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  1. Dementia Friends Information Session

    December 7, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room B

    Join a growing movement of people like you who are helping fellow community members living with dementia.  This one-hour session is a discussion led by a Dementia Friends Champion. You’ll learn some basics of dementia such as what dementia is, what it’s like to live with the disease, and some tips for communicating with people who have dementia. Everyone who attends is asked to turn their new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone living in your community. The action can be as big or as small as you choose—every action counts! Limited space, registration encouraged. (Dementia Friends Informational Flyer) 

  2. Afterschool Fun: LEGO

    December 7, 2021, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Join us for fun in the youth area of the library. Drop in The first Tuesday of the month between 4:15 and 5:15 to enjoy free building at your own pace, or complete a challenge! Target Age: Families (anyone under age 10 must be supervised by an adult)  Located in the Youth Area, no registration required. 

  3. Family Storytime

    December 7, 2021, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Join us for interactive stories, singing, rhyming, and more educational FUN! Caregivers should plan on attending and helping little ones to engage, feel comfortable, and enjoy early literacy.  Target age: 2-6 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 - 7:00 PM. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be limited, with slots given first to those registered. )

  4. Music and Movement

    December 8, 2021, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Get your groove on and strengthen early literacy skills at the same time! We’ll read one book, but also do plenty of stretching, singing, dancing, rhyming, jumping, and even instrument play. You’ll have a blast helping your little one rock out.  Target age: 18 months -7 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30 - 10:15 AM and 10:30 - 11:15 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  5. Music and Movement

    December 8, 2021, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Get your groove on and strengthen early literacy skills at the same time! We’ll read one book, but also do plenty of stretching, singing, dancing, rhyming, jumping, and even instrument play. You’ll have a blast helping your little one rock out. Target age: 18 months -7 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30 - 10:15 AM and 10:30 - 11:15 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.)Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart. 

  6. The Social Dilemma: Film Screening & Discussion

    December 8, 2021, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room B

    Did you know that Human Rights Day is December 10? Join us for a film screening of "The Social Dilemma" and stick around after the film for a discussion about the human rights risks big tech presents and more.The Social Dilemma (PG-13, 2020, 94 min) We tweet, we like, and we share- but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. 

  7. Baby Bounce

    December 9, 2021, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Baby and caregiver will enjoy bouncing, singing, shaking, and playing together! Experience / practice counting, rhythm, body part identification, animal sounds, sensory stimulation, fine and gross motor skills, and more! We'll have 20-25 minutes of interactive programming, followed by an unstructured playtime where children and caregivers can play together and / or interact with peers. Target Age: 0-24 months, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday and Thursday of the month, 9:00 - 9:45 AM. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  8. Toddler Time

    December 9, 2021, 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    This short-attention span story time is perfect for toddlers. We'll share shorter books, rhymes, and music with the understanding that sitting still is tricky sometimes. Caregivers should plan on attending and helping little ones to engage, feel comfortable, and enjoy early literacy! We'll have 20-25 minutes of interactive programming, followed by an unstructured playtime where children and caregivers can play together and / or interact with peers.Target Age: 2-3 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday and Thursday of the month, 9:50 - 10:35 AM with an additional time on Thursday, 10:45 - 11:35 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  9. Toddler Time

    December 9, 2021, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    This short-attention span story time is perfect for toddlers. We'll share shorter books, rhymes, and music with the understanding that sitting still is tricky sometimes. Caregivers should plan on attending and helping little ones to engage, feel comfortable, and enjoy early literacy! We'll have 20-25 minutes of interactive programming, followed by an unstructured playtime where children and caregivers can play together and / or interact with peers.Target Age: 2-3 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday and Thursday of the month, 9:50 - 10:35 AM with an additional time on Thursday, 10:45 - 11:35 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  10. Tween & Teen DIY Gifts

    December 9, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Learn how to make two different types of gifts. We’ll provide all of the supplies and the know-how for macramé key chains and bracelets, plus duct-tape wallets and other duct-tape crafts. You’ll walk away with cool gifts to give (or keep)!  Ages 10-17 only. Registration strongly encouraged. 

  11. Friday Flicks: In the Good Old Summertime

    December 10, 2021, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at ICN Room

    Stop by the Library for a free movie for adults. December is National Write a Friend Month! Registration encouraged. In the Good Old Summertime (PG, 1949, 102 minutes) Two clerks in a turn-of-the-20th-century Chicago sheet-music store are intensely antagonistic toward each other, but unbeknownst to the two, they actually are getting very chummy as pen pals. A musical remake of "The Shop Around the Corner" in 1940, and later updated and reworked as "You've Got Mail" in 1998. 

  12. Adult DIY: Holiday Greenery with Iowa Outdoor Products

    December 11, 2021, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Natalie with Iowa Outdoor Products will show us how to create a holiday porch pot to enjoy for the winter season. (Weather permitting) We will meet in the library lobby at 12:30 to take the trail to our location or you can join us at 3200 86th Street at 1 p.m. Supplies are provided by the library with the option to purchase extras from Iowa Outdoors. Each participant will receive a basic pot and greenery. 

  13. Baby Bounce

    December 13, 2021, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Baby and caregiver will enjoy bouncing, singing, shaking, and playing together! Experience / practice counting, rhythm, body part identification, animal sounds, sensory stimulation, fine and gross motor skills, and more! We'll have 20-25 minutes of interactive programming, followed by an unstructured playtime where children and caregivers can play together and / or interact with peers. Target Age: 0-24 months, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday and Thursday of the month, 9:00 - 9:45 AM. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  14. Toddler Time

    December 13, 2021, 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    This short-attention span story time is perfect for toddlers. We'll share shorter books, rhymes, and music with the understanding that sitting still is tricky sometimes. Caregivers should plan on attending and helping little ones to engage, feel comfortable, and enjoy early literacy! We'll have 20-25 minutes of interactive programming, followed by an unstructured playtime where children and caregivers can play together and / or interact with peers.Target Age: 2-3 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday and Thursday of the month, 9:50 - 10:35 AM with an additional time on Thursday, 10:45 - 11:35 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  15. Preschool Storytime

    December 13, 2021, 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Join us for fun and interactive stories, singing, rhyming and more educational FUN! Caregivers should plan on attending and helping little ones to engage, feel comfortable, and enjoy early literacy.  Target Age: 3-6 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday of the month, 10:45 - 11:15 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  16. Urbandale Public Library Foundation Board Meeting

    December 13, 2021, 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A

  17. Urbandale Public Library Board of Trustees

    December 13, 2021, 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A

  18. Afterschool Fun: Get Crafty

    December 14, 2021, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Join us for a new craft in the youth area of the library every second Tuesday of the month. Drop in between 4:15 and 5:15 to get crafty! This month, make a paper snowman that you decorate with a personalized hat, scarf, and carrot nose! Target Age: 5 years old and up (anyone under age 10 must be supervised by an adult)  Located in the Youth Area, no registration required. 

  19. Go Green for the Holidays with Metro Waste Authority & Urbandale Public Works

    December 14, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Metro Waste Authority and Urbandale Public Works will share tips to help you have a greener holiday! There will be plenty of time for Q&A to identify what can and can't be recycled, from gift wrap to propane tanks. 

  20. Family Storytime

    December 14, 2021, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Join us for interactive stories, singing, rhyming, and more educational FUN! Caregivers should plan on attending and helping little ones to engage, feel comfortable, and enjoy early literacy.  Target age: 2-6 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 - 7:00 PM. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be limited, with slots given first to those registered. )

  21. Music and Movement

    December 15, 2021, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Get your groove on and strengthen early literacy skills at the same time! We’ll read one book, but also do plenty of stretching, singing, dancing, rhyming, jumping, and even instrument play. You’ll have a blast helping your little one rock out.  Target age: 18 months -7 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30 - 10:15 AM and 10:30 - 11:15 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  22. Music and Movement

    December 15, 2021, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Get your groove on and strengthen early literacy skills at the same time! We’ll read one book, but also do plenty of stretching, singing, dancing, rhyming, jumping, and even instrument play. You’ll have a blast helping your little one rock out. Target age: 18 months -7 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30 - 10:15 AM and 10:30 - 11:15 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.)Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart. 

  23. Winter Book Chat

    December 15, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Join us for hot beverages and ice breakers! We’ll share our favorite books we’ve read this past year and get a first look at changes to Library book clubs in 2022. 

  24. Baby Bounce

    December 16, 2021, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Baby and caregiver will enjoy bouncing, singing, shaking, and playing together! Experience / practice counting, rhythm, body part identification, animal sounds, sensory stimulation, fine and gross motor skills, and more! We'll have 20-25 minutes of interactive programming, followed by an unstructured playtime where children and caregivers can play together and / or interact with peers. Target Age: 0-24 months, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday and Thursday of the month, 9:00 - 9:45 AM. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  25. Toddler Time

    December 16, 2021, 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    This short-attention span story time is perfect for toddlers. We'll share shorter books, rhymes, and music with the understanding that sitting still is tricky sometimes. Caregivers should plan on attending and helping little ones to engage, feel comfortable, and enjoy early literacy! We'll have 20-25 minutes of interactive programming, followed by an unstructured playtime where children and caregivers can play together and / or interact with peers.Target Age: 2-3 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday and Thursday of the month, 9:50 - 10:35 AM with an additional time on Thursday, 10:45 - 11:35 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  26. Toddler Time

    December 16, 2021, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    This short-attention span story time is perfect for toddlers. We'll share shorter books, rhymes, and music with the understanding that sitting still is tricky sometimes. Caregivers should plan on attending and helping little ones to engage, feel comfortable, and enjoy early literacy! We'll have 20-25 minutes of interactive programming, followed by an unstructured playtime where children and caregivers can play together and / or interact with peers.Target Age: 2-3 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday and Thursday of the month, 9:50 - 10:35 AM with an additional time on Thursday, 10:45 - 11:35 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  27. 3rd Thursday at Hoover's: The 1929 Christmas Eve White House Fire

    December 16, 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/5416383930685/WN_Hp-QbgwMREW_0y9T5pV0jg This will be the first replay of a 3rd Thursday program. It was very well attended in 2020 with multiple views. Now, with more participating libraries than ever, we offer it again to a new audience. “The 1929 Christmas Eve White House Fire”  presented by Hoover archivist, Craig Wright. Smoke was noticed by a White House telephone operator who sounded the alarm. The fire was thought to be contained when the first engines arrived. But flames suddenly appeared in areas outside of the fire zone. In the end, it became a four-alarm fire with dozens of engines and ladder companies working to extinguish the inferno. Although most of President Hoover’s important papers were saved, the Executive offices were destroyed. A number of miscellaneous documents littered the White House lawn in the aftermath. Despite the commotion, Mrs. Hoover continued a party for the children of their good friends in the main portion of the White House which was unaffected by the fire. The Urbandale Public Library is pleased to continue our partnership with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum for the monthly 3rd Thursday at Hoover's live webinar series. 

  28. Family Painting Night

    December 16, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Our Youth Services Assistant Carisa will lead us through painting a masterpiece! The whole family can learn techniques and tips to create your own moonlight winter landscape with acrylic paint.  Target Age: Families (This program is aimed at ages 6+ but younger siblings may absolutely come to free paint or color alongside their family.) Limited Space, Registration Required. 

  29. Storytime Explorers

    December 17, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    At this longer storytime we’ll dive into a topic and explore the fascinating world around us using a combination of nonfiction and fiction books. Each storytime will include reading, discussion, one craft, and one science activity.  Target age: 4-8 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 10:00 – 11:00 AM and 1:00 – 2:00 PM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 30, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) 

  30. Friday Flicks: You've Got Mail

    December 17, 2021, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at ICN Room

    Stop by the Library for a free movie for adults. December is National Write a Friend Month! Registration encouraged. You've Got Mail (PG, 1998, 116 minutes) Book superstore magnate, Joe Fox and independent book shop owner, Kathleen Kelly unwittingly become e-mail pen pals, both blissfully unaware that he's trying to put her out of business. A remake of the classic, "The Shop Around the Corner" in 1940, and subsequent musical adaption "In the Good Old Summertime" in 1949. 

  31. Baby Bounce

    December 18, 2021, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Baby and caregiver will enjoy bouncing, singing, shaking, and playing together! Experience / practice counting, rhythm, body part identification, animal sounds, sensory stimulation, fine and gross motor skills, and more! We'll have 20-25 minutes of interactive programming, followed by an unstructured playtime where children and caregivers can play together and / or interact with peers. Target Age: 0-24 months, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Monday and Thursday of the month, 9:00 - 9:45 AM. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  32. Family Storytime

    December 18, 2021, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Join us for interactive stories, singing, rhyming, and more educational FUN! Caregivers should plan on attending and helping little ones to engage, feel comfortable, and enjoy early literacy. Target age: 2-6 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 - 7:00 PM. 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM. (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be limited, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) Please note: With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  33. Afterschool Fun: STEM

    December 21, 2021, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Story Room

    Join us for fun in the youth area of the library. Drop in on the third Tuesday of the month between 4:15 and 5:15 to enjoy a science, technology, engineering or math activity. This month, we challenge you to make a parachute to help a gingerbread man or woman escape! Target Age: 5 years old and up (anyone under age 10 must be supervised by an adult)  Located in the Youth Area, no registration required. 

  34. Teen Advocacy 101

    December 22, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A

    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 only

  35. Under Construction Drop-In

    December 28, 2021, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Stop by and stack up! We will provide different kinds of materials for you to enjoy stacking and building with like blocks, cups, cardboard tubes, boxes, and more. You move around to different stations at your own pace and build creatively.  Please note: Some stations may include tape as a building material, but the goal is to enjoy the process of building and then let others use the supplies, not to make a product to take home. No registration.

  36. Family Game Day

    December 28, 2021, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Drop by Meeting Room A/B to make new friends and or spend some quality time with family playing board games! We will provide a variety of games, some classic and perhaps a few new ones that may become your favorites.  Target Age: 5 and up (anyone under age 10 must be supervised by an adult), siblings welcome. Registration strongly encouraged.

  37. Music and Movement

    December 29, 2021, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Get your groove on and strengthen early literacy skills at the same time! We’ll read one book, but also do plenty of stretching, singing, dancing, rhyming, jumping, and even instrument play. You’ll have a blast helping your little one rock out.  Target age: 18 months -7 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  38. Music and Movement

    December 29, 2021, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Get your groove on and strengthen early literacy skills at the same time! We’ll read one book, but also do plenty of stretching, singing, dancing, rhyming, jumping, and even instrument play. You’ll have a blast helping your little one rock out.  Target age: 18 months -7 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  39. Tween & Teen Breakout Room

    December 29, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Experience the “Breakout Room” phenomenon! Come with friends OR make new friends among your fellow escapees. Use creativity and tenacity to work together, think critically, and solve all the puzzles before the time runs out.  This program is open to teens and tweens ages 10-17 only, and registration is required. Choose the session that works best for you (both are the same puzzle): Ages 12-17 are encouraged to register for the 3:00 PM sessionAges 10-14 are encouraged to register for the 5:00 PM session 

  40. Tween & Teen Breakout Room

    December 29, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Experience the “Breakout Room” phenomenon! Come with friends OR make new friends among your fellow escapees. Use creativity and tenacity to work together, think critically, and solve all the puzzles before the time runs out.  This program is open to teens and tweens ages 10-17 only, and registration is required. Choose the session that works best for you (both are the same puzzle): Ages 12-17 are encouraged to register for the 3:00 PM sessionAges 10-14 are encouraged to register for the 5:00 PM session 

  41. Music and Movement

    December 30, 2021, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
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    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Get your groove on and strengthen early literacy skills at the same time! We’ll read one book, but also do plenty of stretching, singing, dancing, rhyming, jumping, and even instrument play. You’ll have a blast helping your little one rock out.  Target age: 18 months -7 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  42. Music and Movement

    December 30, 2021, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    @
    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Get your groove on and strengthen early literacy skills at the same time! We’ll read one book, but also do plenty of stretching, singing, dancing, rhyming, jumping, and even instrument play. You’ll have a blast helping your little one rock out.  Target age: 18 months -7 years old, with adult. Our age recommendations tell you the developmental level we plan for, but every child is different. Feel free to try them out and choose the story time(s) that feel right. Everyone is welcome! (Registration is strongly advised as attendance will be capped at 40, with slots given first to those registered. Please choose one time per week.) With health and safety in mind, this program will take place in our large meeting rooms, where we will make efforts to enable social distancing. We will provide family-sized mats for each family, spaced six feet apart.

  43. Animal Winter Survival with Polk County Conservation

    December 30, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Join a Polk County Conservation Naturalist as we learn what kind of unique strategies Iowa animals use to survive a harsh winter and shake off the cold. ** No live animals will be present.** Target Age: 5 years old and up (anyone under age 10 must be supervised by an adult) Registration strongly encouraged. 

  44. Craft Party Drop-in

    December 31, 2021, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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    Urbandale Public Library at Meeting Room A/B

    Tis the season to get crafty. Stop by Meeting Rooms A/B to make some winter and celebration themed crafts! We will have directions and supplies for several crafts, you choose the ones that are right for you.  Activities are self-led, while supplies last.  Target Age: Preschool and Up. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 

  45. Closing Early for New Year's Eve

    December 31, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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    Urbandale Public Library

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