Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Job Opening: Administrative Assistant

The Ottumwa Public Library is seeking an Administrative Assistant. 

·        All accounting and record keeping concerning the public library.
·        Keeps up to date records involving library income, gifts and donations and
·        balances petty cash account and
·        Maintains patron count.
·        Must maintain a clear audit trail of all receipts and disbursements involving the library.
·        Utilizes computer technology to produce written financial reports.
·        Works with the director to prepare and maintain accurate records regarding time sheets, payroll and leave calculations.
·        Attends board meetings as active secretary and prepares minutes for distribution.
·        Assists in verification of orders and invoices of all library orders for materials, operating supplies, and cleaning supplies.
·        Performs other duties as needed.

Minimum requirements:  Three years’ experience bookkeeping and secretarial work.  Basic computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet applications required.  Successful candidate must be able to maintain a high degree of accuracy.

Compensation: This is a 20 hour/week position with some nights and weekends scheduled. The salary will be $13.37/hour.

Interested parties should submit cover letter or application (available at library or on our website), resume, and references to Ottumwa Public Library 102 W. 4th St. Ottumwa, IA 52501 Attn: Director or via email sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, April 3, 2015. EOE.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Donated items now being accepted for book sale

Donated items are now being accepted for the fourth annual “Pages for Pennies Book Sale.”
Donations of used books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, board games, puzzles, and sheet music are being accepted now through May 8th. Donated items can be dropped off in the lobby of Bridge View Center during regular business hours. Items can be left in two shopping carts draped in black located immediately inside the center’s main entrance.
The book sale draws its inspiration from the former YWCA book sale with the proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Ottumwa Public Library, Bridge View Center, and Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
We appreciate all donations, however, condensed books, magazines, videos and cassette tapes will not be accepted due to the few sold at previous sales.
Sale organizers ask that donated items be clean and in good condition. All items must be brought to Bridge View. Book sale volunteers are unable to pick-up donations.
Any questions can be directed to Sonja Ferrell at 641.682-7563 or sferrell@ottumwapubliclibrary.org

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Trains Across Iowa" -- Reminisce Society

For our March program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased to have Humanities Iowa speaker, Rudolph Daniels, present the program, “Trains Across Iowa,” on Tuesday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

The Ottumwa Public Library has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host this presentation. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.

Rudolph Daniels has given programs on railroad topics for over twenty years throughout the United States and Canada. He speaks on over thirty topics on just about everything in the railroad world.
Rudy, as he prefers to be called, received his Ph.D. in history from Penn State University and holds post-doctoral certificates from Hamlin University and the University of Iowa. He has written four books. Two are currently in publication: Trains Across the Continent and Sioux City Railroads. He wrote Trains Across the Continent at the request of the railroad industry, and it is therefore the closest to an “official history” of American railroads. He is currently working on another book—“American Railroads during World War One.”

Rudy gives his entertaining programs dressed in a real Milwaukee Road conductor’s uniform. He will open his program with a “train call” to Ottumwa. The “call” will be from one of the Burlington Route’s trains during the 1950’s.The “train call” will evoke memories for many listeners. To his audiences, Rudy has become known as Iowa’s own “Super Conductor”!
The topic for Ottumwa is the Trains Across Iowa. The presentation will focus on Iowa’s importance in our nation’s rail history.

Plan to join us on Tuesday, March 24, for a fascinating glimpse into Iowa’s culture. Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance or for further information, please call the library’s director, Sonja Ferrell at 641-682-7563, extension 202.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 2015 -- Preschool Storytime

Enjoy story time and fun crafts with Jenna!
Fridays @ 10:30
March 6
March 13St. Patrick's Day
(Wear Your Green!)

March 20
March 27 Turtles

Friday, February 20, 2015

LEGO Club -- March 7


For 2nd-5th graders
Saturday, March 7
10:00-11:15 a.m.
Ottumwa Public Library Children’s Room

Children will design LEGO projects that will then be on display in the library.

For more information, please call: Jenna Bates, Youth Librarian-OPL, 641-682-7563, ext.210  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Come Enjoy Jerry Barlow's Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar

Find your way out of the winds and into the strings by attending Jerry Barlow's Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar at the Ottumwa Public Library.

The concert will be on Thursday, March 5 at 5:30 pm in the library's meeting room.

This program is sponsored by the Ottumwa Public Library Friends and is free to the community.

See you there!

February 2015 Reminisce

The Reminisce Society presents...

"This Place Matters"  

Ottumwa has many buildings with histories unique to them. In Ottumwa's downtown area, many have had their significance acknowledged through the National Register of Historic Places. Architectural historian Molly Naumann will share some of these histories and which ones are on the registry when she returns to the Reminisce Society to present her program “This Place Matters” at the Ottumwa Public Library on Tuesday, February 24th, at 10:00 a.m.

As an architectural historian, Naumann travels the state, assisting communities and individuals with evaluation of historic structures and nominations to the National Historic Register, as well as educating adults and children alike about the remarkable buildings in their neighborhoods.

Reminisce programs are free and open to the public, and are especially for those interested in Iowa and local history. For further information, please contact the Sonja Ferrell at the Ottumwa Public Library, 641-682-7563, extension 202.