Cole Library

Mount Vernon's Public Library


Library News for March 2015

Adult Library News

Author Visit
Kevin Adler, a California author with local ties, will share from his book Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital: A Study of the 500-Year Flood in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. in Room 108 on the library’s first floor.  Adler, a graduate student at Cambridge University, researched social capital and natural disasters and specifically studied how the Cedar Rapids flood of 2008 impacted the trust that families and communities place in social and governmental organizations.  Kevin was featured in the Cedar Rapids Gazette for his recent book on this topic.  Join the Cole Library as we welcome Kevin to a discussion about his book and the flood.

Daytime Adult Book Discussion Group
The daytime book discussion group will meet Tuesday, March 17, from
9:30 – 11 a.m. in Room 310 on the library’s third floor.  The book they will discuss is Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. Copies of the book are available at the first floor circulation desk.  You will need to ask for the title and sign a copy out. If you would like to join in the discussion, call Sherene at 319-535-1105 or just come that morning.

Community of Readers Adult Book Discussion Group
Community of Readers will meet on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 310. We will discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  If you would like to join the discussion, call Cathy at 319-895-4262.

Monday Matinee Movies for Adults
Monday, March 23, Cole Library will host a Monday Matinee Movie.  The movie, The Theory of Everything, will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 108 on the library’s first floor.   Please call 895-4271 to reserve your seat. 

Knitting Night
Join us for Knitting Night on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in Room 326. Spend a relaxing evening knitting or crocheting with us.  You can also check out our newest knitting and crocheting books.

Tax Time
It’s tax time again and at Cole Library we will have the reproducible state and federal forms to copy available at the first and third floor circulation desks.  There is also a link to online tax forms at to make filing easier.

Teen Library News

Teen Book Groups
Middle School Book Group
Saturday, March 28, 11:00-12:00
This month the book group will discuss The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.

High School Book Group
Saturday, March 28, 1-2 p.m. and
Sunday, March 29, 1-2 p.m.
Choose which day works best for you.
This month the HS book group will discuss Out of the Easy by Ruth Sepetys.

The book groups meet monthly and all books are provided to members thanks to generous donations from Hills Bank and Trust.

Teen DIY
Hardware Bracelets
Friday, March 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Room 108
Come experiment with jewelry-making using parts from the hardware store!  RSVP to 895-4271.

Youth Library News

Spring Break @ the Library

  • Monday Movies @ the Library
    March 16,
    10 -11:45 a.m.
    Room 108
    Join us for Big Hero 6, PG.   Popcorn and a drink will be provided. Call 319-895-4271 to reserve your seat.
  •  At 2:30 we will have an Anime Afternoon with an Anime movie and special bento snacks for our tweens and teens. Call 319-895-4271 to reserve your seat.
  • Lego Club @ the Library Tuesday, March 17
    3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 108
    We provide the Legos.  You provide the brain power.
  •  Frozen Party
    Wednesday, March 18

    6:30 -7:30 p.m.
    Join Elsa as she hosts a Frozen party in Room 108 of Cole Library.  She will have a sing-a-long with songs from the movie and share a funny story about her snowman friend, Olaf. There will be a photo booth so you can have a picture taken with Elsa, crafts to make and party treats.  Please call 319-895-4271 to reserve your spot.  You won’t want to miss this party!
  • P. J. Story Time @ the Library
    Thursday, March 19,
    9:30 a.m.
    Children’s Room, First Floor, Library
    Stay in your pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed toy to P.J. Story Time. We will share stories, songs, finger plays and a craft.
  • Dragon Crafternoon
    Friday, March 20
    2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 108
    Make a fierce dragon craft at the library.

Join our new arts and crafts-based program series Crafternoons!

Crafts for the Birds
Tuesday, March 10
3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 108
Plant Crafts
Happy (early) Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Tuesday, March 24
3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 108

RSVP to 895-4271.

Story Time
Story Time continues each Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.  Topics in March will be Bedtime, Fish, and Plants.


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 Shelf

A book sale shelf is located on the first floor near the circulation desk. The shelf is available during library hours. The paperback exchange books are also located on this shelf 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.