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Humboldt Reads!

An enjoyable hour with an informal dinner and interactive book discussion!

Please join us for our November Humboldt Reads!  It will be held on Thursday, November 21st, 5:30 pm, at the Caribbean Coffeehouse in Humboldt, IA.  Attendees pay for their meal choice, but no pre-registration or monthly commitment is required.

This month’s selection is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

Book Info:

“Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast.  Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny’s wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoe, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody.

In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoe at his side.  Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life …. as only a dog could tell it.”

Attend the November Humboldt Reads! and you are welcome to a copy of the book by stopping in the library and requesting a copy after joining our discussion at the Caribbean Coffee House.

Please click here for a PDF flyer.

NOTE: Humboldt Reads will not meet in December or January. Thank you to all of our readers and attendees for making 2019 a reading success! Stop in the library and enjoy one of our many selections; February’s Humboldt Reads selection will be available in January.

If you have questions,
please call Julie Larsen
at the Humboldt Public Library.
(515)332-1925

 

 

Programs and Events

MUSIC AND MOCHA RETURNS STARTING NOVEMBER 8TH!

Visit the library and enjoy Music and Mocha every Friday from November 8th through February 14th.  During the hours of 10 am – 2 pm, we’ll be serving coffee, hot chocolate, and cider while light jazz music plays in the background.  Stop in and enjoy a very relaxing time at your HPL!

OCTOBER DISPLAY CASE EXHIBIT AND LIBRARY FUNDRAISER

“Why don’t you join the Navy with me?” It was the summer of 1944 when Madalyn Swearingen literally answered the call to serve. Madalyn was working in Des Moines when she received a call from her friend, Ruth Campbell Dockry, informing her that she had signed up to join the Navy WAVES. During the phone call, Ruth suggested to her, “Why don’t you join the navy with me?” Madalyn’s response to the sudden proposal was, “I guess I will.” The two young women immediately marched down to the office where they signed up, after only taking pause to send a telegram to Madalyn’s parents informing them of the sudden change in Madalyn’s life.

Madalyn attended Humboldt High School where she graduated alongside her classmates in 1940. She then attended Drake University in Des Moines for two years to obtain her teaching certificate. Madalyn taught for only two years before she bravely answered the call to serve her country.

This month we are very fortunate to have a display up at the Library, which features a WWII collection brought to us by Martha Schmidt and Diane Amundson from the Humboldt County Historical Museum.

This display goes along splendidly with our Humboldt Reads! novel: Stars Over Clear Lake written by Loretta Ellsworth. Ellsworth is scheduled to do an author’s visit on Wednesday, October 16th at 5:30 P.M. located here at the Library as a part of a fundraiser put together by the Humboldt Public Library Foundation. The event is free, but a free will donation is appreciated, as the Library Foundation strives to reach and deliver impartial assistance to the individuals of the Humboldt Community by gifting the key to information through books, agendas, and many other resources.

*Pictured below is Madalyn Swearinger and Linda Clasen, President of the Humboldt Public Library Foundation, posed with her uniform that is on display at the Library.*



Display Case Exhibit

OCTOBER DISPLAY CASE EXHIBIT AND LIBRARY FUNDRAISER

“Why don’t you join the Navy with me?” It was the summer of 1944 when Madalyn Swearingen literally answered the call to serve. Madalyn was working in Des Moines when she received a call from her friend, Ruth Campbell Dockry, informing her that she had signed up to join the Navy WAVES. During the phone call, Ruth suggested to her, “Why don’t you join the navy with me?” Madalyn’s response to the sudden proposal was, “I guess I will.” The two young women immediately marched down to the office where they signed up, after only taking pause to send a telegram to Madalyn’s parents informing them of the sudden change in Madalyn’s life.

Madalyn attended Humboldt High School where she graduated alongside her classmates in 1940. She then attended Drake University in Des Moines for two years to obtain her teaching certificate. Madalyn taught for only two years before she bravely answered the call to serve her country.

This month we are very fortunate to have a display up at the Library, which features a WWII collection brought to us by Martha Schmidt and Diane Amundson from the Humboldt County Historical Museum.

This display goes along splendidly with our Humboldt Reads! novel: Stars Over Clear Lake written by Loretta Ellsworth. Ellsworth is scheduled to do an author’s visit on Wednesday, October 16th at 5:30 P.M. located here at the Library as a part of a fundraiser put together by the Humboldt Public Library Foundation. The event is free, but a free will donation is appreciated, as the Library Foundation strives to reach and deliver impartial assistance to the individuals of the Humboldt Community by gifting the key to information through books, agendas, and many other resources.

*Pictured below is Madalyn Swearinger and Linda Clasen, President of the Humboldt Public Library Foundation, posed with her uniform that is on display at the Library.*



 

 

 

 

Quilt of the Month

NOVEMBER QUILT

This month’s quilt is on loan to us from the collection of Jan Jaqua. It was crafted in 2005 and is titled, “Sweet Potato Pie”.