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NEA Big Reads Student Art Exhibit

All Day 10/18 - 10/30
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Exhibits
Event Details:
Join us at Des Moines Public Library for a student art exhibit inspired by the NEA Big Read pick Fahrenheit 451. Explore artistic interpretations of censorship from over 50 Des Moines Public School student artists at the Franklin and Central branches...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

NEA Big Reads Student Art Exhibit

All Day 10/18 - 10/30
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Exhibits
Event Details:
Join us at Des Moines Public Library for a student art exhibit inspired by the NEA Big Read pick Fahrenheit 451. Explore artistic interpretations of censorship from over 50 Des Moines Public School student artists at the Franklin and Central branches...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

East Side Library's Fall Book Sale

All Day 10/21 - 10/23
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Book Sales
Event Details:
Find books from all genres, cd's, audiobooks, magazines and more at the East Side Fall Book Sale held in the Library's Meeting Room: 10:00 to 7:00 Thursday, October 21st 10:00 to 6:00 Friday, October 22nd 10:00 to 5:00 Saturday, October 23rd...

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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.

CROSSROADS: A History of the Blues featuring Scott Davis

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Scott Davis is a member of the Des Moines Musician’s Association. A Des Moines native, he received his undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Master’s in performance and education at Drake University. Scott was ...

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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 "All Ages" group.

Pumpkin Painting

All Day 10/27 - 10/30
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Drop into our meeting room starting October 27th during open hours to paint or color a mini pumpkin!  While supplies last. ...

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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 "All Ages" group.

Day of the Dead Ofrenda

All Day 10/28 - 11/3
Library Branch: East Side Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Exhibits
Event Details:
Come to the East Side Library's entryway to see a Day of the Dead ofrenda built by Latinx Immigrants of Iowa in partnership with the Des Moines Public Library.  The exhibit includes flowers created by Library visitors throughout October in memor...
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! ...

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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 "All Ages" group.

I-Spy: Iowa's Earliest Residents

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Stop in anytime November 1st-15th to spy amazing objects from the University of Iowa's discovery trunk on Iowa's earliest residents all over the library.  Can you find a mammoth tooth, an atlatl, and more?  When you are finished, stop by th...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Conversations and Coffee

3:30pm - 4:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English and meet new people in the community? All English levels welcome! ...

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 "All Ages" group.

Flu Vaccine Clinic with Polk County Health

3:00pm - 6:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Franklin Avenue Library is partnering with Polk County Health Department to offer flu vaccinations to the public! Register at https://www.immunizepolk.com/appointment/en/client/registration?clinic_id=445&find_label=find_location&return_t...

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 "All Ages" group.

I-Spy: Sea Dinosaurs

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Stop in anytime November 17th-30th to find some sea dinosaurs hiding around the library.  Can you find a Plesiosaurs, Mosasaurus,  and Spinosaurus?  When you are finished, stop by the desk and pick out a prize.   ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Conversations and Coffee

3:30pm - 4:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English and meet new people in the community? All English levels welcome! ...

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 "All Ages" group.

Tape Obstacle Course

All Day 11/22 - 11/24
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Stop by and complete our simple tape obstacle course and make your way through our children's area and check out our awesome collection while you are at it!  When you finish, come up to the desk and claim a prize, while supplies last.  ...

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 "All Ages" group.

Conversations and Coffee

3:30pm - 4:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English and meet new people in the community? All English levels welcome! ...

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 "All Ages" group.

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin – Philadelphia

2:00pm - 4:15pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Oscar-winner Tom Hanks stars as a man with HIV fired by his law firm due to his condition. He then hires a homophobic small-time lawyer, played by Denzel Washington, as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. The 1993 drama is rated ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Giant Games and Giant Gingerbread Houses

All Day
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Gaming
Event Details:
Stop in during our open hours to visit the meeting room to play giant board games as a family or small group, and decorate our giant cardboard Gingerbread houses!   ...

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 "All Ages" group.

Conversations and Coffee

3:30pm - 4:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English and meet new people in the community? All English levels welcome! ...

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 "All Ages" group.

Birds and Bird Feeding with Polk County Conservation

2:00pm - 2:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for a special presentation from our friends at Polk County Conservation on Birds and Bird Feeding: Winter is a great time to feed and watch birds. We’ll learn about some common Iowa birds and ways to keep our feathered friends well fed. ...

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 "All Ages" group.

Animal Tracks with Polk County Conservation

2:00pm - 2:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for a special presentation from our friends at Polk County Conservation on Animal Tracks. Become an “animal detective” as we discuss what kind of clues animals leave behind. ...

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.