KnowHow2GO: Put College in Your Future!
Interested in college but don't know where to begin? Then head to the Forest Avenue Library for fun, free college readiness programs. Students in grades
6 and up will love these fun, interactive programs with snacks and prizes, as well as opportunities to earn bigger prizes such as t-shirts, backpacks, flash drives, and lunch coolers.
Funded by a grant from the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN), the programs introduce middle school and high school students to a variety of library resources that can help you prepare for an education beyond high school. Resources include online homework help, practice ACT/SAT tests, and programs that help students and parents fill out financial aid forms -- all at no charge The special ICAN programs are sponsored by KnowHow2Go.org, a national campaign that targets economically disadvantaged and first-generation students who lack the support structure and information necessary to plan, apply and pay for college.
What Did the Mockingbird Mean to YOU?
Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird. - Atticus Finch
It's been fifty years since Harper Lee wrote those immortal words in her beloved novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. An instant bestseller, the book ranks today as one of the most beloved American novels of all time. A Pulitzer Prize winner, it has been translated into more than forty languages, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country.
Enter the contest! Join in the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird by entering a drawing to win a copy of Atticus, Scout, and Boo. September 1-September 30. One winner will be drawn at each of the library's
Share in the Experience! Wednesday, September 15 at 6:30 PM, Central Library: A panel of local leaders will share their experiences of reading To Kill A Mockingbird. Carol-Spaulding Kruse, English professor at Drake University will moderate. Panelists will include: James Autry, Barry J. Griswell, Judge Odell McGhee, Kittie Westin-Knauer, and National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling. Books will be available for sale at this event.
Discuss the Book!
Thursday, August 5, 1:00 PM, Franklin Avenue Library/MHM.
See the Movie! Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 PM, Central Library: Literacy in a Different Way presents a free showing of the Academy Award-winning movie, starring Gregory Peck.
Slide into Central Library for This Exhibit!
During the month of August, Iowa State University will offer a fascinating exhibit on computational technology-also known as slide rules! Pictures and text depict the role of the slide rule in various disciplines and classes at Iowa State University. The story of the Curtiss Wright women cadets at Iowa State University illustrates the slide rule as an essential computational technology for engineers in the 1940s. The slide rule was the main computational technology up to the mid-1970s. One panel shows the technology that displaced the slide rule. Can you guess what it is? The new technologies' impact on computational processes changed the way we work. In addition, library users will be able to pick up bibliographies on the history of computational technology, or on current trends, or on related children's fiction and non-fiction. This display was funded in part by a Humanities Iowa Grant and by Iowa State University Library.
How's Your Car Running?
If you do your own auto repairs or love to know how cars run, be sure to check out a new database called MOTORT/Alldataź that provides easy access to a vast library of repair information as well as detailed diagrams covering engine-specific models. Stop by the East Side Library to learn more. Here's a short list of the many things you can find:
. Wiring diagrams
. Component locations
. Technical service bulletins
. Diagnostic & test procedures
. Vehicle-specific maintenance schedules
. Service precautions
Top Ten Lists
Ever wonder what teens in Des Moines are reading? Our librarians compile several top ten lists at the end of each fiscal year. Here's a quick look at the past year's top titles:
- 1. Eclipse,
2. Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer
3. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
4. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer
5. One Piece, Eiichiro Oda
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K Rowling
7. The Host: A Novel, Stephenie Meyer
8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K Rowling
9. Full Moon O Sagashite, Ariana Tanemura
10. The Wallflower, Tomoko Hayakawa Teens
1. Marley and Me
2. Gran Torino
3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
4. Slumdog Millionaire
7. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
8. Hannah Montana: The Movie
9. He's Just Not That Into You
10. The Reader