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Fall Into Reading Festival

October 27th, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Central Library

Join us for a celebration of Fall and reading! Kids in can dress in their costumes and join us for literacy/carnival games, crafts, not-so spooky stories, and more! This event is for kids from toddlers up through 4th Grade.

Teen Book Discussion

October 27th, 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Come and enjoy some pizza and talk about the very funny book Schooled by Gordon Korman. Teens in grades 6 through 12 can find copies of the book and sign up for this program at the Information Desk.

Teen Halloween Bash

October 29th, 1:30pm to 2:30pm
South Side Library

Students will help create a bubbling brew of root beer using dry ice. We will have snacks, games and prizes for participants!

Harry Potter Party

November 1st, 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Attention all muggles! The first Harry Potter book came out over 17 years ago, but the boy wizard is just as popular as ever. Come to the library from 1:30-2:30 for games, crafts, and trivia related to Hogwarts and all things Harry Potter.

Wonder of Words: Author Heath Lee

November 3rd, 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Author Heath Lee will discuss her book, Winnie Davis: Daughter the Lost Cause, that tells the story of the younger daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his second wife, Varina Howell Davis.

Writers' Workshop and Wonder of Words: The Journey from Finance to Fiction

November 3rd, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Central Library

Join author Mary Gottschalk as she discusses the life lessons that inspired her to give up corporate America to become a writer. Her first book was a memoir, Sailing down the Moonbeam. Her second book is her recently released novel, A Fitting Place. To be added to the Writers' Workshop email list sign up online at This event is open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.

Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online

November 5th, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Central Library

Looking for funding for your non-profit organization? The Foundation Directory Online is a resource that provides access to searchable online databases that can help you in your search. We'll show you how to use it. Central Library Computer Lab. Class size is limited. Please pre-register.

South Side Book Discussion

November 6th, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
South Side Library

Join us for a discussion of Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. Ask at the information desk for a copy of the book.

Billy Collins

Sunday, November 16, 7:00 PM, Hoyt Sherman Place Theater

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Retro Des Moines - History of Coal Mining in Polk County

November 10th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Central Library

Doug Wilson's interest in Iowa coal mining stems from the fact that his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were involved in the industry for many years. Doug has collected photographs, maps, and stories from coal miners and their families. He enjoys sharing this segment of the state's history with others.

Adult Book Discussion

November 17th, 2:00pm to 3:15pm
East Side Library

We will be reading A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. Copies of the book may be picked up at the library. Treats provided.

Forest Avenue Book Discussion

November 17th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Forest Avenue Library

Join us for a discussion of Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, by Anna Quindlen. Ask at the information desk for a copy of the book. All are welcome!

Animal Show and Tell With the Blank Park Zoo

November 18th, 10:30am to 11:30am
Central Library

Join the Blank Park Zoo's educational coordinator as they show and tell about different animals at the zoo - and check out some our animal books at the library!

Artsy Kids-Sand Painting

November 19th, 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Kids in grades 3-8 will make a colorful picture using glue and sand. Please remember to dress to get messy and preregister for this program.