2023 AViD lineup coming Monday!

The Des Moines Public Library's 2023 Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series lineup will be announced at 12 PM on Monday, February 13! Check back here or on the library's social media platforms to see which acclaimed authors are coming to DMPL this spring and summer. 

Community Table 2022

Community Table Web

The Des Moines Public Library is excited to invite you to participate in the inaugural Community Table: Storytelling & Local Food Festival on Saturday, October 8, beginning at 10:00 AM.

This new community festival, hosted by Franklin Avenue Library, will feature acclaimed national storytellers performing for adults at Northwest Community Center, Franklin Junior High, and Franklin Avenue Library. There will also be children’s stories, activities, crafts, and more at Tower Park, plus local food and vendors at Franklin Junior High. The Glendale Cemetery will then be the backdrop for a special “scary stories” event in the evening.

We hope you will spend the day with us around imaginary tables, listening to a diverse group of tellers sharing legends, folk tales, myths, and fables. You can also enjoy a varied food landscape in a Farmers Market-like atmosphere outside, where you can purchase ready-made food as well as ingredients to use later.

Food and Community Vendors

  • Baked Kind
  • Beaverdale Books
  • Beaverdale Farmers Market
  • Beaverdale Neighborhood Association
  • Bosco's
  • Dinner Dispatch
  • Ebersole Cattle Co.
  • Estilo Boricua
  • Farm to School
  • Food of Sivid
  • FoodCorps
  • Friends of Franklin Library
  • Iowa Food Co-op
  • Merle Hay Neighborhood Association
  • Natural Grocers
  • Price Chopper - Beaverdale
    • Hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, ribeye steak sandwiches
  • Q Pits
  • Thumbs Up Food Truck