For our November program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is
pleased to have Humanities Iowa speaker, Liz Garst, present the program, “Corn
& Khrushchev,” on Tuesday, November
25, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.
The Garst Family has deep roots in the history of Iowa. Using her family
experience in Coon Rapids, Liz recounts the history of agricultural development
in Iowa, from early settlement through the fabulous mid-century explosion of
farm productivity, based on the hybrid seeds, machinery, fertilizers and
livestock technologies promoted by her grandfather. Liz tells how it came
to pass that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family visited the Garst
family in 1959, and recalls fun stories from her personal memories as an 8 year
old participant. Imbedded in the entertaining story are history and
economics lessons and a powerful message about the ability of an individual to
make a difference.
Liz Garst is the granddaughter of the famous Iowa farmers and citizen
diplomats Roswell and Elizabeth Garst, and like her forefathers, she likes to
tell a good story. She manages banking and farming interests for the
Garst family, and has a BA in English Literature, a MS in Agricultural
Economics and a MBA. She is a board member and volunteer for Whiterock
Conservancy, a non-profit land trust near Coon Rapids, which is dedicated to
finding balance between agriculture, the environment and people.
Whiterock Conservancy stewards the Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Farmstead, which
is listed as nationally significant on the National Register of Historic
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.
Plan to join us on Tuesday, November 25, 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.
Exchange canned goods & other
foods for library overdue fines to help the Food Bank of Southern Iowa during Food
for Fines, November 1-29, 2014, at the Ottumwa Public Library.
Library patrons will get $1 in
current fines* waived for each can or package of the following foods:
canned chicken or tuna
Bring canned goods, or items in
boxes or plastic bags or jars (no glass can be accepted) to the circulation
desk at the library.
No glass containers
No open packages
No repackaged or expired food
All donations go to the Food Bank of
Did you know that one in six
Southeast Iowans is food insecure? Or
that hunger is a reality for one in five Iowans? Over 40 percent of children
are hungry in Southeast Iowa. Don't miss Ottumwa Public Library’s Food for
Fines in November 2014.
For more information call the
library at 641-682-7563.
* Food for Fines does NOT include replacement
fees for lost or damaged materials, collection agency fees, card replacement
fees, and future overdue fines.