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Next up! Robin Oliveira
Monday, April 20, 7:00 PM
Central Library
1000 Grand Avenue

Trout Fishing 101

April 18th, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library

David Wright and fellow members of the North Bear Chapter of Trout Unlimited will present an introductory program on fly fishing for trout in Iowa streams. Trout Unlimited is a national non-profit organization with 147,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring North America'’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Money Smart Week -- Shred Event

April 18th, 9:00am to 11:00am
East Side Library

Protect your personal information with document destruction. Come to the East Side Library Parking Lot, 2559 Hubbell Avenue, for on-site shredding services sponsored by Info Dog Security. Please limit 2 boxes per person.

Remembering Riverview Park

April 18th, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
North Side Library

Stroll through Riverview Park as Bill Kooker shares pictures and video clips. Bill's grandfather was one of the original owners and members of his family were involved with the park for almost fifty years.

Artsy Kids-Pointillism Artwork

April 22nd, 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue 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. This program is for 3rd-8th graders and requires preregistration.

Pokemon Club

April 14th, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
East Side Library

Come to our monthly Pokémon Club! Bring your Pokémon playing cards and Nintendo DS to battle other Pokémon fans. Grades 3-12.

Money Smart Week: Cheap Eats with Your Slow Cooker

April 23rd, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Central Library

Join Mary Krisco, from Polk County Extension, and learn about using a slow cooker safely, adapting regular recipes to a slow cooker, and choosing healthy slow cooker recipes.Space is limited, so please preregister.

Teen Book Club

April 27th, 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

We will eat some pizza as we talk about Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Teens in grades 6 through 12 can find copies of the book and sign up for this program at the Information Desk.

Charlotte's Web Sneak Preview

May 2nd, 10:30am to 11:15am
Franklin Avenue Library

See a sneak preview of the Des Moines Community Playhouse production of E. B. White's classic book Charlotte's Web. Witness the unlikely friendship between a pig and a very intelligent spider in this touching tale. Come and enjoy the performance and sign up to win free tickets to the play!

Furry Tales

May 5th, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Central Library

Kids! Come to the Children's Area and choose a book to read to Percy, the reading therapy dog! Reading to Percy is a great way to build reading/language skills while making a furry friend!

LibCon 2015

May 4th, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Central Library

Calling all comic book and science fiction fans! The Des Moines Public Library and Iowa Comic Book Club are hosting LibCon 2015, a celebration of comic books and science fiction. Meet local artists and authors, or attend one of our special presentations. There will fun activities for all ages. Capes, tights, and other costumes are encouraged!

Preservation 101

May 7th, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Central Library

Wondering what to do with all the good stuff harvested from your garden? Nutrition and Health specialist Mary Krisco from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will give a presentation on preserving food. Sponsored by the City of Des Moines, the Des Moines Community Action Agency and the Des Moines Public Library.

Kids Book Club

May 7th, 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 Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Copies of the book are available at the East Side Library Information Desk.

Earth Day in May

May 20th, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Library

Join us on the west lawn of the library to celebrate Earth Day in May. Enjoy hands-on learning and snacks with the whole family!