Iowa Libraries Through the Years

If you feel like taking a trip down memory lane today, check out the State Library’s Iowa Digital Heritage‘s collection of photographs of Iowa Public Libraries Through the Years. While Wellman-Scofield Public Library is not featured in the collection, there are many wonderful pictures of the libraries throughout Iowa.                                                           Click on the picture below to browse the collection.

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If you happen to have any photographs of the Wellman-Scofield Public Library throughout the years, we would love to see and share them! You can post them in the comments section of this blog post, email them to us at, or if you don’t have them in digital form you can bring them into the library and we will help you scan them.

This Week @ WSPL



Welcome to another week of This Week at WSPL! Every Monday we will be letting you know about upcoming library events, new books hitting our shelves, and any other important information that you, our patrons, might find helpful!


Tuesday, April 17 at 10 AM: Senior Creative Art Workshop: Necklaces

Wednesdays at 10:30: Preschool Story Time with Carol

Fridays at 10:30: Toddler Time with Megan

Saturday, April 21st @ 10 AM: Money Smarts Program for Kids


** Be sure to check out our Facebook page for future events! **


Here are some of the new items hitting our shelves this week. If you’d like to know more about any item, simply click on the title for a Goodreads review.


If I Live by Terri Blackstock

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard

Duel to the Death by J.A. Jance

Red Alert by James Patterson

 Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel



I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis


Pancakes in Pajamas by Frank Asch

Max’s Half Birthday by Rosemary Wells



Sepulchre by Kate Mosse


The Fox & the Hound (1&2)

Gone Baby Gone

Wonder Woman


Upcoming Events: Money Smarts


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We have a great program coming up here at the Wellman-Scofield Library! As part of  National Money Smart Week, we are teaming up Hills Bank to provide a fun opportunity for kids to come to the library and learn about the importance of saving. Each participant who attends the Money Smarts program will receive a piggy bank to decorate and each family will receive a beautiful hard-cover book to take home. Contact WSPL for more information!


National Library Week


This week happens to be National Library Week. A time when we can all celebrate our love of libraries! Fly your book nerd flag high and enjoy it! Here at WSPL we have been celebrating by having classes from Mid-Prairie West Elementary visit and get to know the library a little better. Its been so much fun getting to meet lots of new kiddos!


We also have a fun contest happening for our patrons to participate in. Come check out the Book in a Jar and see if you can guess the title of the book inside! My hint to you blog readers is that the book is from the Junior Fiction section. Shhh!


Take advantage of all the fun library happenings this week and visit all of your local libraries! Did you know that if you are a Washington County resident you can get a library card at all three libraries in the county? So visit Kalona, Washington, and Wellman libraries and get a new card if you don’t have one yet! There are so many great books to be discovered at all three libraries!

Happy National Library Week!!


Tech Tuesday: Tips for Getting Kids off Devices


kid-notebook-computer-learns-159533.jpegIf you’ve ever had to pry a tablet from a toddler’s death grip, this article might be just what you’re looking for! Common Sense Media is such a great resource for parents when it comes to advice on creating healthy relationships between your children and their media access. The article we are sharing with you today is “5 Strategies for Getting Kids off Devices”. Check out the full article on 

5 Strategies for Getting Kids off Devices

Ever try to pry a tablet from sticky fingers? Check out these tips to avoid the tantrum.

“Just a sec,” say nine out of 10 parents answering an email when their kid asks them for something. If it’s hard for us to jump out of the digital world, just imagine you’re 3 and the lines between fantasy and reality are already blurred — then throw in a super-engaging, colorful, fun, immersive experience. Or you’re 5 and each episode of Mutt &  Stuff on the Nick Jr. app is better than the last. Or you’re 8 and you’re almost finished building something amazing in Minecraft. Why would you ever want to stop?

This is why getting kids off their devices is so tough. And when threatening doesn’t work, and you discover the research that two-minute warnings aren’t the best option either, what can you do? Thankfully, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some new guidelines around screen use that ease some parental guilt, but you still need to get your kid off the iPad at some point. Aside from being a strong role model, try these tips to minimize conflict and find the balance we’re all seeking.

  • Have another activity lined up (bonus points for making it seem fun). For the youngest device users, transitions are hard — period.  Even if the next “to do” is a “must do” (such as eating lunch), tell your kid what’s coming next. You can rehearse the process: “When I say stop, it’s time for the iPad to go night-night. Let’s see how fast you can flip it shut! As soon as it’s asleep, we can sneak into the other room and paint.”
  • Use visual and sound cues to help kids keep track of time limits. For kids who don’t yet know how to tell time, try a timer that can help put them in charge of the process: “When the time is up, it’ll look and sound like this.”
  • Find apps with built-in timers. Video streamers like Cakey and Huvi throw parents a bone and have internal timers so the app stops on its own. Then it’s up to the parent to make sure kiddo doesn’t just jump into another app.
  • Tell kids to stop at a natural break, such as the end of an episode, level, or activity. It’s hard for kids (and adults!) to stop in the middle of something. Before your kid gets on a device, talk about what they want to do or play, what will be a good place to stop, and how long they think it’ll take. Set the limit together and hold to it, though a little wiggle room (a couple of minutes so they can finish) is fine.
  • Discuss consequences and follow through when kids test the limits. When all else fails, it’s important to have discussed consequences for when your kid won’t give it up. For little kids, the line can be something like, “If it’s too hard to turn off, the tablet has to go away for a whole day.” For older kids it’s more about keeping devices in a public space, setting expectations, and enforcing them. If they show you they can be partners in moderating and regulating themselves, there can be more flexibility.