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History and Mystery of Tarot

May 3rd,
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Central Library

Come learn about the history and mystery of Tarot with special guest Anita Shekinah from Ancient Ways. Then head upstairs to see the exhibit: "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine" from the National Library of Medicine.

Remembering the Holocaust

May 3rd,
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Dr. Stephen J. Gaies will discuss the Jewish Holocaust on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Dr. Gaies is a professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa and is the director of UNI’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. 

May the Fourth Be with You!

May 4th,
2:30pm to 4:00pm
South Side Library
Celebrate all things Star Wars! First 20 registrants will make Star Wars shaped soap to take home. Non-registered attendees may create lightsabers from paper and cardboard or try making a Star Wars origami character (while supplies last).

Grades 4-12. 5/04 at 2:30-4:00 PM.

Registration required for soap making. Registrants must arrive no later than 3:00 to make soap. Call 515-283-4152 or register online through the Events calendar.

Sideways Stories From Wayside School Sneak Preview

May 7th,
10:30am to 11:00am
Franklin Avenue Library

See a sneak preview of the Des Moines Community Playhouse production of Sideways Stories From Wayside School. Join the students from Wayside School as they try to learn in the wackiest school that's ever been built. Come and enjoy the performance and register to win free tickets to the play!

Play, Grow, Learn!

May 11th,
10:15am to 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library

Play, Grow, Learn! is time to use the Imagination Station to check out some early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library's space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in playtime where parents are encouraged to interact with their children. Many items will be available for free exploration and play.

Teen Painting Party

May 16th,
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library

It's almost time for Summer Reading, and we are having a pre-party for kids in grades 6-12. We will start out with games and snacks in the meeting room, and then move to the teen area to paint the windows for Summer Reading.

Discovering Iowa's Prairies

May 16th,
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Central Library

Natasha Bures from Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge will discuss the history of Iowa’s prairies and what we can do to get them back. We’ll also learn about some of Iowa’s native plants and their historical and modern day uses. Attendees will receive a free seed packet to start their own prairie plots. Meeting Room One.

Get to Know the Highland Park Garden Club

May 18th,
1:00pm to 2:00pm
North Side Library

Following a brief history of the Highland Park Garden Club join in for an open discussion with members of the garden club.

Furry Tales

May 21st,
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Forest Avenue Library

Stop by the Forest Avenue Library Children's Area and read a book to Jersey, the reading therapy dog! Reading to Jersey is a great way to build reading/language skills while making a furry friend!

Nancy Drew: Iowa's Heroine to the World

May 23rd,
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Central Library

Nancy Drew is the most popular female detective in fiction. Few know, however, that her creator was Mildred Augustine of Ladora, Iowa. Join us for a special presentation by Barbara Lounsberry as we learn all about Nancy Drew and her amazing creator. Meeting Room One.