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East Side Library Fall Book Sale

October 1st, 10:00am to 6:00pm
East Side Library

Please join us for our annual Fall Book Sale at the East Side Library. A variety of books, magazines, movies, music and more will be available at reasonable prices.

Retro Iowa: The History of Parks in Des Moines - Fort Raccoon to 1872

October 5th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Central Library

Can you imagine Des Moines without any city parks? Steven Nelson-Vaux traces the development of the city’s wonderful park system. Beginning with the mid-1800s, we will learn how different the first outdoor "public places" were from today. 

How to Avoid Computer Virus Trouble

October 7th, 11:30am to 12:30pm
Central Library

Worried about computer viruses, identity theft, and hackers? Join special guest Jim Thalacker,from 600Monkeys, to learn safe browsing habits, recognize potential dangers online, and understand effective ways to avoid computer viruses.

How to $AVE Money on Your Energy Bill!

October 7th, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
North Side Library

Check out how you can save money on your energy bill. Come hear about the energy efficiency programs and free offers from MidAmerican Energy Company available to residential customers.

Early Out @ Central: Mandalas

October 7th, 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Central Library

Stop by the Children's area at Central after school to relax and color some Mandalas. Parent/Guardian must be present with child, and supplies may be limited.

Preschool Storytime: Fire Safety

October 8th, 10:15am to 10:45am
Central Library

Join us for a special Preschool Storytime with Des Moines firefighter Ted Jefferson as he reads a story, discusses fire safety tips and kids will get to view a fire truck!

Star Wars Reads Day

October 10th, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Star Wars Reads Day strikes again. Join us as we celebrate reading with activities, games and crafts from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. Ages 3-12.

Artsy Kids: Spooky Crafts

October 14th, 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Get ready for Halloween with some very spooky crafts and treats. This program is for kids in grades 3-8 and requires preregistration.

Zombie Fashion Dolls

October 20th, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
East Side Library
Halloween is near! It is time for our first annual Zombie Fashion Doll event. We will be decorating fashion dolls in one of a kind zombie styles created by you! Dolls and supplies will be provided.
*Registration Required

Get Away for Teen Read Week with an Author Panel

October 20th, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Central Library
Teen Read Week 2015 is October 18-24. For this year's theme, Get Away @ your library, a panel of YA authors will describe how they "Get Away" with fiction. And live to tell about it! It's also a book-freebie bonanza. On a first-come, first-served basis, signed books will be given away to teen readers. Authors include Wendy Delsol, Jan Blazanin, Eileen Boggess, Jenny Moyer, and Jill Hathaway.

Family Halloween Movie!

October 23rd, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
North Side Library

Bring your blankets, pillows, snacks, and a drink (with lid) for a Halloween movie about a toy cowboy, astronaut, dinosaur, potato head and their other toy friends. Popcorn provided while supplies last.