About the Library
“The Council Bluffs Public Library is committed to enriching, informing and empowering our community.”
The Council Bluffs Public Library exists to meet the changing needs of Council Bluffs citizens, families and businesses. We offer children, teen, and adult services so we can meet specific requests for a variety of ages. We also have a tech lab with all of the tools and programs to allow you to keep innovating. Explore our site to learn more about what the Council Bluffs Library has to offer. Click here to read the Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2020-21.
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Winter is upon us and I am excited to share many new things for everyone to look forward to in the New Year. First I want to thank you all for your support and encouragement this past year. I have been a part of the Council Bluffs Community for a year and can’t even begin to list all of the wonderful experiences I have had and the exceptional people I have met. Thank you for welcoming and helping me to learn what is needed to support you all.
I am excited to share that we are getting busier and busier at the library in large part because all of you are returning to our doors, borrowing items, using meeting spaces, attending programs, and learning something new through the databases and instruction resources.
In December we launched the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for zip codes 51501 and 51503. This book gifting program is funded through the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation and additional support from the Downtown Kiwanis Club and the Rotary Club of Council Bluffs Noon. This program is starting off with wonderful success with over 700 kiddos already signed up and set to start receiving books in February. We will be celebrating this wonderful program in January with literacy activities, information, and giveaways. If you have a kiddo between birth and 4 years old and live in the zip codes of 51501 and 51503, I encourage you to visit www.councilbluffslibrary.org/imaginationlibrary to learn more and signup. There is no deadline for signing up and as long as your kiddo falls in the age range, it is never too late to start receiving books.
In January we will also be announcing the titles and upcoming activities for the first One Community Reads program in Council Bluffs. We are excited to partner with many wonderful agencies, nonprofits, and business to bring awareness to a community challenge and encourage thoughtful dialogue and education for all. As a community, we can do big things and I am excited to share that with you all.
Look to learn something new in the New Year with our tools in the Makerspace. We will be bringing you programs utilizing our new sewing and embroidery machines and provide monthly paper crafting programs. Don’t miss out on new offerings. Sign up for an email newsletter today Library Newsletters.
In February we will be coming to completion of our Youth Room remodel. This has be over a year in the making with design planning, selecting thoughtful materials, completing construction, and updating all of the furniture, we hope this new look and feel will support the goals of creating an inclusive and vibrant learning environment for the young minds in our community. This project has been completely funded by the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation and greatly enhances the space and youth offerings to our community.
There is so much to learn and do at your Library each and every day. Renew or sign-up for a library card and visit us in person or online to find your next big discovery!
Library Board of Trustees
The Council Bluffs Public Library is governed by the Board of Library Trustees and is comprised of 9 members who are appointed by the Mayor and are confirmed by City Council. Each member serves a six-year term. As defined in the Board By-laws, the primary duties of the Board include:
- Serves as a liaison between the library and the community
- Acts as a policy-making board
- Assists in budget preparation
- Control of expenditure of funds allocated to the library
- Responsible for the appointment of a librarian
Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm at the Library. ***Due to weather, the board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 15th has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 23rd at 4:30 pm.***
Click here to download the PDF for this month’s Board Packet.
Library Board Members