North Side Library

Iowa and Kosovo: The Importance of Partnerships in State Building

Nov 7
Tuesday 6:00 pm
Meet Consul General Xhavit Gashi, currently appointed at the Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in Des Moines, Iowa. Consul General Gashi served as the first ever Kosovo Security Force Attaché to the United States. He retired from the Military as Brigadier General after completing almost twenty years of service. Iowa shares a special relationship with the Balkan Country, including a National Guard Partnership. Consul General Gashi will talk about the establishment and future of Kosovo. Space is limited, please preregister at or call 515-283-4152 press 3.

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos – “Day of the Dead” in English – is a traditional Mexican holiday. It focuses on the gathering together of families and friends to remember loved ones who have died. As a celebration of life, this family-friendly holiday is full of bright colors and traditional treats. Join us to learn more about Dia de los Muertos with our storyteller, Alma Haines. We’ll decorate sugar skull cookies and have other fun crafts available. Please preregister for this event by calling 283-4152, ext. 3, or by going to

Batty About Bats

Halloween is right around the corner – what do you know about these curious winged creatures? Come to the North Side Library to learn about the myths surrounding the bat, an animal people love to hate. A Polk County Conservation Naturalist will teach us the truth about this fascinating animal. You’ll learn about the incredible things bats are capable of and how they make life better for humans. Before the end of the night, you’ll be going batty for bats!

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Oct 3
Tuesday 6:00 pm

More than 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, at the end of World War II. These cities have been rebuilt, but the impact is not forgotten. Pa Vang Goldbeck will share her experience of a recent visit to Hiroshima during this program at the North Side Library. Goldbeck’s two-week visit came as part the Mayors for Peace organization. Des Moines mayor Frank Cownie is the lead U.S. mayor for Mayors for Peace, which dedicates itself to world peace and a nuclear-free world.


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