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Elf on the Shelf!

All Day 12/7 - 12/18
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Can you find the Elf on the Shelf? Bring your sleuthing skills to the South Side Library and help us find the Elf! Kids can grab a sheet at the Information Desk to find the Elf and his favorite things and win a small prize! All ages welcome!  ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Stitch a Constellation

All Day 12/7 - 12/18
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Make a lightly stuffed flannel constellation with bead stars. Keep it as a plushie or add a loop of string to turn it into a hanging ornament. You can choose to make columba, corona borealis, or ursa minor. Drop by the Forest Avenue Library to pic...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Lil' Craft Bags: Eric Carle

All Day 12/8 - 12/11
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Every week enjoy a different take home craft for our littlest readers.  From cotton balls to suncatchers, these bags will help kids combine learning and play using the five simple steps of literacy: read, write, talk, sing, play!  Best for ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Creative Readers To Go Bags- Cocoa, Cookies and Canvas!

All Day
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Cocoa, Cookies and Canvas! Stop by the Franklin Library and pick up a Creative Readers To Go Bag.  The bags will contain an art project you can create at home that will let you explore your artistic side.  These activities are recommended f...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Starting December 1st, Gingerbread kits from Molly's Cupcakes will be available for pickup at each branch, while supplies last. Kits will include everything you need to build an adorable gingerbread home and mini gingerbread house for an extra-specia...

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.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Storytime To Go Bags

All Day
South Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes, Take & Make
Event Details:
Visit the South Side Library at the beginning of each week to pick up a different Storytime To Go Bag.  Each bag will include rhymes, songs, and book suggestions for babies and preschoolers along with literacy activities.  The storytime bag...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

DIY Gifting Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Tweens and teens ages 10-18 can stop by the North Side Library to pick up a DIY gifting kit. Make a homemade gift for a loved one, friend, or yourself! ...
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 "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Starting December 1st, Gingerbread kits from Molly's Cupcakes will be available for pickup at each branch, while supplies last. Kits will include everything you need to build an adorable gingerbread home and mini gingerbread house for an extra-specia...

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.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

DIY Gifting Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Tweens and teens ages 10-18 can stop by the North Side Library to pick up a DIY gifting kit. Make a homemade gift for a loved one, friend, or yourself! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Calling all makers! Can you complete our weekly challenge to build, play, or create?  Each week we will have a different activity set up in the children's area and finishers can claim a prize. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Fresh Conversations

10:30am - 11:00am
North Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 14
Event Details:
Fresh Conversations is a social opportunity to connect with other older adults for a friendly discussion focused on nutrition and physical activity education. Iowans aged 60 and older are invited to discuss current nutrition and health topics, taste ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

The Outreach Project

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Gateway Gallery
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Gateway Gallery
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with area organizations to connect people with community resources. Community advocates will provide information about community resources like meal sites and shelters. They may also offer support and ...

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.
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Starting December 1st, Gingerbread kits from Molly's Cupcakes will be available for pickup at each branch, while supplies last. Kits will include everything you need to build an adorable gingerbread home and mini gingerbread house for an extra-specia...

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.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by the South Side Library and pick up a Kid's Take and Make craft bag filled with supplies to make a green foam holiday wreath at home! For youth ages 5-12 with adult supervision. Craft bags are available while supplies last! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Washi Tape Bookmark Take and Make

All Day
Central Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Come to the Central Library's Children Area and pick up your DIY bookmark take and make kit!  While supplies last. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Creative Readers Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Stop by the North Side Library to pick up your take-home edition of Creative Readers! Enjoy a paper chain snake craft, inspired by the book, Zonia's Rainforest, by Juana Martinez-Neal. Visit dmpl.org or call us at 515-283-4152 to place a hold on...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Starting December 1st, Gingerbread kits from Molly's Cupcakes will be available for pickup at each branch, while supplies last. Kits will include everything you need to build an adorable gingerbread home and mini gingerbread house for an extra-specia...

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.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Storytime To Go Bags

All Day
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes, Take & Make
Event Details:
Visit the Franklin Library every Monday to pick up a different Storytime To Go Bag.  Each bag will include rhymes, songs, and book suggestions for babies and preschoolers along with literacy activities.  The storytime bags are recommended f...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Storytime To Go Bags

All Day
South Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes, Take & Make
Event Details:
Visit the South Side Library each week to pick up a different Storytime To Go Bag.  Each bag will include rhymes, songs, and book suggestions for babies and preschoolers along with literacy activities.  The storytime bags are recommended fo...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by the Franklin Avenue Library to pick up a Teen Grab Bag that contains supplies to celebrate New Year's Eve and embrace the new year!  Bags are located in the Youth Area while supplies last.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Dogman Scavenger Hunt

All Day 12/13 - 12/18
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Help Dog Man sniff out trouble as you round up some unruly villains who are hiding around the library.  If you can find all the characters you will win a prize! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Take and Make Botanical Gnomes

All Day 12/13 - 12/18
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Enjoy a seasonal art project from the Des Moines Botanical Garden using pinecones! Stop by the Forest Avenue Library to receive a take and make gnome activity as supplies last. This program is designed to be completed by ages 6+ with adult supervisio...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Creative Readers Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Stop by the North Side Library to pick up your take-home edition of Creative Readers! Enjoy a paper chain snake craft, inspired by the book, Zonia's Rainforest, by Juana Martinez-Neal. Visit dmpl.org or call us at 515-283-4152 to place a hold on...