7 Days, 7 Events at Your DMPL (01/07-01/13)

Brilliant Bulbs

Happy Monday! The Des Moines Public Library is open for a full week this week, and we're excited about everything going on. We have just a sampling of programs below; be sure to go to our online events calendar for a full listing of programs. You can also sign up for our email newsletter, where you'll learn more about events and programs, book suggestions, and more. 

ON THE BLOG:

Did you see the new mural at the Forest Avenue Library? Take a peak at the photos on our blog post from last Friday. Jen Thomas, a library assistant at Forest, gave us the low-down at how this awesome piece of art came to be. Credit to local artist Bill Barnes for creating the mural. We also shared some new releases coming out this month. Be sure to get your holds in now, as these are the books everyone will be buzzing about.

Tomorrow is a big day. We'll be announcing the 2019 Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) lineup. This will be the 19th season of AViD, and the library is thrilled with this year's lineup. Past authors have included Steve Berry, Janet Evanovich, and Amor Towles, among others. Keep your eyes peeled to the website, our social media channels, and the blog to find out what six authors are visiting Des Moines. 

The rest of the week is all about New Year's Resolutions. Wednesday, we'll share our staff's reading-related New Year's resolutions. Friday, we'll have a list of books that will help you stay motivated and keep your New Year's resolutions, whatever they may be.

EVENTS:

Digital Literacy ClassBasic Digital Literacy Class
Tuesdays, January 8-February 5, 2:00 PM
, Central Library
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. Advanced classes will run February 12-March 12. No registration required.

Storytime

Family Storytime: Fender the ARL Therapy Cat
Tuesday, January 8, 6:30 PM
, Central Library
Bring the entire family together early in the evening for stories, songs and occasional crafts. It's a great way for busy parents to relax and listen to stories with their children. You can even wear your jammies! This week, you’ll meet Fender, the ARL Therapy cat, and listen to a cat story!

Art with ASAPArt with ASAP
Wednesdays beginning January 9, 4:00 PM, Forest Avenue Library
Use your imagination through stories and art at ASAP, the After School Arts Program. Instructor Maureen Korte will lead children of all ages in art activities while telling interactive stories. Korte is a renowned storyteller, having practiced her craft across the country for several decades. No registration required.

Speed RacerScience Wednesdays: Speed Racers!
Wednesday, January 9, 4:00 PM
, Franklin Avenue Library
Kids will get to design and make their own speed racer vehicle out of recycled materials. Science Wednesdays is a chance for kids ages six to twelve to explore different aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Please register for this program by clicking here.

Botanical GardensBotanical Gardens: Brilliant Bulbs
Friday, January 11, 3:30 PM
, North Side Library
During the coldest time of year, learn all about bulbs and how to force them into bloom. Plant and take home your very own bulb to make Spring come early.

Children's

Saturday Art Special: DIY Snowmen
Saturday, January 12, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
, South Side Library
Kids! Stop by the South Side Library's Children's Area from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to make and take a snowman using our supplies! For youth ages 3-12. This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Parent or guardian must be present with children. Craft available while supplies last.

Saturday STEMPSaturday STEM: Erupting Snow Science
Saturday, January 12, 2:00
PM, East Side Library
Kids! Stop by the South Side Library's Children's Area from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to make and take a snowman using our supplies! For youth ages 3-12. This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Parent or guardian must be present with children. Craft available while supplies last.