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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
With stories like The Secret at Shadow Ranch, The Hidden Staircase, and The Bungalow Mystery, Nancy Drew is among fiction’s most famous detectives. Did you know that her creator and the author of those stories was from Iowa?

Mother Goose on the Loose

June 1st,
9:15am to 9:45am
Central Library

“Mother Goose on the Loose”, is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies' and toddler's foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement. The program meets at the same time for eight weeks; Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as well.

How to Write a Letter to the Editor and Why You Should

June 4th,
2:00pm to 3:00pm
North Side Library

Lynn Hicks, Opinion and lead engagement editor for the Des Moines Register, will share tips on how to write a letter to the editor and why it's important to share your opinions.

Martha Speaks Read-Aloud Family Night

June 6th,
6:15pm to 6:45pm
Central Library

Kids and families! Join us for "Martha Speaks" Read-Aloud Family Nights this summer! Martha, the beloved dog from the PBS show, loves to talk and read books! Kids can listen to special dog-themed stories, talk about books they're reading this summer, engage in songs and make a special craft!

Elsenpeter Marionettes Presents The Wizard of Oz

June 7th,
3:00pm to 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

We are kicking off our Summer Reading programming with some very special guests. Elsenpeter Productions will bring their fantastic marionette puppets for a performance of the classic story, The Wizard of Oz. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library.

Central Library Art Gallery Grand Opening

June 1st,
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Central Library

The Des Moines Public Library is excited to announce the launch of the Art Gallery at the Central Library! A reception to celebrate the featured artists will take place on Wednesday, June 1, with the artists on-hand to discuss their work.

Food Preservation 101

June 8th,
6:30pm to 7:30pm
North Side 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 Outreach will give a presentation on preserving food.