Library news and events March 28th to April 3rd

How to Request Materials The library has limited physical access to library services and materials will be brought to you curbside for pick up. Please stay in your car to comply with social distancing recommendations. There are several ways to request materials:Call us at 236-2661 and talk to a staff member. Fill out an online form to submit your requests.Create a list in the online catalog and email it to the staff.Please be flexible during this time, we cannot guarantee filling of requests for items that are not currently checked-in. Give us two hours to pull your requested items and give us a call when you are ready to pick up your items curbside at the north entrance. Please stay in your car. We will bring the books to you.

Current Hours for Curbside Pickup
Monday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm. These hours are subject to change.

Returning Items
Do not be concerned about returning items on time. Fines will be waived during this time period. If you must return items, we ask patrons to return all materials at the drive-up drop located at the east end of the library at 5th Avenue and State Street.
How We Handle Library MaterialsWe are closely following the guidance provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health on handling library materials.

Dr. Caitlin Pedati, medical director and state epidemiologist at the IDPH, issued the following message on the handling of library materials: The COVID-19 virus is typically transmitted via droplets after an infected individual coughs or sneezes. It is unlikely that someone could become infected by COVID-19 by handling a library book. Libraries should continue to clean acetate books covers and CD/DVD covers with an EPA registered disinfectant.

We encourage you to continue to follow CDC guidelines for hand washing and limit touching your face when possible.
Big Library Read Digital Book Club
The digital book club, Big Library Read, is featuring Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum with no waitlists or holds through April 13th. Share your thoughts about the title with readers around the world. The discussion board will be available until April 20th.
Get a Library Card OnlineDrake Community Library issues free library cards to residents of Grinnell, unincorporated Powshiek County, and all cities who participate in the state of Iowa Open Access Program. You can apply for a library card online. Select Connect>Get a Card and then choose an adult patron card or a children’s card.

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