A Must Read!

Boy, have I got a book for you!  The Great Halifax Explosion by John U. Bacon is the best book I have read in a long time.  It is non-fiction and we all know I don’t read much non-fiction reader, but  the book grabbed me from the beginning .  It’s the story of the town and the victims of the explosion – over 11,000 people were injured or killed.  I don’t even know how to describe it, but wow, I loved it. 

A couple of other new books:  Midnight Line by Lee Child; Rooster Bar by John Grisham, Origin by Dan Brown, Thomas Kinkade’s  Cape Light Christmas;  Column of fire  by Ken Follett; Fairytale by Danielle Steel ; Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally;   Grant by Ron Chernow, and Irish Country Practice by Patrick Taylor.  Okay so that was more than a few, but I just thought you might bei nterested in what’s coming in.  There are several more coming  in the weeks ahead that should be good reads.

You can always suggest a book for purchase. Not saying we can buy every book that is suggested, but it never hurts to ask.

Something to talk about

It’s been a long time since I have taken the time to write – it is amazing to me that I can talk someone ear’s off, but to sit down and write?  I can’t think of a thing to say.  Okay I thought of something…..

Consider this a heads up about our 2nd annual Gingerbread House contest.  We had so much fun with it last year,  we decided to make it a yearly event.  Houses are due at the library anytime between  November 27th and December 4th.   The houses will be on display in the library from the 4th to the 16th of December.  They should be picked up starting December 18th.  If your house is not picked up, it will be discarded.       Prizes will be awarded, but we don’t have the categories figured out yet – Stay tuned. 

We are now offering a couple of new resources for your reference  Credo is  an easy-to-use tool for research, homework, and other reference needs. .  You can access here at the library using the shortcuts  put our in-house computer.  You can also access it remotely  through our webpage www.vintonlibrary.com, but you will have to know your library card number.  The other resource is from Gale databases allows you to  search content of newspapers and magazine articles online.  Childton’s is one of the Gale databases.  You can access the Gale databases the same way you do Credo.

Come and see us. 


Are you thinking about summer vacation, car trips and baseball games?  Vinton and rural Benton County residents have access to Hoopla, an online gold mine of ebooks, audiobooks, comic books, television shows and movies.  All you need is your library card number.  The title is always available – no holds, no waiting in line.  Give it a try- www.hoopladigital.com.  Need your library card number?  Need a library card?   Questions?  Come on in, or call us at 319-427-4208.

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaack.  Did you miss me?  Actually I didn’t go anywhere, but for some reason never got around to writing.  However, I just told Amy I would have this to her to post within 40 minutes.  She raised her eyebrows as if she doubted me – as well she should – but I have started now and still have 38 minutes to go.


We had a successful gingerbread contest – the first, but not the last we have ever had.  It was just kind of an idea that was floating around then suddenly it was November and we had done very little about it.  Maybe we should do more things this way – kind of off the cuff - because it turned out quite nicely.  The 2nd annual gingerbread contest entries will be accepted the Monday after Thanksgiving, 2017 and continue until Saturday.  I figure if I start putting the contest out there, maybe, just maybe, we will be better organized next year.  We thought it fun, and the display of the houses has been well-admired by the community.


Hoopla is available to all rural Benton County residents and Vintonians.  You just need your library card number from the Vinton Library and have an account in good standing – meaning no late fees.  If you know your number just go towww.Hoopladigital.com and follow the directions.  You will be asked for your email address, and a password – you make up the password – then you will be asked to choose your library and enter your card number.  And bob’s your uncle, you are good to go.  Everything you see on there is available immediately – no waiting, no reserves.  You may check out 5 items per month. 


Here’s a quote that really made sense to me.  “Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else”. – Isaac Asimov.


On that note, I will wish you and yours happy holidays. 


Rats, I didn’t make my deadline – one minute too late.



Virginia Holsten

Library Director

Last Thursday

Last Thursday’s talk by Terry Fisk was well-attended and well- received.  Even I, the queen of all cynics,  got a few chills down my back with some of the descriptions of psychic  phenomena – too bad some of you missed it.  On October 18th, Duffy Hudson will be here as Edgar Alan Poe.

 New books:

The bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan – I liked this book so well my review was actually used in the Library Reads promo – and I thought I couldn’t write!

 Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d by Alan Bradley – another delightful book featuringFlavia DeLuce, what a clever child she is

 The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – for some reason Donoghue likes to write on a small stage – this book, too, written by the author of Room, takes place in one small, confined space. After you have read this book, you will know it wasn’t about me!

The great reckoning by Louise Penney - if you haven’t begun this series featuring Armand Gamache and his cohorts, it’s time.  The books, I think, should be read in order so you have a lot of catching up to do until you get to this one.   Fans of the series will need no summary, but will welcome the book with open arms, or should that be eyes?

 Leave me by Gayle Forman – A working mother  feels so put upon she leaves home and her familyand eventually though new relationships realizes she really didn’t have it all that bad.

 Smooth Operator by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall – the second Teddy Fay novel

These  are just a few of the new books that have arrived in the past couple of weeks..    We get new books almost every week.  If there is a new book you want to read,, that we don’t have you can always request that we purchase it.  I am always open to requests.  I’m cannot guarantee that I will buy it to add to our collection, but you can always ask.

Since Halloween is on a Monday, and the library is open Monday nights, there will be treats for all who stop by whether they are in costume or not.  Tell your friends.  

Be on the lookout the date of our first ever gingerbread house contest.  There will prizes!

Borrowing books from other libraries

So here’s the deal, I will probably become the world’s worst blogger, which begs the question – how can that be?  She talks so much.  Writing is very hard for me – talking is so much easier and I am so much better at it.   

Open Access – you can borrow books from almost any other library in the state of Iowa, and take them to any library to have them returned.  There is no charge to you.  For example, if you are in Des Moines and see something at the library you would like to borrow, a card will be issued to  you, and then you can check out  the material.  When you are done with it, you can bring the stuff here to us and we will return it to Des Moines.  Of course, we love it when you come here for your books and DVDs, but we sure understand if you find something you want somewhere else.

The Atlas Obscura had an interesting article on the phenomenon  library anxiety – which is described as feeling intimidated, embarrassed, and overwhelmed by libraries.  Good grief, I would hope that none you feel that way when you walk in here.  We are here to help.  No question is a silly question.  Come on in and join the fun.