M,F 9-5 p.m.

Tues. 3-8 p.m.

W,Th 9-8 p.m.

Sat. 9-noon

Hello everyone reading their county papers! It was awesome to get a couple of calls from last week’s article telling me what you were looking for and what you like. Also you encourage me to let you know what is happening in Van Meter and at your library. Thank you for calling!

Well last week the Dr. Who and Batman snow flakes were a success. They turned out beautiful. I gave the Tardis one I made(with Shannon’s help) to a friend and his wife. They put it on their Christmas tree. Speaking of Christmas trees, we had a patron buy a little one for our library and the decorations. Also there are more lights up, a Nativity scene and Michelle is decorating Christmas bulbs for the kids. Oh my goodness the library is so beautiful! Be sure to stop in and have coffee. We have bought some Cameron’s organic coffee to try. One is a Paradise blend and the other is Rain Forrest. They are quite good.

This week on the agenda we have the following: Wednesday night the trustees of the library are meeting with Maryann Mori from the state library on our long term plan for the library. We know in the short term we are looking at new desks and a counter. These meetings and input from the state library are open to the public, so feel free to join us. We are starting at 6:30pm this Wednesday and then our last board meeting of the year is December 23, 2013 at 6:30pm at the city hall. I want to say Thank you to our trustees and recognize them for all the work they do for our community and library. Thank you Rachael Backstrom, President, Lisa Boyd, Vice President, Amanda Durflinger and Dan Koster. We still have one opening on the board and I want to thank John Seefeld for his service this past year too!

Also on the agenda this week we have crafts and reading book club on Thursday. Crafts start at 6:30pm and the book club at 7pm. The book club had to cancel last month due to the ice so we will still be discussing "Wild Swans". I will hand out the next read so be sure to come as you won’t want to miss out.

Shannon B. will be showing us a craft which involves sticks and yarn. I don’t want to give anything away but it is for all ages again and it is the last one before Christmas. Shannon shared with me this week she crafted with her mom as a young child and I will tell you she is good. So come in and use your library and enjoy time with your family and friends.

I want to mention a few new items in your library: "Red 2" (someone called for this and it wasn’t in, I am sorry but give us a call now)," Epic", we have quite a few new Veggie Tales and on order we have the first season of "Dr. Who", "Breaking Bad" Season one and two and "Despicable Me 2".

New young adult reads are "Paper Towns" by John Green and "Eleanor & Park" (chosen as best on Goodreads 2013 for YA)

I also wanted to mention a few unusual biographies: "Blood Brothers" by Elias Chacour - this is an unforgettable story of a Palestinian Christian working for peace in Israel.

"Amanda Knox" - found guilty of her friend and roommates murder in Italy. Then in 2011 the conviction was overturned.

"The Invention of the Tycoon" by Edward Ball A Gilded Age murder and the birth of Motion Pictures.

"The Invention of Murder" by Judith Flanders How the Victorians reveled in death and detection and created modern crime. " The Real Deal - The Life of Bill Knapp" by William Friedricks - Bill is now 87. When the book was written, he told the author tell the good with the bad or it won’t be worth a damn. If these titles don’t grab you a few other books of interest we have: "Tenth of December" by George Saunders - this is short stories that teach us about being human.

We also have 2012 and 2013 Antique Tractor books put out by Heartland Communications. These have the prices and we have a couple of their other books with the beautiful pictures of antique tractors.

I have also ordered new audio books for our library so be sure to come see Jolena and Michelle. We will help you find what you are looking for.