Due Dates Extended

Due to weather conditions on Friday, all library materials with due dates of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be extended until Tuesday, Jan. 21. In addition, pickup dates for items on hold will also be extended until Tuesday.

Upcoming Events

Registration Type

Start Time

Age
Program Type
Library Branch
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

January 20, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Holidays, Educational
Event Details:
Join us at Forest Avenue Library to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring a keynote speaker Dwana Bradley, recognition of student art and creative writing entries, and a hands-on art experience for youth with artist Jill ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Des Moines Public Library Board Meeting

January 21, 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.

Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn How to Play

January 21, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: All Ages
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 "All Ages" group.

Family/Team Puzzle Challenge

January 22, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Join us for a spirited night of puzzle piecing competition! Each team will work the same 100-piece puzzle, competing against a 60 minute clock to be the quickest to complete it....or to come really close! The three fastest teams will select a th...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Tissue Paper Painting

January 24, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Create a colorful work of art by "painting" with tissue paper and water! ...

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.

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.

Legos at the Library

January 25, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
East Side Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Build and create with Legos in the children’s area! All ages. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Monday Night Craft: Pocket Pompoms

January 27, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Learn how to make an adorable pom pom creature to put in your pocket.  Materials will be provided for making pom poms and needle felting.  All ages are welcome.  No registration required. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn How to Play

January 28, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: All Ages
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 "All Ages" group.

Legos at the Library

January 29, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
East Side Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Build and create with Legos in the children’s area! All ages. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Alice in Wonderland Happy Unbirthday Party!

January 31, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Your unbirthday, as Lewis Carroll wrote in his novel, Through the Looking Glass, is any day of the year that isn't your birthday. What a reason to celebrate with us at North Side! Come enjoy a variety of Alice in Wonderland themed activitie...

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.

Black History Hero Search

All Day
East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Join us as we kick off Black History Month with a fun search throughout the entire library as you search for all kinds of heroes and find a fact about each one. Prizes for all ages! ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Legos at the Library

February 1, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
East Side Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Build and create with Legos in the children’s area! All ages. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Forest Flicks: Amazing Grace

February 1, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Come join us in a viewing of Amazing Grace, a film that cuts together footage of Aretha Franklin's two 1972 concerts at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, where she recorded her album Amazing Grace.  ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Monday Evening Yoga

February 3, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Join us for a relaxing evening yoga session with Horte Gonzalez. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your own mat if you have one.  Library mats will also be provided.  ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn How to Play

February 4, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: All Ages
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 "All Ages" group.

Rainbow Meetup!

February 6, 2020
5:00pm - 7:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
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 "All Ages" group.

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin - The Lion King

February 7, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Disney's 1994 hand-drawn animated classic - about a lion prince shirking, then accepting his responsibilities - has been remade as a photo-realistic animated version otherwise little changed. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

DIY Valentine's Day Cards

February 7, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Create cards for friends and loved ones. We’ll provide plenty of supplies. Just bring your creativity! ...

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.

Legos at the Library

February 8, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
East Side Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Build and create with Legos in the children’s area! All ages. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Monday Night Movie: Remember the Titans

February 10, 2020
6:00pm - 7:15pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Celebrate Black History Month with a showing of Remember the Titans (rated PG).  Along with the movie, light refreshments and quiet activities will be available for your enjoyment.  Set in Virginia in the early 1970s, 'Remember the Titans' ...

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.

Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn How to Play

February 11, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: All Ages
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 "All Ages" group.

Beat the Winter Blues with ARLs TheraPets

February 14, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits, and a pigeon -- oh my! Come hang out with the Animal Rescue Leagues TheraPets at the Central Library.  ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Legos at the Library

February 15, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
East Side Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Build and create with Legos in the children’s area! All ages. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CROSSROADS: A Journey With The Blues

February 16, 2020
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Generation of Blues – Hal Reed and Kent Burnside, winners of the 2019 Iowa Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category will perform at the Franklin Avenue Library. They will represent Iowa at the 36th Annual International Blues Challenge, January 28 – F...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Astract Art Tote Bags

February 17, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Create a work of art on a tote bag based on African-American Expressionist painter and art educator Alma Thomas's colorful paintings and learn more about this talented artist.  No registration required! ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Des Moines Public Library Board Meeting

February 18, 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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Cancelled: Circuit Flowers

February 21, 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, Educational
Event Details:
Has cabin fever set in? These colorful flowers made with coffee filters and LED lights will have us thinking of the warmer days to come! ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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