In May, the library will offer programming based on the All Iowa Reads book, Lila, by Marilynne Robinson. Set during the Great Depression, Lila is a homeless woman who finds a home, love, and redemption. The exciting programs we have planned are;
· The DIY Club will be digging in the dirt to make an herb tower. We will glue together flower pots and plant different herbs for our tower. This is a great way to have fresh herbs at your fingertips!
· Bill Jamerson, historian and songwriter, will present Dollar-A Day-Boys, a musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps. Over 3.5 million men enlisted in the corps including around 200 men at Camp Spencer located for six months at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Dollar-A-Day Boys is full of hilarious stories and foot tapping songs that make it a “must see” experience!
· To tie into the homeless theme in the book Lila, we will be watching the movie, Lady in the Van starring Maggie Smith. Lady in the Van is a British comedy, drama, and biography. It is based on a true story about a woman who “temporarily” parks her van in the drive of an English playwright – and stays for 15 years.
· To end our All Iowa Reads programming, we will discuss the book Lila.
The Book Into Movie Club will read, and then watch in June, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape written by Peter Hedges. Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp), of Endora, Iowa, is a small-town young man with a lot of responsibility. Chief among his concerns are his mother, who is so overweight that she can't leave the house, and his mentally impaired younger brother, Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who has a knack for finding trouble. Gilbert finally has his life shaken up by the free-spirited Becky (Juliette Lewis). With the physical and mental health issues so thoughtfully portrayed, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? is the perfect movie to watch in June during our Exercise Your Mind: Read adult Summer Reading Program. So, read the book in May and then watch the movie in June.