Importance of Nutrition in the First 1000 Days

Aug 11
Saturday 3:00 pm
Roger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global food and agricultural in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century – along with 10 Olympic Games.

Mini Mosaic Making with Local Artist Nicole James

Jul 28
Saturday 2:00 pm
Create a colorful piece of art with the help of an expert! Make a mini mosaic at the South Side Library under the instruction of local artist Nicole James. James has both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters in Teaching from Drake University, making her a great instructor at this free program. This workshop is for adults only and registration is required. Registration begins June 25. You can sign up at or by calling 283-4152 ext. 3.

Chess Basics: Making Beginners Better

Learn about strategies that will help you become the master of your chess domain! DMACC professor Andy Langager will help novice chess players improve their game. Langager is the faculty adviser of the DMACC Chess Club. He’ll talk about the fundamentals of chess openings, the best ways to control the mid-game, and how to keep your opponent on their toes. It’s the perfect chance to learn more about the game before the 2018 World Chess Championship, which will feature an American for the first time in 46 years!

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin - Victoria and Abdul

Jul 6
Friday 1:30 pm
Judi Dench and Ali Fazal star in this biographical comedy-drama about the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian-Muslim servant Abdul Karim. The film is based on the book of the same name by Shrabani Basu. As Karim served Queen Victoria for more than 15 years, he became one of her closest confidants – a fact that was hidden from the public for more than a century, before Karim’s diaries were discovered in 2010.

Bad Art Night: Oceans

Join us for an evening of ocean themed bad art at the East Side Library. This all-ages event will showcase your creativity. Materials will be provided for you to make a “bad” piece of art – -use your creativity to make your best ocean themed Pinterest fail or mess-terpiece. Each team will have about 30 minutes to create their work, then each piece of art will be put into our exhibition for all to vote. Three "winners" will be chosen with fun prizes. Light refreshments will be provided. Families/Teams are encouraged to register below.

Primary Election Polling Precinct

Jun 5
Tuesday (All day)
The Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room is reserved as a Polk County Primary Election Polling Precinct. The Meeting Room will open to the public at 7:00 AM for voting. The Meeting Room will close to the public and voting will cease at 9:00 PM. Library services will not be available to the public from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Library services will be available to the public during normal operating hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention

Jun 15
Friday 10:45 am
Join us at the North Side Library for a Tai Chi class.
This class will specialize in arthritis and falls
prevention, and can be done standing or seated.
Tai Chi is a holistic form of exercise that promotes
flowing movements and mind/body harmony. This Tai Chi class is beginner friendly and no Tai Chi experience is required.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes.
The third Friday of the month.


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