Grinnell provides residents with a wide range of services, including fire and police protection, garbage pickup and curbside recycling, wonderful parks and recreational programs, a swimming pool and a public library.
Grinnell functions under a mayor and six city council members and employs a full-time city manager responsible for implementing council directives and managing the day-to-day operations of city government.
Grinnell compliments the services provided by the Poweshiek county seat of Montezuma, located 20 miles southeast of town.
Building on a tradition of library service that stretches back to 1894, Grinnell has made a commitment to providing a facility that will meet the needs of the community in the 21st century. The handsome building that housed Grinnell’s first library could no longer provide the space and services required for today’s collections and technology. Built with combined funding from the City of Grinnell, Poweshiek County, the State of Iowa, and generous private donations, the new Drake Community Library, completed in 2009, will be an architectural showplace and a model for service for years to come. The original library building will soon house the facilities and programs of the Grinnell Area Arts Council.
Designed to create welcoming spaces for children, teens, and adults, the library offers room to study, relax, hold meetings, enjoy audio and video materials, and use public computers. The library is a community center where families and friends can gather, with resources for lifelong learning and recreation.
Throughout the year there are programs for all age groups, but library services extend beyond the building’s walls as well, with books delivered to classrooms and to the homebound. During the summer, staff and volunteers travel to neighborhoods where children can meet to enjoy books and storytelling close to home.
The new library is a showcase for green design, with a geothermal system for heating and cooling and a window and lighting design that maximizes natural light and minimizes the use of electricity. Recycled materials have been used throughout the building. Landscaping with native plants reduces the need for watering and maintenance.
Homeowners and businesses can obtain information and tools to help reduce energy use and promote sustainable living.
The new Drake Community Library is one of the many features that contribute to the rich and vibrant quality of life in Grinnell.