Project Pengyou

Pengyou (pronounced pong yo) means Friendship!
Project Pengyou is a US-China relations organization, and the local chapter at Grinnell College would like to invite local students to a fun hour of Chinese cultural activities, including Chinese Chess and the traditional game of Jian Zi!  The program is for 3rd grade and up.

Thursday, May 4
3:30 – 4:30 pm in the Story Room

Grinnell Makers @ the Park April 8th

The Grinnell Makers group, which is a collaboration between the library and Imagine Grinnell, will meet as part of the Green Living Event at Summer Street Park during the afternoon of April 8th. Grinnell Makers, which usually meets on the second Saturday of every month at the library, encourages all Makers to join the hands on activities that will take place at the park that afternoon.  There will be water monitoring demonstrations, a bioreactor display with nitrate testing, and digital sensor demonstrations using Arduino units that have been explored as part of earlier Grinnell Maker gatherings. Rich Dana and Craig Shore, leaders of Grinnell Makers, will both be at the park helping with activities.

Preschool Fair and Early Childhood Extravaganza!

Come and visit with representatives from Grinnell area preschools and register for the 2017-2018 school year. Learn more about the opportunities for children in our community from organizations all centered around early childhood. Many kids’ programs and businesses will have hand-outs and applications to sign up for activities.
Saturday, April 1 from 9:30 – 11:00 am in the Community Room


Not Your Mother’s Parenting Tips


How can you shave minutes off kids’ dinner time and bath time? What do you do when your young son wants to moon everyone in sight?

Pants Optional author Carol Steingreaber offers unconventional tips for your road through life and parenting. Carol offers a hilarious insight into her life in Iowa, USA. Every listener will find a nugget or three to inspire them!

Free and open to the public. No registration required, but babysitting will be available if you call ahead and request it, so we are sure to have enough sitters.

Tuesday, April 4th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room




Grinnell Makers March 11th

The Grinnell Makers group will meet on the second Saturday of March (the 11th) from 2pm-4pm in the community room.  Individuals of all ages who are interested in exploring various skills and technologies relating to creating, building, and designing  are encouraged to attend.  Every meeting includes an open invitation to show and share about projects you are working on or looking to find a way to work on, i.e. I’d like help learning this skill.

This month, in addition, the library will make available materials to explore and create paper circuit projects. Most people are familiar with paper circuits as they appear in greeting cards that have flashing lights or sound. Come to Makers and learn how to create your own projects with paper circuits. We hope to build on this technology to create some larger interactive displays in the future.



Grinnell Makers February: Sketch up and Ardnuinos

The second meeting of the Grinnell Makers will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11th at the Drake Community Library from 2-4pm. Individuals of all ages who are interested in exploring various skills and technologies relating to creating, building, and designing  are encouraged to attend.  The first meeting in January attracted around 15 individuals who shared ideas and enthusiasm and the group looks to build on that.

Every meeting includes an open invitation to show and share about projects you are working on or looking to find a way to work on, i.e. I’d like help learning this skill. For the February meeting leaders Rich Dana and Craig Shore will offer resources to help explore the free, online “Sketch Up” design tool and Arduino microcontrollers.  Sketch up is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architecture, interior design, landscaping, mechanical engineering, etc.   Arduino is an open-source platform used for building electronics projects, quite popular for people just starting out with electronics.

See more about Grinnell Makers here.

Watch It Wednesday

School age kids are invited to watch “Ramona & Beezus”  2010

Based on the classic series of books by Beverly Cleary.

Rated G, 1 hour, 43 minutes long.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Snacks provided.




Saturday Storytime: Bridge to Reading Picture Book Award

Saturday, January 21 ~ 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Join us for readings from the picture books nominated for the Bridge to Reading Picture Book award.

For kids ages 3-7

Crafts and activities follow the storytime.

Grinnell Makers @DCL

grinnell-makers-logo-for-webBeginning this month, Drake Community Library will host a monthly gathering for those interested in the maker movement. The Grinnell Makers will meet on the second Saturday of every month from 2-4pm at the library. The first meeting will be Saturday, January 14th.

Area individuals of all ages are encouraged to come together to explore ideas, share expertise and get involved in the maker movement.  “Makers” are people who are interested in do-it-yourself projects and a “maker space” is a physical location where people can come together to make.make

Grinnell Makers is a collaboration between the library and Imagine Grinnell.  Leading the group will be Rich Dana and Craig Shore.  Rich Dana serves as the Director of Imagine Grinnell, but is a jack-of-all-trades. He has been a studio artist, a building contractor, an organic farmer, a solar installer, and an environmental advocate. He was a founding member of the Cedar Rapids and Fairfield Iowa “Makerspaces,” and is an avid woodworker, 3D printer fanboy and dumpster-diver. Craig Shore has dabbled in a little bit of everything over the years and can provide insight and assistance with mechanical systems, electronics, microcontrollers, composites, computer aided design, 3D printing, just to name a few.  An innovation intermediary consultant, he’s especially interested in open platforms and the ways they encourage collaboration to advance ideas and technologies.

Grinnell Makers has grown out of a Captain Planet grant received by Imagine Grinnell last year. The grant provided funds to purchase Arduino microcontroller kits for use in a series of DIY water monitoring programs offered by Imagine Grinnell. The Arduino kits will be used by the Grinnell Makers, with options for participants to borrow the kits for home exploration between meetings.  The library will support the program through hosting activities and purchase of materials as possible to support the projects.

Anyone interested in exploring more is encouraged to come to the library from 2-4pm on Jan. 14th. The gathering will be an informal collaboration time. Everyone is encouraged to bring projects they want to share or discuss, but there will also be time for brainstorming about potential projects, as well as learn a skill/share a skill type interactions.

Children’s Programs This Week

Happy New Year!

The library will be closed Sunday, Jan. 1 and Monday, Jan. 2.

Our programs resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Please mark your new 2017 calendars!

Storytime for Children ages 3-6,  Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 10:30


Lego Club for school aged children, Wednesdays in January,

starting January 4, 3:30-4:45