Trick or Treat Storytime

Halloween Night, Monday, Oct. 31 at 5:30 p.m.

All Trick-or-Treaters are invited to the library for a pre-Trick-or-Treat Storytime featuring musicians Sandy & Betty Moffett and storyteller Warren Reinecke sharing spooky songs and stories to get you ready for a  spirited night of haunting good fun! We are also expecting a special guest appearance from a bewitching visitor. The stories will finish by 6:00 p.m. when community trick-or-treating begins. Let the library be your first stop on this eerie good night!

Conversations about Coding


Saturday, Oct. 29th from 1pm-3pm at the library

Ursula Wolz, Grinnell College Noyce Visiting Professor, has been instrumental in the implementation of computer coding programs at the library and in our local schools. She’ll be at the library Saturday afternoon for drop-in, casual conversations relating to coding. Youth, parents and anyone interested in learning more about why coding is important is encouraged to stop by and chat with her.

Help plan for Spring 2017 coding intitiatives

  • What are your and your children’s needs?
  • What are the long term goals for the community?
  • What technology excites you?
  • What are the career opportunities in computing, and what preparation is needed?

Or just come play with some of the toys, games, and activities she will bring. Of course kids are welcome!

Early Voting Opportunities


There are several opportunies for early voting:

  • Saturday, November 5th from 9am to 2pm in the Community Room here at Drake Community Library.
  • Wednesday,¬†October 26th at the Rosenfield Center on the Grinnell College campus from 10am to 4pm.

ALL Poweshiek County Precincts may early vote at these times and locations.

You may also vote early at any time in person at the County Auditor’s office in Montezuma.


There still may be time to request an absentee ballot from the county auditor. The request form must be received by the county auditor by Friday, November 4th.  Absentee ballots must be mailed in by Nov. 7th. See more info on our Civic Engagement page here.

After school Code Club

after school code club word cloudCome learn coding from Grinnell College Computer Science students. This fun and relaxed group will help you explore computer coding, develop your coding skills, and just have fun with your computer. Thursdays from 3:45-4:45 during the school year (except when Grinnell College is not in session). For youth in 3rd grade through High School. There will be snacks too!

Introducing Video Tutorials for Online Resources

We are excited to now offer video tutorials for most of our online resources, as well as many social media services. You should now see a button at the right of your screen that says Tutorials. Click on that to see the list of available tutorials. The carousel image above also will show you available tutorials.

See all tutorials available in the DCL Niche Academy here.

This great product from Niche Academy should help you learn about the many online resources we offer our library users. We’ll be more fully incorporating these resources into our website and catalog in the weeks to come. For now, we encourage you to explore and discover the many things available from the library at your fingertips!