Winterset Public Library

Winterset Public Library The mission of the Winterset Public Library is to provide library resources for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people in the community.
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Need tips on how to talk to your kids at this time of uncertainty?

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Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

03/19/2020
https://explore.org/livecamsCheck out Explore.org! Not only are the Decorah Eagles being live streamed, but many other f...
03/19/2020

https://explore.org/livecams
Check out Explore.org! Not only are the Decorah Eagles being live streamed, but many other fascinating animal cams.

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03/18/2020
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03/18/2020
A reminder from the library: keep your kids' brains active while they're home with Brainfuse.  Just click on the Brainfu...
03/18/2020

A reminder from the library: keep your kids' brains active while they're home with Brainfuse. Just click on the Brainfuse HelpNow button on the library's homepage at www.wintersetlibrary.org/.

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03/17/2020

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03/09/2020

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03/08/2020

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03/06/2020
Dream Big Dreams and the Madisonian Explorer Page is partnering with the Winterset Public Library to provide monthly "Ex...
03/06/2020

Dream Big Dreams and the Madisonian Explorer Page is partnering with the Winterset Public Library to provide monthly "Explore Madison County"
exhibits. The March exhibit features Women's History Month and Iowa History Month including free hands on activities and giveaways related to the topics that are featured in the Madisonian March Explorer Page. There is a word puzzle, Susan B Anthony coin craft, jigsaw puzzle, photo op challenge, and free calendars from the League of Women Voters. Stop in the Winterset Public Library to celebrate Women's History and Iowa History in March!

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03/04/2020

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Dinner idea to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday - green eggs & ham!
03/02/2020

Dinner idea to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday - green eggs & ham!

Winterset Public Library
03/02/2020

Winterset Public Library

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03/02/2020

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02/28/2020

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The Winterset Public Library now has free notary service available to the public.  This service is available when the No...
02/27/2020

The Winterset Public Library now has free notary service available to the public. This service is available when the Notary Public is working. Please call ahead to make sure they are in.

Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and co...
02/27/2020

Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. All movies are free and there is no registration required. The library will provide free popcorn; please bring your own beverage.

#truestorytuesday#blackhistorybooksIn May 1961, despite multiple Supreme Court rulings, segregation remained alive and w...
02/25/2020

#truestorytuesday
#blackhistorybooks
In May 1961, despite multiple Supreme Court rulings, segregation remained alive and well within the system of interstate travel. All across the American South, interstate buses as well as their travel facilities were divided racially. This blatant disregard for law and morality spurred the Congress of Racial Equality to send thirteen individuals—seven black, six white—on a harrowing bus trip throughout the South as a sign of protest.
While much has been written on the Freedom Rides, far less has been published about the individual riders. Join award-winning author B. J. Hollars as he sets out on his own journey to meet them, retracing the historic route and learning the stories of as many surviving riders as he could.

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02/24/2020

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Today is National Love Your Pet Day - cuddle up and read to them!
02/20/2020

Today is National Love Your Pet Day - cuddle up and read to them!

The Board of Trustees is accepting applications for Library Director through March 1 - our library is a great place to w...
02/19/2020

The Board of Trustees is accepting applications for Library Director through March 1 - our library is a great place to work and Winterset is a fabulous community to live and serve!

Winterset Public Library is a great place to visit and work! Join the team - we are looking for a new director!

#truestorytuesday #blackhistorymonthFeb. 18, 1931 - Toni Morrison (born ChloeAnthony Wofford), who will win the Pulitzer...
02/18/2020

#truestorytuesday #blackhistorymonth
Feb. 18, 1931 - Toni Morrison (born Chloe
Anthony Wofford), who will win the Pulitzer
Prize for her novel Beloved, was born on
this day in Lorain, Ohio.
This documentary reflects on the life and work of American acclaimed novelist and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. The Pieces I Am shows an intimate reflection of Morrison's work on the exploration of America and race. It includes discussions about many of her critically acclaimed novels and her career as an editor. The documentary features interviews with Angela Davis, Hilston Als, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez, Farah Griffin, and Oprah Winfrey.~Paola Diego

Look at the great cookies that Ellen Wade provided for Susan B Anthony's 200th birthday today at the library.  Aren't th...
02/15/2020

Look at the great cookies that Ellen Wade provided for Susan B Anthony's 200th birthday today at the library. Aren't they amazing?! Thanks to Dream Big Dreams for making this event possible.

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02/15/2020

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02/15/2020

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Do you have a character or author that you would like to have as your special Valentine?
02/14/2020

Do you have a character or author that you would like to have as your special Valentine?

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02/12/2020

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02/11/2020
#truestorytuesday#blackhistorybooksFeb. 10, 1964 - After 12 days of debate andvoting on 125 amendments, the U.S. Houseof...
02/11/2020

#truestorytuesday
#blackhistorybooks
Feb. 10, 1964 - After 12 days of debate and
voting on 125 amendments, the U.S. House
of Representatives passed the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 by a vote of 290-130.

02/11/2020
Parasite: Bong Joon-ho's historic Oscars win celebrated in South Korea

Congratulations to South Korea on their very first Academy Award for Best Picture! Parasite is an amazing and original piece of art too. Please check it out here at the Winterset Public Library if you are up for a thrill.

South Korean film Parasite dominated the Academy Awards with its haul including best picture and director for Bong Joon-ho. The comedy-crime-drama also won t...

Come in during the month of February and show some love for the new exhibit in our display cases!!
02/10/2020

Come in during the month of February and show some love for the new exhibit in our display cases!!

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123 N 2nd St
Winterset, IA
50273

General information

Library History Evolving since the 1870's the library has become an important part of our community. In the years around the middle of the 1870's Winterset had 18 lawyers, 16 doctors, 4 hotels, 16 churches and 2,400 residents. Some citizens were concerned about the young men and women of this community at a time when the temperence movement was being revived. It was decided to establish a library where young people, especially the young men, could have a place to read and meet as friends. Business men collected money and invested in 100 books. The Young Men's Christian Association was to keep the books and loan them to readers. This arrangement did not work out. The books were given to the Women's Christian Temperance Union to care for and loan to readers. The rooms where the books were kept for loan were known as Reading Rooms. One of the first rooms was tended by C. Schwaner, a harness dealer, who gave the use of two front rooms on the second story of his new building on E. Court Ave (second building from the intersection of Court Ave and John Wayne Drive) rent free for one year. Interested persons gave tables, chairs, lamps, books and stoves to equip the rooms. Some of the donors were J.S. McCaughan, a lawyer; Dr. D.C. Bevington, a livestock dealer, realtor and president of National Bank of Winterset; and Reverand Henry Wallace, a Presbyterian minister. The North wing of the top floor of the courthouse was also a Reading Room until 1855 when the Women's Christian Temperance Union disbanded. Following the disbanding, the County Superintendent of Schools, E.R. Zeller, took and cared for the books for four years. Rooms again had to be secured in 1889 as the number of books kept growing. The new Reading Rooms were on the second floor of a building on the west side of the square owned by S.E. Catterlin, a harness maker. Today we know the building as Security Loan & Abstract Co. Around this time Mary Cassidy expressed interest in helping to found a library. She was appointed Librarian in 1891 and served the library for almost 30 years. Her first home for her library was probably in S.E. Catterlin's building. Colonel Cummings, a lawyer, landowner and editor of the Madisonian erected a new building at 110 W. Court Ave (where Clark's TV now resides). This new building was leased to the library and the books were moved there in November of 1900. Since 1891, there was evident interest in a permamnent library building. The city voted a permanent library, supported by the city and a tax levy for maintenance. This was accepted by the Council and the first library Board was orgnized in 1894. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, Andrew Carnegie was distributing money at home and abroad for 1500 libraries. At this time, Indianola, Iowa had a Carnegie library, so a letter was written to Mr. Carnegie and an answer dated February 11, 1904 came to the Library Board of Trustees. The children of C.D. Bevington, S.G. Bevington and Mrs. L.M. Alexander gave 66 feet for the site of the library. It was decide a few years later that more land would be needed for the size of the building. The city bought 1/3 lot joining on the east of the Bevington land from Cummings for $1300. The Bevington family stipulated that a proper memorial be placed in or on the building. In 1991, the Library Board placed a bronze plaque near the North entrance. Construction of the library began in 1904. The first seven feet above ground was made of native stone finished in pitch face. This stone came from the ground of the first stone courthouse that burned in 1875. Workmen removed the foundation stones of the fence formerly around the courthouse yard, cleaned them and carried them to the library site. The library opened on June 16, 1905. The building to longest serve Winterset as its library now serves as city hall. Lincoln Township began contracting for use of the libary in 1916. Gradually thereafter, other townships and towns signed contracts to use the Winterset Public Library. During the depression in 1933, when people could not pay their taxes, there was no librarian for one month. Members of the Board took turns keeping the building open for reading purposes only. The city refused to pay for lights, the telephone was removed, shorter hours took effect, the Librarian's salary cut to $50 a month and there was no extra help and no assistant librarian. The Estate of Martha Crawford gave the library a carrara marble statue and base in 1943. Martha was the wife of A.W. Crawford who, with his brother and father, was in the grocery business in Winterset and later delved in real estate and abstract business. After his retirement, he and Martha travelled extensively in Europe and the Holy Land. This status, no doubt, was purchased during one of those trips. Italy is famous for carrara marble. Friends of Daniel J. Gallery, who died in 1964, gave money to landscape the grounds. Mont Johnson furnished and placed a plaque in his honor at the North entrance of the building. Library activities grew throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's. More space was needed and serious talk about renovating the basement began. Representatives of the library drove to Mason City in October of 1978 to meet with the trustees of the Kinney-Lindstrom Foundation and ask for financial help. It bore fruit; the library was given $15,000 - a great help to the total renovation costs which totaled $25,256. Other help came from the Kitty Griffen Fund ($1,500), Masonic Lodge ($7,437) and proceeds from public auction of some of the old library furniture ($4,379).

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(515) 462-1731

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A very special "thank you" to a beautiful lady who has served our community and our Library very well. Jean has been our Library Director for the past 3 1/2 years. Her enthusiasm and energy for her job have resulted in new and expanded programs and services for all of us. We are very happy for Jean as she starts her new position as the Library Director for Norwalk! Although we will miss her at the Library, Jean will continue to call Winterset her home. We still get to keep her and her heart for serving in our wonderful town.......where the beautiful hearts of many, make this an amazing town for everyone. 🙂 If you are around today or tomorrow stop in the Library and wish her well. 🙂
The library will be closing Friday, January 17 at noon due to the inclement weather. Stay safe!
"The petition of citizens of the county for the use of the court house for exhibitions for the purpose of procuring funds to procure a public library was heard and granted on condition that petitioners defray all cost of lighting and warming the room and be liable for all damages done." Minutes of the Madison County Supervisors-Jan. 4, 1872
Winterset Public Library do you maintain a collection of of vinyl records? I have a pretty great collection of records, and, as I'm preparing my will, I would like to donate my collection to you. But I'd like to know if the library would appreciate that and that patrons might take advantage of at least a few of the records.
Tomorrow's Geri-Fit classes (morning and afternoon) have been cancelled due to the chilly weather - stay warm & safe!
Due to inclement weather, the library will be closed today. Geri-Fit classes and Tiny Tykes Story Time will not be held. Stay safe & warm!
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We have a great library every one should take advantage of this, 👏
Thank you soooo much for bringing in a representative and animals from Blank Park Zoo to teach the children about different creatures :) It was wonderful