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I-Spy: State Fair Edition

All Day
East Side Rosie's Nature Nook
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Rosie's Nature Nook
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Join us to celebrate the Iowa State Fair all month long with a fun I-Spy search around the children's area featuring some of the fair's best known sights!  Find five to get a prize, or spend time finding all of them for fun!  Prizes availab...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Charamusca (Ice Pop) Fun Day

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Come play with us! Enjoy an ice pop with us while we play some outdoor games outside on the library lawn. Ice pops made by Mamá Laura Meals. ¡Ven a jugar con nosotros! Disfruta de una charamusca(Boli) con nosotros mientras jugamos algunos ju...

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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.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

Inclement Weather

This program is hosted outdoors. In case of inclement weather please check back here 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.

Paint Yourself Calm Family Watercolor Workshop

10:00am - 11:30am
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 26
Event Details:
Join us for a family friendly watercolor workshop where you will learn to paint a soothing piece of artwork in this program led by watercolorist Lisa Christensen. We will be painting a beautiful piece of artwork. This project is perfect for kids...

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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.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Eulenspiegel Puppets presents Magical Fish and Mermaids

11:00am - 12:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Performances, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us to celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a magical puppet show from the renowned Eulenspiegel puppets.  Visit Rosie's Ocean to hear special event called Magical Fish and Mermaids.  Perfect for all ages and fun for all! ...

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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.

Blank Park Zoo presents Colorful Creatures

10:00am - 10:45am
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for some special guests with the Blank Park Zoo as the present "Colorful Creatures".  Learn about the uses of animals coloring and camouflage that help them thrive in their environment.   ...

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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.

Giant Board Games

10:00am - 11:00am
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
Event Details:
Drop in at Central Library to play giant board games, from tic-tac-toe to Jenga, and more! We’ll have a morning and afternoon session, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. Come to one or come to both! Drop-in. No registration required. All ages. ...

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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.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Giant Board Games

4:00pm - 5:00pm
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: Gaming
Event Details:
Drop in at Central Library to play giant board games, from tic-tac-toe to Jenga, and more! We’ll have a morning and afternoon session, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. Come to one or come to both! Drop-in. No registration required. All ages. ...

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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 "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Families can come to this program and learn how to play the harmonica from Central Iowa Blues Society member Malcolm Wells. Attendees will receive a free harmonica courtesy of the Central Iowa Blues Society while supplies last, so come early! Recomme...

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Inclement Weather

This program is hosted outdoors. In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 99
Event Details:
Latinx immigrants have been an integral part of Iowa's history since the early 1800's and their contributions to civil rights, the military, and communities helped shape the state. The Migration is Beautiful Project shares their stories-drawing from ...

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

Luchadores Celebration

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Central Library Cafe Gallery
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Cafe Gallery
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Exhibits
Event Details:
Kids and families, join us for a Luchadores Celebration! Learn about Luchadores, and meet Miriam Alarcón Avila, the artist behind Little Luchadores, an exhibit at the Central Library opening on September 12. Starting September 1st, pick up a kit...

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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.

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 "All Ages" group.

Latino Heritage Month

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Heritage/History Month
Event Details:
Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with us by playing Loteria and enjoy breaking a piñata together. We will play Loteria for 30 minutes and at the end of our program we will go outside to the Library’s Lawn space to take turns breaking a piñata. Cele...

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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.

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

ISU Insect Zoo

10:00am - 12:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Exhibits, Play & Learn
Event Details:
The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their creepiest bugs to the South Side Library! Drop in between 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM to see creepy, crawly, LIVE insects up close with ISU students. They will be sharing information about...

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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 "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

ISU Insect Zoo

1:30pm - 3:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, Teens, All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their creepiest bugs to the library! Drop in anytime between 1:30-3:30 PM to hold and see more than 100 species of creepy, crawly, LIVE insects. All ages welcome!  ...

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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.
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Heritage/History Month
Event Details:
Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month on the first day of the Des Moines Latino Heritage Festival! Enjoy crafts, bag toss games, and music in our meeting room.  Drop in anytime and check out our fabulous bilingual and Spanish collections while you vis...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

East Side Puzzle Challenge

6:30pm - 7:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 39
Event Details:
Join us for a spirited evening of puzzle piecing at the second annual East Side Puzzle Challenge! Ten teams will work the same 150-piece puzzle, competing against a 60 minute clock. The top three teams to complete the puzzle....or to c...

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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.

Free Friday Flicks at Franklin – Toy Story 4

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their iconic roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively, in the conclusion of the much-beloved animated series. In Toy Story 4, the gang goes on a road trip during which they make new friends, redis...