We love Libraries and Librarians!

As you know, it’s National Library Week!  So we thought this would be a good time to highlight some newer books about libraries and librarians.  There is something for everyone on this list, from romance, to science fiction, to mystery, to biography and true crime.  It was hard to narrow it down.  Who knew libraries and librarians made such excellent settings and characters?

The bodies in the library DB97038 by Marty Wingate

Hayley Burke lands a job as the curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling’s First Edition library at Middlebank House in Bath, England. But when one of her Agatha Christie fan-fiction writers group is found dead in the venerable stacks, Hayley has to catch the killer to save her job.

The giver of stars DB96907 by Jojo Moyes

  1. Alice Van Cleve is still trying to adjust to married life and living in Kentucky after being raised in England. When offered the chance to join a group of women to deliver Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, she jumps at it. But they face dangers.

Her perfect affair DB100847 by Priscilla Oliveras

Responsible Rosa Fernandez has planned her career with precision, finally landing a job as a librarian. But she’s been harboring a secret crush on dreamy Jeremy Taylor, and after one dance with him at her sister’s wedding, Rosa longs to let loose for the first time.

Information hunters: when librarians, soldiers, and spies banded together in World War II Europe DB98976 by Kathy Lee Peiss

A cultural historian recounts the role of book and document collecting during and after World War II as a part of intelligence and national security, military planning, and postwar reconstruction. She profiles the librarians, archivists, and scholars who carried out these missions and describes the forward-reaching impact on American libraries.

The Library of the Unwritten DB96922 by A.J. Hackwith

Claire is Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing of Hell’s library, where stories unfinished by their authors reside. When a hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must capture him with the help of her assistant, Brevity, and demon courier Leto.

Reading behind bars: a true story of literature, law, and life as a prison librarian DB96548 by Jill Grunenwald

A newly minted librarian looks back on her first career stop: working in a prison. Discusses what drew her to the profession, why she chose to take the job, personalities she encountered, examples of both typical days and extraordinary ones, and challenges she faced.

Upright women wanted DB98684 by Sarah Gailey

Esther stows away in the Librarians’ book wagon to escape an arranged marriage with her dead best friend’s former fiancé–a friend with whom she was in love and who was executed for possession of resistance propaganda.

The midnight library DB100906  by Matt Haig

After she attempts suicide, Nora wakes up in a mysterious library. The shelves are full of books, each the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with other books for the other lives you could have lived.

Syria’s secret library: reading and redemption in a town under siege DB97420 by Mike Thomson

An account of a hidden library organized in 2013 in the war-torn town of Daraya, which was besieged early in the Syrian Civil War. The author recounts how the books inside were salvaged and scavenged.

The library book DB92869 by Susan Orlean

The author re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in US history. On April 29, 1986, fire broke out at the Los Angeles Public Library and destroyed or damaged more than a million books. Examines the evolution of public libraries while celebrating their value in society.

It’s National Library Outreach Day!

Our library is joining communities from across the country in observing National Library Outreach Day. Today we highlight the invaluable role library professionals and libraries continue to play in bringing library services to those in need.

National Library Outreach Day LogoOur library’s outreach services provide all members of the community with free access to resources and services linking people to the information they need to during this difficult time and beyond. Our services surpass bricks and mortar, as our staff continues to adapt and develop innovative ways to deliver library materials and services that transform lives and support lifelong learning.

Check out the website and our events calendar for all of our great services and programs.

Celebrated annually during National Library Week, National Library Outreach Day is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL). It a time highlight outreach services and for library advocates to make their support known—through thanking library staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.

Today is National Library Workers Day! #NLWD21

National Library Workers Day LogoNational Library Workers Day is a day for library staff, patrons, administrators, and other groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers through their hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians.  The Tuesday of National Library Week has been designated National Library Workers Day.

Let’s take this time to flood social media (using the hashtag #NLWD21) with words of gratitude for all library workers.

And nominate stellar library workers as Stars for the ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars.  Submit a Star Library Worker.  Nominations may come from library users, students, children, colleagues, faculty, or management.  Please visit the Galaxy of Stars to see your nomination.  It will be updated weekly.

Celebrate National Library Week: April 4 – 10, 2021

Welcome to Your Library Slogan for 2021 National Library WeekApril 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

During these challenging times, libraries of all types have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by supporting the community with virtual services and programs.  Check out our programs and services for all ages on our website.

This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library’s website, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.

National Library Week: Find Your Place at the Library

National Library Week logo: Find your place at the libaryApril 19-25, 2020 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming communities and improving lives.  Our library invites all community members to find their place at the library by exploring their passions and discovering new interests through free technology, programs and services.  Even though we are can’t come together in-person, we are here to bring programs and services to you.

The library is a place where all people are welcome regardless of age, interests or background. From audiobooks and job-seeking resources to programs and technology assistance, the library has something for everyone.  Especially during these difficult times, libraries our here for everyone.

Today’s libraries strive to develop and maintain technology, programs and collections that are as diverse as the populations they serve. “Libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions where we can all come together, connect and learn alongside one another,” said Sarah Willeford, Library Director. “National Library Week is a perfect time for community members to check out what’s new at the library and pursue their interests and aspirations.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries of all types across the country each April.

For more information, call 515-281-1323 or visit us online at https://iowalibrary.blog/.  Listen to our April Library News Podcast and check out our YouTube Channel.

Check out these programs happening now at the library:

Libraries transform lives every day

NLW-button_smallThe 2016 National Library Week theme is Libraries Transform, and Gene Luen Yang will serve as Honorary Chair.

Gene Luen Yang is an award-winning graphic novelist and the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His 2006 book, “American Born Chinese,” was the first graphic novel to be a finalist for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award.  It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album.

What’s happening in libraries today? They’re more about doing than borrowing – more about connecting than simply plugging in. Whether you want to get involved in your community, find a job, start a business, or simply get ahead, your library is the key to opportunity. Libraries are transforming.

Thank you for celebrating National Library Week with us!