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Please call 272-4334 if you have any problems or questions. We hope this new feature will be enjoyed and used by our patrons.


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Newell NEWSPAPERS 1879 - 2008 & Fonda newspapers are NOW DIGITIZED for Your Convenience! Check out the website at   Let us know what you think of this service. Special thank you to the library friends group for purchasing the microfilm throughout the years! 

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    The library now has Iowa Workforce Access Points on all public computers available for use.

***** Check out audio books and ebooks with your current library card.




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 The Newell Public Library building was built in 1982 & dedicated to C.J. Hunter,  lifetime resident of the Newell area and to all others who contributed to its realization.    In memory of Horace Sidney Hunter, Civil War Veteran and Newell area pioneer.

"The great objection to new books is that they prevent our reading of the old ones".   by Joseph Joubert

We invite you to spend a few moments looking at our library Web site. With help from the State Library of Iowa we were able to create a place on the Web where you, our customers, can explore, learn and get help with all your information needs.  We are very grateful to the State Library for all their help.


Library Information

Library hours, location, board, mission, policies.
Newell Public Library
Directory information Important News
Library Board
Lists the members of the library board, their terms, and contact information.
Meeting Rooms
How to reserve and use
Mission Statement
The Mission of the Library
Newell Library Friends
The Friends of the Library has been very active in helping to keep our local library afloat. The Friends bring together citizens of the Newell area who are willing to work for an excellent library and who will speak up for library services. They believe that a library touches the lives of all citizens from pre-schoolers to senior citizens. Above all, Library Friends stand ready to volunteer their talents, funds and influence, when needed, in order to promote, improve, and expand library services. Membership is open to all. The membership year is from September to September. Dues are as follows: Active or Inactive - $2.00 per year. The Library Friends do not support those basic services which are the normal responsibility of the local library board. Many projects have been undertaken by the Friends group, such as purchasing: computers; tables; children's reference books; microfilm of the B.V. Journal; computer desk and tables; display cases; TV/VCR; encyclopedias; flag replacement; many other contributions. The Friends are very active in supporting the children's reading programs throughout the year; planning and conducting the Annual Cookie Walk and Festival of Trees; making deliveries to homebound borrowers; planning exhibits for the display cases; and preparation of scrapbooks of articles and photos of library materials. ~~ USE YOUR LIBRARY!! ~~ The Friends have been a great help since I assumed the duties of the library director in May 2009. They have expressed interest in helping me in any way they can to keep our library up-to-date and able to satisfy the needs of all patrons. Their generous gifts have enabled me to greatly expand the Junior Fiction and Young Adult sections of our library. These sections have seen a huge increase in the number of visitations from the young people in our community. It is great to see them excited about new books to read. They have given me quite a list of books they want me to order for future use in the library. Thank you Friends very, very much for all that you give back to your library! It is amazing to see the support a community the size of Newell offers us. Thank You Again, Sherri Peterson - Newell Library Director
book fair fundraiser
Book fair fundraiser sponsored by Mid America books.
Library Closings
List of library closings and policy.


News and Events Archive
News and Events for 2007
News & Events for 2008
News & Events for 2009

Books & Reading

Book reviews, book lists, such as what to read next, and information on early literacy are found here.
Books and Reading
Information to help you find a book to read.
Book Reviews
Links to book review Web sites
Find mystery series and links to your favorite crime author
Find links to romance writers' and readers' Web sites as well as book suggestions and series descriptions
Science Fiction
Contains links to Web sites for all things science fiction
Historical Fiction
Links to Web sites for lovers of the historical fiction genre
Find links to Web sites describing the western genre of literature
Book Talk
A form to submit thoughts about a book
Suggestion for Purchase
Use this form to make purchase suggestions to the library.


Find out about our city - history, maps, and general information. Also find links to local businesses, churches, and the city and county Web sites.
Our Community
Find out who we are and what makes our town a great place to live.

Contact Us

We want to hear from you. Contact the Library Director and staff. Fill out an online feedback form.
Ask A Librarian
Use this form to submit your questions to the library.
Library Information
Library Information Description

Do Research

Find lots of links to useful Web sites.
eGovt Resources
Subject Guides
Need help navigating the Internet? Use these subject guides as a place starting place.
Gale's scholarly resources include databases and primary sources, as well as learning resources and products for schools and libraries.
Iowa Center for the Book
Promoting books, reading, libraries and literacy
Iowa Heritage Digital Collections
An online repository of Iowa history and culture
Iowa Publications Online
An online repository of Iowa government publications
Iowa Locator
An online catalog of lowa library items
State Data Center
Census data, government statistics about Iowa and more
1.3 billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide
What are you looking for?
This is a great place to start your search for information
human powered search engine


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Past Events
Events which have already happened.

Support Our Library

There are several ways you can help your library.
Support Our Library
Find out how you can support our library.
Library Volunteers

Explore Our Library

All the services and programs that the library offers.
Use Our Library
Find out about all the services and programs that the library offers.
Ask a Librarian
The library is able to answer all your questions
Book Clubs
Join a Library Book Club
Faxing Service
Fax something from the Library
For Children
Library services for children
For Parents
The library has purchased the Southwestern Volume Library. This is a 4 volume set designed to help students with homework problems and to increase their ability to get better grades. Stop by and see these volumes! Tips on reading to children, vocabulary building and a description of the parent's shelf
Interlibrary Loan
Borrow books from another library
Library Card
How to get a library card
A list of all the upcoming library programs
Reading suggestions
What to read next
Use a Computer
Public Access Computers
Library Patrons
An exhibition of library patrons
October is "Read a Book Month"
Prize to the Patron who reads the most books


Links and information for teens
Come 'check out' all of the new books for teens!
For teens and young adults.
Teen Spotlight - New Teen web Sight on Bullying
Information on what you can do if you're being bullied.
All Music Guide
Look for information on your favorite artists, songs, and style of music.
ACT Test Prep
Sample tests, tips, and other information from ACT, Inc. SAT
A full-length SAT practice test and scoring guide.
Health Information from FDA for Teens
Health information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Includes articles on topics like playing a sport with exercise-induced asthma, how loud music affects your ears, and how to prevent STD's. From FDA Consumer Magazine.
A great place to find book reviews by other teens, author interviews, and information about new titles
U.S. News.Com Education
A very useful source for students selecting a college or university
EduTrek can help you with career choices and match you up to colleges offering those degrees.
help with career and college choices
help with career and college choices
teen furniture
The new teen furniture is here!


All news and activities for children.
Children's Fun Week
New Children Books
New Children's Books


Newsletter/Upcoming Events



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205 E. Second Street, Box 667; Newell, Iowa 50568

Ph. 712-272-4334; E-Mail:

HOURS: Mon.: 10 am – 8 pm; Tues.-Fri.: 2 pm – 5 pm; Sat.: 9 to 11am

Award Winning Books
Invasion by award winning books
Easter Coloring Contest
Easter Coloring Contest
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