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. 

Speaking of Work: The Making of an Iowa Working Class

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Educational, Exhibits

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Iowa was built by generations of workers, but we rarely hear their stories. Drawing on oral histories, photographs, and documents collected over almost half a century, Speaking of Work: The Making of an Iowa Working Class introduces visitors to the voices and struggles of workers from across the state.

Join us on Saturday June 11th for a special program in partnership with the Iowa Labor History Society (ILHS). An open viewing of the oral history exhibit will be held from 12-1 PM followed by a keynote speech from ILHS President Dr. John McKerley and a panel discussion from 1-3 PM. Our program will conclude with an hour for guests to view the exhibit until 4 PM at their own leisure.


Central Parking

Free library parking is available in Central's underground parking garage for two hours per visit. Parking around the library is metered at various costs from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.