The Pages for Pennies Book Sale Committee would like to thank everyone for another successful sale.  For our 8th Annual sale we set records and are so excited for the continued success of this event that benefits the Ottumwa Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bridge View Inc., and the Ottumwa Public Library Friends.

We would like to thank all of those who helped with the sale. We especially want to note the contributions of volunteers from Job Corps who helped move our materials to set up for the sale, Ottumwa Fareway Food Store for donating shopping carts for the weekend, and Ottumwa Hy-Vee for donating grocery bags. Of course, none of it would have been possible without the volunteers who helped run the sale and spent weeks sorting the donations, those who contributed donations of books, cds, dvds, and games, and those who came and shopped at the sale.

We are so grateful to everyone who made the sale possible and look forward to the sale in 2020.


Sonja Ferrell

Director of the Ottumwa Public Library

The 1996 best-selling book It Takes a Village chronicles the need to transform our society into the kind of village that enables children to grow into able, caring, resilient adults. Parents, families, schools, churches, businesses, civic organizations — each has a role to play in creating a better tomorrow for our children. The new contract settlement between the Ottumwa Education Association and the Ottumwa CSD represents a small step in building that better tomorrow. Many people contributed to this settlement. Thank you to our administration and school board members for their willingness to find a middle ground. Thank you to local union leaders and members who attended and/or spoke at board meetings on behalf of teachers and the importance of collective bargaining. Thank you to retired teachers who wrote letters to the editor, rallied with OEA members prior to bargaining sessions, and attended and/or spoke at board meetings. Thank you to community members who signed petitions, displayed yard signs, attended board meetings, and wore Red for Ed to show support. Thank you to educators who did all of the above and more. All of us working together can truly engage, educate, and empower the students of the Ottumwa CSD.

Carol Haupert


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