The Friends of the Library Christmas Basket Silent Auction to raise funds for the purchase of new Books on CD has begun! The auction and silent bidding began on Nov. 18 and continues for three weeks until Friday, Dec. 6. Bidders should stop in often to check their bids and win their favorite baskets. This is a great way to support your library and do some Christmas shopping. Julie Stewart Ziesman from AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy, a 28 area church coalition) will be presenting a brief overview of the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. The power-point presentation provides information concerning how the ACA may affect anyone wanting to purchase health insurance on Iowa’s Marketplace on the exchange. The 30-minute presentation focuses on the part of the Marketplace that services individuals and families and questions are welcomed.

Bonjur! We are excited to be hosting a Fancy Nancy Tea Party on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Please come in your fanciest dress and enjoy games and treats. Please contact the library to reserve your spot as soon as possible as space is limited. Your library is pleased to welcome Adel native James Hufferd to speak about his book "Troublesome Country" on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. This book "is a forceful statement of what is right about America – as well as a history of where we’ve gone off the track. With an array of fascinating, little-known details and stories from throughout our history, the author shows how each failure comes from betraying our own ideals, and calls for us to finally live up to them." The annual City of Adel Holiday Open House is Friday, Dec. 6 and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the library from 5-7 p.m. The Friends of the Library are sponsoring their visit and taking care of all the reindeer while Santa visits with kids, Ms. Elf will be doing face-painting, and Mrs. Claus does balloon art for kids of all ages.

Thanks to all those who came last month to watch movies with us. At our next Classic Movie Monday we’ll watch the beloved film "Man from Snowy River" starring the wonderful Kirk Douglas on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m; we’ll bring the popcorn! Please join Lori Glanz and Paula James on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and make Ginger Bread Houses. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while make this fun craft to decorate your home during the holidays.

December can be a stressful time and the Friends of the Library are here to help. Staff and Friends will be on hand to gift-wrap your Christmas presents for a free will donation while you look for something good to read. Gift wrapping is available during normal library hours from Monday, December 9th through Monday, Dec. 23.

Our Book Clubs are always welcoming new people to our fun-filled discussions. The library has two monthly adult book clubs that are open to everyone. The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, Dec. 12 at Noon to talk about "Wishin’ and Hopin’ a Christmas Story" by Wally Lamb. Due to the holidays our Evening Book Club will meet early this month, on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. to talk about the novel "Those we Love Most" by Lee Woodruff. The library has two great groups to help you stay healthy and fit. The morning Exercise Group meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9 a.m. every week. Our new evening Fitness Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.; this group will help you built your core strength and muscle tone. Both groups are free and always welcoming new people. Complete schedules are available at the information desk.

Dallas County Conservation will be at your library for a special story time on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. They will bring stories, activities, and artifacts to the library for a program about the natural world. Our last week of Children’s activities is Dec. 2 -6. Story Times and will return after the New Year in late January! Remember that all library programs are cancelled whenever local schools are closed due to inclement weather. In the last year we welcomed 46,075 people to your library, and we’d like to wish each and every one of you a safe and happy holiday season. The library will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we will close at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and will be closed on New Year’s Day. As always, information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on our website at, or you can follow us on our Facebook page or on Twitter at