Due Dates Extended

Due to weather conditions on Friday, all library materials with due dates of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be extended until Tuesday, Jan. 21. In addition, pickup dates for items on hold will also be extended until Tuesday.

Upcoming Events

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Start Time

Age
Program Type
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This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Level Up!

January 21, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Join us every Tuesday as we play Roblox, Minecraft, and more. Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Try It Out Tuesday: Perlerpalooza

January 21, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Learn to create something new with our Try It Out Tuesday events at South! This week, tweens an teens can use colorful beads to create pixelated images with Perler Beads. Iron your design to make it permanent and take it home! For youth ages 10-18.&n...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Youth Makerspace

January 22, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us every Wednesday as we explore different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities.  Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

The Election of 2020: Looking Back, Looking Forward

January 23, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Following the surprising 2016 presidential election, the 2018 midterm election produced a result that dismayed some and pleased others. Dr. Dennis Goldford's presentation will explore what happened, likely explanations and, with an eye toward the 202...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Winter Luminaries

January 24, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:
Add a warm glow to the cold winter season! With tissue paper, your unique creativity, and a flameless tea light, you'll transform a regular mason jar into a beautiful winter luminary! Registration is required, as supplies are limited. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Voter Registration

January 27, 2020
11:30am - 1:30pm
Central Library Gateway Gallery
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Gateway Gallery
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Need to register to vote? Stop by the library! The Office of Iowa Secretary of State will provide voter information and registration assistance. To qualify to register to vote in Iowa, you must be: A U.S. citizen, An Iowa residen...

Disclaimer(s)

Central Parking

Free library parking is available in Central's underground parking garage for two hours per visit. Parking around the library is metered at various costs from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Comics Creators

January 27, 2020
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Love Raina Telgemeier, superheroes, manga, graphic novels, and cartoons? Ready to let your artist flag fly? Then come to Comics Creators! We'll provide the paper and pens, you provide the creativity! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

South VolunTeens

January 27, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Teens! Are you looking for a place to volunteer? Become a VolunTeen at the South Side Library! Teens ages 12-18 can volunteer at South and complete various library projects with the youth librarian from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Applications can be picked up...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

After-School Switch Gaming

January 27, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Hang out at North Side and enjoy some time playing games on our Nintendo Switch. Snacks may be provided as they last. This program is for ages 10-18. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Inventing with Makey Makey

January 27, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
By connecting everyday objects to computer programs, Makey Makey electronic boards enable anyone to become an inventor. At this workshop for youth ages twelve and above, students will have fun making interactive projects like playing musical notes wh...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Monday Night Craft: Pocket Pompoms

January 27, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Learn how to make an adorable pom pom creature to put in your pocket.  Materials will be provided for making pom poms and needle felting.  All ages are welcome.  No registration required. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Understanding White Privilege

January 27, 2020
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
White privilege is a term fraught with tension and misunderstanding. Join us for this non-judgmental, informative look at what it means, how it started, and what we can do about it together. Kevin Gannon - aka TheTattooed Professor, Directo...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Level Up!

January 28, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Join us every Tuesday as we play Roblox, Minecraft, and more. Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Pokémon Card Swap

January 29, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Are you looking for a place to trade your Pokémon cards? Come to this monthly program and bring any cards you want to trade. This event is open to children ages seven to eighteen. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

South VolunTeens

January 29, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Teens! Are you looking for a place to volunteer? Become a VolunTeen at the South Side Library! Teens ages 12-18 can volunteer at South and complete various library projects with the youth librarian from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Applications can be picked up...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Youth Makerspace

January 29, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us every Wednesday as we explore different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities.  Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Sit n' Stitch

February 1, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Spend a few hours with other crafters and work on your knit, crochet, or needle craft projects. Please bring your own supplies and projects with you. Snacks, beverages, and pleasant company provided. Please note: No formal instruction is provided....

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Comics Creators

February 3, 2020
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Love Raina Telgemeier, superheroes, manga, graphic novels, and cartoons? Ready to let your artist flag fly? Then come to Comics Creators! We'll provide the paper and pens, you provide the creativity! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

VolunTeens

February 3, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Are you looking for a great place to volunteer? Become a volunteen and help out with library projects and programs. Teens ages twelve to eighteen can pick up a teen volunteer application at the Franklin Avenue Library.  Applications must b...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Silhouette Art

February 3, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Turn a photo of yourself into a work of art! We will use iPads to create a black and white silhouette and paint a frame to showcase your work. This program is for children ages 10-18. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Level Up!

February 4, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Join us every Tuesday as we play Roblox, Minecraft, and more. Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Try It Out Tuesday: Valentine Soapmaking

February 4, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Tweens and Teens! Learn to make something new during our Try It Out Tuesday events at South! This month, participants can learn the science of soapmaking just in time for Valentine's Day! Participants can pick their scents and soap molds to create cu...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Break or Make Lab

February 5, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Event Details:
It's time to break it and make it! Do you wonder how things are made? Join us for a monthly deconstruction lab where we take apart common objects, see what parts they contain, and create something new from the pieces. Take your work of art home when ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Youth Makerspace

February 5, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us every Wednesday as we explore different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities.  Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Light-Up Greeting Cards

February 7, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Event Details:
Whether you need a card for Valentine's Day, a birthday, or some other occasion, you can make it extra special by adding lights! You'll design your card and then learn how to make it shine using circuits made from copper tape and LEDs.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Dance Baby Yoda: Scratch Animation

February 8, 2020
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Central Library Computer Lab
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Computer Lab
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 16
Event Details:
Use the force of Scratch Animation to make your own Baby Yoda cartoon and teach him to dance with simple coding.   ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Green Screen Magic

February 8, 2020
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Central Library Computer Lab
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Computer Lab
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Event Details:
Jump into a movie with our green screen magic.  You will learn how to use a tablet and a green sheet to ho places near and far.   ...