Summer Reading Program Events

Adult SRP Program Descriptions “Build a Better World”
Wednesday, June 7 @ 5:30 PM –Time to Tidy– Before you build a better world, start with your home. Librarian, Robin Munson, will show you how to declutter your house using the KonMarie method of tidying up. Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and author who wrote the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Monday June 12 @ 7:00PM – Movie Night – A United Kingdom – A United Kingdom is a Romantic Drama based on a true story. In the 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana shocks the world when he marries a white woman from London. A perfect movie for our SRP theme “Build a Better World”. Sign-up to reserve a spot.
Thursday, June 15 @ 6:30 PM – Rudy Daniels – Trains Across IowaAll aboard for an Iowa rail adventure! Learn about the past, present and future of the Hawkeye State’s railroads.
Explore Iowa’s unique position in the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. Known as Iowa’s “Super Conductor”, Rudy Daniels, retired professor, author, and railroad historian has written 4 books on railroading, created the educational portion of the Federal Railroad Administration’s website, and is a script consultant for a recent Public TV production of the “Orphan Trains”. Sponsored by Humanities Iowa.

Wednesday, June 21, 1:00-2:30 PM – Dennis Wilson- The Orphan Train HistoryThey have been called nurseries on wheels, mercy trains, and baby trains, but it was the name given by a New York Times reporter, Orphan Trains, that stuck. Dennis Wilson, a retired Canadian Pacific Railway Conductor and historian, will talk about the children who rode the rails from their broken homes in the east in search of a better world in the mid-west.
Saturday, June 24 from 1:00-4:00 PM – Maker Fest - The Maker Fest is a festival of invention and celebration of the Maker movement. Maker Fest is an all-ages gathering for STEAM activities. Learn how to make bath bombs, roll sushi, and color like a pro. Fun for all ages!
Monday, June 26 @ 6:30 PM– Book into Movie Club- The Namesake We will be watching the movie, The Namesake, based on the 2003 novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. The Namesake is the story of a man and his family, his life and hopes, loves and sorrows as he comes to grips with his cultural identity as a young American with Indian immigrant parents. This is a fictional story you won’t want to miss. Sign-up to get your book and reserve your spot.
Monday, July 3 @ 6:30 PM–DIY Club- Literary Cake Decorating Contest Build a Better Cake! This is a family friendly event where teams will get one hour to work together to decorate a book themed cake. Cake decorating experience not necessary – get ready to have fun and be creative.
Friday, July 14 @ 2:00 PM – Lincoln Center Free Screening – Artist to Artist with Alan Menken and Michael Mitnick – Best known for his scores to The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, multiple Academy Award winner Alan Menken discusses artist process with emerging playwright and songwriter Michael Mitnick (screenplay writer for the movie The Giver).
Monday, July 17 @ 6:30 PM – Liz Garst – Corn and Khruschev - Hear about the history of
agricultural development in Iowa, from early settlement through the fabulous mid-century explosion of farm productivity, based on the hybrid seeds, machinery, fertilizers and livestock technologies promoted by her grandfather. Liz tells how it came to pass that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family visited the Garst family in 1959. Sponsored by Humanities Iowa and Insurance Associates of Spencer.

Monday, July 24 @ 7:00 PM Movie Night – Good Night, and Good Luck Good Night, and Good Luck is a 2005 historical drama starring David Strathrain, George Clooney, and Robert Downey, Jr. Based on the anti-communist Senator, Joseph McCarthy and the television journalist, Edward R. Murrow the movie focuses on the theme of media responsibility and  addresses what occurs when the media offer a voice of dissent from government policy.
Friday, July 28 @ 6:30 PM SRP Final Party Break-in Room–India’s Karm Con- Congratulations! If you read three books and handed in your 3rd entry slip by 5:00 July 27, then you will receive a special invitation to our Summer Reading Program’s Break-in Room. Use your wits, knowledge, and puzzle skills to “break in” to the Taj Mahal - the prize - food and fun Indian style. R.S.V.P. by July 27.
* All adults signed-up for the Summer Reading Program and attending any of the adult and family Summer Reading Programs will receive a chance to win the Adult Summer Reading Program prizes.