What's Happening at Your DMPL (01/21-01/27)

Barry Phipps

Despite being closed today for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we still have programs happening each day this week at the library.  We have just a sampling of programs below; be sure to go to our online events calendar for a full listing of programs. You can also sign up for our email newsletter, where you'll learn more about events and programs, book suggestions, and more. 



Avoid the bitter cold temperatures this week. We have great winter-themed books for you to enjoy on the blog Wednesday. That way, you’ll be able to drink a warm cup of cocoa under a blanket while enjoying all the perks of winter on the page.

On Friday, we’ll meet Kate Young, at the Franklin Avenue Library. Kate is a librarian and is the group leader of one of Franklin’s book clubs. Her regular patrons have so much trust in her that they call her from local bookstores to get recommendations on gifts and purchases.

Don’t forget to check out what we had on the blog last week. On Tuesday, we had a podcast with Paul Kix, Iowa native and author of The Saboteur. He discussed the incredible life of Robert de La Rochefoucauld, a French aristocrat-turned-resistance fighter during World War II. On Wednesday (nonfiction) and Friday (fiction), we discussed books coming out in 2019 that we’re looking forward to. Be sure to take a look and get your holds in before they get hot.


MLK Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 21, 4:00 PM
, Forest Avenue Library
Join the Forest Avenue Library and the Des Moines community as we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Director Joshua V. Barr will be the keynote speaker. Doors open at 3:30 PM, and there will be refreshments following the program.

NOTE: All library branches will be closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The Forest Avenue Library will be open only for the program, beginning at 3:30 PM.

Creative ReadersFranklin Creative Readers
Tuesday, January 22, 4:00 PM
, Franklin Avenue Library
Read a story, explore and create with art and STEM activities! Bring your imagination and join us in the children's area. This week we'll be reading Julián is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love. Enjoy fun water-related art and activities while discovering a new favorite book. For ages three to eight.

Between Gravity and What CheerBetween Gravity and What Cheer: Iowa Photographs with Barry Phipps
Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 PM
, Central Library
When Barry Phipps moved to Iowa City in 2012, he knew nothing of Iowa. He began driving across the state and taking photographs. These photos became the basis for his new book. He’ll talk about the photos and his process. Find an episode of the DMPL Podcast featuring Phipps at dmpl.org/podcast.


Instant Photography

Instant Photography: Intro Class
Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 PM
, South Side Library
Instant photography is making a comeback. The snap-and-print photos popularized by Polaroids are once again hip. This two-part class will teach you the basics of framing and light to help you take amazing instant photographs. Register by calling 283-4152 ext. 3 or by clicking here.

Polk County Tricky Tracks

Polk County Conservation: Tricky Tracks
Thursday, January 24, 3:30 PM
, North Side Library
Join us at the North Side Library as Polk County Conservation helps us identify common animal tracks. Your backyard is one of the best places to go tracking – especially after it rains and snows. Discover what you can learn from animal tracks. Families will have a chance to create their own animal tracks!

Bilingual StorytimesBilingual Storytime
Thursday, January 24, 6:30 PM
& Saturday, January 26, 10:15 AM, Forest Avenue Library
Bilingualism has several great benefits for children. Bilingual children learn new concepts more quickly, communicate more effectively, and become more efficient problem solvers Come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and crafts in English and Spanish with our special bilingual storyteller.

Play Grow LearnPlay, Grow, Learn
Friday, January 25, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
, East Side Library
Join us at the East Side Library for open play and more! Meet families with other young children, check out our picture books, and engage in the five simple steps to success - Read, Write, Sing, Play, and Talk. We will have a variety of toys and more that promote learning for little ones.