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!