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 Blakesburg Public Library Summer Reading Program and Calendar of Events

Open the links below for information about the summer reading program and summer schedule of activitites at the Blakesburg Public Library. 

PDF document icon summer program poster.pdf — PDF document, 405 kB (415535 bytes)

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The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library Hire Architectural Firm for Renovation Project

The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library have hired Rod Curtis of Curtis Architecture & Design in Otumwa as the architect and project manager for the renovation of the Mize Building into a new home for the Library. The organization has been working on raising funds for the renovation and has applied for a grant. If successful, work on the exterior of the facility will begin this summer with hopes of having the exterior completed by early fall. The Friends plans to break the project into four phases, with interior work beginning after raising funds and completing the exterior. 

To see the initial architectural plans, use the following link on the Friends of the Library's web site (you can also find the tab at the top of this page) 

If you would like to contribute to the community by helping with this renovation, please send your check to Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library, PO Box 43, Blakesburg, IA 52536. The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library is a 501(c)(3) organization formed expressly to support library programs, resources and special needs. Your donation to this organization may be tax deductible. To date, we have raised about $5,000 of our $10,000 goal of the "100 Wildcats with $100" campaign. We are still accepting donations to that cause. All donors will be recognized with a name plate on our Giving Tree inside the new facility. 

You can also join the Friends organization as a member to help support this and other library programs. Again, you can mail a check to the address above. Membership fees are $20 for an individual or $25 for a family. Your support of the library, and the community is appreciated. As the National Library Week theme for 2019 states "Libraries=Strong Communities." Please do your part to help keep our community strong, but supporting the library any way you can.

The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library Raise $275 at Tip Night

The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library raised $275 in tips and a percentage of sales at its recent Pizza Ranch Community Impact Tip Night. Thank  you to all of our volunteers who bused tables and to everyone who came out to support the event.  Every little bit helps in our efforts to raise money to renovate the Mize building into our new library.

Annual Father-Daughter Dance a Smashing Success

The Blakesburg Public Library Board of Directors and library staff hosted its annual Father Daughter Dance on March 9, 2019 at the elementary school center in Blakesburg, with a full house in attendance. The Princess theme of "Ties and Tiaras" was out in full force as many young ladies were dressed in fancy ball gowns, and were accompanied by their handsome dad decked out for the event. Our DJ kept the tunes spinning and the attendees dancing all night long. The library will  use proceeds from the dance to fund programs and purchase materials. Thanks to all  our volunteers and those who attended. Be sure to keep us in mind next spring when we do it again !!  

"Lucky Charmers" win First Friends of the Library Trivia Night Event

The "Lucky Charmers" team, headed by local residents Ilene Johnson and Helen Theulen were the winners of the first Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library Trivia Night recently. They averaged 8 out of 10 correct answers, and scored a perfect 20 points on their selected double-points category which gave them a 40-point round. They also won the best-dressed team as they were all decked out in St. Patrick's day attire to match their team name.

A team of international college students from Indian Hills Community College, "The Latins" finished second in the contest. Small prizes awarded included $5 gift cards to Starbucks, Burger King and free rounds of miniature golf at Tee-Rex Mini Golf at Quincy Place Mall in Ottumwa. All contestants went home with at least one prize.

The championship team donated its prize money back to the organization, which also received a generous donation of $100. The event raised a total of $300 for the Friends of the Library for the Mize building renovation. Thank  you to everyone who attended, and to those who donated the refreshments. Your support is very much appreciated. 


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