RES 2023-3947 FY24 Max Levy Proposal – Public Hearing Notice
Per Iowa Code, please see the attached information about the City of Centerville Max Levy Proposal
RES 2023-3947 FY24 Max Levy Proposal – Public Hearing Notice
Per Iowa Code, please see the attached information about the City of Centerville Max Levy Proposal
The State Library, in partnership with the University of Iowa Law Library, has officially launched the People’s Law Library of Iowa, a new legal resource website providing easy to understand information on topics related to Iowa’s laws.
The website includes information on legal topics such as consumer law, family law, and landlord/tenant law, as well as guidance on researching legal issues, a glossary of more than 100 legal terms, and more.
“We are thrilled to provide this resource to Iowans,” said State Librarian Michael Scott. “Our goal with the People’s Law Library of Iowa is to provide a trusted, reliable source of information on Iowa’s laws with no legalese that the average person can easily comprehend. This website will help Iowans understand their rights and feel empowered as they navigate the legal system.”
The inspiration for the People’s Law Library of Iowa came from a similar, well-established resource in Maryland and the work of the Iowa Access to Justice Commission to identify ways to help Iowans overcome obstacles when accessing the Iowa justice system. The website stems from a partnership between the State Library and the University of Iowa Law Library.
“Legal issues cause stress for most people, even lawyers!” said Carissa Vogel, the Director of the University of Iowa Law Library. “What better way to help address anxiety and worry than helping people along the path from a question or challenging situation to understandable, actionable information.”
Funding for the People’s Law Library of Iowa came from a portion of the State Library’s allotment from the American Rescue Plan Act. The University of Iowa Law Library spearheaded the effort to develop content for the website, with the State Library providing administrative support and contracting for the website design services.
“I see this work as embodying the mission of the Iowa Board of Regents to engage in ‘creative activities to enhance the quality of life for Iowans and society in general,’“ said Vogel. “This website will serve so many people and connect them with the legal information they need to make their lives better. And it would not have been possible without the dedicated work of our law librarians and the team at the University of Iowa Law Library as well as volunteer reviewers from the Access to Justice Commission and beyond.”
An agreement has been made to extend the partnership between the State Library and University of Iowa Law Library, and work to develop additional legal topics to add to the website has already begun.
Visit and bookmark the People’s Law Library website at:
The People’s Law Library of Iowa is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act as administered by the State Library of Iowa.
The Friends of the Drake Public Library provides so much to your community’s library. They sponsor our children’s Summer Reading Program, adult programming materials, children’s after school programming materials, magazine/newspaper subscriptions, large print books, the Bridges online library consortium and the Brainfuse Help Now/Brain Fuse Vet Now databases. They are also our local champion for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library service.
All of this is available through the hard work of a few volunteers and their fundraising efforts. Are you interested in supporting these programs and services at the library? The FDPL is looking for members, sponsors and helpers! Please take time to read through the Fall newsletter, fill out the membership/sponsorship forms and volunteer to help this incredible organization. Their motto is “The library needs us and we need the library!” Please be a part of continuing that tradition!
Look for the FDPL Fall Newsletter, membership/sponsorship form and time&talent survey coming soon to your mailbox or your email inbox! If you aren’t on our mailing list, please contact Drake Public Library at 856-6676 and we will add you or click on the link in this post. These forms are also available on the main floor of the library.
Be a Friend!
2023 combined membership_sponsorship form
I often get asked, “So, what ‘s happening at the library?” It’s always an interesting question. My answer for the last year and a half has been centered around altered hours of operations and alternative services due to COVID. We were finally able to start the summer reading program in June and this past month we scheduled weekly programming! Not only have we started children’s programs, but we have also begun some fun events for adults. We are so thankful that we are at a point where we feel “just about back to normal” while maintaining a safe environment for patrons and staff.
You see, a library is full of books (and computers, magazines, newspapers, DVDs and audiobooks) but we thrive when we are full of people! A few year ago, a group of board members and community stakeholders created our current mission statement, “Drake Public Library will be a welcoming center for lifelong learning. We celebrate the freedom to read, discover and discuss.” We welcome every person through the door in hopes of helping them find exactly what they are looking for and to keep them coming back!
There is something going on almost every day of the week. There is an abundance of information and resources available to anyone with a library card. Starting with online resources, you will see some very important links on our website: Follett Destiny, Bidges, Brainfuse Job Now/Vet Now and Brainfuse Help Now. Follett is our online card catalog system to allow patrons to search for materials and reserve them to their account from the comfort of their own home. Find out what your username and password are by contacting a staff member. Bridges is the online Ebook consortium that we belong to. It is a statewide catalog of ebooks, audiobooks and video streaming that patrons can check out through their personal username and pin issued by the library. The Brainfuse links include help for job seekers, veterans and students looking for tutoring services. These links require library patrons to create personal accounts to track their progress and personal information. All have general, easy to follow directions and video tutorials to help you along.
IN PERSON PROGRAMMING
Our in person programming schedule includes:
Mondays– Little Listeners Story Time for babies, toddlers and preschoolers at
10:30am and Wii Play after school for school-age children.
Tuesdays– STEAM Club for 4th grade and up at 4pm.
Wednesdays (the last Wednesday of each month)– Book Chat! at 12:15pm and 5:15pm for adults. We start this Wednesday, September 29!
Thursdays– Adult Coloring at 1:30pm and STEAM Club for K-3rd grade at 4pm.
Fridays– LEGO Day after school for school-age children.
We are looking at future guest speakers and experts on topics like job searches, Medicare coverage/enrollment, genealogy research and one on one computer help.
A little something for everyone!
We welcome you to come by the library and see what programs and resources are best for you. Drake Public Library is here to support the community by being a resource for knowledge, entertainment and communication. We welcome you!
Dial a Story is a new service at Drake Public Library. This fun service provides story time over the phone for children, families, and groups of all ages. We provide quality stories read by library staff and special guests from the community. Special guests have included Kathy Criddlebaugh (Library Board Member), Centerville Mayor Mike O’Connor and Pancake Day Queen Haddie Hurley. Our first set of children’s stories went over very well and we are excited to add chapters from longer books starting with chapter one from Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
This is a free service provided by memorial funds given in memory of Dorothy O’Connor, former resident of Centerville. It was her wish that children and families be able to enjoy the library as she did when she was a child. This service adds more accessibility to our patrons because it doesn’t require internet or a computer. You can simply call the number and hear a variety of great stories. This service can provide individual or group story time for a family, congregate living situation or nursing home. Or, let kids call the number during a “snow day” to keep them engaged at home. Play the stories through your speaker phone option for groups. It really is a lot of fun! We are proud to provide such a fun program during such difficult times when many are home bound due to COVID restrictions and the weather.
So, give Dial a Story a call at 641-898-4800 the next time you are in the mood to hear a good story!
If you didn’t catch my book review of The Lions of Fifth Avenue in this week’s issue of the Appanoose Weekly….
Some books just click with you from first sight. I tend to be drawn to stories that involve libraries, book stores or book clubs. Books have been such a significant piece of my life for so long, it is comforting and exciting to read a story that gives “my life” a little twist. I’ve never had the honor of visiting the famous New York Public Library, but it is on my “list of places” and I always enjoy reading about it or seeing glimpses of this iconic structure on tv and in movies. The history of this building includes a historically famous apartment within the library, collections of rare manuscripts, notes from several authors and an enormous collection of books. It has stood the test of time throughout New York’s tumultuous growth, through both prosperity and tragedy.
Fiona Davis’s latest historical novel, The Lions of Fifth Avenue, explores the connection between two strong willed women with connections to the library and to each other through the great mystery involving the theft of valuable pieces of the collection in different time periods.
“It’s 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn’t ask for more out of life–her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. Headstrong and passionate, Laura wants more. When she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village’s new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club– Heterodoxy was the name adopted by a feminist debating group in Greenwich Village, New York City, in the early 20th century. It was notable for providing a forum for the development of more radical conceptions of feminism than the suffrage and women’s club movements of the time. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. When valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she’s forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.
Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she’s wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie’s running begin disappearing from the library’s famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage–truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library’s history.” (adapted from book jacket)
If you are a fan of historical fiction and enjoy stories involving libraries this is a great book for you. I personally enjoyed reading into both the Heterodoxy Club and the women’s rights movement during the early 20th century after I finished this interesting and compelling mystery. Reserve your copy of The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis today by calling 641-856-6676 or log into your library account through Follett at drakepubliclibrary.org.
Submitted by: JeNel Allen Barth
“Is the library open again?” Of course we are! We have been for a while now. We have updated the current services that are available as of September 2020 in relation to social distancing guidelines during COVID 19 and the Flu season. We are currently still providing Stage 2 services like curbside pickup and online or over the phone reference and we have been providing Stage 3 services since earlier this summer. There have been some updates and clarifications, so please review them and call or email us with questions.
Appointments for curbside pickup, browsing, computers or other services can be done over the phone or through our email, [email protected] and the link on our website. The last hour of our regular operational hours are spent cleaning, maintaining the collection and other duties, so setting a time before the end of the day is important. We try to be as flexible as we can and ask that you set a time so that we can schedule the day accordingly.
Computers are available by individual appointment only. One hour for computer use for up to three people (over the age of 15) at a time in the adult area.
One hour for computer use for two people (a child, under the age of 18 but over the age of 9, per the library’s Unattended Child Policy) at a time in the children’s area. Ipads are currently unavailable.
Browsing can be scheduled by individual appointment. 1 hour of browsing can be scheduled for up to three people (in both the adult area and the children’s area).
Family units will be asked to send one person (see Unattended Child Policy) or come as a group to choose materials.
Masks are required in the library building and we will have hand sanitizer available.
Bathrooms are not open to the public at this time.
All materials need to be returned to the Bookdrop found on the south side of the front yard, next to the driveway to staff parking for 48 hour quarantine. Please do not bring it into the building.
Materials that are pulled from the shelves but not checked out, should be placed on the tables that are available and not reshelved by patrons.
Photocopies/Scan/Fax with little or no staff assistance through appointment only. Full service requires materials (with contact information and instructions included) be put in the Bookdrop for 48 hour quarantine for a future appointment for payment and pickup. Regular fees apply.
Stay home if you are sick.
The library limits up to and no more than 6 people for scheduled meetings in the Maker Space, 4 people in the Conference Room. The Study Room and public seating will be off limits. See library staff for more details regarding meetings.
Again, contact us if you have questions regarding these services. We are constantly adapting guidelines in order to provide the best service to our community while keeping our staff safe and healthy. Thank you for supporting Drake Public Library!
Drake Public Library is adding more services to their reopening plan starting Monday July 13.
In addition to Stage 2 services that included curbside pick up, we are continuing Stage 3 computer use by individual appointment. You can schedule one hour for computer use for up to three people (over the age of 15) at a time in the Adult Area. One hour for computer use for one person (child, under the age of 18 but over the age of 9, per the library’s Unattended Child Policy) at a time in the Children’s Area.
Starting Monday July 13
Part B of Stage 3 includes browsing by individual appointment. You can schedule one hour of browsing for up to three people (for both the adult area and the children’s area). Family groups will be asked to send one person (see Unattended Child Policy) to choose materials or they have to reserve more than one appointment slot during that hour. You must ask for assistance before browsing the non-fiction section on the top floor and you must schedule browsing appointments for each department (adult collection and children’s collection) that you want to visit.
Part C of Stage 3 includes limited availability of our Conference Room and Maker Space. There is a limit of up to and no more than 6 people for scheduled meetings in the Maker Space and 4 people in the Conference Room. The Study Room and public seating are off limits.
Masks are required in the library and we will have hand sanitizer available. Bathrooms will not be open to the public. All materials need to be returned through the Bookdrop and won’t be accepted at the circulation desks. The lower level entrance/exit and elevator will be used by all patrons with appointments. Cleaning will be done during the breaks between time slots. FAX/Scan with in-library printed paper only or put your form(s) in the bookdrop (in an envelope with contact information) for a future appointment.
We are working hard to provide services to our community while keeping our staff and our patrons as safe as possible and we appreciate your support. Please contact library staff at 641-856-6676 to schedule your appointment.