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Blakesburg Public Library News Briefs


 Crazy 8's Math Club

Crazy 8's Math Club has returned to the Blakesburg Public Library this yea,r beginning Thursday, October 11th. The after school math program for 3rd - 5th grade students will meet from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. the following dates:  November 29th; December 6th and 20th; January 10th and 24th; and February 7th. We will reserve February 28th as a make-up date in case of weather cancellations. 

Students who plan to attend should send a note to school to let the administrators know that they will be attending Crazy 8's Math club instead of going home on the bus, or their usual method of transportation on those dates. The school will not allow the kids to divert from their usual transportation plan without a note.

This is a math club, not a math class. We will be doing a lot of fun activities that reinforce math skills. The first week session in Ninja Training.  For more information, please email or call 641-777-0048.

Libraries Rock !!  Summer Reading Program/Summer Calendar of Events 

The Blakesburg Public Library will kick off its 2018 Summer Reading Program at 10 a.m. June 2nd at the library. The summer reading program helps children maintain the reading progress they made during the school year, and provides fun activities and events for all ages. All participants will receive prizes including free admission passes to the Blank Park Zoo (chiildren 12-under), free admission to the August 5th I-Cubs game vs the Las Vegas 51s,  coupons for free ice cream bars from Casey's, and many other items. Last year's top readers received tablets -- this year's top readers will receive gifit cards. Track the number of minutes read each month from June 2 until July 28 to try to win the top prize. An awards ceremony will be held at an end of summer cookout on August 2nd.

All summer long the library will be offering events for all ages -- from Karaoke, Java and Jigsaws, Tech Time for Adults, free movies and popcorn, Lego, gaming, and crafting events. Be sure to check out the calendar every day to see what's happening at the library. 

June Calendar:

July Calendar:

August Calendar:

 Library FY17 Annual Report Available

PDF document icon THIS BPL FY17 ANNUAL REPORT.pdf — PDF document, 857 kB (877618 bytes)

 PDF document icon FY16 BPL ANNUAL REPORT.pdf — PDF document, 451 kB (462025 bytes)

Friends of the Library Renovation Proposal

Approximately a dozen people attended The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library meeting on Monday, January 29, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting featured a presentation on possible floor plans and fund-raising efforts for the proposed building renovation. Following is the web address to the Power Point slide presentation that was given during the meeting to show possible ideas for the building renovation.

The Blakesburg Public Library now has access to a new suite of databases for research, educational, and personal uses. These resources are available online 24/7, and provided full-text access to thousands of journals, reference works, and even Chilton's Automobile repair. Use the URL link for the Gale Resources in the menu on the left side of the screen to start your information quest.

 CREDO Reference     

Gale Resources           

Transparent Languages

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.

Ottumwa Legacy Foundation Grant

The Library has purchased 9 desktop computers and 1 laptop with funds from the Legacy Foundation Grant it was awarded in the fall. All of the machines have been installed and have been updated with Microsoft Office 2016 on them. Two of the desktop computers are in the adult/main library space, and six are located in the children's room. The library offered classes on using Office applications, and will offer them again this summer.  The laptop computer and projection system has been used for training, meetings and entertainment.  

Library awarded Alliant Energy Grant

The Blakesburg Public Library has been awarded a $1,000 Alliant Energy Foundation Grant to purchase audio books for visually impaired readers, emergent and struggling readers. The library plans to purchase audio book kits (books and audio cd books) for early/beginning readers and struggling readers so children can read along in the text while listening to the CD, and books on CD for teens and adults who are visually impaired, or who simply prefer listening to a good book to reading it. In addition the library will purchase a couple of personal CD players with headphones, and pay for its annual public performance movie license so the library can continue to provide free family movie entertainment for the community.  Be watching the web page and the library's Facebook account for more information in the coming months.

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 !


Magazines available at the Library

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.


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