Book Art

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Join visiting artist Jill Dubbledee Kuhn this Saturday (July 19)  to create works of art from old books. Space is limited to 12 people at each of the two sessions from 9:30 to noon and 1:30-4pm. Advanced registration is recommended. Call 236-2661, email or stop by the library to reserve your spot. The library will provide old books to be used for the project. Individuals are also welcome to bring books of their own or objects to use in the project. Basic art tools like paint, chalk, charcoal, several types of cutting tools and a variety of ink pads will be provided. altered book tree

Converging Landscapes: a capital campaign for the library’s urban prairie

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The Library Board of Trustees has launched a capital campaign to raise $90,000  to implement a landscaping design plan for the library grounds — a plan that will incorporate the best of our established prairie plantings with professionally landscaped beds and low impact features to produce a sustainable and inviting environment for all.

Click here to learn more about the project and how you can help support Converging Landscapes!

Summer Reading Program

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Lots of great things are planned for the Summer Library Program.

Pick up a calendar of events when you’re in the library or


The Pioneer Family Saga of Bartholomew and jane Graham Carney

A saga of the Carney family history, detailing their move to Iowa in a covered wagon, pioneer experiences in the Iowa prairie, and the heritage left for future generations of the Carney family.

See the pdf document on the Digital Grinnell site here.

Learn a Language with MANGO

Thanks to funding from Friends of DCL, we now provide Mango Languages as an online learning resource. Mango is free of charge to all library card holders and is an easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language.

CLICK HERE to start your online learning.

ADDED BONUS OPPORTUNITY: Through a collaboration with Grinnell College you have the opportunity to connect with a native speaking “conversation partner” for many of the languages. To sign up for a language partner, email a request to