Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Speculative Book Club -- October 2015


Science Fiction - Fantasy - Horror - Folklore

Next Meeting: October 15th
OPL Meeting Room
5:30 PM

October Selection:

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Somthing Wicked This Way Comes
By Ray Bradbury

Upcoming selections to include works by Haruki Murakami, Paolo Bacigalupi, Tim Powers, Neil Gaiman, and more.

For information, contact Evan Clark at: eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Preschool Storytimes @ OPL -- October 2015

Fall into a fun story with 
Youth Services Librarian Allyson this October

 Fridays @ 10:30


Trains! All aboard the story time express! 


Leaves! Fall into fall with an autumn themed Storytime 


Monsters! Friendly monster stories for your little monster


Pumpkins! Bring your little pumpkin to hear pumpkin themed stories 


Halloween! Come dressed in costume for a spooktastic Halloween Storytime

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Reminisce Society -- September 2015

West by Orphan Train

For our September program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased to hear from author and documentary filmmaker, Colleen Bradford Krantz on Tuesday, September 29, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

It seems incomprehensible that there was a time in America’s not-so-distant past when nearly a quarter of a million children from East Coast orphanages were loaded on trains and sent west, where they were presented “for the picking.” West by Orphan Train is a documentary which tells the story of these children, who were taken from a sometimes-rough existence to an unfamiliar rural setting during an era that lasted from 1854 to 1929. As some of the last of the still-living orphan train riders like to remind us, it was a different era — one that can’t be judged without understanding what lives were like then. West by Orphan Train, a documentary film first broadcast in December 2014, offers that understanding.

Locally there were orphans that have been listed as adopted in Eddyville, Fremont, and Delta. Bradford-Krantz will discuss these and other Iowa families’ stories from the research she did for this documentary.

Colleen Bradford Krantz is a journalist, author and documentary filmmaker. Most recently, she directed, co-produced and co-wrote the award-winning documentary, West by Orphan Train, which was released late in 2014 and first broadcast on Iowa Public Television. Colleen is also creator of the News Tutor app, which teach students and others to be more discerning news consumers. Colleen’s book, “Train to Nowhere; Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation,” was released in June 2011. The documentary of the same name, written and co-produced by Colleen, was released in 2010 and was nominated for a regional Emmy award. Prior to becoming an author and filmmaker, she spent a decade working as newspaper reporter, including five years with The Des Moines Register. She is currently working for the agriculture show, Market to Market.
Plan to join us on Tuesday, September 29, for a look back into Iowa’s past. Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. For further information, please call the library’s director, Sonja Ferrell at 641-682-7563, extension 202.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Speculative Lit. Book Club -- September


Science Fiction - Fantasy - Horror - Folklore

Next Meeting: September 17th
OPL Meeting Room
5:30 PM

September Selection:

The Sparrow
By Mary Doria Russell

Upcoming selections to include works by Ray Bradbury, Haruki Murakami, Paolo Bacigalupi, Tim Powers, Neil Gaiman, and more.

For information, contact Evan Clark at: eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New Speculative Literature Book Club

Science Fiction - Fantasy - Horror - Folklore

First Meeting:
July 16th
OPL Meeting Room, 5:30 PM

July Selection:

The City & The City
By China Mieville

The Ottumwa Public Library will host a monthly Speculative Literature Book Club, focusing on literary science fiction and fantasy. Future meetings will feature both classic works and contemporary prize-winners, including authors Ray Bradbury, Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Mary Doria Russell, Paolo Bacigalupi, and more. For more information contact the library or email Evan Clark at eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Every Hero Has a Story

2015 Summer Reading Program
Ottumwa Public Library
June 1st- July 31st, 2015



Reading Details

  1. For children through age 14.
  2. Start reading books on June 1 to win prizes.
  3. Come to the library on June 1 to sign up and receive the reading log for June.
  4. Complete tasks on reading log for June, return on June 30 and receive prize bag.
  5. Complete tasks on reading log for July, return on July 31 and receive prize bag
  6. Upon completion of turning in June & July reading logs, your name will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize for your age category.
Grand prize drawings will be on July 28, 2015
Beach Bucket Surprise!
K-5th grades
Movie Madness Package!
6-8th grades
$50 Target Gift Card


Preschool Story Times
Each Friday at 10:30 a.m. starting Friday, June 5th
Infant/Toddler Story Times
Each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. startig Wednesday, June 3rd

Special Programs Details


All Programs are at 10:30 am in the Knights of Columbus Hall unless noted.

Tuesday, June 16
"Dizzy's Super Hero Show" presened by Dizzy the Clown
Thursday, June 18
Robert Swan, Master Magician
Tuesday, June 23
"Superhero Science" presented by the Grout Museum
Tuesday, June 30
"Superhero Animals" presented by Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
Thursday, July 2
Fourth of July Party @ OPL at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, July 6
Iowa Public Television Presents Dan Wardell
Tuesday, July 7
Ventriloquist, Illusionist, & Comedian Kevin Horner
Thursday, July 9
Magician Fax Gilbert
Tuesday, July 14
'The Adventures Of The Super Librarian" presented by Keith West
Tuesday, July 21
"Pint Size Polkas" presented by Mike Schneider
Tuesday, July 28
Jim Cruise "The Spoon Man"

Be Sure to Look for "Book Man"

"Book Man" flies to a new spot daily! Find him in the library and register each day for a weekly prize drawing!

Special Thanks

A special thank you to our local sponsors for their support of the Summer Reading Program: Kiwanis, OPL Friends, Pizza Hut, Sonic, Cargill Meat Solutions, John Deere, Wal-Mart, Target, and the Knights of Columbus.


The Summer Reading Program for Teens begins June 1. If you are a teen (ages 14+) and love to read, OPL wants you to sign up today for this year's program, “Unmask!"

Here's how it works:

  1. Pick up your Summer Reading Log at the Children's Desk.
  2. Read three books or listen to 3 audio books between June 1 and August 11.
  3. List the titles, authors, and a sentence or two describing each book on your reading log.
  4. Return your completed log to a staff member in the Children's department to earn a gift certificate from Main Street Donuts.  Your name will then be entered into a drawing for the grand prize of an Amazon gift card for $100.00!
  5. Attend our Teen Summer Reading Pizza Party on Tuesday August 11th, 2015 from 12-1 p.m.