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7:00 PM, Tuesday, June 23
Central Library
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Furry Tales

June 2nd, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Central Library

Kids! Come to the Central Children's Area and read a book to Percy, the reading therapy dog! Reading to Percy is a great way to build reading/language skills while making a furry friend!

Sunshine Storytime

June 4th, 10:00am to 11:00am
South Side Library

Enjoy stories, songs and activities on the library lawn this summer at the South Side Library! After storytime, children may stay to blow bubbles, play with a parachute and enjoy other lawn activities. Tarp provided for seating. In case of rain, storytime will be held in the meeting room. Preschool - 1st grade.

Terrific Thursdays

June 4th, 10:00am to 4:00pm
North Side Library

Every Thursday during the Summer Reading Program there will be a special do-it-yourself craft or activity in the Children's Area. Stop in and see what we are doing today. The activity will be available until supplies run out.

Iowa Country School Milestones

June 5th, 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Local historian Bill Sherman will talk about the history of one-room schoolhouses in the Hawkeye State. His program reviews important dates and persons who had a significant impact on country schooling in Iowa and the nation. It also examines how teachers were trained to teach in country schools.

Toddler Art Outside

June 5th, 11:15am to 11:45am
Central Library

Join us on the library lawn for a chance to get creative with toddlers! Be prepared to get messy - please wear old clothes. This week we will decorate a Box City with paint and other materials. In case of rain, alternate craft will be held in the Children's area.

RunDSM Workshop

June 9th, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Forest Avenue Library

Let your voice be heard! We all know the inspirational poets and artists of RunDSM. Be one! Come join two Movement 515 Poet Mentors as they lead a writing workshop.

Super Bugs with the ISU Insect Zoo

June 9th, 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Our friends from the ISU Insect Zoo will be bringing their amazing bugs back to the library. Their LIVE insects will be on display from 2:00-6:00 PM, so stop by and get up-close and personal with spiders, beetles, and other bugs. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library.

Superhero Training Camp

June 16th, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Central Library
Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? Attend superhero training camp to compete in games, win prizes, hear a superhero story, and more. Wear your favorite superhero costume! This event will take place on the library lawn. We will meet by the bike racks. In case of rain, event will be held in Meeting Rooms 1 and 2.

Registration is required, so please do so online or by calling the Youth Services desk at 248-6420.

Teen Book Club

June 16th, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
East Side Library

Join us at the East Side Library to discuss the monthly book choice, Insignia by S.J. Kincaid. Book choice is geared towards Teens in 6th through 8th grade. You can check out copies of the book at the Information Desk.
Snacks Provided!!!

Legos at the Library

June 18th, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
North Side Library

Use your creativity and engineering skills to build something awesome with the library's huge collection of Legos! This program is for children going into kindergarten and older.

Animal Heroes: Des Moines Police Department's Canine (K-9) Unit

June 23rd, 10:30am to 11:30am
Central Library

How do police dogs keep us safe? Join us and Des Moines Police Sargent Mark Miller, his police dog, Emir and officers and police dogs from the department's Canine (K-9) Unit. Learn about the duties of these special canine heroes and how they keep our community safe.

Amazing Owls--Presented by SOAR

June 23rd, 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Do you want to see a real, live owl in the library? Then come and learn all about owls at this special program presented by SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources), a local raptor rescue organization. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library.

Debbie Doo Wop and Dynamite Dan

June 30th, 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Come to the library for a special musical performance by Debbie Doo Wop and Dynamite Dan. Their energetic and interactive concert will have you tapping your toes and dancing in your seat. Sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library.