On Saturday, April 18th there will be a talk by Alicia Houk at 10am
in the Public Library Meeting Room, called Conservation Gardening:
Frogs and Toads. It is the second in a 4 part series (butterflies,
frogs, birds, bees).
About 95% of Iowa's wetlands have been drained
over the past 150 years, and this talk will focus on what that means for
Iowa's amphibians and how gardeners can create space for frogs and
Alicia Houk has taught Environmental Science at Indian Hills for
the past 3 years.
For our April program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased
to have Iowa author, Linda McC ann, present a program about her book, “Prohibition
in Eastern Iowa,” on Tuesday, April 28,
at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.
The new book from the author of the "Lost Towns" series, looks at
the 13 year span of time known as "Prohibition" through the lens of
Eastern Iowa townspeople and others.
From farmers who grew corn used in making illegal liquor, to the bootleggers
who trafficked it and the gangsters who sold it, Eastern Iowa saw its fair
Many are surprised to learn how this period in our national history
transpired in, and impacted, Iowa.
Plan to join us on Tuesday, April 28, 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.
items are now being accepted for the fourth annual “Pages for
Pennies Book Sale.”
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
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
appreciate all donations, however, condensed books, magazines, videos
and cassette tapes will not be accepted due to the few sold at
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.
questions can be directed to Sonja Ferrell at 641.682-7563
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.