Central Library is offering oodles of terrific programs in April. Join us during Money Smart Week for lunch-hour programs Cut Costs with Coupons on April 8 and Find an Amazing Apartment on April 10. Both programs begin at noon. Learn about growing vegetables during the lunch hour on April 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Retro Iowa series
The Retro Iowa series continues this month with two Tuesday evening programs. Railroads in Iowa on April 8 features local historian Cecil Cook sharing the history of railroads in our state, including photos and artifacts. And Iowans in the Civil War on April 22 features Iowa Gold Star Military Museum staff, period dressed historians and Civil War re-enactors presenting a lively program about the causes of the Civil War and the historical context for Iowa units, including quotes from Iowa soldiers about their experiences. Both programs begin at 6:30 p.m. and last one hour.
Write a poem, win a prize
Along the Edges Book Spine Poetry Contest
Walter Lowenfels once said, “We are all poets, really.” In honor of National Poetry Month, create a poem by stacking books, CDs, DVDs or audiobooks. There is no need to rhyme. The poem should have three to eight titles. Photograph your entries and submit them through April 25 on Twitter, Pinterest or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Three winning entries randomly drawn on April 28 will receive a magnetic poetry kit.
The library offers something for everyone. Check out Crafty Readers for children on Tuesday afternoons at 4:15 p.m. Teens and tweens are invited to make smoothies on April 9 and create a personal herb garden on April 23. These Wednesday programs for teens and tweens begin at 2:15 p.m. Find the complete schedule online at www.dmpl.org.
Research is easier than ever
The Gale Virtual Reference Library is temporarily granting DMPL cardholders access to the entire GVRL electronic book collection. You’ll find nearly 2,000 electronic reference books organized in more than a dozen categories, including art, biography, history, literature, medicine, religion and science. To access the collection, go to www.dmpl.org, hover over Our Collection, click Research, All Resources, and G for the Gale Virtual Reference Library. The research page has a shelf with a small sample of GVRL titles, but to access the entire collection, be sure to click on All Resources and then G.
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