FM Library to host Huneycutt webinar in March

FM Public Library Director

FORT MADISON – Jump start your spring-cleaning with certified Konmari® consultant, Shannon Huneycutt, beginning Thursday, March 10.  Fort Madison Public Library is excited to have Shannon for an inspiring presentation on what it means to lead a life that Sparks Joy as she shares the life-changing magic of tidying up.  You will learn the KonMari® philosophy and guiding principles needed to tidy once and for all and leave feeling motivated to Spark Joy ® in your home, office and life!

The library will be showing the pre-recorded webinar at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.  You can also register for the program at and get a link to watch the webinar at your convenience between 5 p.m. March 10 and 5 p.m. March 12.  Be sure to have a standard t-shirt and a pair of pants ready for the folding activity, as you will be learning the famous KonMari® Vertical folding technique.

Registration will also include a way to enter the Jumpstart Your Journey giveaway where you will have access to a virtual guide to help jumpstart your tidying journey.  One more surprise: Shannon is sharing her Spark Joy® Charlotte tidying checklist for you to use on your tidying journey!  Print it out and let it be your guide to tidying up for good.  We hope you enjoy the program, let’s Spark Joy® with Fort Madison Public Library.

Don’t Forget About Our Online Resources

The library has some great online resources and we would like to highlight two new ones and an older one that we have had for a while but may not be that well known.  The first two resources, Brainfuse and NewspaperArchive, are located on our website,, at the “Education, Career, Language and Hobbies” tab.

Brainfuse offers live homework help, a writing lab, practice tests and so much more with HelpNow. This resource is free with your library card and you can find a comprehensive suite of online academic services designed to support many learning needs and styles including live tutoring, a foreign language lab, a writing lab, and a Test Center with practice quizzes in standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GED, etc.) and subject specific tests (math, science, etc.).  Don’t have a library card?  If you are 14 or older, bring proof of your current address to the Fort Madison Public Library to register for one.  Middle and high school students can get cards that just give them access to the library’s electronic resources by bringing in their student ID.

A new resource, provided by the State Historical Society of Iowa is the NewspaperArchive Iowa Database.  This is a large collection of digitized versions of Iowa newspapers including issues of the Fort Madison Daily and Weekly Democrat from the 1800’s up until the 1990’s.  While the collection is not complete, this is a good place to start if you are looking for historical local news but don’t have a specific date.  Since this is the Iowa database, there are also other newspapers from towns across Iowa including Keokuk, Burlington and Cedar Rapids. 

Finally, the library now offers access to Craftsy through the Bridges Libby app.  This resource can only be accessed through Libby, after you set it up on your phone, go to the main browsing page and scroll down to the “Extras” section.  Tap on “Craftsy” and then the “Get” button.   You will then need to select “Open” on the next screen and then check out a 7-day pass.  This will take you to the Crafsty site where you can access an unlimited number of classes for a week.  If you leave the Craftsy site and need to get back, just open the Libby app, go to your shelf and find Craftsy at the top of your list.  Need help getting this resource set up?  Contact Sarah Clendineng, 372-5721,

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! You have read all the Seuss books, some of them twice, has anyone else written anything nice?  Here are some books you might also enjoy if you are a fan of Dr. Seuss.

  1. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin (EF CRO)
  2. Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller (EF KEL)
  3. We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom (EF LIN)
  4. Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein (J811.54 SIL)
  5. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (unless you’re really, really short staffed and it’s either the pigeon or the kids) By Mo Willems (EF WIL)
  6. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin (EF DEA)
  7. Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy (EF JOY)
  8. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker (EF RIN)
  9. So Much! By Trish Cooke (EF COO)
  10. In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming (EF FLE)

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.  During the month of March the group will begin working on a tea pot craft.

Hang Teen – Tuesday, 3:30-5:00 (except for March  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.  March 9 we will be making a snack, specifically Leprechaun bark.  March 23 will be a craft day with family fun day the following week on March 30.

All Booked Up! – The library’s book discussion group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.  On Thursday, March 3, we will be discussing “The Exiles” by Christina Baker Kline.  On Thursday, April 7, we will be discussing “Unless” by Carol Shields.

Cook the Book –This month’s cookbook is “The Book of Afternoon Tea” by Lesley Mackley.  Pick a recipe and prepare it to share with the group on March 8 at 5:30 pm.  In April, we will be picking recipes from “The Little Library Cookbook” by Kate Young.

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