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
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This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Franklin Avenue Library Afternoon Book Discussion

June 1, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
We will discuss Educated by Tara Westover. Copies of the book will be available at the Information Desk while supplies last. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Basic Computer Skills

June 1, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
  Visit the North Side Library every Monday to learn some computer basics. Each week we will focus on one topic with time for questions and personalized help. 1st Monday of the month - Mouse and Keyboard Basics; 2...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Writers' Workshop

June 1, 2020
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 3
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 3
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for an informal writers' workshop on the first* Monday of the month from 5-7 PM. Share samples of your work and receive feedback from other writers in the group. If you would like to share your writing with the group, please attach th...

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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Book Club On the Go

June 2, 2020
9:00am - 8:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The book club for those on the go: anytime, anywhere.  This month we'll be reading Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. Pick up your copy the first Tuesday of the month at the Central Library circulation desk, or check out a d...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Conversations & Coffee

June 2, 2020
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English skills? Looking to meet new people in your community? Join community members and English language learners alike at Forest Avenue Library and enjoy light refreshments and sparkling conversation! Activities are pro...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Great Americana Book Club

June 2, 2020
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us for a discussion of bestselling books from a variety of genres. This month's book is The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Copies are available at the Central Library circulation desk while supplies last as well as in eBook and eAudiobook on&n...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Financial Blunders-Lessons We Never Learn

June 2, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Find out more about the following: How to avoid losing up to 40% of your retirement plan on the day you walk away How naive we are in understanding the market...great opportunities, great risks How to "preserve" and "protect" our assets aga...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Drop-in Computer Help @ Central

June 3, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Computer Lab
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Computer Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
It’s never too late to feel comfortable with a computer.  Every Wednesday at the Central Library, staff will answer your questions about­­ computer basics, online Library resources, email­­­, and more.  ...

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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Polk County Master Gardeners present Creating a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

June 3, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join DMPL and Polk County Master Gardeners’ John Fleming to learn about raised bed gardens. This presentation will provide the information you need to build and maintain a productive vegetable garden through sizing a raised bed, construction, soil mi...

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.

CANCELLED South Side Book Discussion

June 4, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us to discuss the book The Dry by Jane Harper. Copies are available at the previous book discussion and the Information Desk thereafter (while supplies last). ...

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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Job Seekers

June 4, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
Looking for a new job? Join us for help with job-related topics. Each week we will focus on one topic with time for questions and personalized help. First Thursday: Job Searching with Google Second Thursday: Job Applications Third Thursday: ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Clases de Ciudadanía/ Citizenship Classes

June 4, 2020
5:00pm - 7:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
LSI will provide citizenship classes in English on Tuesdays at 6pm-8pm and Thursdays from 5pm-7:30pm. This is a 10-week course; 2.5 hours, twice per week. Cost is $20. Required books sponsored by East Side Library. Pre-registration 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.

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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Giant Board Games: Codenames

June 4, 2020
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Come play giant Codenames! Give one-word clues that bring your teammates closer to cracking the code, but be careful you don't accidentally help the enemy. Snacks provided. ...

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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Free Friday Flicks at Franklin - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

June 5, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Writer Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) is tasked with creating a profile of Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks), the creator and star of the successful children's program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. When the interviewee suddenly becomes the interviewer, magic begins...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Sit n' Stitch

June 6, 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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Basic Computer Skills

June 8, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
  Visit the North Side Library every Monday to learn some computer basics. Each week we will focus on one topic with time for questions and personalized help. 1st Monday of the month - Mouse and Keyboard Basics; 2...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Barn History and the Iowa Barn Foundation

June 8, 2020
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
The Iowa Barn Foundation's Ober Anderson will discuss the important role of the American all-purpose barn from 1650-1950 and why we should preserve examples of these buildings for the future. Few, if any, all-purpose barns were constructed after the ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Conversations & Coffee

June 9, 2020
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English skills? Looking to meet new people in your community? Join community members and English language learners alike at Forest Avenue Library and enjoy light refreshments and sparkling conversation! Activities are pro...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn How to Play

June 9, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
It’s time to strum it out! Learn to play the ukulele at the North Side Library! The small string instrument has seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years as an alternative for guitars, especially for beginners. You’ll learn basic chords and stru...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Standing in the Shadows of Motown

June 9, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month at the Forest Avenue Library! Standing in the Shadows of Motown recounts the story of The Funk Brothers, the uncredited and largely unheralded studio musicians who were the house band that...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Franklin Evening Book Discussion

June 9, 2020
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
We will discuss The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Copies of the book will be available at the Information Desk while supplies last. No registration required.  ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Drop-in Computer Help @ Central

June 10, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Computer Lab
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Computer Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
It’s never too late to feel comfortable with a computer.  Every Wednesday at the Central Library, staff will answer your questions about­­ computer basics, online Library resources, email­­­, and more.  ...

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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Job Seekers

June 11, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
Looking for a new job? Join us for help with job-related topics. Each week we will focus on one topic with time for questions and personalized help. First Thursday: Job Searching with Google Second Thursday: Job Applications Third Thursday: ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Clases de Ciudadanía/ Citizenship Classes

June 11, 2020
5:00pm - 7:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
LSI will provide citizenship classes in English on Tuesdays at 6pm-8pm and Thursdays from 5pm-7:30pm. This is a 10-week course; 2.5 hours, twice per week. Cost is $20. Required books sponsored by East Side Library. Pre-registration 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.

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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Dementia/Alzheimer’s Warning Signs & Prevention

June 12, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join DMPL and the Alzheimer's Association of Iowa for this informative program! Alzheimer's and other dementias cause memory, thinking, and behavior changes that interfere with daily living. Learn about common warning signs of Alzheimer's and what sy...

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.

CANCELLED Transcendent Storytime for Adults

June 13, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Transgender Action Group for Iowa in a storytime for adults! TAG members will be reading short stories by and about trans people, and we'll have more trans stories here for you to check out and take home. Happy Pride! ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Basic Computer Skills

June 15, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
  Visit the North Side Library every Monday to learn some computer basics. Each week we will focus on one topic with time for questions and personalized help. 1st Monday of the month - Mouse and Keyboard Basics; 2...