Mannix

Sue Mannix, director of the Bettendorf Public Library Information Center

October is here and with the warm weather we’ve experienced recently, it barely feels like fall! But, before we know it, the temperatures will drop and the brisk feel of autumn will be in the air. That’s often the time Midwesterners start to move indoors and brace ourselves for the winter to come. Brrr…..

But, before we move into thoughts of fall and winter, I’d like to share a few reflections on the very busy summer season recently experienced at the Bettendorf Public Library. From May to August, area residents enjoyed a wide variety of free fun and educational opportunities with an invitation to explore, learn, innovate and create through programs like the eight-week Summer Reading Program for youth and adults; an 11-week Summer Concert Series at Faye’s Field; a great Eclipse Viewing Party; and the annual Learning Campus Discovery Fair provided in collaboration with our friends at the Family Museum. Of course, these larger events were in addition to regular year-round library programming which includes great children’s story-times, reading challenges and book discussions, Brown Bag Lunch, Senior Day, author visits, Creation Studio Drop-ins and Artists in Residence events, Trax in the Stacks, cooking programs, gaming events, films and the list goes on. In fact, over the summer, the library offered 352 separate programs serving a total of 18,356 attendees. It was a summer jam-packed with learning, laughter, sharing, and community fun. On behalf of the library staff, I’d like to thank Bettendorf and area residents for spending time at the library this summer. Time flies when you’re having fun!

Following the very busy summer season, library staff wasted no time in developing a fresh batch of exciting and engaging activities for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, which promise to be both entertaining and enlightening. Of course, regularly scheduled year-round library programs continue, with the addition of few notable seasonal programs like Global Gathering Korea (September-October), Toddler Reading Program (October), and Winter Reading Programs for all ages (January-February). Details on upcoming library programs and activities can be found on the library’s calendar of events or in the Pages newsletter, available on the BPL website at bettendorflibrary.com, or check us out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

The Bettendorf Public Library is able to provide so many innovative and unique programs and events through the generous support of the Bettendorf Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library. The Friends of the Library will hold its upcoming Fall Book Fair on Oct. 6-8 at the Library. The Bettendorf Library Foundation has scheduled a special dinner theater event on Oct. 26 at Tanglewood Pavilion to raise funds toward the purchase of local art for public display at the library and the restoration of the library’s beloved Cat-in-the-Hat wooden sculpture. You can find additional details for both events on the Library’s website — click on the Contribute tab and select the link to the Foundation or Friends page. Please consider supporting both events. We couldn't do what we do, without your support.

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