Blank Park Zoo Presents: Animal Sounds and Stories

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!

Furry Tales

Stop by Rosie's Forest at Forest Avenue Library and read a book to Jersey, the reading therapy dog! Reading to Jersey is a great way to build reading/language skills while making a furry friend!

Forest Flicks - Summer Saturdays: Finding Dory

Grab your blankets and pillows and just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming...to Forest Avenue Library to see Finding Dory, starring Ellen DeGeneres and Ed O’Neill! Dory remembers her parents! So she sets off on an epic journey (with Marlin and Nemo, of course) to find them. Along the way she is captured by humans, almost sent to Ohio, and makes new friends! But will she find her parents?

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention

Jul 23
Monday 10:30 am
Join us at the South Side Library for a Tai Chi class. This class will specialize in arthritis and falls prevention, and can be done standing or seated. The program is beginner friendly and requires no experience with Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is a holistic form of exercise that promotes flowing movements and mind/body harmony. Tai Chi is sometimes called a "moving meditation"; as participants concentrate on doing the movements they often forget about their normal, every day concerns. Tai Chi is a slower paced, non-contact martial arts movement.

Kids in the Kitchen

Does your child love to cook? Visit the South Side Library in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension Outreach and learn how to make easy, kid-friendly snacks. Kids will learn lessons about food safety and nutrition and make a snack. Participants will need to attend all seven sessions. For youth ages 5-11. Preregistration required. Space is limited. Groups may not register for this program. If your child has a food allergy, please let us know when registering.

Comics Creators

Love Raina Telgemeier, superheroes, manga, graphic novels, and cartoons? Ready to let your artist flag fly? Then come to Comics Creators! We'll provide the paper and pens, you provide the creativity! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old. For grades 4-12.