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FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Public Library has two great adult programs.
Cook the Book meets on Jan.nd Tuesday of the month at 5.30 p.m. This is a fun program if you enjoy cooking and / or eating. Every month we select a cookbook and this cookbook is available in the library. Anyone who wants to take part selects a recipe from the cookbook to cook it at home and share with the group. You can pick a recipe to try a new ingredient, new food style, or to show off something that you are good at. Then on the 2ndnd Every Tuesday of the month we meet, try out what everyone has created and talk about what worked, what didn’t and what we think of the cookbook in general.
The book discussion group All Booked Up! the library meets on Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. This is a potpourri discussion group; We don’t have a subject or genre of books to focus on. Instead, members offer suggestions for books for discussion, and the final selection is based on the library’s ability to receive multiple copies. We read fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, and graphic novels. Would you like the library to start an evening or weekend discussion group? Contact Sarah Clendineng at or (319) 372-5721.

New Collection at Fort Madison Public Library, a “Library of Things”
Libraries have always had books. Okay, the earliest may have had scrolls. Same idea, different format. In the course of time, the items in a library collection also changed. Over the years libraries have changed, adding magazines, records, audiobooks, video tapes, tapes, and DVDs. Now the Fort Madison Public Library has added an entirely different collection of items for the community – a Library of Things.
There are things that people rarely or only need for a short time. Once used, they are relegated to the dark corners of closets, sit unused and collect dust. The new Library of Things will help provide community resources, reduce the consumption and waste of space in homes, while also providing access to items that people may not be able to afford to buy for themselves.
Thanks to a legacy from Aarin Guzman, we were able to create an initial collection that includes toys, games, MINT kits, tech, baking molds, knitting, crochet and sewing accessories! This collection will help the library accomplish its mission, encourage customers to study, and discover new interests and ideas. Users can borrow items from the Things Library or use them to explore new hobbies and skills during the short time they need them. Additionally, the Library of Things will grow as we plan to expand this collection over time to meet the needs of the community.
While all of the items in the Library of Things are in the library’s online catalog, they also have their own site linked from the library’s website at The Library of Things website makes it easy to browse what is available. The objects in the Library of Things can be borrowed for a week, but can be extended if no one is waiting for them. In addition, unlike other items on loan from the library, the objects in this collection can be reserved for specific dates. For example, if you need a cake pan for a party on a specific date, you can look up the item and reserve it. The library will contact you as soon as it becomes available.

The most exciting things in the library of things

  1. Magic Eye STEM backpack
  2. Cards Against Humanity: Family Issue
  3. Lady Bug cake pan
  4. Cake Decorating Basics (to decorate the Lady Bug cake that has just been baked)
  5. Floppy disk drive (if you stumble across some old floppy disks in the back of a desk drawer)
  6. Teach yourself to juggle
  7. Sashiko stencils
  8. Winter Cookie Cutter (Gingerbread Anyone?)
  9. Curious Coding STEM backpack
  10. I taught myself to crochet (this plus a couple of youtube videos and you’ll be making your own afghans in no time)

Upcoming Events at the Fort Madison Public Library –
To protect library staff and other visitors, please do not come to library programs if you are feeling sick, have a fever, or are waiting for the result of a coronavirus test. The library continues to offer roadside book collection if you need something to read, watch, or listen to but want to keep your community healthy with temporary quarantine.
1st Thursday in the library – September 2nd – Do the 1stst Thursday of the month library day with no fines for overdue books returned that day, our book discussion group meeting at 1:30 p.m., and the start of our monthly take and make craft. September’s craft will recycle a coffee container into a countertop organizer.
Preschool / Toddler Story Lesson –Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday Crafternoon –Thursday, 3: 30-5: 00 pm, for 14 adults. This program offers the opportunity to work on an in-depth project for the whole month.
Hang teenagers – Tuesday 3: 30-5: 00 (except September 7th and 21st) for 12-19 years.
Minecraft –3: 30-5: 00, 9-18 years on Mondays.
Crazy Wednesday – School is beginning September 1st and 15th. We have a handicraft day from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. on both days. Build a Frog Fly Catcher on September 1st and a fun fish boat on September 15th.
Everything fully booked! – The library book discussion group meets every first Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm On Thursday, September 2nd, we discuss Isabel Wilkerson’s “caste”. Stephen King’s novella “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” will be released on October 7th. Copies of the book are available for loan in the library. Come and join us for a lively discussion.
Cook the book – We’re back in the kitchen sharing all kinds of delicious foods. This month’s cookbook is “100 Days of Real Food on a Budget” and is available in the library. Pick a recipe and prepare it to share with the group on September 14th at 5:30 pm. In October we choose recipes from “soups, salads and sandwiches the home-style”.

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