HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES
"Iowans Who Fought Against the Union": Book Reading & Signing
April 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
David Connon has added a new wrinkle to Iowa's proud Union history. He documented 76 residents who left our state and served the Confederacy. He will share a few of their stories, telling their pre-war, wartime, and post-war experiences. He will also discuss the most common motives for Iowans to serve the C.S.A. Connon is the author of “Iowa Confederates in the Civil War”.
CARNEGIE LIBRARY RENOVATIONS CONTINUE
My staff and I have worked diligently on breathing new life into the old Carnegie Conference Center. The last couple of years have brought about some pretty big changes for the space: all-new windows, new AC/furnace units, an updated kitchen, the amazing new theater and projector system, a Harold Wilkins art corner showcasing some of Iowa’s most beautiful landscapes -- and even more changes on the way! The most recent of these is bringing the original built-in bookcase adjacent to the kitchenette back to life. It has been sitting empty for as long as I have been working in the library, anyway.
After discovering a series of old wooden leaflets that were collecting cobwebs on the floor of the closet, I decided it was time to have them polished and returned to their rightful place. After all, that bookcase offers the perfect solution in finding a permanent home for the library’s antiquated books. These books are, quite literally, a page out of history, with the oldest of these dating back to the mid-1800’s. They are the kinds of books you want to avoid handling for fear of damaging them, but you can’t help but want to admire them up close for their distinctive quality. They really don’t make ‘em like that anymore!
The finishing touch to this rejuvenated bookcase will be the installation of a set of custom-made glass sliding doors, complete with lock and key, coming soon to a library near you!
LIBRARY “BOOKENDS” REACH COMPLETION
After more than four years of careful plotting and scheming, the renovation of our "bookends" at Malvern Public Library have at long last reached completion with the final addition of the USS Enterprise!
Door #1: The Entrance to Moria
staged alongside Bilbo's contract, along with Gandalf's staff and hat.
- From J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy
Door #2: The Castle Keep
A watchful knight stands his guard in his post as defender of the castle wall - and history section!
Door #3: A Christmas Carol
Seen here is the door to Ebenezer Scrooge's stately home, complete with creepy door knocker!
Door #4: Star Trek
As you enter the fantasy section of the library, you'll hear that "woosh" sound as typified by the classic Star Trek television series. Beam us up, Scotty!
Door #5: Sherlock Holmes
221 Baker Street is the location of the permanent residence of London's most famous detective, just down the road from our Classic Fiction section of the library!
Door #6: Platform 9 & 3/4
Do you have what it takes to make the leap into Diagon Alley?
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