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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). For more information about library services during our closure, please go HERE.

Upcoming Events

Registration Type

Start Time

Age
Program Type
Library Branch
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED DIY Pop Sockets

April 3, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Your phone is personal, so why shouldn’t your phone grip be? Join us to design a pop socket of your very own. You bring the creativity, we’ll bring everything else!  Ages 10-18. While supplies last.  ...

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

CANCELLED Friday Family Gaming

April 3, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens, All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Relax and enjoy North Side's game collection. Snacks will be provided. ...

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

CANCELLED Sit n' Stitch

April 4, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Spend a few hours with other crafters and work on your knit, crochet, or needle craft projects. Please bring your own supplies and projects with you. Snacks, beverages, and pleasant company provided. Please note: No formal instruction is provided....

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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Comics Creators

April 6, 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 "Teens" group.

CANCELLED VolunTeens

April 6, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
We are currently not accepting new applications at the Franklin Avenue Library branch for the 2019-2020 school year. Other DMPL branches may be accepting applications for Teen volunteer opportunities. For ages twelve to eighteen. &n...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Animal Assisted Stress Relief

April 6, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Do you need a break from studying and tests? Animal assisted interactions have shown to positively affect blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels, mood, anxiety, depression, and even short-term memory. Visit the library to interact&...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Level Up!

April 7, 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: Gaming
Event Details:
Join us every Tuesday as we play Roblox, Minecraft, and more. Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Youth Makerspace

April 8, 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 Intro to Scratch Animation

April 9, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Event Details:
This workshop is an introduction to Scratch animation and coding basics.  At the end of this workshop, students will have created a basic animation using sequencing, events, loops and graphics.   After this workshop, students will b...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED: Colgador de plantas de macramé /// macramé plant hangers

April 9, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm
East Side Library Large Study Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Large Study Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
CANCELLED: Crea un colgador al estilo macramé para una planta. Mientras queden reservas // Create your own macramé hanger a houseplant. While supplies last.  ...

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

CANCELLED Magnetic and Blackout Poetry

April 11, 2020
10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Celebrate National Poetry Month with us at North Side! Drop into the children’s area and use our supplies to create a blackout or magnet poem. ...

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 "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Teen Blackout Poetry

April 13, 2020
9:00am - 8:00pm
Central Library Teen Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Teen Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Visit us in the Teen area to celebrate National Poetry Month. All you need is a marker, a book page, and your creativity to write great poems! This is an all-day, drop-in program for ages 12-18.  ...

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

CANCELLED Comics Creators

April 13, 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 "Teens" group.

CANCELLED After-School Switch Gaming

April 13, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Hang out at North Side and enjoy some time playing games on our Nintendo Switch. Snacks may be provided as they last. This program is for ages 10-18. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Peeps Diorama Contest

April 13, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
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, Educational
Event Details:
Re-create a scene from your favorite book or movie using Peeps! All supplies provided. This program is for ages eight to eighteen. Online registration required. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Level Up!

April 14, 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: Gaming
Event Details:
Join us every Tuesday as we play Roblox, Minecraft, and more. Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED: Pokémon Club

April 14, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
CANCELLED:  Do you love all things Pokémon?  Catch 'em all at our monthly Pokémon Club.  Enjoy snacks, trade cards, watch the show, and hang out after school with other fans.  Drop in anytime between 4:00-5:00 for snacks, fun, and...

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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED: Try It Out Tuesday: Sharpie Coasters

April 14, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Tweens and Teens can join us for Try It Out Tuesday and learn to make something new at South! This week, we will design gorgeous coasters using sharpies and rubbing alcohol. For youth ages 10-18. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED: Spark Stories

April 15, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us over the lunch hour to meet Joshua Barr, the Director of the Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commission and a 2019 Business Record 40 under 40 honoree.  Barr is committed to improving opportunities for the impoverished 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.

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 "Teens" group.

CANCELLED VolunTeens

April 15, 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:
Come make a difference at the Central Library while meeting other teens interested in helping their community! Work together to help prepare youth activities, assist with programs and more to bulk up your résumé. Ages 12-18. No Walk-ins. Teens must s...

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

CANCELLED Youth Makerspace

April 15, 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 "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

LifeServe Blood Drive

April 17, 2020
9:00am - 3:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 2, 3
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 2, 3
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Did you know 100% of the blood used in central Iowa comes from LifeServe Blood Center?  Join LifeServe Blood Center and Des Moines Public Library in saving local lives with blood donations.  LifeServe Blood Center only collects blood ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Comics Creators

April 20, 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 "Teens" group.

CANCELLED VolunTeens

April 20, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
We are currently not accepting new applications at the Franklin Avenue Library branch for the 2019-2020 school year. Other DMPL branches may be accepting applications for Teen volunteer opportunities. For ages twelve to eighteen. &n...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Minecraft Club

April 20, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Come build with us! Computers and iPads provided: just bring your imaginations. Ages 7-18. ...

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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Level Up!

April 21, 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: Gaming
Event Details:
Join us every Tuesday as we play Roblox, Minecraft, and more. Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Youth Makerspace

April 22, 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.  ...