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Working with the enemy

Posted March 12, 2014 in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Dr. Chad Timm, assistant professor of education at Grand View University, grew up hearing his grandmother talk about working at Earl May Nursery in Shenandoah during World War II. She told him about the Japanese men who worked at Earl May in 1945, which sparked an interest in him to find out how that could have been possible. His presentation — Working with the Enemy: German, Italian and Japanese POWs in Iowa during WWII — will focus on the creation of two POW camps during the Second World War: one in the northern Iowa town of Algona and one in the southwestern Iowa town of Clarinda. The program is at 6 p.m. Monday, March 24.

Furry Tales
Saturday, March 15, 11 a.m.
Visit the library to sign up for a 10-minute slot to read a favorite story to therapy dog Remmy. Sharing stories is a fantastic way to practice reading skills and make a furry friend at the same time.

Free Advice for Your Device
Saturday, March 15, 2 p.m.
Bring your mobile device (smartphone, tablet or e-reader) to get advice and help installing the library’s apps for e-books, downloadable audiobooks and e-magazines. The class 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 your App Store on your device. Pre-register.

Pizza and Pages Teen Book Discussion
Monday, March 31, 4 p.m.
Come to the library to eat some pizza and discuss the fantasy thriller “The Red Pyramid” by Rick Riordan with other sixth through 12th graders. You can find copies of the book and sign up for this program at the information desk.

Afternoon Book Discussion
Monday, April 7, 1 p.m.
We will discuss “The Homecoming of Samuel Lake” by Jenny Wingfield. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

Monday, April 7, 4 p.m.
Teens can 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.

Evening Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.
We will discuss “The House Girl” by Tara Conklin. Copies of the book will be available at the information desk.

Sesame Street at the library
Friday, April 11, 4 p.m.
Meet one of your favorite Sesame Street characters. There will be a story and a chance to get a picture with the character.

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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