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Artsy Kids-Tie Dyeing Fun

September 17th, 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library
Kids in grades 3-8 can start off the school year by experimenting with tie dyeing. We will provide the supplies, you just need to show up ready to get messy. Please preregister for this program.

Furry Tales: South Side

September 27th, 11:00am to 12:00pm
South Side Library

Children ages 3-12 are encouraged to read with Caper, the therapy dog, at the library. Caper is a friendly Pembroke Welsh Corgi who loves to hear stories! Walk in and sign up for a session in the children's area!

Sunday Funday: Apple Coffee Filter Art

September 28th, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Central Library

Stop by the Children's area at Central to mix colors using markers, waters, and coffee filters, and an apple shape! Supplies will be provided, bring your imagination.

Wally Lamb

Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 PM, Sheslow Auditorium

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South Side Book Discussion

October 2nd, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
South Side Library

Join us for a discussion of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe. Ask at the information desk for a copy of the book.

The Belin Quartet Live Performance

October 7th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library

The Franklin Avenue Library welcomes The Belin Quartet. The quartet is well known in the greater Des Moines community for their free noon-time concerts during the summer. Members of the quartet include violinists Julie Fox Henson, John Helmich, Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn, violist Sherida Josephson, and cellist George Work. The Belin Quartet was established in 2000 by a generous grant to the Civic Music Association from David Belin's charitable foundation, the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts.

Writers' Workshop: Heart and Soul: The Poetry and Prose of Victoria Smith

October 6th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Central Library

Come hear Victoria share her story about her poetry book Warrior Heart, Pilgrim Soul: An Immigrant's Journey and her upcoming collection of short stories entitled, Pieces of Dreams and Other Stories. Find out more about the DMPL Writers' Workshop.

Star Wars Reads Day

October 11th, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Star Wars Reads Day strikes again. Join us as we celebrate reading with activities, games and crafts from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. Ages 3-12.

South Crafty Readers

October 18th, 2:30pm to 3:00pm
South Side Library

Children are invited hear King Bidgood's in the Bathtub before enjoying a hands-on session exploring the dynamic properties of Ivory soap. Participants will take home our sudsy science experiment (while supplies last). Grades K-5.

Forest Avenue Book Discussion

October 20th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Forest Avenue Library

Join us for a discussion of The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, by Edward Kelsey Moore. Ask at the information desk for a copy of the book. All are welcome!

Franklin Crafty Readers

October 21st, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Halloween Hustle Dance Party! Get in the groove with Children's author Charlotte Gunnufson. Listen to the story of Skeleton and his friends and participate in original action rhymes, dance along to some Halloween music favorites and make a craft.

Artsy Kids-Duct Tape Creations

October 22nd, 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Use your creativity to create a lasting piece of art or something practical like a wallet out of duct tape. This program is for kids in grades 3-8 and requires preregistration.

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.