March is here and spring is almost sprung! We have some exciting events at your library this spring, including a new Science Camp over spring break and a fun Sherlock Holmes presentation from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. We are also very excited to host our 2nd Annual How To Festival on the first Saturday in April and co-host the first ever Dallas County Library Association Toddler Festival on the second Saturday in April. Adel Public Library has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called Sherlock Holmes in Turn-of-the-Century Britain by Dr. Richard Caplan on Saturday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities. The stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have inspired generations of readers devoted to Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Richard Caplan, an authority on Sherlock Holmes, recently published a book concerning Doyle’s famous detective. This special interest in the subject also allows exploration of life in Britain at the start of the twentieth century, as well as providing much enjoyment. Using his background in medicine and his love of literature, Dr. Caplan explores the persisting phenomenon of the great detective’s astounding longevity. This program is free, and open to the public, and if you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance please call 515-993-3512 in advance of the program. To get us into the sleuthing mood, we’ll be showing the movie “Sherlock Holmes” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Judd Law on our big screen on Friday, March 21 at 11 a.m. During March 17-21your library will have an exciting Scales and Tales Science Camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Each day from 2-4 p.m. we’ll learn about snakes, frogs, turtles, and lizards, and herps and how these incredible animals are alike and how they are different. On the last day of the camp Blank Park Zoo will visit the library. Please sign-up your kids by March 14 as space is limited.
In addition to our regular weekly children’s activities we have three other events in March:
• Our Lego League will gather together to build all kinds of creative things on Monday, February March 3 at 4 p.m. Come build with us!
• Our Early Out Movie for all school-aged children is on Tuesday, March 11th when we’ll be watching “Monster’s University” on our big screen at 2 p.m.; we’ll bring the popcorn!
The always exciting Dallas County Conservationist will host a nature themed story time on Tuesday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. We decided to revisit the classic teen movie “Sixteen Candles” at our next Classic Movie Monday. Join us on Monday, March 10 at 2 p.m. Our book clubs are always welcoming new people to our fun-filled discussions. The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, March 13 at noon to talk about the novel “Impatient with Desire: the Lost Journal of Tamsen Donner” by Gabrielle Burton. The Evening Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. to talk about the novel “Dark Places” by New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn. Your library will be hosting our second annual ‘How To Festival’ on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and take a short ‘how to’ class where you will learn ‘how to’ do something new. Full information about classes and presenters is available online at Adelpl.org. The Dallas County Library Association and 4 R Kids ECI are hosting a Dallas County Toddler Festival on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon in the community building at the Dallas County Fairgrounds. We’ll have two hours of free activities dedicated to toddlers and their caregivers and each child will receive a free book just for attending the festival! Information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on our website at Adelpl.org , or you can follow us on our Facebook page, on Twitter at Twitter.com/AdelLibrary, or on Pinterest at Pinterest.com/adelpl.