Mary Kay Shanley is the author of 10 books, including She Taught Me to Eat Artichokes and her favorite, Our State Fair--Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story. Her next book is a memoir with the working title The Woman Who Had Me. Mary Kay says it will be released in 2015 --- if everything goes right. She adds that authors are an anxious lot. Mary Kay also teaches at the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival, co-conducts four-day writing retreats and works with two writing groups. She's very happy to join us this noon to share fabulous stories about our great state fair.
The Iowa Brewers Union will discuss how to mix up a batch of beer at home. They will share information on the process and the equipment needed to get started. You can even sample a home brew! Pre-register.
Bring your mobile device (smartphone, tablet or e-reader) to one of our classes and get some advice and help installing the library's apps for e-books, downloadable audiobooks and e-magazines. Classes and apps are all free. Your gadget must have basic setup done (out of the box, set up, passwords entered, charged and know the basics) as a prerequisite to this class. You will need your library card and PIN, and you may need the password for your App Store on your device. Pre-register as class size is limited so we can give one-on-one attention.
D'anne Dzon from DM Cakes will demonstrate cake decorating techniques. Participants can practice their skills on cupcakes. Pre-register.
Join our friends from Agri-Cultured as we learn about fermented foods and how they can improve our health. We'll get to sample some fermented items, too! Pre-register.
Practice playing bridge on Sundays at the Central Library. Preregister. Call Troy for more details at 515-710-2319.
Join us for stories, songs, flannel board activities, playtime and an occasional craft activity. For toddlers ages 18 months to age 3.
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and participate in crafts and activities that build literacy skills and kindergarten-readiness skills. For preschoolers ages 3 - 6.
Meet at the Central Library to practice playing bridge on Wednesday evenings. Preregister. Call Troy for more details at 515-710-2319.
Join us weekly for rhymes, songs, bounces, stories, and a little playtime. For caregivers and babies ages 0 - 18 months.