July 4 closure

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours will commence Tuesday, July 5.

Franklin Pickup Window Closed

The Franklin Avenue Library pickup window is closed until further notice. If you are scheduled to pick up your holds at the window, please go inside Franklin Avenue Library to do so.

Upcoming Events

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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.

Green Card Immunization

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 3
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 3
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Learn about the Polk County Health Departments vaccine program and how it ensures that children, adults and newly immigrated individuals are up to date on immunizations for vaccine-preventable diseases.  ...

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.

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.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Touch a Truck: DART Bus Storytime!

10:00am - 10:30am
East Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Storytimes
Event Details:
Do your kids get excited to see buses? Now's their chance to get a closer look! Join Miss Sam for a very special storytime with DART! Children and caregivers will listen to the story Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems. A...

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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: Off Site
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Gaming
Event Details:
Do you like scavenger hunts? Discover the art of Letterboxing by using clues to search the park for treasure boxes where you collect stamps in your logbook and leave your own stamp at each letterbox you find. Ages 3+  In case of inclemen...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

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.

The Buzz About Bees with Abigail Kelly

6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Join Abigail Kelly, current Iowa Honey Queen, to learn about honeybees and make some bee-related crafts! ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Tech Central Open House

10:00am - 12:00pm
Central Library Tech Central
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Tech Central
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Event Details:
Stop by Tech Central to learn about the creative technologies available with your library card! In Tech Central, you can shoot and edit video using our green screen and audio equipment, convert old home videos to DVDs, use our Glowforge laser engrave...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "All Ages" group.

Touch a Truck: Argee Transport

10:00am - 10:30am
East Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Do your kids get excited when they see big trucks? Visit the East Side library for a special storytime, where they'll get a closer look at a semi and a service truck from Argee Transport!  ...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

Friends of the Forest Avenue Library

4:30pm - 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:
Join the Friends of the Forest Avenue Library for the monthly meeting at Forest Avenue Library! ...
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.
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Storytimes, Take & Make
Event Details:
Come to the library to learn about an ARL Therapy Pet!  Enjoy a bilingual story, play a memory game, and make a snuffle mat for a pet! Vengan a la biblioteca para conocer a una mascota de terapia del refugio para animales, el ARL.  ¡Disf...

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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.

Modern Pop Art Experience with Michael Albert

1:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Author Visits, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 27
Event Details:
Relax and enjoy a fun afternoon with Modern Pop Artist and author Michael Albert. Mr. Albert will explain his art process and guide us through making our own art collages. The program finishes with a FREE poster giveaway and signing! Come explor...

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.

Crossroads: A Journey with the Blues presents Bob Pace

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:
Guitarist Bob Pace has entertained Midwest audiences for more than 40 years. He proudly led the Tuesday night house band at the legendary Blues On Grand for almost 20 years. Bob has opened for Blues icons Jimmie Vaughan, Johnny Winter, John Mayall...

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.

CANCELLED - Enough | Latina Legacy Movie Series

2:00pm - 4:30pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Movies
Event Details:
Acompañennos para una proyección de Enough (Clasificación PG-13). Disfruten de manualidades y botanas durante la película. Estacionamiento gratuito se encuentra en el sótano de la biblioteca (accesible por la entrada en Grand Avenue). Este ...

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.

Food Allergies

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

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.

Movie Rating

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

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:
Stop by Forest Avenue Library for a bilingual craft activity series hosted by our very own bilingual library assistant, Mrs. Les. Different types of crafts, dances, and music will be explored. The program is bilingual, where instructions will be give...

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.

Learn to Sculpt Butter with Sarah Pratt!

5:15pm - 6:15pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 29
Event Details:
We're gearing up for the state fair with a very special guest! Join special guest Sarah Pratt, the Iowa State Fair's butter sculptor, to talk about what it's like to sculpt the butter cow and to teach us how she does it! Each participant will...

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.

Email Required

Please make sure you have entered a valid email address as the online event details will be sent to you prior to the event. If you have not received a confirmation email your inbox, please check your spam folder.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Learn to Sculpt Butter with Sarah Pratt!

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: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 28
Event Details:
We're gearing up for the state fair with a very special guest! Join special guest Sarah Pratt, the Iowa State Fair's butter sculptor, to talk about what it's like to sculpt the butter cow and to teach us how she does it! Each participant will...

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.

Email Required

Please make sure you have entered a valid email address as the online event details will be sent to you prior to the event. If you have not received a confirmation email your inbox, please check your spam folder.

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

Family Fun Night

6:30pm - 7:30pm
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us on the Library Lawn for our Outdoor Family Fun Night at South! Families can participate in an outdoor scavenger hunt, outdoor games, crafts, and more!  In case of rain, program will be held in the Children and Elementar...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

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.

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.

Iowa State Fair Trivia Night!

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, Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 30
Event Details:
Excited for the Iowa State Fair? Join us the week before the Fair to learn all about the Iowa State Fair! Come as a team ready to answer trivia questions with the chance to win State Fair tickets!  ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Tech Central Open House

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Central Library Tech Central
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Tech Central
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Event Details:
Stop by Tech Central to learn about the creative technologies available with your library card! In Tech Central, you can shoot and edit video using our green screen and audio equipment, convert old home videos to DVDs, use our Glowforge laser engrave...

Disclaimer(s)

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

Ending The Silence For Families

6:30pm - 7:30pm
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:
Ending the silence for families is an interactive presentation that helps families to learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions as well as what steps they should take to find and provide support for their child or loved one. This pres...

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.

Drop-in: Big Board Games

12:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Drop in between 12:00-7:00 to play our HUGE board games!  ...