Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Mississippi River in Song: A Musical History Tour


For our October program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased to have performer Dean Klinkenberg present at the upcoming Reminisce program, Tuesday, October 28, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

There are hundreds of songs about the Mississippi River. What on earth are all those people writing about? And what do those songs tell us about what we think of the river? Join Dean Klinkenberg for a musical float trip through the history of the Mississippi River as he talks about river towns, river rats, monsters, and flooding, mixing clips from songs about the river with stories of the people and places of the Mississippi Valley.

Plan to join us on Tuesday, October 28, for a fascinating glimpse into Iowa’s culture. 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.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Preschool Story Times @ OPL -- October 2014


Enjoy story time and fun crafts with Jenna!
Fridays @ 10:30
October 3 Fall
October 10 Owls
October 17 "Scary" Spiders
 October 24  Bats
 October 31  Halloween

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ottumwa Public Library’s Reminisce Society presents So Much Sky: Essays on the Fun & Folly of Living in the Country



For our September program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased to have author, Karen Weir-Jimerson present at the upcoming Reminisce program, Tuesday, September 23, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Karen Weir-Jimerson is the author of eight books about gardening including Better Homes and Gardens Herb Gardening, From Garden to Plate, and Better Homes and Gardens Gardening Made Easy.

Former “Slow Lane” columnist for Country Home magazine, Karen currently writes a column for Country Gardens magazine. Additionally she has published articles in Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Midwest Living, Horticulture, Creative Home, and many more magazines.

Karen and her husband Doug share a history of raising personable boys, dogs, horses, sheep, donkeys, chickens, doves, canaries, innumerable six-toed kittens and koi, plus a perennial cast of plants including flowers and foliage, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, fruit trees, and more.

Plan to join us on Tuesday, September 23, for a fascinating glimpse into Iowa’s culture. 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, August 22, 2014

September 2014 Story Times @ OPL


Enjoy story time and fun crafts with Jenna!
Fridays @ 10:30
September 5 "The Sillies"
September 12 Squirrels
 September19 Toys
September 26 Trucks

Thursday, August 14, 2014

2014 Summer Reading Program Wrap Up


The Ottumwa Public Library has recently wrapped up their 2014 Summer Reading Programs.  This year was a wonderful success and the numbers speak for themselves.

There were 520 children ages 0-14, 22 teenagers, and 213 adults sign up to participate this summer.  Between 14 special summer programs and weekly story times there were 2643 who attended the various library sponsored activities.

The best number of all, though, was the number of minutes the kids read: 374,285!!! That translates to 6238 hours of kids reading or being read to this summer. 

“We are so proud of our community, and especially our children, for putting so much effort and time to reading this summer,” Sonja Ferrell, Director of the Ottumwa Public Library said. “We especially are grateful to the parents, grandparents, and other adults in their lives for supporting and encouraging their reading habits.”
 
The library staff drew names from the participants for the grand prizes: The planetarium for the 0-3rd grade winner was Colton Banner.  The Kindle for our 4th-8th grade winner was Marcela Arroya.  The Amazon gift card for our Teen winner was Noah Duker.  The Adult winners were Cheryl Deutschle for a Kindle and Barbara Madsen for a gift certificate to Market on Main.

The library’s first floor wall next to the elevator is covered in ice cream scoops with names from all the children who participated and upstairs below the Staff Recommendations wall is a listing of all the books that the adults reviewed. 

The library would like to thank the Ottumwa community for all their support and participation and especially the businesses and organizations that contributed to the program:  Tennyson Entertainment, Kiwanis, Ottumwa Public Library Friends of the Library, Sonic, Cargill Meat Solutions, John Deere, I-Cubs, Blank Park Zoo, Little Bake Shop and the Knights of Columbus.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Story Time Break In August


Story Time at the Ottumwa Public Library will be on break during the month of August.  We'll be back at our normal day and time (Fridays @ 10:30) in September.  We hope to see you then!

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