Montezuma Public Library is home to more than 17,000 volumes of books, magazines, movies and other materials. Patrons may also access many resources from other libraries in the region, state, and around the world. The library offers special events throughout the year, including a summer reading program for all ages. The 6000 square-foot facility opened in 2005. The library was built in honor of Lois Brownell and Nancy Brownell. Both were avid readers, teachers, and devoted their lives to the pursuit of knowledge. The library is located at 500 East Main Street, 641-623-3417. MAP WEBSITE
Special programs and features:
- Computer Workstations/Free WiFi
- Children’s Reading Area
- Kid’s Storytime, Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
- Private Study Rooms
- Complimentary Community Room
- Comfortable Reading Areas
- Special Collections Monthly Display
- Book-Systems Book Bag E-Rerservation
- Neibors and Tumblebook E-Reader Services
Annual Book Sale
The library hosts an annual book sale each year, beginning July 4th and running through the remainder of the summer. The sale is held in the Community Room during regular business hours.
Summer Reading Program
Details for the 2013 Summer Reading Program will be announced soon.Unique Collections at the Public Library
The Montezuma Public Library invites the public to participate in unique collections displayed throughout each month of the year. The collections are displayed in the foyer of the library and rotated by library volunteers. Many unique collections, like the Disney collection to the left, have appeared since the new library facility opened in 2005. Hand-painted dried gourds, milkglass, Cherished Teddies, snowmen, gargoyles, Lego’s, Roy Rogers memorabilia, and artwork by P. Buckley Moss have all been included in past displays. Call the Montezuma Public Library to ask about offering your collections, 641-623-3417.
Local Reading Groups
Literary Club meets at 7 p.m. the 3rd Monday from September through May at the Public Library. Cuppa Book Club meets at 9 a.m. the 4th Tuesday of throughout the year at Simone’s Cuppa.
A Look at Local Authors, Books and Literary Legacy
The art of the pen is no stranger to Montezuma with several published authors and books attributed to local writers. Montezuma is also home to the annual All-Iowa Writers Conference held each fall. Local writers include Charles D. Taylor Iowans of the Mighty Eighth; J.O. & Debbie Tindle Parker An ABC Photo Album of the Iowa State Fair and Family Reunion: Midwest Old Threshers; Linda Brake There’s An Elephant in the Sink; Keith Brake A Band of Brothers and So THAT’s it; Doris C. Steffy Our Mother the Mortician; Robert Denton Brownell Harold’s Dreams; and Bob Brownell Gunsmith Kinks. Click any link to purchase the titles listed above.