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Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Hours

The Independence Public Library will close early at 1:00 PM on December 24th, and will be closed on December 25th for Christmas. We will also close early at 1:00 PM on December 31st, and be closed on January 1st for New Year's.
Don't forget, NEIBORS, Zinio, Learning Express, and many other of our online services are available day and night, even if we're not open. And they can all be accessed right from our website.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Flutterby Bits

 Seasons Greetings!
Flying Reindeer?  What makes Reindeer Fly?  I've been curious about that. 
The Library had our Make n’ Take with Santa program on the 13th of December; this is where some pretty good answers to the flying question were found.  I ask several of the attendees what they thought.  There were many great suggestions like magic, dust, Santa, reindeer food and Christmas spirit.  All great thoughts. 
I also wanted to know what Santa’s favorite cookie might be, and there were many good thoughts on this question, too.  The most popular answer was good old chocolate chip, of course.  Other popular ideas included chocolate, frosted cutout cookies with sprinkles, and hot cookies.  I did get a reliable hint that Santa has a sweet tooth for all cookies but has a special spot for molasses ginger cookies.  I think this grand fellow likes a tasty snack just like the rest of us. 

We had a wonderful time Saturday and hope you were able to join the fun.  Santa and Mrs. Claus were here to chat with all.  There were three crafts to be made.  We really had a nice turn out and plenty of huge smiles! (My favorite!)

However you celebrate the Holidays, I sincerely hope that they are filled with health, family, the spirit of Christmas, and maybe a good book!
See you soon!
Children’s Services 

PS:  Remember January Children’s Programming
Story time on Wednesday Mornings @ 9:30 for the 2-5 year olds
Rhyme time on Thursday Mornings @ 9:30 for the 0-2 year olds
And “Animal Trackers” with the Extension office on Monday Jan 12th @ 6:30

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Try The 5-5-5 Reading Challenge for New Year's

2014 is coming to a close, and the new year will be here before we know it, so give yourself a reason to sit back and read after all the hassles of December are over. Sign up for the 5-5-5 Reading Challenge! Join the Independence Public Library in 2015 to branch out your reading and find some new favorite authors and books.

Here's how it's done. Pick 5 Genres (like Mystery, Western, or Fantasy), then pick 5 Books in each or those genres, start reading on January 1st, 2015, and finish all 25 books by May 5th 2015. If you complete the challenge you will have read 25 books in 125 days, and have a chance to win $25 in Chamber Bucks. You can register for the challenge by calling (334-2470) or stopping in at the IPL, or you can register online right now by clicking this link. Once you are registered,you can pick up your 5-5-5 Reading Challenge Log the next time you visit the Library.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Making Life Easy With IPL Services

It's that time of year again. We're all traveling in the not-so-nice weather, and any excuse to spend less time in the cold turns into a good idea. Let the IPL give you a few good ideas. Specifically, Inter-Library Loan (ILL) and Open Access.
Inter-Library Loan is perfect for that book your friend says you just have to read, but you can't find at the IPL. Rather than drive to get the book from another library, let the book drive to you (so to speak.) Stop in at the IPL or give us a call and we'll have that book headed your way in no time.
If you already have the book from the IPL and can't make it back to Independence by the due date, Open Access is the service for you. Just drop off that book at the nearest Open Access Library (in Iowa, please,) and they'll send it back to us. (For a full list of Open Access Libraries, stop in or call the IPL at 334-2470)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Santa's Workshop for Teens!

Wish there was a place for teens to make gifts for friends and family. Well, wish no more.Teens in grades 6-12 can come to the IPL on December 18th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM for Santa's Workshop for Teens. It's free for all teens, and there's no need to register. Just come ready to create.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Reindeer Games for No School Monday!

Kids of all ages can stop in on their day off from school (December 15th) and join in of the fun of Reindeer Games. Race the clock in a series of short holiday games that even Rudolph wouldn't dare miss.

K-2     10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
3-5      2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
6-12    4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

TIPLINE: The Dewey Decimal System

The Independence Public Library's Interesting Nuggets of Exploration: The Dewey Decimal System

Today is the 163rd Birthday of Melvil Dewey! If his last name sounds familiar don't be surprised. You might have a hard time finding a library that doesn't use his system. The IPL uses the Dewey Decimal System to organize all our nonfiction books.
Why sort books by numbers? Because it's easy to find. Need meal ideas for the up coming holidays, head to 641.5 for a cookbook. How about decorating, you can find ideas in 745 or 747. Maybe you have a history buff in the family? Send them to the 900's section, they'll be sure to find something interesting there. If you like true crime stories 364 is where you'll want to be.
400's for Languages
800's for Literature

There are plenty of great books to find on the nonfiction shelves. Take a stroll through our stacks or ask us what number will send you to what interests you most.