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Summer Reading Finale Concert

July 22nd,
10:30am to 11:30am
Central Library
CONCERT WILL BE INDOORS DUE TO HEAT. Celebrate the finale of the Summer Reading Program with a concert from the Belin Quartet! Kids and families can listen to orchestrated music and engage in crafts and fun!

SOAR with the Hawks

July 22nd,
3:00pm to 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library
Due to circumstances beyond the library’s control; Thora, the bald eagle, will not be coming to Franklin Library on Friday, July 22, 2016. Instead, SOAR will bring Oak, a red-tailed hawk and Stella, a great horned owl. The program will include a short powerpoint presentation on eagles and discussion of rehabilitation practices with an opportunity to see the birds and ask questions.

Dan Wardell's Reading Road Trip

July 25th,
9:30am to 12:00pm
Central Library

Kids! Join Iowa Public Television Kid's Clubhouse Host Dan Wardell for his Reading Road Trip! Families can listen to interactive stories that promote playing outdoors, reading good books, eating healthy foods and using your imagination!

Adult Coloring Party

July 25th,
6:30pm to 7:30pm
East Side Library
Join us at the East Side Library for some relaxing coloring time. We will have a variety of coloring books for individuals as well as a giant coloring page for a group activity.

Coloring supplies and treats provided.

Cancelled - Savory Afternoons with the Des Moines Social Club

July 27th,
11:30am to 1:30pm
Central Library
Enjoy a good read and tasty eats over the lunch hour. The Des Moines Social Club will be serving up a soup and a beverage for a suggested donation of $5 in the Café Gallery at the Central Library. Magazines and books will be available for browsing or checkout. Food ingredients are donated by Mercy Medical Center Food & Nutrition Services.

Martha Speaks Read Aloud Family Night

August 1st,
6:15pm to 6:45pm
Central Library

Martha, the beloved dog from the PBS show, "Martha Speaks" loves to talk and read books! Kids and families can join us for special dog-themed stories, engage in songs and make a special craft!

Anniversary Fun, Explore Life 150 Years Ago

August 5th,
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library

What was life like for a pioneer family in Iowa in 1850? How did the pioneers get to Iowa, and what brought them here? Learn the answers to these and many more questions as you participate in hands-on activities like learning to drive a team of oxen and plotting out your farm.