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Posted February 11, 2015 in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Franklin Avenue Library News

The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March, Fifty Years On

Tue, Feb 17, 6:30 p.m.

On Feb. 17, Drake University Associate Professor of History Curt M. Cardwell will discuss the historic Selma to Montgomery March, which took place 50 years ago next month. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the march through Alabama to bring attention to the many discriminatory practices used to disenfranchise the black citizens of Dallas County. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Free Advice for Your Device

Sat, Feb 21, 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.


Teen Book Club

Mon, Feb 23, 4:00 p.m.

Come and enjoy some yummy pizza and a good discussion about Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass. Teens in grades six through twelve can find copies of the book and sign up for this program at the Information Desk.


Artsy Kids – Ioway Indian Crafts

Wed, Feb 25, 4:00 p.m.

A special guest from Living History Farms will be joining us to explain about the different tools Ioway Indians made and used in the year 1700. Everybody will get to make their own pot to take home. This program is for third through eighth graders and requires preregistration.


The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood Sneak Preview

Sat, Feb 28, 10:30 a.m.

See a sneak preview of the Des Moines Community Playhouse production of The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood. This is a frantically funny retelling of the classic legend we all know and love. Come and enjoy the performance and sign up to win free tickets to the play!


Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion

Mon, Mar 2, 1:00 p.m.

We will discuss The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.



Mon, Mar 2, 4:00 p.m.

Teens in the sixth through twelfth 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.


Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

Sat, Mar 7, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Stop by the library between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for some self-guided activities celebrating everyone’s favorite rhyming author. There will be activity sheets, a craft, and a scavenger hunt.


Franklin Evening Book Discussion

Tue, Mar 10, 6:30 p.m.

We will discuss The Light Between Oceans by M. I. Stedman. Copies of the book are available 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 zero to eighteen 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. This program meets through the last week in April.

Wednesdays – Toddler Story Time, 10:15 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.

Come share stories, fingerplays, and songs.

Franklin Avenue Library
5000 Franklin Ave.
Mon. – Tues.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed


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