Join us for our finale program for Summer Reading Program 2016: On Your Mark, Get Set…READ! Discover the physics of flight and explore the four forces that allow us to fly through the air at staggering speeds: weight, thrust, drag and lift!
Drake Public Library
We are gearing up for the RAGBRAI riders to visit Centerville and stop by the Drake Public Library! From sprucing up the building to displaying books about Centerville’s history and bicycle riding. We will be offering access to our computer labs and WIFI as well as welcoming visitors to cool off inside. We want Drake Public Library to be a welcoming place for our RAGBRAI guests.
As we were pulling out books for display, I came across “RAGBRAI: Everyone Pronounces it Wrong” by John Karras (Co-Founder of RAGBRAI) and Ann Karras (long time documentarian of RAGBRAI). What a fun title! This book, published in 1999, is pure entertainment. It deals with the first 25 years of the famous ride, describes its creation, and tries to explain the ride’s continuing charm and appeal. RAGBRAI has grown by leaps and bounds since this book was released but it really does give you a feel for how very special this event is to now, generations of people. “It is, in short, a love affair between bicycle riders and the people of Iowa.” This book captures the essence of all that.
Welcome to Drake Public Library, RAGBRAI 2016
JeNel Allen Barth
Come join Kelley from the Rathbun Lake area YMCA as she teaches us how to continue our healthy lifestyle through movement and nutrition. This program is best for older preschoolers, school age children and teens. Families are welcome to this event that will teach us about keeping our bodies and minds active and healthy!
Join us at 1pm for a fast paced, dance oriented work out with our local Zumba Kids instructor, Brandie!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to dance? Maybe you already love to dance! Come to Drake Public Library and join local dancers and dance instructors, Buffy and Haddie Hurley as they lead the Summer Reading Program group in some cool dance moves. Maybe you’ll learn something that you can show off on the dance floor!
I stepped way out of my comfort zone last time I checked books out. I picked up “Arcadia” by Iain Pears. It was innocently lying on the table near the front doors. It beckoned to me.
This books took some diligence and perseverance, on my part, to get into. I admit that I was confused and I did some paging back and forth the first couple of sittings. I seriously thought of putting it aside permanently. Then, I was in!
Interestingly, that is essentially what the story is about… There are three unique worlds, realities, times, that a very few characters overlap. Actions in one, don’t seem to directly affect another. It’s a hard book to explain.
There is an elderly professor/storyteller and a young, somewhat bored girl who visits the professor and takes care of his cat. There is a group of scientists who are working on a machine to explore alternate universes. There is also a group of people living simply off the land. These three groups are in different “realities”, or are they even real?
This is definitely not a book for everyone. It took intentional reading and there are times that I appreciate this. If you are in a rut, tired of fluffy romance, cringing at the gory murder mystery or find yourself zipping through books and getting little satisfaction, check this one out!
Did you know that you can borrow movies and tv shows on DVD from the library? We have a wide variety of choices that are rated PG and up on the main floor and G rated in the children’s department. This month, I was able to add a couple of new titles for each collection.
For the kids, we have a Mo Willems favorite, “The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?”. In this adorable story, based on Mo’s popular book, duckling does get a cookie but Pigeon isn’t very happy about it. The beloved Pigeon returns for this hilarious adventure that will keep kids giggling…and minding their manners!
Something new that has come to our collection is “Sofia the First, The Secret Library”. When Sofia discovers a wondrous hidden library of unfinished books, she learns it is her destiny as “Story Keeper” to make the tales come out right. This sweet story proves that when you believe in yourself, you can create your own happy ending!
For the adults, we have a mesmerizing and funny performance from Sally Field. “Hello, My Name is Doris” is the story of a woman who is just not ready to act her age. This is a witty and compassionate late-life coming of age story that will make you cheer and want to say, “I’m possible!”
And finally, who doesn’t love the Coen Brothers?! “Hail, Caesar!” is an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. (Including George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand and many more famous faces!) It follows a single day in the life of a studio “fixer” who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.
If you are looking for something fun to watch while you beat the heat, take a look at our DVD collection and see if there is something there for you. These DVD’s can be borrowed for up to 2 weeks and are another wonderful, free service that we offer here at your Drake Public Library.
The last time I was in the library, I discovered that one of my favorite authors had written a new book that I had not yet read! What a wonderful discovery!! The author is Adriana Trigiani and the book is “All the Stars in the Heavens.”
Trigiani’s books all center around families with Italian roots. One series has a woman pharmacist as the main character. She discovers she is Italian and begins a search into her family history. Another series is about an Italian family in New York City who makes custom, handcrafted shoes. The latest book is about a young Italian girl who comes to the United States to join a monastery, but she is not allowed to take her final vows. Instead, she is sent to Los Angeles to become secretary to the actress, Loretta Young, during the golden years of cinema. (1930’s – 1940’s) and on into the beginning of radio dramas and television.
Trigiani tells a good story! The last book was a bit slower at the beginning. But, I kept at it and by the end, had found it delightful!
Check out Trigiani in the “T” section of fiction. You won’t regret it.
Thanks for reading….Deb Egeland