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 "All Ages" group.

Primary Election Polling Place

June 2, 2020
7:00am - 8:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
The East Side Library Meeting Room is reserved as a Polk County Polling Place. The Meeting Room will open to the public at 7:00 AM and will close to the public and voting will cease at 8:00 PM. Regular library services will not be available due to th...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Power Play!

June 3, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Play & Learn
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 Power Pla...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Conversations & Coffee for Families

June 4, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English conversation skills? The Franklin Avenue Library has partnered with Lutheran Services in Iowa to provide English conversation partners every Thursday morning. Prompts and activities will be provided to encourage c...

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.

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.

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Rainbow Meet-up | Reunión Arcoíris

June 4, 2020
4:30pm - 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: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with weekly all-ages meet-ups to connect with LGBTQ folks and allies! Learn about upcoming events, listen to music by Queer artists, and check out LGBTQ books by Queer authors and about Queer characters. Coloring she...

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.

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.

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Monster Craft Day

June 5, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm
East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Drop in to make and take a monster themed craft today!   ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Summer Reading Kickoff Party

June 5, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Bring the family to the South Side Library and help us kick off the Summer Reading Program with our outdoor party! • Meet Spider-Man! • Sign up for the Summer Reading Program. • Play our outdoor games. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Animal Show & Tell with the Blank Park Zoo

June 6, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for a wild time with the Blank Park Zoo and 4 of the zoo's animal ambassadors!  A zoo educator will visit all ages to teach them some of the fun things that make the animals unique as a species and as an individual! ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Crafternoon: Awesome Animals

June 6, 2020
12:00pm - 4:00pm
East Side Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Drop in to make and take a fun scratch art zoo animal! ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Cubbie Bear Visits the Library!

June 8, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, All Ages
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for a storytime with special guest Cubbie Bear from the Iowa Cubs!  We will read stories about sports and children will have a chance to get their picture taken with Cubbie Bear. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime

June 8, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Bring the family at night for stories, songs, and occasional crafts that prepares your children for school! You can even wear your jammies! All ages welcome! ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Dog Man Party!

June 9, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Celebrate our favorite half-man, half-dog crime fighting hero Dog Man with games, crafts, and other fabulous fun at our Dog Man Party from 2:30-3:30 PM! All Ages Welcome! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED The Magic and Comedy of Jonathan May

June 9, 2020
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Join us for this special family event with professional magician Jonathan May.  Prepare to be thoroughly entertained and amazed by this magical program designed for all ages.  Jonathan May is Iowa's most in demand magician and has perfor...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Power Play!

June 10, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Play & Learn
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 Power Pla...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Conversations & Coffee for Families

June 11, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English conversation skills? The Franklin Avenue Library has partnered with Lutheran Services in Iowa to provide English conversation partners every Thursday morning. Prompts and activities will be provided to encourage c...

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.

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.

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Jester Puppets Presents Fairy Tales Unhinged

June 11, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Jump into a classic with Jester Puppets' Fairy Tales (Unhinged).  They bring enormous fun and downright silliness to our favorite fables.   Kids will want to travel over the moon and through the woods for this interactive adventure.   ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Rainbow Meet-up | Reunión Arcoíris

June 11, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with weekly all-ages meet-ups to connect with LGBTQ folks and allies! Learn about upcoming events, listen to music by Queer artists, and check out LGBTQ books by Queer authors and about Queer characters. Coloring she...

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.

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.

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

CANCELLED Dogman Party!

June 12, 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, Teens, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Celebrate our favorite half-man, half-dog crime fighting hero with games, crafts, and other fabulous fun at our Dog Man Party! Drop in from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. All ages are welcome! ...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED CROSSROADS: A Journey With The Blues

June 14, 2020
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Blues duo, Steve George and Bob Pace are performing in celebration of African American Music Appreciation Month. The duo won the 2009 Solo/Duo Iowa Blues Challenge, both are inductees into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, and Bob is an inductee into the ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Neighbor Week: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Movie Night

June 15, 2020
4:30pm - 7:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Kickoff East Side Library's Neighbor Week with a special event!  At 4:30 we will host a reception where you can meet your neighbors, enjoy light snacks and beverages and activities before a movie screening of the Mr. Roger's biopic, A Beautiful ...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Children's Renaissance Faire

June 16, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Come one, come all, to our Children's Renaissance Faire!  Join us for activities, games, and crafts that will take you back to olden times.  Don't miss a chance to meet Rapunzel and her friend the bravest princess, and watch ...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Des Moines Public Library Board Meeting

June 16, 2020
4:15pm - 5:30pm
Central Library Administrative Board Room
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Administrative Board Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
The Library Board of Trustees will meet at 4:15 PM at the Central Library in the Administrative Board Room. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Power Play!

June 17, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Play & Learn
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 Power Pla...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Pronouns 101

June 17, 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, All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for a presentation from OneIowa on pronouns! ...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Conversations & Coffee for Families

June 18, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English conversation skills? The Franklin Avenue Library has partnered with Lutheran Services in Iowa to provide English conversation partners every Thursday morning. Prompts and activities will be provided to encourage c...

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.

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.

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Rainbow Meet-up | Reunión Arcoíris

June 18, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with weekly all-ages meet-ups to connect with LGBTQ folks and allies! Learn about upcoming events, listen to music by Queer artists, and check out LGBTQ books by Queer authors and about Queer characters. Coloring she...

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.

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.

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

CANCELLED! LGBT Oral Histories of Central Iowa Exhibition and Interview Session

June 20, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Exhibits
Event Details:
To commemorate the 51st anniversary of Stonewall, interviewers for LGBT Oral Histories of Central Iowa (LOHCI) will hold an open interviewing session for LGBTQ-identified community members to share their memories to be preserved with the LOHCI archiv...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Science Tellers Presents Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress

June 23, 2020
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Performances
Event Details:
A long time ago in a faraway world, two brave villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the kingdom from the Evil Ice Sorceress. When things don’t go as planned, however, they might need to look to themselves (and to science!) ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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