10th Anniversary Poster

10th Anniversary Celebration of Mitchellville Library Building

September 15th 2017, Noon to 5:00PM


Activity Room

  • 2:00PM and 4:00PM – showings of Centennial Parade 1956 video (approx. 10 minutes)
  • Slide show pictures of Mitchellville and Library on loop
  • Snack Foods
  • Table with pictures from programming in years past, take which ones you want!

Reading Room

  • Old pictures and Information about the Library and Mitchellville
  • Architectural drawing of Library at 204 Center Ave and of current building
  • Memorabilia on loan from local residents
  • Enter drawing to win a “Dog” themed Library giveaway bag filled with books and other prizes

Teen Area

  • Test your knowledge of Mitchellville History by matching pictures with dates to win prizes!

Parking Lot

  • Games and Grab Bags for our younger visitors, lots of prizes!


Come for the Air Conditioning – Stay for the Fun, Prizes, and Information!

September will be the 10th Anniversary of our new Library Building.  To help celebrate we will have all kinds of special activities and prizes on Saturday of Thomas Mitchell Days from noon to 5 pm.  For fun, each week until then we will have some special facts and information about the library in the city e-mail, on our Facebook page, and on our web page.

Week #1

Did you know the first Public Library in Polk County was in Des Moines in 1866, West Des Moines was next in 1934.  In 1951, Mitchellville was the third city in Polk County to have a library.  Ankeny was 1960, Urbandale, 1961, and Altoona 1971.

Libraries are Transforming because Access equals Opportunity!

Week #2

Mitchellville’s first library opened October 20, 1951 and was located on the second floor of the old fire station.  It shared the second floor with the City Council and the American Legion.

Libraries are Transforming because Learning to Read comes before Reading to Learn.

Week #3

By 1958 residents were asking for a library on the ground level, the stairs were difficult to climb, especially for older patrons and mothers with children. Dr. and Mrs. DeFrance donated the land between the Bank and Dr. DeFrance’s Dentist Office. Dr. David T. Nicoll donated money for the building. The Library measured 20 feet by 22 feet and opened November 1958.

Libraries are Transforming because 5 out of 5 doctors agree reading aloud to children supports brain development.

Week #4

By 1974, extra space was desperately needed for the Library. In 1976, the City bought the land next to the library that had been Dr. DeFrance’s Dentist Office and then Bea’s Beauty Shop. The Library Board, Staff, and patrons raised $30,000 for the addition that opened in January 1979.

Libraries are Transforming because Hands On Learning builds stronger Brains.

Week #5

The Library continued to grow and needed more space. In late 2004 the Library Board was offered the empty former grocery store for its new home. With lots of work by the Library Foundation, the citizens of Mitchellville, and grants, the Mitchellville Public Library opened its new building September 2007.

Libraries are Transforming because Free Access to Books, Magazines, Computers, the Internet, and Learning Activities.

Week #6

Join us at the Library this week as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary in our new building. Come for the Air Conditioning, and stay for the Fun, Prizes, and Information. We will have lots of old pictures on display, including a video from the 1957 Mitchellville Centennial Celebration. If you haven’t yet seen the wonderful wall art created by local artist Randy Ingle, drop by and check it out.

Libraries are Transforming because You have made us a special part of the Mitchellville community.