Author Heath Lee, coordinator of the History Series for Salisbury House and Gardens, will visit the Franklin Avenue Library at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3. She will discuss her book, “Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause,” which tells the story of the younger daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his second wife, Varina Howell Davis.
Winnie was born in June 1864, and her birth was hailed as a blessing by war-weary Southerners who saw her arrival as a good omen. Later christened the “Daughter of the Confederacy” in 1886 by a Southern culture trying to sublimate its war losses, Winnie became an icon of the Lost Cause, eclipsing even her father in popularity, but she wasn’t a particularly willing participant in that celebrity.
Harry Potter Party
Saturday, Nov. 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Attention all muggles! The first Harry Potter book came out more than 17 years ago, but the boy wizard is just as popular as ever. Come to the library from 1:30-2:30 p.m. for games, crafts and trivia related to Hogwarts and all things Harry Potter.
Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion
Monday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m.
We will discuss “The Ghost Bride” by Yansze Choo. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.
Monday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m.
Teens in sixth through 12th grades 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.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.
Stop by the library to sign up for a 10-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.
Franklin Evening Book Discussion
Monday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.
We will discuss “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. Copies of the book may be obtained at the information desk.
Veterans Day Closure
Tuesday, Nov. 11
All six locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Sneak Preview
Saturday, Nov. 15, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
See a sneak preview of the Des Moines Community Playhouse production of Barbara Robinson’s classic book “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Watch as poor Grace Bradley tries to control the wild and awful Herdman kids in time for the big performance. Come enjoy the performance and sign up to win free tickets to the play.