Mystery Month

Like a Mystery…or Not???

Your Library Connection September 2017

October has been proclaimed as Mystery Month by IPL! A perfect month for celebrating the spooky; dressing like a duck, detective, or a million other things; and getting to the bottom of a puzzle or crime! Do you like mysteries? Real life mysteries…waiting for important test results, the car that makes that chug awooga sound – but not when you take it to the mechanic, and not knowing what’s around the next bend in your journey, can make life interesting and sometimes painful.

While the library provides information to help you navigate those unplanned adventures and bumps, we can’t predict the future. We offer lots of services, but that isn’t one of them. 

However, sometimes receiving real-time information can be incredibly beneficial. We can help you get that information effortlessly in your inbox or in a text. A few examples…upcoming technology classes at the library, the parks and recreation ball signup information and a boil advisory alert from the city can all be delivered to you. You can decide exactly what information you want and don’t want. You would like to hear about the aquatic center but not summer ball, about teen library programs but not about children’s library programs – no problem. Just sign up for exactly what you want.

How can you do that? This is no mystery! Just go to the city or library website and click on the blue “Notify Me” graphic button (under the large cover photo). Once there, click the phone by any text messages you want to get and the envelope for any emails you are interested in. A confirmation email will appear in your mailbox. Confirm the email saying you would like the messages, and they will be delivered to you. There are also directions on the website as well as at the library. You can also ask us to help…we would love to help you with this!

Though the just-in-time information won’t be a mystery any longer, we still have plenty of intrigue and sleuthing for you throughout October. Check the website, Facebook, local newspapers, digital sign, the local access news channel, and your text/email for programs, and talk to us about the programs that interest you! Below is a glimpse of the mysterious October offerings.

One of Nancy Drew’s biggest fans, Barbara Lounsberry, will be here to tell us about the plucky detective and her Iowa connection! We’ve got the Boo Bash, and it will be bigger and better than ever. Come in costume and enjoy the fun games and activities. This year it will be at the Falcon Civic Center and we are partnering with Parks and Recreation on the event! We will also celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Sherlock Holmes with author and recognized expert on the character, Richard Caplan.

Like to sleuth the details of your ancestry? Sign up for the Genealogy Online class covering and more with Tony Bengston.

The Dyslexic Mind: Different by Design can help you to understand and get assistance for dyslexia, which affects 10%-20% of our population. Let Elizabeth Hoksbergen, Apples of Gold Centers for Learning, deepen your understanding with a simulation and fascinating information that may help you solve a mystery. 
Don’t let city, library, and parks and recreation news, events and alerts be a mystery to you! Sign up for the notifications by clicking on the blue “Notify Me” graphic button at the bottom of the left hand navigation bar. There are also step-by-step instructions with screen shots on the bottom of the "Notify Me" page so you can be in the know!  Ask us for help at or 319-334-2470!