May  2022  Newsletter Header.png

Here's What's Happening

Newsletter Memorial Day 2022 _2_.png

In observance of Memorial Day, the library will be closed Monday, May 30.

Newsletter Beyond the Beaten Path Photo Display _1_.png

Call for Photo Entries!

In honor of this year's Summer Reading Program theme, "Read Beyond the Beaten Path", we're asking you to share photos of your favorite hidden gems of the Cedar Valley!

Email your "off the beaten path" photos from around the Cedar Valley to

Beginning July 1, we will display the photos we've received on the library's first floor. Photos via email will be accepted until July 15. These photos can be anything from your favorite hiking trail in George Wyth, to the best spot to have a picnic!

Wednesdays | 5:30 pm -7:00 pm | Meeting Room AB

Let Mike Finley, aka "The Crazy Man in the Pink Wig", help you build a better relationship with your money by attending this 8-week seminar dedicated to investing and managing your investments. Whether you're a seasoned or novice investor, this seminar will teach you how to make your money work for you.

Class descriptions

May 4: How to Invest Wisely in Real Estate

May 11: How to Take the Emotion Out of Your Investment Decisions

May 18: How to Select the Right Financial Advisor

May 25: Pulling Together Everything You Learned

FB_TW Composting for Beginners.png

May 3 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Meeting Room AB

Tammy Turner, from the Healthy Cedar Coalition, is here to teach you about the art of composting! Learn the recipe for beautiful, rich compost with tips on compost styles, placement, and care. Have an apartment or tiny lot? She can also answer your questions about vermicomposting, which is a type of indoor composting using redworms. Join us for this program just in time for gardening season!

FB Event and TW Holy Bleep_ _1_.png

May 5 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Meeting Room AB

Join Local author Michelle Moine Prohaska for a discussion of her book Holy BLEEP! That was NOT a Coincidence. Michelle will be highlighting some tips from the book about how to feel better in a stressful world, focus on the possibilities, and other helpful feel-good techniques she's found throughout her journey of life and writing a book.

Her book will be available for purchase after the event: $18 for paperback, $29 for hardcover. She accepts cash, credit/debit, and Venmo, and will be happy to sign the book upon purchase.

FB_TW Downstairs at Downton .png

May 17 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Meeting Room AB

If you're a fan of the "Downton Abbey" television show, have you ever wondered what life was really like below the stairs at a place like Highclere Castle? Could the chauffeur really marry the daughter of an Earl? Would a maid help move a dead body to protect her mistress' reputation?

Kathy Wilson presents "Downstairs at Downton", an exploration of the popular tv series "Downton Abbey" and how it compares to history. Afternoon tea, coffee, and cookies will be provided!

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach invites you to the final class of their gardening series at the Waterloo Public Library.

May 10
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Meeting Room AB
What’s New in the Garden for 2022 with Heidi Tietz-DeSilva
Everyone's favorite florist, Heidi Tietz-DeSilva, will share 2022's flower trends.

Book Clubs

FB Book-a-holics _5 color options_.png

May 9

6:00 pm | Virtual

Love to read and dialogue? If so, have we got a book club for you! This book club meets virtually every month to discuss a selected fiction or nonfiction title. Because this club is for readers who like a book with a twist, enjoy a drink, and bite to eat from the comfort of home during the discussion.

May's selected title is Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradel.

To participate, email Dusty at at least one day before the event. He will send you the virtual meeting details.

FB Food For Thought.png

May 12

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Virtual

Finally, a book club for culinary-minded folks. Join us virtually for this special book club that will bring together cooks, bakers, chefs, and recipe & cookbook lovers to share and swap food ideas. Each month, a new cookbook with stories will be chosen and be the catalyst for experimentation in the kitchen and discussion.

May's selected title is Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders.

Registration Required. Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

FB_ TW Coffee and a Classic.png

May 18

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Conference Room

Whether it's your admiration for Jane Austen's strong female characters or F. Scott Fitzgerald's depiction of the Jazz Age, this book club is the place for you. Come join us for a fun discussion of books deemed "one of the classics", coffee provided!

May's selected title is Emma by Jane Austen.

To participate, please email Haley at

After registering via email, you'll receive more meeting details. A limited number of copies of each month's selected titles will be available for checkout. You may also download digital copies from

May 24

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meeting Room A

Board game enthusiasts wanted! Whether you're a seasoned veteran or new to the world of board games, stop by to play old classics or new favorites, or bring your own to show the group. We will also have our growing list of games for patrons to check out on hand! "Shall we play a game?"

May 6

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Meeting Room AB

Join us on the first Friday of the month to catch a new release (or classic film) on the big screen. Popcorn and soda provided free of charge. Sponsored by Friends of the Waterloo Public Library.

May's movie is "Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture" (2019).


FB event Virtual Storytime Spring 2022 _1_.png

Tuesdays through May 24

10:30 am

View live, virtual storytimes from the comfort of home when you register for WPL's Virtual Storytime Club. Once registered, you'll receive an email with a link to view each week's live storytime and instructions to pick up the "take and make" craft that goes along with each reading.

Registration is required. Register here.

Wednesdays through May 25 10:30 am

Meeting Room AB

WPL is offering a weekly in-person, socially distanced storytime. Join us Wednesdays in the meeting room for stories and a craft! Toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are welcome. 

Check out all upcoming Hive workshops here!
Check out all upcoming Technology workshops here!
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram