Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Hours @ OPL

Happy Holidays from the staff @ OPL!

Holiday Closings
Closing @ 2pm December 24
Closed December 25 & 26
Closing @ 5pm on December 31
Closed January 1

Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Library Closed For Thanksgiving Holiday

The Ottumwa Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will resume normal hours on Saturday.

We wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 14, 2014

November Reminisce Society

Corn and Khrushchev

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 Places. 

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.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Library Closed for Veterans Day

The Ottumwa Public Library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.  We will resume normal hours on Wednesday.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Preschool Story Times @ OPL -- November 2014

Enjoy story time and fun crafts with Jenna!
Fridays @ 10:30
November 7 Reverse Fairy Tales
November 14 Birthdays
 November 21  Thanksgiving

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Food for Fines

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:
  • peanut butter
  • canned chicken or tuna
  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruit
  • canned soups
  • cereal
  • pasta
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 Southern Iowa.

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.