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

Start Time

Age
Program Type
Library Branch
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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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.

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

CANCELLED Family Storytime: Rainbow Slushy Science

June 2, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Enjoy some colorful stories and make a delicious sugar drink! ...

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.

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Loose

June 3, 2020
9:30am - 10:00am
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
“Mother Goose on the Loose”, is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies' and toddler's foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement. Following the program...

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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 3, 2020
10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, occasional crafts and a little playtime with Miss Janee. For toddlers ages 18 months - 3 years. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Forest Avenue Calming Room

June 3, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, 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.

CANCELLED Baby Rhyme Time

June 3, 2020
10:15am - 10:45am
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us weekly for rhymes, songs, bounces, stories, and a little playtime. For caregivers and babies ages 0 - 18 months. ...

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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 3, 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:
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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Storytime

June 3, 2020
10:15am - 11:00am
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, movement and more! ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 3, 2020
11:00am - 11:30am
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:
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 "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime

June 3, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
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. ...

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.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Preschool Storytime

June 4, 2020
9:30am - 10:00am
Central Library Meeting Room 3
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 3
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for stories, songs, and movement that build literacy and school-readiness skills! This storytime is geared toward children ages 3 to 6. Groups are welcome! ...

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.

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.

CANCELLED Sunshine Storytime

June 4, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Families and Kids! Join us on the library lawn at South for Sunshine Storytime from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM! Bring your blanket or tarp and listen to stories and songs outdoors under the trees! Afterwards, families can play with our parachute/outdoor to...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Play, Grow, Learn!

June 4, 2020
10:15am - 12:00pm
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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Storytime

June 4, 2020
10:30am - 11:15am
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:
On Thursdays, children and their caregivers can enjoy stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and songs together, followed by a period of free play or drawing. ...

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 Power Play

June 4, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Adults and children play together in an environment set up to promote all areas of development through open ended active play focused on the 5 Simple Steps to success strategies of read, write, sing, play and talk.  Join us for 60 minutes of Pow...

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.

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.

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

CANCELLED Rosie Visits Teachout Aquatic Center for Storytime!

June 4, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
East Side Library Outreach
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Outreach
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Stop by the Teachout Aqautic Center for a very special edition of Preschool Storytime with Rosie Reader!  Wear your swim suit if you would like to sit in the zero depth end during storytime.  Children must have parent/guardian present with ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Messy Time

June 4, 2020
11:15am - 11:45am
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Join us immediately after storytime to make a mess and enjoy sensory play together. Each week we'll have different textures, colors, sounds, scents, and shapes for families to explore and manipulate. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Play, Grow, Learn!

June 4, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us at the Franklin 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 ...

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.