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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9:30 in the park Story Time is a-hopping And the free children’s books are sure to be popping!
06/22/2021

9:30 in the park Story Time is a-hopping
And the free children’s books are sure to be popping!

9:30 in the park Story Time is a-hopping
And the free children’s books are sure to be popping!

#truestorytuesday #newmaterialsA New York Times Notable Book  The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of m...
06/22/2021

#truestorytuesday #newmaterials
A New York Times Notable Book
The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary--and literary history.
The making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.
Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman "is the linguistic detective story of the decade." (William Safire, New York Times Magazine)
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more

#truestorytuesday #newmaterials
A New York Times Notable Book
The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary--and literary history.
The making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.
Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman "is the linguistic detective story of the decade." (William Safire, New York Times Magazine)
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more

It's a beautiful Summer Solstice day and also International Yoga Day. Not only do we have a selection of books and DVD's...
06/21/2021

It's a beautiful Summer Solstice day and also International Yoga Day. Not only do we have a selection of books and DVD's to help you get started in Yoga, but we also subscribe to Yoga Journal! Come in and check them out!

It's a beautiful Summer Solstice day and also International Yoga Day. Not only do we have a selection of books and DVD's to help you get started in Yoga, but we also subscribe to Yoga Journal! Come in and check them out!

Are you ready?
06/21/2021

Are you ready?

Are you ready?

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06/19/2021

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Happy National Go Fishing Day! Whether you're an experienced angler or new to fishing, we have plenty of books to choose...
06/18/2021

Happy National Go Fishing Day! Whether you're an experienced angler or new to fishing, we have plenty of books to choose from full of tips, tricks, and advice.

Happy National Go Fishing Day! Whether you're an experienced angler or new to fishing, we have plenty of books to choose from full of tips, tricks, and advice.

50 years ago Mary Bales, Mary Jones, Carla Scholten, Becky Montross, Sharon Jordan, Linda Griffith, and Connie Madsen we...
06/17/2021

50 years ago Mary Bales, Mary Jones, Carla Scholten, Becky Montross, Sharon Jordan, Linda Griffith, and Connie Madsen were straight-A students at WHS. And Chief Lawrence Hooper resigned his post in order to operate a Sinclair service station.
https://www.wintersetlibrary.org/winterset-newspapers-digitized/

50 years ago Mary Bales, Mary Jones, Carla Scholten, Becky Montross, Sharon Jordan, Linda Griffith, and Connie Madsen were straight-A students at WHS. And Chief Lawrence Hooper resigned his post in order to operate a Sinclair service station.
https://www.wintersetlibrary.org/winterset-newspapers-digitized/

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06/17/2021

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06/17/2021

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06/16/2021

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#newmaterials #truestorytuesdayExperience the exciting and heartwarming world of the March sisters and Little Women righ...
06/15/2021

#newmaterials #truestorytuesday
Experience the exciting and heartwarming world of the March sisters and Little Women right in your own kitchen. Here at last is the first cookbook to celebrate the scrumptious and comforting foods that play a prominent role in Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women. If your family includes a Little Women fan, or if you yourself are one, with this book you can keep the magic and wonder of the beloved tale alive for years to come.

#newmaterials #truestorytuesday
Experience the exciting and heartwarming world of the March sisters and Little Women right in your own kitchen. Here at last is the first cookbook to celebrate the scrumptious and comforting foods that play a prominent role in Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women. If your family includes a Little Women fan, or if you yourself are one, with this book you can keep the magic and wonder of the beloved tale alive for years to come.

If you haven't made it in to see Maggie's exhibit, mark it on your to do list!
06/14/2021

If you haven't made it in to see Maggie's exhibit, mark it on your to do list!

If you haven't made it in to see Maggie's exhibit, mark it on your to do list!

06/14/2021

Although it is Flag Day, Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, June 14, 2021 to honor Army Cpl. Eldert J. Beek, of Sibley, Iowa. Cpl. Beek's remains will be buried with full military honors by the Iowa National Guard.

Cpl. Beek was 20-years-old when his unit was attacked on December 1, 1950, by enemy forces near the Chosin reservoir in North Korea. After the battle, his remains could not be recovered. Fifty-five boxes purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War were turned over by North Korea in 2018 following the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. Beek’s remains have since been identified.

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06/14/2021

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It's National Sewing Machine Day! Did you know Winterset Library has one you can borrow? Our "Library of Things" has lot...
06/13/2021

It's National Sewing Machine Day! Did you know Winterset Library has one you can borrow? Our "Library of Things" has lots of fun and useful items you can check out!

It's National Sewing Machine Day! Did you know Winterset Library has one you can borrow? Our "Library of Things" has lots of fun and useful items you can check out!

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06/12/2021

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06/12/2021

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#onthisday #librarynonfictionAnne Frank (1929-1945) was born in Frankfurt, Germany. She is perhaps the best known victim...
06/12/2021

#onthisday #librarynonfiction
Anne Frank (1929-1945) was born in Frankfurt, Germany. She is perhaps the best known victim of the N**i Holocaust. Anne and her family moved from Germany to Amsterdam to flee N**i persecution, then went into hiding in a small attic after Holland was invaded by N**is. Anne, a girl on the verge of womanhood, was unable to go outside for any reason. In 1942, she began a diary to cope with the boredom, fear, annoyances, and loneliness of captivity. Her family's hiding place was eventually discovered and Anne and her family were deported to N**i concentration camps. She contracted typhus and died at Bergen-Belsen in 1945. After the war, her father published her diary, which inspired the world, revealing a young woman who had managed to remain hopeful, despite it all.

50 years ago Winterset scouts Roy Worrall, Colon Gunter, David Kordick, Phil Soliday, Steve Parker, Tim Nichols, Marty K...
06/10/2021

50 years ago Winterset scouts Roy Worrall, Colon Gunter, David Kordick, Phil Soliday, Steve Parker, Tim Nichols, Marty Kephart, and Ralph Gunter picked up over 100 bags of litter on county roads.
https://www.wintersetlibrary.org/winterset-newspapers-digitized/

50 years ago Winterset scouts Roy Worrall, Colon Gunter, David Kordick, Phil Soliday, Steve Parker, Tim Nichols, Marty Kephart, and Ralph Gunter picked up over 100 bags of litter on county roads.
https://www.wintersetlibrary.org/winterset-newspapers-digitized/

Celebrate Judy Garland's birthday and check out our copy of The Wizard of Oz, one of the movies she is best remembered f...
06/10/2021

Celebrate Judy Garland's birthday and check out our copy of The Wizard of Oz, one of the movies she is best remembered for. This musical adventure is a genuine family classic that made Judy a star for her heartfelt performance as Dorothy Gale

Celebrate Judy Garland's birthday and check out our copy of The Wizard of Oz, one of the movies she is best remembered for. This musical adventure is a genuine family classic that made Judy a star for her heartfelt performance as Dorothy Gale

Today at noon.
06/09/2021

Today at noon.

Today at noon.

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06/09/2021

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All we can say is WOW!!! You showed up in a big way this morning for our first story time in the park!!  75 craft bags h...
06/08/2021

All we can say is WOW!!! You showed up in a big way this morning for our first story time in the park!! 75 craft bags had been made for the week, gone in an hour!!! We will be better prepared moving forward!!! If you could not make it this morning we will be doing Story Time at the Winterset Aquatic Center at 5:00pm on Tuesdays during Toddler Time!!! Tiffany will be there this evening with some fun fishy stories!!!

All we can say is WOW!!! You showed up in a big way this morning for our first story time in the park!! 75 craft bags had been made for the week, gone in an hour!!! We will be better prepared moving forward!!! If you could not make it this morning we will be doing Story Time at the Winterset Aquatic Center at 5:00pm on Tuesdays during Toddler Time!!! Tiffany will be there this evening with some fun fishy stories!!!

We're so excited we're struggling to rhymeOn account of today we have STORY TIME!And what's even better is it's outdoors...
06/08/2021

We're so excited we're struggling to rhyme
On account of today we have STORY TIME!
And what's even better is it's outdoors
on a beautiful day in Winterset of course!
See and borrow new books or grab what's free
and enjoy our public library!

Tomorrow! Bring your kiddos!

06/07/2021
Tomorrow! Bring your kiddos!
06/07/2021

Tomorrow! Bring your kiddos!

Tomorrow! Bring your kiddos!

Come in and get signed up!
06/05/2021

Come in and get signed up!

Come in and get signed up!

It’s a gorgeous day and summer reading’s on!And what better than some FREE children’s books to take home?
06/04/2021

It’s a gorgeous day and summer reading’s on!
And what better than some FREE children’s books to take home?

It’s a gorgeous day and summer reading’s on!
And what better than some FREE children’s books to take home?

This month kids can stop by the library to pick up an Explore Madison County packet.  Once completed, it can be exchange...
06/04/2021

This month kids can stop by the library to pick up an Explore Madison County packet. Once completed, it can be exchanged for a gift certificate for free ice cream!

This month kids can stop by the library to pick up an Explore Madison County packet. Once completed, it can be exchanged for a gift certificate for free ice cream!

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06/03/2021

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We are happy to be starting Story Time again next week!
06/02/2021

We are happy to be starting Story Time again next week!

We are happy to be starting Story Time again next week!

Address

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 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(515) 462-1731

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Can our library consider curb side pick up? Clive, Urbandale, and other metro libraries are doing similar.
I see the Iowa Governor has lifted the closures of libraries. Of course with social distancing and 50% capacity. Do you plan to reopen this Friday May 1st? I’ve tried calling to only get an answering machine........
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!
Have you seen this article?
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