It's a great time of year to "fall" in love with your library. The weather is turning cool and rainy, and the days are getting shorter. Curl up between the pages of a good book and stay warm.
Our winter hours have started. We're open Monday through Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. "A Really Good Yarn" craft club meets every Tuesday between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Bring your current craft and join us for coffee, a snack, and lots of laughter, because we are a bunch of "cut-ups."
"Green Thumb Gardeners" meet weekly on Thursday at 5 p.m. One of our gardeners has put up over 600 pints of produce (at last count) from their garden. We've all had a busy summer. We're already talking about having our annual seed exchange in January, so save your seeds.
The October/November issue of Our Iowa arrived this week. It has some beautiful autumn pictures taken throughout the state. Remember the "Tall Corn Contest" sponsored by Our Iowa magazine? According to this issue's information, a gardener in De Soto had a corn stalk with a height of 15 feet on Aug. 9. The deadline to enter the contest was Oct. 1. It will be interesting to see the winning stalk in the next issue and read what the secret of growing this stalk was. Well, our gardening group had varying results with the tall corn seeds.
Some didn't get planted (maybe next year, just for fun), deer ate another patch that had a nice start, and Irene had one stalk that was around 10 foot tall, including the tassel. Hazel, our part-time Iowan, grew a corn stalk in Vermont that reached 12 foot without using any fertilizer.
We might not be contest winners, but we did have fun trying. Thanks to Edward Jones Investments in Cherokee for the extra corn seeds.
How would you like to visit our nation's 59 National Parks? I think we all would! Stop in and check out the book "The National Parks: America's Best Idea", an illustrated history by Dayton Duncan (who was born and raised in Indianola, IA) and Ken Burns. The book has great history lessons and beautiful photography. Settle back in your lazy- boy for a great adventure in our park system.
Our library also has Edward Kennedy's True Compass, The Clinton Tapes by Taylor Branch, and On the Line by Serena Williams with Daniel Paisner. These books were purchased in memory of Ross Pinkerton, who enjoyed biographies, and who also, along with his wife Arlene, donated the land on which our library was built.
Stop by our library one of these cold, rainy days and look through our shelves. I'm sure you'll find something to read that will make you (temporarily) forget that summer is indeed over. Until next time, keep on reading!