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The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library Tip Night is February 28

The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library are looking for a few good tips. If you are able, please come to Pizza Ranch in Ottumwa from 5 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, February 28, 2019,for some delicious pizza,chicken with all the fixings, and ice cream. Leave your receipt and a tip in the bucket on the counter to help the Friends earn money for renovation of the new library building. Be sure to stop by thelibrary to pick up a flier to bring with you so the Friends can earn an even bigger percentage of the sales during the event. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help bus tables can call 641.777.0048.

Library's Annual Father-Daughter Dance is March 9

The Blakesburg Public Library Board of Directors and library staff will host its annual Father Daughter Dance on March 9, 2019 at the elementary school center in Blakesburg. The event will have a Disney Princess Theme, with music, dancing, food and fun. Please save the date and be watching this space and the library's Facebook page for more information. 

Friends of the Library Trivia Night is March 16

Are you a master of trivia? Do you want to put your skills to the test for a chance to win a cash prize? If so the upcoming Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library Trivia Night is a perfect event for you.  Pull together your team of four to six people aged 14 and older, to participate in the competition. The cost is $10 per person. With enough participants, the top prize with me $100 for the winning team. Participants will answer a questions on a variety of topics including (but not limited to) sports, television, pop culture, movies, music, news, literaure, history, etc. Picture and video rounds will also be included. The event will consist of 7 rounds of 10 questions each, and may include bonus and tie-breaker questions. Snack food and beverages will be provided.

Trivia Night will take place at 6:30 p.m., Satrurday, March 16th at the Blakesburg Elementary School Cafeteria. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Fun prizes for best team name, best-dressed team (dress in a theme to match your team name?) best or most original wrong answer, etc.  No "phone a friend" or outside assistance will be allowed. We hope your final answer will be to attend this event. For more information call 641.777.0048. 


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