Saturday, July 5, 2014

July 2014 Story Times @ OPL

Enjoy story time and fun crafts with Jenna on Fridays @ 10:30 in July!
July 4 Closed for Independence Day
July 11 Bugs
 July 18 Swimming
 July 25  Camping

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Library closed Monday for Memorial Day

The Ottumwa Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.  We will reopen at normal hours on Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fizz Boom Read -- Summer Reading Program

2014 Summer Reading Program
Ottumwa Public Library
June 1st- July 31st, 2014



Reading Details

  1. For children through age 14.
  2. Start reading or be read to on June 1st to win prizes.
  3. Keep track of minutes read on calendars from the library. Prizes will be awarded upon returning your reading calendars and you will add your own “scoop” to our library ice cream cone on the wall.
  4. Please return June calendar after June 30th and the July calendar after July 31st, but before August 9th.
  5. Different prizes for each month include Pizza Hut coupons, SONIC novelties, Blank Park zoo passes, I-Cubs tickets and Cargill Meat Solutions sling bags. 6. Calendars cannot be returned any later than Aug. 9th. Grand prize drawing on Aug. 11th.

Special Programs Details

We are excited to be offering a new Summer Reading Program! There will be programs for all ages offered throughout June & July. (All are listed on Reading Calendars as well.)

NOTE: All Programs are at 10:30 am in the Knights of Columbus Hall unless noted.
LITTLE KIDS (Toddler-3rd grade)
Wed. 6/11
ISU Extension “Pick A Better Snack”
Wed. 6/25
Pioneer Ridge “Creepy Critters”
Wed. 7/9
Wed. 7/23
Grout Museum “Kitchen Science”
BIG KIDS (4th – 8th grade)
Wed. 6/18
Local guest Molly Naumann “Houses With Stories”
Wed. 7/2
Dizzy The Clown-“Dizzercise!”
Wed. 7/16
Pioneer Ridge-“Creepy Critters”
Tues. 6/17
“Fizz, Boom, Read!”-Dizzy The Clown
Tues. 6/24
Grout Museum “Mad Mixture”
Tues. 7/1
Dan Wardell “Reading Road Trip
Thurs. 7/3
4th of July party! @OPL (outside)
Tues. 7/8
Silly Sally “Fizz, Boom, Read!”
Tues. 7/15
Jim Birkel “Fizz, Pop, Spark, Boom!”
Tues. 7/29
The Zinghoppers Group, LLC “Fizz, Boom, Pow!”

Find Sylvester

Find Sylvester the Scientist in the library every day and register for a weekly prize drawing!

Special Thanks

Special thanks to John Deere, Tennyson Ent., SONIC, I-CUBS, Blank Park Zoo, Cargill, and the Knights of Columbus

Spark A Reaction -- Teen Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program for Teens begins June 2nd. If you are a teen (ages 14+) and love to read, OPL wants you to sign up today for this year's program, “Spark A Reaction."

Here's how it works:

  1. Sign up at the Children’s Desk on the first floor of the library
  2. Read three books between now and August 12th.
  3. When you're done reading, turn in your summary sheet, and receive a gift certificate for a cupcake from the Little Bake Shop, (while supplies last).
  4. Your name will also go into the drawing for a gift card from
  5. Attend our Teen Summer Reading Pizza Party on Tuesday August 12th, 2014 from 12-1 p.m., in the meeting room downstairs and find out who wins the gift card.

Literary Elements -- Adult Summer Reading Program

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, “Literary Elements.” Sign up at the Reference Desk beginning June 2nd, and, just for signing up, you’ll receive a Little Bake Shop cupcake gift certificate. Read three books before July 31st, and you’ll earn an insulated coffee cup and will be entered into a drawing for other great prizes, including a Kindle or a Market on Main gift certificate. The prize drawing will take place at 3:00 p.m. on August 1st.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Remembering Iowa’s Buffalo Bill -- Reminisce Society May 2014

Remembering Iowa’s Buffalo Bill: 

Never Missed and He Never Will


For our May program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased to Roy R. Behrens from the Humanities Iowa . He will present “Remembering Iowa’s Buffalo Bill: Never Missed and He Never Will,” at the upcoming Reminisce program, Tuesday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Buffalo Bill, (William F. Cody), was born in Le Claire, Iowa in 1846. He was a Pony Express rider, an Army scout, a buffalo hunter for the railroad and the founder and central attraction of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, which traveled throughout the U.S. and in Europe for thirty years.

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 20, for a fascinating glimpse into Iowa’s past. Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. For further

Saturday, April 26, 2014

May 2014 Preschool Story Time @ OPL

Enjoy story time and fun crafts with Jenna on Fridays @ 10:30 in July!
May 2 Cowboys
May 9
Mother's Day
 May 16 No Story Time
 May 23  No Story Time