Winterset Public Library

Winterset Public Library The mission of the Winterset Public Library is to provide library resources for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people in the community.
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More new books!  Let us know if you would like us to put them on hold for you.
06/17/2020

More new books! Let us know if you would like us to put them on hold for you.

A few more new ones.  Let us know if there are any you would like.
06/16/2020

A few more new ones. Let us know if there are any you would like.

Ready for another big day of curbside pickups.
06/16/2020

Ready for another big day of curbside pickups.

West Des Moines Public Library
06/15/2020

West Des Moines Public Library

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YAY!  We finally got some new movies in!  Let us know if there are any you would like to put on hold.
06/11/2020

YAY! We finally got some new movies in! Let us know if there are any you would like to put on hold.

Some more new titles.  We're getting some really good ones in. Remember you can put these on hold by calling, emailing t...
06/09/2020

Some more new titles. We're getting some really good ones in. Remember you can put these on hold by calling, emailing the library, or going through our online catalog.

A few more new titles that can be checked out.  There is a lot more on the way.
06/08/2020

A few more new titles that can be checked out. There is a lot more on the way.

Some of our new books that we processed this week.
06/02/2020

Some of our new books that we processed this week.

We are back for another week of curbside pickup service.  You can place holds anytime by going through our website, emai...
06/01/2020

We are back for another week of curbside pickup service. You can place holds anytime by going through our website, emailing us at [email protected], or calling us at 515-462-1731. Curbside deliveries will be on Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm and Thursdays from 2pm to 7pm.

The first week of curbside pickup was a great success! We were able to fill over 275 requests for books and movies. Let ...
05/28/2020

The first week of curbside pickup was a great success! We were able to fill over 275 requests for books and movies. Let us know if there is anything you would like from the library.

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05/25/2020

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05/14/2020

Timeline Photos

04/24/2020
The library got a lovely gift and card for the staff from a wonderful patron today. It is very much appreciated. We love...
04/23/2020

The library got a lovely gift and card for the staff from a wonderful patron today. It is very much appreciated. We love and miss our patrons. Keep on reading.

04/23/2020
04/23/2020
Freegal Music

Winterset Public Library users always have access to free downloadable music through Freegal Music using their library card numbers and password.

Winterset Public Library patrons always have access to digital audiobooks, magazines, and comics through rb digital usin...
04/23/2020
johnstonia.rbdigital.com

Winterset Public Library patrons always have access to digital audiobooks, magazines, and comics through rb digital using their library card numbers and password.

Winterset Public Library patrons always have access to digital books through Bridges - OverDrive using their library car...
04/23/2020
Bridges - OverDrive

Winterset Public Library patrons always have access to digital books through Bridges - OverDrive using their library card numbers and password.

Browse, borrow, and enjoy titles from the Bridges digital collection.

04/21/2020
I know a lot of you are missing Story Time here at the library.  Check out this great resource to help you get through t...
04/16/2020
Home - Storyline Online

I know a lot of you are missing Story Time here at the library. Check out this great resource to help you get through these hard times.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy nominated, Storyline Online, features celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Kristen Bell, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Wanda Sykes, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more reading children’s books to inspire a love of reading in millions of ch...

04/15/2020
04/13/2020
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04/08/2020

Timeline Photos

04/08/2020
04/06/2020

The Winterset Public Library will remain closed until further notice. Due dates on materials have been extended to May 26.

04/02/2020
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04/01/2020

Timeline Photos

Cherokee Public Library
04/01/2020
Cherokee Public Library

Cherokee Public Library

While you're home have you completed the 2020 Census? Census numbers correlates to funding for our community! The entire process is quick and easy either by mail or online! https://www.2020census.gov

03/31/2020
Check this out Harry Potter fans!
03/27/2020
Hogwart's Digital Escape Room

Check this out Harry Potter fans!

Social Distancing Day 6 or is it 7? Things getting a little crazy in your house with the kids, or kids with your parents? It's time to go to Hogwart's! Grab your family and try the Hogwart's Escape Room!

Question of the day:
03/27/2020

Question of the day:

Manchester Public Library
03/24/2020
Manchester Public Library

Manchester Public Library

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123 N 2nd St
Winterset, IA
50273

General information

Library History Evolving since the 1870's the library has become an important part of our community. In the years around the middle of the 1870's Winterset had 18 lawyers, 16 doctors, 4 hotels, 16 churches and 2,400 residents. Some citizens were concerned about the young men and women of this community at a time when the temperence movement was being revived. It was decided to establish a library where young people, especially the young men, could have a place to read and meet as friends. Business men collected money and invested in 100 books. The Young Men's Christian Association was to keep the books and loan them to readers. This arrangement did not work out. The books were given to the Women's Christian Temperance Union to care for and loan to readers. The rooms where the books were kept for loan were known as Reading Rooms. One of the first rooms was tended by C. Schwaner, a harness dealer, who gave the use of two front rooms on the second story of his new building on E. Court Ave (second building from the intersection of Court Ave and John Wayne Drive) rent free for one year. Interested persons gave tables, chairs, lamps, books and stoves to equip the rooms. Some of the donors were J.S. McCaughan, a lawyer; Dr. D.C. Bevington, a livestock dealer, realtor and president of National Bank of Winterset; and Reverand Henry Wallace, a Presbyterian minister. The North wing of the top floor of the courthouse was also a Reading Room until 1855 when the Women's Christian Temperance Union disbanded. Following the disbanding, the County Superintendent of Schools, E.R. Zeller, took and cared for the books for four years. Rooms again had to be secured in 1889 as the number of books kept growing. The new Reading Rooms were on the second floor of a building on the west side of the square owned by S.E. Catterlin, a harness maker. Today we know the building as Security Loan & Abstract Co. Around this time Mary Cassidy expressed interest in helping to found a library. She was appointed Librarian in 1891 and served the library for almost 30 years. Her first home for her library was probably in S.E. Catterlin's building. Colonel Cummings, a lawyer, landowner and editor of the Madisonian erected a new building at 110 W. Court Ave (where Clark's TV now resides). This new building was leased to the library and the books were moved there in November of 1900. Since 1891, there was evident interest in a permamnent library building. The city voted a permanent library, supported by the city and a tax levy for maintenance. This was accepted by the Council and the first library Board was orgnized in 1894. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, Andrew Carnegie was distributing money at home and abroad for 1500 libraries. At this time, Indianola, Iowa had a Carnegie library, so a letter was written to Mr. Carnegie and an answer dated February 11, 1904 came to the Library Board of Trustees. The children of C.D. Bevington, S.G. Bevington and Mrs. L.M. Alexander gave 66 feet for the site of the library. It was decide a few years later that more land would be needed for the size of the building. The city bought 1/3 lot joining on the east of the Bevington land from Cummings for $1300. The Bevington family stipulated that a proper memorial be placed in or on the building. In 1991, the Library Board placed a bronze plaque near the North entrance. Construction of the library began in 1904. The first seven feet above ground was made of native stone finished in pitch face. This stone came from the ground of the first stone courthouse that burned in 1875. Workmen removed the foundation stones of the fence formerly around the courthouse yard, cleaned them and carried them to the library site. The library opened on June 16, 1905. The building to longest serve Winterset as its library now serves as city hall. Lincoln Township began contracting for use of the libary in 1916. Gradually thereafter, other townships and towns signed contracts to use the Winterset Public Library. During the depression in 1933, when people could not pay their taxes, there was no librarian for one month. Members of the Board took turns keeping the building open for reading purposes only. The city refused to pay for lights, the telephone was removed, shorter hours took effect, the Librarian's salary cut to $50 a month and there was no extra help and no assistant librarian. The Estate of Martha Crawford gave the library a carrara marble statue and base in 1943. Martha was the wife of A.W. Crawford who, with his brother and father, was in the grocery business in Winterset and later delved in real estate and abstract business. After his retirement, he and Martha travelled extensively in Europe and the Holy Land. This status, no doubt, was purchased during one of those trips. Italy is famous for carrara marble. Friends of Daniel J. Gallery, who died in 1964, gave money to landscape the grounds. Mont Johnson furnished and placed a plaque in his honor at the North entrance of the building. Library activities grew throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's. More space was needed and serious talk about renovating the basement began. Representatives of the library drove to Mason City in October of 1978 to meet with the trustees of the Kinney-Lindstrom Foundation and ask for financial help. It bore fruit; the library was given $15,000 - a great help to the total renovation costs which totaled $25,256. Other help came from the Kitty Griffen Fund ($1,500), Masonic Lodge ($7,437) and proceeds from public auction of some of the old library furniture ($4,379).

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(515) 462-1731

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Can our library consider curb side pick up? Clive, Urbandale, and other metro libraries are doing similar.
I see the Iowa Governor has lifted the closures of libraries. Of course with social distancing and 50% capacity. Do you plan to reopen this Friday May 1st? I’ve tried calling to only get an answering machine........
A very special "thank you" to a beautiful lady who has served our community and our Library very well. Jean has been our Library Director for the past 3 1/2 years. Her enthusiasm and energy for her job have resulted in new and expanded programs and services for all of us. We are very happy for Jean as she starts her new position as the Library Director for Norwalk! Although we will miss her at the Library, Jean will continue to call Winterset her home. We still get to keep her and her heart for serving in our wonderful town.......where the beautiful hearts of many, make this an amazing town for everyone. 🙂 If you are around today or tomorrow stop in the Library and wish her well. 🙂
The library will be closing Friday, January 17 at noon due to the inclement weather. Stay safe!
"The petition of citizens of the county for the use of the court house for exhibitions for the purpose of procuring funds to procure a public library was heard and granted on condition that petitioners defray all cost of lighting and warming the room and be liable for all damages done." Minutes of the Madison County Supervisors-Jan. 4, 1872
Winterset Public Library do you maintain a collection of of vinyl records? I have a pretty great collection of records, and, as I'm preparing my will, I would like to donate my collection to you. But I'd like to know if the library would appreciate that and that patrons might take advantage of at least a few of the records.
Tomorrow's Geri-Fit classes (morning and afternoon) have been cancelled due to the chilly weather - stay warm & safe!
Due to inclement weather, the library will be closed today. Geri-Fit classes and Tiny Tykes Story Time will not be held. Stay safe & warm!
Have you seen this article?
We have a great library every one should take advantage of this, 👏
Thank you soooo much for bringing in a representative and animals from Blank Park Zoo to teach the children about different creatures :) It was wonderful