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What I’m excited about right now: Enhancing library learning, outreach with tech tools

April 28, 2022

  I am excited about using state-of-the-art media engines to develop new ways to connect people with information. From the library, we are innovating modern gateways that support learning, offer literacy and local heritage, and enable all-ages access to diverse library services.  Channel 5 has become so much more than a local cable channel as we have designed a smart TV app for Roku and AppleTV.  We have created a portal to the channel available on the musserpubliclibrary.org website that is easy to view 24/7. We have implemented a Video on Demand (VOD) system that allows our content to be...

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What I’m excited about right now: a band book and a banned book

April 1, 2022

In my job, I see many books and media come and go, and I’ve found a lot that I enjoy in my personal life. These include psychology books and cookbooks, biographies, graphic novels, art books, etc. I use the cookbooks at home with my fiancee to learn about cooking and get ideas about meals we can make together. We are also interested in psychology, and I enjoy learning about the human mind and mental health. Currently, I am reading a biography about musician Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. Titled The Storyteller, Grohl’s book is inspirational and a great example of...

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What I’m excited about right now: Overdrive and Libby app

March 8, 2022

What I’m excited about right now is discovering the Libby app and the Overdrive collection of e-books and e-audiobooks. It’s free, and all that is needed is a library card and a computer, smartphone or tablet. You can start from anywhere and use the materials anywhere. What a treasure trove! Through the Libby app or the Musser Public Library website, it’s easy to borrow any electronic books and e-magazines in the Rivershare system – our partner libraries eastern Iowa. The Libby App is accessible through the iOS App Store on Apple devices or the Google Play Store on Android devices....

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Want a Successful Holiday Meal That Impresses? You Need to Check Out These Recipes!

November 3, 2021

I know food is on everyone’s mind and November/December are the months to show off what dishes you like and what family dishes are served at the holidays. If you are having troubles coming up with “new” dishes, why not come to the Musser Public Library and check out our cookbook section. We feature everything from Trisha Yearwood’s cookbooks to Rachel Ray’s collection. We have very technical cookbooks with ingredients most people have never heard of to the book from the local church with Grandma’s recipe for bread pudding. “The perfect cookie for every occasion. Cookies are the treat that...

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From the Skeleton’s Mouth – Spooky Tales You Absolutely Need This October

September 30, 2021

Hey there horror fans, this is Kimi and I’ll be sharing some spooky materials to chill your bones all the way through October! I don’t know about you, but horror has always been my grisly cup of tea. Ever since I was a kid, I grew up watching horror films (Chucky was my favorite movie as a child. I swear I’m now a mostly sane individual.) I would frequent the school library shelves searching for chapter books about ghosts, vampires, and werewolves (totally before Twilight was cool by the way.) No joke, I was called voodoo girl by some rather...

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Summer Reading is Here!

June 1, 2021

Summer Reading 2021 will be taking kids, teens, and families on quests of their choosing through City of Muscatine parks. Musser Library will be teaming up this year with Parks and Recreation to get families into the library and back out into the sunshine in search of fun, challenges and prizes. “Summer Quest 2021” encourages all ages to read for pleasure, and to build their brains as well as their bodies during vacation from school. As always, participants may read books to earn prizes; and this year they can also choose to select a Summer Reading Quest to unlock clues...

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Bob Dylan’s Birthday Month

May 3, 2021

Most patrons of Musser Public Library would be surprised to learn that of the two Americans who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the 21st Century, one of them is my greatest musical hero, Bob Dylan, who was so honored in 2016.  Arguably the most influential American artist of the 2nd half of the 20th Century, Dylan will turn 80 on May 24th, an event that has already spawned a new round of books and celebrations. For anyone wanting to learn the facts of Dylan’s life and career, among the biographies available I’d recommend Howard Sounes’ 2001 Down...

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Library Appreciation Week

April 2, 2021

April is finally here!  April is National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021) and the theme is “Welcome to Your Library.” This theme promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic, libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology,...

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Craft Month

March 10, 2021

For most, March is the month that offers whispers of hope through warm breezes that winter is finally fleeting. The snow retreats from the edges of our yards, and from beneath the wilted and browned grass, flowers begin to protrude from the earth. March is certainly a month full of growth and new beginnings, so why not try a new hobby or perfect one that already interests you? That’s right, for us here at the library, March designates Craft month! Our monthly display is now filled with various craft books. So, if you’re aiming to master knitting or perhaps looking...

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Spring Is On Its Way

February 26, 2021

After a memorably cold February, the weather is finally starting to take a turn for the better. And with the change in seasons comes a few more changes at the library. As Covid numbers continue to improve in Muscatine County, we are adding back a few more services that have been on hold for the past several months. Here’s what’s happening beginning March 1st: Room #301 (the large program room on the 3rd floor) will now be available for reservation. Group size will be limited to 25 people and masks are required in the room for the duration of the...

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