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  1. Fantastic Friday Craft Kits-to-Go!

    March 5, 2021, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Each Friday in March we will provide a different fun, hands-on, craft project or activity to take home and enjoy! Target Age: Preschool and upAvailable to grab in the Children’s Section of the library during Grab 'n Go hours (click here for current service hours), while supplies last.  Please note: These are Craft ‘Kits-to-Go’ and take home because we do not have seating and space for doing crafts in the library at this time. We ask that you do not take more than one craft kit per child in your household each week. 

  2. Zoom Storytime

    March 8, 2021, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Share a story with Miss Jacque! This interactive storytime will give us a chance to see our friends, talk together, and read a few stories.   Recommended for ages 2-6, siblings welcome!This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  3. Meet the Artist: Debra Garner

    March 8, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Watercolor artist Debra Garner will take us on a virtual tour of her exhibit "Watercolor Art Play" in the Library's Art Gallery on display through March 14. You can visit the Art Gallery during our daily public access computer hours.To learn more about the Urbandale Public Library Art Gallery and upcoming exhibits, please visit the Art Gallery's website and subscribe to the email list.This program will be presented online via Zoom. A participation link will be sent to registered attendees before the program.

  4. Booked for Dinner Book Club

    March 9, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Booked for Dinner Book Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM. This month's discussion title is Well Behaved Indian Women by Saumys Dave. Event hosted remotely via WebEx:Meeting Link: https://cityofurbandale.webex.com/cityofurbandale/j.php?MTID=m94dacfa51f059aa6f511634fe43bb14fMeeting number (access code): 146 597 4685 Meeting password: PAg49SSsBb5ORJoin by phone+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll

  5. Rise & Shine

    March 10, 2021, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Join Miss Jacque for music, movement, and FUN! We’ll do about 30 minutes of singing, dancing, rhyming, and chanting, with a story for cool-down time. Recommended for ages 2-7, siblings welcome! This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  6. Fantastic Friday Craft Kits-to-Go!

    March 12, 2021, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Each Friday in March we will provide a different fun, hands-on, craft project or activity to take home and enjoy! Target Age: Preschool and upAvailable to grab in the Children’s Section of the library during Grab 'n Go hours (click here for current service hours), while supplies last.  Please note: These are Craft ‘Kits-to-Go’ and take home because we do not have seating and space for doing crafts in the library at this time. We ask that you do not take more than one craft kit per child in your household each week. 

  7. Zoom Storytime

    March 15, 2021, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Share a story with Miss Jacque! This interactive storytime will give us a chance to see our friends, talk together, and read a few stories.   Recommended for ages 2-6, siblings welcome!This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  8. Virtual Zoo to You: African Animals

    March 15, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Join us for a virtual visit to the African Loop of the Blank Park Zoo! We’ll visit animals including giraffes and rhinos in their winter homes, and may even be able to see Raza, the new giraffe calf born in January! Questions? Email jstolz@urbandale.org.  Target Audience: Families  This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  9. Teen Battle of the Brains: Statewide Smackdown

    March 15, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Join us for the third Teen Battle of the Brains: Statewide Smackdown! Show off your smarts and compete, via Zoom, against teens from other libraries in Iowa! There will be five rounds of questions on topics ranging from pop culture to more serious studies, crafted with teens in mind. Don’t hide that big brain! Your hobby, fandom, or celebrity crush might just give your team the edge. Age requirement: 12-18 If possible, please plan to join the meeting 5 minutes early so that the battle may (promptly) begin. Questions? Email jstolz@urbandale.org.  This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event.

  10. Elementary School Storytime with Iowa Author Jill Esbaum

    March 16, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Do you like reading, and making up your own stories? Come meet prolific Iowa author Jill Esbaum! She’ll read us one of her many published picture books, a story about a loyal lost pup.  Then Jill will talk with us and answer questions about writing a picture book, or doing research on animals for one of her amazing nonfiction books, published by National Geographic!  Target audience: 5-8, siblings welcome! This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  11. Snake Science with Dallas County Conservation

    March 16, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Join us for a highly interactive workshop about snakes, taught by Iowa author and Dallas County Naturalist, Cindy Blobaum. She literally wrote the book on snakes!  The program will include information about central Iowa snakes and snakes all over the world, three hands-on activities, Q & A, and a “visit” from a live education snake!  Age Requirement: 7-12. Siblings are welcome to observe, but our presenter has specifically noted that this program is best suited for those in 2nd grade and up. Please note: One of the three activities in this program includes some actions that need an extra hand, so it will help if a sibling or parent is nearby. Also, to fully participate, you will need to gather some common household supplies, such as a metal baking rack, rubber bands, string, and a balloon. A full supply list will be sent upon sign up. Please feel free to reach out to jstolz@urbandale.org if you have questions! This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household. 

  12. Virtual Recipe Swap

    March 16, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Are you looking for new inspiration to add to your recipe box?  Would you love to share some of your tried-and-true dinner recipes?  Join our interactive recipe exchange where we can all share easy, healthy dinner recipes and a few time-saving tips to ease your time in the kitchen. To participate, find a dinner recipe to share.  We're focusing on timesaving, easy, healthy recipes such as :one pot, one pan, one baking sheet, instant pot, or crockpot recipe30-minute or 5-10 ingredient meals - keep it simple!Whole30 based, if possible, or at least no added sugarsBonus:  Share two recipes if some of your ingredients overlap and would make it easy for planning and shopping. Send your recipe by March 13 via email to lsauser@urbandale.org. Use "Recipe Swap" in the subject line and attach a Word document, website link, or just type the recipe in the body of your email.  We'll compile the recipes to share with attendees at the program. Be sure to test your recipe in advance and come to the program willing to share your feedback.  Our host from Natural Grocers will prepare some recipes to share that evening, along with tips to save you time and money!

  13. Rise & Shine

    March 17, 2021, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Join Miss Jacque for music, movement, and FUN! We’ll do about 30 minutes of singing, dancing, rhyming, and chanting, with a story for cool-down time. Recommended for ages 2-7, siblings welcome! This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  14. On the Same Page Book Club

    March 17, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    On the Same Page Book Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 12:00 PM. This month's discussion title is Little Faith by Nickolas Butler. Event hosted remotely via WebEx:Meeting Link: https://cityofurbandale.webex.com/cityofurbandale/j.php?MTID=mf979c38e264ca75031c16f7d9d08c5a0Meeting number (access code): 146 533 1761 Meeting password: pcHVpVKc977ORJoin by phone+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll

  15. Amazing Magic Workshop with Jonathan May

    March 17, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Break out of the winter and pandemic "funk" with magic! Talented Midwestern Magician Jonathan May will teach magic tricks from his new book "Amazing Magic with Jonathan May" along with other audience favorites. Don’t miss it! Target Ages: 6-18, families   This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  16. Teen Advocacy 101: Make a Difference!

    March 18, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Have you ever wanted to change the world, but didn’t know how to do it? Learn how to engage with elected officials on important issues. Understand how the processes work in government, and how to advocate for policy that matters to you!  This workshop is taught by Joseph Jones, Executive Director for The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement and Windsor Heights city council member. We’ll also learn about Joseph’s previous jobs in Washington D.C. as Legislative Assistant to Senator Tom Harkin, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Iowa Finance Authority; and as Senior Communications Specialist for Governor Vilsack’s administration.  Age Requirement: 12-18 This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  17. A Woman of Achievement: Stories from the Life of Lou Henry Hoover

    March 18, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    TO REGISTER FOR THIS ONLINE EVENT, CLICK THE LINK BELOW:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8416123018395/WN_6sU1Z5BSQ1axTsk8jlpbywThe Urbandale Public Library is pleased to continue our partnership with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum for the monthly 3rd Thursday at the Hoover's live webinar series!  Author and historian Annette Dunlap presents: ‘A Woman of Achievement: Stories from the Life of Lou Henry Hoover’  In World War I, Lou Henry Hoover helped start a hospital for wounded British soldiers. She was instrumental in establishing sewing factories to employ women whose men had gone off to war. In the early 1920s, she oversaw the nearly exponential growth of the Girl Scouts. As the nation’s first lady, Lou worked privately to find employment opportunities for individuals and hurting communities, while at the same time raising Americans’ awareness of the historical value of the White House and the importance of the arts. In her post-White House years, Lou continued to use her organizational and philanthropic skills to create new educational opportunities for students and cultural opportunities for her beloved Stanford community. Come learn about the achievements of a first lady whose legacy has been largely forgotten, but whose impact can still be felt today. About the Speaker- Annette DunlapWhen people ask me why I wrote a biography, I tell them it was on my "bucket list." Ever since I was a schoolgirl, I have enjoyed reading about other people's lives, and I determined that one day a book of mine would be in the biography section of the library," Dunlap said. "The decision to write about Frances Cleveland was made during my years as a marketing professor at a small, liberal arts college in North Carolina. The advertising textbook discussed the advent of mass marketing and mentioned that a very attractive first lady's image was used, without her permission, to market a wide variety of products." "That first lady was Frances Folsom Cleveland. I did a little background reading and learned that she was our nation's youngest first lady, that her wedding took place in the White House, and that there was a 27 year age difference between her and her husband, Grover Cleveland. Such is the stuff of novels, but as is often the case, the facts may be more believable than if an author had used the same characters in a work of fiction."

  18. Pajama Party Storytime with Special Guest Officer Holly

    March 18, 2021, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Put on your PJs and grab your favorite stuffed animal, because it’s evening storytime with Miss Jacque! For an extra special Spring Break treat, Officer Holly Pickett will join us to read some of her favorite stories!  Recommended for ages 2-7, siblings welcome! This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  19. Combustion! with the Grout Museum

    March 19, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Fire is a chemical reaction that scientists call combustion! Be amazed by this explosive demonstration while watching astonishing effects like flash powder, flash paper and exploding hydrogen balloons. Fire safety is stressed throughout, and you’ll learn more about key STEM concepts including fire, oxygen, temperature, fuel and explosions.  Target Audience: Ages 6-14  This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  20. Active Adults - March Madness!

    March 19, 2021, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Urbandale Public Library

    This month's theme is March Madness. . . . we're combining a variety of topics into one fun-filled event!We're celebrating Women's History Month, the first day of spring, and more!  Join us as we share craft ideas, poetry, a bit of history, trivia, and other fun activities you can participate in from home. This program will be presented online via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address with your registration to receive the link for the meeting

  21. Fantastic Friday Craft Kits-to-Go!

    March 19, 2021, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Each Friday in March we will provide a different fun, hands-on, craft project or activity to take home and enjoy! Target Age: Preschool and upAvailable to grab in the Children’s Section of the library during Grab 'n Go hours (click here for current service hours), while supplies last.  Please note: These are Craft ‘Kits-to-Go’ and take home because we do not have seating and space for doing crafts in the library at this time. We ask that you do not take more than one craft kit per child in your household each week. 

  22. Zoom Storytime

    March 22, 2021, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Share a story with Miss Jacque! This interactive storytime will give us a chance to see our friends, talk together, and read a few stories.   Recommended for ages 2-6, siblings welcome!This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  23. Urbandale Public Library Foundation Board Meeting

    March 22, 2021, 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM @ Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

  24. Urbandale Public Library Board of Trustees

    March 22, 2021, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

  25. Rise & Shine

    March 24, 2021, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Join Miss Jacque for music, movement, and FUN! We’ll do about 30 minutes of singing, dancing, rhyming, and chanting, with a story for cool-down time. Recommended for ages 2-7, siblings welcome! This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  26. Brown Bag Book Club

    March 25, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Brown Bag Book Club meets on the last Tuesday and/or Thursday of each month at 12:00 Noon. This month's discussion title is The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames. Event hosted remotely via WebEx:Meeting Link: https://cityofurbandale.webex.com/cityofurbandale/j.php?MTID=mf28b46567b4a868268b7376c9cf7f014Meeting number (access code): 146 617 4523 Meeting password: vcJSJmyE554ORJoin by phone+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll

  27. First Lady of the Farm

    March 25, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Farm Women as Global Citizens: Post-WWII Authority of the “First Lady of the Farm” This presentation draws upon the lifework of Ruth Buxton Sayre, known during her lifetime as “First Lady of the Farm.” An Iowa native, Sayre was appointed to President Eisenhower’s agricultural policy committee and served as the president of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), among many civic roles. Through her work, Sayre sought to redefine the accepted characterization of women on farms.  About the Presenter:Dr. Abby Dubisar is an Associate Professor at Iowa State University in Ames. She earned her PhD at Miami University of Ohio, where she wrote a dissertation about women peace activists’ rhetorical strategies. She earned her MA at Ohio State University and her BA at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and teaches courses in popular culture analysis, gender and communication, writing and rhetoric.This program is funded by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities and is free and open to the public. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call 515-331-6765 in advance.

  28. Fantastic Friday Craft Kits-to-Go!

    March 26, 2021, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Each Friday in March we will provide a different fun, hands-on, craft project or activity to take home and enjoy! Target Age: Preschool and upAvailable to grab in the Children’s Section of the library during Grab 'n Go hours (click here for current service hours), while supplies last.  Please note: These are Craft ‘Kits-to-Go’ and take home because we do not have seating and space for doing crafts in the library at this time. We ask that you do not take more than one craft kit per child in your household each week. 

  29. Superhero Family Bingo

    March 27, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    Want to play a game? Why not play with families all over Urbandale!  We’ll e-mail you a printable superhero themed bingo card, OR you can pick up a card outside the Library in the brochure box located near our book return starting Friday, March 5th. Then join us via zoom to play! Please feel free to reach out to jstolz@urbandale.org if you have questions! Target Audience: Ages 5-8, families This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household.

  30. Zoom Storytime

    March 29, 2021, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Share a story with Miss Jacque! This interactive storytime will give us a chance to see our friends, talk together, and read a few stories.   Recommended for ages 2-6, siblings welcome!This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!

  31. Lou Henry Hoover: A Life of Adventure

    March 29, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, CLICK THE LINK BELOW:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8216123023439/WN_wNEAyCMuQqStLfcf8BNkkg The Urbandale Public Library is pleased to continue our partnership with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum for this special event in honor of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover's birthday!  Leslie Hoover-Lauble, President Hoover's great-granddaughter, and Hoover Library Archives Technician Spencer Howard will share stories and photos illustrating the amazing life of Lou Henry Hoover from an independent girl, to scientist and world traveler, to First Lady.Attendees will be able to submit their questions for Leslie and Spencer through the event Q & A feature.

  32. Great Graphics Club

    March 30, 2021, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Urbandale Public Library

    If you can’t get enough of comics and graphic novels, then this is the club for you!  Each month, we will focus on a different comic book or graphic novel series for kids ages 8-12. We will also do a drawing exercise each time, and you can bring artwork to share if you’d like.  This month, please read at least one of the books from "The Bad Guys" series by Aaron Blabey. These books are popular, so if you can’t get one right away, make sure to place a hold! We ask that you check out one book from the series per family at this time, so more families can join in. Click this link for a list of books in the series found in our catalog. Questions or suggestions?  Email jstolz@urbandale.org.  Age Requirement: 8-12 This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household.

  33. Rise & Shine

    March 31, 2021, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Join Miss Jacque for music, movement, and FUN! We’ll do about 30 minutes of singing, dancing, rhyming, and chanting, with a story for cool-down time. Recommended for ages 2-7, siblings welcome! This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address when you register. We will email participants a link before the event. Please only register once per household!