Franklin Avenue Library

Healthy Gifts from the Kitchen

Learn to make tasty food that’s healthy as well! ISU Extension Agent Mary Krisco will walk us through a dozen different ideas for food gifts that aren’t loaded with empty calories. Participants will then make their own “Friendship Soup Mix” and package it in a decorative jar. Space is limited, so please preregister by calling 283-4152 ext. 3 or by going to Each adult that registers may bring one child over the age of 9 with them as well. All supplies will be provided!

Men's College Basketball Preview

It’s time to hit the hardwood! Get ready for college basketball season with help from Larry Cotlar! Cotlar is the voice of the Drake Bulldogs men’s basketball team and a longtime Des Moines sports personality. He’ll talk about the outlook for all four Iowa teams and whether they might be dancing come March. Hawkeyes, Cyclones, Panthers, Bulldogs – we’ll preview them all!

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin - <i>Bridge of Spies</i>

Nov 3
Friday 1:30 pm
This 2015 thriller was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks. Hanks plays James B. Donovan, a real-life American naval officer and diplomat, as he works to secretly negotiate the exchange of political prisoners during the height of the Cold War. The movie is based on the book Strangers on a Bridge, which was written by James B. Donovan himself.

<i>A Little House Christmas</i> Sneak Preview

It’s a special sneak preview of a Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas! Ma, Pa, Mary, and Laura Ingalls are gathering their whole family together to celebrate the holidays. When a natural disaster strikes, it appears Santa won’t be able to make it! The family must work together to ensure that there’s something under the tree for everyone. Check out a few scenes from this Des Moines Community Playhouse play and register to win free tickets to the full production!

Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd: Silent Shorts from The Big Three, with Live Piano Accom-

Jan 30
Tuesday 6:30 pm
paniment by Bruce Martin.

The silent era of film featured three men who’ve become known as comic geniuses: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. Enjoy short films starring each of these actors during an evening of entertainment at the Franklin Avenue Library. Local pianist Bruce Martin will provide live accompaniment as the audience watches Easy Street (1917), Bumping Into Broadway (1919), and Cops (1922). Join us for a night of funny gags and side-splitting slapstick humor!

What if civility ruled the world?

Civility, or lack thereof, is what defines a society. What is the norm in how we treat other people, particularly when there is disagreement or tension? Come and join the conversation with Connie Ryan, Executive Director, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa to explore this time of incivility. But more importantly, how do we move forward toward a more civil atmosphere in the public square?


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