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Job Seekers Help with the Evelyn K. Davis Center

10:00am - 2:00pm
South Side Computer Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Computer Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Staff from the Financial Empowerment Center and Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families are ready to provide one-on-one job search and resume assistance to job seekers. A career coach can guide you through resume building, applying for jobs, ...

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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.

Family Bad Art Day

2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Bring the whole family and join us at the library to create whatever crazy, silly, strange art you're inspired to make! There are only two rules: it must be "library appropriate" and it must be BAD... so bad that it's good! NO TALENT REQUIRED!  ...

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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 "All Ages" group.

Manualidades at Forest Ave Library (La Biblioteca)

4:45pm - 5:45pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with us! Stop by to learn how to make papel picado and a mini piñata. As supplies last. For All ages Celebre el Mes de la Herencia Latinx con nosotros! Aprenderemos como hacer papel picado y una mini piñata. Mientra...

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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.

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.
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for a bilingual story and get crafty with yarn and paper weaving crafts.  Meet a special guest weaver from the Des Moines Art Center.   Acompañenos en la biblioteca para disfrutar de un cuento bilingüe y hacer unas manualida...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

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.

Ofrenda Flowers (Flores)

10:00am - 8:00pm
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Help us make paper flowers for our Day of the Dead Ofrenda decorations, which will be on display from October 24 through November 3.  Ayúdanos a hacer flores de papel para decorar nuestra Ofrenda del Día de los Muertos, que estará en exhibici...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Job Seekers Help with the Evelyn K. Davis Center

10:00am - 2:00pm
South Side Computer Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Computer Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Staff from the Financial Empowerment Center and Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families are ready to provide one-on-one job search and resume assistance to job seekers. A career coach can guide you through resume building, applying for jobs, ...

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 "All Ages" group.

Jovenes Embajadores

6:30pm - 7:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Performances
Event Details:
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by watching a performance from Los Jovenes Embajadores. Participants can enjoy music, watch the group perform traditional Folkloric dances and kids and families can learn different dances fro...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

English Conversation Practice

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.

Community Reads with DMPS at DMPL

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Schools invite families and community members to join a discussion of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This book is part of fifth grade curriculum, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Community Reads book di...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Community Reads with DMPS at DMPL

6:00pm - 7:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Schools invite families and community members to join a discussion of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This book is part of fifth grade curriculum, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Community Reads book di...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Halloween Craft Night

6:30pm - 7:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Love both Halloween and crafting? Then let the South Side Library help you get in the Halloween spirit with an evening of easy and "eerie-sistable" crafts. All materials will be provided. Come alone or bring some friends - no registration necess...

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.

Community Table: a Storytelling and Local Food Festival

10:00am - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness, Performances
Event Details:
Community Table: a Storytelling and Local Food Festival The Des Moines Public Library is excited to invite you to participate in the inaugural Community Table: Storytelling & Local Food Festival on Saturday, October 8 from 10 AM to 6 PM. This ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Plant Swap!

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Need something alive for the winter? Have too many plant babies after a summer growth spurt? Come by the Forest Avenue Library for a plant swap and take home a new green pal. Bring houseplants or outdoor plants that can go in the ground in October; l...

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.

Ofrenda Flowers (Flores)

10:00am - 8:00pm
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Help us make paper flowers for our Day of the Dead Ofrenda decorations, which will be on display from October 24 through November 3.  Ayúdanos a hacer flores de papel para decorar nuestra Ofrenda del Día de los Muertos, que estará en exhibici...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Community Reads with DMPS at DMPL

6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Schools invite families and community members to join a discussion of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This book is part of fifth grade curriculum, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Community Reads book di...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Community Reads with DMPS at DMPL

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Schools invite families and community members to join a discussion of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This book is part of fifth grade curriculum, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Community Reads book di...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Job Seekers Help with the Evelyn K. Davis Center

10:00am - 2:00pm
South Side Computer Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Computer Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Staff from the Financial Empowerment Center and Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families are ready to provide one-on-one job search and resume assistance to job seekers. A career coach can guide you through resume building, applying for jobs, ...

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 "All Ages" group.

Community Reads with DMPS at DMPL

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Schools invite families and community members to join a discussion of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This book is part of fifth grade curriculum, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Community Reads book di...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

DMPS Community Reads

6:00pm - 7:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Schools invite families and community members to join a discussion of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This book is part of fifth grade curriculum, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Community Rea...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Flu Vaccine Clinic with Polk County Health

4:00pm - 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:
Get your flu vaccine at Franklin Avenue Library with Polk County Health Department! For more information or to register for an appointment visit https://www.immunizepolk.com/.  ...

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.

Friends of the North Side Library Rummage Sale 8 AM-1PM

10:00am - 4:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Exhibits
Event Details:
The Friends of the North Side Library Rummage and Bake Sale from 8 am to 1 pm. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

ISU Insect Zoo

11:00am - 1:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Exhibits
Event Details:
The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their creepiest bugs to the East Side Library! Drop in between 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM to see creepy, crawly, LIVE insects up close with ISU students. They will be sharing information about l...

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.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Harvest Fest: Hosting World Singing Day

11:00am - 1:30pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming, Performances, Take & Make
Event Details:
Celebrate autumn with crafts, a spooky sing-along, and a showing of the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, all while sipping hot cocoa! Sing-along begins outside on the Library lawn at 11 a.m., followed by Hocus Pocus at noon inside the Li...

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.

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.

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.

Crossroads: A Journey with the Blues presents Heath Alan

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:
Heath Alan (Pattschull) is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Des Moines, Iowa. Heath was nurtured and mentored by some of Iowa's greatest talents including Patrick Hazell, Joe Price, Denny Garcia, Rush Cleveland, Roger Miller, Bob D...

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.