Friday, March 1, 2013

March Theme : Daughter of God

Happy March!  The Lengthening Your Stride theme for March is Daughter of God.  Be sure to check out the goal suggestions tab for goals that fit this theme.     

James E. Faust said:

'To be a daughter of God means that you are the offspring of Deity, literal descendants of a Divine Father, inheriting godly attributes and potential.  To be a daughter of God also means that you have been born again, changed from a ‘carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness’. …Being a daughter of God means that if you seek it, you can find your true identity.  You will know who you are.'

We hope that this month you can gain a deeper understanding of the blessings that come through lengthening your stride in the area becoming a daughter of God.

Please feel free to share your insights and thoughts with us throughout the month.

With Love,

The Literacy Committee

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Learn to Index!

Who here is good at deciphering old calligraphy and three hundred year old cursive? You are not sure if you are good at it? Well, come give it a try at Larkin's house next Wednesday evening at 7:30! As Guardians of the Hearth (our theme for LYS this month), it is important for us to help preserve our family history. One way we can do that is through indexing. Check out the link below to learn more about indexing. You can take a two minute "test drive" to see if you like indexing. Then, when you realize that indexing is actually fun definitely more useful than playing angry birds/scrabble on your phone,  you can easily download the software to your computer or smart phone and index anytime you want! Dont let the phrase "download software" throw you off (i hate the word software, it scares me), the church website makes it super easy. 

This link has four tutorial videos.

So bring your laptops/smart phones and a snack to Larkins house on Wednesday 27th at 7:30pm and we will chat and learn how to index together. Larkin is pretty good at indexing, so she can be our guide if we need help.  We thought 7:30 would be a good time because it would allow moms to get kids ready for bed before heading out, but if it is too late, we can move the time back a bit. 
If you are anti-indexing, that is ok too! Just come to chat and hang out.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

January Projects

Thanks to everybody who shared their January home update projects!

Sara organized her laundry space.

Regan is almost finished with a blanket.

Erica alphabetized her DVD collection.

Hilary painted her kitchen wall a lovely yellow.

Larkin cleaned out her pantry.
If you have any projects from the Lengthening Your Stride program that you would like to share, feel free to email us. 

Lots of love,

The Literacy Committee

Friday, February 1, 2013

February Theme : Guardian of the Hearth

It's February!  And it's cold outside -- but don't let that ruin your enthusiasm for the Lengthening Your Stride program!

The monthly theme for February is Guardian of the Hearth.  Be sure to check out the goal suggestions tab for goals that fit this theme.     

As members of the church & women, we have a unique role in and perspective about the importance of strengthening our families.  The Family: A Proclamation to the World teaches us:

'The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan . . . Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.'

We hope that this month you can gain a deeper understanding of the blessings that come through lengthening your stride in the area becoming a guardian of the hearth.

Please feel free to share your insights and thoughts with us throughout the month.

With Love,

The Literacy Committee

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Coralville Library Book Sale

Event Date: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm

BOOK SALE at the Coralville Public Library

Hundreds of newly donated books will be available February 1st and 2nd. Sale hours are 1:30-5:30 P.M. on Friday, and 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Saturday.

In our non-fiction area, shoppers will find a large selection of cookbooks, classics, travel, self help, diet & fitness, parenting, crafts, foreign language books. Check out our miscellaneous section for those gems that defy pigeon holing. Thanks to a generous donor, dozens of Sherlock Holmes volumes are on sale. Mysteries and general fiction novels—both hard and soft cover—abound. Many children’s and chapter books for upper elementary school aged as well as a selection of young adult fiction are also available.

Friday prices are $2.00 per hard cover book, $1.00 for paperbacks and $.50 for all music CD’s and movies. Saturday prices are discounted half price. Children’s books are priced the same both days at $.25 - $2.00. As always, ample FREE PARKING is available at 1401 5th Street.

The Friends continue the traditional free book offering. As books are set up Thursday evening before the sale, FREE book carts are available outside the sale area. Be patient and note that there is no access to the sale area. Free books will also be available during sale hours. The library has removed hundreds of books on tape from the collection and these are also free. Friends of the Coralville Public Library is a non-profit organization that provides volunteer and financial support to the Coralville Library. Proceeds from the book sale will be used to support the library and other literacy focused projects. (For further information regarding this press release contact Deb Gill, 384-3328.)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Iowa Activity // Outdoor Ice Skating!

Starting today this little stretch of Iowa Avenue will be turned into a winter festival that you'll never forget! The Iowa City Downtown District is holding a free ice skating party in Downtown Iowa City. The ice skating rink (you read that right, AN ICE SKATING RINK!) will be located on Iowa Avenue between Dubuque and Linn Streets.

The rink will be open Friday from 4-10PM, Saturday 10AM-10PM and Sunday 12-5PM. The ice rink will be lit for skaters at night, and the event will include vendors with food and music. You can either bring your own skates or free rentals are provided.

It looks like it's supposed to be sunny and warmer this weekend, so come out to Downtown Iowa City to eat some food and do a little ice skating

For more information, click here.

The Literacy Committee

Sunday, January 6, 2013

January Goal Ideas: Continuing Education Classes

January's goals are all about learning new skills and finding ways to improve our homes. Kirkwood Community College has several continuing education courses that might help!

Click here to see the courses.

Courses are generally several weeks long and sometimes have a minimal fee.


  • Consumer/Finance                        
  • Cosmetology
  • Foods/Entertaining

  • Interior Design
  • Lawn/Garden
  • Family Develop.
  • General Interest

  • Arts
  • Crafts
  • Dance
  • Dog Obedience
  • Language/Culture

  • Leisure
  • Mind/Body
  • Music/Fine Arts
  • Photography
  • Writing/Literature