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 We invite you to spend a few moments looking at our new library Web site. With help from the State Library of Iowa and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we are able to create a place on the Web where you, our customers, can explore, learn and get help with all your information needs.

Blakesburg Public Library New Briefs 


Library Board Meeting Monday, October 17

The next meeting of the Blakesburg Public Library Board of Trustees has been scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, October 17,  2016 at the library. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda items include budget and finance, fund-raising, state accreditation and grant updates.

Fall Library Hours

The Blakesburg Public Library will begin Fall Hours, Monday, August 29th. The hours are:

Monday -- 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday --3:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday -- Closed

Thursday -- 3:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday -- 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday -- 8:00 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m.

Sunday -- Closed

Link to Library Catalog

The link above is to our new library management system including a card catalog and circulation program for the Blakesburg Public Library. It uses the data (our collection holdings) from our current LibraryThing account. Please spend some time searching the catalog by subject, author, title, keyword or format  (dvd, hardcover, paperback), or genre (mystery, romance, etc.). Click on the item's title to see if it is available for checkout, find reviews, read-alikes, etc.  Thank you to the Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library for paying the annual fee for this subscription for the first year. We appreciate everything our Friends group does to support the library. The library staff is trying to bring this library up-to-date with technology and make the collection searchable to anyone with an internet connection.  It even works on smartphones, so be sure to check this out.


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Bridges E-Books and Audio Books

Use your library card to access thousands of ebooks and audio books across all genres and interest all ages through Bridges -- the State of Iowa's Overdrive portal.

 LearningExpress 3.0


 Learning Express Software available @ the Library

LearningExpress is an interactive online platform, providing career and academic resources.
will help you with job preparation, career advancement, and college readiness.
helps build skills in math, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.                 

 Interlibrary Loan

If the library doesn't have the book you are looking for, we can order it for you from participating Iowa Libraries through the Inter-library Loan Program. Through this sharing program, Iowa libraries are able to offer patrons a wide variety of materials, and share costs.

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 EBSCOhost, the most used reference source worldwide, is available 24/7/365 to patrons of the Blakesburg Public Library. A customizable, intuitive search experience, EBSCOhost is designed to cater to various user needs and preferences at every level of research.

The EBSCOHost Database features a nearly a dozen focus areas within its resources. These include MasterFile Premier, Health Source--Nursing/Academic Edition; Primary Search; ERIC; Academic Search Elite; Business Source Elite; Vocational and Career Collection; TOPICSearch; Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia; Regional Business News and Health Source--Consumer Edition. Check with the library staff for the user ID/Password to access the database 24/7/365 from your home, laptop or smartphone. Contact library staff to obtain the user ID/Password.


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Searchasaurus is a special section of the EBSCOhost database, geared for young researchers. Special sections featured include Animals, Art & Music, Health, History, People and Places, Science and Math, Sports, and Stories. The database also features a dictionary, encyclopedia and pictures.  This database is also available 24/7/365 anywhere the patron has an internet connection. Contact the library staff for the user ID/Password.

Free Children's E-Books

Use the following link to access free children's e-books to read on your computer screen. Contact the library for the user ID/password.

Computers/wi-fi available at the Library
The library now has 10c access computers for patrons to use following the purchase of three computers with funds from the Wapello County Supervisors, and a donation of two more computers to go along with an existing computer. The donation from the county supervisors was to help provide youth with internet access on the computers for educational and recreational purposes. The library has six computers in the main library space, and one computer in the quiet area of the library. In addition, the library has a new wi-fi printer. The printer software has been installed on each of the new computers so patrons will be able to print from any computer.  Scanning, photocopy, and FAX service is also be available.  

Bored? Check out the many board games and video games available @ the library 

In addition to great books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, online databases, e-books and audio books, the library has jigsaw puzzles, children's puzzles, toys, craft materials, and a collection of board games for patrons to play at the library. Come check out the library -- where there is something for everyone !



New magazines

The Blakesburg Public Library has received the gift of a almost two dozen magazine subscriptions. Some of the titles have already been arriving in the library's mail. A variety of interests, genders and ages are included in the gift subscriptions. New titles include: Automobile, Boys Life, Country Living, Girls Life, Good Housekeeping, Jack & Jill, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Outdoor Life, Prevention, Redbook, Scholastic Parent and Child, and Woman's Day.

 RAGBRAI visitors RAGBRAI riders relax outside

RAGBRAI riders check in @ the Library

Four hundred and fifty-six RABGRAI visitors signed the guest book at the Blakesburg Public Library Thursday as one of their first stops in our small town. That is more guests in one day, than we sometimes get in a month !!

Guests from 38 of our 50 states as well as visitors from the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (a U.S. Territory) were here, as well as folks from Winnipeg (Manitoba), Canada; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Istanbul, Turkey.  In addition to those who signed in, an estimated 250 or more visited the library.

Our guests were thrilled to have access to restrooms with flushing toilets and water for washing up,  and access to water fountains to refill their water bottles. Air conditioning was very popular as was the Wi-Fi. “We haven’t had internet or Wi-Fi access for four days,” was a common refrain.  Another said they thought this RAGBRAI was “More about finding Wi than Pie.” Several guests wrote thank you notes, or supported their local sports teams alongside their signature. Comments included “Go Cavs!”  “Go Cubs,”  “Hook ‘em (Horns)” etc. Several just wrote “Thank You,” or “Thanks” or simply drew a heart.

It was fun watching the bikers ride past the first entrance to the library/school grounds then see the sign listing our available services and decide to turn around and come back through the second entrance.  

Our visitors used the library to read the paper or magazines, find a book, get online with our computers or the Wi-Fi, charge their phones, catch a nap in a cool place, or play a game of chess. We had one couple who needed to make a work-related conference call, so offered them our phone, and another visitor who needed to print some emailed documents then FAX them to California.

Many of our guests shared their love of libraries, told us about their connection to libraries (“My mom, girlfriend, grandma, etc., is/was a librarian) and education (lots of teachers, former teachers, school counselors, etc. in the group).  We also had a computer programmer who has written code for a library management system and a children’s author stop in to say hello.  One Idaho visitor bemoaned the state of education in her state where they have cut public school funding and funneled it into charter schools.

RAGBRAI participants were all gracious, friendly, and so appreciative. They were patient when the lines got a little long and appreciated when we tried to show them alternative restrooms where the line wasn’t quite as long.  They were very neat, and picked up all of their trash. They were an awesome group.

Chris and I were so busy and loved every minute of it. A few of the riders agreed to let us take pictures (we didn’t want to intrude on their privacy), and others wanted to take a picture with us. Even more took pictures of our “Bikin’ the ‘Burg” display window, and one of our early visitors loved the Kook Aid stand in the children’s room and had her picture taken in it. All in all, it was a fantastic day -- we can’t wait to do this again the next time RAGBRAI rolls through.