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Genealogy Resources Available at Library

Posted September 26, 2012 in Community Featured

The Drake Public Library houses genealogy materials for the area. The library has microfilm dating back into the 1860s. Local newspapers are on microfilm, along with probate records, church records and some school records.

Census records and funeral home records are also kept in the genealogy section. These items may not be checked out, but photocopies can be made for 10 cents a page. Centerville High School yearbooks dating back into the 1920s are also available for perusal.

Family history books and self-published family trees are kept in the meeting room on the second floor of the library. The library staff will help with research and accepts requests via email. The email address is

Rummage sale a success
The Friends of the Drake Public Library had a successful rummage sale with a final total of $816. This money will be used to purchase books and material for the library.

Youth programs
Don’t forget about toddler story time every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. No pre-registration is required. Everyone is welcome to attend. Story time consists of a couple of handpicked stories, fun activities and a light snack. It is a great way to meet new friends and check out what the library has to offer.

The older kids can stop by after-school any time for homework help, computer access and free schoolwork printing. Monday nights feature an after-school story time from 4 – 5 p.m. Thursday nights from 4 – 5 p.m. is game night at the library. For more information, call JeNel at 641-856-6676.

Check out our magazines
Why buy magazines at the store when the library has more than 60 subscriptions to popular magazines? Magazines are available for checkout for a two week period.

For more library information, visit our website at

Drake Public Library
115 Drake Ave.
Hours: Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mon. – Fri.: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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