Central Library Youth Area

Due to carpet installation, the youth area at Central Library is temporarily unavailable for the public. Library staff can help find children's materials for you. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Upcoming Events

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

"I Have a Dream" Scavenger Hunt

All Day 1/18 - 1/22
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, search for pictures of historic figures from the Civil Rights Movement and learn about their contributions to the movement. Find all the photos to take home a prize! ...

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Children’s Program

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

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

January Lego Challenge

All Day 1/18 - 1/22
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Drop-in to North Side anytime during the month of January and complete a Lego Challenge! Then, we will put your completed project on display here at the library. ...

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Children’s Program

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

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

Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt

All Day 1/18 - 1/22
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Waldos are hiding all around the library! Find out where he is and win a prize.  ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

LSI Citizenship Class

10:00am - 12:30pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) educators for a 10-week citizenship class! This class will prepare students for their citizenship interview by teaching reading, writing, and civics. The class has a $20.00 fee and partners with Iowa Migrant Movem...

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Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational, Exhibits
Event Details:
Habitat for Humanity will be at the North Side Library to answer questions about the April 2022 Rock the Block® in the Highland Park/Oak Park Neighborhood. Stop by their table to learn about how to volunteer or to get more information about how Habit...

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Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

South Side Book Discussion

2:00pm - 3:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us for our monthly South Side Book Discussion! Our January book is So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. ...

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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.

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Conversations and Coffee

3:30pm - 4:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English and meet new people in the community? All English levels welcome! ...

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.

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Coffee & Collage: Winter Edition

5:45pm - 6:45pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Join us for an evening that celebrates the creative process of collage. With cut out images from books, magazines, and other sources, you can make greeting cards, bookmarks, or a larger piece for a wall in your home. Enjoy a warm dri...

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.

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual YA for Adults Book Club

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL YA for Adults Book Club. This month we are discussing Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland This program has limited space and requires registration. After registrat...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Dinosaur Discovery!

All Day
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us for a fun day learning about dinosaurs! There will be different craft and activity stations set up throughout the children's area to explore. All ages are welcome!   ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

LSI Citizenship Class

10:00am - 12:30pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) educators for a 10-week citizenship class! This class will prepare students for their citizenship interview by teaching reading, writing, and civics. The class has a $20.00 fee and partners with Iowa Migrant Movem...

Disclaimer(s)

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Calling all makers! Can you complete our weekly challenge to build, play, or create?  Each week we will have a different activity set up in the children's area and finishers can claim a prize. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

The Outreach Project

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Gateway Gallery
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Gateway Gallery
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with area organizations to connect people with community resources. Community advocates will provide information about community resources like meal sites and shelters. They may also offer support and ...

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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.
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Visit the South Side Library and pick up a Science Project To Go Bag! The bags contain a science activity you can do at home that will let you explore different STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering, and math).  These activities are re...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Dinosaur Discovery!

10:00am - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us for a fun day learning about dinosaurs! There will be different craft and activity stations set up throughout the children's area to explore. All ages are welcome!   ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
*The January 2022 Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library quarterly member's meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.  Please visit the Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library website for more information. If you are looking for a won...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Storytime To Go Bags

All Day
South Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Storytimes, Take & Make
Event Details:
Visit the South Side Library each week to pick up a different Storytime To Go Bag.  Each bag will include rhymes, songs, and book suggestions for babies and preschoolers along with literacy activities.  The storytime bags are recommended fo...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Creative Readers Take and Make

All Day 1/24 - 1/29
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by the North Side Library to pick up your take-home edition of Creative Readers! Enjoy activities inspired by the book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty. Visit dmpl.org or call us at 515-283-4152 to place a hold on the book. This tak...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

January Lego Challenge

All Day 1/24 - 1/29
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Drop-in to North Side anytime during the month of January and complete a Lego Challenge! Then, we will put your completed project on display here at the library. ...

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

Indoor Snowball Games!

01/24/2022 @ 9:00am - 01/30/2022 @ 8:00pm
Central Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Take & Make
Event Details:
Drop in at the Central Library Youth Area for indoor snowball games and crafts. Use fun fake snowballs for great games like snowball bowling, learn how to make kinetic sand snow, and much more! Try all the games in the youth area and get a cool prize...

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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.

Children’s Program

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

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

The Outreach Project

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Gateway Gallery
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Gateway Gallery
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with area organizations to connect people with community resources. Community advocates will provide information about community resources like meal sites and shelters. They may also offer support and ...

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

2:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
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 Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson. Books will be available for pick up at the East Side circulation desk. Coffee and treats will be served. Please note that our regular third Monday...

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.

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Typing Club

3:00pm - 4:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Would you like to learn how to type or improve your keyboarding skills at your own pace? The library can help! Visit the North Side Library every Monday at 3pm to practice and get one on one assistance. Laptops will be provided. All skill levels welc...

Disclaimer(s)

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Franklin Volunteens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Library Meeting
Event Details:
Are you looking for a great place to volunteer? Become a volunteen and help with library projects and programs. Teens ages twelve to eighteen can pick up a teen volunteer application at the Franklin Avenue Library. Applications must be turned in...

Disclaimer(s)

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.