Summer is drawing to a close as we prepare for an exciting fall here at the Adel Public Library. September brings the fourth annual All Dallas County Reads 1 Book programs in Granger and Perry, our second annual Anything Goes Gift Basket Silent Auction benefitting our Friends Foundation, as well as changes to our children’s programming.


The Dallas County Library Association will once again present a county-wide READ program with a twist this year. Two county-wide READ programs are planned – one will be a fiction book in September followed by a nonfiction book in October.


Donald Harstad’s November Rain is the fiction selection. Mr. Harstad is an Iowa author and former police officer specializing in crime fiction and police procedurals. He had a 26-year career with the Sheriff’s Department of Clayton County, Iowa, retiring as a Deputy Sheriff. His first novel, Eleven Days, was based on a case he worked on during that time. Mr. Harstad will be presenting an Author/Book Talk at the Granger Community Building on Sept. 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. following by a book signing. His books will be available for sale at the event by Beaverdale Books.


Dan Gable’s “A Wrestling Life 2” is the nonfiction selection. Mr. Gable is a retired American Olympic wrestler and head coach. He is best known for his tenure as head coach at the University of Iowa where he won 15 NCAA team titles between 1976 and 1997. He is also famous for having only lost one match (182-1) in his entire Iowa State University collegiate career – his last – and winning a gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, while not giving up a single point. Tickets are on sale at each of the 12 Dallas County Libraries for the Author Meet and Greet at the Hotel Pattee on October 19, 2017, 5:30pm-6:30pm. The Meet and Greet will be an opportunity to enjoy hors d’ouerves and meet Mr. Gable. The ticketed event will be followed by a free Author/Book Talk at the Perry Performing Art Center at 7pm followed by book signing. His books will be available for sale at the event by Beaverdale Books.


This September, Friends of the Adel Public Library Foundation will have their second annual Anything Goes Basket Silent Auction. Starting the week of Labor Day, we will be collecting baskets at the library and the silent auction will then run September 11th through September 29th at 5:00p.m. The money raised will be used to purchase a new charging stations for the second floor. Put your thinking caps on and surprise us with a basket that will be the hit of the silent auction! Please stop by the library to pick up the form that you will need to turn in when you bring in your basket.


We have four weekly programs for toddlers and preschoolers; Wee Sing every Monday and Thursday and Wee Read every Tuesday and Wednesday. Fall programs begin on Monday, September 11th and each of these programs meet in the story time room at 10:30 am.


Come see a movie on the big screen as Wee Watch “Boss Baby” on Wednesday, September 13th at 2:00 pm.


Join us as Wee Build LEGOs™ on Monday, September 25th at 1:00 pm.


The 2017 Iowa Honey Queen, Carly Raye Vannoy, will be sharing about honeybees, honey, and beekeeping on Tuesday, September 26th at 6:30 pm. Participants will learn about the superorganism of honeybees, how bees make mummies, the strange use of beehives in medieval Europe, the color of mystery honey, and so much more! Come find out why we want to save the bees, and how we can make that happen!


As always, information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on Facebook and our website at www.adelpl.org.