Award-Winning Author Jennifer Wilson to Visit East Side Library

Her newest letter, Water, tackles an important subject in an entertaining way

jennifer wilson waterWater quality is an important, hotly-debated topic in Iowa, but one local author is making it funny and sexy as well. Join the East Side Library for a lively discussion with local author Jennifer Wilson about her newest novel, Water, on Monday, September 26, at 6:30 PM. For Wilson, it’s an attempt to help people understand the water quality issue from the perspective of both farmers and water customers.

The story is about a Des Moines reporter assigned to an environmental story. As she starts to chase down leads, she discovers that someone is poisoning water in Iowa. As she chases the story that could make her career, she gets caught in a confrontation between farmers, government workers, and citizens – and also gets caught in a love triangle with a source.

Wilson is a long-time writer with bylines in numerous magazines and newspapers, such as Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, and the Chicago Tribune. Her first book, Running Away to Home, received the best Nonfiction of 2011 Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. It also landed her the Emerging Iowa Author Award in 2012.

Water is published by Des Moines company Raygun. Books will be for sale at the East Side Library during the program, and Wilson will sign books following the event.

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Des Moines Public Library Welcomes Romance Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The critically-acclaimed creator of the Chicago Stars series will speak at the Franklin Avenue Library on September 13

susan elizabeth phillipsThe Des Moines Public Library welcomes New York Times bestselling romance author Susan Elizabeth Phillips to Des Moines! Phillips will be speaking at the Franklin Avenue Library on Tuesday, September 13, at 6:30 PM.

Phillips is the author of the popular Chicago Stars series and the Wynette, Texas books. She has written several other stand-alone novels, with 22 titles to her name in all. Phillips has won the Romance Writers of America Favorite Book of the Year award a record five times in her illustrious career. She was inducted into the Romance Writers Hall of Fame in 2001.

She’s currently promoting her newest book in the Chicago Stars series, First Star I See Tonight, the first book in the series in nearly a decade. The book pairs a no-nonsense former football hero and a feisty female detective who go head-to-head in a funny, fresh story. First Star I See Tonight has drawn very several favorable reviews; Kirkus Reviews calls it a “thoroughly enjoyable novel” that “delivers a swift kick to the heart,” while Publishers Weekly says it’s “an utterly delightful standalone gambol.”

The program with Phillips begins at 6:30 PM at the Franklin Avenue Library (5000 Franklin Avenue). Books will be available for purchase, and Phillips will autograph books following the event.

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Forest Avenue Library Launches Makerspace Program in September

The new initiative offers an opportunity to develop career skills that may prove useful in the workforce.

forest ave makerspaceThe Forest Avenue Library is excited to announce they are starting a makerspace program for adults! The Forest Avenue Library Makerspace is a place for library customers to create and print 3D objects, design and control electronic circuits, program micro-controllers, and learn about how these skills are used in today’s jobs and tomorrow’s careers.

The program starts on Monday, September 13, with an open house. The public is invited to see the tools that the library will be working with, including a new 3D printer. You’ll be able to ask questions about the classes and how you can utilize the new machines being offered to the public.

Following the open house, the library will host weekly introduction classes. There will be classes on using tech-related items like an Arduino UNO or Raspberry Pi. There will also be classes on skills such as the Python Programming Language and Computer-Assisted Design. There will be more open houses held occasionally on Saturdays throughout the rest of the year as well.

“Technology is constantly changing and evolving, and many library patrons may not be able to afford to purchase the necessary tools to stay current,” says librarian Phillip Delgado, instructor of the makerspace classes. “The goal of the Forest Avenue Library Makerspace is to provide access to some of these new technologies and help patrons learn how to use them.”

Class size is limited, so pre-registration for each class will be required. Each of the classes will be repeated several times throughout the fall, and advanced classes will be scheduled in the future based on interest. Registration for each class is free. There is a $5 deposit required for use of the 3D printer.

The calendar of classes is as follows:

  • Sept 12 – Open House
  • Sept 19 – Arduino Basics
  • Sept 26 – CAD Basics
  • Oct 3 – Python Basics
  • Saturday, Oct 8 – Open House
  • Oct 10 – Arduino Basics
  • Oct 17 – CAD Basics
  • Oct 24 – Raspberry Pi Basics
  • Saturday, Oct 29 – Open House
  • Oct 31 – 3D Printing Basics
  • Nov 7 - Python Basics
  • Saturday, Nov 12 – Open House
  • Nov 14 – Arduino Basics
  • Nov 21 – CAD Basics
  • Nov 28 – Raspberry Pi Basics
  • Dec 5 – Python Basics
  • Dec 12 – Arduino Basics
  • Saturday, Dec 17 – Open House
  • Dec 19 – CAD Basics

The public is encouraged to visit the open house and see what the Forest Avenue Library Makerspace has to offer. You can sign up for classes by calling 283-4152 ext. 3. You can also do so by finding the class on the Events Calendar.

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