Curbside Pickup Service Begins Monday, June 1

All Des Moines Public Library buildings will be closed to the public until further notice as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Patrons can now place new holds on materials, and curbside pickup service begins June 1. Read more about that HERE

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Events
Registration Type

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Age
Program Type
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This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Summer Scavenger Hunt

May 31, 2020
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
This event has been cancelled.  We are sorry for any inconvenience. Get ready for summer reading by doing our scavenger hunt in the Children's Area.  Find all of the hidden pictures and receive a prize. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Summer Reading Kickoff: Scavenger Hunt

June 1, 2020
9:15am - 7:45pm
Central Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Kick off Summer Reading in style at Central Library.  You can sign up for our all-summer reading challenge and pick out your own prize book to keep forever.  Then try your hand at our summer scavenger hunt to win candy.   ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Preschool Storytime

June 1, 2020
10:15am - 10:45am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Children ages three to five can come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and more. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Play, Grow, Learn!

June 1, 2020
10:15am - 11:30am
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Franklin Avenue Library Afternoon Book Discussion

June 1, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
We will discuss Educated by Tara Westover. Copies of the book will be available at the Information Desk while supplies last. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Basic Computer Skills

June 1, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
  Visit the North Side Library every Monday to learn some computer basics. Each week we will focus on one topic with time for questions and personalized help. 1st Monday of the month - Mouse and Keyboard Basics; 2...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED STEM Mondays: Kaleidoscopes

June 1, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Are you a scientist? Then come to Forest Avenue Library and get ready to experiment and explore STEM concepts as we make homemade kaleidoscopes! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Comics Creators

June 1, 2020
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Love Raina Telgemeier, superheroes, manga, graphic novels, and cartoons? Ready to let your artist flag fly? Then come to Comics Creators! We'll provide the paper and pens, you provide the creativity! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Wonder Woman Crafts

June 1, 2020
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Prepare yourselves for the new movie release of Wonder Woman 1984 with Wonder Woman crafts! Supplies are limited; online registration recommended. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Summer VolunTeen Orientation

June 1, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Make a difference in your community by joining Central Library's Summer VolunTeen program! You'll meet other teens interested in making an impact and earn volunteer hours as you help prepare youth activities, assist with programs, register peopl...

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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 "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Rosie's Summer Celebration!

June 1, 2020
4:30pm - 6:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Gaming
Event Details:
Kickoff the All Summer Long summer reading program with a fun celebration for all ages!  Enjoy crafts, snacks, and a chance to meet Rosie Reader our library monster.  Sign up for All Summer Long, learn more about all the fun going on at the...

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.

CANCELLED Writers' Workshop

June 1, 2020
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 3
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 3
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for an informal writers' workshop on the first* Monday of the month from 5-7 PM. Share samples of your work and receive feedback from other writers in the group. If you would like to share your writing with the group, please attach th...

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.

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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Hold for Swim Storytime Backup Room

June 1, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
This room is being held in case of rain for Swim Storytime.  ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Primary Election Polling Place

June 2, 2020
7:00am - 8:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
The East Side Library Meeting Room is reserved as a Polk County Polling Place. The Meeting Room will open to the public at 7:00 AM and will close to the public and voting will cease at 8:00 PM. Regular library services will not be available due to th...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Book Club On the Go

June 2, 2020
9:00am - 8:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The book club for those on the go: anytime, anywhere.  This month we'll be reading Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. Pick up your copy the first Tuesday of the month at the Central Library circulation desk, or check out a d...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Summer Reading Kickoff: Scavenger Hunt

June 2, 2020
9:15am - 7:45pm
Central Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Kick off Summer Reading in style at Central Library.  You can sign up for our all-summer reading challenge and pick out your own prize book to keep forever.  Then try your hand at our summer scavenger hunt to win candy.   ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Baby Rhyme Time

June 2, 2020
10:15am - 11:00am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for rhymes, bounces, songs, and a story. For caregivers and babies from newborns up to eighteen months. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Loose

June 2, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Early literacy for babies and toddlers through songs, stories, movement, and music!   ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Grass with Rosie Reader!

June 2, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for a very special edition of Mother Goose on the Loose out on the library lawn with Rosie Reader, our library monster mascot!  Celebrate the summer, monsters, and the great outdoors as we read, sing, and play outside!  In case of r...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Swim Storytime!

June 2, 2020
12:15pm - 12:45pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Kids and families! Join Miss Janee for a special 30-minute storytime at Nahas Aquatic Center! Participants can listen (and splash) to fun stories and songs. After storytime, families can stay and swim in the pool as long as you’d like! $4 for adults;...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Conversations & Coffee

June 2, 2020
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English skills? Looking to meet new people in your community? Join community members and English language learners alike at Forest Avenue Library and enjoy light refreshments and sparkling conversation! Activities are pro...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Gaming Unplugged

June 2, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Are you a gamer? Then come to Forest Avenue Library and play some classic board games! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children under ten years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Color Our Pride Banner!

June 2, 2020
2:30pm - 4:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Teens! Want to help us decorate our banner for staff to hold in the Pride Parade? Visit the South Side Library from 2:30-4:30 PM and help us color our pride banner! Teens can use our supplies to decorate our banner, make custom buttons with our butto...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Sensory Play Spectacular!

June 2, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Kick off summer reading by delighting all of your senses at our Sensory Play Spectacular.  Activities will be set up around the meeting room where children will see, hear, touch, taste, and smell all kinds of different things.   ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

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

CANCELLED Level Up!

June 2, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Join us every Tuesday as we play Roblox, Minecraft, and more. Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Great Americana Book Club

June 2, 2020
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us for a discussion of bestselling books from a variety of genres. This month's book is The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Copies are available at the Central Library circulation desk while supplies last as well as in eBook and eAudiobook on&n...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos y Canciones Bilingües

June 2, 2020
6:00pm - 6:30pm
East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and crafts in English and Spanish. Venga y disfrute cuentos, rimas, canciones, y manualidades en inglés y español. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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