Adult Programs

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October Programs

Tuesday Night Movie

Tuesday, October 28th at 6:00 pm in the ICN Room
You won’t want to miss this month’s movie…a 1994 drama based on a Stephen King short story that is considered to be one of the best movies of all time.  The movie is about two imprisoned men who bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency (R/142 min.). The Tuesday Night Movie is for age 17 & up only.

Author Visit – Linda McCann

ProhibitionCoverWednesday, October 29th at 6:00 pm in Meeting Room A
Guest speaker and author Linda Betsinger McCann will share how Prohibition, the thirteen-year period in U.S. history that attempted to control the drinking of alcohol, affected Eastern Iowa. From farmers who grew corn, to bootleggers who brought in liquor from Chicago, to visits from Al Capone, to a gun battle on a two-lane highway, Eastern Iowa saw it all.

Linda McCann is the author of several books about Iowa, including Lost Bremer County and Lost Black Hawk County. She is also president and founding member of the Shell Rock Historical Society. Join us at the library for an evening of stories with historical interest. Linda will also bring copies of her new book Prohibition in Eastern Iowa which she will sign for those who wish to purchase a copy.


November Programs

Getting Your Book Ready for Print

Saturday, November 8th at 10:00 am in Meeting Room A

Local author Chad Michael Cox will share information on how to get your book ready for print. He will talk about cover design, interior design, paper selection, book size, and printing-on-demand vs. traditional publishers.
Chad Michael Cox is an author and freelance writer proudly associated with local arts and culture organizations in Des Moines. He has over 23 years of writing experience including: web copy, newsletters, blogs, social media, and marketing materials. Chad recently released his first book, God of Another World: The Adow, in February.

Bugaboos with Pees & Poos: The Quickest, Simplest Way to Housetrain Your Dog or Fix Bad Potty HabitsDana Fedman

Thursday, November 13th at 6:00 pm in Meeting Room A

Does your dog “go” right in front of you? Or do you find her presents much later? Have you tried everything? Cut through all the conflicting information and old wives’ tales out there. Giant dogs, medium-size dogs, small dogs and even tiny dogs can learn to go where you want them to, even if they are no longer puppies! If your dog acts like the world is his toilet, come to this program to learn what you need to fix this behavior now. Presented by Dana Fedman, CPDT-KA, a dog trainer and dog behavior counselor since 1998. She is the owner of Pupstart Family Dog Training ( in Des Moines. She is a long-time professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and has served on the APDT’s Think Tank and Veterinarian Outreach Task Force. She has maintained her credential of “Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed” from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers since its inception in 2001. The CCPDT offers the only independent, international, standardized certification for animal training and behavior credentials.

The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles

Monday, November 17th at 7:00 pm in the ICN Room


Join Urbandale author/photographer Ty Smedes for a slide presentation and lecture which will reveal many incredible discoveries about Bald Eagles and how they go about their every-day lives here in Iowa! See eagles catching and eating fish while on the wing, photos which illustrate the plumage evolution of younger eagles, an eagle nest diary, eagles flying with icicles on their toes, eagles diving, catching fish, and much more. Learn how researchers track bald eagle movements, and where eagles come from that winter in Iowa. And listen to the many anecdotes about Iowa’s Bald Eagles. Ty’s presentation will also reveal many highlights of the 2nd edition printing of “The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles”, including updated nesting and wintering statistics, Bald Eagle rehabilitator updates, more than 70 new photos, and exciting new action sequences. The book will be available for sale and can be signed by the author. Many of the author’s framed prints will also be on display, and will celebrate Iowa’s plant, wildlife, and scenic beauty.