Iowa Library Commons
State Library of Iowa


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Contributions from libraries


This collection contains items that Iowa libraries use to make Iowa libraries great. Most items are created by Iowa library staff and are used by library staff in their work towards library excellence. Instructions, tip sheets, articles, stories, forms, surveys, videos, pictures, bookmarks, posters and more are included.



Collection Items

Book Munchkins
K-2nd Grade program

A presentation by Inger Lamb, PhD, president of Iowa Prairie Network and owner of Prairie Landscapes of Iowa about using native plants to landscape the grounds of public libraries. Originally broadcast over the Iowa Communications Network system on…

The Open Meetings Law was designed to ensure the public has access when discussion or deliberation regarding public policy takes place. To many citizens, libraries are one of our most prized governmental entities which symbolize openness, freedom of…

Sonatas in the Stacks
A powerpoint of the presentation Sonatas in the Stacks given during the 2014 ISLA conference about hosting music performances in the library.

Library Commons User Guide
A user guide in PDF format to learn how to use Iowa Library Commons

City Maintenance on Library Buildings
A survey of public libraries on who is responsible for maintenance on library buildings (completed 06/23/2013). Users are encouraged to add comments to describe their own experiences with library building maintenance.

Public Calendar of Events
This is an example of a monthly calendar compiled by library staff and distributed within the library and by PDF to members by email.

A booklet used to highlight our new library building features and donors to the Foundation for the building project.

Online Resources Brochure
This brochure gives a brief overview of the many online services offered by the library. These are also handed out when a member receives a new library card.

Volunteer Work Day
A flyer and examples of potential projects for a volunteer work day to "spruce up" the library. We did this in the Spring and dubbed it Spring cleaning. We had about 15 volunteers throughout the morning and got alot of work done! The flyer is in .pub…
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