Saturday, September 7, 2019

Family Movie Night


The Ottumwa Public Library invites you to a very special screening of
The Secret Life
of Pets 2
Join us Thursday, September 12th at 5:00PM
Kids and adults are invited to this free event.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

September Preschool Storytime


Step into September with Storytime!
Preschool Storytime at the Ottumwa Public Library
Fridays at 10:30AM
Sept. 6, 2019
Pirates! Arrrrrr.. here come pirate stories!
Sept. 13, 2019
Fall Leaves! Let’s fall into Fall with stories!
Sept. 20, 2019
Squirrels! We’ll scurry here and there with Squirrel stories!
Sept. 27, 2019
Apples! Crisp and delicious stories will hit the spot!


Friday, August 30, 2019

Library Closed Monday For Labor Day


The Ottumwa Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen at normal hours on Tuesday.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Teen Book Reviews Part 2

Looking for a good book to read? Check out these book reviews written by teens in our Summer Reading Program!


Name and Age: Cera S., 17 years old
Book Title: The Lost Colony
Author: Eoin Colfer
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review: The main character’s interactions with his love interest are very entertaining and make me want to read the rest of the series. 







Name and Age: Noah, 15 years old
Book Title: Lent
Author: Jo Walton
Star Rating: 3/5 Stars
Review: This book had a unique writing style and portrays the story well. However, the ending is mediocre at best.


Name and Age: Leah C., 16 years old
Book Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review: It was exciting and interesting. There were surprises and nice links to earlier books. I couldn’t wait to read the next!






Name and Age: Adalia K., 15 years old
Book Title: Kind of Coping
Author: Maureen Wilson
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review: This book was actually pretty relatable. Along with describing the negative results/things about anxiety, it still had its funny moments. It’s also a graphic novel, and I really enjoy reading graphic novels. I found the book pretty helpful with some situations I encounter. 




Name and Age: Noah T., Age 15
Book Title: Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Star Rating: 4/5 Stars
Review: This book was action-packed and a very fun read; in other words, a page turner. You feel what the character feels, etc. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because it wasn’t my favorite book. 






Name and Age: Madison B., Age 17
Book Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review: This is my favorite book in all of existence. I love the characters and the storyline. The adventure and romance kept me entertained throughout the whole book. I have read this many times and I love it so much.






Name and Age: Ashley D., Age 16
Book Title: Autobiography of a Face
Author: Lucy Grealy
Star Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Review: This book is deeply moving and inspiring- Lucy’s battle with cancer is amazing on how she deals with it as she grows up. 







Name and Age: Noah T., Age 15
Book Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: R.L. Stevenson
Star Rating: 3/5 Stars
Review: While this book was very good, it had a sad and devastating ending. Other than that, this is a very satisfying piece of classic fiction. 







Name and Age: Margaret H., Age 12
Book Title: Wilder
Author: Andrew Simonet
Star Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Review: It was a very interesting book. It didn’t tell me everything I wanted to know about the characters. Overall, it was a good mix of romance and action. It was very exciting and funny.






Name and Age: Ty M., Age 13
Book Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Star Rating: 3/5 Stars
Review: Because there was unneeded things during the story that didn’t help the story in anyway.







Name and Age: Leah C., Age 16
Book Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review: It was a fantastic sequel to Divergent, and continued the story perfectly. It was exciting and suspenseful!







Name and Age: Madison B., Age 17
Book Title: Black Butler Book 5
Author: Yana Toboso
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review: This series is great and this book was no exception. I love the plot and the mystery of the book. Additionally the art style and characters are incredible.







Name and Age: Noah T., Age 15
Book Title: No Easy Way Out
Author: Dayna Lorentz
Star Rating: 3/5 Stars
Review: This book was amazing, but it wasn’t utterly incredible. I am a pretty harsh critic when it comes to books. As books go it was a blast reading. 







Name and Age: Mercedes M., Age 17
Book Title: My Hero Academia Vol. 1
Author: Kohei Horikoshi
Star Rating: 4/5 Stars
Review: It kept me interested in it while reading and I even found it funny in certain areas of the book. I found it to have an interesting story line too that had to do with heroes as well.






Name and Age: Adalia K., Age 15
Book Title: The Swap
Author: Megan Shull
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review: This book just really hits home. I fell that I can relate to some of the subjects in this book. It’s got a good mix of dealing with friends, family, sports, and reputation. It’s truly one of my favorite books ever. The plot is well drawn out and makes sense throughout the story. 





Name and Age: Shyla A., Age 15
Book Title: Cell
Author: Stephen King
Star Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Review: Because it is probably the best book of that time period, the early 2000s. It is a book that tells the story of the world after an apocalypse. It is in my top 5 list of fave books. The only part I don’t like is the ending. 






Name and Age: Andrea P., Age 14
Book Title: Theodore Boone
Author: John Grisham
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review: It gives a good story that involves the law and with each page it grads me to read it more and more. With its mystery and suspense and dramatic plot it deserves 5 stars.  






Name and Age: Margaret H., Age 12
Book Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review: I feel this way because it was a very interesting book. It had a great storyline and it was full of adventure. It captures the reader and it is a fun book to read.






Name and Age: Bridgette R., Age 16
Book Title: Bloody Mary Vol. 1
Author: Akazua Sumamiya
Star Rating: 4/5 Stars          
Review: The story draws me in very easily. It’s interesting to read about a vampire searching for a priest so he can die. Despite how dark the plot may sound, the manga actually has quite a few light funny moments.






Name and Age: Shyla A., Age 15
Book Title: Keeper of the Lost Cities
Author: Shannon Messenger
Star Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Review: Keeper of the Lost Cities is a book about a girl that doesn’t fit in. It’s a book about self discovery and overcoming hardships. This book is uplifting, and funny, so it definitely deserves 4.5 stars.






Name and Age: Andrea P., Age 14
Book Title: Virals
Author: Kathy Reichs
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review: The author has published other detective stories, but Virals is the best one yet for someone who likes mystery, forensic thrillers, and suspense and I love all those things and when you combine all these 3 in a book it deserves 5 stars.