Makerspace Mondays Are Back! Join us for September’s Pottery Workshop

Get your creative juices flowing and join your friends at the Library for an incredible night of relaxing pottery mastery. You will learn how to sculpt your very own clay pottery into works of art. Discover how to make designer mini pots, plant vases, owls, snake pots, and whatever else you can dream up in just one night!

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Date: September 13, 2021
Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
All Ages!
Online Registration

If you are not able to make it to our Pottery Workshop in person, no problem, we can mail an activity kit and email a video link for you to do at home.  Just complete the online registration form and choose “mail activity kit and video link”.

A special thanks to Pam Hide from “The Block” who has generously agreed to give our pottery treasures a firing glaze!

Please contact Denise Bean if you have any questions, or 515.452.1338

*This event is free and limited spots are available

TALES & TRAVELS RECAP of the Week – Fairy And Folk Tales

Our Youth Summer Reading program wrapped up the summer with a very busy week!

On Monday, we made the Air Dry Clay Rock Necklace and didn’t even have to mix together flour or cornstarch, believe it or not, it was already premixed and ready to go! We squished, our seashell into the clay, and marked the back with our fingerprint. Next, we enjoyed the sweet-scented air using Kool-Aid Paint, now what a great idea! We painted onto a tactile flower while Ellie read us a book.

On Wednesday, we turned tennis balls into talking friends at our Puppet Workshop with special guest Liz. We laughed so hard our sides hurt. Did you know that puppets know how to tell knock-knock Jokes? Thank you Liz, what a fantastic time we had together, we didn’t want it to end!

On Friday, Jack and the Beanstalk made a visit and we learned how to do magic tricks. Ellie taught us how to make dimes disappear and plates stick and float. Plus, we are growing a bean in our “Bean Tiberian.” Did you know the tallest beanstalk grew as tall as 43 feet high? That is tall! We ended our time together making our crunchy and scrumptious “Chocolate Chip Rice Crisps Clusters.”

Thank you Ellie for such a special summer, and all the producers that went into making this program a success! We made all kinds of cool and amazing STEM activities.  We learned from each other along the way. Most importantly, a HUGE thank you to all the children that came to the 27 events. Sending in your wonderful pictures was like icing on a cake. Be on the lookout, more is coming soon!

  Check out the Activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!  

A very special THANK YOU from Denise, Ellie and all your library friends!


Our Youth Summer Reading program had another busy week last week and more to come this week!

Monday, was full of unexpected surprises and this surprise was a bit of a scare. We shut our eyes and listen very carefully to the roar and loud stomping of actual dinosaurs. Did you know that the LARGEST dinosaur was called the Argentinosaurus and weighed 77 tons? A school bus weighs around 7 tons, now try and compare that, this dinosaur was HUGE! We had so much fun walking our dinosaurs across the desert and snacked on the sweet delicious cookies as we played the game, “Animal Cracker Sort.”  

On Wednesday, we put on our baker’s hat and mixed together; flour, salt, water, sugar, oil, and of course, the main ingredient “yeast,” This day was full of learning all about bread. What a delicious treat. Thank you for all the wonderful pictures that poured in sharing of all the scrumptious homemade bread made right in a Bag!

Friday, was a bit of a crazy time! Johnny Appleseed stopped by for a visit. We created a textured apple out of cardboard and beans. To top it off this day the right way, we experimented and made Apple Jelly Soap out of dish soap and Jell-O. Let’s just say, this activity may need a little ingredient measurement revising. We wrapped it all up with a tasty warm cup of Vanilla Cake in a Cup!

Check out the Activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!  

Last stop – FAIRY & FOLK TALES

August 2: Seashell Necklace, Scented Kool-Aid Paint
August 4: Special Guest Liz – Puppet Workshop!
August 6: Bean Tiberian, Paper Plate Magic, Magic Disappearing Dime Trick, Chocolate Chip Rice Crisps Clusters

Check out our Summer Reading Program page for more information!

Tales & Travels Summer Reading Program Recap of the Week – CONCEPTS

Our Youth Summer Reading program had another busy week! 

On Monday, who knew that you can make Jell-O into playdough. Believe it or not. At our Summer Reading Program, we mixed, measured, and took in a great big “whiff” of the fruity scent of Jell-O. It was a tempting snack until flour got mixed into the batch. We made Jell-O Playdough Fractions, then it was time to learn about fractions. Have you ever learned about fractions using scented playdough? What a blast! We finished up by poking and connecting fruit chews with a smile into 3-D geometric shapes.

On Wednesday, we blew and blew and blew, until we were almost blue in the face as we blew up our balloons to make, The Electric Butterfly Flutter STEM experiment. Did you know that friction will cause electrical charges, and if you rub a balloon on top of your hair, your hair will look messy because of all of the static? Oh, what fun!

Fridays, are always so much fun and music was at the top of our day. We played to the beat of the BOOMWHACKER and learned about vibrations. Ellie showed us how to create the Guitar and the Rubber Band with a Cup, Drums with Music Activities. For our FUN FRENZY FRIDAY, we made the Rainbow Stick Snack, and to top it all off, enjoyed storytime with Ashley.

Check out the Activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!  

This Week’s Stop – OUR WORLD

July 26Fossil Dinosaur Footprints, Animal Cracker Sort 

July 28:  Bread in a BAG! YUMMY! 

July 30:  Apple Jelly Soap, Johnny Appleseed Seed Art, Food Frenzy Friday Box -Vanilla Cupcake in a Cup!

Check out our Summer Reading Program page for more information!

Tales & Travels Summer Reading Program: This Week’s Stop is CONCEPTS

A new week has begun for our Youth Summer Reading program, it is all about concepts. For those that were out of town enjoying summer vacation or learning new skills last week, we sure did miss you. We look forward to catchin’ up with you this week!  Don’t forget to bring your Balloon Bowl to share with others.  If you did miss anything check out the activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!     

This Week’s Stop – CONCEPTS

July 19: Jell-O Playdough Fractions, Building Shapes with a Smile! 

July 21: The Electric Butterfly Flutter 

July 23: Guitar and the Rubber Band with a Cup, Drums and Making Music, Rainbow on a Stick! [Food Frenzy Friday Box]

Time is flying by, next week, we will have a guest named Laura DeCook talking with us about the Wooly Mammoth!

Tales & Travels Summer Reading Program – STORIES

Our Youth Summer Reading program has another busy week planned!  This week we are stopping in the neighborhood of STORIES; here is this week’s lineup!  

Wednesday, July 14:

  • Oatmeal Scented Goat Milk Soap
  • Fieldtrip:  Let’s get ready to meet the REAL Goat Lady herself!

Friday, July 16:

  • Paul and Bernadette’s Balloon Bowl
  • Cookies and Cream Popcorn

Check out our Summer Reading Program page for more information!

Check out the Activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!