“A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program: Stop by the library and find out how to participate in our take-home reading program. Free & fun for all ages!
Des Moines Children’s Museum, Reiman Gardens added to Adventure Pass: Reserve your Adventure Pass to get free admission to the Blank Park Zoo (Des Moines), Des Moines Children’s Museum, Figge Art Museum (Davenport), Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens, Grout Museum District (Waterloo), National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (Dubuque), Reiman Gardens (Ames), and Science Center of Iowa (Des Moines)! All passes are reserved and borrowed through the library’s web site at www.wintersetlibrary.org/adventure-pass. Passes may be used for families, couples, or individuals interested in exploring these venues. Some restrictions do apply. Passes can be reserved up to 90 days in advance, so plan your trip today!
Everyone with Diabetes Counts classes: Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, 1:30-3 p.m.: These classes can help you or your loved one live a healthier life. Participants will learn about planning healthy meals and understanding carbohydrates; ways to control blood sugar levels; how to become more physically active; and managing diabetes medications. Learn how to live freely with diabetes! This no-cost diabetes workshop series is six weeks long, free of charge, and is taught by people personally affected by diabetes. Register online at https://bit.ly/2UTf6bw or call 515-462-1731. Your registration is for the entire 6-week series.
World War II D-Day – Thursday, June 6, 6:30 p.m.: World War II changed the political alignment and social structure of the globe. This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Known as the “Greatest Generation”, our World War II soldiers made incredible sacrifices and did so without expecting any honor in return. Historian Michael Eckers will host a presentation about WWII events and the heroic soldiers who landed on D-Day, leading to victory in Europe. Free to the public; no registration required.
Home-Cooked Freezer Meals Made Easy – Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m.-noon: Enjoy a feast of practical tips, tricks and farmer-approved recipes from families across rural Iowa. Join farmer, author, home cook, and Iowa’s Storyteller, Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, who will share her best insider tips from her popular “Culinary History of Iowa” book and from her upcoming cookbook, “Harvest Meals Made Easy.” Attendance is free, but registration is required. Registration is required at https://bit.ly/maulsby or call the library at 515-462-1731 to reserve your space.
Sample a Taste of Titanic – Saturday, June 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m.: More than 20 men, women and children from all walks of life shared ties to Iowa and the Titanic. What did they eat while traveling on the ill-fated liner? Join Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, author of the upcoming book “Iowa’s Lost History on the Titanic” for a taste of life on board this unforgettable ship. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Registration is required at https://bit.ly/maulsby or call the library at 515-462-1731 to reserve your space.
Otherworldly Animal Adaptations with the Blank Park Zoo – Tuesday, June 11, 11 a.m.: From the dry desert to the soggy swamp, animals can be found in many different habitats around the world! Just as an astronaut needs a spacesuit in outer space, animals require many special adaptations to survive in their environments. Join a Blank Park Zoo Educator as we meet animals from the zoo’s Education Department and learn about their “otherworldly” adaptations! Registration is required; register at https://bit.ly/juneSRP or call the library at 515-462-1731.
Mystery Food Box Challenge – Wednesday, June 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Dietitian Caitlyn Ferin from Fareway is back for another Mystery Food Box Challenge. Tweens and teens ages 10 and up will have just one hour to create three dishes from the food items provided. No cooking experience is required, but registration is necessary. Register at https://bit.ly/juneSRP or call the library at 515-462-1731.
Wellness Wednesdays: Fareway Healthy Eats Lunch & Learn – Wednesday, June 12, noon-1 p.m.: Fareway’s Registered Dietitian, Caitlyn Ferin, will speak on some of her favorite timely recipes, wellness tips, and delicious new items. You will leave with new information, several must-try samples, and recipes to try once you get home. Bring your lunch; the library will provide a light dessert. Winterset Public Library supports lifelong learning and wellness and is an active partner in Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset; follow them on Facebook for more health and wellness opportunities.
Friends of Winterset Library Monthly Meeting – Thursday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.: The Friends of Winterset Library supports the library with generous volunteer and financial support. Join our monthly meeting to discover how you can get involved in the organization and make a difference in the community!
Science Center of Iowa: Outer Space Odyssey – Friday, June 14, 1 p.m.: Ever wonder what it’s like to visit other planets in our solar system? Join us along with a Science Center of Iowa Educator! Together we’ll follow the amazing journey of the Voyager spacecraft and see some of the awe-inspiring photos that it has taken all while engaging in exciting experiments. Registration is required; register at https://bit.ly/juneSRP or call the library at 515-462-1731.
Monday Movies – Monday, June 17: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” at 10:30 a.m. and “Back to the Future” 2 p.m. The library will be offering Monday Movies with free popcorn! Morning movies are kid/family-friendly and afternoon movies are tween/teen friendly. These events are free and open to the public.
Starry Night Canvas Painting – Monday, June 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Come join us for a creative step-by-step tutorial on painting Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and learn about the painting as well. We will provide your canvas and painting supplies. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call the Library at 515-462-1731 to reserve your space beginning May 20.
Martika Daniels’ Circus Variety Show – Thursday, June 20, 6 p.m.: Martika Daniels is an expert performer in the sideshow and circus arts! She will present her interactive, circus variety show with silk fans, hula hoops, plate spinning, and a fun circus game! Registration is required; register at https://bit.ly/juneSRP or call the library at 515-462-1731.
Remembering the Apron – Tuesday, June 25, 2 p.m.: Presenter Sheila Craig is a grandmother with an amazing collection of aprons. Her program, “Remembering the Apron,” takes a nostalgic look at the apron in an interactive, hands-on manner (if you want -- you can touch and feel the fabrics). The program will look at the fabrics, trims, styles, and the many different ways they were used by the people of our past. And don’t leave out the men – she has examples for them too! Sheila is a retired University of Minnesota Extension Educator from Preston, Minn., originally from Decorah, Iowa. She has been doing ‘apron programs’ for almost 20 years and will share approximately 100 aprons from her collection. This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Mock the Movie: The Meg – Wednesday, June 26, 1 p.m.: Teens ages 12 and up are invited to Mock the Movie! This event is an interactive movie experience where you can use your smart devices to put live messages up on the screen! We will be interacting with teens at other libraries across the state as well to mock The Meg. Bring your friends and have some laughs! Free popcorn provided. This program is a teens only event – no adults please. Registration is required; register at https://bit.ly/juneSRP or call 515-462-1731.
Pool Party – Thursday, June 27, 6-8:30 p.m.: Families are invited to join us at the Winterset Aquatic Center for an evening of food and fun! We will provide free hot dogs, sides, and drinks from 6-7 p.m., and families are welcome to stay and swim from 6-8:30 p.m. Registration is required for this free event; register at https://bit.ly/juneSRP or call the library at 515-462-1731. Please register every member of the family that will be attending.
Book Discussion – Thursday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. – “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn: Join the conversation! New members are always welcome, and we supply copies for you to check out. Leadership for the book group is provided by Rebecca Bock & Tom Brown. Please join us for the discussion – it is free and open to the public.
Community Coffee Group – Fridays in the meeting room, 9 a.m.: Free and open to the public. Join us for coffee and get caught up with others in our community.
Story Times: Preschool Story Time is Wednesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m. and Toddler Story Time is Thursdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Story Times: Storytime at the Truro Library will be Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.