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Subject: State Library of Iowa Update July 2007


State Library Update


July 2007

Vol. 5, no. 3


In this issue:

*Visit an exhibit by Newton artist, Mary Homeier, at the Ola Babcock Miller Building

*Come hear Pella poet, John Thompson read from his book 99 Voices, 99 Lives, County Poems of Iowa

*Search the Des Moines Register online using your State Library card

*The April State Data Showcase at the State Library was a success

*Need a 'wired' place to complete a project or to relax during your lunch break?




Come to the State Library to see an exhibit of watercolors, linocuts and more by Newton artist, Mary Homeier. Mary taught art in Hampton, Cedar Falls and Newton for 25 years.  She worked for the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines from 1977 until her retirement in 1991.  She continues with volunteer work at the State Historical Society.


Mary has been an artist for more than 60 years and has enjoyed being included in juried art exhibits and art fairs and has had numerous one-person art shows.  She is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society.


The State Library is located in the Ola Babcock Miller Building at the corner of E. 12th and Grand in Des Moines and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays.




John Thompson, a Pella poet, will read from his book 99 Voices, 99 Lives, County Poems of Iowa from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 18th on the first floor of the State Library. A fusion of Iowa history and poetry is how Thompson describes the book which includes poems composed by Thompson for each of Iowa's 99 counties. He spent two years visiting all 99 counties and was inspired for each county's poem by something unique to the county such as a person, place, event or characteristic.

When reading from the book, Thompson enjoys giving explanation and background to each verse as well as taking requests from audience members. Copies of 99 Voices, 99 Lives, County Poems of Iowa will be for sale at the reading and Thompson will also autograph copies. Admission is free and no reservations are required to attend the program.


The State Library also has a copy of his book in its collection. Find it in our online catalog at or give us a call at 515-281-4102 or 800-248-4483.




State Library customers can search the full text of the Des Moines Register and six other Iowa newspapers: Cityview, the East Dubuque Register, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Burlington Hawk Eye, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, and the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report are also included.
To search for articles go to our Web site, click on ‘Logon to Online Resources’ in the left sidebar, and then click on ‘NewsBank’. Enter your State Library card number to access the database.
If you don’t have a card and would like to register for one, click on ‘State Library Card’ on the left sidebar of our Web site.
For assistance finding an article or for more information, please call our reference staff at 515-281-4102, 800-248-4483 or email




Got Data?


Thanks to the State Data Showcase 2007, more than 170 state employees now have the latest facts, figures, and maps at their fingertips for better access to statistics about Iowa’s kids, labor force, environment, agriculture, economy, college students, and justice system.


Participants in the Showcase, which was hosted by the State Library during National Library Week, were enthusiastic about the data, the instructors, the training facility, and the State Data Showcase concept and had this to say:


•  “Excellent – these are stats and analysis that I need”
• “I can use the information in grant proposals and advocacy information for my agency”
•  “Did not know this much information existed”
•  “…[the instructor] was enthusiastic and knowledgeable”
• “Knew his subject well, been around for a long time.”
• “Very clear, the right amount of detail”
•  “Good setup; having laptops in the classroom was very helpful”
• “Great classroom”
•  “Great idea”
• “Great introduction to what is available and how to access it”
• “Thanks to the State Data Center for putting on the data showcase…this was an extremely valuable day!”


Special thanks go to the instructors who made the Showcase a success: Phyllis Blood and Laura Roeder-Grubb from Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning; Cam Conrad and Casey Kohrt from the Department of Natural Resources; Mike Crawford from Child and Family Policy Center; Dave Engels from the Department of Human Services; Tony Girardi from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission; John Greiner from the Department of Economic Development; Margie Hanson from the Department of Education; Gary Krob from the State Library; Kathy Mabie from the Department of Management; Emily Meyer from the Legislative Service Agency; Deb Ostrem from Iowa Workforce Development; Joe Prusacki from the Department of Agriculture; Deb Roeder from the Department of Public Health; Roxann Ryan from the Department of Public Safety; and Ryan Wyllie and Nick Meurer from the Department of Transportation.




Many state employees who work on the capitol complex have discovered a welcoming space at the State Library.  The State Library has a number of computer work stations for patrons and it also has a wireless internet connection for those who want to bring their own internet devices. Whether you want to get away from the interruptions in your office to complete a project, to use the internet during your lunch break, or to find a quite place to read and study come over to the Ola Babcock Miller Building and check us out. The State Library is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays.




OTHER SERVICES that the State Library offers free of charge:
*Search for full-text journal articles and do research using our online resources at
*Answers to your information needs are available at your desktop using our Ask A Librarian service. Go to our Web site and click on "Ask a Librarian" in the upper right hand corner.


Barbara Corson
Program Director for Library Services
State Library of Iowa
1112 E. Grand
Des Moines, Iowa 50319