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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
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This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: Rainbow Meetup!

April 2, 2020
5:00pm - 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: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Celebrate LGBTQ+ with an all-ages meet-up 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 sheets, snacks, 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.

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 "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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Friends of the North Side Library Bake Sale

April 4, 2020
10:00am - 3:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Exhibits
Event Details:
Friends of the North Side Library Bake Sale.  Purchase Breakfast Pizza and other baked goods and help support the Friends of the North Side Library.  10 am until Sold Out!   ...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: Legos at the Library

April 4, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
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: Gaming
Event Details:
Legos at the Library is cancelled until further notice. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: Staying Safe Online with Trooper Rod Larson

April 6, 2020
6:00pm - 6:45pm
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:
CANCELLED: Join us for an educational evening with Trooper Rod Larson from the Iowa State Patrol. Learn more about the dangers children face while online including predators, sexting, and cyberbullying.  He  will also sh...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: Legos at the Library

April 11, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
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: Gaming
Event Details:
Legos at the Library is cancelled until further notice. ...
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 "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: Storytime with Herc!

April 11, 2020
11:00am - 11:30am
East Side Library Large Study Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Large Study Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, All Ages
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
CANCELLED: Storytime has gone to the dogs!  Join us for a very special storytime with Herc, a therapy dog who loves to visit kids and the library!  Hear stories about dogs, pet and read stories with Herc, and color a cute picture after...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: World Music with Frank Strong

April 13, 2020
6:30pm - 7:15pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Performances
Event Details:
Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with the World Music concert with Frank Strong at the South Side Library at 6:30 p.m. Frank Strong is a guitarist, vocalist, and harmonica player who has performed blues, folk, country, and Americana music for mo...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Ukulele Refresher Class

April 14, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Natalie Steenson will review some of the basics she has taught in previous sessions. This is a great opportunity to see others from past sessions and have some fun as you practice what you have learned. All levels are welcome. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: Paint & Canvas: Iowa Spring Scene/Clase de Pintura: Paisaje de Primavera

April 16, 2020
4:00pm - 4:45pm
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, Educational
Event Details:
CANCELLED:Join us for some bilingual family fun! We'll learn some Spanish while we paint an Iowa Spring scene. While supplies last. ¡Acompáñennos para diversión bilingüe para la toda familia! Aprenderemos un poco de inglés mientras pintamos u...

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

CANCELLED: Week of the Young Child Family Friday: Recycled Art

April 17, 2020
4:45pm - 5:45pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
In honor of Earth Day and Week of the Young Child’s Family Friday, we will explore how recycled materials can be used for crafting. Use your creativity to turn cardboard boxes, toilet paper rolls, and leftover craft materials into works of art. ...

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: Legos at the Library

April 18, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
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: Gaming
Event Details:
Legos at the Library is cancelled until further notice. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: Japanese Masks

April 18, 2020
11:00am - 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: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Performances
Event Details:
CANCELLED:  Join us for a Saturday special program with the Japan America Society of Iowa as we explore Japanese forklore and iconic characters throughout a collection of Japanese traditional and Anime theme masks found in Japanese fes...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Buster Keaton's Our Hospitality, with Pianist Bruce Martin

April 20, 2020
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Buster Keaton lampoons the infamous Appalachian Hatfield-McCoy feud in the 1923 silent feature Our Hospitality. Keaton's then-wife Natalie Talmadge also stars as his off-limits love interest.  Local keyboard whiz Bruce Martin will provide live a...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Des Moines Public Library Board Meeting

April 21, 2020
4:15pm - 5:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
The Library Board of Trustees will meet at 4:15 PM at the South Side Library Meeting Room. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: Pollinators with the Iowa Honey Queen

April 21, 2020
4:30pm - 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: Educational
Event Details:
CANCELLED:  Celebrate Earth Day with the Iowa Honey Queen as we learn more about why pollinators are so important in protecting our planet.  Why are honey bees so important to our environment? Why are honey bees such good pollinators? ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Watercolors with Lisa Christensen

April 24, 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, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Join local artist, Lisa Christensen, for an art class that the whole family can enjoy. Children and adults may work together or own their own to create a simple watercolor motif. ...

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: Legos at the Library

April 25, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
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: Gaming
Event Details:
Legos at the Library is cancelled until further notice. ...
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 Pippi Longstocking Sneak Preview

April 25, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
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: Performances
Event Details:
Come to the library for a special sneak preview of the Des Moines Community Playhouse production of Pippi Longstocking. Enjoy the performance and register to win free tickets to the play! ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Crossroads: A Journey with the Blues

April 25, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
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:
Kevin Burt, 2018 International Blues Challenge Champion is the first Iowan to win in the Solo/Duo category and the first artist in the festival’s 34-history to sweep the solo categories for acoustic guitar and harmonica performance.  Burt, a nat...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: Legos at the Library

April 29, 2020
10:00am - 7:30pm
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: Gaming
Event Details:
CANCELLED:  Build and create with Legos in the children’s area! All ages. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: Legos at the Library

May 2, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
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: Gaming
Event Details:
Legos at the Library is cancelled until further notice. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED: Rainbow Meetup!

May 7, 2020
5:00pm - 7:30pm
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, Educational, Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Celebrate LGBTQ+ with an all-ages meet-up 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 sheets, snacks, 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.

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: Legos at the Library

May 9, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
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: Gaming
Event Details:
Legos at the Library is cancelled until further notice. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
CANCELLED Carson King's story started with a funny poster that caught the cameras of ESPN’s College Game Day at last fall’s Iowa – Iowa State Football game. A simple sign requesting $25 via Venmo to replenish his beer supply ...