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Assorted News

New books, memorial books, holiday hours, ABCmouse, lego donations, new book club

Public Resource Technology Center - Orient Public Library
Serving the Orient-Macksburg School and residents of both communities
641.337.5061 X124

Hours: Normal library hours resume on Monday, January 5, hours are 2:00 - 6:00 pm weekdays and 10 am - 12 noon Saturdays. However, the public library will be open Friday, January 2, 2:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday January 3, 10:00 am - 12 noon.

The public library is CLOSED whenever the school is closed due to inclement weather, this includes early dismissals. Also, closed Saturday morning if the weather is snowy/icy. Call the public library anytime when in doubt about hours, 641.337.5061 X124.

Saturday Specials: Join us at the public library this winter on Saturday mornings. Plans are being made for a variety of presentations and coffees. A complete schedule will be available soon. First session will be January 10:
    January 10 Saturday Coffee 9:30 am

Adopt-A-Book: Thank you to all the donors for being part of Adopt-A-Book this year. Many individuals donated children’s books such as Emeraldicious and Little Red Hen to books by popular adult authors, Karen Kingsbury, James Patterson and Beverly Lewis. Also, thank you to Farmers & Merchants Bank, Orient Lions Club, and Orient Mens Club for donating new books to the public library. This program helps to make the public library a better place!

ABCmouse: The public library is now offering ABCmouse for patrons to use on the library computers. ABCmouse is a comprehensive early learning site for children ages 2 through 6+, covering reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music. There are more than 3,500 learning activities and 450 lessons, including online books, interactive learning activities, games, puzzles, songs, art activities, and more. No cost to patrons when logged on at the library.

Lego donations:  Seeking donations of good, clean, used legos to be used for a new lego club at the public library.

Memorial donations: Recent memorial donations at the public library are: In Memory of Ken Morrison, Carol Kramer, Elizabeth Lundstedt, Emily Eivins, Kathleen Britten, Connie Gissible Lyles, and Bill Gissible. Memorial books for Ken Morrison are Mountain Extremes by Gillian Richardson, Ish by Peter H. Reynolds, and Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds. Ish is a picture books about a boy who crumples up all his drawings because they aren’t “right”. His sister finds the drawings and hangs them all up. She tells him this vase of flowers looks vase-ish. And so he started drawing again, and everything became "ish", house-ish, fish-ish, etc.

In memory of Carol Kramer is Everything Kids’ Cookbook: From MAC 'n Cheese to Double Chocolate Chip Cookies--90 Recipes to Have Some Fingerlickin' Fun by Sandra K Nissenberg. The book in memory of Elizabeth Lundstedt is Song of Middle C by Alison McGhee. Elizabeth spent many years tuning pianos at the O-M School. Emily Eivins' memorial book is Fancy Nancy: Aspiring Artist by Jane O'Connor.

Kathleen Britten worked at the O-M School for several years and before that served on the school board. The O-M Staff donated two picture books in her memory, Maple by Lori Nichols and Pete the Cat and the New Guy by James Dean. Other children's books donated in Kathleen's memory are The Three Little Kittens by Jerry Pinkney and Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop. An adult book celebrating the scenic beauty of Spectacular Ireland was also added to the library collection in memory of Kathleen Britten.

Connie Gissible Lyles and Bill Gissible were both O-M graduates and four books were donated in their memory from the Love Finds You In series. Stop by the library to check out any of these memorial books!

The new book club at the public library met on December 3 with seven people in attendance. The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 14 at 4:30 pm and they will read Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. Plans are to meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm. New members are still welcome!

The adult book club that has been reading together since 2003 is starting 2015 reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Meeting dates are the fourth Thursday of the month at 4:00 pm. A complete schedule for the year will soon be available and will be posted on the library’s website at

New Books: Recent additions are: The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman, Hope to Die by James Patterson, Lila by Marilyn Robinson, and three books by Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline.

The Look of Love and Goodnight June are Sarah Jio’s newest books at the library. Many patrons will remember her book, Blackberry Winter. The library now has six books by Sarah Jio.

Love Finds You In is a popular series set in various locations around the United States. Valentine, Nebraka and Homestead, Iowa are two of the eight locations. The public library now has eight titles in the series. Find the remainder of the titles in the online library catalog., then click on “Library Catalog”.

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