Warm weather brings out garden marauders

April schedule set for Fort Madison Public Library

Fort Madison Public Library

FORT MADISON – As the weather warms up, it’s time to start spring cleaning and taking care of outdoor plants and lawns.  After months of warding off the cold indoors, take some time to throw open the windows, air out the house and watch your outdoor plants come back to life. 

Having problems with pests in your garden?  Aphids eating your cucumbers?  Squirrels stealing your corn?  Rabbits munching on your lettuce?  Can they be stopped?  Yes, they can.  Join us at the library on April 7 at 5:30 for a program on “Controlling Garden Marauders”.  Mark Lyons, an experienced vegetable gardener, will teach you strategies and tactics to stop these invaders from destroying your garden and stealing the fruits and vegetables you worked so hard to grow.  Watch this live program with us at the library or ask to have a link to the Zoom session sent to you by filling out this form:  https://tinyurl.com/2p82u3np.

Most Popular Gardening Books at the Library
All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew (635 BAR)
Deer-Resistant Design: Fence-Free Gardens That Thrive Despite the Deer by Karen Chapman (635.049 CHA)
Perennials for Midwestern Gardens: Proven Plants for the Heartland by Anthony Kahtz    (635.9 KAH)
Decorating with Plants: What to Choose, Ways to Style, and How to Make Them Thrive by Baylor Chapman (635.965 CHA)
Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies by Jessica Walliser  (635 WAL)
Annuals, Perennials, and Bulbs: 377 Flower Varieties for a Vibrant Garden (635.9 ANN)
The Heirloom Gardener: Traditional Plants & Skills for the Modern World by John Forti (635 FOR)
The Healing Garden: Herbs for Health and Wellness by Deb Soule (635.7 SOU)
The Modern Homestead Garden: Growing Self-Sufficiency in any Size Backyard by Gary Pilarchik (635 PIL)
Greywater, Green Landscape: How to Install Simple Water-Saving Irrigation Systems in Your Yard by Laura Allen (627.52 ALL)
I was really inspired by the Spark Joy program in March and have begun tidying both my home and at work.  If you missed out on this event, you can find Marie Kondo’s book “The life-chang­ing ­mag­ic of tidy­ing up” (648 KON) at the library.  It is also available on Bridges along with a Manga version, if you prefer a lot of pictures and a storyline, as well as “Joy at Work” about tidying your professional space. 

Cleaning and Organizing Books at the Library
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (648 KON)
Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World by Isabel Gillies (646.7 GIL)
Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Doland (648.8 DOL)
Martha Stewart’s Organizing by Martha Stewart (648.8 STE)
Green Cleaning For Dummies by Elizabeth Goldsmith (648 GOL)
How to Cheat at Cleaning: Time-Slashing Techniques to Cut Corners and Restore Your Sanity by Jeff Bredenberg (648.5 BRE)
Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan (648.5 LOG)
Several of these books include ideas for environmentally friendly cleaning and gardening techniques to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

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 April the group will begin working on a solar chandelier, one solar powered light will be provided or bring your own lights if you prefer an indoor decoration.

Hang Teen – Tuesday, 3:30-5:00 (except for April 19) 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.  April 6 is movie day and then on April 13 we will have a DIY snack.  April 20 will be a craft day with family fun day on April 27.

All Booked Up! – The library’s book discussion group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.  On Thursday, April 7, we will be discussing “Unless” by Carol Shields.  On Thursday, May 5, we will be discussing “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” by Alice Hoffman.

Cook the Book –This month’s cookbook is “The Little Library Cookbook” by Kate Young.  Pick a recipe and prepare it to share with the group on April 12 at 6:00 pm. 

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