3520 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322      Phone: 515-278-3945



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August Programs

Active Adults

Thursdays between 9:30 and 11:30 AM in the ICN Room

Free drop-in activities for adults. We’ll provide the crafts, puzzles, games, coloring supplies, and more – all you have to do is show up and choose your activity!

Thursday Night Movie

Thursday, August 25th at 6:00 pm in the ICN Classroom

Adult Movie Night meets the 4th Thursday of each month in the ICN Classroom at 6:00 pm. This month we’ll be showing Race (PG-13/134 min.), a  2016 drama based on Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history at the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of supremacy. Recommended for ages 17 & up.

Friday Flicks

Fridays, August 5, 12, 19, & 26 at 1:00 PM in the ICN Classroom

Join us for a movie each Friday afternoon. A different genre will be explored each month. This month we’ll be showing back to school movies! For adults only (age 18 & up) please. No popcorn will be served.

  • August 5 – Stand and Deliver (PG/105 min.)
  • August 12 – Good Will Hunting (R/127 min.)
  • August 19 – Dead Poet’s Society (PG/128 min.)
  • August 26 – Akeelah and Bee (PG/112 min.)


September Programs

Iowa Icons – George Washington Carver

Thursday, September 1st at 6:30 pm in Meeting Room A

Join us on the first Thursday evening of each month for our Iowa Icons program. We’ll be highlighting the lives and accomplishments of historically significant individuals with an Iowa connection. An array of notable individuals – from politicians and scientists to actors and authors – will be featured. This month’s program will feature George Washington Carver, a prominent African-American botanist and inventor. He was best known for the many uses he devised for the peanut and was also a leader in promoting environmentalism and received numerous honors for his work, including the Spingarn Medal of the NAACP. Presented by Iowa State University.

When George Washington Carver arrived at Iowa State in 1891, he had already spent much of his life in pursuit of an education. He thrived at Iowa State, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1894 and a master’s degree in 1896. He participated in many student activities, including the Y.M.C.A., the Welch Eclectic Literary Society and the student militia. The presentation will cover Carver’s years in Ames, and his memories of the people he knew at Iowa State.

Click here to see a complete list of upcoming Iowa Icons programs.


TED Talk – Everyday Leadership

Thursday, September 8th at 4:00 PM in Meeting Room A

Join us for the first in a series of TED Talks organized by Goodwill. TED Talks are short, powerful presentations designed to spread ideas. The TED Talk we will be viewing is “Everyday Leadership” with Drew Dudley. We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

Following the viewing of the TED Talk, local business owner Nick Kuhn will facilitate a group discussion about the topic. Kuhn left an engineering career in 2015 and dove head first into the food and beverage industry. He is the co-owner of The Beerhouse in Urbandale and two food trucks, 515 Pi and Deez Greenz. As if that weren’t enough to keep him busy, Kuhn is also president of the Legion of Food, Des Moines’ food truck association. When he does have spare time, he likes to spend it cooking and eating outdoors with his wife, Lynn, and their three boys.

Please call 515-265-5323 to register, or for more information.

Click here to view future TED Talks offered by Goodwill.

The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

Sunday, September 11th at 1:30 PM in the ICN Room

Necessary CourageJoin us as we participate in a nationwide lecture series and community-building initiative, “The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance & Abolition.” The series is in observance of the 185th Anniversary of Turner’s Rebellion, as well as the United Nations’ International Day for the Remembrance of The Slave Trade and its Abolition, observed annually (since 2007) on August 23 (rememberslavery.un.org). The series was inspired by actor and director Nate Parker’s film The Birth of a Nation, commemorating the duration of the slave rebellion launched by the film’s subject, Nat Turner on August 21, 1831 through his capture on October 30, 1831.

The Urbandale Public Library’s lecture will be presented by Iowa author and historian, Lowell J. Soike. He will discuss his book, Necessary Courage, which details long-forgotten stories of determined runaway slaves and courageous Iowans who sought and championed freedom on the Underground Railroad. Soike will share suspenseful and heartbreaking tales of desperation, courage, and betrayal, and also detail the critical role that Iowans played in the struggle against slavery and the coming of the Civil War.

Lowell Soike for U. of Nebraska Press by Beth Liebetrau 10-28-2012Lowell J. Soike is retired from the State Historical Society of Iowa, where he served as historian for thirty-six years.  He is the author of Necessary Courage:  Iowa’s Underground Railroad in the Struggle against slavery (2013); Busy in the Cause:  Iowa, the Free-State Struggle in the West, and the Prelude to the Civil War (2014); Without Right Angles:  The Round Barns of Iowa (1983); and Norwegian-Americans and the Politics of Dissent, 1880-1924 (1991).  He earned his PhD at the University of Iowa and lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

Downstairs at Downton

Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 PM in Meeting Room A/B

What was life “really” like below the stairs at places like Highclere Castle? Could the chauffeur really marry the daughter of an Earl? Would a maid help move a dead body to protect her mistress’ reputation? What about all that free time? Learn the answers to these and many other questions about one of the country’s most popular television series.

Presented by professional historian, Kathy Wilson, who believes learning about the past can be fun as well as interesting. To prove that point, she endeavors to create programs that engage and entertain as well as educate her audiences. Ms. Wilson received her BA in History from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, before traveling to England where she completed her Masters at the University of York. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa and specializes in 18th and 19th-century British-American social history. Her dissertation investigates the role of kinship networks in the social transformations of Catholic families, 1760-1850.

NEW! Adult Recreational Chess

Saturday, September 3 & 17 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the ICN Room

The library is now offering an adult recreational chess club for people of all skill levels, even beginners! This is your chance to learn the game, play the game, and meet other people interested in the game. Chess sets provided, or bring your own.

Active Adults

Thursdays between 9:30 and 11:30 AM in the ICN Classroom or Meeting Room A

Free drop-in activities for adults. We’ll provide the crafts, puzzles, games, coloring supplies, and more – all you have to do is show up and choose your activity!

Friday Flicks

Fridays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 1:00 PM in the ICN Classroom

Join us for a movie each Friday afternoon. A different genre will be explored each month. For adults only (age 18 & up) please. No popcorn will be served.

We will be showing films about slavery this month, in honor of the nationwide Birth of a Nation lecture series.

  • September 2 – 12 Years a Slave (R/134 min.)
  • September 9 – Amistad (R/152 min.)
  • September 16 – Race to Freedom (NR/92 min.)
  • September 23 – Glory (R/122 min.)
  • September 30 – Lincoln (PG-13/149 min.)