FM Library adds programming for early outs

BY SARAH CLENDINENG
FM Library Director

FORT MADISON – Once Upon a Wednesday

There are a lot more school early out days over the next few months so we have made some changes to our program, including the names.  Wacky Wednesday will now be ‘Once Upon a Wednesday’.  Once Upon a Wednesday you can still make crafts but there will also be so much more.  Once upon a Wednesday you can play games with friends or family including oversized Jenga and Checkers and board games like break the ice or pass the pigs.  We will have mini cooking days, a chance to make your own snacks.  We will also be adding movie days, popcorn included.  See the library calendar of events for specific event details. 

Blind Date with a Book 2022

Why not go on a blind date with a book?  There will be a display of books introducing themselves with their first sentence at the library during February.  The books will be wrapped in plain paper so you won’t know the title, author or genre, though you may have a rough idea of how long it is based on size.  All you can see is those first few intriguing words.  That first sentence that can hook you and set the tone for the rest of the book.  Pick a book that seems tantalizing, check it out and take it home to unwrap it and read it.  Don’t like the book you picked?  No problem, stop reading and return it.  There won’t be a quiz and nobody’s feelings will be hurt.  The book won’t care and librarians understand that people’s tastes in books vary.  However, on the other hand, you might also find your next favorite book or author and this is a great opportunity to try reading out of your comfort zone.

Books to Love

  1. Love in Color: Mythical Tales From Around the World, Retold by Bolu Bablola (F BAB)
  2. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Dubois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers (F JEF)
  3. Love & Other Crimes: Stories by Sara Paretsky (MYS\PB PAR)
  4. Fools in Love edited by Ashley Herring Blake (YA F BLA)
  5. Love Does by Bob Goff (248.4 GOF)
  6. Vegetables Love Flowers: Companion Planting for Beauty and Bounty by Lisa Mason Ziegler (635 ZIE)
  7. Skil­let Love: From Steak ­to ­Cake, More than 150 Recipes in One ­Cast-Iron ­Pan by Anne Byrn (641.77 BYR)
  8. Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry (EF CHE)
  9. Love From the Crayons by Drew Daywalt (EF DAY)
  10. Bingo Love by Tee Franklin (GN FRA)

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.

Library Closed – The Fort Madison Public Library will be closed for the President’s Day Holiday on Monday, February 21. 

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.  During the month of February the group will begin working on a bottle gnome and crescent moon shaped wreaths.

Hang Teen – Tuesday, 3:30-5:00 (except for February 22) for ages 12-19.

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

Once Upon a Wednesday –Join us from 1:30-2:30 for a variety of adventures.  February 2, make a valentine’s mail box.  February 9, make your own snack.  February 16 family fun day with games and other activites. February 23, we’ll have a movie starting at 1:30 pm.

All Booked Up! – The library’s book discussion group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.  On Thursday, February 3, we will be discussing “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom.  On Thursday, March 3, we will be discussing “The Exiles” by Christina Baker Kline.

Cook the Book –This month’s cookbook is “Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin.  Pick a recipe and prepare it to share with the group on February 8 at 5:30 pm.  In March, we will be picking recipes from “Afternoon Tea” by Lesley Mackley.

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