Cole Library

Mount Vernon's Public Library


Library News for April 2014

Adult Library News

Spring Book Talk
Thursday, April 10 at noon Cole Library and Hills Bank will host a luncheon book talk on the library’s second floor. Cathy Boggs and Greg Cotton will “book talk” new titles to inspire your spring and summer reading.  A lunch will be provided courtesy of Hills Bank.  To reserve a lunch call Char, 895-4018 or Kristin, 895-4201.

Monday Matinee Movies for Adults
On Monday, April 28 Cole Library will host a Monday Matinee Movie.  The movie In a World will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 108 on the library’s first floor. This is not a film that you have probably heard of but it is one you won’t want to miss. The film was recognized as one of the best top ten independent films of 2013 and won Best Screenplay at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It is a comedy about a woman who is trying to make it in the world of voice-overs, which is dominated by men.  The title comes from the phrase “In a world…” which is how many movie trailers begin.   Please call 895-4271 to reserve your seat.

Daytime Adult Book Discussion Group
The daytime book discussion group will meet Tuesday, April 15 from 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 310 on the library’s third floor.  The book they will discuss is this year’s All Iowa Read Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman.  If you would like to join in the discussion, call Treva at 319-535-1087 or just come that morning.

Community of Readers Adult Book Discussion Group
Community of Readers will meet on Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 310. We will discuss Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. If you would like to join the discussion, call Cathy at 319-895-4262.

Knitting Night
Join us for Knitting Night on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Room 326.  Bring your current project.

Baseball’s 175th Birthday?
On Sunday, April 27 join us at 2 p.m. as baseball enthusiast and historian Phil Lucas shares Baseball’s 175th Birthday? His program is based on the story that in a small town in upstate New York 175 years ago a future Civil War general invented the game of baseball.  This talk will briefly examine that story and why it is significant.  But if it isn’t baseball’s 175th birthday, what are the alternative origins of the national pastime?  And what does that tell us about America? We will be drawing for a voucher for tickets to attend a Cedar Rapids Kernels game that day.

Tax Time
It’s tax time again! At Cole Library, we have the reproducible federal forms available to copy at the third floor reference desk and a link to online tax forms at, to make filing easier.

Teen Library News

Book Spine Poetry Posters
Tuesday, April 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
In honor of National Poetry Month, we will be making our very own book spine poetry posters.  Come to the library to create your own poem using book titles in our YA collection and then turn them into posters.  We will use some fun photo-editing software and participants get a copy of their poster to take home! We will meet in the Browsing Room, and then move into the Academic Media Studio.

Teen Movie Night – Catching Fire
Monday, April 21, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Come watch the second movie installment of the Hunger Games trilogy!  Follow Katniss and Peeta as they take part in their Victor’s Tour and face President Snow for the second time.  Popcorn and a drink will be provided. We will watch the movie in Room 108.  Please call 895-4271 to reserve your seat.

Teen Book Groups
Middle School Book Group
The middle school group will meet Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. to discuss The Order of the Odd-Fish by James Kennedy. If you have any questions, contact Grace Chamberlain at 895-5940 or

High School Book Group
The high school group will meet Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. to discuss The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  If you have any questions, contact Grace Chamberlain at 895-5940, or

Youth Library News

Lego Club
Join Lego Club and build!
April meetings are:
Tuesday, April 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Early Out Movie
We will show Frozen on Thursday, April 30 at 1 p.m. in Room 108 on the library’s first floor.  We will provide popcorn and a drink for each person.  This free program is a public library event and is not affiliated with the Mount Vernon School District.   We will need to have families call 895-4271 and reserve a seat.

Note: We are not showing a movie on April 17 because it is the start of a holiday weekend.

Story Time
Story Time continues each Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Children’s story hour continues every Thursday
at 9:30 a.m. in the Children’s Room.

**If school is cancelled due to poor weather,
story hour will NOT be held.**

Book Sale Cart

A book sale cart is located on the first floor near the circulation desk. The cart is available during library hours. The paperback exchange books are also located on this cart and can be purchased or exchanged.

If you would like your library newsletter sent to you via e-mail please e-mail Cathy Boggs at This will help the library cut printing and mailing costs.

Hours are posted on the library’s Web site,, and posted by the library door.