Watch Edith Renfrow Smith Interview

Click here to view the video of the interview with Edith Renfrow Smith that took place at the library on October 7th. At 101 years of age, Edith is truly a remarkable person full of wit and wisdom!

Edith Renfrow Smith Interview

Watch the interview with Edith Renfrow Smith

Access an MP3 audio recording of this event here. Note: audio recording was running during 30+ minutes of individual conversations that took place with Edith after the public interview was completed.

What do kids want to read about?

We’re updating the children’s non-fiction collection and want your input!

Boy is reading a book

Because of a generous donation by Don Puls the library is updating the children’s non-fiction collection.

Below are links to 2 surveys, one for parents and the other for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Parents after you take the survey, please encourage or help your student take the survey as well.

Your input will help us build a collection that is best for our community. Thank you for your time and support!



Diwali Festival of Lights

Monday, Oct. 5, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

For 3rd grade and older

Join the Grinnell College Kids and learn about this festival from India.

Create beautiful crafts and get a Henna tattoo.

Henna tattoos are temporary designs placed on top of the skin and  last about one week.

Space is limited, please sign up in advance!   641-236-2661

Edith Renfrow Smith comes to DCL

A Century of Stories:

A conversation with Edith Renfrow Smith

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1:30pm in the Library Community Room

Born in 1914, Edith Renfrow Smith was raised and educated in Grinnell schools. She became the first African American woman to graduate from Grinnell College in 1937. At 101 years of age, she is still sharp and engaging and full of stories from her life and century of ties to Grinnell. All are invited to attend a special event at Drake Community Library during which Edith with share stories in conversation with local historian Dan Kaiser.

Weekly Storytimes @DCL


Our regular storytime schedule will start in September.

The 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month is our preschool storytime for ages 3-6.

The 2nd & 4th Tuesday is Mother Goose Storytime for babies and toddlers.

All storytimes go from 10:30 to 11:00am with snack time after stories. 

baby story time


Booksale Dates Announced


The dates for the annual Friends of DCL booksale have been set for October 9th and 10th in the Community Room of the library.

The sale will open on Friday evening from 5-8pm, with a $3 entrance fee for that night. Entrance on Saturday is free and runs from 8am to 2pm.

Costs are $1 for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks and children’s books. Some more collectible  items may be tagged with higher prices.

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.


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