DMPL Cooling Centers

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library are serving as cooling centers today (June 18) during open hours. DART is providing free rides to all cooling centers.

Library closed on Juneteenth

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Wednesday, June 19 in commemoration of Juneteenth. We will reopen at the regular time on Thursday, June 20.

Free Play Olympics

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Play & Learn
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Program Description

Event Details

Join us on the lawn of the Central Library to celebrate the return of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan!   There will be various activities available for free play set out to be enjoyed by a maximum of 30 people at a time.  There will be giant Legos, jump ropes, and much more.   You will also be able to sign up for Summer Reading during this event and receive a free book of your choice!  So come for the fun, wear a mask, and maybe earn a medal! Please no large groups over 10 people.  For questions email


Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates.