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Wonder of Words Lunch Outside the Box: Ty Smedes

Nov 6
Thursday 12:00 pm
Renowned Iowa nature photographer, Ty Smedes, puts the best of Iowa images together to create beautiful books. His presentation will feature photos from his newest book, The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles which chronicles the comeback of eagles from the brink of extinction. His spectacular color photographs capture the power, grace and majesty of the bald eagle as it returned to prominence in Iowa. His other book, Capturing Iowa’s Seasons, follows the common and uncommon visitor to Iowa’s landscape throughout the year.

How-To Tuesday for Families: Scavenger Hunt

Learn how to discover everything we have at Central Library during our Family Scavenger Hunt! Stop by the Children's area between 5:00pm and 6:30pm to begin and find out all kinds of amazing things at the library while being entered to win a prize jar of your choice. Scavenger hunt will take between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

How-To Tuesday for Families: E-Reading for Families

Learn how to use DMPL's online resources to check out books and audiobooks for kids, teens and beyond! We will cover 3M, Wilbor, and Tumblebooks, giving an overview of what's available and a brief walk through on getting them on a device. Afterwards, browse some titles on our 3M e-readers, available for checkout. Please bring your library card and PIN number. You must be a resident of Des Moines or Windsor Heights. Children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registrations are encouraged and drop-ins are welcome!

Wonder of Words: Writer's Harvest

Nov 13
Thursday 3:30 pm
The Drake Writers and Critics Series, in partnership with the Des Moines Public Library, will present the 2014 Writers’ Harvest.
Reception with refreshments follows

Poet Sandy Longhorn and author Aimee LaBrie, this year’s judges of the Periphery prizes, will read alongside several Drake student writers from Periphery 51 at the Des Moines Public Library, Central Branch. This project is in support of the Food Bank of Iowa.

Wonder of Words Lunch Outside the Box: Ann Crowley

Nov 5
Wednesday 12:00 pm
Dr. Ann M. Crowley is a registered dietician and commercial food photographer who has combined the art and science of food in a wonderful recipe collection. As an associate professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa and Director of Nutrition Services at the university of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, she published extensively in professional and popular journals. Her weekly food and nutrition column was published in newspapers throughout the Midwest for thirty-two years. She has travelled extensively.

Wonder of Words Lunch Outside the Box: The Cowboy Poet David Nelson

Nov 14
Friday 12:00 pm

David Nelson’s, Tennessee’s Cowboy Poet Laureate, cowboy career began in the mid-1990’s when he worked with the Kirkwell Cattle Company in Springfield Colorado. Cowboy Poetry has been around for centuries and is a unique form of storytelling. In America, it has its roots during the Great Cattle Drives of the 1880s. Cowboys would come in after working all day and sit around telling yarns in rhyme. In 2004, Nelson was given the title of "The Cowboy Poet Laureate of Tennessee" by Governor Bredesen and the General Assembly.

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