Franklin Avenue Library News
Celebrate New Year’s Eve a little early this year at the Franklin Library during the Around the World New Year’s Eve Party Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. There will be lots of activities from various countries around the world including games, crafts, refreshments and a countdown to “midnight” at 5 p.m. This program is designed for children ages 3-8.
Animals in Winter, with Polk County Conservation Staff
Mon, Dec 29, 1:30 p.m.
Lewis Major from Polk County Conservation will be here to talk about all of the interesting ways animals bodies adapt to help them survive during the winter.
Around the World New Year’s Eve Party
Tue, Dec 30, 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve a little early this year at the Franklin Library. There will be lots of activities from various countries around the world including games, crafts, refreshments, and a countdown to “midnight” at 5:00 p.m. This program is designed for children ages 3-8.
New Year’s Day Closure
Thu, Jan 1, All Day, All Branches
All six locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day.
Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion
Mon, Jan 5, 1:00 p.m.
We will discuss Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.
Mon, Jan 5, 4:00 p.m.
Teens in 6th through 12th grades can come and volunteer their time to help out with various library projects. Please stop by the library for an application form and have it signed by a parent or guardian prior to your first meeting.
Sat, Jan 10, 11:00 a.m.
Stop by the library to sign up for a ten-minute slot to read a favorite story to therapy dog Scout. Sharing stories with Scout is a fantastic way to practice reading skills and make a furry friend at the same time.
Fit for Life
Tue, Jan 13, 6:30 p.m.
Come hear Kathy Strottmann, Program Director of the YMCA talk on the benefits of regular exercise to your overall health. Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first, but Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are flexible, giving you the freedom to reach your fitness goals through different types and amounts of weekly activities. It is easier than you think!
Franklin Evening Book Discussion
Tue, Jan 13, 6:30 p.m.
We will discuss Still Foolin’ Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? by Billy Crystal. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.
The Miracle Worker Sneak Preview
Sat, Jan 17, 10:30 a.m.
See a sneak preview of the Des Moines Community Playhouse production of The Miracle Worker, which is the heartwarming story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Come and enjoy the performance and sign up to win free tickets to the play!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Closure
Mon, Jan 19, All Day, All Branches
All six locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.
Free Advice for Your Device
Tue, Jan 20, 10:00 a.m.
Get the lowdown on your library’s downloadables! Bring your mobile device (smartphone, tablet or e-reader) to one of our classes and get some advice and help installing the library’s apps for e-books, downloadable audiobooks and e-magazines. Classes and apps are all free. Your gadget must have basic setup done (out of the box, set up, passwords entered, charged and know the basics) as a prerequisite to this class. You will need your library card and PIN, and you may need the password for the App Store on your device. Pre-register.
Artsy Kids – Snow Globes and Snow Shoes
Wed, Jan 21, 4:00 p.m.
This month we have special guest Joel Van Roekel from the Parks and Recreation Department who is going to show us how to use snowshoes. Then we will be making glittering snow globes. This program is for children in 3rd through 8th grades and requires preregistration.
Teen Book Discussion
Mon, Jan 26, 4:00 p.m.
Come and eat some pizza as we discuss Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Teens in grades 6 through 12 can find copies of the book and sign up for this program at the Information Desk.
Story Times Schedule for the Franklin Avenue Library
Mondays – Preschool Story Time, 10:15 a.m.
Develop your imagination with stories, rhymes, songs, and a lot of fun!
Tuesdays – Baby Rhyme Time, 10:15 a.m.
This weekly program for babies (ages 0-18 months) and their caregivers, features rhymes, songs, and bouncing, followed by a period of free play.
Tuesdays – Crafty Readers, 4:00 p.m.
Toddler, preschool, and elementary school age readers can take part in fun craft activities.
Wednesdays – Toddler Story Time, 10:15 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.
Come share stories, fingerplays, and songs.