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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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. 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.
 
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.
 
Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Library!
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be stopping by the library on Friday, December 3 from 5:00-6:00.  Stop in to say Ho, Ho, Ho and receive a candy cane and a take-home craft. Santa will also plan to read Twas the Night Before Christmas at 6:00 from the outside balcony before the Lighted Holiday Parade.
 
Kids Gift Making:
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.
 
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 2 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:
Holiday Happenings is coming up on December 3rd and 4th.  Be sure to check the Chamber Facebook Event Page or the Traer website www.traer.com under Community/Festivals & Events for a listing of events!
 
Pun-Of-The-Week
I’m just saying people who collect magazines have a lot of issues, that’s all.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

Nov 22 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Nov 22 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 22 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Nov 23 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Nov 23 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 24 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 24 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 24 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Nov 24 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thurs Nov 25, Fri Nov 26, Sat Nov 27 LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
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 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
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
 
PenPals!
The PenPals writing group will meet at 4:00 today. Lately they have been working on a collaborative short-story-writing project using pictures that some of our patrons have captioned.  We have several of the stories they have written available for patrons to read – they are wonderful and creative! There are still pictures available to caption too – stop by the circulation desk and ask about the.  Or if you’d like to write some of your own stories, the group is always looking for more writers!
 
Outside the Lines:
Our adult coloring group will be meeting on Tuesday, November 23 at 1:05pm. We supply the pens/pencils/markers and have cards, bookmarks or coloring books to color.  Join us for a relaxing hour of coloring and visiting.

Library Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday:
The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 25, Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Library!
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be stopping by the library on Friday, December 3 from 5:00-6:00.  Stop in to say Ho, Ho, Ho and receive a candy cane and a take-home craft. Santa will also plan to read Twas the Night Before Christmas at 6:00 from the outside balcony before the Lighted Holiday Parade.
 
Community Bulletin Board:
Holiday Happenings is coming up on December 3rd and 4th.  Be sure to check the Chamber Facebook Event Page or the Traer website www.traer.com under Community/Festivals & Events for a listing of events!
 
 

NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:
The Christmas Promise by Richard Paul Evans
Game On - #28 Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
The Transatlantic Book Club - #4 Finafarran Peninsula Series Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Killer Research - #12 Library Lovers Series by Jennifer McKinlay
No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield
The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipman
Dinner on Primrose Hill by Jodi Thomas
Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne
 
Inspirational Fiction:
Starting from Scratch by Christine Gael
Night Prey - #6 Night Hawk Security Series by Susan Sleeman
 
Large Print:
The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Ablom
The Man Who Died Twice - #2 Thursday Murder Club Richard Osman
The Butler by Danielle Steel
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
 
Teen Fiction:
Rule of Wolves – #2 King of Scars Series by Leigh Bardugo
What I Carry by Jennifer Longo
 
Non-Fiction:
All of the Marvels: a journey to the ends of the biggest story ever told by Douglas Wolk
Dear William: a father’s memoir of addiction, recovery, love, and loss by David Magee
Lightning Down: a World War II story of survival by Thomas Clavin
Wildcat: the untold story of Pearl Hart, the Wild West’s most notorious woman bandit by John Boessenecker
Star Wars Year by Year by Kristin Baver
 

Pun-Of-The-Week
My family told me to stop telling Thanksgiving jokes, but I told them I couldn’t quit cold turkey.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

Nov 15 Newsletter

 
Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Nov 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 15 at 2:00 Book Club Discussing “The Library Book”
Monday Nov 15 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Nov 16 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 17 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 17 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 17 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Nov 17 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Nov 17 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Nov 17 at 3:00-5:00 Kids in the Kitchen (3rd session for Group #2)
Thursday Nov 18 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Nov 22 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 22 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Nov 23 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Nov 23 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 24 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 24 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 24 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Nov 24 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Thursday Nov 25 & Friday Nov 26 LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
 
 
Monday Book Clubs:
The Monday Book Club will meet this afternoon at 2:00.  We will be discussing The Library Book by Susan Orlean. You can also pick up next month’s selection – The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg. We will also be taking suggestions of titles to read next year.  We will compile a list of choices and then vote to create our 2022 Book List.
 
Our Chat & Chew Book Club also meets today at 5:30. Join us for pizza as we discuss what books we have read, are currently reading, or wish we had time to read!
 
Cards with Joan:
Join us on Wednesday, November 17 at 2:00 as Joan Schafer shows us how to make a beautiful greeting card. Joan shares her tips and techniques step by step, and all materials are provided.  Past cards and some how-to videos are posted on our website.

Tuesday Quilters:
Cynthia Drajna, owner of Iowa Star Quilts, leads a quilting group every Tuesday at 1:30pm in the Talen Community Room.  We have sewing machines, irons, ironing boards, lots of fabric, and other supplies for your use.  Come work on a current project or be inspired to start a new one! If you are new to quilting, the quilters are happy to answer questions or get you started!
 
Community Bulletin Board:
The next Traer Sesquicentennial Meeting will be this evening at 5:30 in the Kupka Cultural Center.  These community conversation meetings are to discuss and share thoughts about the upcoming celebration.  Everyone is invited and welcome to come share ideas!
 
Holiday Happenings is coming up on December 3rd and 4th.  Be sure to check the Traer Chamber Facebook Event Page or the Traer website www.traer.com under Community/Festivals & Events for a listing of events!
 
NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:
The Butterfly Effect by Rachel Mans McKenny (2022 All Iowa Reads Selection)
 
Teen Fiction:
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
 
Junior Fiction:
The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane by Kate O’Shaughnessy (2022 All Iowa Reads Kids Selection)
 
Non-Fiction:
Angels in my Hair: a memoir by Lorna Byrne
 
DVD’s:
Black Widow
Respect: Her Voice Changed Everything
Space Jam: A new Legacy
The Equalizer – Season 1

Pun-Of-The-Week
A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that toucan play at that game.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 
 
 

Nov 8 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
On the Calendar:

Monday Nov 8 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 8 at 2:00 You Decide! “Milking It!”
Monday Nov 8 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Nov 9 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday Nov 9 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 10 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 10 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Nov 10 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 10 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Nov 10 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Nov 10 at 3:00-5:00 Kids in the Kitchen (2nd session for Group #2)
Thursday Nov 11 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Nov 15 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 15 at 2:00 Book Club Discussing “The Library Book”
Monday Nov 15 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Nov 16 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 17 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 17 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 17 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Nov 17 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Nov 17 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Nov 17 at 3:00-5:00 Kids in the Kitchen (3rd session for Group #2)
Thursday Nov 18 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
  
You Decide! Milking It! Today’s the day!!
Laurie the Librarian is back with another fun You Decide Program!  This afternoon at 2:00, we will be comparing and taste-testing different types of milk.  What’s up with all these new milks on the market? Are they really that healthy? What about calcium? How do they taste? What are the pros and cons? We will compare traditional dairy milks with other milks like almond, soy, and oat.  And of course you can’t have milk without cookies! You won’t want to miss this program!

Scones & Tomes:
On Wednesday, November 10 we will be meeting in the Carnegie Café for a hot beverage, book discussion, and a sweet treat. Come and share what you have been reading lately, and pick up ideas for your Books-To-Read list.
 
Monday Book Club:
The Monday Book Club will meet Monday, November 15 at 2:00.  This month’s selection is The Library Book by Susan Orlean. We still have a few copies if you’d like to read it and join in on our discussion.  We will also be taking suggestions of titles to read next year.  We will compile a list of choices and then vote to create our 2022 Book List!
 
Chromebooks:
The library has 2 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 return the Chromebook to the desk.  These devices are easy to use and are wonderful for checking email or surfing the internet.
 
Community Bulletin Board:
The next Traer Sesquicentennial Meeting will be on Monday, November 15 at 5:30 in the Kupka Cultural Center.  These community conversation meetings are to discuss and share thoughts about the upcoming celebration.  Everyone is invited and welcome to come share ideas!

NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:
Over My Dead Body - #4 William Warwick Series by Jeffrey Archer
The Ballad of Laurel Springs by Janet Beard
The Happy Accidents by Jamie Beck
The Garden of Promises and Lies - #3 Found Things Series by Paula Brackston
Child of Light by Terry Brooks
Claws for Alarm by Rita Mae Brown
State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny
The Tannenbaum Christmas Quilt - #3 Door County Quilts Series by Ann Hazelwood
Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan Henry
The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella
Best in Snow - #24 Andy Carpenter Series by David Rosenfelt
Freedom’s Song by Kim Vogel Sawyer
An Irish Country Yuletide - #16 Irish Country Series by Patrick Taylor
Christmas in Peachtree Bluff - #4 Peachtree Bluff Series by Kristy Woodson Harvey
 
Large Print:
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
 
Non-Fiction:
The Book of Hope: a survival guide for trying times by Jane Goodall
She Kills Me: the true stories of history’s deadliest women by Jennifer Wright
This is Ear Hustle: unflinching stories of everyday prison life by Nigel Poor
ER Nurses: true stories from America’s greatest unsung heroes by James A. Patterson
David Copperfield’s History of Magic by David Copperfield
Hooked: how crafting saved my life by Sutton Foster
The Boys: a memoir of Hollywood and family by Ron Howard
 
Inspirational Fiction:
Riverbend Gap - #1 Riverbend Series by Denise Hunter
Forgiving Paris by Karen Kingsbury
 
DVD’s:
Paw Patrol the Movie

Pun-Of-The-Week
The only difference between a poorly dressed man on a unicycle and a well dressed man on a bicycle is attire.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

 

Nov 1 Newsletter

Good Morning!
 
We have lots going on at the Library in the next couple of weeks! Stop in and check us out!

On the Calendar:

Monday Nov 1 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 1 at 2:00 Applique Class
Monday Nov 1 at 5:30 Pinterest Night
Tuesday Nov 2 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 3 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 3 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 3 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Nov 3 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Nov 3 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Nov 3 at 3:00-5:00 Kids in the Kitchen (1st session for Group #2)
Thursday Nov 4 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 4 at 3:00 Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
Monday Nov 8 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 8 at 2:00 You Decide! “Milking It!”
Monday Nov 8 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Nov 9 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday Nov 9 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 10 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 10 at 11:30 Scones & Tomes
Wednesday Nov 10 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 10 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Nov 10 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Nov 10 at 3:00-5:00 Kids in the Kitchen (2nd session for Group #2)
Thursday Nov 11 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
 
Applique Class Today:
If you signed up for the Applique Class, your next class is today, at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.  You can see an example of this month’s project on the library website.
 
Pinterest Night Tonight!
Get ready for another fun Pinterest night tonight at 5:30! We will be painting a winter scene on a framed piece of wood. (Come to the library to see examples or see pictures on the website).  Cost will be $10, to be paid when you sign up. We still have 1 open spot, so if you’re feelin’ crafty, call us to reserve your spot and come in at 5:30 today!
 
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.
 
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group:
Joan Schafer leads a monthly Parkinson’s Disease Support Group on the first Thursday of the month at 3:00.This group is mainly for those living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, but anyone who wants to know more about helping those living with Parkinson’s disease is welcome to attend the next meeting on Thursday, November 4th.
 
You Decide! Milking It!
Laurie the Librarian is back with another fun You Decide Program!  On Monday, November 8 at 2:00, we will be comparing and taste-testing different types of milk.  What’s up with all these new milks on the market? Are they really that healthy? What about calcium? How do they taste? What are the pros and cons? We will compare traditional dairy milks with other milks like almond, soy, and oat.  And of course you can’t have milk without cookies! You won’t want to miss this program!

BRIDGES:
 Did you know that in addition to thousands and thousands of books, you can also check out magazines online using BRIDGES? There are over 3000 titles available, and there is no limit to the number of magazines you can check out at one time. Simply download the Libby App, enter your Traer Library card number, and password. (Usually the last 7 digits of your phone number, if your area code is 319.  Otherwise it is your 10 digit phone number.) Click here to watch a one-minute video about checking out magazines on Libby:  https://overdrive.wistia.com/medias/rt10r6qbtb?wvideo=rt10r6qbtb
 
Community Bulletin Board:
Tomorrow, November 2, is Election Day for combined city/school elections.  Polling locations are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.  Get out and vote!

NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:
Nantucket News - #7 Nantucket Beach Plum Cove series by Pamela M. Kelley
Plymouth Undercover by Pamela M. Kelley
Daffodil Season - #9 Melinda Foster series by Melanie Lageschulte
 
Non-Fiction:
Between Two Kingdoms: a memoir of life interrupted by Suleika Jaouad
 
Memorial Books:
Wild Rescues: a paramedic’s extreme adventures in Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton by Kevin Grange, given in memory of Martin Herker by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
The Art of Flowers from the editors of Victoria Magazine, given in memory of Leota LaNell Dinsdale by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers by John Gierach, given in memory of James Pat McCarroll by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Traer
 
DVD’s:
New Providence: The End of an Era (A cynical New York City sports writer is sent to New Providence, Iowa to cover the final season of 6-on-6 girls high school basketball)
 Kids Say the Darndest Things: Art Linkletter
The Milton Berle Show

Pun-Of-The-Week
A group of ghosts was arrested last night at the local bar for being loud, disruptive and heckling a performing artist. The arresting officer said it was to be expected because ghosts can’t handle their boos.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

Email from Oct 25

Good Morning!

We have lots going on at the Library in the next couple of weeks! Stop in and check us out!

On the Calendar:

Monday Oct 25 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 25 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday Oct 25 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by Appt
Monday Oct 25 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Oct 26 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Oct 26 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 27 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 27 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Oct 27 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Oct 27 at 3:00-5:00 Kids in the Kitchen (3rd session for Group #1)
Thursday Oct 28 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Friday Oct 29 Trick or Treat at the Library after the Chamber costume contest
Monday Nov 1 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Nov 1 at 2:00 Applique Class
Monday Nov 1 at 5:30 Pinterest Night
Tuesday Nov 2 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Nov 3 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Nov 3 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Nov 3 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Nov 3 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Nov 3 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Nov 3 at 2:30 Homework Help & Lego Challenge
Wednesday Nov 3 at 3:00-5:00 Kids in the Kitchen (1st session for Group #2)
Thursday Nov 4 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Nov 4 at 3:00 Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

 

BINGO TODAY!
Join us today, October 25 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!
Makerspace Crafting By Appointment Today:
On Monday, October 25, from 3:30-6:00, the library’s Cricuts, stamps, inks, papers, cutters, sewing machines and other crafting supplies will be available for use on your personal crafting projects.  The cost is a free will donation for any supplies you use. To schedule your Makerspace time, just call the library at 478-2180.
Wednesday Kids activities: NEW! Lego Challenge!
Are you looking for something for your kids to do on early-out Wednesdays? They can come to the library to participate in our Lego Challenge! They will be given a box of Legos and a challenge card with a suggestion of what to build.  We also offer Homework Help from 2:30-4:30, or just a quiet place to come to finish their homework or work on a group project. They can also read, work on a puzzle, or use the computers in the lab.
 
This Wednesday is also the third and final session for Group #1 of Kids in the Kitchen with Jenny Hulme.  They meet from 3:00-5:00 in the Talen Community Room. If you signed up for the second group of sessions, your first session will be Wednesday November 3 at 3:00. These sessions required previous registration, but if you are interested in a spring session, contact Jenny at the Tama County Extension Office at 641-484-2703.
 
Trick or Treat!
Don’t forget to bring your little ghosts and goblins to Trick or Treat at the library this Friday afternoon after the Traer Chamber Costume Contest!
 
Applique Class:
If you signed up for the Applique Class, your next class will be on Monday, November 1 at 2:00 in the Talen Community Room.  You can see an example of this month’s project on the library website.
 
Pinterest Night!
Get ready for another fun Pinterest night on Monday, November 1 at 5:30! We will be painting a winter scene on a framed piece of wood. (Come to the library to see examples or see pictures on the website).  Cost will be $10, to be paid when you sign up. We only have 2 open spots left, so come in and reserve your spot soon!
 
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group:
Joan Schafer leads a monthly Parkinson’s Disease Support Group on the first Thursday of the month at 3:00.This group is mainly for those living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, but anyone who wants to know more about helping those living with Parkinson’s disease is welcome to attend the next meeting on Thursday, November 4th.
 
You Decide! Milking It!
Laurie the Librarian is back with another fun You Decide Program!  On Monday, November 8 at 2:00, we will be comparing and taste-testing different types of milk.  What’s up with all these new milks on the market? Are they really that healthy? What about calcium? How do they taste? What are the pros and cons? We will compare traditional dairy milks with other milks like almond, soy, and oat.  And of course you can’t have milk without cookies! You won’t want to miss this program!

Library Facebook Page:
Do you follow the Traer Public Library on Facebook? We regularly post information and reminders on upcoming programs, general library information, and photos from many of our activities. We’ve also been known to post some fun videos from time to time! It’s an easy way to keep up on what’s happening with your library!

Community Bulletin Board:
Congratulations to the North Tama Girls Cross Country Team for qualifying for State!  The Team will compete this Saturday, October 30 at 2:30 in Fort Dodge.  Run Girls Run! Good Luck!
 
Traer’s Trick or Treat night is also this Saturday, from 6:30 to 8:30.

NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:
The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews
Murder Outside the Lines - #3 Pen and Ink Series by Krista Davis
Swamp Sweets - #21 Miss Fortune Series by Jana DeLeon
An Impossible Promise - #2 Providence Falls Series by Jude Deveraux
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Daughter of the Morning Star - #18 Walt Longmire Series by Craig Johnson
The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery
Once in a Lifetime by Mary Alice Monroe
Three Sisters - #3 Tattooist of Auschwitz Series by Heather Morris
The Wish by Nicholas Sparks
 
Large Print:
2 Sisters Detective Agency by James A Patterson
The Jailhouse Lawyer by James A. Patterson
The Wish by Nicholas Sparks
 
Inspirational Fiction:
Love on the Range #3 Brothers in Arms Series by Mary Connealy
A Season on the Wind by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Labyrinth of Lies - # 2 Triple Threat Series by Irene Hannon
The Heart of a Cowboy - #2 Colorado Cowboys Series by Jody Hedlund
The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick
Waiting on Love by Tracie Peterson
A Season of Change - #2 Amish Inn Series by Beth Wiseman
 
Teen
Kingdom of the Cursed - #2 Kingdom of the Wicked Series by Kerri Maniscalco

Non-Fiction:
Science of Strength Training: understand the anatomy and physiology to transform your body by Austin Current
The Speckled Beauty: a dog and his people by Rick Bragg
Every Day is a Gift: a memoir by Tammy Duckworth
 
 
DVD’s:
Cruella

Pun-Of-The-Week
I love goblin Halloween Candy. I just don’t want it to go to waist!

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

 

Email from Oct 18

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday Oct 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 18 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Oct 18 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Oct 19 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 20 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 20 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Oct 20 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Oct 20 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Wednesday Oct 20 at 2:30-5:00 Lego Challenge
Thursday Oct 21 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Oct 25 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 25 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday Oct 25 at 3:30-6:00 Makerspace Crafting by Appt
Monday Oct 25 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Oct 26 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Oct 26 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 27 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 27 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 27 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Oct 27 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Wednesday Oct 27 at 2:30-5:00 Lego Challenge
Wednesday Oct 27 at 3:00-5:00 Kids in the Kitchen
Thursday Oct 28 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
 
Monday Book Clubs meeting TODAY:
Our Monday Book Club will be meeting today, October 18 at 2:00. We will be discussing One Thousand White Women, a novel by Jim Fergus. We will also be handing out next month’s selection The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
 
The Chat & Chew Book Club will also meet today at 5:30. Come enjoy a slice of pizza as we discuss the books we’ve been reading lately.
 
Cards with Joan:
Join us on Wednesday, October 20 at 2:00 as Joan Schafer shows us how to make a beautiful greeting card.  Joan shares her techniques and tips step by step, and all materials are provided. Past cards and some how-to videos are posted on our website.
 
Wednesday Kids activities: NEW! Lego Challenge!
Are you looking for something for your kids to do on early-out Wednesdays? They can come to the library to participate in our Lego Challenge! They will be given a box of Legos and a challenge card with a suggestion of what to build. They may then have some free time to build whatever they want.  We also offer Homework Help from 2:30-4:30, or just a quiet place to come to finish their homework or work on a group project. They can also read, work on a puzzle, or use the computers in the lab.
 
Pinterest Night!
Get ready for another fun Pinterest night on Monday, November 1 at 5:30! We will be painting a winter scene on a framed piece of wood. (Come to the library to see examples or see pictures on the website later today).  Cost will be $10, to be paid when you sign up. We only have 11 spots, and they fill up quickly, so come in and reserve your spot soon!
 
You Decide! Milking it!
Laurie the Librarian is back with another fun You Decide Program!  On Monday, November 8 at 2:00, will be comparing and taste-testing different types of milk.  What’s up with all these new milks on the market? Are they really that healthy? What about calcium? How do they taste? What are the pros and cons? We will compare traditional dairy milks with other milks like almond, soy, and oat.  And of course you can’t have milk without cookies! You won’t want to miss this program!
 
Used Book Sale Room:
Our Used Book Sale room is still full! There are many, many books, but also lots of magazines and audio books, a few DVDs and puzzles, and one lonely Tigger cake pan. Come take home some treasures – for just a free will donation!

Community Bulletin Board:
 
Candidate Forum and Traer Sesquicentennial Meetings TODAY
Local elections are coming up on November 2nd. Come to a candidate forum today, October 18 at 4:00 in the Talen Community Room at the Traer Library. You can meet and visit with some of the candidates running for Traer Mayor, Traer City Council, and North Tama School Board positions. 
 
The next planning meeting for Traer’s Sesquicentennial festivities will begin at 5:30 after the candidate forum. Everyone is welcome to come to share your input, ideas, and experience.
 
NEW BOOKS:

Non-Fiction:

The Gathering Table: growing strong relationships through food, faith and hospitality by The Gingham Apron, LLC
Elements of Dressage: a guide for training the young horse by K.A. vonZiegner
 
DVD’s:
Dragnet – 10 Episodes
Marx Bros.: Go West; The Big Store
30 Days to Spiritual Well-Being
Candlelight Yoga
Get Moving
Pilates for Beginners
Prevention Fitness – Walk your way slim
Yoga for Beginners
Iowa’s WWII Stories

Pun-Of-The-Week
Did you hear about the poisoned Cheerios? Yep – the work of a cereal killer.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

Email from Oct 11

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:


Monday Oct 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 11 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Oct 12 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday Oct 12 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 13 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 13 at 11:30 Scones and Tomes Book Club
Wednesday Oct 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 13 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Oct 13 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Wednesday Oct 13 at 3:00 Kids in the Kitchen
Thursday Oct 14 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Oct 18 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 18 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Oct 18 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday Oct 19 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 20 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 20 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 20 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Oct 20 at 2:00 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Oct 20 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Thursday Oct 21 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub

PenPals! Today at 4:00
PenPals will meet on Monday October 11 at 4:00 – please note the new meeting time. Our creative writing group has started a new collaborative writing project and needs your input! They have collected a variety of pictures and images, and are asking library visitors to choose one, and come up with a caption or descriptive sentence for the picture.  The PenPals group will then come up with a short story, using your caption or sentence as the first sentence of the story. They have already received a few, but would like lots more! Stop by the circulation desk to choose a picture, and let your creative juices flow! 

Coffee Talk:
Join us on Tuesday, October 12 at 1:00 for hot beverage and a sweet treat as we gather together for some casual visiting and get to know each other better.

Kids in the Kitchen:
Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension, is leading the program “Kids in the Kitchen” for kids ages K-5. The second session is from 3:00-5:00 on Wednesday October 13. 

Kids will make and eat healthy, child-friendly recipes, and learn about food safety, basic kitchen safety, the five food groups, and the importance of physical activity.  The cost is $10 for all three sessions. The November sessions are also full, but there may be more sessions this spring. If you are interested, go online at  https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6eOrvWYLPbL8ktM to be put on their waiting list. Or call the Tama County Extension office at 641-484-2703.
 
Monday Book Club:
Our Monday Book Club will be meeting on Monday, October 18 at 2:00. They will be discussing One Thousand White Women, a novel by Jim Fergus. We still have copies available to borrow if you’d like to join in on the discussion next week.
 
You Decide! Milking it!
Laurie the Librarian is back with another fun You Decide Program!  On Monday, November 8 at 2:00, will be comparing and taste-testing different types of milk.  What’s up with all these new milks on the market? Are they really that healthy? What about calcium? How do they taste? What are the pros and cons? We will compare traditional dairy milks with other milks like almond, soy, and oat.  And of course you can’t have milk without cookies! You won’t want to miss this program!
 
Get Active at the Library!
While we know how much you love to curl up on a rainy 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 up and get you moving. Our Fit & Feisty exercise group meets every Monday and Wednesday 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 Yoga on Wednesdays at 2:00.  This is a very basic yoga class that focuses on relaxation, stretching, balance, and breathing. There is no cost for either of these programs. Give one of them a try!

Community Bulletin Board:
Local elections are coming up on November 2nd. Come visit with candidates running for city and school board positions on Monday, October 18 at 3:30 at the Traer Library. 
 
The next planning meeting for Traer’s Sesquicentennial festivities will begin at 5:30 after the candidate meet-and-greet event. Everyone is welcome to come to share your input, ideas, and experience.
 
NEW BOOKS:

Large-Print:

Bay of Sighs - #2 Guardians Trilogy series by Nora Roberts

Non-Fiction:
The Ultimate book of Lighthouses: history, legend, lore, design, technology, romance by Samuel Willard Crompton
Ultimate Platters and Boards – over 150 ideas and recipes for Beautiful Boards
Meatless – Delicious Recipes for Every Meal


Pun-Of-The-Week
There were two peanuts walking down a dark alley.  One was assaulted.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 

Email from Oct 4

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday Oct 4 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 4 at 2:30 Applique Class
Tuesday Oct 5 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 6 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 6 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Oct 6 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Oct 6 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Thursday Oct 7 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Oct 11 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 11 at 4:00 PenPals!
Tuesday Oct 12 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday Oct 12 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 13 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 13 at 11:30 Scones and Tomes Book Club
Wednesday Oct 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 13 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Oct 13 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Wednesday Oct 13 at 3:00 Kids in the Kitchen
Thursday Oct 14 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!

Story Time with Special Guest!
At Story Time on Wednesday, October 6, we will be welcoming a special guest!  We will be joined by a local law enforcement officer as we celebrate "National Coffee with a Cop Day!” So come join us to hear a story, have refreshments, take part in a fun activity, and chat with a local policeman!

Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts:
Come to the Carnegie Café Wednesday October 6 at 2:00  to make a seasonal craft and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, cocoa or cider. There is no cost, and no sign up is required.  We provide any supplies needed for the craft.


PenPals!
PenPals will meet on Monday October 11 at 4:00 – please note the new meeting time. Our creative writing group has started a new collaborative writing project and needs your input! They have collected a variety of pictures and images, and are asking library visitors to choose one, and come up with a caption or descriptive sentence for the picture.  The PenPals group will then come up with a short story, using your caption or sentence as the first sentence of the story. They have already received a few, but would like lots more! Stop by the circulation desk to choose a picture, and let your creative juices flow! 

Coffee Talk:
Join us on Tuesday, October 12 at 1:00 for hot beverage and a sweet treat as we gather together for some casual visiting and get to know each other better.

Kids in the Kitchen:
Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension, is leading the program “Kids in the Kitchen” for kids ages K-5. The second session is from 3:00-5:00 on Wednesday October 13. 

Kids will make and eat healthy, child-friendly recipes, and learn about food safety, basic kitchen safety, the five food groups, and the importance of physical activity.  The cost is $10 for all three sessions. The November sessions are also full, but there may be more sessions this spring. If you are interested, go online at  https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6eOrvWYLPbL8ktM to be put on their waiting list. Or call the Tama County Extension office at 641-484-2703.
 
BrainFuse HelpNow:
The Traer Public Library is excited to announce the launch of Brainfuse HelpNowFREE 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.

Community Bulletin Board:
Traer’s fall cleanup will be October 8th and 9th. For more information, go to www.traer.com
 
NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:

Hemlock by Susan Wittig Albert
Murder by the Bookend - #2 Antique Bookshop Series by Laura Gail Black
The Heron's Cry - #2 Two River Series by Ann Cleeves
Fronds and Enemies - #5 English Cottage Garden Series by H.Y. Hanna
The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight
Enemy at the Gates - a Mitch Rapp novel by Kyle Mills
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
Forgotten in Death by J.D. Robb
Beautiful World, Where are You by Sally Rooney

Large Print:
High Stakes by Iris Johansen
The Beginning by Beverly Lewis

Inspirational Fiction:
A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson
The Heart of Splendid Lake by Amy Clipston
Hostile Intent - #4 Danger Never Sleeps Series by Lynette Eason
Can't Buy me Love - #2 Deep Haven Series by Susan May Warren

Teen:
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Non-Fiction:
Brothers on Three: a true story of family resistance, and hope on a reservation in Montana by Abe Streep
Home & Hearth: quilts and more to cozy up your decor by Sherri L. McConnell
The Dressmakers of Auschwitz: the true story of the women who sewed to survive by L.J. Adlington
Forever Young: a memoir by Hayley Mills

New DVDs:
Boss Baby Family Business
Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog

Pun-Of-The-Week
A slice of apple pie in Jamaica is $2.00. It is $2.50 in the Bahamas. These are the pie rates of the Caribbean.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

Email from Sept 27

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday Sept 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 27 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Sept 27 at 3:30- 6:00 MakerSpace By Appointment
Monday Sept 27 at  5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday Sept 28 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Sept 28 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 29 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 29 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Sept 29 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Thursday Sept 29 at 3:30-5:30 Kids in the Kitchen
Thursday Sept 30 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Oct 4 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Oct 4 at 2:30 Applique Class
Tuesday Oct 5 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Oct 6 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Oct 6 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Oct 6 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Oct 6 at 2:00 Carnegie Café Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Oct 6 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Thursday Oct 7 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub

BINGO Today!
Join us today, September 27 at 2:00 for a friendly yet competitive hour of BINGO! There is no cost to participate, and you can win fabulous prizes!
 
PenPals! Today:
Our PenPals! creative writing group has started a new collaborative writing project and needs your input! They have collected a variety of pictures and images, and are asking library visitors to choose one, and come up with a caption or descriptive sentence for the picture.  The PenPals group will then come up with a short story, using your caption or sentence as the first sentence of the story. They hope to then share their stories, so you can see how your caption inspired them! Stop by the circulation desk to choose a picture, and let your creative juices flow! Come join their group this afternoon at 5:30 if you’d like to help write some of these short stories.
 
Makerspace Crafting By Appointment Today:
On Monday, September 27, from 3:30-6:00, the library’s Cricuts, stamps, inks, papers, cutters, sewing machines and other crafting supplies will be available for use on your personal crafting projects.  The cost is a free will donation for any supplies you use. To schedule your Makerspace time, just call the library at 478-2180.
 
Outside the Lines:
Our adult coloring group will be meeting this Tuesday, September 28 at 1:05pm.  Bring your own supplies, or use ours – we have a great selection of cards, bookmarks, markers, pens and pencils.
 
Kids in the Kitchen:
Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension, will be leading the program “Kids in the Kitchen” for kids ages K-5. There are 3 sessions from 3:00-5:00 on early-out Wednesdays: Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27. Kids will make and eat healthy, child-friendly recipes, and learn about food safety, basic kitchen safety, the five food groups, and the importance of physical activity.  The cost is $10 for all three sessions.

The first 3 sessions are full, but due to overwhelming interest, Jenny is adding 3 more sessions in November! So if you are still interested, go online at  https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6eOrvWYLPbL8ktM to register. Or call the Tama County Extension office at 641-484-2703.
 
Story Time with Special Guest!
At Story Time on Wednesday, October 6, we will be welcoming a special guest!  We will be joined by a local law enforcement officer as we celebrate "National Coffee with a Cop Day!” So come join us to hear a story, have refreshments, take part in a fun activity, and chat with a local policeman!
  
BrainFuse HelpNow:
The Traer Public Library is excited to announce the launch of Brainfuse HelpNowFREE 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.

Community Bulletin Board:
The Goodwill truck will be in Traer from September 27 through October 4 to accept donations. The truck is located in the alley behind TMU and the Ambulance shed. City Wide garage sales will be October 1st and 2nd, and Traer’s fall cleanup will be October 8th and 9th. For more information, go to www.traer.com
 
New DVDs:
The Great British Baking Show
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Olive Kitteridge
Orphan Black Series


Pun-Of-The-Week
I just went to a wedding that was so emotional even the cake was in tiers.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

Email from Sept 20

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday Sept 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 20 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Sept 20 at 5:30 Chat N Chew Book Club
Tuesday Sept 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 22 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 22 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Sept 22 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Thursday Sept 23 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Sept 27 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 27 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday Sept 27 at 3:30- 6:00 MakerSpace By Appointment
Monday Sept 27 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday Sept 28 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Sept 28 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 29 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 29 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 29 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Sept 29 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Wednesday Sept 29 at 3:00-5:00 Kids in the Kitchen
Thursday Sept 30 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub


Monday Book Club TODAY:
Our Monday Book Club meets today at 2:00.  We will share the books we have read over that past couple of months, and pick up our next book - One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd, a novel by Jim Fergus.  We will also begin taking suggestions of books for our Book Club to read in 2022.  Anyone is welcome to come join our group!

Chat & Chew Book Club TODAY:
Chat & Chew will meet at 5:30 this afternon. This is a very informal, fun group. We share what books we have read over the past couple of months while enjoying a slice or two of pizza.  Join us! You might hear about new books to add to your To-Be-Read List!

PenPals!
Our PenPals! creative writing group has started a new interactive writing project and needs your input! They have found a variety of pictures and images, and glued them to sheets of paper.  They are asking library visitors to choose one, and come up with a caption or descriptive sentence for the picture.  The PenPals group will then come up with a short story, using your caption or sentence as the first sentence of the story. They hope to then share their stories, so you can see how your caption inspired them! Stop by the circulation desk to choose a picture, and let your creative juices flow!

Story Time with Miss Sue!
Story Time is back every Wednesday at 10:15!  Join Miss Sue as we listen to stories, make crafts, sing songs, and play games!  

Yoga Classes:
Join us for beginner Yoga classes at 2:00 every Wednesday! Ellen Stoakes will lead us through basic yoga routines that will focus on stretching, flexibility, balance, and relaxing our bodies and minds.  Bring your yoga mat, water bottle and wear comfortable clothes.  The library does have a few yoga mats you can use if you don't have one of your own.

Homework Help:
The library is now offering Homework Help every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 for students in grades 4-12. Students can also just come in to get their homework done right after school, use our computers, or have a quiet place to work on group projects.

Kids in the Kitchen:
Jenny Hulme, Tama County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, will be leading the program “Kids in the Kitchen” for kids ages K-5. There are 3 sessions from 3:00-5:00 on early-out Wednesdays: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, and Oct. 27. Kids will make and eat healthy, child-friendly recipes, and learn about food safety, basic kitchen safety, the five food groups, and the importance of physical activity.  The cost is for $10 for all three sessions. Registration is due by September 22 and must be completed online at  
https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6eOrvWYLPbL8ktM.  Space is limited, so sign up today!

Community Calendar:
Sesquicentennial Meeting TODAY!
Traer will celebrate its Sesquicentennial in 2023! Share your input, ideas and experience in planning for the 150th-year festivities.  Everyone is welcome to come to the the kick-off meeting to be held TODAY, September 20th at 5:30 pm at the Traer Public Library.

NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:
Magical Midlife Love - #4 Leveling Up series by K.F. Breene
The Café between Pumpkin and Pie - #2 Moonbright Maine series by multiple authors
Whiplash – #2 Champions series by Janet Dailey
A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins
What the Cat Dragged In - #14 Cat in the Stacks series by Miranda James
Lightning Strike - #18 Cork O’Connor series by William Kent Krueger
The Madness of Crowds - #17 Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny
The Southern Side of Paradise - #3 Peachtree Bluff series by Kristy Woodson Harvey
 
Large Print:
Complications: a novel by Danielle Steel
 
Inspirational Fiction:
A Double Dose of Love - #1 Amish Mail Order Bride series by Kathleen Fuller
Matched and Married - #2 Amish Mail Order Bride series by Kathleen Fuller
Night Watch - #5 Nighthawk Security Series by Susan Sleeman
An Unlikely Match - #2 Amish Inn Series by Beth Wiseman
 
Non-Fiction:
Canary in the Coal Mine: a forgotten rural community, a hidden epidemic, and a lone doctor battling for the life, health, and soul of the people by William Cooke
The Bread Collection: artisan baking for the bread enthusiast by Brian Hart Hoffman
The Sisters of Auschwitz: the true story of two Jewish sisters’ resistance in the heart of Nazi territory by Roxane van Iperen
 
Memorial Books:
The Encyclopedia of Country Living: the original manual for living off the land & doing it yourself by Carla Emery, given in memory of George Bruene, by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
Grow Food For Free: the sustainable, zero-cost, low-effort way to a bountiful harvest by Huw Richards, given in memory of Kenneth Adolphs by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust

Pun-Of-The-Week
I’m writing a book about all the things I should be doing in my life.  It’s an oughtobiography.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library
 
 

Email from Sept 13

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday Sept 13 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 13 at 2:00 Salsa Party!
Monday Sept 13 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday Sept 14 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday Sept 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 15 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 15 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Sept 15 at 2:30 Cards with Joan
Wednesday Sept 15 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Thursday Sept 16 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Sept 20 at 1:00 Fit & Feisty
Monday Sept 20 at 2:00 Monday Book Club
Monday Sept 20 at 5:30 Chat N Chew Book Club
Tuesday Sept 21 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 22 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 22 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 22 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Sept 22 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Thursday Sept 23 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub

Salsa Making and Tasting Party TODAY!
At 2:00 this afternoon, Mary McKinley and Gayle Kucera will demonstrate making salsa using their favorite recipes.  We also invite all attending to bring your favorite homemade salsa to the library to share!  We will provide the chips so everyone can sample the different salsas. There will not be any judging, just tasting! (Salsa dancing is optional!)

PenPals!
Our PenPals! creative writing group will meet today at 5:30.  If you are interested in writing a book, your obituary, your memories, or any other type of writing you are invited to join our group. The group is planning an interactive writing activity that anyone can participate in, so stay tuned for more details!

Coffee Talk:
Come to the Carnegie Cafe on Tuesday, September 14 at 1:00 to chat and enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat.  Laurie will get the lively discussion started with a thought-provoking question as we get to know each other a little better.

Cards with Joan:
Join us on Wednesday, September 15 at 2:30 as Joan Schafer shows us how to make a beautiful greeting card. Joan shares her tips and techniques step by step, and all materials are provided.   Past cards and some how-to videos are posted on our website.

Story Time with Miss Sue!
Story Time is back every Wednesday at 10:15!  Join Miss Sue as we listen to stories, make crafts, sing songs, and play games!  

Yoga Classes:
Join us for beginner Yoga classes at 2:00 every Wednesday! Ellen Stoakes will lead us through basic yoga routines that will focus on stretching, flexibility, balance, and relaxing our bodies and minds.  Bring your yoga mat, water bottle and wear comfortable clothes.  The library does have a few yoga mats you can use if you don't have one of your own.

Homework Help:
The library is now offering Homework Help every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 for students in grades 4-12. Students can also just come in to get their homework done right after school, use our computers, or have a quiet place to work on group projects.

Monday Book Club:
Our Monday Book Club will meet on Monday, September 20th at 2:00.  We will share the books we have read over that past couple of months, and pick up our next book - One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd, a novel by Jim Fergus.  We will also begin taking suggestions of books for our Book Club to read in 2022.  Anyone is welcome to come join our group!

Chat & Chew Book Club:
Chat & Chew will meet at 5:30 on Monday September 20. This is a very informal, fun group. We share what books we have read over the past couple of months while enjoying a slice or two of pizza.  Join us! You might hear about new books to add to your To-Be-Read List!

Community Calendar:
Traer will celebrate its Sesquicentennial in 2023! Share your input, ideas and experience in planning for the 150th-year festivities.  Everyone is welcome to come to the the kick-off meeting to be held Monday, September 20th at 5:30 pm at the Traer Public Library.

NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:
Absolute Power by David Baldacci
Eagle Station by Dale Brown
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
The Gown by Jennifer Robson
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Non-Fiction:
The John Deere Way: performance that endures by David Magee
Above the Line: lessons in leadership and life from a championship season by Urban Meyer

DVDs:
84 Charing Cross Road
Romantics Anonymous
180 Cartoons
Cartoon Classics
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Clifford Saves the Day! & Clifford's Fluffiest Friend Cleo

Pun-Of-The-Week
If you don't have a yard stick you should get one soon.  I heard they aren't going to be making them any longer.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
​Traer Public Library

 

Email from Sept 6

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Tuesday Sept 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Sept 8 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 8 at 11:30 Scones and Tomes Book Club

Wednesday Sept 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 8 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday 
Sept 8 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Thursday Sept 9 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Sept 13 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday Sept 13 at 2:00 Salsa Party!
Monday Sept 13 at 5:30 PenPals!
Tuesday Sept 14 at 1:00 Coffee Talk

Tuesday Sept 14 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday 
Sept 15 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 15 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 15 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday Sept 15 at 2:30 Cards with Joan
Wednesday 
Sept 15 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Thursday Sept 16 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub

Scones and Tomes Book Club:
On Wednesday, September 8 we will be meeting in the Carnegie Cafe for coffee, book discussion, and a scone. Come and share what you have been reading lately, and pick up ideas on what you want to read next.

Story Time with Miss Sue!
Story Time is back every Wednesday at 10:15!  Join Miss Sue as we listen to stories, make crafts, sing songs, and play games!  

Yoga Classes:
Join us for beginner Yoga classes at 2:00 every Wednesday! Ellen Stoakes will lead us through basic yoga routines that will focus on stretching, flexibility, balance, and relaxing our bodies and minds.  Bring your yoga mat, water bottle and wear comfortable clothes.  The library does have a few yoga mats you can use if you don't have one of your own.

Homework Help:
The library is now offering Homework Help every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 for students in grades 4-12. Students can also just come in to get their homework done right after school, use our computers, or have a quiet place to work on group projects.

Salsa Making and Tasting Party!
On Monday, September 13 at 2:00, Mary McKinley and Gayle Kucera will demonstrate making salsa using their favorite recipes.  We also invite all attending to bring your favorite homemade salsa to the library to share!  We will provide the chips so everyone can sample the different salsas. There will not be any judging, just tasting! (Salsa dancing is optional!)

Coffee Talk:
Come to the Carnegie Cafe on Tuesday, September 14 at 1:00 to chat and enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat.  Laurie will get the lively discussion started with a thought-provoking question as we get to know each other a little better.

Cards with Joan:
Join us on Wednesday, September 15 at 2:30 as Joan Schafer shows us how to make a beautiful greeting card. Joan shares her tips and techniques step by step, and all materials are provided.   Past cards and some how-to videos are posted on our website.

Community Calendar:
Traer will celebrate its Sesquicentennial in 2023! Share your input, ideas and experience in planning for the 150th-year festivities.  Everyone is welcome to join in for the the kick-off meeting to be held Monday, September 20th at 5:30 pm at the Traer Public Library.

NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:
The Light of Luna Park by Addison Armstrong
Blind Tiger by Sandra Brown
Cul-de-sac by Joy Fielding
A Terrible Fall of Angels by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Wait for It by Jennifer McKinlay
Night Music by Jojo Moyes
Write My Name Across the Sky by Barbara O'Neal
The Garden House by Marcia Willett

Inspirational Fiction:
An Amish Flower Farm by Mindy Steele

Large Print:
Blind Tiger by Sandra Brown
Vortex: an FBI thriller by Catherine Coulter
The Noise by James Patterson

Teen:
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

DVDs:
Peter Rabbit 2
Spirit Untamed
In the Heights
12 Mighty Orphans

Pun-Of-The-Week
I recently got crushed by a pile of books. But I suppose I only have my shelf to blame.

Have a great week!
Diane
 

Email from Aug 30

 

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
** Please note the library will be closed Saturday Sept 4 and Monday Sept 6 in observance of Labor Day

Monday Aug 30 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday Aug 30 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday Aug 30 at 3:30-6:00 MakerSpace Crafting By Appointment
Tuesday Aug 31 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday 
Sept 1 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 1 at 2:00 Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts
Wednesday Sept 1 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday 
Sept 1 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Thursday Sept 2 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 2 at 3:00 Parkinson's Disease Support Group
Saturday Sept 4 and Mon Sept 6 - Closed in observance of Labor Day

Tuesday Sept 7 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday 
Sept 8 at 10:15 Story Time with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 8 at 11:30 Scones and Tomes Book Club

Wednesday Sept 8 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday Sept 8 at 2:00 Yoga
Wednesday 
Sept 8 at 2:30-4:30 Homework Help
Thursday Sept 9 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub

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!

Storytime Resumes this week:
Storytime is back every Wednesday at 10:15! Join Miss Sue as we listen to stories, make crafts, sing songs and play games!


Carnegie Coffee and Crafts: NEW TIME: 2:00!
Come to the Carnegie Cafe this Wednesday to make a seasonal craft and enjoy a cup of coffee.  We will now be meeting at 2:00. There is no fee or sign-up for this craft, and all supplies needed will be provided.

Yoga classes resume this week too!
Join us for Yoga at 2:00 every Wednesday! Ellen Stoakes will lead us through yoga routines that will focus on stretching, flexibility, and relaxing our bodies and minds.  Bring your yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes.

Homework Help:
Beginning on September 1, the library will be offering Homework Help every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30. We will offer homework assistance to students in grades 4-12.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group:
Parkinson's Disease is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement. There are more than 200,000 cases in the US each year. Starting on September 2, Joan Schafer will lead a monthly Parkinson's Support Group. We will meet on the first Thursday of the month at 3:00. This group is for both caretakers and patients of Parkinson's.

Salsa Making and Tasting Party!
On Monday September 13 at 2:00,
Mary McKinley and Gayle Kucera will each be making salsa using their favorite recipes. We also invite all attending to bring your favorite homemade salsa to the library to share! We will provide the chips so everyone can sample the different salsas. There will not be any judging, just tasting! (Salsa dancing is optional!)

Community Calendar: 
The American Red Cross Blood Drive, sponsored by the United Presbyterian Church, will be held this Thursday, September 2 from 12:30-5:30 at the Traer Memorial Building. Appointments are appreciated and can be made by calling Donna Kersten 478-8243 or 800-RED-CROSS, or online at www.redcrossblood.org.

NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:

Backrush - #1 Tempest Island Series by Jana DeLeon
Thirteen Moons  by Charles Frazier
A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carre
Murder, Curlers, and Cream - #1Murder, Curlers Series by Arlene McFarlane
Summer in the City by Lori Wilde
Steal the Dragon by Patricia Briggs
When Demons Walk by Patricia Briggs
Under the Radar by Fern Michaels

Inspirational Fiction:
A Cousin's Promise by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Memorial Books:
Semitrucks by Mari Schuh, given in memory of Ryan Cooper by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust

Baseball in a Grain of Sand: seeing the game through a small town season by Bill Gruber, given in memory of Jon Trousdale by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
The Cloudbuster Nine: the untold story of Ted Williams and the baseball team that helped win World War II by Anne R. Keene, given in memory of Jon Trousdale by Sam and Ellen Young
EveryDayCook by Alton Brown, given in memory of Mary Schellhase by Farmers Savings Bank & Trust

Pun-Of-The-Week:
It's inappropriate to make a dad joke if you're not a dad.  It's a faux pa.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
 

Email from Aug 23

 

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:
Monday Aug 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday Aug 23 at 2:00 You Decide! Drinking Water
Monday Aug 23 at 5:30 PenPals! Writing Group
Tuesday Aug 24 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Aug 24 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 25 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 26 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Aug 30 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday Aug 30 at 2:00 BINGO!
Monday Aug 30 at 3:30-6:00 MakerSpace Crafting By Appointment
Tuesday Aug 31 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday 
Sept 1 at 10:15 Storytime with Miss Sue
Wednesday Sept 1 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday 
Sept 1 at 2:30 Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts
Thursday Sept 2 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday Sept 2 at 3:00 Parkinson's Disease Support Group
Saturday Sept 4 and Mon Sept 6 - Closed in observance of Labor Day

You Decide! Today at 2:00!
Laurie the Librarian is back with another fun You Decide Program! Today at 2:00 we will be taste-tasting different types of drinking water. We all know
 the importance for staying hydrated, but sometimes plain water is just so boring. Come see if you can find a favorite brand, or share with others what types or flavors you have tried that make drinking water more enjoyable.

August Display:
There is still time to come see our display of items created by our talented patrons!  We have a wide variety of items shared: quilts, knitting, paintings, journaling, sewing, an animated video, football websites created, a scrapbook of Freedom Rocks visited, and photos of log people, prairie restoration, and more quilts!

Storytime Resumes on September 1!:
Storytime is back every Wednesday at 10:15! Join Miss Sue as we listen to stories, make crafts, sing songs and play games!


Homework Help:
Beginning on September 1, the library will be offering Homework Help every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30. We will offer homework assistance to students in grades 4-12.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group:
Parkinson's Disease is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement. There are more than 200,000 cases in the US each year. Starting on September 2, Joan Schafer will lead a monthly Parkinson's Support Group. This group will meet on the first Thursday of the month at 3:00.

Share the Bounty:
Keep sharing your vegetables: we have seen lots of tomatoes coming in and going out this past week! We've also had green beans, apples, and peppers, Oh My!

Community Calendar: 
The American Red Cross Blood Drive, sponsored by the United Presbyterian Church, will be held on Thursday, September 2 from 12:30-5:30 at the Traer Memorial Building. Appointments are appreciated and can be made by calling Donna Kersten 478-8243 or 800-RED-CROSS, or online at www.redcrossblood.org.

NEW BOOKS:

Fiction:
Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman
Fierce Little Thing by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish
The Chocolate Raccoon Rigmarole by JoAnna Carl
Murder in a Teacup - #2 Tea By the Sea Series by Vicki Delany
Three Words for Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor
A Good Day for Chardonnay - #2 Sunshine Vicram Series by Darynda Jones
The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones
Billy Summers by Stephen King

A Few Drops of Bitters - #26 Savannah Reid Series by G. A. McKevett
Breathe by Joyce Carol Oates
A Place Like Home by Rosamunde Pilcher
All the Little Hopes by Leah Weiss


Inspirational Fiction:
The Walnut Creek Wish - #1 Creektown Discoveries Series by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Yours is the Night by Amanda Dykes
The Chase - #2 US Marshalls Series by Lisa Harris

Large Print:
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams
The Women's March: a novel of the 1913 woman suffrage procession by Jennifer Chiaverini
Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena
It's Better This Way by Debbie Macomber
False Witness by Karin Slaughter
Nine Lives by Danielle Steele

Teen:
King of Scars - #1 King of Scars Series by Leigh Bardugo

Non-Fiction:
The Orphans of Davenport: eugenics, the Great Depression, and the war over children's intelligence by Marilyn Brookwood
New Women in the Old West: from settlers to suffragists, an untold American Story by Winifred Gallagher
This is your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan
Fox and I: an uncommon friendship by Catherine Raven
Piglet: the unexpected story of a deaf blind pink puppy and his family by Melissa Shapiro
Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain

I Alone Can Fix It: Donald Trump's catastrophic final year by Carol Leonnig
Surprise! It's Gluten Free; entrees, breads and desserts so delicious you won't know what's missing by Jennifer Fisher

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I want to go camping every year...that trip was so in tents!

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

 
 

Email from Aug 16

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:


Monday August 16 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Aug 17 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 18 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 19 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Aug 23 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday August 23 at 5:30 PenPals! Writing Group
Tuesday Aug 24 at 1:05 Outside the Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday Aug 24 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 25 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 26 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub

August Display in the Library:
We are featuring items created by YOU, our talented patrons and community members this month! We have a wide variety of items displayed: quilts, knitting, paintings, journaling, sewing, an animated video, websites created, a scrapbook of Freedom Rocks visited, and photos of log people, prairie restoration, and more quilts! You can still bring your projects to the library-we'd love to share your talents!

 

 

August Abundance:
We have put our "Share The Bounty" basket out again! 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. The most-shared vegetables so far seem to be zucchinis and cucumbers.

 

Traer Public Library - We're more than just Books!
We have everything you'd expect a library to have: Books, Magazines, Movies, Newspapers, and Audiobooks.  But we also have lots of additional items available too! These items are available to checkout: Cake Pans, Cookie Cutters, Cricut Die Cuts, Puzzles, Rubber Stamps, IPTV Backpack Kits for Kids,  Electric Usage Monitors, and an Anti-Glare Page Magnifier.  We also have 2 Chromebooks, a paper shredder, and our Virtual Reality system available for use in-library, as well as 8 computers in our computer lab. Stop in and check out everything we have to offer!

Used Book Sale:
Our Used Book Sale room is still full of wonderful books.  We also have a few magazines, puzzles, dvds, and audiobooks available.  Stop in and take something home for a free will donation to the library. 

NEW BOOKS:

Teen Fiction:

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

Dark Star - #1 Dark Star Series by Bethany Frenette
Burn Bright - #2 Dark Star Series by Bethany Frenette
The Great Hunt - #1 Eurona Duology by Wendy Higgins
The Great Pursuit - #2 Eurona Duology by Wendy Higgins
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky
Dark Breaks the Dawn - #1 Dark Breaks the Dawn Duology by Sara B. Larson
Bright Burns the Night -  #2 Dark Breaks the Dawn Duology by Sara B. Larson
Stalking Jack the Ripper - #1 Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco
Hunting Prince Dracula - #2 Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco
To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
 

Romance:
The Lost Night by Jayne Castle
Leopard's Wrath by Christine Feehan
A Duke of her Own by Eloisa James
A Song for Rory by Cerella D. Sechrist


DVDs:
Queen Bees
A Quiet Place, Part 2

Pun-Of-The-Week:
There was a big paddle sale at the boat store last week. It was quite an oar deal.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

 

 

Email from Aug 9

Good Morning!

Happy Book Lover's Day! Celebrate by stopping in for a good book (or 3 or 4!), finding a relaxing place to read, and reading to your heart's content!

On the Calendar:

Monday Aug 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Aug 10 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday Aug 10 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 11 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 12 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Saturday Aug 14  Open from 10:00 - 2:00 during Winding Stairs Festival
Monday August 16 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Aug 17 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 18 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 19 Cribbage and Rummikub

August Display in the Library:
During August, we are featuring items created by YOU, our talented patrons and community members! We are displaying what you've done over the past year to keep busy when we were not able to gather together. You can still bring your projects to the library-we'd love to share your talents! You can share craft projects, recipes, lists of great books, artwork, photos, sewing projects....the options are endless!

August Abundance: 

We have put our "Share The Bounty" basket out again! 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. We started the season off with some huge zucchini; let's see how many different vegetables we can share - maybe you will find something that will become a new favorite!


On the Bulletin Board:
Traer's Winding Stairs Festival is August 12-15.  This year's theme is "It's Time to Rock 'N' Roll".  More information can be found on Traer's website or the Winding Stairs Festival Facebook page. The library will be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, August 14, if you or your out-of-town guests would like to stop in for a quick tour of our beautiful Carnegie library.
 

FREE 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 250 animated, talking picture books, and the site also features read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and games and 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. This would be a fun activity for visiting grandchildren!

Newspapers Available:
The Traer Library subscribes to the following newspapers: The Courier, The Times-Republican, The Des Moines Register, and the North Tama Telegraph. Stop in, relax and catch up on what's happening in our area.

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:

A Thin Disguise - #2 Changing the Rules Series by Catherine Bybee
The Hornet's Nest: a novel of the Revolutionary War by Jimmy Carter
The Accidental Florist by Jill Churchill
World Without End by Ken Follett
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
The Borderland: a novel of Texas by Edwin Shrake
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Inspirational Fiction:
A Man with a Past - #2 Brothers in Arms Series by Mary Connealy
Forever My Own - #2 Ladies of the Lake Series by Tracie Peterson
Cold Dawn - #7 Cold Harbor Series by Susan Sleeman


Large Print:
Tea with Milk and Murder - #2 Oxford Tea Room Series by H.Y. Hanna

DVDs:
Here Today
Star Trek Discovery - Season 3
Walking Dead - Season 10

Pun-Of-The-Week:
Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

 

Email from Aug 2

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:


Monday Aug 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Aug 3 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 4 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 5 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday Aug 9 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Aug 10 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday Aug 10 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 11 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday Aug 12 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Saturday Aug 14  Open from 10:00 - 2:00 during Winding Stairs Festival


August Programming:
Please note that some of our regular programs will not be held during the month of August.  The following groups will NOT meet this month:
NO Storytime
NO Carnegie Cafe Coffee and Crafts
NO Scones & Tomes
NO Monday Book Club
NO Chat & Chew
NO Cards with Joan
Pen Pals will NOT meet on Aug. 9, but will plan to meet on Aug. 23.


August Display in the Library:
During August, we will display items created by YOU, our talented patrons and community members! What did you do to help pass the time during the past year 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 something new? Write? Take photos? Read a lot of books? Play games? Were you an essential worker who kept our businesses and services going? We'd like to display what kept you busy! You can start to bring your projects to the library, and we have a short form to fill out telling about your items.  You can share craft projects, recipes, lists of great books, artwork, photos, sewing projects....the options are endless!

August Abundance: 
We have put out our "Share The Bounty" basket again! 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. We have started the season off with some huge zucchini; let's see how many different vegetables we can share - maybe you will find something that will become a new favorite!

Page Magnifier to check out:
Are you having trouble reading "the fine print"? We now have an Anti-Glare LED 3X Page Magnifier available for you to check out! This is a small lightweight magnifier that you hold over the page of your book, magazine, or newspaper to make that small print a bit easier to read. Ask at the circulation desk if you'd like to check it out and give it a try!


On the Bulletin Board:
Traer's Winding Stairs Festival is August 12-15.  This year's theme is "It's Time to Rock 'N' Roll".  More information can be found on Traer's website or the Winding Stairs Festival Facebook page. The library will be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, August 14, if you or your out-of-town guests would like to stop in for a quick tour of our beautiful Carnegie library.

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:

No Secret Like Nantucket - #5 Sweet Island Inn Series by Grace Palmer 
Fallen - # 3 Kate Burkholder Series by Linda Castillo
Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers
Trial by Fire by P.T. Deutermann
The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel
A Cup of Silver Linings by Karen Hawkins
Door to Door Quilts - #2 Door County Quilts Series by Ann Hazelwood
It's Better this Way by Debbie Macomber
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda
The Therapist by B.A. Paris
The House Guests by Emilie Richards
Dog Eat Dog - #23 Andy Carpenter Series by David Rosenfelt
Love for Beginners - #7 Wildstone Series by Jill Shalvis 

Large Print:
The Cellist - #21 Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva

Non-Fiction:
The Icepick Surgeon: murder, fraud, sabotage, piracy, and other dastardly deeds perpetrated in the name of science by Sam Kean
White Fragility: why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin J. DiAngelo
The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: the hunt for a Victorian era serial killer by Dean Jobb
Easy Crafts for the Insane: a mostly funny memoir of mental illness and making things by Kelly Williams Brown
The Ride of Her LIfe: the true story of a woman, her horse, and their last-chance journey across America by Elizabeth Letts
What is a Dog: a memoir by Chloe Shaw
The Prepared Home: how to stock, organize, and edit your home to thrive in comfort, safety and style by Melissa George
The Art of Patience: seeking the snow leopard in Tibet by Sylvain Tesson

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I found a rock yesterday which measured 1760 yards in length.  Must be some kind of milestone.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

Email from July 26

 

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:


Monday July 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday July 26 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday July 26 at 3:30-6:00 MakerSpace Crafting- by appointment only
Tuesday July 27 at 1:05 Outside The Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday July 27 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 27 at 4:00 Garden Walks at Ernie & Julie Cufr's and Jared & Marilyn Bauch's
Wednesday July 28 at 10:15 Storytime with Miss Sue
Wednesday, July 28 at 11:00 Chiropractic and Common Ailments in the Older Population with Dr. Ashley Reid
Wednesday July 28 at 11:00 Make & Take Crafts for 4th - 6th Grade
Wednesday July 28 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 28 at 2:00 Summer Reading Challenge Ice Cream Party
Thursday July 29 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Thursday July 29 at 5:30 PenPals ****NOTE we are meeting Thursday, NOT Monday this week

Monday Aug 2 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Tuesday Aug 3 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday Aug 4 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Thursday July 22 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub


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

Outside the Lines Adult Coloring:
Feeling stressed? Join us for a relaxing hour of coloring! We will meet at 1:05 this Tuesday, July 27.  Bring your own supplies, or use ours - we have a great selection of cards, bookbarks, markers, pens and pencils.

Garden Walks:
Our final Garden Walk is this Tuesday.  On July 27 we will observe more ways of utilizing raised bed gardens. We will start our walk at Ernie & Julie Cufr's, and then move on to Jared & Marilyn Bauch's garden. The Garden walks are 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.

Upcoming Program: Chiropractic and Common Ailments:
On Wednesday, July 28 at 11:00, Dr. Ashley Reid will speak about Chiropractic and Common Ailments in the Older Population.  Join us if you would like to hear some suggestions on how to help ease pain and increase health as we get older.

 

Kids Summer Reading Challenge Ice Cream Party!

We will be having our July Ice Cream Party on this Wednesday July 28! If you've met your reading goals, come to the library at 2:00 and we will all go to Chillo's for ice cream, and discuss the great books you've been reading.

Last week of Christmas in July:
If you haven't had a chance to see David Draper's Santas on display, hurry in to the library this week! David creates old world papier-mâché Santas, and they will be on display until the end of July. His Santas are made out of CelluClay papier-mâché , and are hand formed and hand painted. Stop in the library and cool off amidst the beautiful Santas!


August Display in the Library:
During August, we will have a "What I Did During COVID" display, featuring 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 something new? Write? Take photos? Read a lot of books? Play games? Were you an essential worker who kept our businesses and services going? We'd like to display what kept you busy! You can start to bring your projects to the library, and we have a short form to fill out telling about your items.  You can share craft projects, recipes, lists of great books, artwork, photos, sewing projects....the options are endless!

Page Magnifier to check out:
Are you having trouble reading "the fine print"? We now have an Anti-Glare LED 3X Page Magnifier available for you to check out! This is a small lightweight magnifier that you hold over the page of your book, magazine, or newspaper to make that small print a bit easier to read. Ask at the circulation desk if you'd like to check it out and give it a try!

August Programming:
Please note that some of our regular programs will not be meeting during the month of August.  The following groups will NOT meet in August:
NO Storytime
NO Carnegie Cafe Coffee and Crafts
NO Scones & Tomes
No Monday Book Club
NO Chat & Chew
NO Cards with Joan
Pen Pals will Not meet on Aug 9, but will plan to meet on Aug 23.


On the Bulletin Board:
Traer's Ecumenical Vacation Bible School is coming up on August 9-12.  This year's theme is Rocky Railway.  We have registration forms here at the library for your children, or to sign up to help.  Registrations are due by August 1, so stop in soon to pick up your forms. The rate is $10 per child or $25 per family, and includes a t-shirt.

NEW DVDs:
Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run
Dream Horse
NCIS - Seasons 1-4
Everybody Loves Raymond - Seasons 1-9

Pun-Of-The-Week:
I can hear music coming from my printer.  I think the paper's jammin' again.

Have a good week!

Diane Panfil

 

 

Email from July 19

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday July 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday July 19 at 2:00 Book Club - discussing The Almost Sisters
Monday July 19 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday July 20 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 20 at 4:00 Garden Walk at Kathie Manfull's
Wednesday July 21 at 10:15 Storytime with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 21 at 11:00 Make & Take Crafts for 4th - 6th Grade
Wednesday July 21 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 21 at 2:00 Yoga Class with Ellen Stoakes
Wednesday July 21 at 2:30 Cards With Joan
Thursday July 22 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday July 26 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday July 26 at 2:00 BINGO
Monday July 26 at 3:30-6:00 MakerSpace Crafting- by appointment only
Monday July 26 at 5:30 Pen Pals
Tuesday July 27 at 1:05 Outside The Lines Adult Coloring
Tuesday July 27 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 27 at 4:00 Garden Walks at Ernie & Julie Cufr's and Jared & Marilyn Bauch's
Wednesday July 28 at 10:15 Storytime with Miss Sue
Wednesday, July 28 at 11:00 Chiropractic and Common Ailments in the Older Population with Dr. Ashley Reid
Wednesday July 28 at 11:00 Make & Take Crafts for 4th - 6th Grade
Wednesday July 28 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 28 at 2:00 Summer Reading Challenge Ice Cream Party
Thursday July 29 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub

Book Clubs Today:
Our Monday Book Club will meet at 2:00 today to discuss The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson.  Come join us and share your thoughts. We will not be meeting in August, and will meet again in September to share what we have been reading over the summer.

Our Chat & Chew Book will meet today at 5:30.  This is a very informal, fun group! Join us for pizza as we discuss the latest books we've read, books we'd like to read if we had more time, or just get ideas of more books to add to our growing list of Books-To-Be-Read.

Cards With Joan:
Join us this Wednesday July 21 at 2:30 as Joan Schafer shows us how to make a beautiful greeting card.  Joan shares her tips and techniques step by step, and all materials are provided. Past cards and some how-to videos are posted on our website.

Yoga Class:
Join us for yoga at 2:00 on July 21.  Ellen Stoakes will lead us through some beginner yoga routines as we focus on stretching, balance, and relaxing our minds. Bring your yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes.

Garden Walks:
We have two more garden walks this month.  On July 20 we will visit Kathie Manfull's gardens.  On July 27 we will observe more ways of utilizing raised bed gardens at both Ernie & Julie Cufr's and at Jared & Marilyn Bauch's. The Garden walks are 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.

Upcoming Program: Chiropractic and Common Ailments:
On Wednesday, July 28 at 11:00, Dr. Ashley Reid will speak about Chiropractic and Common Ailments in the Older Population.  Join us if you would like to hear some suggestions on how to help ease pain and increase health as we get older.

August Display in the Library:
During August, we will have a "What I Did During COVID" display, featuring 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 something new? Write? Take photos? Read a lot of books? Play games? Were you an essential worker who kept our businesses and services going? We'd like to display what kept you busy! You can start to bring your projects to the library, and we have a short form to fill out telling about your items.  You can share craft projects, recipes, lists of great books, artwork, photos, sewing projects....the options are endless!

On the Bulletin Board:
Traer's Ecumenical Vacation Bible School is coming up on August 9-12.  This year's theme is Rocky Railway.  We have registration forms here at the library for your children, or to sign up to help.  Registrations are due by August 1, so stop in soon to pick up your forms. The rate is $10 per child or $25 per family, and includes a t-shirt.

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
Tom Clancy Target Acquired by Don Bentley
The President's Daughter by Bill Clinton and James A. Patterson
Sunrise by the Sea - #4 Little Beach Street Bakery series by Jenny Colgan
Dead by Dawn - #12 Mike Bowditch Series by Paul Doiron
Murder at Sunrise Lake by Christine Feehan
The Summer of No Attachments by Lori Foster
Choose Me by Tess Gerritsen
The Abduction of Pretty Penny - #5 Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Series by Leonard S. Goldberg
Haven Point by Virginia Hume
Read Widow by Alma Katsu
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
The Perfect Murder - #4 Maximum Security Series by Kat Martin
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
What a Dog Knows by Susan Wilson

Non-Fiction:
Madhouse at the End of the Earth: the Belgica's journey into the dark Antarctic night by Julian Sancton

Inspirational Fiction:
Hours to Kill - #3 Homeland Heroes Series by Susan Sleeman
When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin

Teen:
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Pun-Of-The-Week:
A man just assaulted me with milk, cream, and butter.  How Dairy.

Have a great week!
Diane Panfil

Email from July 12

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

Monday July 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday July 12 at 5:30 Pen Pals
Tuesday July 13 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday July 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 13 at 4:00 Garden Walk at Lyla Whannel's
Wednesday July 14 at 10:15 Storytime with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 14 at 11:00 Make & Take Crafts for 4th-6th Grade
Wednesday July 14 at 11:30 Scones and Tomes Book Club
Wednesday July 14 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 14 at 2:00 Yoga Class with Ellen Stoakes
Thursday July 15 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday July 19 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday July 19 at 2:00 Book Club -discussing The Almost Sisters
Monday July 19 at 5:30 Chat & Chew Book Club
Tuesday July 20 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 20 at 4:00 Garden Walk at Kathie Manfull's
Wednesday July 21 at 10:15 Storytime with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 21 at 11:00 Make & Take Crafts for 4th-6th Grade
Wednesday July 21 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 21 at 2:00 Yoga Class with Ellen Stoakes
Wednesday July 21 at 2:30 Cards With Joan
Thursday July 12 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub

Coffee Talk:
Come to the Carnegie Cafe this Tuesday, July 13 at 1:00 to chat and enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat as we get to know each other better.  Laurie will get the lively discussion started with an intriguing question about about yourselves.

Yoga Classes:
Join us for yoga classes in July! At 2:00 on July 14, and 21, Ellen Stoakes will lead us through some beginner yoga routines as we focus on stretching, flexibility, and relaxing our minds. Bring your yoga mat, water bottle and wear comfortable clothes.

Garden Walks:
We have more Tuesday Garden Walks coming up in July! Tomorrow we will tour Lyla Whannel's gardens, and on July 20 we will visit Kathie Manfull. On July 27 we will observe more ways of utilizing raised bed gardens at both Jared & Marilyn Bauch's and Ernie & Julie Cufr'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.

Make & Take Crafts:
4th - 6th Graders, join us for Make & Take Crafts!  We will meet at 11:00 each Wednesday in July. Olivia will lead you in making a simple, fun craft. There is no cost to attend, and all supplies will be provided.

Scones & Tomes Book Club:
Join our Scones and Tomes group this Wednesday at 11:30! We are an informal group that meets once a month to share and discuss the books we have been reading lately.  We also enjoy a cup of coffee and a scone while we share our insights with each other. It's a great way to get ideas for your Books-I-Want-To-Read List!

Community Coloring:
Do you like to color?  Come sit and relax and join other patrons as we work together to complete a Community Coloring Project. Even if you have just a few minutes, you can contribute just by coloring a single leaf, flower or hidden insect. Ask for colored pencils at the circulation desk.  It will be fun to see our image of a horse with a magnificent flowing mane come to life!

Christmas in July in the Library:
July's featured local artist is David Draper. David creates old world papier-mâché Santas, and we have many of them on display in the library. His Santas are made out of CelluClay papier-mâché , and are hand formed and hand painted. Stop in the library and cool off amidst the beautiful Santas!

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:

One Two Three by Laurie Frankel
Magical Midlife Dating - #2 Leveling Up Series by K. F. Breene
Magical Midlife Invasion - #3 Leveling Up Series by K. F. Breene

Non-Fiction:
Moda All-Stars - On a Roll Again: 14 Creative Quilts from Jelly Roll Striops by Lissa Alexander
The Big Book of Kids Activities: 500 Projects that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever by Holly Homer

Inspirational Fiction:
Night Moves - #4 Nighthawk Security Series by Susan Sleeman

DVDs:
Ruby Herring Mysteries: Silent Witness; Her Last Breath; Prediction Murder
Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park
Columbo - TV Series - All Seasons + Bonus Movies

Pun-Of-The-Week:
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be doing a movie about classical music.  He'll be Bach.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

 

Email from July 5

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:


***Monday July 5 - CLOSED in observance of Independence Day
Tuesday July 6 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday July 7 at 10:15 Storytime with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 7 at 11:00 Make & Take Crafts for 4th-6th Grade
Wednesday July 7 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 7 at 2:00 Yoga Presentation by Ellen Stoakes
Wednesday July 7 at 2:30 Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts
Thursday July 8 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub
Monday July 12 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Monday July 12 at 5:30 Pen Pals
Tuesday July 13 at 1:00 Coffee Talk
Tuesday July 13 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Tuesday July 13 at 4:00 Garden Walk at Lyla Whannel's
Wednesday July 14 at 10:15 Storytime with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 14 at 11:00 Make & Take Crafts for 4th-6th Grade
Wednesday July 14 at 11:30 Scones and Tomes Book Club
Wednesday July 14 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 14 at 2:00 Yoga Class with Ellen Stoakes
Thursday July 15 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub

Yoga Classes:
Join us for yoga classes in July! At 2:00 on July 7, 14, and 21, Ellen Stoakes will lead us through some beginner yoga routines as we focus on stretching, flexibility, and relaxing our minds. Bring your yoga mat, water bottle and wear comfortable clothes.

Make & Take Crafts:
Starting this week we will be having Make & Take Crafts for 4th - 6th Graders!  We will meet at 11:00 each Wednesday in July. Olivia will lead you in making a simple, fun craft. There is no cost to attend, and all supplies will be provided.

Carnegie Cafe Coffee and Crafts:
Come to the Carnegie Cafe this Wednesday, July 7 at 2:30 to make a seasonal craft and enjoy a cup of coffee. There is no fee or sign-up for this craft, and all supplies needed will be provided.

Community Coloring:
Do you like to color?  Come sit and relax and join other patrons as we work together to complete a Community Coloring Project. Even if you have just a few minutes, you can contribute just by coloring a single leaf, flower or hidden insect. Ask for colored pencils at the circulation desk.  It will be fun to see our image of a horse with a magnificent flowing mane come to life!

Garden Walks:
We have more Tuesday Garden Walks coming up in July! On July 13 we be visiting Lyla Whannel's gardens, on July 20 we will be at Kathie Manfull's, and on July 27 we will tour Bob and JoAnn Higgins' gardens. 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.

Christmas in July in the Library:
Our next featured local artist is David Draper. David creates old world papier-mâché Santas, and we have many of them on display in the library. His Santas are made out of CelluClay papier-mâché , and are hand formed and hand painted. Stop in the library and cool off amidst the beautiful Santas!

Zoo Passes:
We still have passes to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines available.  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 Hope Chest by Carolyn Brown
Summer by the Sea by Jenny Hale
Pack up the Moon by Kristan Higgins
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton
The Letter Keeper - #2 Murphy Shepherd Series by  Charles Martin
Message in the Sand by Hannah Roberts McKinnon
Hidden - #1 Lost and Found Series by Fern Michaels

Large Print:
The Saboteurs by Clive Cussler
The Bullet by Iris Johansen

Non-Fiction:
License to Parent: how my career as a spy helped me raise resourceful, self sufficient kids by Christina Hillsberg
Days of Steel Rain: the epic story of a WWII vengeance ship in the year of the Kamikaze by Brent E. Jones
Home Made: a story of grief, groceries, showing up - and what we make when we make dinner by Liz Hauck
The Woman they Could Not Silence: one woman, her incredible fight for freedom, and the men who tried to make her disappear by Kate Moore

Inspirational Fiction:
Chasing Shadows by Lynn N. Austin

Pun-Of-The-Week:
Why aren't there any knock knock jokes about America? Because freedom rings.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil
 
 

Email from June 28

 

Good Morning!

On the Calendar:

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
***Saturday July 3 CLOSED in observance of Independence Day
***Monday July 5 - CLOSED in observance of Independence Day
Tuesday July 6 at 1:30 Tuesday Quilters
Wednesday July 7 at 10:15 Storytime with Miss Sue
Wednesday July 7 at 11:00 Make & Take Crafts for 4th-6th Grade
Wednesday July 7 at 1:00 Fit and Feisty
Wednesday July 7 at 2:00 Yoga Presentation by Ellen Stoakes
Wednesday July 7 at 2:30 Carnegie Cafe Coffee & Crafts
Thursday July 8 at 10:30 Cribbage and Rummikub


Garden Walks:
We have more Garden Walks coming up! On June 29 we be touring Paul Wendt's Raised Bed Gardens, and on July 20 we will be at Kathie Manfull'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.

Yoga Presentation:
Join us on Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00, as Ellen Stoakes gives a presentation on Yoga. She is a certified yoga instructor, and will cover the basics and share the benefits of adding yoga to your fitness routine. Then at 2:00 on July 7, 14, and 21, Ellen will guide us through some beginner yoga routines as we focus on stretching, flexibility, and relaxing our minds. Bring your yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.

Make & Take Crafts:
Next month will be having Make & Take Crafts for 4th - 6th Graders!  We will meet at 11:00 each Wednesday in July. Olivia will lead you in making a simple, fun craft. There is no cost to attend, and all supplies will be provided.

Summer Reading Challenge Ice Cream Party!
We will be having our first ice cream party on Wednesday June 30! If you've met your reading goals, come to the library at 2:00 and we will all go to Chillo's for ice cream, and discuss the great books you've been reading! There is still time to sign up and set new goals for July, so stop in the library to find out more.

Summer Art Displays in the Library:
Our next featured local artist is David Draper. We will be celebrating "Christmas in July" by displaying some of his beautiful Santas.

NEW BOOKS:
Fiction:

In the Line of Ire - #13 Lexie Graves Series by Camilla Chafer
Mission: Possible - #14 Lexie Graves Series by Camilla Chafer
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Buried in Secrets - #4 Carly Moore Series by Denise Grover Swank
The One for Me by Rachel Hanna
Ghostly Serenade - #13 Shelby Nichols Series by Colleen Helme
Dying Wishes - #14 Shelby Nichols Series by Colleen Helme

Large Print:
Sustaining Faith - #2 When Hope Calls Series by Janette Oke
The Seeds of Change by Lauraine Snelling

Non-Fiction:
What are the Odds?: from Crack Addict to CEO by Mike Lindell

Teen:
Nemesis by Anna Banks
Of Poseidon - #1 Syrena Legacy Series by Anna Banks
Of Triton - #2 Syrena Legacy Series by Anna Banks
Of Neptune - #3 Syrena Legacy Series by Anna Banks
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
She's with Me by Jessica Cunsolo
Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

Pun-Of-The-Week:
Cosmetic surgery used to be such a taboo subject. Now you can talk about Botox and nobody raises an eyebrow.

Have a good week!
Diane Panfil

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