About the Library


Webb Shadle Memorial Library is located just a block off the main square in Pleasantville, Iowa. The library has a community room for individuals, organizations and nonprofit groups to use. The library holds events frequently to encourage a love of reading and learning in children and adults.

The Webb Shadle Memorial Library of Pleasantville, Iowa was established in 1955 and made possible by the monetary donation of long time resident, Cora Shadle with the stipulation in her will that the library be named in memory of her son, Webb Shadle.

The library had its beginning in a remodeled room on the top floor of the Pleasantville Memorial Building and Marian Batten was the first librarian. Pleasantville had its own “Marian the Librarian.” Marian was the local librarian for 28 years.

As the library grew and more room was needed, a beautiful new building was built in 1974 on its current site with the “Webb Shadle Memorial Library” name etched in stone.  This building was made possible by the Shadle Trust as the trust was set up to fund the upkeep of the library.

Following Marian’s retirement, Larry Conn became the librarian in 1974 and served in this position for over 30 years before his retirement. JoEllen Collins is now the current librarian.

Over the years the library has been a great asset to the community hosting many activities. There is a community room available for use as a meeting place for the local Garden Club, Book Club, weekly game day, graduation parties, programs and events for the local children and adults too. An annual holiday time “Tasting Party” for the community has been held for over 20 years. Also children’s story times are weekly!

The library has seen many changes in the past couple of years as it is now online with all books are on the computer. There are computers available for adults and children; the children’s area is redesigned and updated with new shelves and books, new paint and an inviting coffee/reading area for adults has been added. Much of this work has been and is done by volunteer “friends of the library.”

Library Hours

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

9 a.m. to Noon


closed daily for lunch, Noon to 1 p.m.

Contact the Library

Webb Shadle Memorial Library
301 W. Dallas, Box 338
Pleasantville, IA 50225

Phone: 515-848-5617
Fax: 515-481-9078

Director: JoEllen Collins
Email: webbshadle@pleasantville.lib.ia.us