The Oelwein Public Library offers programs to further the library's mission to serve the needs of the community.



Pages & Play Club
The Oelwein Public Library offers a weekly Pages & Play Club for 3-5 year olds with Miss Katie on each Wednesday at 10:00 am. This event meets in the library's meeting room.  Contact Katie by email at or by calling the library at 319-283-1515 with any questions.
We will read a story and share fun activities.


Theme Thursdays
This is an after school program every Thursday from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Theme Thursdays is intended for elementary and secondary children. Each week will be different theme and activity. Lego Club will feature the 2nd Thursday of the month.


Summer Reading Program is offered every year in June.
Find more information here.


Book Talk
Join Book Talk. Contact Deann at or by calling the library at 319-283-1515 with questions. This group meets on the last Monday of each month at 10:00 am. For more information visit the Book Club page.

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Special Programs:


Care Initiatives Hospice Program
Monday, June 3rd at 3:00 p.m.

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Learn how they can help you navigate medical decisions.
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Scattergood Hostel
Wednesday, June 5th at 5:00 p.m.

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This program tells the inspiring story of Scattergood Hostel, near West Branch, Iowa. From April 1939 to March 1943, 185 refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe found safety and support there. With the help of Quaker farmers and idealistic college students, the refugees - referred to by their hosts as "guests" - sought to overcome their traumas, find their place in the new world, and build new lives.
A related video explores the history of Quaker involvement in social issues, including their support for abolitionism and prison reform. It highlights the Quaker commitment to peaceful principles and their efforts to create a refuge for those affected by Nazi persecution. The documentary sheds light on the challenges faced by refugees during that time, including the search for employment and assimilation into American society.
Through interviews with descendants of the refugees and archival footage, the documentary showcases the impact of Scattergood in providing a supportive community and helping refugees regain their confidence. It also highlights the role of dedicated staff members and volunteers who worked tirelessly to create a nurturing environment for the guests.
The story of Scattergood is a testament to the power of compassion, resilience, and the belief in creating a better world for all. Join us on this journey to discover the remarkable history of Scattergood and the lives it touched.
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Creature Feature in the Library
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July 3rd at 9:00 a.m.
August 7th at 9:00 a.m.

Join Naturalist Michael from Fontana to learn about a creature that will live in the library for a month.