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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.


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


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

Bring a friend or make news ones as you make and eat delicious gummy creations.

For students entering grades 6-12 in the fall.

Registration required.

Parents and caregivers should be prepared to pick up their student promptly at the end of the program if the student does not have their own transportation.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

Calling all crafty engineers! Get creative with the Library's LEGO collection or make a Perler bead design. Drop in any time during the hour-long program.

For kids entering grades K-12 in the fall. Elementary-aged kids should be accompanied by an adult during the program.

Registration not required.