Library Reopening with Limited, In-Person Services

All Des Moines Public Library locations will reopen for some in-person services on a limited basis on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Go HERE for all the details about our new hours, services, and offerings at each DMPL location

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Events
Registration Type

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Age
Program Type
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This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Spark Stories

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us on Facebook for the premier of Renee Hardman's spark story.  You'll hear the “spark story” that motivated her to make the Des Moines Metro a better place to live. In 2017 Renee made history when she was elected as the first Afric...

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.

Virtual Storytime Live: Zookeeper Fun!

10:15am - 10:45am
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Miss Janee for another Virtual Storytime on Facebook Live at 10:15 a.m.! Kids and families can here the story, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. Afterwards, kids can guess what animals the zookeeper cares for at the zo...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Library Learning Bag: Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the Art Center

10/26/2020 @ 10:00am - 10/31/2020 @ 5:00pm
All Locations
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by Curbside Service at any of our six branches to pick up a Build Your Own Ofrenda Kit, courtesy of the Des Moines Art Center. The suggested age for the bags is 5-12 and are intended for you or your child to use in open-ended...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual Book Club with Kali White

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 30
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for a special edition of the DMPL Virtual Book Club. Our book is The Monsters We Make, and we will be joined by the author, Kali White.  The first 20 people to register will discuss the book together at 6:3...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Get Cozy with Hygge

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 16
Event Details:
The Danish word “Hygge” has no easy translation into English.  It combines hospitality, contentment, and mindfulness, and some even claim that it helps Denmark earn the title of “Happiest Country in the World.”  Join Tova Brandt from the Mu...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DSM Book Festival Book Club: The Secrets We Kept

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with the DSM Book Festival's DSM Book Club to cohost its online book discussion. The book being discussed is "The Secrets we Kept" by Lara Prescott.  The DSM Book Club is a new online sharing sessio...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Stories, Songs and Movement!

10:15am - 10:45am
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 6
Event Details:
Not so scary stories! Bring your imagination as we read books, sing and move our bodies in this playful story time about the world we live in. Ages two to six. You are welcome to wear a costume, but not required. This program has limited space ...

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.

Writers' Workshop Online

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual Writer's Workshop. Share samples of your work and receive feedback from other writers in the group. This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirma...

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.

DMPL Virtual Genre Voyager Book Club

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 6
Event Details:
What do the terms romance, mystery, fiction, sci-fi bring to mind? Have you ever wondered if there is more to these terms than what meets the eye? Are you looking to expand your reading horizons? Every season, roughly every 3 months, we move on to...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Intro to Weatherization with Green Iowa

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 50
Event Details:
Join us for an evening of tips and tricks on how to optimize your home for Iowa's mercurial weather with Green Iowa!  Green Iowa AmeriCorps (GIA) is a state-wide community service program focusing on conservation and sustainability in our loc...
Branches:
Central Library, East Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, Franklin Avenue Library, North Side Library, South Side Library, Off Site
Description:
Closed for Veterans Day ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Furry Tales Virtual Storytime with Shanti

10:15am - 11:00am
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for a special Furry Tales Storytime with Shanti the therapy dog.  Miss Jennifer will read a story about a dog and then you can meet Shanti virtually and learn all about what he does as a therapy dog.  If you have any questio...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Library Learning Bags: Shared Stories

11/14/2020 @ 10:00am - 11/20/2020 @ 5:00pm
All Locations
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by Curbside or DMPL Express Service at any of our six branches to pick up a Library Learning Bag. This month's bag includes an opportunity to share a story or work of art with a senior citizen in Des Moines. The Library Learning B...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Mighty Girls Empowerment Series

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:
Are you a mighty girl*? Ready to become a mighty woman but have questions? Then join DMPL and community experts to get your questions answered in this four-session series. Know your body, know yourself, and get empowered! Session topics ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Gratitude: practice, examples, and self care with Dr. Becca

12:30pm - 1:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 48
Event Details:
Dr. Becca Lake from Shine Chiropractic in Des Moines, will be speaking on gratitude. What it means to have gratitude, now more than ever, coming into the holiday seasons. We will also be making Gratitude Journals, with supplies for pick up at the ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Des Moines Public Library Board Meeting

4:15pm - 5:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
The Library Board of Trustees will meet at 4:15 PM at the Franklin Avenue Library in the Meeting Room. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Friends of the Forest Avenue Library

4:30pm - 5:45pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
Join us from 4:30-5:45 PM for the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Forest Avenue Library. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

DMPL Virtual Teen Book Club

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual Teen Book Club. We will discuss Maureen Johnson's Truly, Devious.  This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the lin...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual YA for Adults Book Club

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual YA for Adults Book Club. This month, we will be discussing They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera.  This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confir...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Mighty Girls Empowerment Series

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:
Are you a mighty girl*? Ready to become a mighty woman but have questions? Then join DMPL and community experts to get your questions answered in this four-session series. Know your body, know yourself, and get empowered! Session topics ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual Book Club

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual Book Club. This month, we will be discussing American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson. This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with ...

Closed for Thanksgiving

All Day 11/26 - 11/27
Branches:
Central Library, East Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, Franklin Avenue Library, North Side Library, South Side Library, Off Site
Description:
Closed for Thanksgiving ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Mighty Girls Empowerment Series

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:
Are you a mighty girl*? Ready to become a mighty woman but have questions? Then join DMPL and community experts to get your questions answered in this four-session series. Know your body, know yourself, and get empowered! Session topics ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Baked into the Cake: Race and Policy in the United States

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Dr. Kevin Gannon, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University, will speak on how the inequalities and injustices with which we struggle today are deeply rooted in our hist...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

LIVE Virtual Storytime: Baby Rhyme Time

10:15am - 10:45am
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Miss Jennifer at 10:15 a.m. on Facebook for a LIVE virtual Baby Rhyme Time with rhymes, songs, bounces, and puppets.  So put your baby on your lap and get ready for some fun!  Baby Rhyme Time is aimed at children 18 months...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Mighty Girls Empowerment Series

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:
Are you a mighty girl*? Ready to become a mighty woman but have questions? Then join DMPL and community experts to get your questions answered in this four-session series. Know your body, know yourself, and get empowered! Session topics ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Writers' Workshop Online

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual Writer's Workshop. Share samples of your work and receive feedback from other writers in the group. This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirma...

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.