Cole Library

Mount Vernon's Public Library


Library News for October 2014

Adult Library News

Fall Community Book Talk
It’s time again to gather with your friends and neighbors to hear about great books and enjoy a free lunch at the Fall Community Book Talk Thursday, October 23, at noon.  Area community members will share their favorite reads so you can start your list of cold weather books before the snow flies.  Hills Bank and Cole Library host the event, which includes a sack lunch and door prizes to be given away. To reserve a lunch call Char, 895-4018 or Kristin, 895-4201.

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 on Saturday, October 11. 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. If you have any questions about this new program email Cathy Boggs at

Daytime Adult Book Discussion Group
The daytime book discussion group will meet Tuesday, October 21, from 9:30 – 11 a.m. in Room 310 on the library’s third floor.  The book they will discuss is The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. 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 begin again on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 310. We will discuss Unsaid by Neil Abramson. If you would like to join the discussion, call Cathy at 319-895-4262.

Monday Matinee Movies for Adults
Monday, October 27, Cole Library will host a Monday Matinee Movie.  The movie Words and Pictures will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 108 on the library’s first floor. Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche and Academy Award nominee Clive Owen  star in Words and Pictures a film that pits an art teacher and an English teacher against one another in a competition that spills over to include the entire school as they try to decide which are more important – words or pictures. Please call 895-4271 to reserve your seat.

Knitting Night
Join us for Knitting Night on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in Room 326 for 2 hours of blissful, uninterrupted knitting.

Satellite Voting Station
On Thursday, October 16, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cole Library will be a satellite voting station for residents of Linn County.  The voting will take place in Room 108 on the library’s first floor.

Teen Library News

Teen Book Groups
Middle School Book Group
Saturday, October 18, 11:00 – 12:00
This month the book is The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.

High School Book Group
Saturday, October 18, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
This month the book is The Time Machine by H. G. Wells.

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

HallowTeen Night
DIY Zombie Halloween Makeup
Planning on looking spooky this Halloween?  Then attend our zombie makeup tutorial Friday, October 31, 3:30 – 4:30 in Room 108 and learn all about making scars, bruises, and open wounds!  Please RSVP to 895-4271.

Youth Library News

Girl Scout Celebration Open House
Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scout Movement, was born October 31, 1860.  In celebration of her birthday we are partnering with Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa to bring you a Celebration Open House Saturday, October 25 from 10-noon.  We will have treats, crafts, SWAPS and a display of Girl Scout uniforms through the years.

Lego Club – Halloween Town
Tuesday, October 7, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 21, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This month you can help build a Halloween Town to have on display at the library.  We will have spooky things to add to the streets and houses as we get it ready for October 31.  Find our upcoming meetings on our website or our Facebook page.  Contact Grace Chamberlain at 895-5940, or with any questions.

Get in on the action at our new arts and crafts-based program series Crafternoons!  Each event features a seasonal or holiday craft that is geared toward school-aged children.  RSVP to 895-4271.
Paper Pumpkins
Tuesday, October 14, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Halloween Cats
Tuesday, October 28, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Early Out Movies
We will show Hotel Transylvania on Wednesday, October 8 and Monster House on Wednesday, October 22 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.  

Story Time
Story Time continues each Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.  Topics in October are autumn leaves, squirrels, pumpkins, witches, and Halloween.

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.