Library launches Hispanic Reading Challenge in September


Hispanic Heritage Month Reading Challenge
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from Sep. 15 to Oct. 15. This year, the theme is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” We want to help you honor diverse voices, unique perspectives, and rich cultural traditions through activities and book recommendations. The library has a new reading challenge in Beanstack from August 22-September 30.  Log your reading and complete activities to earn badges throughout the challenge.  Activities include reading books by Hispanic authors, learning about Hispanic leaders and exploring Hispanic foods.   Keep an eye on Beanstack for reading challenges all throughout the year, some may have prizes you can earn, in addition to the online badges.  Create your account or log-in to an existing account to see challenges at
Library Programs Return in September
September marks the return of many library programs.  Many of our programs take the summer off while we enjoy summer reading activities but now they are back.  Thursday Crafternoon leads off the month starting with a brand new month long project on September 1 at 3:30.  Previous crafts have included seasonal wreaths, macramé and a solar chandelier.  Minecraft will be back on Mondays starting September 12 for all ages from 3:30-5:00 pm.  Enjoy creating, or surviving, in your own world, or join other players and explore worlds together.  Hang Teen will be Tuesdays from 3:30-5 starting September 13.  This is a chance for anyone ages 12-19 to hang out in the library meeting room, play games, make art and have fun.  Finally, we have two activities on Wednesdays.  Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:30 is pre-school/toddler story hour beginning September 7.  On Wednesday afternoons, when the Fort Madison Schools get out early, we have a variety of activities for school age children starting at 1:30.  Depending on the week, we may have a craft, or a snack, or a crafty snack, or just set up a bunch of games in the meeting room for family playtime.  Be sure to add these to your calendar. We are all going to have a really fun school year.
Community Calendar
We have begun adding community events to the online library calendar at  Events are added to the calendar as they are submitted by community organizations using the form found here  Does your group have an upcoming community event?  Let us know by submitting it through the form.  Most community events open to the public are eligible for inclusion in the community calendar.
Hispanic Authors at the Library
Ages 0-4
“With Lots of Love” written by Jenny Torres Sanchez and illustrated by André Ceolin (EF TOR)
“Let Me Fix You a Plate” written and illustrated by Elizabeth Lilly (EF LIL)
Ages 5-10
“Paola Santiago and the River of Tears” by Tehlor Kay Mejia  (JF MEJ)
“Chato's Kitchen; by Gary Soto and Susan Guevara   (E BKPK SOT)
Ages 11-13
“Falling Short” by Ernesto Cisneros  (JF CIS)
“Witchlings” by Claribel A. Ortega (JF ORT)
“Mananaland” by Pam Munoz Ryan (JF RYA)
Ages 14-18
“Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora” by Saraciea J. Fennell (YA F FEN)
“Partly Cloudy: Stories of Love and Longing” by Gary Soto (YA 811.54 SOT)
“Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: a Memoir” by Margarita Engle (J 811.54 ENG)
Ages 18+
“Trust” by Hernan Diaz (F DIA)
“Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (F ALL)
“One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (F GAR)
Upcoming Events at the Fort Madison Public Library –
Closed for Labor Day – The library will be closed on Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day holiday.
Pre-School/Toddler Story Hour –Wednesday morning at 10:30 beginning September 7.
Hang Teen – Tuesday, 3:30-5:00 for ages 12-19, beginning September 13.
Minecraft –3:30-5:00, all ages on Mondays. 
Once Upon a Wednesday –Join us from 1:30-2:30 for a variety of adventures.  September 14 will be a food craft, we will have a craft on September 21 and Lee County Conservation will be bringing leaf activities on September 28.
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. 
 All Booked Up! - The library's book discussion group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.  On Thursday, September 1, we will be discussing "The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles.  On October 6, we will be discussing “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr.
Cook the Book –September 13 at 6:00 pm, we will be sharing recipes selected from “The Goodful Cookbook: Simple and Balanced Recipes to Live Well”.

Fort Madison Public library, september, column, Sarah Clendineng, director, events, programs, Pen City Current


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