Iowa Foods, A Marvelous Movie Night, and Get Ready For Summer Reading!

Savor Iowa’s food history with author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby’s program Adventures in Iowa’s Culinary History. Maulsby serves up fascinating tidbits and cooking tips related to more than 150 years of Iowa cuisine and ethnic food traditions, from all corners of the state, with stories that include Iowa’s classic breaded pork tenderloins, church dinners, the historic Younkers Tea Room, Laura Ingalls Wilder and more.
We will be watching the movie, Brad’s Status, starring Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, and Jenna Fischer. When Brad starts to compare his comfortable, middle class life with his college friends’ wealthy lifestyle, an inner crisis occurs and he wonders if he made the right life choices.
The Book to Movie Club will read, and then watch in June, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress written in 2001 by Dai Sijie. This semi-autobiographical novel is about two teenage boys during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), one a genius storyteller and the other a fine musician. They are assigned to re-education through labor and are sent to work in the coal mines and with the rice crop. The two boys fall in love with the Little Seamstress and residents of the small farming village are delighted by the stories the two teenagers retell from classic literature and movies that they have seen. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is the perfect movie to watch in June during our Libraries Rock!  Adult Summer Reading Program.  So, read the book in May and then watch the movie in June.
Get ready for the Adult Summer Reading Program! We will have our kick-off party/open house and begin registration on May 30 from 12:30-8:00 PM. We have a lot of great prizes and programs for adults to fit our theme Libraries Rock! Just sign-up to join the program and read. One book or ten picture books (for those with little kids who cannot find time to read a “grown-up” book) gives you a chance to enter in our weekly drawing for great prizes. The library has a variety of books to check-out, but the books do not have to be library books.  Audio and e-books count as well!