Join us for a free showing of Wreck it Ralph, an arcade villain who is tired of being the bad guy. Create your own edible sugar rush cars with graham crackers, and build or destroy with our LEGO and giant Jenga blocks.
Improve your communication skills by learning how to express yourself with the arts! Youth will discuss the benefits of journaling and explore how journaling can play a role in their lives. Youth will then get the opportunity to construct and design their own personal journals.
Preregistration is recommended, but not required, for the ISU Extension events. You may do so at dmpl.org or by calling 283-4152 ext. 3.
Are lizards slimy? What kind of snakes reside in Iowa? Do salamanders use their noses to smell? Learn the facts and myths about reptiles during this program about our scaly neighbors in the wild. Learn about their adaptations, their diet, how they smell, see, and move, and much more. You may even get a chance to meet a real reptile! Learn the truth about the critters that people love to hate.
The hooting of an owl while on a night hike. The howl of a coyote in the woods. A stray cat’s meow. All these sounds tell a story - if you’re listening right! Our friends from the Blank Park Zoo are bringing zoo critters to the East Side Library as they talk about the way that animals communicate. You can learn a lot through the sounds and movements animals make. Learn something new and meet some interesting animals during this interactive program!
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!
With the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers cutting though the heart of the city, Des Moines is no stranger to river critters. Our friends from Polk County Conservation will be at the North Side Library to tell us more about the animals that call the river home. We’ll learn about how they build their shelters, the food they devour, and why healthy rivers and clean water is so important, not just for these creatures, but for us as well!
It’s a special storytime and program with local author Lisa Morlock! She’ll read her book Track that Scat for us; next, we’ll learn about woodland animals through their footprints, their food, and the droppings they leave behind. There will be tons of activities at this great program, so don’t miss out