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CD Mandalas

February 16th,
4:00pm to 5:00pm
East Side Library

This month we will be making Mandalas using old CDs. A Mandala is an ancient symbol representing the universe. Ages 8-18.

Slow Cooker Meals

February 16th,
6:30pm to 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Learn slow cooker safety, how to adapt regular recipes to a slow cooker, and how to choose healthy recipes. The program is presented by ISU Extension Specialist Mary Krisco.

Artsy Kids: Interactive Drawings

February 17th,
4:00pm to 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

At this month's program we will be creating some very cool artwork that combines photographs with drawings. This program is for kids in grades 3-8 and requires preregistration.

Surviving Creativity

February 23rd,
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Central Library

Join UI professor and professional symphony musician Jeffrey Agrell as he takes you on a guided tour of what drives resistance to new ideas and establishes ways we can celebrate and embrace our natural creativity.

Savory Afternoons with the Des Moines Social Club

February 24th,
11:00am to 2:00pm
Central Library
Stay warm during the winter by indulging in tasty soups and great reads over the lunch hour. The Des Moines Social Club will be serving up a soup and a beverage for a suggested donation of $5 in the Café Gallery at the Central Library. Magazines and books will be available for browsing or checkout. Food ingredients are donated by Mercy Medical Center Food & Nutrition Services.

Discovering Iowa Prairies and How Do We Get Them Back

February 24th,
5:30pm to 6:30pm
North Side Library

Find out how we got the Iowa Prairies, what happened to them, and how we can get them back. Natasha Bures, Monarch Conservation Intern, will share what role the native plants have in our lives. Receive free prairie seeds packet for attending. Space is limited please preregister. 

Sarah, Plain and Tall Sneak Preview

February 27th,
10:30am to 11:00am
Franklin Avenue Library

See a sneak preview of the Des Moines Community Playhouse production of Sarah, Plain and Tall. Based on Patricia MacLachlan's Newbery Award winning book, this is the story of a family's ups and downs in early 1900s Kansas. Come and enjoy the performance and register to win free tickets to the play!

Saturday Matinee

February 27th,
2:00pm to 4:00pm
North Side Library
See the true story of Miles Scott in this emotional documentary about a wish come true for this five year old boy. Rated PG.

Kids Book Club

March 1st,
4:00pm to 4:45pm
East Side Library

Join us after school for Kids Book Club at the East Side Library. We will be discussing the book A Dog's Life by Ann Martin. Copies of the book are available at the East Side Information Desk. Ages 8-12.

VolunTeens

March 2nd,
2:30pm to 3:30pm
South Side Library

Students ages twelve to eighteen may volunteer at the library for one hour performing various tasks. This is a great way to give back to the community! All students must submit a volunteer application and receive approval prior to volunteering.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

March 5th,
10:00am to 2:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Stop by the library between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for some self-guided activities celebrating everyone's favorite author's birthday. There will be activity sheets, a craft, and a scavenger hunt.

Tween & Teen Pointillism

March 9th,
2:30pm to 3:30pm
South Side Library

Come and try out the painting technique created by Georges Seurat in the late 19th century. Everyone will have a chance to create a gorgeous painting to take home. Grades five through twelve.

Wild Animal Show and Tell with the Blank Park Zoo

March 14th,
3:00pm to 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Start off your spring break with some wild animals! A special guest from the Blank Park Zoo (and several animal friends) will be joining us for this memorable program.

Artsy Kids Special: Edible Crafts

March 16th,
4:00pm to 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Make sure to bring your appetite to this special spring break program where we will be turning food into pieces of edible art. This program is for children in grades 3-8 and requires preregistration.