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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. ...

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.

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! ...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Children" group.

Library Learning Bags: Owl Edition

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Starting Saturday, November 6th, stop in while supplies last to pick up a Library Learning Bag with all things owls.  Materials include owl pellets and dissection instructions, an owl craft, and more.  Available while supplies last at the d...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: East Side Library
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Teens ages 12-17 are invited to take home a library learning bag with a LED paper circuit star light, bookmark, and Native American star myths.  Available at the desk while supplies last.   ...

Veterans Day

All Day
Branches:
Central Library, East Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, Franklin Avenue Library, North Side Library, South Side Library, Off Site, DMPL Virtual
Description:
All locations will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Epic Graphic Novel Club: Cleopatra in Space

4:30pm - 5:15pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Join  us for our EPIC BOOK CLUB  for ages 8-12.  Sign up here and pick up  copy of Cleopatra in Space (copies will also be handed out at the Epic Graphic Novel Book Club October 15th ).  We will chat about the book, work on o...

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 "Adults" group.

East Side Book Discussion Group

2:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Please join the East Side Book Discussion group as we talk about the book, Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam. Coffee and treats will be served. The book will be available for pick up at the East Side circulation desk....

Disclaimer(s)

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.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime Club

5:30pm - 6:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs, Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
Event Details:
Stop by our East Side Library Anime Club!  We will watch anime on our big screen, talk manga, work on drawing and kawaii crafts, and eat Ramen noodles.    We also have the opportunity to discuss future anime club programs, add to our m...

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.

Library Learning Bag: Dinosaurs!

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop in anytime on or after November 16th to pick up a library learning bag all about dinosaurs!  Use science to break apart a dinosaur egg and rescue your dinosaur, make a craft, and take home a dinosaur booklist.  Available at the desk wh...
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 "Teens" group.

Teen Library Learning Bag: Gratitude

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Teens ages 12-17 are invited to take home a library learning bag.  The library is grateful for you - and this bag includes booklists, bookmarks, a journal & resources that help you appreciate how wonderful you are.  Available at the des...
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.

Thanksgiving

All Day 11/25 - 11/26
Branches:
Central Library, East Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, Franklin Avenue Library, North Side Library, South Side Library, Off Site, DMPL Virtual
Description:
All locations will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Library Learning Bag: Scribblebots

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Teens ages 12-17 are invited to take home a library learning bag.  Use science, technology, engineering and a little math to construct your very own scribbling robot.   Available at the desk while supplies last.   ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Epic Graphic Novel Club: Choose your own!

4:30pm - 5:15pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
Join  us for our EPIC BOOK CLUB  for ages 8-12.  This month, plan on bringing a favorite graphic novel to share with the group.  We will chat about our book, work on our a fun craft, play a game and choose the next book for the ne...

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.

Branches:
Central Library, East Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, Franklin Avenue Library, North Side Library, South Side Library, Off Site, DMPL Virtual
Description:
All branches will be closed for our annual staff in-service day. ...
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 "Teens" group.

Anime Club: Random Gifts

5:30pm - 6:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs, Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
Event Details:
Stop by our East Side Library Anime Club!  We will watch anime , talk manga, work on drawing and kawaii crafts, and  make some gifts for yourself or for others this month.    We also have the opportunity to discuss future anime cl...

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 "Adults" group.

East Side Book Discussion Group

2:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us for a discussion of One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America by two time Pulitzer Prize winning author, Gene Weingarten. Copies of the book are available at the front desk. As always, coffee and a treat will be serv...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Library Learning Bag: Lego Minifigures

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop in anytime on or after December 22nd to pick up a library learning bag where you can design your very own Lego minifigure, then paint a resign one included in your bag.  Also included are some ideas for Lego science experiments and books al...

Christmas

All Day 12/23 - 12/25
Branches:
Central Library, East Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, Franklin Avenue Library, North Side Library, South Side Library, Off Site, DMPL Virtual
Description:
All locations will be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for Christmas. ...
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.