - #4 English Cottage Garden Series by H.Y. Hanna

NEW DVDs:
News of the World
Soul
Hero Dog: The Journey Home
Paw Patrol-Dino Rescue: Roar to the Rescue
Wonder Woman 1984
Looney Tunes Platinum
Manifest - Season 2
Vera - Season 8
Stargirl - Season 1

Diane Panfil
Traer Public Library

 

Email from April 5, 2021


Good Morning!

It's National Library Week! Celebrate our wonderful Carnegie library by joining us for one of our many upcoming activities, or by stopping in to check out books, magazines or dvds. You can also use our computer lab, work on a puzzle, check out the used book sale, read the newspaper, or just say hello!  We would love to see you, and say thank you to everyone who continues to support our library.

CALENDAR:
Monday April 5 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Tuesday April 6 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 7 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday April 7 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Wednesday April 7 at 2:30 Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts
Thursday April 8 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday April 9 at 1:00 Friday Needleworkers
Monday April 12 at 1:00pm Geri-Fit
Monday April 12 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday April 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday April 14 at 10:15am Storytime
Wednesday April 14 at 1:00 Geri-Fit
Wednesday April 14 Scones & Tomes Book Club
Thursday April 15 at 10:30 am Cribbage and Rummikub

Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts:
Our Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts group is back! Join us on the first Wednesday of each month to create a simple seasonal craft.  There is no cost, and no sign up is required.  We will provide any supplies needed.

Used Book Sale!
We are Spring cleaning at the library, to make room for more new books, and our Used Book Sale room is overflowing with wonderful books!  Come in and browse anytime during regular library hours, and take home a sack of books for a $1.00 donation!

Children's Gardening Activities:
ISU Extension, Tama County Master Gardeners, and Tama County 4-H have worked together to put together gardening kits for kids. These kits include pots, seeds, soil, and additional items and activities, and are available for $5 each.  We have sample kits here at the library, as well as order forms.  The forms and payment must be received at the Toledo Extension office by April 14.
We also have some free Seed Germination Necklace packets which include seeds, bags, beads and yarn. Stop in and take a look, pick up an order form or packet, and get your children excited about gardening!

NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:
Bitter Falls - #4 Stillhouse Lake Series by Rachel Caine
Heartbreak Bay - #5 Stillhouse Lake Series by Rachel Caine
The Restoration of Celia Fairchild by Marie Bostwick
In the Ground - #14 David Wolf Series by David Carson
Friends Like These by Hannah Ellis
Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan Henry
Dead Lions - #2 Slough House Series by Mick Herron
Real Tigers - #3 Slough House Series by Mick Herron
The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson
Transient Desires by Donna Leon
A Matter Of Life and Death - #4 Robin Lockwood Series by Phillip Margolin
The Beirut Protocol by Joel C. Rosenberg
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab

Large Print:
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Affair by Danielle Steel

Non Fiction:
Make Something Good Today: A Memoir by Erin Napier
Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods by Amelia Pang
Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit our Addictions by Michael Moss


Diane Panfil
Traer Public Library