South Side Library construction update

Road construction work near South Side Library has closed Porter Avenue between Southwest 12th and Southwest 14th Streets for the next few days. However, the South Side Library remains open during this work! Please enter from Southwest Ninth Street and Porter Avenue.

Spark Stories: Nate Evans

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Teens , Adults

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Nate Evans will share his spark story—or what inspired him to step up and make Des Moines a better place to live.  Nate founded Woodworking with a Purpose which makes and donates desks and furniture to families in need.  When many schools moved online during the pandemic, Nate set a goal to build 2,020 free desks for families in the community during the 2020-2021 school year; his organization surpassed that goal and completed 2,143 desks before June of 2021.  In May 2021, Woodworking with a Purpose began building hope chests for foster kids in Iowa.  He is a teacher and married father of four living in Ankeny, Iowa.  He is also a published author; his book, A Weight Lifted, is available at the Des Moines Public Library.

Tune in on Facebook or YouTube for the premiere.






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