The Drake Public Library is seeking a part time janitor. 20 hours per week, 5 days a week. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds, do small repairs, clean building interior daily. Exterior duties (landscaping, snow shoveling) as needed. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required. Call the library at 856-6676 to inquire and arrange to pick up an application.
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.
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.
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Drake Public Library
Part Time Librarian Assistant for Children’s Department
The Drake Public Library is seeking candidates to fill a part time opening beginning March 15, 2017. 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 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. The ability to and desire to work with children of all ages is required. You must be over the age of 18 and out of high school to apply. Please fill out an application at the main desk of the library and submit it to the librarian on duty. Previous applicants may reapply.
The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday makes me realize how very thankful I am for the Drake Public Library and for those of you who support us. The Friends of the Drake Public Library fund children’s programming and so many other things! Thank you for working very hard to make sure that our library has whatever we need. Our Drake Public Library Foundation raises and manages funds through memorials and large donations. Thank you for ensuring the future of our library and our services.
Our library Board of Trustees is a strong support for me. Thank you for planning for the future, assisting me in developing policies, and advocating for the library throughout the community. The City of Centerville provides funding for the library and I am thankful to have strong leaders within the City Council, the Mayor’s office and administrative team to help me and support the library.
The staff at Drake Public Library has some of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. Thank you, Beth, Julie, Kristin, Pam, Chaz and our volunteers John, James and Nikki, for being reliable, knowledgeable, patient and kind. I am very lucky to have these coworkers and friends. Finally, our patrons…because without you, we wouldn’t be here! Thank you for kind words, patience, timely suggestions, interesting conversations, and of course tasty treats! Our patrons are some of the best and the staff at the Drake Public Library is very thankful for all of you.
Please enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. We will be closed on Thursday and Friday so that our staff can enjoy time with their families. Thank you!
I grew up in Centerville, Iowa. My mom and I would walk to the Drake library every Saturday morning. I loved the place, the light seemed magical streaming through the giant windows. I remember the children’s area vividly. Mrs. King knew everything and remembered my favorite authors and subjects. She was always glad to see me and I would talk to her as long as I could. She had a whole strip of school pictures from all the area kids up on a bookcase.
Upstairs was a formal area. People spoke in hushed tones and glided along picking out titles. Dorothy Owens bustled around and Gerlinde Lutke checked out titles to adults. Kids were seen not heard. The magazines were all on a couple of giant tables behind the circulation desk. Mom and I would fill up bags of books and magazines and drag them home. My schooldays followed a strict pattern; school, snack, play, dinner, read. I read all the time. I read when I should have been cleaning my room, I read when I should have been asleep! I would look at my mom’s library magazines when she finished with them. I loved Rolling Stone and Family Circle.
Computers didn’t exist in homes back then. We would be allowed to play Oregon Trail on the computer in the school library once a week. We didn’t have a telephone in our house. The television turned on for the news, Dallas, and Fantasy Island and then sat silent. The social networks back then were the school playground or the local grocery store checkout.
The library was where I landed my first job. I spent one whole summer typing up cutter numbers for shelf cards and spine labels. I used a typewriter and sat in the reading room clacking away eight hours a day. I continued to work there during my high school days. The library job didn’t do much for my popularity, but neither did my complexion or my Sun In streaky hair. Gerlinde would feed me crackers and butter when we stayed in the dungeon repairing books in the evenings.
I have worked at this library on four different occasions during my life. My most recent job title has been Library Director for the last eight years. I will be leaving in a few weeks to start a new chapter in my career. The thing about the Drake Library is that it endures. Few things in life stay the same, divorces, death, new pets, old friends; people change but the Drake Library endures. The building sits at the head of Drake Avenue, majestic and stout. Stores come and go, restaurants close, families move in and out of the area. But people return to Centerville for Pancake Day, Homecoming, and often visit the Drake Library.
I will have new co-workers, new library patrons, and a new building to manage as Director of the Adair County Library in Kirksville, Missouri. Stop by and say hi if you are ever in Kirksville—I mean it, I will miss my people!
I will remember the Drake Library. I will remember the creaky freaky glass floor, the portrait of Governor Drake, the patrons that come in every day. I will remember who reads John Grisham, who hates due date receipts, who calls in to renew and the ones that say they already paid that library fine.
JeNel Allen Barth will be the interim Director, she has been here for some time and will handle things! Stop in at my going away party on Wednesday February 10th between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. I wish the best for the Drake Public library and all the people that visit the library. Thank you for a great run! Here’s an old joke for you: Old librarians never die, they just get renewed.
It is October, so here is the obligatory scary book blog post! There are a ton of scary books; vampire books, dystopian books, ghost stories, and psychological horror. Perusing online, a person can find lists and lists of scary books.
Stephen King is the master of the scary story, from short terrifying novellas to thousand page mammoth books full of the undead, he can make a reader sleep with a light on all night long. Salem’s Lot and Pet Sematary are two of his that absolutely scare me to my wit’s end. Interesting side note, King’s books are always vanishing from the Drake Library. We have to re-order multiple copies of his books. That is horrifying.
King has a son named Joe Hill. He is a talented writer. His short story collection 20th Century Ghosts is full of hair raising spooky tales.
The scariest book I ever read has to be Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child. This family has a child and he is violent, super strong, and not very lovable. The siblings don’t want anything to do with Ben. The mom can’t handle him. This story is scary to me because I think that is every parent’s nightmare. Having a child that is uncontrollable and unpleasant would be a heavy burden for a family.
Whatever your flavor of fright, you can find a spooky story at the Drake Public Library to fill your October evenings with terror.
Stop by the store and buy a fresh light bulb on your way home from the library! Just in case!
The first official meeting of Drake Public Library’s new book club The Genre Shifters will be on September 9th at 2pm. We will also have a meeting on September 24th at 6 to discuss the same book. We’re starting out with 2 different meeting times in order to make the book club accessible for as many patrons as possible.
As Genre Shifters we will be picking a book from a different section of the library each month. We’ll all end up extremely well rounded as readers. This will be a great way to introduce some new flavors to your reading repertoire or help you break out of a rut.
September’s book is a very popular and highly acclaimed fantasy novel. We’ll be reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. According to the book’s publisher “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.”
So make plans now to join us as we discuss the book and enjoy themed refreshments and the fellowship of other book enthusiasts.
Let the circulation desk know if you need a copy of the book and we will get you one.
Genre is a word that I say all the time! As a librarian and a nosy person, I constantly ask people what their favorite book or genre is. According to Merriam Webster, genre is defined as: a particular type or category of literature or art. I love to find out what other people read, so I guess I have the perfect job as a librarian.
Goodreads ranks the most popular book of the year (2015) so far as “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. This title is a mystery/thriller. Mysteries seem to be a very popular genre right now. Authors like Gillian Flynn, James Patterson, and John Sandford are in demand at the Drake Public Library and currently rule the New York Times Bestseller list. “The Girl on the Train” has been a steady winner on the list for the last 29 weeks.
Romance novels are a fun genre also. The romance section includes, paranormal romances like “All I want for Christmas is a Vampire” by Kerrelyn Sparks. Other sub genres within the romance world include historical romances, inspirational romances, and young adult romances. According to the Romance Writer’s of America website, in 2013, annual total sales of romance novels (print and electronic) totaled 1.08 billion dollars! The romance genre makes up 13% of all adult book sales. 84% of romance readers are female and 16% are male.
I am writing about genres today because we are starting a new book club at the Drake Public Library. The book club will read a different genre each month. The goal is to try other genres and sub genres of literature. There is time to join. Our first selection is “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. It is a fantasy tale full of magic, competition, and a dash of romance. Stop by and request your copy. We will be borrowing copies from other libraries in the state of Iowa. If you are interested, the group will be meeting in September to discuss this book. Check the website’s calendar for the exact date and time.