Habitats make music in various ways. Imagine the sound of wind blowing through grass in the prairie or the orchestras of insects singing in the rain forest – habitats are full of music! Join a zoo educator as we explore the songs and sounds of different habitats and meet animals from the zoo’s Education Department that call those habitats home.
Create a masterpiece as the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden teaches us to paint-stamp with different fruits and vegetables. One of their experts will share a story about these healthy plants we love to eat!
ISU Insect Zoo is coming to Central Library! Join us for an original story featuring ‘Unia the cricket and a bugtastic Insect display in this interactive hands-on program.
Families! Come dance, wiggle and sing with family musician Dino O'Dell! Kids can move to educational songs about monsters under our beds, pretend to swim in a pond full of peanut butter, and learn about the four categories of instruments: percussion, wind, string, and electronic. It’s an interactive musical adventure! All ages.
Twist, bend, and weave – no, we’re not talking about Twister. It’s time to become a balloon sculpting master at the Central Library! Learn the basics of balloon twisting and get some tips and tricks as well. We’ll figure out how to make a mouse jump and design a hat that’ll fit just right! Fair warning – there will be loud popping sounds! Please preregister by calling 283-4152, ext. 3, or by going to dmpl.org
Treat yourself to remarkable music during lunch at the Central Library! The University of Iowa Summer Chamber Music Tour will set up at noon in Central’s meeting room wing. There will a variety of string and wind ensembles featuring talented musicians from the University. This annual tour gives these students a chance to bring high quality music to communities across the state, helping build appreciation for the art and connections for the students. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch to this free program!
Fermented foods can be an important part of a healthy diet, especially in regards to gut health. The probiotic bacteria that are produced through fermentation support the immune system, regulate appetite, and can help reduce cravings. Learn how to easily make your own fermented food, including sauerkraut, kombucha, and milk kefir, and improve your diet by consuming nutrient dense food loaded with probiotics.
Succulent plants are trendy right now. These easy-to-care-for plants are found not just in gardens, but used as home décor as well. With low maintenance levels and long lifespans, succulents are great for people who enjoy plants but don’t have the time to be active green thumbs.
Join us on Wednesday, June 20 from 9-7:30, Thursday, March 29th from 9-5:30, and Friday, March 30th from 9AM-5:30PM at the Central Library as we open our back room full of library treasures for a three day book sale. We will be selling donated and withdrawn books for all ages, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and many other items.
Don't be the last Jedi! Join the dark side for a showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi-- we have cake pops! Fight with the Rebels, we have perler beads! And don't forget to take a wookie with you!