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.
If you don’t have a library card or know someone else who doesn’t, come to the library and get one. If you live within the school district boundaries of Germantown Elementary School, you also live in the library district and are entitled to a card. Everyone in the family, from pre-school through adult can and should have their own library card. You can check out books, movies, music, magazines, eBooks and eAudiobooks, all at no charge! It’s the best deal around.
Have you seen our new book drop box? These young men are trying it out on the first day it arrived. Our old box just rusted through and could no longer be relied upon to keep the books safe and dry. Our new box is refurbished from its former life working at a movie rental store! It is brushed steel and guaranteed for life and will hold up to 150 items. Your tax dollars at work.
This weekend Germantown will celebrate the 49th Annual Spassfest. It’s a celebration of our German heritage and runs from 4pm Friday August 19th through noon on Sunday August 21st. There will be rides, games, music, food and drinks. Come out and visit us! The parade is scheduled for Sat. Aug. 20th at 5:30pm. The library’s entry will showcase German fairy tales. We will be open our regularly scheduled hours on Friday and Saturday.
If you enjoy crocheting or are interested in learning more about it, check out our newest periodical, Crochet! It is chock full of photos and projects, geared to anyone from beginner to expert. The autumn issue just came in and would be perfect for planning your fall and winter projects.
Due to the high usage on patron computers, we’ve instituted a 1 hour time limit per person per day. This will allow more people to access the computers. Note, this is only for recreational use. If you need a computer for work, job hunting or school projects, the time limit does not apply. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.