Library reopens in Gladbrook

The Gladbrook Public Library has resumed regular service as of April 1.

The library will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 to 5 p.m., on Thursday from 12 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Programming will also resume in April, with the schedule yet to be determined.

We are gearing up for normal service by acquiring a significant number of new books. Fiction acquisitions include both thrillers and romance novels, and we are currently in the process of ordering a range of new books in large print.

You can also get ready for spring by picking up a copy of Midwest Foraging, which provides tips on finding edible food in the wild. It turns out that hosta shoots are edible!

This spring we are introducing a new feature to encourage community involvement in the library. We are helping to organize a seed library which is sponsored by the Tama County Master Gardeners.

Seeds are available at no charge and the packets are accompanied by advice and instructions for novice gardeners.

The Master Gardeners have also helped to create two gardening kits for kids to teach them gardening skills and how to have fun with plants. One kit is concentrated on flowers and pollination, and the second is a kit for growing pumpkins and squash.

Each kit costs $5, and orders can be placed and payment made at Gladbrook Public Library.

Orders for the kits must be received by April 14 and they will be available by April 17.

The Master Gardeners are also partnering with the extension service to promote Grow A Row, a program to provide fresh produce to the Tama County food bank. Gardeners are encouraged to sign up to grow a small amount of food for delivery later in the summer.

Further information and sign-up forms are available at the library.