President Abraham Lincoln Visits the Library

President Abraham Lincoln Visits the Library: A New Birth of Freedom

Meet President Abraham Lincoln at the Central Library and find out what he keeps inside his hat! Adults and children will enjoy hearing a first-hand account of U.S. History from 1776 through the end of the Civil War in 1865. Mr. Lincoln will tell his story about growing up on the frontier, the different jobs he had, and why he liked to tell stories.

Gardening with the Senses: A Master Gardener on Blindness and Maximizing Design

Feb 20
Wednesday 6:00 pm
Learn about garden planning and design from Polk County Master Gardener, Roger Erpeling who is also blind. Yes, learn from this long-time gardener about using his other senses, tools for sight impaired, and knowledge about home horticulture on how to improve your landscape design or plan a vegetable garden!

Becoming American, A Documentary Film and Discussion Series

"Becoming American, A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience" is a six-week program featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history. Kevin Gannon, Ph.D., a Professor of History at Grand View University, will serve as the series' scholar/moderator. No registration is required.

Conversations & Coffee

Feb 19
Tuesday 12:30 pm
Do you want to practice your English skills? Looking to meet new people in your community? Join community members and English language learners alike at Forest Avenue Library and enjoy light refreshments and sparkling conversation! Activities are provided to prompt and encourage conversation. This program is open to all English speaking skill levels. For additional information please contact Dana Smith at

Digital Literacy Class

Feb 19
Tuesday 2:00 pm
Taught by the Evelyn K. Davis Center, these classes are to help increase your competency for computer use.
The basic classes cover basic computer use, internet usage, cyber security, online job applications, and other topics as needed.
The advanced classes cover advanced computer use, cloud saving, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, along with topics involving the deep web and social media.
Basic classes: Every Tuesday January 8-February 5
Advanced classes: Every Tuesday February 12-March 12


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