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 2019-20.
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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.
Click here to download the PDF for this month’s Board Packet.
Library Board Members
The flowers are blooming and the temperatures are warming. Spring has arrived in Iowa. The Council Bluffs Public Library is excited to welcome you to your library. April 5th – 12th is National Library Week and I encourage you to stop in at your library whether in person or online to see what is happening.
There will be opportunities to hone your poetry skills, learn job skills such as virtual job interviewing, and celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of Summer.
In April the learning platform, Lynda.com will change to LinkedIn Learning and provide even more content to develop job skills. With your library card you have access to 1000s of video courses and tutorials. Whether in the library or from your home, you can access them all from the library website https://www.councilbluffslibrary.org/research/.
In May, participate in our 1st Pollinator Palooza and fill out an application to be 1 of 40 households given a starter kit of native plants to support pollinators in our community. Learn more about why pollinators are so important and how you can support this important part of our ecosystem by planting native flowers and plants in your backyard.
Celebrate Dia! Children’s Day/Book Day by stopping by May 1st to celebrate literacy and Hispanic culture by grabbing a free book and a small craft.
Finally, starting in May, stop by the Farmer’s Market to see your friendly librarians each week with information and fun trivia. Get a library card, check on your HOLDs, and even buy a book or two from our Friends of the Library bookstore. Each week will be something new, so make sure to stop and say “Hello!”
June 1st Summer Reading begins with the theme “Reading colors your world”. Earn badges to celebrate your love of stories. We will be adding video tutorials to Niche Academy to help guide patrons through the new user-friendly Beanstack app.
Teen Central will be the place to be this Summer with the return of Tinker Zone and Game On as well as chances to participate in virtual reality using the Oculus set.
The Youth department is excited to be offering surprise programming around town depending on weather. Join the CBPL Youth Department group on Facebook to have a heads up on where you can find these surprise events.
Additionally this year if you sign up for the Summer Reading Program (starting on June 1st), you can get a yard sign to show your neighborhood that you are reading this summer.
Join in the fun for all ages this Spring at your local library! Check our events calendar for more specifics and for new exciting program offerings as the weather warms up. As always, the library can be accessed 24/7 on our website for all your research and entertainment needs.