Calendar

Apr
1
Wed
Storytime Together @ Johnston Public Library
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am

Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

Preschool Storytime @ Pleasant Hill Public Library
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am

Come for stories, songs, and a simple craft!

Apr
2
Thu
Bouncing Babies @ Johnston Public Library
Apr 2 @ 9:15 am

Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby’s foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

Preschool Storytime @ Pleasant Hill Public Library
Apr 2 @ 10:30 am

Come for stories, songs, and a simple craft!

Apr
3
Fri
Public Night @ Drake Municipal Observatory
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm

As always, the lectures begin at 8:00 pm and sky viewing (if clear) are open and free to all.

Drake Municipal Observatory

2020 Lecture Series

The term “20-20” is a synonym for having clear vision.  For the year 2020 the Drake Observatory lecture series will present a clear vision of our Solar System.  During the coming year we will follow the birth, formation, exploration and subsequent fanciful missions to the far reaches of our solar system including a stop at each of the planets, dwarf planets and some of the comets.

Spring: “On The Orion Spur” The formation of a solar system and its evolution.

Summer: “Taking A Closer Look” The actual investigation of our Solar System by probes.

Fall: “Potatoes On Mars / Tube Worms on Titan” Living environments on the other celestial bodies.

Spring Lecture Series

On The Orion Spur

March 20:    

Happy Birthday:   A 3rd Generation star that formed in some backwater subdivision of a medium sized galaxy with all the “right stuff” to make us.

March 27:    

Gravity Wells and Bathtubs:   A close look on how to construct a Solar System.

April 3:         

Spinning Globes of Glowing Goo:  Planets start off looking the same, but are quickly separated by their make-up.

April 10:       

A Fortuitous Hit: Weighing more than twice all the other planets combined there are times when being the bully is a good thing.

April 17:       

A Violent Childhood:   Growing up in a new neighborhood can be difficult.

April 24:       

Epochs Of Change:   The most consistent feature of our solar system is change. Change starts and ends with the Sun.

May 1:           

The Miracle Of Water:   Once believed to be only on the Earth, this complex molecule has been found everywhere.

May 8:           

Other Solar Systems:  It has been shown that virtually every star has a solar system. 

Apr
4
Sat
Public Tour @ The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am

THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE HALL OF LAUREATES tells a story in every room – from the building’s rich history as the Des Moines public library, to the Foundation’s celebrated agricultural and humanitarian pioneers there is something for every visitor.

Built in 1903, this century-old building has been restored into a museum that celebrates those who have dedicated their lives to fighting hunger around the world. The Hall of Laureates is a beautiful space of learning and collaboration, and we welcome you to visit.

The Hall is open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Admission is free of charge, and visitors have the opportunity to take a guided tour or explore the building on their own. Private and group tours are also available.

Tuesdays:
Guided tours at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early

Saturdays:
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
There are no guided tours on Saturdays. Docents are stationed in the building to provide information and education.

The Hall of Laureates is closed during all federal holiday weekends, including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving week and Christmas. The Hall of Laureates is also closed during World Food Prize Week.

Tail Waggin’ Readers @ Grimes Public Library
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am

Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog! Students in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade may sign up for a 20 minute time slot to read to a therapy dog partner. Please call the library to register for an available time!

Geocache Egg Hunt @ Jester Park Nature Center
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm

Come enjoy a new type of egg hunt using technology. Learn how to use GPS and go search the park nests of hidden eggs. Be sure to keep an eye out for the “golden egg” for a special prize!

REGISTRATION: https://bit.ly/2XqLLrj

DEADLINE: Register by Wednesday, April 1

COST: $5 per child

AGES: 3-14 years

Apr
5
Sun
Critter Club @ Jester Park Nature Center
Apr 5 @ 1:00 pm

Come visit Jester Park Nature Center’s resident turtles, snakes, and salamanders to learn about these misunderstood animals. You may even get to touch a turtle or snake. This is an open house program, come anytime between 1:30-3.

REGISTRATION: None

COST: None

AGES: All ages welcome

Public Night @ Ashton Observatory
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm

Dark skies and the Milky Way reign over Ashton Observatory every clear night, waiting for us all to seek them out. From April through October members of the Des Moines Astronomical Society open Ashton Observatory to the public each Saturday evening. We are delighted to share the majesty of the night sky with you!

The first Saturday of each month is pure stargazing. The other Saturdays of each month offer a classroom program from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., followed by stargazing after that.

All Ashton Public Nights are free admission.  Your free-will donations will help keep Ashton Observatory open.

 

Pleas Note: Saturday Public Nights stop during July, mainly due to late sunset times – full darkness doesn’t begin until after 10:00 pm. If sky conditions are good, some DMAS members might be present on July Saturdays, but no regular programs will be provided.

 

Apr
6
Mon
Storytime Together @ Johnston Public Library
Apr 6 @ 9:30 am

Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

¡Los Cuentos! Bilingual Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am

Ages 5 and younger (with an adult, siblings welcome)

Early exposure to multiple languages is beneficial to developing brains and early literacy. Native and non-native Spanish speaking children will enjoy this 30-minute story time which uses both English and Spanish to present books, rhymes and songs along with puppets, finger plays, and bubble fun.

Drop in program. No registration required.

Storytime Together @ Johnston Public Library
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am

Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

Baby Bear Lap Time @ Clive Public Library
Apr 6 @ 10:30 am

Ages newborn – early walkers (with an adult)

This is a bonding time for you and your infant that models beginning literacy skills with the use of board books, puppets, finger plays, nursery rhymes, singing, and tips to take home. An open play and social time follows. Feel free to come even if baby believes it’s naptime.

Drop-in program. No registration  required.

Apr
7
Tue
Public Tour @ The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am

THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE HALL OF LAUREATES tells a story in every room – from the building’s rich history as the Des Moines public library, to the Foundation’s celebrated agricultural and humanitarian pioneers there is something for every visitor.

Built in 1903, this century-old building has been restored into a museum that celebrates those who have dedicated their lives to fighting hunger around the world. The Hall of Laureates is a beautiful space of learning and collaboration, and we welcome you to visit.

The Hall is open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Admission is free of charge, and visitors have the opportunity to take a guided tour or explore the building on their own. Private and group tours are also available.

Tuesdays:
Guided tours at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early

Saturdays:
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
There are no guided tours on Saturdays. Docents are stationed in the building to provide information and education.

The Hall of Laureates is closed during all federal holiday weekends, including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving week and Christmas. The Hall of Laureates is also closed during World Food Prize Week.

Press Play! @ Johnston Public Library
Apr 7 @ 9:30 am

Come and play with your child. Each week we will offer different types of play prompts, sensory bins, & books to share. Press Play! is geared towards kids 18 months-4 years. No registration is necessary.

Toddler Storytime @ Pleasant Hill Public Library
Apr 7 @ 10:30 am

Come for stories, songs, and then stay for toddler time!

Toddlers Wiggle @ Indianola Public Library
Apr 7 @ 10:30 am

Stories, rhymes, and music — and plenty of wiggle time! Join us for 30 minutes of fun for toddlers and their caregivers. Ages 18-36 months, with an adult.

Apr
8
Wed
Drop-in Family Storytime @ West Des Moines Public Library
Apr 8 @ 9:30 am

Build a lifetime love of books and reading. Join us as we share stories, songs, and interactive rhymes with an early literacy focus. For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration.

Storytime Together @ Johnston Public Library
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am

Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.