DMPL closed Monday, May 27

Plan ahead: All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day Holiday. 

COMING SOON: Summer Reading Challenge

The 2024 Summer Reading Challenge starts Monday, June 3! Find more information on the program HERE, and learn all about our special Summer Reading Kickoff Party on June 2 HERE!

Summer Reading Kick-off!

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Program Description

Event Details

Kick off the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge with an afternoon of fun for youth of all ages!


  • Live musical performance with Mister K’s Clubhouse (1:30-2 PM)
  • Enjoy open play and crafts inspired by Simple Steps!


  • Make your own slime and 3D art!
  • Play fun games and win prizes!


  • Comics workshop with Basi Affia of Sensi’il Studios (1-3 PM)
  • Play Switch games and create manga-inspired art

No matter what age you are, don't skip the photo ops with magical princesses, awesome superheroes, and our favorite community mascots!

But that's not all: this is the Summer Reading Kick-off, after all. Youth ages 0-18 can register for Summer Reading and get a free book with a special Summer Reading Kick-off bag!


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.

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.