Jingle Read kicks off vacation for elementary students

Reading by flashlight at Jingle Read | GCCSD photo

Greene County Elementary students ended the 2017 portion of the school year with the fifth annual Jingle Read. Every student in grades K-4 was able to pick out a book to read and keep in a RAM Reader distribution. Families began arriving at about 2 pm, with staff estimating that more than 250 parents, grandparents and friends came to read with their children. Continue reading Jingle Read kicks off vacation for elementary students

Beta Tau Delta donates to Guest Reader program

In its ongoing celebration of 100 years of supporting the children of Greene County, Beta Tau Delta recently made a contribution to the Jefferson children’s library Guest Reader program. Terry Clark, assistant director and children’s librarian (pictured, left), accepted the contribution presented by Beta Tau Delta treasurer Anita Van Horn. Continue reading Beta Tau Delta donates to Guest Reader program

Be on the lookout for snowy owls this holiday season

~by Adam Janke, ISU Extension wildlife specialist

photo by Stephen J. Dinsmore, Iowa State University

AMES – Despite what can feel like Arctic weather sweeping into Iowa during the winter, the state still finds itself a long way from the Arctic tundra. So it would be surprising to find Arctic tundra wildlife soaring over Iowa’s picked corn fields or perching on the state’s telephone poles. But this winter seems to be an exception to that rule, because since early November reports of an iconic tundra-dwelling bird, the snowy owl, have been pouring in from all corners of the state.

Wildlife biologists call the phenomenon a “winter irruption,” and it has already yielded numerous sightings of this all-white, vulture-sized owl in Iowa this winter. Continue reading Be on the lookout for snowy owls this holiday season

In the neighborhood

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December 18, 2017

Rippey library Christmas party – Those who attended the “Jingle and Mingle” party at the library on Dec. 13 enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere. The community room was decorated and there were plenty of goodies to eat. The young people who took part in the games and contests provided great entertainment for the older crowd, who were content to watch the fun. Many thanks to those who helped with decorations, goodies and other support for this library event. Continue reading In the neighborhood