2023 AViD lineup coming Monday!

The Des Moines Public Library's 2023 Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series lineup will be announced at 12 PM on Monday, February 13! Check back here or on the library's social media platforms to see which acclaimed authors are coming to DMPL this spring and summer. 

Upcoming Events

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Explore Visual Black History

All Day 2/1 - 2/28
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Exhibits
Event Details:
Drop by the Forest Avenue Library to look at photo books, graphic novels, and other visual records of Black history. These books are available to check out year-round! For now, we're pulling them out with tables, chairs, and supplies to reflect if yo...

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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.

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.

Introduction to Weaving with the Des Moines Weavers Guild

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 60
Event Details:
Established in 1947, the Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild has been teaching and demonstrating weaving, spinning and dyeing for over 75 years. The purpose of the Guild is to stimulate an interest in the art and craft of handweaving, spinning, and...

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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.

Beat the Winter Blues with ARLs TheraPets!

5:30pm - 7:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits, and a pigeon -- oh my! Come hang out with the Animal Rescue Leagues TheraPets at the East Side Library.  We will also have a few tables set up for coloring and card making! ...
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.

Friends of the Forest Avenue Library

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Forest Avenue Conference Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Conference Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
Join the Friends of the Forest Avenue Library for the monthly meeting at Forest Avenue Library! ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Inner Light Sanctuary Farm Animal Rescue

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Learn more about the Inner Light Sanctuary, a nonprofit home for rescued farmed animals, located just outside of Carlisle. While sharing the mission of the sanctuary, the founder will also discuss their family's journey to a vegan lifestyle. Famil...

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.

Des Moines Public Library Board Meeting

4:15pm - 5:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
The Library Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, February 21 at 4:15 PM in the East Side Library Meeting Room.  ...
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.

Manualidades at Forest: Friendship Fiesta!

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Invite all your friends and family to Forest Avenue Library for a Friendship Party! We will play Loteria, have prizes and provide some sweet snacks.    ¡Invita a todos tus amigos y familiares a la Biblioteca de Forest Avenue para una ...

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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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

The Hundred Dresses Sneak Preview

10:30am - 11:00am
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Visit the library for a special sneak preview of the Des Moines Community Playhouse production of The Hundred Dresses based on the classic story by Eleanor Estes. Enjoy the performance and enter to win free tickets to the play!   T...

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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 "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Move It Monday

6:30pm - 7:15pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Movie It Monday, a time and a place to release your stress and thoughts and just move. Join us monthly. Activity TBD. ...
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.

Movie Watch Party: A Wrinkle in Time

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Go on an epic adventure through space and time! We will eat popcorn and do a small activity while we watch A Wrinkle in Time. Rated PG. ...

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Children’s Program

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

Movie Rating

Movie is not intended for children unless accompanied by an adult.

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.

Bug Bites

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
One out of every four people in the world routinely eats insects.  Why might this be?  Come learn about entomophagy (the practice of eating insects), at the Forest Avenue library. We will learn which bugs are most commonly eaten and do...

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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 "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Beat the weekend boredom blues with board games at the South Side Library. A selection of table top games will be provided for use in the library all day. ...
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.

Friends of the Forest Avenue Library

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Forest Avenue Conference Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Conference Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
Join the Friends of the Forest Avenue Library for the monthly meeting at Forest Avenue Library! ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Tools and Memes for Privacy-Oriented Teens

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
This month, Forest Avenue Library is hosting an exhibition of teen-made memes about privacy. If you'd like to learn some practical tools for being a little more secret online--from your school, advertisers, or the FBI agent behind your screen--withou...

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.

Weird but True with the Blank Park Zoo

11:00am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Did you know that Emu's can't walk backwards and Polar Bears don't have white fur?  Don't believe us? Ask an expert from the Blank Park Zoo and Celebrate Spring Break with an armful of animal books.  We will meet mystery animal ambassadors ...

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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 "All Ages" group.

Des Moines Public Library Board Meeting

4:15pm - 5:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
The Library Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, March 21 at 4:15 PM in the Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room.  ...
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.

Manualidades at Forest

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Stop by Forest Avenue Library for a bilingual craft series hosted by Seño. Les. This program takes place the last Thursday of each month.  This will be an indoor program, bilingual English/Spanish.   Pase por la Biblioteca Forest A...

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.