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June 2024

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12:00 am - 11:55 pm CDT

Display your artistic talents in our Tiny Art Show! Register to receive a tiny art kit and create your masterpiece to be displayed in our August Art Gallery exhibit. Each kit includes a 4”x4” mini stretched canvas, a paintbrush, and an acrylic paint set. Return your completed piece to the Library by July 22 to be part of the show!

You may use materials that weren’t provided, but your artwork cannot be larger than 4”x4” and must be able to hang on one of our gallery hooks.

Open to patrons 14+ years old.

Packs may be picked up during regular library hours between June 20-22. If needed, an alternate pickup date can be arranged. The Library reserves the right to exclude any works. Artists can pick up their artwork on September 4. Any artwork not picked up by October 4 will be discarded.

Registration required. By registering to receive a paint kit, you’re also committing to participate in the Tiny Art Show. Please do not sign up for a kit unless you intend to exhibit your work.


10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

Need help getting started on your Tiny Art Show masterpiece? New to acrylic painting? In this class, artist Amanda Arthur-Struss will teach you the basics of acrylic painting: the color wheel, paint mixing, brush types, and painting techniques. Plus, Amanda will answer any acrylic painting questions and offer suggestions for those working on their art show pieces. Don’t forget to bring along your Tiny Art Show Paint Kit materials!

This is an Adult event. Please see our Events Calendar for Kids and Teens events.

Registration Required.


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

Join Diana Helmuth, author of "How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking," for an afternoon of hard-won hiking tips, tricks, and humor in this live Zoom talk. Whether you’re a casual walker, burgeoning hiker, or semi-experienced backpacker, this presentation will offer insightful advice and teach you how to venture outdoors with confidence.

Registration required.

Don’t have a smart device to view this Zoom talk? Contact the Library about using our Zoom equipment in the Waukee Meeting Room.

About the speaker:

Diana Helmuth has been in love with backpacking since she was a teenager and has hiked extensively throughout the western US, Europe, and Chile. She studied cultural anthropology at the University of California– Berkeley and the American University in Cairo. Her first book “How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking” won the National Outdoor Book Award for Best Instructional. Her second book, “The Witching Year: A Memoir of Earnest Fumbling Through Modern Witchcraft,” was featured on NPR's All Things Considered, reviewed in The New York Times, and nominated for the 2023 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Memoir & Autobiography. In addition to her nonfiction, Diana have interviewed 150+ subject matter experts for Abrams' Books famous “Fifty Places” travel series, and regularly contributes to the pop culture blog “Pajiba.” You can learn more about Diana Helmuth at


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

Get creative with our monthly Adult Craft Club! Join us the fourth Thursday of each month this summer for a different craft project. No crafting experience or artistic talent needed — just come ready to learn and have some crafty fun!

This month, make a driftwood chime using a piece of authentic driftwood and colorful glass and sea glass beads — perfect for decorating your home this summer! All supplies provided. Limited to one wind chime per person.

This is an Adult event. Please see our Events Calendar for Kids and Teens events.

Registration required.