The Drake Public Library is seeking a part time janitor. 20 hours per week. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds, do small repairs, clean building interior daily. Exterior duties (landscaping, snow shoveling) as needed. Applications will be accepted until Monday, July 2nd. Applications available at the library’s temporary location.
Drake Public Library is hiring!
We are looking for a PT Circulation Aide for the children’s department.
Specific shift availability required, includes Saturdays.
Required skills include shelving materials (alphabetically and with Dewey Decimal classification), basic math/handling money, excellent customer service, computer and database experience, knowledge of children’s literature, positive experience with children and families and the ability to work independently.
If this sounds like you, we invite you to fill out an application at the library’s temporary site at 1011 N. 18th Street.
On Saturday, November 11th we will be holding a book signing and author visit with Sarah Rupalo who is the author of A Shaken Leaf. Sarah’s newest book promises to be a very intriguing story. The characters draw you into this important theme. Her book, Keeper’s Choice, is a well read mystery here at Drake Public Library. Sarah will be available with copies of her newest book and her previous books from 10:00am until Noon.
Sarah has been a guest author at Drake Public Library before and we are very pleased that she is available to visit with our patrons and the fans of her writing again. Her books are available for check out here at the library or you can find them on Amazon.com. Sarah will be also selling signed copies for patrons the day of the book signing. Please join us to celebrate the published works of this Seymour, Iowa author!
“In A Shaken Leaf, Lora Hobart, an ambitious preacher’s wife, manipulates the lives of her family to push her husband’s career to a higher level. Hiding her bigotry and greed, she forces her twins, Damaris and Deborah, to keep a terrible secret. Years later, Keisha Carter’s search for her biological mother reveals shocking truths that could destroy the family. Can a symbolic dried leaf bring two families back together again?”
The Friends of the Drake Public Library are proud to be hosting this wonderful event. Come and meet Sarah, hear a little more about her books and perhaps buy a signed copy for yourself. Refreshments will be available.
Drake Public Library is about to undergo a tremendous renovation. It is an exciting plan that directly relates to our mission of being a welcoming center for lifelong learning for our community.
During this renovation, the library will be relocating to a temporary location. That location is at 1101 North 18th Street, in the mall, next door to Cinema 4 Movie Theater. We will be at this location for the duration of the renovation, which is slated to be complete by July 2018.
Our temporary home will house the vast majority of our book collection, DVDs, audio books, magazines, newspapers and some of our public computers. We request that you call or email the library for an appointment if you need to do genealogy research, as those materials will be at another location. Our book drop will be located at this sight and Library Hours will remain the same: Monday through Friday, 10am until 6pm and Saturdays, 10am until 2pm. The Little Listeners story time group will still be meeting with Kristin on Wednesdays at 10:30. Other programming will be advertised throughout the year as we get settled into our temporary site.
We will be moving into our temporary location September 11 through September 16. During that week, we will be closed to the public. You will still be able to call us at 867-6676 for assistance or log into your account through the Follett Destiny link on our website drakepubliclibrary.org to renew your materials online. Any late fees that accrue during the week that we are closed will be forgiven.
We plan on being open to the public, in the temporary location, on Monday, September 18. We know that it won’t be perfect but we want this to be a smooth transition for our patrons and we are focusing on making sure we can still provide the best customer service to our patrons as possible. We hope that you will stop in to see us!
It is a busy and exciting time at the Drake Public Library as we prepare for the library renovation that will begin in September. The project involves an interior remodeling that will convert an existing double height space, also known as “the glass floor” that is currently under-utilized, into a newly accessible, separate floor. The added floor will allow for the creation of a reading room which honors the wishes of Bill Swab, who left a memorial fund to the library for this purpose. We envision this space as a beautiful and comfortable space, with soft furniture, a fireplace, periodicals and a small portion of the book collection available for the public. A place to relax, read, work or perhaps visit with a good friend.
We are proud that a design has been created that incorporates pieces of the historical glass and steel floor stacks. Pieces of the glass floor panels will be used as a beautiful, decorative inlay in the new floor of the reading room and portions of the steel stacks will be utilized throughout the main floor as display pieces.
The current meeting room on the south side of the building will be divided into two spaces, one large conference room and one smaller room that will host groups of less than 20 people. These spaces will be divided by a partition wall, topped with clerestory glass windows with historic photos of the Centerville area as part of the design. This will be quite a showstopper and we are very thankful to Lisa Eddy and the Appanoose County Historic Museum for helping our architect find just the right photos to add to this piece.
We are also going to be redesigning and renovating the lower level bathrooms and are planning on adding a main floor bathroom. This is an important aspect of the design so that we can maintain ADA compliance and update our facilities’ functions.
There will be study areas found throughout the building and the library’s layout will be reconfigured just a bit in order to create a better flow for patrons and staff. The Genealogy collection will also be moved to its own space to make it more accessible to the public.
During these renovation, the Drake Public Library will be housed at a temporary location, the former Mr. Movies business next to the mall’s movie theater. Be on the look out for information regarding the timing of this move. We will be moving as much of the collection as possible to the temporary location and we will continue to be open Monday through Friday, 10-6 and Saturday, 10-2. Any materials that do not get moved to the temporary location will be in accessible storage. If a patron wants an item that hasn’t made the move, they can put the item on hold. A staff member will then collect the item and contact the patron… just as if someone else had the item checked out. We know that it won’t be perfect, but we are working very hard to plan on providing excellent customer service to our patrons during this time.
Our future looks pretty amazing as we look toward the completion of this renovation. In the meantime, the staff and I invite your continued support for the Drake Public Library in our temporary space as we strive to keep our community’s library a welcoming center for all.
Thanks for your support,
“Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing and craftwork for household use or sale.” -from Merriam Webster
Modern Homesteaders often use renewable energy options including solar energy and wind power and some even invent DIY cars! Many also choose to plant and grow heirloom vegetables and to raise heritage livestock. Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, by the lifestyle choices they make.
With the up and coming interest in homesteading in our area, the Drake Public Library has purchased a set of DVDs produced by Franklin Springs Family Media called “Homestead Blessings”. The 9 piece series includes step by step directions in Bread Making, Candle Making, Canning, Cooking, Dairy Product Use, Gardening, Herb Preparation and Use, Sewing and Soap Making.
Of course my first thought was, “This would be great for our 4H kids that might be thinking about next year already!” But really, this series is for anyone interested in learning these skills that don’t tend to be taught much anymore. The films are full of helpful instruction, practical tips and fun filled insight into these homesteading skills and are presented by a group of women with practical knowledge and experience in each of these areas.
Are you interested in learning more about these subjects? Come to the Drake Public Library and check out one of these DVDs or look through our catalog for other homesteading materials. There are other DVDs, books and magazines that you might be interested in seeing. We are more than happy to help you find just the right thing within our own collection or look through the inter library loan system.
Small steps toward self-sufficiency can truly change or perhaps improve your quality of life. And, you might just enjoy it!
Part Time Librarian Assistant for Children’s Department
The Drake Public Library is seeking candidates to fill a part time opening in the children’s department, beginning immediately. This is a part time position (15 – 20 hours a week) with a set schedule that includes Saturdays.
The Librarian Assistant is responsible for daily operations at the Circulation Desk. This position requires the ability to work directly with children of various ages, a familiarity with authors, books and genres, a basic understanding of the internet and various computer programs, the ability to alphabetize and an understanding of the Dewey Decimal system in order to re-shelve materials accurately. You must be over the age of 18 and out of high school to apply.
Please fill out an application at the circulation desk of the library and submit it to the librarian on duty. Previous applicants may reapply.
The annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held at the Drake Public Library Monday, May 22 through Saturday, May 27 during normal business hours. In years past, this event has been held in March but we are trying something new this year. This year’s “table top” fair is being held at the end of May in order to help kick off Summer Reading Program season.
We are still looking for volunteers to help run the fair during business hours (10-6). It is relatively simple. Any adult with a bit of cash register experience can do it. Its more fun with a buddy, so bring a friend! If you are interested, please contact us at 856-6676. As a volunteer, you will be lucky enough to see the books that are available for purchase right away!
This year’s theme is “Happy Camper Book Fair: S’more Fun with Books!” and promises to be full of wonderful reading choices as well as a few fun novelty items. There will be books of all types and price ranges for children pre-school through young adult. Scholastic provides good quality reading materials that are very popular with kids and families.
This book fair helps us earn “Scholastic Dollars” to purchase books and other materials for the library. We can earn up to 50% of our total sales! Its been a wonderful resource for the Children’s Library and we hope that you will help support the Drake Public Library through this fun event. Come to our book fair!
On Saturday, May 13 at 11am, two popular authors from Centerville, Kathryn Wood (CHS 1958) and Garry Cox (CHS 1960) have been invited home to share their poetry and storytelling skills with an audience of old and new friends.
Garry L. Cox is a teacher, poet, actor, playwright and public speaker. Garry will be reading from his book of poetry, The Waters of Appanoose County.
“I’m really just a big ham-ever since I was in the Lincoln Elementary School Production of The Big Bad Wolf and brought down the house by diving head-first into a huge waste can we were using as a chimney. Anything to please an audience. Including standing still and sharing some poems I’ve written to express my gratitude for a life full of blessings.”
The Waters of Appanoose County is available at Amazon.com. For an even more fun option, go to Garry’s website, garrycox.com and check out his blog and click on BOOK to purchase.
Kathryn Wood will be reading from her book, An Unbroken Promise.
“I currently live in Cedar Falls to be close to my daughter and her family. I grew up in Centerville and graduated with the class of 1958. I married Clyde Wood of Exline, Iowa and we had a son and a daughter. My son is a history professor and teaches at a small college in West Virginia. My daughter is a physical therapist in Cedar Falls.”
“Clyde died in 1987 and since then, I have been exploring life as a single person, walking a trail cut out for one. Since the writing of An Unbroken Promise, I have also contributed a story as part of a book, Sex, Lies and Scandals in Two Rivers.”
An Unbroken Promise is available on Amazon.
Copies of Garry and Kathryn’s books will be available for purchase through cash or check during their visit to the Drake Public Library.
The Friends of the Drake Public Library are graciously hosting this event.
“It really was a shame. No, not a shame…a disappointment, Beth Prudhomme mused, as she sat at the intersection waiting for the green light. She glanced out the car window at the man her friend had invited her to meet over dinner. Sam Carney was stopped in the lane next to her, also waiting for the light. Again she felt a twinge of regret, knowing that nothing would ever come of their evening together…”
Debbie Macomber returns following A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (New Beginnings, #2) with her third in the New Beginning Series If Not For You, a charming, fun, contemporary tale of unexpected romantic connections with Macomber’s own Hallmark signature style: Second Chances. Fresh Beginnings. Self-discovery. Healing.
Beth, reserved and smart, has started living her own life, out from under the thumb of her over controlling parents. She has also agreed to go on a “blind date” with Sam, who is her exact opposite and her parents’ worst nightmare…a tattooed auto mechanic who’s rough around the edges. Both Beth and Sam would have just written the date off as just another awkward set up. But, tragedy brings them together and they develop the most unlikely of friendships and eventually fall in love. Of course, there are certain hurdles that threaten to stand in their way. But that’s what makes the story interesting!
Spring has sprung and I have been in the mood to read something light, fun and a little romantic. This book fit the bill and has a sweet story that really grabs at your heart. If you read, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, some of those characters also show up in this book. Nobody does realistic, down to earth romance stories like Debbie Macomber.