David Nelsons, Tennessees Cowboy Poet Laureate, cowboy career began in the mid-1990s 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.
Chad Lewis is the author of The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations, which explores haunted bridges, cemeteries, historic homes, roads, theaters, and much more. Lewis is a researcher and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. His background is in Psychology and he holds both a BS and MS degree in the field. For past twenty years, he has traveled the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories and history. www.chadlewisresearch.com
David Mackaman, who lives in Des Moines, is spending retirement from a thirty-year banking career writing, mentoring and volunteering. He is the incoming chairman of the Iowa Natural History Foundation and is also on the board of ChildServe.
Des Moines native and best-selling author John Shors will discuss his novels, including Beneath A Marble Sky, about the building of the Taj Mahal, and his newest novel, Temple of a Thousand Faces, which brings to life the legendary temple of Angkor Wat. www.johnshors.com
Stop and Smell the Garbage: A Caregivers Story of Survival
Thanks to generous support from DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred as well as Drake University, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Des Moines Public Library, the Iowa International Center is proud to present this series of monthly forums. For more information about the series, visit: www.iowainternationalcenter.org or call 282-8269, ext. 15.
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.
Stop by the Children's area at Central Library to play a wide variety of board games!
Stop by the Children's area at Central to make a turkey puppet out of a paper bag! Supplies will be provided, bring your imagination.
Stop by the Children's area at Central to make a pumpkin out of a paper plate to hang on your door! Supplies will be provided, bring your imagination.