Cooling Centers

All DMPL locations are serving as cooling centers during open hours. DART is providing free rides to cooling center locations July 12-15 due to the extreme heat. Additional cooling center locations can be found here.

This event is in the "Children" group.
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Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:

 Celebrate You! Join us in the children's area and make a self portrait inspired by the art of Todd Parr's book, Be Who You Are!, using the materials provided.  Children's Area and all ages are welcome.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
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Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:

Drop-in to North Side and complete a building challenge using everyday objects!

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Indoor Program (2021)

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.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Drop-in Perler Bead Art

10:00am - 5:30pm
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Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:

Drop-in to East Side Library's Children's Area to create a work of art using perler beads between 10 AM - 5:30 PM. Staff will iron your creation for you to take home!

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Maker Day Challenge

10:00am - 5:30pm
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Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:

Calling all makers! Can you complete our weekly challenge to build, play, or create?  Each week we will have a different activity set up in the children's area and finishers can claim a prize.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

The Outreach Project

1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Cafe Gallery
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:

The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with area organizations to connect people with community resources. Community advocates will provide information about community resources like meal sites and shelters.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
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Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:

Visit the Franklin Library to see and touch the library delivery van!  We will start out in the meeting room, but then go outside where visitors can learn from Doug, the library's delivery driver about how he uses the delivery van daily

Disclaimer(s)

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  

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

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Fluffy Slime

4:00pm - 5:00pm
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Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:

Sure, you've made slime, but have you made fluffy slime?  It is so cute and squishy!  Join us for this classic science experiment and learn about the properties of this strange and wonderful concoction!