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!

You, Me, & Nature

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This program shares information on urban wildlife in Central Iowa and provides tips on coexisting with urban wildlife. It covers topics such as why wildlife lives in Des Moines, what animals you might see around the city, basic information on foxes, bobcats, and coyotes, Why these species might be attracted to our neighborhoods, and how to keep yourself and your pets safe, and what to do if you see a coyote, fox, or bobcat. audience engagement is focused primarily on answering basic questions as we get to know each other (our neighbors) and our wild neighbors who all live in this city. The goal of this program is to educate people on urban wildlife and how we can peacefully coexist.

Heartland Wilding is a joint initiative of Project Coyote, The Rewilding Institute, and The Half-Earth Project. The partnership between these three organizations helps to create a healthier and wilder Mississippi River Watershed.