KYL hosts 272 kids in March

Kids love a good read.

At the Kendall Young Library Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, library director Angie Martin-Schwarze said she had children’s librarian Linda Williams track the number of participants in children’s programs at the library.

In March, the library had 21 programs for kids, with 272 people in attendance for those events which include preschool story time, science club, a crafty readers program and more. That does not include the 15 classes from Sunset Elementary that visited, which is close to 300 students.

“It certainly is keeping the children’s department really busy,” Martin-Schwarze said.

In contrast, Martin-Schwarze said that last month hosted five adult programs with 30 participants in attendance.

The library is hosting several events in April. On April 15, author Charlotte Stone of Webster City will visit the library at 6:30 p.m. to discuss her recently published book, “Semi Serious: An Unexpected Journey to a Deeper Faith.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing during the visit.

Stone worked as a school teacher for many years, until she left the classroom and started training as a professional truck driver. In her book, Stone reflects on that changing period in her life, the people and things she encountered while on the road, and how her experiences inform her faith.

The library is collecting donations of used books and DVDs for the spring book sale. The sale is slated for April 24 through April 27, and donations will be accepted through April 22. Martin-Schwarze said donations have been trickling in, and the library still needs more donations, but she expects more will come.

“That week before is just like the phone is always ringing and people are always bringing things in,” Martin-Schwarze said.

The first day of the book sale, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., is only open to Friends of the Library members. Those wishing to join the Friends of the Library may do so at the door for $5. The sale will be open to all on April 25 through the 27.

Wrapping up the Kendall Young Library’s smart investing series, the library will host the program “Raising Money Smart Kids” on April 29. The program is hosted by the library and Iowa State Extension.

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Library will be this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. Larry Stone will be the guest speaker and will present the program, “Floating Through History: An Entertaining Look at Iowa’s Waterways.” Larry Stone is a nature photographer, writer, lecturer, and worked for the Des Moines Register from 1972 to 1997. A brief Friends of the Library business meeting will precede the presentation.