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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 "Teens" group.

Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 28
Event Details:
Have you ever wanted to slay a dragon, raid a dungeon treasure room, or even save a village from an evil bandit horde? Always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, but didn’t know where to start? Join us as we learn the basics of how to get start...

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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.

NEA Special Film Screening: Francois Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451

6:00pm - 8:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Director Francois Truffaut's 1966 adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic futurist novel Fahrenheit 451 will be screened. The Des Moines Film Society's Ben Godar will provide introductory remarks and lead a discussion after the movie. ...

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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.

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 "Teens" group.

Fear Street at the Library Escape Room

5:15pm - 6:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
A creepy quest, an evil witch, and a mystery to die for! You never know what you might face in this creepy adventure. Sign up and see if you survive our Fear Street escape room! Best for kids who are not easily grossed out and enjoy a fright! Ages 12...
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 "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: 20
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...

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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.

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.

Teen and Tween Wellness Day

2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Health & Wellness, Take & Make
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Teens and Tweens can join us at South for a fun afternoon of self-care activities with our special Wellness Day at 2:30 p.m. Come learn how to make your own aromatherapy putty with essential oils, customize your own journal and pa...

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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.

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+. ...

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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.

Day of the Dead Luminaries / Día de los Muertos Luminarias

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Heritage/History Month
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Event Details:
This Day of the Dead, come to the Franklin Avenue Library to create your own skull lamp in memory of your friends and relatives who have passed away. Este Día de los Muertos, vengan a la biblioteca Franklin Avenue para crear su propia luminaria de...

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.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Resume Basics for Young Adults!

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom to improve your resume game with experts from Iowa’s own Connect 2 Careers! Whether you’re looking for a job, working on school applications, or simply want to get your current resume up to snuff, this workshop will teach you to take ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Level Up!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Conference Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Conference 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.

Central VolunTeens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Library Meeting
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Central Library's VolunTeen team will meet to do projects that help the library and the community! All volunteers must fill out an application and waiver before volunteering at the library.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

South VolunTeens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Teens! Do you need volunteer hours? Students ages 12-18 may volunteer at the South Side Library with Miss Janee for 1 hour performing various tasks during our South VolunTeens program! This is a great way to earn volunteer hours! All studen...
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...

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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 "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 "Teens" group.

All About Journaling Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Tweens and Teens ages 10-18 can stop by the North Side Library to take home a journaling project! Learn about different kinds of journaling and try your hand at it yourself with the materials provided. While supplies last. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Woodland Creatures Take and Make

All Day 11/8 - 11/10
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Paint your own ceramic owl and learn about animal tracks.  As supplies last, best for ages 6+. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

All About Journaling Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Tweens and Teens ages 10-18 can stop by the North Side Library to take home a journaling project! Learn about different kinds of journaling and try your hand at it yourself with the materials provided. While supplies last. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

3D Printing Basics: Pencil Toppers on Zoom

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
Learn how to design your own 3-D-printed pencil toppers! For ages 9 to 18, this class will teach the basics of 3D printing design. We'll create our Pencil Toppers together in class, then you'll be able to pick up your printed design in one to tw...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Franklin VolunTeens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
Are you looking for a great place to volunteer? Become a volunteen and help with library projects and programs. Teens ages twelve to eighteen can pick up a teen volunteer application at the Franklin Avenue Library. Applications must be turned in and ...

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.
Library Branch: East Side Library
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Teens ages 12-17 are invited to take home a library learning bag with a LED paper circuit star light, bookmark, and Native American star myths.  Available at the desk while supplies last.   ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

All About Journaling Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Tweens and Teens ages 10-18 can stop by the North Side Library to take home a journaling project! Learn about different kinds of journaling and try your hand at it yourself with the materials provided. While supplies last. ...