Library director thanks 2021 volunteers

BY SARAH CLENDINENG
Fort Madison Public Library Director

FORT MADISON – Providing library services to the community of Fort Madison is definitely a group effort. 

Library employees work hard every day to provide quality customer service, get new materials on the shelf, and develop and promote programs and services.  Library volunteers supplement their efforts, helping to provide some extra services.  We have volunteers who are working on indexes to genealogy resources to make it easier for people to track down their family history.  Other volunteers help to put materials back on the shelf, freeing up employee time to develop and prepare for the many programs the library offers. 

Last, but far from least, the Friends of the Library, led by President Dave Fageol, work year round to raise funds for the library to support our programs and provide some of those extras that can really make programs special.  The Friends group hosts three book sales every year that not only provide additional funding for the library but also provide a source of inexpensive used books for the many bookworms in Fort Madison. 

If you want to get involved as a volunteer or join the Friends of the Library, contact Sarah Clendineng for more information.  Membership in the Friends of the Library is free if you are able to help set up and/or staff at least one of the book sales in April, July or November.  Again, thank you to all of the past, present and future volunteers and employees of the Fort Madison Public Library whose efforts have created a fantastic community asset.

Thursday Crafternoon: A Program for Adults and Older Teens

Being creative and expressing yourself artistically is a great way to keep your brain active at all ages.  The library offers an opportunity to do this on Thursday afternoons.  While the program is weekly, the goal is to take your time and work on more elaborate projects that may take several weeks to complete.  Past projects have included acrylic pour paintings, learning macramé and making seasonal wreaths and centerpieces.  In order to have time to complete the project, it is important to be able to attend most of the Thursdays in one month, though it may be possible to arrange to work on projects at other times.  If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Amy or Chloe at 319-372-5721 for more information.

Explore your creativity at the Library

  1. Create with Cardboard by Marcy Morin (J 745.54 MOR)
  2. 100 Micro Crochet Motifs by Steffi Glaves (746.434 GLA)
  3. I Taught Myself Crochet (kit with supplies) (Library of Things)
  4. Macrame for Absolute Beginner by Bella Williams (746.42 WIL)
  5. The Healing Garden: Herbs for Health and Wellness by Deb Soule (635.7 SOU)
  6. The Making It Guide to Crafting by the Creators of Making It (735.5 MAK)
  7. The Paint Pouring Workshop by Mary Ferro (751.426 FER)
  8. Simply Sashiko: Classic Japanese Embroidery Made Easy (746.44 ISH)
  9. Sashiko Stencils (Library of Things)
  10. I Taught Myself Knitting (kit with supplies) (Library of Things)

Upcoming Events at the Fort Madison Public Library –

For the safety of library employees and other patrons, please do not come to library programs if you feel ill, have a fever or are waiting on the results of a coronavirus test.  The library is still offering curbside book pick-up if you need something to read, watch or listen to but want to keep your community healthy by temporarily quarantining.

Pre-School/Toddler Story Hour –Wednesday morning at 10:30.

Thursday Crafternoon –Thursday, 3:30-5:00, for ages 14-adult.  This program is an opportunity to spend some time working on an in-depth project for the whole month. 

Hang Teen – Tuesday, 3:30-5:00 (except for January 25) for ages 12-19.

Minecraft –3:30-5:00, ages 9-18 on Mondays. 

Wacky Wednesday –Join us from 1:30-2:30 on January 5 for a penguin craft and on January 26 to make a Chinese dragon out of an egg carton.

All Booked Up! – The library’s book discussion group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.  On Thursday, January 6, we will be discussing “Before the Coffee Gets Cold” by Toshikazu Kawaguchi.  On Thursday, February 3, we will be discussing “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom.

Cook the Book –This month’s cookbook is “Do You Know the Muffin Pan” a great collection of sweet and savory muffins and is available at the library.  Pick a recipe and prepare it to share with the group on January 11 at 5:30 pm.  In February, we will be picking recipes from “Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking” by Toni Tipton-Martin.

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