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Posted August 19, 2015 in Community Featured, Downtown

September is library card sign-up month. What better time to get a library card than right when you’re preparing yourselves and your children to go back to school?

Sometimes, schoolwork causes stress. Des Moines Public Library has many online resources for kids, teens, and adults. If you or your children find yourselves up against a research paper deadline, remember that the Virtual Library at DMPL offers material 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Online resources include: World Book Encyclopedia, Biography in Context, EBSCO, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library.


New Fall Program Roundup


Essential Oils for Health & Well Being

Tuesday, September 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Curious about essential oils? Guest Jenny Klinefelter will talk about essential oils and how to use them for physical and emotional well-being. Please pre-register.


Basic Herbalism

Monday, September 14 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Join guest Rachel Phelps of R.P. Apothecary to learn about harvesting and using herbs. She’ll focus on common, local plants.


World of Chocolate

Wednesday, September 15 from 6 to 7:45 p.m.

Local chocolate expert Ton Stam of Chocolaterie Stam shares his family’s 100-year history in chocolate. Learn how to choose and enjoy different kinds of chocolate. Please pre-register.


Introduction to the Foundation Directory Online

Wednesday, September 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Back by popular demand! This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center’s online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn to use searches to develop lists of foundations to match your nonprofit organization’s funding needs. Please pre-register.


New Ongoing Programs – Add these to your calendar!


Tuesdays for Everyone – Device Advice: Learn how to use your smart phone, tablet, or e-reader to access the library’s Overdrive collection. Drop in between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the second-floor Art Gallery space.


Tuesdays for Kids – Crafty Readers for children begins on September 1, from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. in the Imagination Station.


Wednesdays for Kids – Early Out @ Central begins on September 2, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the children’s area. A parent or guardian must be present.


Wednesdays for Teens n’ Tweens – A variety of creative and fun programs will be offered for ages 10-18 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Imagination Station.


Fridays for Kids – LEGO Fridays begin on September 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the children’s area.


Central Library
1000 Grand Ave. • 283-4152
Mon. – Wed.: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thur. – Fri.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
Pick-up window hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 4-6 p.m.

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