Welcome to the Nevada Public Library e-newsletter for June.
As I write this, my computer is telling me it’s 85°F outside so it feels like the beginning of summer. My family is telling me that school finishes at the end of next week so it must be the beginning of summer. My diary might indicate that summer doesn’t start until the third week of June, but the school calendar and the glorious weather surely can’t be wrong. No matter if it’s still late spring or already early summer, we are planning on a wonderful summer of (climate-controlled) fun activities and story times here at the library.
This year’s theme “Be Creative @ Your Library” is inspiring a number of library competitions and programs and led me to find some great quotations which I hope will spark your creative side in all of your endeavors. One of my favorite is from the actor Alan Alda: “The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.”
A more cynical view comes from Albert Einstein: “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” Child development author, Joseph Chilton Pearce offers us a more positive approach: “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
The library offers many avenues for your creativity this summer. Many of these are listed below, with details available at our website, http://www.nevada.lib.ia.us/summer :
· Story Times for infants through 10 year olds.
· Wednesday Afternoon Specials at 2pm for 6 weeks, starting on June 17th with magician, Rick Bremmer, and on June 24th we’ll enjoy a sing-along with Pastor Dave.
· Reading Incentive Programs for preschoolers through 7th graders with a variety of prizes, including an after hours Wii party for 5th to 7th graders.
· Design a Book Cover Competition with great prizes.
· Win tickets to an Iowa Cubs baseball game through the Home Run Reader Program
· For high schoolers, design a traditional Japanese Kamishibai storyboard and win a fantastic prize.
On June 3rd at 7:30pm we have another opportunity for you to be trained in using the library’s telescope. Please call us at 382-2628 to reserve your place.
The Reading Group will meet on June 25th at 1:30 pm to discuss the book, ‘The Good, Good Pig: the Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood’ by Sy Montgomery. The author writes about the adventures of owning a pig as a pet. Everyone is welcome to read the book and come to discuss it. Copies of the book are available at the Main Desk.
On Monday, June 29th, we are excited to host author and canoeist, Dennis Weidemann to a special evening event. Dennis will talk about his book 'This Water Goes North' and the adventure that it recounts. In 1979 four Iowa farm boys--with beat-up canoes--hatched a plan to paddle 1,400 miles from Minnesota to Hudson Bay. This is an inspiring tale of adventure, friendship, and the indomitable spirit of youth. If you have ever dreamed of adventure, or thought about writing a book about a time in your life, come and listen to Dennis as he shares his experiences with us. This free event starts at 7:00pm in the library meeting room.
If you get a chance to visit the library in the next week or two, take a look at the great display on the glass wall adjacent to the meeting room. You will see examples of the fine architecture in evidence in some of Nevada’s older homes. Thank you to the Nevada Historical Society for sharing these photographs and information with us.
I hope you create an opportunity to unleash your creativity soon. There is tremendous evidence of our society’s creativity available to you at your library.
As always, happy reading….