It’s Tax Time

Drake Communitax_imgty Library now has basic tax forms and instructions for distribution to the public. If you need specialized forms, we can print them for you from the IRS website. A copy charge of .15 per page applies. We also have J. K. Lasser’s 2015 tax preparation books for you to check out. Click here for more tax information.

Just Before the Battle, Mother: A Visit from a Civil War Soldier


DCL has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called “Just Before the Battle, Mother — A Visit from a Civil War Soldier.” presented by O. J. Fargo. Learn about Iowa’s involvement in the Civil War from a returning Civil War soldier (played by Fargo), who dresses in full Union Army regalia for the presentation and focuses on an individual soldier’s experience. The program is free and open to the public.

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

Dessert and coffee will be served by Friends of DCL at 6:30 pm and a brief annual meeting of the Friends organization will follow the program.

The One and Only Ivan

The-One-and-Only-IvanKarla’s Book Krewe is Back this February!

Kids in 4th – 6th grade will not want to miss Karla’s Book Krewe this February! They’ll be reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home — and his art — through new eyes.

Books and snacks will be provided. If school is cancelled because of weather, Karla’s Book Krewe will also be cancelled for that day. Join us on Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, and 24, after school from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the Storyroom. For questions or to register your child, please call the library at 641-236-2661 or email Karla at's Book Krewe logo with type

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.

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.

NOTE: If prompted for a password, enter “grinlib”.