Sunday, January 20, 2019

Library Closed Monday -- Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The Ottumwa Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  We will resume normal hours on the Tuesday.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Reminisce Society January 2019

Reminisce Society

David Connon and Humanities Iowa Present:
Josiah Bushnell Grinnell and the Iowa Underground Railroad

Tuesday January 22nd at 10 am.

Presented at the K.C. Hall

This season's first Reminisce Society meeting will be January 22nd 2019 at 10 a.m. at the K.C. Hall next to the library. This month we are joined by Humanities Iowa's David Connon as he presents "Josiah Bushnell Grinnell and the Iowa Underground Railroad".

Join us to hear the history of Josiah Grinnell and his involvement with the Underground Railroad, his successes, and the issues that arose from his actions. J.B. Grinnell and other Grinnell residents helped at least 37 fugitive slaves who passed through their town before the Civil War. But some residents opposed this work. David Connon will tell a story of racism, noble actions and conflict. He will highlight abolitionist's John Brown's visit to Grinnell and Grinnell's first riot over the presence of slaves in public schools.

The Reminisce Society's 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 61.682.7563 extension 202.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lego Club!

Kids! Join us at the
Ottumwa Public Library for:
Friday, January 18th

Open to kids grades K-6.
No Registration Required.

Children will design a project that will then be on display in the library.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Library Closed Monday - Tuesday

The Ottumwa Public Library will closed on Monday and Tuesday for staff training. We apologize for any inconvenience. The library will resume normal business hours on Wednesday.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Part Time Position

NOTE: There is a vacancy in the library for the position of a part time desk attendant. If you are interested or know of others please provide a resume or pick up and submit an application at the library.

Job Duties: This position will require a working knowledge of the library’s automated system including but not limited to: the check in/check out procedures, registration of patrons, placing holds, payment of fines and fees and assisting patrons with the public access computers. Other duties include shelving materials, maintaining the stacks, keeping the circulation desk in order, shifting materials as assigned and repairing materials. You may be called upon to assist in processing new materials, special programming and policy enforcement. Other duties may be assigned.

Minimum requirements: A successful candidate will need to be enthusiastic, outgoing, energetic, creative, a team player and be public service oriented. One needs good communication skills, an ability to follow directions well, and have a flexible schedule. Spanish speaking and reader’s advisory skills are a plus.

Compensation: The wage is $10.62/hour plus we offer an excellent benefits package. This position will average 20 hours/week with nights and weekends scheduled and a combination of 5 hour and 8 hour shifts.

Interested parties should submit cover letter and resume or an application (available online and at the library) to Ottumwa Public Library 102 W. 4th St. Ottumwa, IA 52501 Attn: Director or via email The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, January 18, 2019. EOE.