Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Preschool Storytimes for December 2015

Deck the Halls with Stories this December!

Preschool Storytime at the Ottumwa Public Library

Fridays at 10:30AM


Penguins! Slip and slide into fun with stories about penguins!


Visit with Santa! Santa will be stopping by to read a special holiday book and visit with the children. Don’t forget the camera!


Snowmen! We’ll be walking through a winter wonderland of stories about Snowmen!


No Storytime- The library will be closed December 25.  


Friday, November 20, 2015

Library Closed For Thanksgiving Holiday

The Ottumwa Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will resume normal hours on Saturday.

We wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Reminisce Society -- November 2015

Michael Glover of Reminisce Society

The Iowa Caucuses

For our November program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased to have Humanities Iowa speaker, Michael Glover, present the program, “The Iowa Caucuses,” on Tuesday, November 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Mike Glover spent 40 years covering politics as a journalist for newspapers in Illinois and Iowa, with most of his reporting career spent with The Associated Press. He has covered the Iowa Caucuses as they've evolved from local partisan affairs to the all-important, make-or-break events they are today. During presidential election cycles, he was part of the travelling press for The AP, covering candidates from Jesse Jackson to George W. Bush, and including extensive stints covering Al Gore, John McCain, and John Kerry. His work for The AP also included extensive coverage of the Iowa Legislature and state politics, where he's seen the nature of the Iowa political scene change over the past several decades. 

He was also a regular panellist on the Iowa Public Television series "Iowa Press" for 30 years, interviewing county officials and presidential candidates alike for a statewide audience. He has also moderated debates, hosted special election series, and he is frequently called upon to offer insight and analysis about Iowa politics on national networks, including MSNBC, CNN, CSPAN, and others. He is also a frequent speaker for professional organizations, civic groups, educational settings, and other venues. He retired from The AP in mid-2012, and has worked as a freelance writer and reporter in his retirement.

Glover has an undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University and a Master's degree from Drake University. A native of Clinton, Illinois, he served a tour of duty in Vietnam in the Air Force prior to his time at Western Illinois. He lives with his wife, Betty, in Windsor Heights.

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 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.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lego Club -- November 13


For 2nd-5th graders
Friday, November 13
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Ottumwa Public Library 
Children’s Room

Children will design LEGO projects that will then be on display in the library. The library will provide LEGOS, but feel free to bring your own if you like.

For more information, please call:  
Allyson Kirking
Youth Services Librarian
641-682-7563 ext.210  

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Preschool Storytimes -- November 2015

Let’s Be Thankful for Stories! 

Storytime with 
Youth Services Librarian Allyson 
this November 

Fridays @ 10:30

This Storytime will surely be a sweet treat for you and your little ones.

Farm Animals!
Come to Storytime to moo, cluck and bleat to your hearts content.

Let’s learn about Thanksgiving through stories.

No Storytime this week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, but we’ll be back the following week! 


Monday, October 12, 2015

Halloween @ OPL

The Ottumwa Public Library is excited to help celebrate Halloween this year by hosting two fun events for the community.

On Friday, October 30th at 10:30 am we will have our regularly scheduled preschool story time. Kids are invited to dress up and we will share stories, do crafts and have some treats too!

Then, on the big day, Saturday, October 31st from 3pm-4pm we will host a Halloween party in the children’s area with games, crafts, and treats for all. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and kick off your Trick or Treating at the library!

Call 641-682-7563 with questions or to RSVP. All are welcome!

Reminisce Society -- October 2015

Myths & Truths About Ghosts and Apparitions:

 The Reality Behind Paranormal Investigating 

Darcie McGrath, Paranormal Researcher

For our October program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased to hear from paranormal researcher Darcie McGrath on Tuesday, October 27, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

There are a lot of “myths” that television, movies, and media have propagated through the use of “pseudo-science” and outmoded beliefs. Does your house have to have experienced a tragic event to be haunted? Does a person have to have died to be a ghost? Does Lightning really stir up a haunting? Is there really something to that 3 o’clock in the morning creepiness? You might be surprised!

Paranormal researcher Darcie McGrath has 30 years’ experience in paranormal research, with a background in parapsychology. She is a member of the Rhine Research Center in North Carolina, a paranormal haunting consultant, and a network investigator with the Office of Paranormal Investigation, founded, and led by, renowned parapsychologist, Loyd Auerbach. She teaches a variety of paranormal studies classes at Kirkwood Community College as a part of their continuing education program, and works under the name Quantum Psi Group.

Plan to join us on Tuesday, October 27, for a look back into Iowa’s past, and in this case present! Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. For further information, please call the library’s director, Sonja Ferrell at 641-682-7563.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Speculative Book Club -- October 2015


Science Fiction - Fantasy - Horror - Folklore

Next Meeting: October 15th
OPL Meeting Room
5:30 PM

October Selection:

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Somthing Wicked This Way Comes
By Ray Bradbury

Upcoming selections to include works by Haruki Murakami, Paolo Bacigalupi, Tim Powers, Neil Gaiman, and more.

For information, contact Evan Clark at: eclark@ottumwapubliclibrary.org

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Preschool Storytimes -- October 2015

Fall into a fun story with 
Youth Services Librarian Allyson this October

 Fridays @ 10:30


Trains! All aboard the story time express! 


Leaves! Fall into fall with an autumn themed Storytime 


Monsters! Friendly monster stories for your little monster


Pumpkins! Bring your little pumpkin to hear pumpkin themed stories 


Halloween! Come dressed in costume for a spooktastic Halloween Storytime

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Reminisce Society -- September 2015

West by Orphan Train

For our September program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased to hear from author and documentary filmmaker, Colleen Bradford Krantz on Tuesday, September 29, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

It seems incomprehensible that there was a time in America’s not-so-distant past when nearly a quarter of a million children from East Coast orphanages were loaded on trains and sent west, where they were presented “for the picking.” West by Orphan Train is a documentary which tells the story of these children, who were taken from a sometimes-rough existence to an unfamiliar rural setting during an era that lasted from 1854 to 1929. As some of the last of the still-living orphan train riders like to remind us, it was a different era — one that can’t be judged without understanding what lives were like then. West by Orphan Train, a documentary film first broadcast in December 2014, offers that understanding.

Locally there were orphans that have been listed as adopted in Eddyville, Fremont, and Delta. Bradford-Krantz will discuss these and other Iowa families’ stories from the research she did for this documentary.

Colleen Bradford Krantz is a journalist, author and documentary filmmaker. Most recently, she directed, co-produced and co-wrote the award-winning documentary, West by Orphan Train, which was released late in 2014 and first broadcast on Iowa Public Television. Colleen is also creator of the News Tutor app, which teach students and others to be more discerning news consumers. Colleen’s book, “Train to Nowhere; Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation,” was released in June 2011. The documentary of the same name, written and co-produced by Colleen, was released in 2010 and was nominated for a regional Emmy award. Prior to becoming an author and filmmaker, she spent a decade working as newspaper reporter, including five years with The Des Moines Register. She is currently working for the agriculture show, Market to Market.
Plan to join us on Tuesday, September 29, for a look back into Iowa’s past. 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.