Prairie Burn to take place April 17

A controlled burn of the prairie on the south side of the library will take place at approximately 5pm on Thursday, April 17th. This will create smokey conditions near the parking lot and main entrance areas of the library. Please be advised if you have breathing or other health issues that conditions will be unpleasant. The Grinnell Fire Department will be on hand to oversee the burn which will be conducted by volunteers under the guidance of Elizabeth Hill, Grinnell College Center for Prairie Studies Outreach Coordinator and manager of the Conard Environmental Research Area.

Spring 2014 Prairie Burn Plan

Spring 2014 Prairie Burn Plan

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These Books Blew (Blue?) Us Away




Wind goes right along with those April showers, so come in and browse these books that blew us away! Find titles by Tess Gerritson, Dick Francis, Mary Higgins Clark, Rita Mae Brown, Dean Koontz, Catherine Coulter and many more. Some are brand new, and some you may have missed on the first time around. Check one out today!

After School International Games & Activities

Thursdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24
3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Story Room
For Kids in kindergarten through 6th grade
Organized by international students of the Grinnell College Kids’ Club
in cooperation with Drake Community Library.

Affordable Care Act health insurance information


Need health coverage? The Health Insurance Marketplace is open! Apply Now

Do you need more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace?

You may also access Affordable Care Act information via the DCL website - click here



 The Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa will be here to help you navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace on these dates:

Wednesday, April 23

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please call 515-288-1516 to reserve your spot at Drake Community Library in the

Large Group Study Room.

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