New at DCL! Tech Tuesday Computer Classes

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Drake Community Library is now offering beginning computing classes! Jason Kurtz of Forge Computers will be your instructor, and by the end of the third class, you will have the skills you need to get online, send and receive email, and do basic word processing.

Classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, June 9, 16, and 23. (We’ll use the public computer area while the library is closed to the public.) Please sign up, as space is limited. Classes are free, and you can register for one class or all three. For more information, call us at 236-2661 or ask at the circulation desk.

Every Hero Has a Story - 2015 Summer Library Program

This summer, put on your cape for Every Hero Has a Story!



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Summer vacation is almost here! Kids and teens will be grabbing their capes and heading to the library for great reads, exciting events, and cool prizes. The Blank Park Zoo will be here, as well as juggler Jason Kollum and entertainer Dino O’Dell. Complete your summer reading log and earn a ticket to the end-of-summer Pool Party. We are committing our library powers to bringing kids an entertaining summer!

Join us for our Kick-Off Event on Friday, June 5 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, featuring hot dogs and pop served and sponsored by the Elks. Pick up a summer calendar and make plans to join us!

New! Chilton Online Auto Repair

DCL has added Chilton Online Auto Repair for patrons to use from their home computers. Need to see a wiring diagram for your 2008 Chevy Malibu’s electrical system, or see a diagram to help you replace the coolantchilton heater cord? Now you can see all the great diagrams and schematics that Chilton is known for right from your home computer. In addition, Chilton Online also offers repair animations and videos of certain procedures.

April is National Car Care Month, so check out Chilton Online Auto Repair soon! You’ll fine a permanent link in the Online Resources tab, or click here with your library barcode handy to get started today.


New Library Catalog available now!

EnterpriseThe library is getting a new online catalog.  Known as Enterprise in the library world, this new catalog will provide more advanced search capabilities and easier downloading/managing of eTitles. You can learn about the various features on our About the New Catalog page.

You can start using the new catalog by clicking here or on the logo above.  Catalog stations within the library and links on our main webpage will be changed over starting Monday,  January 26th. You will still be able to search using the old catalog for a while, but it will not be kept up to day with current eTitles.



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!

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