Perry Public Library announces January programs

Special to the Chief
The Perry Public Library will feature various programs, in person and online, this January.

Winter Reading Programs Underway at the Library 

It’s not too late to participate in the 2021-22 Winter Reading Programs at Perry Public Library. Programs for adults, teens, and children (infants-fifth grade) continue through February. Register online or in person at the library. Earn incentive prizes, enter monthly prize-drawings, and earn chances for the grand prize drawings. Everyone is invited to read with us this winter. Just like summer reading, only cooler! 

Carnegie Library Museum to Reopen – Jan. 4 

The Carnegie Library Museum will reopen to the public Jan. 4 through a partnership agreement between Hometown Heritage, the city of Perry and Perry Public Library. Hometown Heritage, a local organization founded to serve Perry and its surrounding communities, formerly leased the building from the city and facilitated open hours with a volunteer staff. Its mission is to encourage Perry’s cultural and economic growth by preserving local history, supporting the arts, and celebrating life in small town Iowa with free events and access to its collections. The Hometown Heritage partnership with the city of Perry and the Perry Public Library will support the Carnegie Library Museum reopening with two part-time staff positions, allowing for the building to be open six days per week, Tuesdays through Sundays. Open hours will be: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. 

Children’s Winter Storytimes Continue 

Children’s Bundle Up Storytimes continue for two age groups in January. Join Miss Suzanne in the Perry Public Library Community Room for stories, songs, games, simple crafts, and age-appropriate activities with a fun winter theme. The Toddler Time group (18 months-3 years) meets from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, and the Fun for Fours and Fives group meets at the same time Wednesdays. Storytimes are free, but registration is required. Register online, by phone, or at the library. 

Wee Wonders Recorded Storytimes 

Wee Wonders Recorded Storytimes for babies (infants up to 18 months) will be offered at the library this winter, and new programs will be posted twice monthly on the library's website. Registered participants will be given access to the free programs and receive a board book for each session! Register online, by phone, or at the library. 

Chess Instruction/Open Play – Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 

Chess instruction, as well as open play, will continued to be offered at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Perry Public Library in the Community Room, or by appointment with instructor David Oliveira. Everyone is welcome to come and learn the game or find a worthy opponent to play at this free ongoing program. Call the library for more information: 515-465-3569. 

Saturday Storytimes – Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 

Saturday Storytimes will be offered from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at Perry Public Library. Saturday Storytimes are free, and no registration is needed! Join us on Saturday mornings for stories and more! For more information, call the library: 515-465-3569. 

Quarterly Classics Book Club Meeting – Jan. 11 

The Perry Public Library Quarterly Classics Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 11, at the Carnegie Library Museum. The selected title for discussion is “Nicholas Nickleby” by Charles Dickens. All interested readers are invited to join the group at any time, but registration is required. Contact Jill Cook at the library for more information: 515-465-3569. 

Monthly Book Club – Jan. 18 

The Perry Public Library Monthly Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 18, in the library Community Room. The January selected title is “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. Anyone interested is invited to join the group at any time, and books are available at the library for participants. For more information, call Library Director and discussion leader Mary Murphy: 515-465-3569. 

Mystery Book Club Events – Jan. 25, 26 

The virtual Mystery Book Club will continue in 2022 with twice monthly events, including a Zoom book discussion with Library Director Mary Murphy, scheduled for the last Tuesday of each month, and a free online Author Talk, scheduled for the last Wednesday of each month. Both events are free, but registration is required. The selected title for the Jan. 25-26 events is “True Crime Story” by Joseph Knox. Books will be available at the library for Mystery Book Club registrants. Register online, by phone, or at the library. 

Craft Club: String Art – Jan. 31 

The Perry Public Library Craft Club will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 31, in the library Community Room. The featured craft will be a string art project, with a choice of double heart, cat, or dog paw pattern. All interested crafters are invited to participate, but registration and a $5 materials fee are required by the Jan. 24 deadline. Register online, by phone, or at the library. 

​​For additional information, contact the library at 515-465-3569.