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!

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This event is in the "Adults" group.

The Varsity Cinema Book Club: 10 Things I Hate About You

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Off Site
Program Type:
Book Clubs, Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with The Varsity Cinema for The Varsity Cinema Book Club. Read the book. Watch the movie. Discuss them both! This month, we will b...

Offsite Event
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs, Movies
Event Details:

The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with The Varsity Cinema for The Varsity Cinema Book Club.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Virtual Cookbook Club

Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
DMPL Virtual
Program Type:
Book Clubs, Health & Wellness
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

Join us from the comfort of your own homes and kitchens for a DMPL cookbook club that celebrates substitutions, creativity, sustainability and independence in home cooking. Prepare...

Required
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs, Health & Wellness
Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Event Details:

Join us from the comfort of your own homes and kitchens for a DMPL cookbook club that celebrates substitutions, creativity, sustainability and independence in home cooking.

Disclaimer(s)

Email Required

Please make sure you have entered a valid email address as the online event details will be sent to you prior to the event. If you have not received a confirmation email your inbox, please check your spam folder.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Manga Book Club (ages 8-12)

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Children
Event Details:

Whether you are passionate about manga or just interested in seeing what it's all about, the Forest Ave Library's Manga Book Club is a place for you to make friends, read fun and e...

Required
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Book Clubs
Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:

Whether you are passionate about manga or just interested in seeing what it's all about, the Forest Ave Library's Manga Book Club is a place for you to make friends, read fun and exciting stories, talk about manga, make art, and play games and oth

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion

Monday, June 10, 2024 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

June's selection is The Old Place by Bobby Finger. The Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion is a regularly scheduled book club meeting on the second Monday of the month. Titl...

Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:

June's selection is The Old Place by Bobby Finger.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Manga Book Club (ages 13+)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Teens
Event Details:

Whether you are passionate about manga or just interested in seeing what it's all about, the Forest Ave Library's Manga Book Club is a place for you to make friends, read fun and e...

Required
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:

Whether you are passionate about manga or just interested in seeing what it's all about, the Forest Ave Library's Manga Book Club is a place for you to make friends, read fun and exciting stories, make art, and play games.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Books & Bites

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Off Site
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

This month's book is The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty. Copies are available at the Central Library Circulation Desk and Pickup Window while supplies la...

Required
Offsite Event
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:

This month's book is The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Reading on the Margins Book Discussion

Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

Join us once a month to discuss books by underrepresented authors. Our goal is to amplify these voices and experiences while discussing social issues in the context of fiction and ...

Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:

Join us once a month to discuss books by underrepresented authors. Our goal is to amplify these voices and experiences while discussing social issues in the context of fiction and non-fiction books.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

A Very Special Books That Will Change Your Life: A Nonfiction Book Club: Not Too Late

Friday, June 14, 2024 at 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Off Site
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

Join us for a monthly conversation around a life-changing nonfiction book.  Each month we’ll select a book that will change your perspective, give you new strategies for handl...

Required
Offsite Event
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Required
Seats Remaining: 2
Event Details:

Join us for a monthly conversation around a life-changing nonfiction book.  Each month we’ll select a book that will change your perspective, give you new strategies for handling life’s challenges, or deepen your understanding of a topic.

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 "Adults" group.

East Side Book Discussion Group

Monday, June 17, 2024 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Meeting Room at East Side Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

Please join us for our monthly book group where we will discuss Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland. Books will be available for pick up at the East ...

Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:

Please join us for our monthly book group where we will discuss Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland. 

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

North Side Book Discussion

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Meeting Room at North Side Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

This month we will be reading and discussing The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson. Copies of the book are available at the North Side Library.  

Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:

This month we will be reading and discussing The House of Eve by Sadeqa JohnsonCopies of the book are available at the North Side Library.

 

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.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

South Side Book Discussion-Solito

Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
South Side Meeting Room at South Side Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

Join us for South Side's Monthly Book Discussion! This month we are reading Solito by Javier Zamora.

Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:

Join us for South Side's Monthly Book Discussion! This month we are reading Solito by Javier Zamora.

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 "Children" group.

EPIC Graphic Novel Book Club

Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Children
Event Details:

Are you a graphic novel fan? Join us for our EPIC Graphic Novel BOOK CLUB for ages 7-11. We will briefly chat about this month's book, and work on a fun activity or ...

Required
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Book Clubs
Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:

Are you a graphic novel fan? Join us for our EPIC Graphic Novel BOOK CLUB for ages 7-11. We will briefly chat about this month's book, and work on a fun activity or craft related to the book!

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Forest Avenue Library Book Discussion

Monday, June 24, 2024 at 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Forest Avenue Conference Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

Join us for a discussion of The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Ask at the information desk for a copy of the book. 

Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Conference Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:

Join us for a discussion of The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Ask at the information desk for a copy of the book. 

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Library Talk: Poverty in Iowa - Special Book Discussion

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
North Side Meeting Room at North Side Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with other Iowa libraries and Uplift - The Central Iowa Basic Income Pilot on a series of programs aimed at having important community c...

Required
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:

The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with other Iowa libraries and Uplift - The Central Iowa Basic Income Pilot on a series of programs aimed at having important community conversations about poverty and its effect on Iowa.

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 "Teens" group.

Grishaverse Meet-Up

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 3:30pm - 5:00pm
South Side Meeting Room at South Side Library
Program Type:
Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs
Age Group:
Teens
Event Details:

Whether you prefer the rough streets of Ketterdam and impossible heists with the Crows, or the court intrigue and legends of Ravka, come to South Side Library to nerd out with othe...

Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs
Event Details:

Whether you prefer the rough streets of Ketterdam and impossible heists with the Crows, or the court intrigue and legends of Ravka, come to South Side Library to nerd out with other fans of Leigh Bardugo's Gishaverse series!

This event is in the "Adults" group.

The Varsity Cinema Book Club: Forbidden Planet

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Off Site
Program Type:
Book Clubs, Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with The Varsity Cinema for The Varsity Cinema Book Club. Read the book. Watch the movie. Discuss them both! This month, we will b...

Offsite Event
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs, Movies
Event Details:

The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with The Varsity Cinema for The Varsity Cinema Book Club.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Virtual Cookbook Club

Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
DMPL Virtual
Program Type:
Book Clubs, Health & Wellness
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

Join us from the comfort of your own homes and kitchens for a DMPL cookbook club that celebrates substitutions, creativity, sustainability and independence in home cooking. Prepare...

Required
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs, Health & Wellness
Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:

Join us from the comfort of your own homes and kitchens for a DMPL cookbook club that celebrates substitutions, creativity, sustainability and independence in home cooking.

Disclaimer(s)

Email Required

Please make sure you have entered a valid email address as the online event details will be sent to you prior to the event. If you have not received a confirmation email your inbox, please check your spam folder.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Manga Book Club (ages 8-12)

Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Children
Event Details:

Whether you are passionate about manga or just interested in seeing what it's all about, the Forest Ave Library's Manga Book Club is a place for you to make friends, read fun and e...

Required
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Book Clubs
Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:

Whether you are passionate about manga or just interested in seeing what it's all about, the Forest Ave Library's Manga Book Club is a place for you to make friends, read fun and exciting stories, talk about manga, make art, and play games and oth

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion

Monday, July 8, 2024 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

July's selection is Banyan Moon by Thao Thai. The Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion is a regularly scheduled book club meeting on the second Monday of the month. Titles ar...

Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:

July's selection is Banyan Moon by Thao Thai.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Manga Book Club (ages 13+)

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Teens
Event Details:

Whether you are passionate about manga or just interested in seeing what it's all about, the Forest Ave Library's Manga Book Club is a place for you to make friends, read fun and e...

Required
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:

Whether you are passionate about manga or just interested in seeing what it's all about, the Forest Ave Library's Manga Book Club is a place for you to make friends, read fun and exciting stories, make art, and play games.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Books & Bites

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Off Site
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

This month's book is The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson. Copies are available at the Central Library Circulation Desk and Pickup Window while supplies last. If...

Required
Offsite Event
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Required
Seats Remaining: 12
Event Details:

This month's book is The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Reading on the Margins Book Discussion

Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

Join us once a month to discuss books by underrepresented authors. Our goal is to amplify these voices and experiences while discussing social issues in the context of fiction and ...

Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:

Join us once a month to discuss books by underrepresented authors. Our goal is to amplify these voices and experiences while discussing social issues in the context of fiction and non-fiction books.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

East Side Book Discussion Group

Monday, July 15, 2024 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Meeting Room at East Side Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

Please join us for our monthly book group where we will discuss The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict. Books will be available for pick up at the East Side circu...

Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:

Please join us for our monthly book group where we will discuss The Mystery of Mrs.

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

North Side Book Discussion

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Meeting Room at North Side Library
Program Type:
Book Clubs
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

This month we will be reading and discussing How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler. Copies of the book are available at the North Side Libra...

Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:

This month we will be reading and discussing How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler. Copies of the book are available at the North Side Library.

 

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.

Food Allergies

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