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Blakesburg Public Library New Briefs 


Library Board of Trustees Seeks New Member

The Blakesburg Library Board of Trustees has an open position for a rural representative. If you are a community - minded person who will be a strong advocate for libraries and promote literacy, we need you on our board. Please contact library director Cheryl Talbert, or board president Sonni Deevers, board secretary Penny Fisher or board members Ed Hannan or Kathy Hunt for information.

Library Board Meeting Monday, November 16, 2015

The next regular meeting of the Blakesburg Public Library Board of Trustees will be at 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2015, at the library. The meeting is open to the public.

Friends of the Library raise $225 at Pizza Ranch Tip Night

The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library raised $225 at its Pizza Ranch Tip Night Tuesday, with more donations still coming in. The Friends of the Library support library programming including helping purchase supplies and incentive gifts for the Summer Reading Programs, purchase materials, and are adding to a building fund for the library. Thank you for supporting their efforts.


 Boy with trains  


A “Day In with Thomas” fun at  Blakesburg Public Library

Thirteen  young train enthusiasts attended  a special “Day in With Thomas” event at the Blakesburg Public Library  Saturday, June 20th. Participants  enjoyed two stories about Thomas the Tank engine, and his friends; watched a  video,completed a cut and glue Thomas the Tank Engine craft activity, had a snack and enjoyed  playing with some trains, featuring Thomas and his friends. 

Father-Daughter Dance a huge success !!

 Ninety young ladies, accompanied by their doting dads attended the Blakesburg Public Library's Annual Father-Daughter Dance at the Blakesburg Elementary Attendance Center gymnasium Saturday evening. The dance provided a wonderful night for girls to dress up with Dad for a night of fun and making memories that will last a lifetime.

The library staff and library board would like to thank the EBF Schools for allowing us to use the gymnasium for the dance venu, the Friends of the Blakesburg Library and individual members of the Friends group, who helped with providing refreshments, and everyone who helped with set-up and clean-up. Also thanks to the Blakesburg Christian Church Youth Group for providing a wonderful dinner opportunity for the dads and daughters before the dance.

A big thank you to everyone who attended and showed their support for the library. We very much appreciate the support of our event and of our community.

Milestone reached: More than 5,270 books now listed in library's online catalog !! 

The library staff has now added more than 5,270 books to the online catalog. The library's card catalog can be accessed at the following web address: Patrons can search by subject, author or title to see what books the library owns. In addition, the results can be listed in a variety of ways, and books can be sorted by the year of publication. The catalog also provides book reviews and recommends read-alike titles/authors. Be sure to check out the catalog, which is available on the web 24/7.

Library receives donation of toys and DVDs

We have the best patrons and community in the world. On Saturday, I received a call asking if we would accept some toys. A couple were downsizing and getting rid of toys that their grand and great-grandchildren had played with. Of course we will -- our preschool class visits the library every Friday morning and they love playing with the toys as much as looking at books and working on puzzles.

We had a family in last night playing a game of Clue -- reading and using deductive logic to solve the murder mystery. Also last night, we received a gift of 80 DVDs. The toys are already on the shelves waiting for someone to play with them -- the DVDs will be processed and ready for checkout soon.

 At this point of our fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), our library has received books and video donations that would have cost around $6,000 if we had had to purchase them -- this includes some great children's, young adult, and adult fiction, and videos for kids, teens and adults.

We LOVE the way the community supports the library. If you donate an item that we already own, we may add it to the collection because of its popularity, or we may put it in our book sale so we can use the proceeds to purchase more materials or help with programs for the public. Either way, every gift helps. Be sure to let us know if there are any services the library can provide to help you or your organization !!

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.

Ebsco logo

 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.


   Searchasaurus logo          Searchasaurus Powered by EBSCO 


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.

 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.  


New magazines

The Blakesburg Public Library has received the gift of a 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.

Library awarded Libri Foundation Grant


The Blakesburg Public Library was among 72 libraries nationwide to be awarded a Libri Foundation Books for Children Grant during the most recent funding cycle. The 2-to-1 matching grant is being matched locally by the Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library. It's $350 contribution will be doubled by the Libri Foundation ($700) so the library will be able to purchase $1050 worth of new hardcover, quality books for the children's and young adult collections.

The library joins nine other Iowa libraries in being awarded the Libri Foundation grant this cycle, and 13 more Iowa libraries that are 2014 Libri Foundation Books for Children Grant recipients. Grant documents will be arriving at the Blakesburg Public Library during the week of Sept. 22, and the new books will be ordered shortly thereafter. The library will plan an Open House to showcase the new materials once they have been processed.

The Libri Foundation was established in 1989 for the sole purpose of helping rural libraries acquire new, quality, hard-cover children's books tghey could not otherwise afford to buy. Since October 1990, the Foundation has donated over $5.8 million worth of new children's books to more than 3,300 libraries in all 50 states. The Blakesburg Public Library was previously a grant recipient in 2005 and 2008.

The Foundation supports the concept that children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives. In order to develop a love of reading, children must have access to books which stretch their imaginations, touch their emotions, and expand their horizons.

For many children in rural areas, the local  public library is often their primary source of reading material. Many rural schools either have no library or the library is inadequate to meet the needs of the students. At a time when more and more children and their parents and teachers are using the public library, these same libraries are facing increasing financial hardships and are unable to buy the books their young readers need.

The Foundation works with libraries' Friends groups or other organizations because it believes in community involvement and encourages and rewards local support of libraries. The Friends or other sponsors can contribute from $200 to $350, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1050 worth of new, quality hardcover children's books through the Foundation's Books for Children's program. To learn more about the Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library, or to join the organization, contact President Bill Hinshaw, Treasurer Judy Reidel, or Librarian Cheryl Talbert.

Talbert has more than two decades of academic library experience and has been the director at Blakesburg since April. Assistant/Substitute Librarian Chris Johnson, retired library associate at the Blakesburg Elementary Attendance Center, also brings more than 20 years of experience to the Blakesburg Public Libray. These local librarians, familiar with the needs of the library and the community, will select the books the library will receive from the Foundation's 600-title booklist, which has been highly praised by participating librarians for the quality and variety of fiction and nonfiction titles offered. The majority of books have been published within the last three years, but old favorites are also offered. All of the books have been highly recommended by recognized authorities in the library and education fields.

The books donated through the Books for Children's program can be used for storytelling, toddler, preschool and after-school programs; summer reading programs; "book buddy" programs in which older children read to younger children; holiday programs; teacher check-out and curriculum support; early childhood development programs; school projects; and to just provide children with a "good read." To learn more about the Libri Foundation, visit

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 !


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.



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