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Monroe Legacy

Library news

I know it has been a long time since I have given you an update about the exciting happenings of the library.

Each and every month the library stays busy offering consistent programming. Some of those fun and interesting programs are Music and Me, Stroga and Ladies Book Club. Let me expand a little on each program.

Music and Me is a weekly preschool program offered at 11 a.m. Mondays. Parents, caregivers and their kiddos learn new songs, stories, dances and simple music skills. It is a highly interactive program that is based on a theme each week.

Stroga is a slow and simple yoga-inspired stretching session for adults. Each session teaches breathing methods, various poses and encouragement to slow down. The sessions are at 2 p.m. every Tuesday and at 9:30 a.m. every Friday. Beginners are welcome. This program is not recommended for persons with a physical injury or seeking cardio activity.

Ladies Book Club is a long-standing fixture of the Monroe Public Library each month participants read and discuss the book selected. The titles range from historical fiction, relevant non-fiction and a few fun, quick novels thrown in. We welcome anyone that would like to join our group.

The selected books are provided by the library monthly at no cost to the members of the club. The group meets at 1 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. We are always looking for book recommendations, new ideas for book club inspiration and guests to invite.

Last month the library was unable to offer two planned events due to our ever-changing weather. We plan to schedule another movie showing event and book crafting soon. Thank you for the patience of the patrons when it comes to undesirable weather.

Another program that has been rescheduled is the very anticipated Fancy Nancy Tea Party. We found we conflicted with the dance clinic for young girls and since we share the same audience we chose to move our date to 4 p.m. Feb. 27. We will show a Fancy Nancy movie clip, serve tea and treats and have an opportunity to have some photos in our fancy clothes. Mark your calendar.

The library is offering a yarn works class at 6 p.m. Feb. 18. Beginner knitting and crochet will be taught. Please bring a ball of yarn and your tool of choice and join the fun. For more information call the library at 641-259-3065.

The Monroe Library has been given a great opportunity to share the insights and storytelling of author Greg Siegman at our annual Kindness Initiative. This year the program will be March 9 at city hall and will feature Greg sharing a sneak peek of his new book “The Milkshake Man.”

The event will conclude with a bundling workshop to package donated items to benefit Freedom for Youth of Iowa, an afterschool ministry; Urban Bicycle Ministry, serving Des Moines homeless; and Kaden’s Closet, providing emergency resources for local foster children. The library would appreciate your help collecting the follow items: baby through adult sweatshirts, socks and blankets new or gently used, story books, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, body wash, lotion, brushes, baby of infant pajamas, hats, gloves, deodorant, small stuffed animals, crayons, notebooks or notepads and gel pens.​

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