August Newsletter

Find out about all the library activities in August.

Welcome to the Nevada Public Library e-newsletter for August.

If you haven’t visited the library for a week or two, be sure to stop by and see some changes. First off, on the outside of the building, you’ll notice the two large ‘Geek the Library’ banners.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting a library marketing campaign to encourage financial support of public libraries. In this case “geek” is a verb meaning passion or interest in something. For instance, I geek books or I geek sports. No matter what your passion or interest is, the library can assist you in pursuing it. Stop at the Lincoln Highway Days booth and let us know what you “geek”. Browse at www.geekthelibrary.org for more information and ideas on ways you can support your local library. You may also spot other ‘Geek the Library’ signs and billboards around Central Iowa. I saw a large billboard on Fleur Drive in Des Moines a couple of weeks ago. The photos and presentation used are certainly very striking…

Another new look is the flower bed on the south side of the library. All the flowers planted last year are now blooming gloriously for everyone to enjoy. Thank you once again to the Master Gardeners for their work last year.

Inside the library, you will notice the new countertop at the Main Desk. The old one was wearing away as books have been passed over it literally millions of times since the counter was installed as part of the construction of the current library building. We’re expecting the new solid surface to last a very long time.

Even though it is still summer, we are already planning for our fall story times. These begin at the end of September and run through December. For more information and to register, call the library at 382-2628.

Elementary school children can continue to read for grab bag prizes until the end of the summer vacation as part of the reading incentive program sponsored by the Friends of the Nevada Public Library. Remember that if you won tickets as part of the Iowa Cubs Home Run Reader program, the game is coming soon (August 6th at 7pm at Principal Park in Des Moines).

You have an opportunity to learn how to use the library’s telescope on Wednesday, August 26th at 7 pm. Call the library to reserve your place at the telescope training session.

The Nevada Public Library Reading Group will meet on Thursday, August 27th at 1:30 pm to discuss Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. It is a novel of South Africa, first published during the apartheid era. Stop at the Main Desk to pick up a copy of the book and to find out more about the Reading Group. 

I hope you enjoy what are known as ‘the dog days of summer’, be sure to let us know what you geek and as always, happy reading…

John

PS The library will be closed on Lincoln Highway Days Saturday, August 29th.