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 "All Ages" group.

Movie Watch Party: Wonka

Monday, June 3, 2024 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
All Ages
Event Details:

Experience the whimsical origin story of the famed chocolatier Willy Wonka! Join us for popcorn and a fun activity while we watch Wonka. Rated PG.

Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:

Experience the whimsical origin story of the famed chocolatier Willy Wonka! Join us for popcorn and a fun activity while we watch Wonka. Rated PG.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Mommie Dearest: A Special Presentation at The Varsity Cinema

Monday, June 10, 2024 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Off Site
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

See the 1981 classic movie Mommie Dearest (directed by Frank Perry) followed by a discussion about the making of the film and its reception with Hollywood historian A. As...

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

See the 1981 classic movie Mommie Dearest (directed by Frank Perry) followed by a discussion about the making of the film and its reception with Hollywood historian A. Ashley Hoff.

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.

Movie Rating

Movie is not intended for children unless accompanied by an adult.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin – C'mon C'mon

Friday, June 14, 2024 at 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

When his sister asks him to look after her son, a radio journalist embarks on a cross-country trip with his energetic nephew to show him life away from Los Angeles. Joaquin Phoenix...

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

When his sister asks him to look after her son, a radio journalist embarks on a cross-country trip with his energetic nephew to show him life away from Los Angeles. Joaquin Phoenix is the star of director Mike Mills' 2021 drama.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Franklin Cinema Club – In the Loop

Monday, June 17, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

June's film selection is the 2009 satire In the Loop, starring James Gandolfini. Discuss noteworthy films at the Franklin Cinema Club, a discussion series held the third Monday ...

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

June's film selection is the 2009 satire In the Loop, starring James Gandolfini.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime Club

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Teens
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This ...

Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This program is intended for teens 13 years and older.

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.

Movie Rating

Movie is not intended for children unless accompanied by an adult.

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.

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin

Friday, July 12, 2024 at 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

July's presentation is the 2022 biographical drama Emily, starring Emma Mackey as nineteenth century novelist Emily Brontë. This film is rated R. Free Friday Flicks ...

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

July's presentation is the 2022 biographical drama Emily, starring Emma Mackey as nineteenth century novelist Emily Brontë. This film is rated R.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Franklin Cinema Club – His Girl Friday

Monday, July 15, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

July's film selection is the 1940 Howard Hawks comedy His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant. Discuss noteworthy films at the Franklin Cinema Club, a discussion series held t...

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

July's film selection is the 1940 Howard Hawks comedy His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Library Talk: Poverty in Iowa, A Screening/Discussion of Raising the Floor

Monday, July 22, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Educational, Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

We will screen the 2022 short film Raising the Floor, directed by Sabrina Avilés. The film will be followed by a discussion of income equity in America and the concept of basi...

Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational, Movies
Event Details:

We will screen the 2022 short film Raising the Floor, directed by Sabrina Avilés. The film will be followed by a discussion of income equity in America and the concept of basic income.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime Club

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Teens
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This ...

Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This program is intended for teens 13 years and older.

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.

Movie Rating

Movie is not intended for children unless accompanied by an adult.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin

Friday, August 9, 2024 at 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

August's presentation is the 2014 World War II drama Suite Française, starring Michele Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Margot Robbie. Friday Flicks at Franklin is typicall...

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

August's presentation is the 2014 World War II drama Suite Française, starring Michele Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Margot Robbie. Friday Flicks at Franklin is typically held on the second Friday of the month.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Franklin Cinema Club – Margin Call

Monday, August 19, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

August's film selection is the 2011 thriller Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey. Discuss noteworthy films at the Franklin Cinema Club, a discussion series held the third Mo...

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

August's film selection is the 2011 thriller Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin

Friday, September 13, 2024 at 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

September's presentation is the 2003 romantic drama I Capture the Castle, starring Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, and Bill Nighy. This film is rated R. Free Friday Flicks at Franklin is...

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

September's presentation is the 2003 romantic drama I Capture the Castle, starring Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, and Bill Nighy. This film is rated R. Free Friday Flicks at Franklin is typically held on the second Friday of the month.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Franklin Cinema Club – The Grand Illusion

Monday, September 16, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

September's film selection is Jean Renoir's 1937 war drama The Grand Illusion, starring Jean Gabin and Dita Parlo. Discuss noteworthy films at the Franklin Cinema Club, a discus...

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

September's film selection is Jean Renoir's 1937 war drama The Grand Illusion, starring Jean Gabin and Dita Parlo.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime Club

Tuesday, September 24, 2024 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Teens
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This ...

Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This program is intended for teens 13 years and older.

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.

Movie Rating

Movie is not intended for children unless accompanied by an adult.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin

Friday, October 18, 2024 at 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

October's presentation is the 2022 comedy drama The Lost King, starring Sally Hawkins and Steve Coogan. This film is rated PG-13. Free Friday Flicks at Franklin is typically held o...

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

October's presentation is the 2022 comedy drama The Lost King, starring Sally Hawkins and Steve Coogan. This film is rated PG-13.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Franklin Cinema Club – Memento

Monday, October 21, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

October's film selection is Christopher Nolan 2000 mystery thriller Memento, starring Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss. Discuss noteworthy films at the Franklin Cinema ...

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

October's film selection is Christopher Nolan 2000 mystery thriller Memento, starring Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime Club

Tuesday, October 22, 2024 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Teens
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This ...

Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This program is intended for teens 13 years and older.

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.

Movie Rating

Movie is not intended for children unless accompanied by an adult.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin

Friday, November 8, 2024 at 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

November's title is the 2020 mystery drama The Dry, starring Eric Bana. This film is Rated R. Free Friday Flicks at Franklin is typically held on the second Friday of the month.

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

November's title is the 2020 mystery drama The Dry, starring Eric Bana. This film is Rated R. Free Friday Flicks at Franklin is typically held on the second Friday of the month.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Franklin Cinema Club - The Odd Couple

Monday, November 18, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

November's film selection is the 1968 comedy The Odd Couple, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Discuss noteworthy films at the Franklin Cinema Club, a discussion ser...

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

November's film selection is the 1968 comedy The Odd Couple, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime Club

Tuesday, November 26, 2024 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Teens
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This ...

Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This program is intended for teens 13 years and older.

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.

Movie Rating

Movie is not intended for children unless accompanied by an adult.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin

Friday, December 6, 2024 at 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room at Franklin Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Adults
Event Details:

December's title is the 2020 drama Summerland, starring Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. This film is rated PG. Free Friday Flicks at Franklin is typically held on the second Fr...

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

December's title is the 2020 drama Summerland, starring Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. This film is rated PG.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime Club

Tuesday, January 28, 2025 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room at Forest Avenue Library
Program Type:
Movies
Age Group:
Teens
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This ...

Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:

Are you a fan of anime or curious about what it's all about? Join us and make new friends as we view an episode of an anime show, talk about anime and manga, and have snacks! This program is intended for teens 13 years and older.

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.

Movie Rating

Movie is not intended for children unless accompanied by an adult.