Thanks, Germantown Girl Scouts! These hard working gals held a book drive and donated all the books, magazines and DVDs they collected to the library. Then they spent Saturday morning helping us sort books, check for duplicates on the shelves and in the online catalog and generally learning what happens to a book from the time it comes into the library until it’s ready to go on the shelf. We received many, many great adult, junior and children’s books. The items we couldn’t use will be donated to St. Joseph’s hospital for their annual book sale. But before sending them on to the hospital, the girls and their leaders had some fun building a Christmas tree for the library out of the books! Stop in and see it when you can. It looks very festive and after the holidays, all those books will be donated to the hospital. We thank the girls, their leaders and all who donated books to help our library continue to grow.
The library will close this Thursday, November 24 to celebrate Thanksgiving. May you and yours enjoy a wonderful day surrounded by all the people and things you are most thankful for. We will have regular hours the rest of the weekend.
We had a blast on Thursday celebrating Family Reading Night. Rick Rayburn on the guitar led us all in some funny and LOUD songs and games. The attendance prize basket was won by Sarah. Snacks, books to take home and a good time was had by all.
Thursday, Nov. 17, the library will celebrate Family Reading Night with a kids concert. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and be ready to play and sing along with Rick Rayburn as he entertains with lots of goofy songs and games all about animals! This event begins at 7pm, is fun, free and open to all ages. We’ll have snacks too so please register by calling 523-4820 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we’ll have plenty of goodies for all.
Don’t forget the health fairs taking place around the county this fall. Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese, they provide screenings and tests at reduced (and sometimes free!) rates. Dates in November include Nov. 2 in Carlyle, Nov. 16 in Trenton and Nov. 30 in Germantown. Preregistration is strongly encouraged and forms are available here at the library.
As the fall days get cooler, our thoughts turn to cozy sweaters and scarves and you know what that means. It’s time for knitting club to meet again. This group is open to anyone 8 years and older. Meetings are held at the library on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, beginning Nov. 3. Each class runs from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm and all are welcome – from beginners who want to learn knitting, to those who already knit but may need help or advice with a project. The cost is $10 for the entire year (November through May) and you should bring a pair of sharp scissors, a size 8 or 9 knitting needle and practice yarn.
The library will be closed Monday October 10 for Columbus Day.
This year we were one of the checkpoints for the Clinton County Amazing Adventure. What a great time! There were 17 teams and they had to find their way to 10 different sites scattered throughout the county, based on clues. Once they found the checkpoints, they were required to complete a task before being given the clue to the next location. Here at Germantown Library the teams completed a scavenger hunt, finding items in the library from quilts to encyclopedias and fishing poles to local history books. The Amazing Adventure is an annual fundraiser sponsored by the New Baden Lions Club. This year all profits went to Western Clinton County Senior Services.
Lego Club is back in full swing! Anyone of any age can join in the fun. Just come to the library on Fridays, from 4 – 5pm. We’ll provide all the Lego bricks and you can feel free to build away. Between now and Oct. 31, we are offering the theme of Halloween, for those who’d like an idea for what to make. So far, we have “The Halloween Boom”, “A Colorful Haunted House”, “The Land of Terror” (shown above) and even a special Halloween Rip stick. We keep these great creations in our lighted display case, so everyone who comes in can enjoy seeing them.