Lifelong Learners held a craft event at the Perry Public Library on Monday, Feb. 25. The series provides an assortment of entertainment to those who are looking for activities during the daytime.


Media Librarian, Jill Cook, has been in charge of the program since 2011. Cook pays attention to ongoing trends in the world and incorporates those trends into a morning or evening activity.


On Monday’s event, Lifelong Learners created keychain lanyards using small black rope, multicolored string and an iron. Coffee and cookies were offered to those who crafted, while giggles were shared by those who struggled with the D.I.Y. project.


All Lifelong Learners programs are free and open the public, but they generally cater to the retirement folk. Cook believes the variety of entertainment is beneficial for the retired community, providing them with a means to socialize with others as well as continue education through activities.


“I also think it’s a good way to offer events to bring people into the library to see what libraries are today,” Cook said. “They [libraries] are more than books.”


On March 27 Lifelong Learners will have “Meditation and Mindfulness” from 9-11 a.m.


According to the Perry Public Library Newsletter, special guest, Emily Smith, LISW from Prairie Wellness in Des Moines, will speak to the crowd about mindfulness practices, mindfulness based stress reduction, and guided meditation. This program will focus on tending to stress.


The event is open to the public and Cook hopes the Lifelong Learners series will continue to bring recognition to the importance of having a public library.


“It’s a way to get them in and see what’s out there, and realize what a treasure it is to have a public library in your community,” Cook said.