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The Belin Quartet Plays in Celebration of the Library's150th Anniversary of DMPL

Oct 4
Tuesday 6:30 pm
The Franklin Avenue Library welcomes The Belin Quartet. The quartet is well known in the greater Des Moines community for their free noon-time concerts during the summer. Members of the quartet include violinists Julie Fox Henson, John Helmich, Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn, Violist Sherida Josephson, and cellist George Work. The Belin Quartet was established in 2000 by a generous grant to the Civic Music Association from David Belin's charitable foundation, the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts.

Anniversary Fun, Explore Life 150 Years Ago

What was life like for a pioneer family in Iowa in 1850? How did the pioneers get to Iowa, and what brought them here? What did they need to do to set up their home and farms? What was daily life like for the pioneer family who settled in Iowa? Learn the answers to these and many more questions as you participate in hands-on activities like learning to drive a team of oxen and plotting out your farm. Of course it was not all work and no play; learn some typical games played by children on the prairie as well.

SOAR with the Eagles

Jul 22
Friday 3:00 pm
SOAR, Saving Our Avian Resources, will present a live eagle program at the Franklin Avenue Library. This program is dedicated to the understanding, appreciation, and protection of our national symbol. In addition to SOAR, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will have a full-size replica of an eagle's nest in the lobby during the month of July.

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