Fort Dodge Public Library Brown Bag Briefings for October

The Friends of the Fort Dodge Public Library will hold Brown Bag Briefings on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the library meeting room, 424 Central Ave. The programs are free. Bring a sack lunch, coffee and water will be provided. The schedule is as follows:

Oct. 3: Veterans Day Special

Presented by Larry Harklau, U.S. Army veteran. Harklau is a lifelong resident of Webster County. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. He was deployed to Vietnam in 1967, where his mission was one of searching caves and destroying. This presentation is designed to give the audience a chance to ask questions about the war, his deployment and his service. After this program you will observe Veterans Day — Nov. 11 — with renewed respect.

Oct.10: Antarctica Travel

Presented by Daryl Beall, former state senator. After an incredible and literally sickening two-day cruise from the tip of South America to the Antarctica continent Beall found a beautiful, but foreboding land of four varieties of penguins, seals and albatrosses. Antarctica is a land of superlatives: coldest, remotest, highest, driest and most uninhabitable continent. No vegetation, but lovely icebergs and glaciers. Come see the wonderful pictures from Beall’s visit to this fascinating continent.

Oct. 17: UnityPoint Hospice — A Compassionate Community Service

Presented by Mary E. Larson, Volunteer Coordinator, UnityPoint Hospice. You never know when you will be faced with making end-of-life choices for a loved one. Do you know what services UnityPoint Hospice offers? Come and learn about how this critical comfort care program supports our community. A DVD titled “New Rules for End of Life Care” will be shown. Come and get your questions answered about hospice care.

Oct. 24: Fort Dodge Area Railways

Presented by Al Nelson, local author and historian. This year, 2019, is the 150th anniversary of the first locomotive (the Hattie Sherman) steaming into our young and thriving town. Throughout the 1860s, Fort Dodge was the third fastest growing town in Iowa. This presentation tells the story, with pictures, of how the railroad came to town and the principal people involved. This may have been the most important and exciting event in the history of our town.

Oct. 31: Collaborative Arts in Our Community

Presented by Shelly Bottorff, executive director, Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association. Bottorff is always excited when she gets the opportunity to share with different groups in our area. The FDFAA is currently involved in over 15 collaborative projects. One of those projects includes the AFES Arts Project. Bottorff is anxious to tell you all about it.