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Storytime: A Very Merry Rosie Christmas!

December 18th, 10:00am to 10:30am
South Side Library

Here comes Rosie with a Ho, Ho, Ho! After enjoying holiday stories and songs, children will meet Rosie, the friendly reading monster, and receive a holiday treat and take their photos.

Ages 3-6. Treats given while supplies last.

Animals in Winter with Polk County Conservation

December 29th, 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Lewis Major from Polk County Conservation will be here to talk about all of the interesting ways animals' bodies adapt to help them survive during the winter.

Around the World New Year's Eve Party

December 30th, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library
Celebrate New Year's Eve a little early this year at the Franklin Library. There will be lots of activities from various countries around the world including games, crafts, refreshments, and a countdown to "midnight" at 5:00 p.m. This program is designed for children ages 3-8.

Central Crafty Readers

January 6th, 4:15pm to 5:00pm
Central Library

Join Janee in the Imagination Station to hear the story "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats and make a "Snowy Day" picture in the Children's Area!

Teen Advisory Club

January 6th, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
East Side Library

Students in Middle thru High School are welcome to join the East Side Teen Advisory Club. We will working on Teen displays, doing book reviews and having snacks.

Central VolunTeens

January 7th, 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Central Library

Teens ages 12-18 can come and volunteer their time to help with various library projects. Please stop by the Central Youth Desk for an application form and have it signed by a parent or guardian prior to your first meeting.

Kids Book Club

January 8th, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
East Side Library

Join us after school for Kids Book Club at the East Side Library. Children ages 8-12 are invited to read A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck. Copies of the book are available at the East Side Information Desk.

Fit for Life

January 13th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Come hear Kathy Strottmann, Program Director of the YMCA talk on the benefits of regular exercise to your overall health. Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first, but Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are flexible, giving you the freedom to reach your fitness goals through different types and amounts of weekly activities. It is easier than you think!

Teens N' Tweens: Cupcake Wars!

January 14th, 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Central Library

Think you've got what it takes to decorate a cupcake? Grab your friends and compete in three 15-minute rounds with secret ingredients to decorate the best cupcake and win prizes! All materials will be provided.


January 14th, 1:30pm to 2:30pm
South Side Library

Teens volunteer their time to help out with various library projects. South VolunTEENs meets the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30-2:30 from January to May. A three meeting commitment is required.

The Miracle Worker Sneak Preview

January 17th, 10:30am to 11:15am
Franklin Avenue Library

See a sneak preview of the Des Moines Community Playhouse production of The Miracle Worker, which is the heartwarming story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Come and enjoy the performance and sign up to win free tickets to the play!

Book Discussion

January 20th, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
North Side Library

We will be reading The Astronaut Wives Club, by Lily Koppel. Copies of the book may be picked up at the library.

Forest Avenue Book Discussion

January 26th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Forest Avenue Library

Join us for a discussion of The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride. Ask at the information desk for a copy of the book. All are welcome!

Book Discussion

January 26th, 2:00pm to 3:15pm
East Side Library

We will be discussing The Bookman's Tale; A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett. Treats provided.