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Forest Avenue Calming Room

October 23, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Do you need a calm place to play? Then come to the Forest Avenue Calming Room for a sensory interactive experience! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program for youth. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old....
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Toddler Storytime

October 23, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
Franklin Avenue Library
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Event Details Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and more, followed by a craft. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Meeting Room. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Art in the Library: Rock Photo Holders

October 23, 2019
4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Event Details:
This month's project will take rocks and turn them into a place to display your pictures. Ages 6-12. Younger siblings may attend if accompanied by an adult. Please preregister for this program. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

B.A.M. Halloween Special: Felt Animal Masks

October 23, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Halloween
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:
Start your Halloween costume with an animal mask made from felt that you have to cut and glue. Younger children will need help to complete this project. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Please register to guarantee supplies. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

South VolunTeens

October 23, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Library
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Teens! Are you looking for a place to volunteer? Become a VolunTeen at the South Side Library! Teens ages 12-18 can volunteer at South and complete various library projects with the youth librarian from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Applicat...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Youth Makerspace-Kinetic Sand

October 23, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Kinetic Sand is magical, moldable and mesmerizing sand! Mix it, cut it, squish it, and let it flow. The creative possibilities are endless with Kinetic Sand! Ages 8-12....
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Free Flicks at East: Goosebumps 2!

October 23, 2019
5:30pm - 7:15pm
East Side Library
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Halloween, Movies
Event Details:
Join us for a special showing of Goosebumps 2! Rated PG. Two boys unleash Halloween monster mayhem when they open a mysterious locked book they found in an old abandoned house - including witches, werewolves, and giant gummy bears. Decorate a paper m...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CSI Des Moines: True Crime Stories

October 23, 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm
South Side Library
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Halloween, Educational
Event Details:
Hear true crime stories that occurred in Des Moines by retired DMPD Senior Crime Scene Investigator Greg Gourd. This program is intended for an adult audience. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Family Storytime

October 23, 2019
6:30pm - 7:00pm
North Side Library
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs together on Wednesday nights. It's a great way for busy families to relax and listen to stories together....
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Dollar-a-Day Boys: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps

October 23, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Michigan-based singer/storyteller Bill Jamerson will provide a history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, one of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal initiatives. Operating between 1933 and 1942, in Iowa alone, the CCC employed over 49,000 men between the ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime

October 24, 2019
10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Miss Janee for stories, rhymes, songs, movement, and occasional crafts/activities that build literacy and kindergarten-readiness skills. Ages three to five. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime

October 24, 2019
10:15am - 10:45am
Central Library
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for stories, songs, and movement that build literacy and school-readiness skills....
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Play, Grow, Learn!

October 24, 2019
10:15am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library's space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in p...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Pumpkin Storytime for Preschoolers!

October 24, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
East Side Library
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Halloween, Storytimes
Event Details:
Today we will celebrate Fall with a special storytime all about Pumpkins! After storytime, decorate a mini pumpkin and make a craft to take home. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Storytime

October 24, 2019
10:30am - 11:15am
North Side Library
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
On Thursdays, children and their caregivers can enjoy stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and songs together, followed by a period of free play or drawing....
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Job Seekers

October 24, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Library
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Visit us every Thursday afternoon to receive guidance in searching for jobs. We will use Google Tools to help you create an email account, build a simple resume, and apply for jobs. Please preregister by signing up online or by calling 283-4152 Press...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Stories, Songs, and Stretches!® (Yoga de Cuentos y Canciones Bilingüe)

October 24, 2019
4:00pm - 4:45pm
East Side Library
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Health & Wellness, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Join us for a fun bilingual program that is inspired by Yoga, and informed by science. We will focus on basic Yoga poses, as well as yoga-inspired movement and stillness to support your child’s early learning. Please wear comfortable clothing and bri...

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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

SCI Code Camp: Robotics

October 24, 2019
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Forest Avenue Library
Registration
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Join the Science Center of Iowa for the second in a three-part camp series. In this class students will learn new coding skills to program robotics kits like Sphero and Hummingbird. They will brainstorm ideas and utilize this technology to bring thei...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Giant Board Games: Forbidden Island

October 24, 2019
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Central Library
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
In this giant version of the classic cooperative game Forbidden Island, your team of adventurers will have to race against time and the rising floodwaters to collect treasures and escape before the island is lost to the sea. Registration required. Re...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos en Español e Inglés Para Toda la Familia

October 24, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Celebremos El Dia de Las Naciones Unidas con canciones, rhymes, songs and crafts in Spanish and English. Estaremos creando arte con frijoles (Bean Art). ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Giant Board Games: Forbidden Island

October 24, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Central Library
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
In this giant version of the classic cooperative game Forbidden Island, your team of adventurers will have to race against time and the rising floodwaters to collect treasures and escape before the island is lost to the sea. Registration required. Re...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

This event is in the "Children" group.

LEGO Fridays

October 25, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
The LEGO bricks will be available in the Children's Area, so bring your imagination and get ready to build....
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Toddler Storytime

October 25, 2019
10:15am - 10:45am
Central Library
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for stories, songs, and movement to practice the 5 simple steps of pre-literacy: reading, singing, talking, writing and playing!...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Play, Grow, Learn!

October 25, 2019
10:30am - 2:00pm
East Side Library
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us at the East Side Library for open play and more! Meet families with other young children, check out our awesome picture books, and engage in the five simple steps to success - Read, Write, Sing, Play, and Talk! We will have a variety of toys ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Furry Tales

October 25, 2019
3:30pm - 4:30pm
North Side Library
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us on the last Friday of each month to read to an Animal Rescue League TheraPet!...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Spooky Crafting

October 25, 2019
4:30pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Join us at the North Side Library to create spooky crafts. We will be making skeletons, bats, and ghosts! While supplies last....
This event is in the "Children" group.

Spooky Scavenger Hunt

All Day
Franklin Avenue Library
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Halloween, Gaming
Event Details:
Visit the Children's Area October 26-31 to take part in our Spooky Scavenger Hunt. Find all of the pictures and receive a prize. ...