Norwalk Easter Public Library celebrates pizza, puzzles and the power of the vote

The Norwalk Easter Public Library offers a wide variety of programs, collections, and services. Explore our website at for more details or follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates. Here are a few of our upcoming events:

Art Explorers

Come and get messy with us on Feb. 19 or Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. This series of programs is dedicated to fun, open-ended art experiences for young children. Each month, we offer a different variety of art stations especially designed for children ages 1-4, but open to children of all ages and their caregivers. The activities at the Saturday and Monday sessions each month will be identical, so choose whichever works best for you. Dress for mess -- there will be paint and other potentially messy activities

Teen Thursdays

Teens (ages 12-17) can hang out and play board and video games, eat snacks, or do an art/craft activity. No registration, just drop in between 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24.

Grow Your Own Pizza Kit

This free, take-home kit for all ages will be available for pick-up at the library's front desk starting Friday, March 4. The kits include all you need to grow your own pizza: seeds, soil, starter pots, and recipe cards (pizza not included). We encourage one kit per family/household. These are available while supplies last.

Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

The library will host two rounds of competition on Saturday, March 5. Both rounds will host four teams (max six people per team) competing to be the first team to complete a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle. We will have light refreshments for participants and spectators to enjoy, but you are welcome to bring your own. Morning session is 10 a.m.-noon; afternoon session is 2-4 p.m. -- both sessions with a check-in 30 minutes prior. Teams can include all ages but recommended for at least school-aged kids and older. Interested teams need to register in advance to compete. Registration can be done through the library’s online event calendar, by phone 515-981-0217, or in-person at the front desk.

The Vote is the Emblem of Our Equality

In this program, set for Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m., historian Kathy Wilson investigates why women had to fight for decades to get the right to vote, why black and minority women were excluded from the national suffrage movement, and why we still struggle with women's rights today.

Adult DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Drop-In

On Tuesday, March 8 from 5:30-8 p.m., stop by the meeting room with other adults and craft an inspirational throw pillow to take home.

Teresa Kay Albertson covers Des Moines' southern suburbs for the Register and the Indianola Record-Herald. Reach her at or 515-419-6098.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Norwalk Easter Public Library features the vote and puzzles