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Mini Haunted House Craft

All Day 10/18 - 10/23
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Build your own mini haunted house with the provided supplies or branch out and use your own.  As supplies last, best for ages 6+. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Calling all makers! Can you complete our weekly challenge to build, play, or create?  Each week we will have a different activity set up in the children's area and finishers can claim a prize. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Goosebumps Scavenger Hunt

All Day 10/25 - 10/30
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Watch out for the things that go bump in the night.  Monsters, ghosts, vampires and more are hiding around the library.  Finish the scavenger hunt and win a gooey prize! ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Day of the Dead with the Des Moines Art Center

All Day 10/25 - 10/31
All Locations
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Heritage/History Month, Take & Make
Event Details:
Celebrate Day of the Dead with the Des Moines Art Center What is Day of the Dead? Day of the Dead is a holiday that is celebratory, yet respectful of death, and has been practiced in parts of Latin America for centuries. Families honor their ance...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Rosie's Halloween Scavenger Hunt

All Day 10/25 - 10/31
Central Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Rosie and her friends are ready to go trick or treating! Can you find everyone in their costumes?  Finish the scavenger hunt and win a prize! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teens and Tweens: Spooky Gingerbread Houses

4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Event Details:
Teens and Tweens! Can you make a haunted house out of gingerbread and other foods? Visit South and create your own Spooky Gingerbread House! Snack on some goodies while you use candy, frosting, and other fun foods to craft your own haunted ...

Disclaimer(s)

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Creative Readers To Go Bags

All Day
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by the Franklin Library and pick up a Creative Readers To Go Bag.  The bags will contain an art project you can create at home that will let you explore your artistic side.  These activities are recommended for ages five and up and sho...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Decorate your own ceramic calavera with acrylic paint. This program is intended for adults and children 4 years and older, as supplies last. Decora tu propia calavera  de cerámica con pintura acrílica. Este programa está destinado para adulto...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

All Day 10/28 - 10/30
South Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Kids! Can you find all of the Halloween book characters inside the library? Visit the Information Desk at South, pick up a Halloween Scavenger Hunt Card to find all of the Halloween book characters inside the library and win a small prize! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Maker Day Challenge: KNEX

10:00am - 5:30pm
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Calling all makers! Can you complete our weekly challenge to build, play, or create?  Each week we will have a different activity set up in the children's area and finishers can claim a prize. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Drop-in Spooky Crafting

10:00am - 4:30pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Drop-in to North Side and enjoy Halloween-themed crafting! ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by South and take a Day of the Dead skull suncatcher, or calavera, to decorate at home! This program is intended for children 5 years and older. Items are available while supplies last.  ¡Pase por bibloteca de South y llévese un caz...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Galaxy Take and Make

All Day 11/1 - 11/6
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
It's all about space with this make and take.  Mix up a batch of gooey slime and make a star rocket launcher.  This activity is intended to be done with parental supervision.  As supplies last, best for ages 8+. ...

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.

Fall Fun Scavenger Hunt!

All Day 11/1 - 11/7
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Take & Make
Event Details:
Visit the Central Library Children's Area for a Fall Fun Scavenger Hunt. Find all the fall pictures on your scavenger hunt card and win a cool prize! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Kid's Fall Scavenger Hunt

All Day 11/1 - 11/10
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Kids and families! Visit the South Side Library and go on a search in the library with our Fall Scavenger Hunt! Pick up a sheet at the Information Desk, find all of the fall foliage and animals hiding inside the library - and win a small prize. For y...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Winter Survival with Polk County Conservation

3:00pm - 3:30pm
East Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for a special outdoor presentation on Winter Survival: How to animals survive the harsh winter. We’ll learn what kind of unique strategies Iowa animals use to shake off the cold while bundling up outside on the library lawn! ...

Disclaimer(s)

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Children" group.

Native American Culture for Kids with CultureAll

6:30pm - 7:15pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Heritage/History Month, Take & Make
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 49
Event Details:
Families! Join the South Side Library via Zoom and celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a special presentation from CultureAll at 6:30 p.m. CultureAll Ambassador Timothy Perkins will share with kids the history of Native Americans, what Pow ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Everystep Healthy Start Community Days

10:00am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us outside on the Forest Ave Library's lawn for Everystep's Healthy Start Program!  These educational events are for children and families and include experienced staff providing referrals to community resources, Information about health pa...

Disclaimer(s)

Inclement Weather

This program is hosted outdoors. In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Children" group.

Science Project To Go Bags

All Day
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by the Franklin Library and pick up a Science Project To Go Bag.  The bags will contain a science activity you can do at home that will let you explore different STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering, and math).  These activi...
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Calling all makers! Can you complete our weekly challenge to build, play, or create?  Each week we will have a different activity set up in the children's area and finishers can claim a prize. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

3-D Printing Basics: Glow Stick Lightsabers

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
Learn how to design your own 3-D prints! Join us for a 3-D Printing basics class, where we will design our own 3-d printed lightsabers with Tinkercad or 3-d Pens. 2-3 weeks after class you will be able to pick up your projects and take them home...

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.
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Join Phoebe Liang D’Alessandro, an ambassador with CultureALL, to learn about the development of Chinese characters. During this session, Phoebe will show pictures of different writing styles, writing materials, and examples of Chinese Characters. St...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by the South Side Library to pick a Kid's Take and Make Bag! Enjoy activities inspired by the book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorrell. Visit dmpl.org or call us at 515-283-4152 to place a hold on the book.  This take-...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Library Learning Bags: Owl Edition

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Starting Saturday, November 6th, stop in while supplies last to pick up a Library Learning Bag with all things owls.  Materials include owl pellets and dissection instructions, an owl craft, and more.  Available while supplies last at the d...