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

Holiday Hours


The library will be closed on these days to observe the holidays.

Saturday, December 24th

Sunday, December 25th

Monday, December 26th

Sunday, January 1st

Monday, January 2nd

Hour of Code + Tech Demos

Thursday, December 8th from 4pm-5:30pm

@ Drake Community Library


Explore coding!

Activities for all ages and abilities to explore what coding is.

Look for “unplugged” activities in the story room.

“Bring Your Own Laptop” coding in the Community Room


Try a self-guided coding tutorial from any of the library computers!



3D Printer



And more!

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Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees Logo

Friends of DCL Festival of Trees

Click here to download the signup form to decorate

a tree for the Festival!

Festivities from 5:30-7:30pm on Dec. 2nd

A fun holiday event where families, businesses and community groups decorate Christmas trees for dsiplay throughout the library. Community members are encouraged to vote for their favorites by making donations to their favorite tree.

Trees will stay up in the library throughout December

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