Register your pages read online or at the library.
Win your first prize after reading 200 pages.
Prizes include: Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza coupons, Sonic Wacky Pack coupons, Iowa Cubs Baseball tickets, Blank Park Zoo passes, Sling Sacks, Sipper Cups, Silicone Watches, and various other novelties.
After 2,500 pages your name will be entered into
a drawing for the grand prize in your age group. Grand prizes include: birth-4
year old = personal trampoline, 5-10 year olds = $75 worth of gift cards to The
Beach Ottumwa, The Ottumwa 8 Theatre, and Rock & Roll Dairy Bar &
Raceway, 11-14 year olds= Kindle, and 14-19 year olds = $100 Amazon gift card.
No entries will be accepted after July 29.
All prizes should be picked up no later than Saturday, August 10.
Dig into Reading with Dizzy the Piratewith Dizzy the Clown
Tuesday, June 18, 10:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall
Creepy Crawlies with the Grout Museum
Tuesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. at the Knight of Columbus Hall
4th of July Crafts and Parade
Tuesday, July 2, 10:30 a.m. at the Public Library
Mime, Masks, and Magic presented by Fax Gilbert
Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall
Amazing Reading with Mike Prestby
Tuesday, July 16, 10:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall
Summer Carnival with Dizzy the Clown
Tuesday, July 30, 10:30 a.m. in the library park
Join us each Friday at 10:30 a.m. starting Friday, June 14,in the Children's room of the library for fun stories and crafts.
2nd-3rd Graders, 4th-5th Graders, and 6th-8th Graders will all have book clubs that meet weekly. Limited space will be available in each club. Contact Jenna at 641-682-7563 ext 210 for details. Sign-up will begin on May 6, The elementary school book clubs will meet starting Monday, June 17, with the Middle School book club starting July 18.
Buried Somewhere in the Children's Library is Molly the Mole....
Molly the Mole
Be sure to look for look for “Molly” the
mole in the Children’s Room at the library, as she digs her way to a new spot
daily! Find Molly and you can be entered into the weekly drawing for a prize.
A special thank you to our local sponsors for their support of the Summer Reading Program: Kiwanis, OPL Friends, Pizza Hut, Sonic, Cargill Meat Solutions, John Deere, Wal-Mart, I-Cubs, and Knights of Columbus. We also want to recognize the Target Corporation for a $2000 grant we received for the 2013 Summer Reading Program.
The Summer Reading Program for Teens, begins June 1st! If you are a teen (ages 14+) and love to read, OPL wants you to sign up today for this year's program, “Beneath The Surface." All you have to do is sign up at the Children’s Desk on the first floor of the library. Then, read 3 books between now and August 14th. When you're done reading, turn in your summary sheet, and receive a Little Cupcake Shop gift certificate, while supplies last. Your name will also go into the drawing for a $100 gift card from Amazon.com, to be drawn for at our Teen Summer Reading Pizza Party on Wednesday August 14th, 2013from 12-1 p.m., in meeting room downstairs. Get ready,….set,….register to win big this summer at the library!!!
Summer reading programs are not just for kids! If you’re an avid adult reader (age 18+), OPL wants you to be a part of our Adult Summer Reading program, “Groundbreaking Reads.” Sign up at the Reference Desk beginning May 29th, and, just for signing up, you’ll receive an awesome "So Many Books, So Little Time” zip pouch to hold your library card. Read three books between May 29th and July 31st, and you’ll earn a gift certificate to either Graham’s Ice Cream or the Little Bake Shop, plus your name will be entered into a drawing for other great prizes, including a “Dining Out Ottumwa” gift basket, a “Car Spa” gift basket,and—ta dah!!—a Nexus 7 tablet (yes, really!!!). The prize drawing will take place at 3:00 p.m. on July 31st. So mark your calendar, tie a string around your finger, or program your smart phone…just don’t forget to sign up beginning May 29th, and this summer you’ll be amazed to find “tons” of “Groundbreaking Reads” at the Ottumwa Public Library.
Check out these great prizes for the Adult Summer Reading Program
Nexus 7 Tablet
Read Books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or OPL's WILBOR e-book service, Surf the Net, Watch Movies, do e-mail, play games and much more!
Dining Out Ottumwa Gift Basket
Gift certificates for dining out at...
Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company
Potros Garcia Mexican Restaurant
Knights of Columbus
Car Spa Gift Basket
Tons of Fun for you and your favorite ride including...
Car Wash, Interior Cleaning, &
Oil change courtesy of
Casey’s Gift Card
Glove Compartment Survival Kit
Road Food book
Fuzzy Dice, of course!
*Great Thanks to OPL Friends, Vaughn Automotive, & the Knights of Columbus.
The Coal Palace in Ottumwa, Blue Grass Palace in Creston, Flax Palace in Forrest City, and Corn Palaces in Sioux City and Des Moines—from 1887 through the 1930s, these public exposition halls served as integral parts of a town’s economic development “strategy” as well as a way to showcase each community’s products and people. These fabulous, fleeting buildings are the topic of this month’s Reminisce program at the Ottumwa Public Library. Together with Humanities Iowa, the library is proud to host Bill Sherman, who will be presenting “Iowa’s Amazing Public Exposition Palaces” on Tuesday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.
Twenty-six Iowa communities created more than three dozen of these public exposition palaces during the 50+-year span from the 1880s through 1930s, and their rise and fall—and enduring legacy—make for a fascinating story. Sherman’s program will include slides detailing the history of these palaces, including many photographs that have not been published.
Sherman worked as a publications/public relations specialist for the Iowa State Education Association for more than 35 years. Now retired he continues to research, write, and speak nationally and internationally, and has worked with the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance since 2000. Sherman’s appearance is funded by Humanities Iowa, which, since 1971, has been bringing humanities programs to Iowa communities. For further information, please call the library’s Reference desk at 641-682-7563, extension 205.
The Ottumwa Public Library will complete the “Smart investing @ Your Library” program promoting investor education on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation by John H. Spitzer, “Managing Your Wealth.” This presentation is open to all in the community.
Increasingly, employees bear most of the responsibility for ensuring their financial security in retirement. The presentation will provide a general framework for understanding how to create and manage wealth during your career, and outlines the most important concepts: asset allocation, the ability and need to take risk, liquidity, tax sheltering, costs, and the need to outpace inflation.
John is a Clinical Professor of Finance at The Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa. John has a Ph.D. from Duke University, an M.S. from the University of Iowa, and a B.S. from Stanford University. John’s work experience includes: Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Board, Vice President at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Vice President at Fannie Mae, and Vice President at Salomon Brothers. John is also the Treasurer for the Eastern Iowa Angel Investors, LLC.
John has no affiliation with any investment product or financial services provider.
This presentation will be the final installment of the Smart Investing @Your Library series at the Ottumwa Public Library. In January a documentary was shown at the library, followed by a 6 week course on financial literacy taught by an Iowa State University extension instructor. The Ottumwa Public Library also received over $500 worth of library materials about investing for their general collection.
The Smart Investing @ Your Library program is made possible through a $72,438 grant to Iowa Library Services of Iowa funded by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is a cooperating partner in the program. The Ottumwa Public Library is one of 18 rural libraries in Iowa selected by Library Services of Iowa for participation in 2013.
There are nearly 4400 cemeteries in Iowa, 75 in Wapello County alone, and among them are pioneer cemeteries dating back to the early years of our state’s existence. Many of these early cemeteries have fallen into disrepair and are sadly in need of restoration, and one Iowa woman—Lee Ann Simmers Dickey of Albia—has made it her mission to do just that—restore and preserve these relics of times gone by. The Ottumwa Public Library’s Reminisce Society is pleased to host Lee Ann Simmers Dickey as she presents her program “Be-witching Work: Restoring Iowa’s Old Cemeteries” on Tuesday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.
Dickey, a native of Eddyville and a noted genealogist, has been working with cemetery restoration for a number of years, including witching for graves. In addition, she is the author of two books about Buxton, Iowa, a coal-mining community which, from 1900 into the 1920s, was the nation’s first fully-integrated community. Recently, she has written a book about the history of her hometown, Eddyville, but, says Dickey, “the cemetery work is my most favorite thing to do and I wish there were more people involved in doing it.”
Dickey’s program is free and open to the public. For further information, please call the library’s Reference Desk at 641-682-7563, extension 205.