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

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.

Escape the Ordinary

Summer reading programs are not just for kids!

If you’re an avid adult reader (age 18+), OPL wants you to be a part of our Adult Summer Reading program, “Escape the Ordinary.”

Sign up at the Reference Desk beginning June 1; and, just for signing up, you’ll receive a gift certificate for a free doughnut from Main Street Donuts.

Read three books before July 31, and you’ll earn a phone stand/screen cleaner keychain and will be entered into a drawing for other great prizes, including a Kindle Paperwhite or a gift certificate from the Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company.

The prize drawing will take place at 3:00 p.m. on July 31.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright: Or Was He Wrong? -- Reminisce Society May 2015

For our May program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased to Roy R. Behrens from the Humanities Iowa . He will present “Frank Lloyd Wright-Or Was He Wrong,” at the upcoming Reminisce program, Tuesday, May 26, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room

There is a story (true or not) that Frank Lloyd Wright once testified in court that he was the world’s greatest living architect. “I had no choice,” he later explained, “I was under oath.” During his extended lifetime (he lived into his nineties), Wright and his architecture were far less admired than today. He was almost always controversial, as much for his single-mindedness and his point-blank way of speaking as for his architectural achievements. Regrettably, these same aspects tend to distract our attention from a full, more complete understanding of the traditions that Wright had inherited from the Victorian era, and in turn the amazing influence he had on younger architects in the twentieth century. Where did Wright come from, philosophically? What architectural and design traditions contributed to his professional development? What were his most basic ideas on form, function, the use of materials, and the environment? Was he right about architecture, and about the intrinsic connections between human beings and their earthly surroundings—including the houses in which they reside?

Roy R. Behrens is a Professor of Art and Distinguished Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa. He has taught graphic design and design history for more than 35 years at art schools and universities throughout the U.S

Plan to join us on Tuesday, May 26, for a fascinating glimpse 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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pages For Pennies -- 2015

We are getting so excited for our annual Pages for Pennies book sale!  It's right around the corner May 15-17.  This is the annual book sale that benefits the Bridge View Inc., the Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Friends of the Ottumwa Public Library.

The sale runs Friday, May 15 12-8pm, Saturday, May 16 9am-5pm and Sunday, May 17 11am-5pm.  It is at the Bridge View Center and will be in the expo hall again this year.  (same as last year.)

We are looking for volunteers.  We have 2 hour shifts available.  Please contact Sonja Ferrell at the library if you are willing to volunteer and thank you again for supporting the Ottumwa Public Library!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

May 2015 Preschool Story Time @ OPL

Enjoy story time and fun crafts with Jenna on Fridays @ 10:30 in July!
May 1
May 8
Mother's Day
May 18
Ocean Creatures
No Story Time