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Thursday, December 9, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Thirteen POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION Jester Park, Granger Iowa Nature Stories, Songs and More: Are you looking for some interesting nature stories and fun songs to share with your family? Join a Polk County naturalist Thurs- day, Dec. 30, as they introduce you and your child to some new family-oriented activities. This free program will be held from 1-2 p.m. at the Urbandale Public Li- brary. Participants of all ages are required to bring a great attitude and enthusiasm to this program. Sing along with an acoustic guitar to some non-tra- ditional nature songs that are guaranteed to warm your heart and put a smile on your face. Kick back relax and enjoy listening to some exciting nature stories as well. Learn to Cross-Country Ski: Have you wanted to learn how to cross-country ski but never had the chance? Polk County Conservation will provide opportunities to learn the basics of cross-country skiing Wednesda)6 Dec. 29, at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt. Proper cloth- ing, equipment and skiing techniques will be taught before practicing your new skills on the park trails. Register for a class being offered from 10 a.m.-noon or from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the Longhouse. Pre-registration is required with a fee of $10 per person (includes skis, boots and poles). To register by December 28, go to www.mycountyparks.com. Mini- mum age is 10 years. Smallest shoe size available is Eu- ropean size 36 (US women's 6 or men's 4 1/2). Class will be cancelled without snow. Wild Night Life and Hike: During the night, the woods come alive with nocturnal creatures that are rarely seen during the day. A night hike will be held at Jester Park to give families the opportunity to meet the creatures of the night. The hike will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. TuesdaN Dec. 28. Participants should meet at Camp Area #5. Polk County Conservation naturalists will lead hik- ers into the woods in search of nocturnal animals and other wildlife. Dress warmly for the hike. ';Experience" the Outdoors this Holiday Season: Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for a person that is hard to buy for? Would you like to provide an experience for someone instead of buying some item that they might not even use? Polk County Conserva- tion has a wide variety of outdoor skill programs, trips and rental equipment that are sure to provide many memorable experiences for your friends and family. For the more adventurous types, give some cross- country ski, snowshoe, ice fishing, golf, or equestrian riding instruction. It's always fun to learn something new and take up a new hobby. For those preferring a less physical gift, consider sending them on a scenic bus tour to many unique Iowa locations. View Prairie Chick- ens and Sandhill Cranes or tour Winnebego Industries and Pilot Knob State Park to name just a few. Also, se- nior adults enjoy attending Older, Wiser, Livelier, Se- niors (OWLS) programs on the first Tuesday of each month at the Jester Park Lodge. Register your parent or friend for these interesting nature programs for only an $8 meal fee. Snowshoe Hike: Have you ever strapped on a pair of snowshoes? If not, make plans now to try a new, easy and fun skill this winter. Come hike with a Polk County Conservation naturalist Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Easter Lake Park Shelter #3 from 1-3 p.m. Snowshoes will be provided for a $5 fee and pre-reg- istration is required. Participants must be eight years of age or older and wear warm boots that can get wet. Class will be cancelled without snow. For more information, go to the Polk County Con- servation website at www.leadingyououtdoors.org or call 515-323-5300. No individual with a disability will be excluded on the basis of a disability from participation in programs and activities conducted by Polk County Conservation. To request an accommodation to participate in this pro- gram or activity, contact Polk County Conservation. 'rhe codfish lays ten thousand eggs, The homely hen lays one. The codfish never cackles To tell you what she's done. And so we scorn the codfish, While the humble hen we prize, Which only goes to show you That it pays to advertise." - Anonymous NORWALK LIBRARY MINUTES OCTOBER 11, 2010 Following are the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary Board of Trustees Minutes for the regular meeting of October 11, 2010. - The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Tom Dunn, at 6:36 p.m. Andrea Johnson, Clyde Sievers, Tom Dunn, Donna Kitterman, new trustee Jordyn Hill and Dick Schreiber were present. Library Director Julie Wells was present. Guests - There were no guests. Chairperson Tom Dunn welcomed Jordyn Hill to the Board and thanked her for stepping forward and volunteering. Review and Change Agenda - Director Wells wanted to report on the Mongo software package that was discussed last month as a possible new addition to the library. Di- rector Wells also wanted to present the two bids for the keyless entry project for the board to consider. Andrea Johnson then made the motion to accept the agenda as amended and Donna Kitterman sec- onded the motion, with the board passing it. Review Last Meetings Minutes - Donna Kitter- man made the motion to accept Septembers' Trustee's minutes as writ- ten, Jordyn Hill seconded, and the motion passed. Pay the Bills - Director Wells passed the slip of paper for the Trustees to initial and pass around for payment of the bills. This ended up with the Board unanimously approving the payment the bills. Di- Di- rector Julie Wells told us of 70 patrons being regis- tered for new library cards. and 7,015 items being cir- culated in the last 30 days. Wells also told us of the 'Book Buddies' program beginning October 14. This is a unique program that enables teens to assist young children with im- proving their reading skills. Director Wells told of the festivities being scheduled for the Holiday Season, with Santa and the Reindeer being booked. - Trea- surer Andrea Johnson spoke of the budget being on track and doing well. The Foundation Report from Tom Dunn had noth- ing new to report. The re- quired number of seven trustees for the Library Board has not been met as yet, with one remaining vacancy left to fill. Direc- tor Wells mentioned a can- didate is being inter- viewed by City Hall and hopefully will be joining us next month. - Direc- tor Wells gave her findings on the learning-a-lan- guage software package called Mongo designed for school aged children, ing studied and one will be Wells visited their website selected at the November for estimated costs and Board Meeting. The pro- also called her peers in the posed access cards will be Des Moines area libraries used at the two main doors for their input. The yearly and will keep track of who cost is calculated by the opens the door in the size of the town and the 'dosed' hours and/or give cost was estimated at access to the meeting room $1,000 for the entire year. with the library being This software would be dosed, and even deliveries available to anyone hold- to the side door. This ing a local library card and eliminates duplicate keys, would be available at the keys being lost, off-hours library or online at their access and doors being left own home. Donna open for deliveries during Kittermanmentioned this the day. It provides a is a popular software pro- higher level of building gram for children to learn security for patrons and another language and rec- staff. ommended considering it A discussion about the for the Public Library. Di- keyless-entry system fol- rector Wells agreed this lowed with all the trustees would be a terrific learn- understanding the project ing tool to offer the fami- more when additional in- lies of Norwalk. formation was presented. Director Wells pre- The vendor selection will sented two quotes for the be made at the November keyless-entry project with 15 th Board Meeting. funding approved by the  - Chair- city. These quotes are be- Man is what he believes. -Anton Chekhov More pencils are made in the U.S. than in any other country. person Tom Dunn hearing no further library business requested a motion for ad- journment, Clyde Sievers then motioned for ad- journment, and Dick Schreiber seconded. The motion passed and Chair- person Dunn called the meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m. .................................. The above minutes were read and approved at the November 15  Regular Trustee Meeting. Jordyn Hill made the motion to accept the minutes as writ- ten with a second from Clyde Sievers and the mo- tion passing. Dick Schreiber, Secre- tary for the Norwalk Eas- ter Public Library Trustees, respectfully submits the above minutes, November 21, 2010. /s]Dick Schreiber, Secretary November 21, 2010 LIBRARY HOURS Monday- Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Sundays (M00mo00Dv-ht,orD00) GIVE A GIFT that will be remembered all year long! 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