Iowa’s Own Monuments Man – George Stout

monuments menIn the movie The Monuments Men, George Clooney played George Stout, who was born and raised in Winterset, Iowa. Nancy Trask, director of the Winterset Public Library, will share a fascinating presentation based on extensive research and correspondence with Stout’s granddaughter.

Thursday, February 26 in the Community Room
6:30 – Coffee and Assorted Desserts
7:00 – Presentation

The program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of Drake Community Library, and there will be a short Friends Annual Meeting following the presentation.

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

converging landscapes logo

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