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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "Children" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime

June 2, 2020
6:15pm - 6:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
The whole family can come to the library for stories, rhymes and songs. Rosie's Rocket Reading Room ...
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 "Children" group.

CANCELLED Summer Reading Kickoff: Scavenger Hunt

June 3, 2020
9:15am - 7:45pm
Central Library Teen Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Teen 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.
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 "Children" group.

CANCELLED Walk Your Dog Craft

June 3, 2020
3:00pm - 7:00pm
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:
Come to the children's area at the Central Library to create a set of 3 dogs that you can take for a walk.  Please note that this craft will only be available while supplies last.  Large groups must give at least a 1 week notice by emailing...

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.

This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Science Wednesdays: Plant, Grow, Fly

June 3, 2020
4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Learn about plants with special guest Joel Van Roekel from the Parks and Rec Department!  We will learn about plants that help butterflies, decorate a flower pot, and get your own plant to take home! Science Wednesdays is an op...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Youth Makerspace

June 3, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us every Wednesday as we explore different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities.  Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Break or Make Lab: Create a Monster

June 3, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Event Details:
Join us for a very special edition of Make or Break Lab where we create our own monsters from the wreckage during our Monster Week!  It's time to break it and make it! Do you wonder how things are made? Join us for a monthly deconstruction lab w...
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 "Children" group.

CANCELLED Summer Reading Kickoff: Scavenger Hunt

June 4, 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.
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.
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.

This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Summer Reading Kickoff: Scavenger Hunt

June 5, 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.   ...

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 "Children" group.

CANCELLED LEGO Fridays

June 5, 2020
10:00am - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
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. ...