Talbot Belmond Public Library is offering browsing  and computer use *by appointment only*.
Appointment times are available in 30 minute blocks for browsing and 1 hour blocks for computer use
Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Fridays from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Curbside services will continue to be offered during those times as well as on Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the library at 641-444-4160.

Library Hours
10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 6:00pm
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10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 3:00pm
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Browsing & Computer use by Appointment

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Beginning Monday, November 2 Belmond Public Library is offering both browsing and computer use by appointment only.

Appointment times are available on Mondays through Thursdays 10am to 6pm and Fridays from 10am to 3pm.
Appointments are 1 hour blocks for computers and 30 minute blocks for browsing. Library materials as well as faxing, copying, printing and scanning of documents continue to be available through curbside service at those times as well as on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. To make an appointment please contact us at 641-444-4160 or through Facebook messenger. Appointment times are available on a first come first service basis. You may make an appointment regardless of library card or patron status. A limited number of people are allowed in the library during the appointments. Please wait for confirmation from staff of your appointment before arriving. When you arrive for your appointment, we request that you come to the front entry. Contact us when you are here and we will let you in.  Masks are required. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided.  Please practice all social distancing measures when visiting. Computer stations will be sanitized before and after use for your safety. Please note, that staff can only offer limited help during these appointments to ensure social distancing is followed.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for browsing or computer use, please contact Talbot Belmond Public Library at 641-444-4160.

Adopt a Magazine

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Adopt a Yearly Magazine Subscription for the Belmond Public Library


Contact Sonya Trager at 641-444-4160 for more information.
Mail a check to 440  E. Main Street, Belmond, Iowa 50421.
You can also drop your payment in the book drop.

Please make checks out to:
Belmond Library Foundation

If you prefer to adopt a certain tiles, please check below to see if the title is still available or contact us at the library and one of our librarians will be happy to assist you.
Currently, we have the following magazines for adoption. The list will be updated regularly as titles are adopted.


Red lettered titles have been adopted. 

All Recipes … $5.49
American Patchwork Quilting … $29.97
American Spirit… $18.00
Antique Power … $29.95
Better Homes & Gardens … $22.00
Birds & Blooms … $19.98
Bon Appetite … $24.00

Christianity Today … $39.00
Consumer Reports … $30.00
Cook's Country … $19.95
Cook's Illustrated … $24.95

Country … $19.98
Country Living … $12.00
Country Sampler … $24.98
Country Woman … $17.98
Crochet! … $26.95
Cuisine at Home...$22.00
Diabetic Living… $19.97
Do It Yourself … $19.97
Eating Well … $14.97
Entertainment … $59.95
Family Handyman … $24.00
Farm & Ranch Living … $17.98
Farm Collector … $30.00
Farmhouse Style …$24.98
Field & Stream …$ 14.97
Fine Gardening …$29.95
Fine Woodworking … $34.95
First for Women …$19.97
Food Network … $20.00
Good Housekeeping … $21.97
Good Ol' Days …$19.95
Grit … $23.00
Health … $15.97
HGTV …$25.00
House Beautiful … $15.00
Iowa History …$18.95
Iowa Outdoors …$15.00
Iowan …$30.00
Kiplingers Personal Finance …$34.95
Love of Quilting …$23.97
Magnolia …$21.00
Martha Stewart Living ... $28.00
Men's Journal …$19.94
Midwest Home … $10.00
Midwest Living … $19.97
Mother Earth Living …$25.00
Mother Earth News … $17.00

National Geographic … $39.00
O: The Oprah Magazine … $18.00
Our Iowa … $19.98
Outdoor Life … $14.97
Parents … $15.98
People … $118.26
People en Espanol … $19.97
Pioneer Woman … $18.00
Prevention … $48.00
Quick Quilts … $24.98

Quilter's World … $26.95
Quiltmaker … $29.97
Reader's Digest … 24.98
Real Simple … 28.95
Reminisce … $19.98
Saturday Evening Post … $23.94
Sports Illustrated … 88.95
Successful Farming … $15.95
Taste of Home … $19.98
This Old House … $31.15
Time … $76.13
Woman's Day … $18.00

Bridges Update

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You will now need to use the last
five digits of your library card to log in to
Bridges, Belmond's Online Library.
This is due to the State Library of Iowa authenticating our users.
If you have any issues or questions, contact a librarian at 641-444-4160.

Recommended by the Librarians

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Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Mandi Rink, Technical Services Librarian

Oh, the final in Elin Hilderbrand’s drama packed trilogy… how I have been looking forward to you since 2019! Irene’s and her family’s life is turned upside down, yet again. There is reason for the family to believe the helicopter crash that killed Russ and Rosie may not have been an accident. Irene wonders if she is moving on too quickly, Baker goes for it and Cash…better get his own book.
As always, Hilderbrand nails it. The book was an island breeze to read, to get lost in and forget about your own issues for a while. I feel like the ending was abrupt, but that could also be because I just did not want to say goodbye to the very resilient Irene Steele and her (what I visualize to be) very striking sons.

Deadly Education by Naomi Novic
Sonya Trager, Director

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Coming soon to our library!

Plot Summary: Scholomance isn't your usual magic school that you find in other books. In this world, teens are sent to study or face their magic having deadly consequences. The school has not teachers that anyone can see. They aren't really necessary because in this school, either learn, or become victim to one of the frightening creatures that infest the school. Learning is a matter of survival and even if you make it alive to graduation, there is no guarantee you will get out alive. The story focusses on the main character Galadriel (El) who struggles to fit in. Orion Lake, the hero type, keeps coming to her rescue, one more thing she doesn't need in her life. Galadriel navigates the Scholomance and learns a lot along the way about herself, others, and looking beneath the surface.

My Thoughts: Novik is an amazing world builder. The beginning of the book can be a little tedious as she sets up the story and background, but it's well worth working through to get to the rest of the book. The second half of the book is filled with character development, action and craziness. The world building is imaginative and original. I loved the twist on 'magic school', where learning was important for survival. The characters are diverse and interesting. There is a lot of angst in the book on the part of the main character, El. I felt this to be very much in line with her judgmental attitude towards other characters and their motivations. I really liked seeing the growth in El through the book and how she eventually began to open up to the other characters. Over all, an enjoyable, interesting and exciting read. I finished the book very excited to read the next installment. This is definitely a series I will follow in the future.

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Mandi Rink, Technical Services Librarian

“Few things in life are more disappointing than knowing your parents aren’t being honest with you.”


Twenty-five years ago, Maggie Holt and her parents left Baneberry Hall under very mystery pretenses. Maggie’s father, Ewan, published a book detailing their haunted experience in the house. His nonfiction book was instant worldwide success and has since been following Maggie around like a dark cloud. Maggie does not believe a word in her father’s book, and never has. Ghost are not real, according to Maggie. After Ewan’s death, Maggie finds out she is to inherit Baneberry Hall…and perhaps, all of its ghosts.
People, I love a good ghost story. I also love a book with two timelines. This book has both of those elements. Riley Sager just sucks you right into this world and as soon as you think you know where it is going…turns out you do not. This book is unlike other books Mr. Sager has written but I believe it to be his best one yet! If you are one of those people (I mean, monsters) that like to flip to the very last page in the book before you begin the book, I urge you not to! This book is so twisty and eerie; you will not know what is really happening until the final page. You will never be able to look at snakes in the same way either…


The End of October by Lawrence Wright
Sonya Trager, Library Clerk

Genre: Thriller

Available for check out through BRIDGES.

Synopsis: The End of October is a wonderful exciting thriller. I'm sure the book was written well before the coronavirus pandemic, but it really gave a terrifying look at the realities of contagious disease and epidemics. 

My Impressions:Wright throws a lot of scientific information at the reader which is both interesting and engaging; however, at times the amount of it seemed to overtake the plot. In addition, some of the subplots regarding politics and terrorism seemed a bit clunky when compared to the story arc. Overall I really enjoyed the book. The thriller was gripping, interesting, and almost educational.



Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
Mandi Rink, Technical Services Librarian

“It was the most cardio I’d done in over twelve months. Stupid map, making me do cardio. I’ll kill you!”

Sienna is the most loved plus – sized, Latino actress in Hollywood! She is hilarious, sexy and smart. She may seem like she has it all but she is lacking in certain directional skills. That is how she ends up lost in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, more than once. Being lost is not so bad though…after all, a very attractive, charismatic Park Ranger, Jethro Winston, continually rescues Sienna. Will this couple be able to navigate the obstacles thrown in their path? Will they end up going their separate ways?
Grin and Beard It is number two in the Winston Brother’s series. You can read each book as a standalone. I binged the available series, in order, last summer and I have FINALLY convinced our wonderful, smart and, fabulous director to buy the first three books in the series for the library. My favorite thing about pretty much all of Mrs. Reid’s romance novels, aside from how hard I laugh when I read them, is that they are not all fluff. If you are a human with a brain, you will take away something from them. If you are not a human with a brain, I am not sure why you’re reading this to begin with. Moving on… This is actually a requirement for her publishing company, Smarty Pants Romance. “To set an example of best practices, inclusion, representation, professionalism, mentorship, and craft-excellence.”  All of Penny Reid’s books, published after Grin and Beard It, make a point in representing all races and cultures. At the beginning of the book, you will read an explanation as to why she decided to do this. Her choice to do this really solidified her as one of my favorite contemporary romance authors.
This romance was straightforward. There is not a bunch of drama; the relationship is between two mature adults who want the best for one another. There is a lot of, will they or won’t they? All of the brothers, and their sister, play a role in this book, and the others in the series. They are not just passing in and out of the background but actually add to the story line. I really want the Winston Clan to adopt me. That is the real reason behind this gushing review. Therefore, if you are out there Winston family…you can come pick me up at the library. If you’re NOT part of the Winston clan, come to the library anyways, pick up Grin and Beard It, and be ready to swoon!


Sanctum (Book 1 in the Guards of the Shadowlands series)  by Sarah Fine
Sonya Trager, Library Clerk

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Horror

Available for check out at our library.

Synopsis: Lela Santos’ best friend commits suicide. Committed to saving her friend and ensuring her soul finds its way out of Hell, Lela follows her into the afterlife. Filled with demons and the souls of the lost, Lela navigates through the wasteland. Along the way she meets one of the guards of the afterlife, Malachi, with whom she forms a bond. While Lela fights to find her friend and release her from the grasp of Hell, Malachi forms his own plan to get Lela out of the city. Unlike Lela, Malachi knows that the city isn’t the worst place to end up.


My Impressions: I loved this book and its sequels. The concept was interesting even though it was a bit of a variation of Persephone and maybe a bit of Dante's Inferno thrown in there, too. I thought the author dealt well with the subject of depression and it added an additional element to the overall telling. I loved Fine’s unique viewpoint on what happens after death. This book skirts the line between fantasy and horror. I think fans of Dystopian fiction and stories that feature angels and demons would enjoy this book.


In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
Mandi Rink, Technical Services Librarian

“You mistake love. You think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn’t.
It’s the only thing that does not need to become at all.
It matters only insofar as it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn’t require a future.”

Manhattan lawyer Dannie knows what she wants in her life.  Her five-year plan is set in stone. After an incredible day where all the right things have happened, Dannie goes to sleep happy but wakes up in a world vastly different than the one she knows today….next to a man who is certainly not her current fiancé. Dannie glances down in this dream world and notices a peculiar ring on her left ring finger. Dannie wakes back up in 2020, shocked. She is unable to stop obsessing over the dream and the implications. She visits a therapist and is able to push the odd dream away. Life returns to normal and Dannie perceives the dream as a fluke because life is going according to plan until…she runs into the same man she dreamed about four and a half years ago.
        I read “In Five Years” by Rebecca Serle in February as an advanced reader’s eBook from Netgalley. Halfway through the book, I really felt like I had read this book before, it felt very similar to many other books published recently. I was wrong. This book is so unlike any other book I have read before. I cannot recommend that you (YES YOU READING THIS RIGHT NOW) stop at the library and pick up “In Five Years”. You will laugh, cry, and roll your eyes. You will experience all the emotions and you will come out from reading this book with a sense of thankfulness for the people you share your life with.


The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Mandi Rink, Technical Services Librarian

“Why do you pretend what we do is nothing?” she asked. “Every day, all the chaos and messiness of life happens and every day we
clean it all up. Without us, they would just wallow in filth and disorder and nothing of any consequence would ever get done.
Who taught you to sneer at that? I’ll tell you who. Someone who took their mother for granted.”

Patricia Campbell married a doctor after giving up her career as a nurse. She has two kids with her detached husband and keeps busy as the doting southern homemaker. Patricia is a member of a true-crime book club, where other members are also the stereotypical mothers. The members are not shy when it comes to gossip. It is no surprise when the newest member of their neighborhood, attractive and mysterious James Harris, becomes the talk of their meetings. Patricia, after fighting off her initial attraction to Mr. Harris, becomes very weary of the role he is playing in their neighborhood. The reader will question if Patricia is a mentally ill homemaker or if something truly sinister has invaded their quaint,southern neighborhood…
        I am going to start my review letting you all know I received an advanced reader’s eBook of Mr. Hendrix’s newest book, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. I read this book in January and it only took me a few days to get through the 404 pages. The day after I finished this book, I practically begged Chris to buy it for the library. She agreed and it is finally published and available for checkout. The book jacket describes the novel as “Steel Magnolias meets Dracula”, and I really could not agree more! I am not sure how Hendrix was able to write a truly laugh out loud funny book while still scaring my pants of but…he did just that. Not only was this book truly entertaining it also sheds light on women’s roles in their family unit and within society, sexism, racism, domestic abuse and the patriarchy. The character development will have you shouting and giddy. This novel is absolutely one of my favorite books of 2020; I highly encourage you to check it out from the library.


Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth
Sonya Trager, Library Clerk

Genre: Science Fiction
Available for check out at our library.

Chosen Ones starts out exploring what happens to heroes once they defeat the big bad. This is a concept I never really thought about but I really found it interesting. It even had me reflecting back on all the books I've read where we never get a 'where are they now' glimpse into the future. Maybe the happy ending only lasts as far as the last page of the story?

The story centers on the idea that ten years in the past, a group of 5 'chosen ones' were recruited and sent off to defeat an evil. We are given a glimpse into the different ways each of the characters deals with the trauma. Soon, they realize their world is not as safe as they thought.

I took a while to warm up to the book. I liked the interesting premise, the diverse characters and the story, but I struggled with getting a feel for what happened before the events in the book. Roth builds on the facts of what happened in the past using narrative as well as glimpses of redacted files and interviews that one of the characters requests from the government. The story builds as it goes along. Overall I really enjoyed this book. The story has several twists I did not see coming.



A Little Night Magic by Lucy March
Sonya Trager, Library Clerk

Genre: Romance with a dip in fantasy

Available for check out from our library

Synopsis: Olivia Kinsley’s life is not going as planned. She’s been rejected by her crush, she’s a waitress in a waffle house where she’s worked since she was a teen, and her entire life has become a routine. Just when she decides to do something about it by leaving town for a trip around Europe, magic comes into her life. Literally. Now she is learning how to handle her magic while avoiding those who want to hurt her and take it for their own. Will she find love, the ability to control her power, and a way to move out from her rut?

My impression: Lately my reading has taken a dark path into a lot of thrillers, dark fantasy and horror. I needed a break and this book was the perfect reading palette cleanser. The story is cute, the characters fun, the dialogue witty at time and the over ally book very endearing. I enjoyed this light read and everything it had to offer. I fully enjoyed March’s writing style. I liked the characters and the world she created. The perfect lazy day read!



Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Belmond Public Library was formed in 1995.  They are an auxiliary group of the Library Foundation.  Their mission is to maintain an
association of persons interested in the library, to focus public attention on the library, to lend financial support, to coordinate volunteer efforts,
and help promote the programs and services of the Talbot Belmond Public Library. 

As a Friend, you will have the satisfaction of supporting one of our most important educational institutions, playing an important role in making books and other materials available to the community. 
You will also have the opportunity to volunteer for various events and programs.

  You can join for as little as $5.00 per year as an individual, or $15.00 as a family.
If you are already a Friend of the library, please stop by today to renew your membership. 

Please contact the library with any questions. 
The library would love to have you as a Friend!

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