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Nancy's Notes - May 16, 2013

Summer Reading Theme: “Dig into Reading” started by digging into the past with barn quilt presenter Danny Steiber, Nola Waddingham retiring May 30, Nancy Nail taking the Director position, "Laughing Matters" June 6 at 9:30 a.m., Blank Park Zoo on June 27 with animals that dig.

Today we kicked off our summer reading theme, “Dig into Reading”, when we “Dug into the Past” with barn quilt presenter Danny Steiber. Around thirty people were on hand to hear about the underground railroad in Iowa and enjoy pictures of over 300 quilt patterns, some of which were used as secret codes for slaves seeking their freedom. The program was presented at the Eagle Grove and Belmond Libraries also, with the support of the Wright County Tourism committee.  The library has maps available of barn quilt locations in Wright County.

If you haven’t heard by now, I was recently offered the position of head librarian. Nola will be retiring on May 30.  Stop by that day between 10 a.m. and noon for an open house to wish her well on her retirement. Although she is a Klemme native, Clarion has become her second home in the past almost 20 years. I hope she’ll miss us as much as we will miss her!

For those of you who have elementary students, mark June 6 and 27 on your calendars. We have booked, “Laughing Matters” on June 6 at 9:30 a.m. as a kick off to our summer activities. Jay and Leslie use juggling, mime, magic, and lots of nonsense to entertain students. I hope we have a great crowd to celebrate the first day out of school, (when I booked them we were to have been out for a week). I saw them at a performers showcase and they were a lot of fun!

Blank Park Zoo will be here on June 27. This will be their third visit in the past four years. They seem to be one of most popular presenters. There will be animals that dig as part of our “Dig into Reading” theme.

Stop in and see us: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.