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Tales from the Quimby Library

August 2012 newsletter


     August 2012


Linda Sones, Librarian


The summer of 2012 is officially over, with cooler temperatures, schools in session, and fall activities starting.  But what a fun summer we had at the Quimby Library!


We made good use of the new bean bags in our story corner, with many fun story hour programs.  Our “Dream Big – Read” program brought some great guests to the library.  Laura Kohn, Cherokee Co. Conservation, taught us about bats and dispelled some of our worries about them.  It turns out they are beneficial because they eat their weight in insects every day (think mosquitoes!) and they won’t attack you and get in your hair.  Our next guest was Mary Tuttle, Iowa State Extension Co. Program Coordinator, who brought a firefly program, which really “lit” up our afternoon!  What kid hasn’t gone outside on a summer evening and captured fireflies to put in a jar?  We made a really neat firefly craft that lit up with its own glow stick.  Sanford Museum’s Linda Burkhart shared Native American Star Stories with us.  Her power point program taught us constellations and the colorful stories our early Americans told about them.  We had fun making bear claw necklaces to wear.  We finished out our program with some indoor Olympic Games and home made ice cream that Dale Harvey provided.  We extend many thanks to our visitors Laura, Mary, and Linda for making learning so much fun.  Thanks to Dale for the yummy ice cream and thanks to the parents, grandparents, and older siblings for bringing the kids to story hour and Dream Big-Read programs!


Our next big event at the library is welcoming WILBOR.  Maybe you’ve already heard of “him”, if not, it stands for Western/Central Iowa Libraries Bringing Online Resources.  If you are a Quimby Library patron, and have a home computer and e-reader, you’ll be eager for September 1, which is when it will be available at the Quimby Library.  You’ll be able to download books for free with the library’s access code and your patron number.  Stop in the library for information and questions.  Pass the word – WILBOR is coming!


Our Green Thumb Gardeners have taken the summer off to care for their gardens, but will be meeting again this fall on Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm.  The crafty ladies continue to “spin yarns” and create beautiful crafts from 1 to 5 pm every Tuesday afternoon.  We’re going to resume our Library Book Club the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3 pm starting September 19.  We’ll get together and share what each of us is reading. 


There’s always something going on at the library!  The fall/winter library hours will start on September 4.  Hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 to 5:00; Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00, and Saturday 10:00 am until noon.  We will be closed September 3 for the Labor Day Holiday.  Until next time, keep on reading!


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