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Furry Tales

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

Kids! Stop by 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!

Picnic Prep with the Des Moines Social Club

August 11th, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Central Library
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy al fresco dining. Amanda Mae Phillips, Culinary Arts Director at the Des Moines Social Club, will guide you with making delicious picnic dishes which you then get to enjoy on the library lawn! Bring a blanket, lawn chair, or beach towel, along with a picnic basket, to use for dining. Please register online,

Artsy Kids: Shadows and Sculptures

August 12th, 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Create a sculpture out of aluminum foil and then illustrate its shadow. This program is for kids going into grades 3-8 and requires preregistration.

Family Game Day

August 15th (All day)
North Side Library

Spend some family time playing board and card games at the library! Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or responsible sibling.

Emerald Ash Borer Forum at the Library

August 17th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Municipal Arborist David Jahn will provide an educational session concerning the emerald ash borer and its effects on our ash tree population. Among the topics he’ll discuss are identifying ash trees, detecting evidence of ash borer infestation, determining the best option: treatment or removal, and choosing a suitable replacement species.

Franklin Library 50th Anniversary Party

August 29th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Please join us for a 50th Anniversary Birthday Party for the Franklin Avenue Library from 2:00-4:00 PM. Our celebration will include music by the Dixieland band, The Pelicans, birthday cake, appearances by Pete the Cat and Llama Llama, and special activities for children.


August 31st, 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library

Are you looking for a great place to volunteer? Become a volunteen and help out with library projects and programs. Teens ages 12-18 can pick up a teen volunteer application at the Franklin Library. Applications must be turned in and approved before attending this program.