Cole Library

Mount Vernon's Public Library


Library News for June/July 2014

Adult Library News

Monday Matinee Movies for Adults
Monday, June 23, Cole Library will host a Monday Matinee Movie.  The movie The Monuments Men will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 108 on the library’s first floor. This WWII movie is based on the true story of seven museum directors who where tasked by FDR to join the military, slip behind enemy lines, and rescue stolen masterpieces from Nazi Germany.  Please call 895-4271 to reserve your seat.

Daytime Adult Book Discussion Group
The daytime book discussion group will meet Tuesday, June 17, from 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 310 on the library’s third floor.  The book they will discuss is The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas. They will also meet at the same time on Tuesday, July 15 to discuss Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig. 

Community of Readers Adult Book Discussion Group
Community of Readers will meet again in August.

Knitting Night
Join us for Knitting Night on Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 326. Note the new summer starting time.  Bring your current project.

Sewing Saturdays
If you are a quilter, bring your latest quilting project, your machine, or your hand-quilting supplies and join us for Sewing Saturdays: a new event that will be held the fourth Saturday of every month.  It will start at 10 a.m. and go until 2 p.m.  Participants can bring a lunch or duck out and grab a bite when they get hungry. The first Sewing Saturday will be Saturday, June 28 in Room 108 on the library’s first floor.   If you have any questions about this new program email Cathy Boggs at

We will be closed July 4 & 5 for the holiday.  If you have any questions about our hours, they are posted daily on our website:


Teen Library News

Teen Summer Reading Program – Spark a Reaction
Spark a reaction at your library this summer!  Our Teen Summer Reading Program lets local teens win books and prizes for doing something they already love – reading.  Pick up a reading log at the 1st floor circulation desk to start recording the number of pages you read.  Once you reach 500, bring in your log and choose one of our awesome summer reading book prizes.  The top ten readers of the summer will win a sporty backpack!

Alongside our reading program, we have a number of teen-focused programs and workshops.  Any teen can attend these, regardless of whether or not they participate in the reading program.

Friday After Hour Movies – Sci-Fi Classics
Enjoy a movie in the library after hours.  Teens can enter the library outside Room 108 on the south side of the building.  Pop and popcorn are provided.  Movies are:

- 2001: A Space Odyssey
Friday, June 13, 6:30-9:10

- Doctor Who, 2 Episodes
Friday, June 27, 6:30 – ?

- The Fifth Element
Friday, July 25, 6:30-8:40

- Back to the Future
Friday, August 8, 6:30-8:30

Anime Club
If you enjoy Anime, then join the Anime Club.  They will meet Saturday, June 21, 12-2 p.m. to watch My Neighbor Totoro and Saturday, July 19, 12-2 p.m. The participants will choose the activities for this club meeting.

Galaxy T- Shirt
Tuesday, June 17, 3-4 p.m.  Call the library or check web page for details.

Jewelry Making Workshop
Tuesday, July 15, 3-4 p.m. Call the library or check web page for details.

Teen Book Groups
Middle School Book Group
The middle school group will meet next in the fall. If you have any questions or would like to join then contact Grace Chamberlain at 895-5940 or

High School Book Group
The high school book group will meet again in the fall.

Youth Library News

Summer Reading Program - Fizz, Boom, Read
Stop in and sign up for Summer Reading!

Monday Morning Movies
Cole Library and Mount Vernon Bank present Monday Morning Movies starting on June 2 at 10 a.m. Each person attending will get a bag of popcorn and a drink.  We will also be drawing for a book at each movie.  Movies for June and July are:

June 2:    Despicable Me 2
June 9:    Frozen
June 16:  Back to the Future
June 23:  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
June 30:  Fly Me to the Moon
July 7:     Lego Movie
July 14:  The Pirate Fairy
July 21:  Bedtime Stories
July 28:  Astro Boy

Lego Club
Lego Club continues through the summer!  We meet every other Tuesday at 10 a.m., June through July.

June 10 at 10 a.m.
June 24 at 10 a.m.
July 8 at 10 a.m.
July 22 at 10 a.m.

Wednesday Workshops
Create, play, and learn at Wednesday Workshops!
Throughout the months of June and July, Cole Library will bring back the craft activity series Wednesday Workshops!  Workshops will be held every Wednesday from 10:00-11:30 a.m. All crafts are free, accessible for a wide range of ages, and are great programs for whole family.

June 4:    Recycled Robots
June 11:  Beaded Bubble Wands
June 18:  Floam
June 25:  Lava Lamps
July 2:     4th of July Tie Dye
July 9:     Pom Pom Pets
July 16:   Marshmallow Catapults
July 23:   Oil Watercolor Painting
July 30:   DIY Jet Packs

Everyday Science Workshops
Everyday Science Workshops are a partnership program with Cole Library and the Cornell Biology & Chemistry Department.  These are hands-on science workshops for ages 9-13. There are limited spots so please call 895-4271 to sign up.

Germ Detectives
Germs are everywhere – both good and bad.  This workshop will give you the opportunity to find them, grow them, and get to know them.  It is a 2-day workshop.  The first day, Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m. will be in Room 108 in Cole Library.  The second day, Friday, June 20, 10 a.m. will start in Room 108, then participants will walk together to the lab to detect germ growth using microscopes.

So You Think You Know About Gas
Learn more about gas as you make it on Friday, June 27 at 10 a.m. in Room 108. Participants will experiment with solids and liquids to produce gas.

Gels, Slimes and Polymers
In this workshop on Tuesday, July 15 participants will experiment with household items to learn the science of everyday materials.

Science of Energy All Day Workshop
The University of Northern Iowa and Iowa EPSCOR will host an all-day workshop on Friday, July 18 from 10 a.m. – noon, and then from 1-4 p.m.  You can sign up for the morning workshop, the afternoon workshop or both.  The morning workshop is Solar Power. Participants will make a model car that will run on the sun, experiment with different ways to connect solar panels together for more speed or power and compete in a solar car race. There is no charge but if students want to purchase the model solar kits to take them home, they are $15.00.  This is optional.

The afternoon workshop is Wind Energy.  Participants will put together a simple wind turbine then spin the propellers to make light. Test turbine blades to find the best design then build a blade system that will be tested in a wind tunnel.

Please call 895-4271 to sign up for the Science of Energy workshop.

Story Time
Story Time continues each Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.  For the summer, stories will be read in the Browsing Room to accommodate everyone.

Cole Library Summer Hours:
Monday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

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.