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Adult Book Discussions!

Teen Book Club

March 30th, 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Enjoy some delicious pizza as we talk about the book Legend by Marie Lu. Teens in grades 6 through 12 can find copies of the book and sign up for this program at the Information Desk.

Iowa’s Own Monuments Man: George Stout

March 30th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Central Library
Nancy Trask will present historical slides about the Monuments Men, focusing on George Stout, who was born and raised in Winterset, Iowa. George Clooney’s character in “The Monuments Men” movie was based on Stout, although the character was named Frank Stokes for the sake of artistic license.

Exploring the Great Midwest

March 31st, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Dan Kaercher, retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living magazine, shares favorite destinations, insights, and often-hilarious tales gleaned during decades spent roaming the twelve-state Midwest region as a travel writer, author, and public television personality.

Early Out @ Central: April Fool's Day Craft

April 1st, 2:00pm to 4:45pm
Central Library

Stop by the Children's area at Central Library to explore, play, and have fun after school. Make a tricky April Fool's Day craft to take home. Parent/Guardian must be present with child, and supplies may be limited.

Growing Vegetables

April 2nd, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Central Library
Iowa State University Extension Polk County Master Gardener Mark White will give a presentation of growing vegetables in collaboration with the City of Des Moines, Des Moines Community Action Agency, and the Des Moines Public Library. As space is limited, please register online.

Teen Advisory Club

April 7th, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
East Side Library

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

Furry Tales

April 7th, 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!

How Iowa Met Baseball - The Myths, the History, the Players

April 14th, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Central Library

John Liepa has gathered baseball cards for over 50 years. John’'s collection now includes photographs, autographs, books, and memorabilia of most of Iowa'’s approximately 214 baseball players who have made it to the major leagues. His presentation combines his passion for Iowa history and baseball. Come early to browse John's baseball collection.

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.