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Upcoming Events

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Bake Shop Squishies Take and Make

All Day 7/26 - 7/31
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:
Squishy, floofy, cutie pies! Paint your take-home Kawaii squishies and feast your eyes on some bakery-themed coloring sheets. As supplies last! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Kid's Take and Make Craft Bag

All Day 7/26 - 7/31
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Stop by the South Side Library to grab a Kid's Take and Make craft bag filled with supplies to make and create at home! These bags are available while supplies last! For youth ages 5-12.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Pop-Up Fun: Sidewalk Painting

1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Drop-by the South Side Library for our Pop-Up series of fun activities! This week, drop-by the library and listen to a story about colors on our Library Lawn. Afterwards, you can paint our sidewalks with sidewalk chalk paint! For youth ages 6 an...

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Children’s Program

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

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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Slime Time

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Visit the Forest Avenue Library for an epic outdoor slime event! We will have stations set up with various recipes for you to test out and take with you.  As supplies last. ...

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Children’s Program

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

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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Marvel Madness Scavenger Hunt

All Day 8/2 - 8/7
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:
Marvel heroes are hiding around the library, waiting for you to assemble them and help save the multiverse.  Finish the scavenger hunt and win a prize! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Outdoor Family Fun Night

6:00pm - 6:45pm
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us on the Library Lawn for our Outdoor Family Fun Night from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Families can participate in an outdoor scavenger hunt, outdoor games and crafts! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic with Polk County Health: Dose 2

3:00pm - 6:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
The Pfizer vaccine is provided free of charge by Polk County Health. Register at https://phciowa.org/covid-19/#vaccine.  Please Note: Appointments are for a second dose for those who took the first dose on July 13.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Level Up!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Level Up your gaming skills! Use our tablets and Nintendo Switch to play Among Us, Minecraft, Roblox, and more. Ages 8+. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Primary Health Care COVID Vaccine Clinic

3:00pm - 6:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Community COVID vaccine clinic hosted by Primary Health Care.  2nd dose.  ...

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.

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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

3-D Printing Party: Minecraft

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Computers & Technology, Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:
Are you curious about 3-D printing?  Watch the 3-D printer build a model, experiment with 3-D pens, and enjoy other Minecraft themed activities.    ...

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Children’s Program

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

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Come by and sign up to take classes at DMACC this fall! Staff from DMACC Admissions will be here to help you through the process. Plus meet representatives from DMACC's Workforce Training Academy, learn about financial aid with materials fr...

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 "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

COVID vaccine clinic with Primary Health Care

3:00pm - 6:30pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Community COVID vaccine clinic hosted by Primary Health Care. 2nd dose. ...

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.

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 "Teens" group.

Level Up!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Level Up your gaming skills! Use our tablets and Nintendo Switch to play Among Us, Minecraft, Roblox, and more. Ages 8+. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Perler Bead Pixel Art

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 19
Event Details:
Join us at Central Library to create awesome, pixelated art using perler beads! All you need is meltable plastic beads, a design board, a hot iron, and some parchment paper—and we’ll provide it all! All you need to bring is your creativity! Ages 8-18...

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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.

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 "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Spark Stories: Emily Steele

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for the premiere of Emily Steele’s Spark Story.  Emily supports local business owners as the CEO of dsm hummingbirds, Owner and Founder at Love Local, and Former President at FemCity Des Moines.  She recently founded Local Business ...

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 "Teens" group.

Teen Mindfulness Kit

08/16/2021 @ 11:00am - 08/21/2021 @ 6:00pm
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Teens!  Stop by before schools starts and take a minute to focus on yourself. Take home a mindfulness kit to help settle your mind while enjoying some stress relieving activities. Available while supplies last!   ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Level Up!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Level Up your gaming skills! Use our tablets and Nintendo Switch to play Among Us, Minecraft, Roblox, and more. Ages 8+. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Back-to-School Mario Kart

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Event Details:
Join us for this back-to-school event combining gaming and crafts! We will be making Mario-themed bookmarks and playing Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Switch. Gaming options: In-person gaming Take turns playing Mario Kart 8 usi...

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 "Teens" group.

Level Up!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Level Up your gaming skills! Use our tablets and Nintendo Switch to play Among Us, Minecraft, Roblox, and more. Ages 8+. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime/Manga Club

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:
Love anime and manga? Want to nerd out about it with other people who love it, too? Then join us for the Teen Anime/Manga Meetup! We’ll get together and discuss all things anime and manga, do crafts, play games, watch anime, and more! Ages 12-18...

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.

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 "Teens" group.

Level Up!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Level Up your gaming skills! Use our tablets and Nintendo Switch to play Among Us, Minecraft, Roblox, and more. Ages 8+. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

After-School Club: Video Gaming

4:00pm - 5:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Tweens and Teens ages 10-18 can join us after school to play games on our Nintendo Switch or Minecraft on our iPads. ...

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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Marvel Makers

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 30
Event Details:
Channel your inner god of thunder with some weather science, demo a robotic iron man hand, and create your own perler bead shield magnets to take home at this marvel maker event!  As supplies last! ...

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 "Teens" group.

Level Up!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Level Up your gaming skills! Use our tablets and Nintendo Switch to play Among Us, Minecraft, Roblox, and more. Ages 8+. ...