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Library Board to Consider Credit Card Machine, AED Policy on Monday

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – The Oskaloosa Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on Monday, April 23 at 4:00 PM. This is an open meeting and thus the public is invited to attend. Public input will be held at the beginning of the meeting, as well a report from the Library Director and a report from Friend’s of the Oskaloosa Public Library.

During the meeting, routine agenda items will be discussed. Committee reports will be presented by chair members Jane Ireland, Michael Collins, Judy Bishop, Merle Mann, and Chris Harbour. Committee report topics include staff, budget and finance, policy and planning, technology, as well as building and grounds.

There is no unfinished business from former meetings listed on the agenda for discussion. However, there are some new business items that will be addressed as part of the consent agenda, which enables the Board to approve the following items in one swift motion: Approval of a Shindler Elevator Corporation invoice per quarterly billing, as well as approval of an invoice from Cunningham for approved and completed work.

Regular agenda items will be addressed as individual topics. These items include: Approval of Historical Building Marker Project, approval to adopt an AED policy, and approval to pursue the use by patrons of a credit card machine so that they may pay library fees and fines electronically.

To round out the meeting, the Board will look at claims for approval and hear remarks from the Board Director.
Those requiring special accommodations are urged to contact the City Manager’s Office at least 24 hours prior to the meeting by calling 641-673-9431.

Oskaloosa Public Library Celebrates ‘Earth Day’

Kids can help celebrate Earth Day this month at the Oskaloosa Public Library:

  • K through 2nd Grade on the April 17 at 4:00 PM.
  • 3 to 5-years-old on April 18 and April 20 at 10:30 AM.
  • Toddlers 18 mo. to 3-years-old on April 19 at 10:30 AM.
  • 3rd through 5th Grade on the April 19 at 4:00 PM.


Oskaloosa Public Library Board Meeting

The Oskaloosa Public Library Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, March 26 at 4:00 PM. If you require special accommodations to attend, please contact the City Manager’s Office at least 24 hours prior to the meeting at 641-673-9431.

Lecture at Oskaloosa Public Library

The Friends of the Oskaloosa Public Library welcome Tom Milligan from the Humanities Iowa series for a lecture on March 20th. Mr. Milligan will portray Ding Darling, famous Iowa cartoonist and conservationist; discussing his boyhood, career, and life’s journey. The lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. in room A/B; third floor of the Library. The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.

Oskaloosa Public Library Board Meeting

The Oskaloosa Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM. If you require special accommodations, please contact the City Manager’s Office at least 24 hours prior to the meeting at (641) 673-9431. The board will meet in the 3rd floor of the library in Meeting Room C.

Mahaska County Historical Society Quarterly Meeting

The George Daily Auditorium has partnered with the Mahaska County Historical Society for their Quarterly Meeting and Potluck Dinner on Monday, February 19, 2018. Participants do not need to be a Historical Society member to join in during this free event at the auditorium.

At 7:00 PM, Cindy Godlove of the Oskaloosa Public Library will moderate “The Family Detective: Genealogy Stories” with four expert panelists: Janet Braden with 30+ years of genealogy experience and a Boone family connection; Georgetta Leak, a professional Genealogist; Herbert Strasser, who researches the history of families who have owned and lived on his farmland; and Grant Wells, a Mayflower Society member. After the panel, there will be breakout groups so people can talk about their own family stories. Sarah Kargol of the Oskaloosa Art Center will have a craft project for kids.

Coat Drive To Help Local Iowans In Need

BURR! It’s getting chillier out there. Help share the warmth with those in our community that need it!

The 10th Annual Winter Coat Drive is taking place now until January 31st, 2018.

Collection boxes for the drive will be placed at 18 locations around Oskaloosa. The drive is a great opportunity for community members to clean out their closets and make an impact during the season of giving. Items collected during the Winter Coat Drive are given to people in need at no charge.

Accepted donations include winter coats, snow boots, snow pants, winter hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and other winter outerwear. Whenever possible, please launder items prior to donation. Organizers stress that the collection boxes for the drive are strictly for donations of winter outerwear.

Donations of other items including sweatshirts, fall jackets, rain coats, ball caps, etc. must be made directly to New Hope Community Center at 308 5th Ave West.

The need for warm winter clothing is a serious one, especially in Iowa. The average winter temperature in Iowa for 2016/17 was 26.5 degrees F. Last year, 300 warm winter coats were distributed to those in need, many of whom would have otherwise gone without.

Winter Coat Drive collection boxes can be found at the following Oskaloosa businesses:

  • Central United Methodist Church
  • Fareway
  • Hawkeye Real Estate
  • Gatton Realty
  • Homestead of Oskaloosa
  • Hy-Vee
  • KBOE/KMZN Radio
  • Mahaska
  • Mahaska County YMCA
  • Mahaska Drug
  • MCG
  • MidWestOne Bank
  • Musco
  • New Hope Community Center
  • Oskaloosa Public Library
  • Remax Pride Realty
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church
  • First Christian Church
  • United Way of Mahaska County

United Way and New Hope need your help to spread the word and help keep our community warm this winter. Challenge friends and family to clean out their closets and donate winter items they no longer use – every donation helps keep someone safe and warm!

All donated items from the Winter Coat Drive are distributed at New Hope Community Center, at 308 5 th Ave. West. New items arrive each week. For assistance, check with a volunteer, or call New Hope at 641-676-1602.

Volunteers are needed to help with the drive. For more information about this service opportunity, please contact Timothy Gibson at 641-673- 6043, or uwmc.coordinator@gmail.com.


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