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Mini Haunted House Craft

All Day 10/18 - 10/23
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Build your own mini haunted house with the provided supplies or branch out and use your own.  As supplies last, best for ages 6+. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

NEA Big Reads Student Art Exhibit

All Day 10/18 - 10/30
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Exhibits
Event Details:
Join us at Des Moines Public Library for a student art exhibit inspired by the NEA Big Read pick Fahrenheit 451. Explore artistic interpretations of censorship from over 50 Des Moines Public School student artists at the Franklin and Central branches...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

NEA Big Reads Student Art Exhibit

All Day 10/18 - 10/30
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Exhibits
Event Details:
Join us at Des Moines Public Library for a student art exhibit inspired by the NEA Big Read pick Fahrenheit 451. Explore artistic interpretations of censorship from over 50 Des Moines Public School student artists at the Franklin and Central branches...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by the North Side Library to pick up a CreativeBug Craft Kit. Adults ages 18+ will receive everything they need to make a festive fall banner from repurposed book pages. While supplies last. Want to explore more fall crafts?  Check out o...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

East Side Library's Fall Book Sale

All Day 10/21 - 10/23
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Book Sales
Event Details:
Find books from all genres, cd's, audiobooks, magazines and more at the East Side Fall Book Sale held in the Library's Meeting Room: 10:00 to 7:00 Thursday, October 21st 10:00 to 6:00 Friday, October 22nd 10:00 to 5:00 Saturday, October 23rd...

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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 "Adults" group.

Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library

11:00am - 12:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
Please join the Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library for our quarterly member's meeting. If you are looking for a wonderful way to support the Franklin Avenue Library, consider becoming a Friend! The purpose of the Friends of the Fr...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CROSSROADS: A History of the Blues featuring Scott Davis

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:
Scott Davis is a member of the Des Moines Musician’s Association. A Des Moines native, he received his undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Master’s in performance and education at Drake University. Scott was ...

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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 "Adults" group.
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join DMPL and the Fire Department for some tips on fire safety for your home and learn to use a fire extinguisher in a hands on demonstration! And honor your inner child by exploring a fire truck! *This program is limited to ages 18+!* ...

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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.

Inclement Weather

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

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

Goosebumps Scavenger Hunt

All Day 10/25 - 10/30
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Watch out for the things that go bump in the night.  Monsters, ghosts, vampires and more are hiding around the library.  Finish the scavenger hunt and win a gooey prize! ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Day of the Dead with the Des Moines Art Center

All Day 10/25 - 10/31
All Locations
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Heritage/History Month, Take & Make
Event Details:
Celebrate Day of the Dead with the Des Moines Art Center What is Day of the Dead? Day of the Dead is a holiday that is celebratory, yet respectful of death, and has been practiced in parts of Latin America for centuries. Families honor their ance...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Come to the Central Library children's area or the pick-up window to get a Learning Bag that will have all you need to make a spider web for the little toy spider you will find in your bag.  There will also be some spider rhymes that you can sin...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Rosie's Halloween Scavenger Hunt

All Day 10/25 - 10/31
Central Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Rosie and her friends are ready to go trick or treating! Can you find everyone in their costumes?  Finish the scavenger hunt and win a prize! ...
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 ...

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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 "Adults" group.

Typing Club

3:00pm - 4:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:
Would you like to learn how to type or improve your keyboarding skills at your own pace? The library can help! Visit the North Side Library every Monday at 3pm to practice and get one on one assistance. Laptops will be provided. All skill levels welc...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 28
Event Details:
Have you ever wanted to slay a dragon, raid a dungeon treasure room, or even save a village from an evil bandit horde? Always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, but didn’t know where to start? Join us as we learn the basics of how to get start...

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.

Forest Avenue Library Book Discussion

6:00pm - 6:45pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us for a discussion of a There, There by Tommy Orange. Ask at the information desk for a copy of the book. ...

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.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

NEA Special Film Screening: Francois Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451

6:00pm - 8:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Director Francois Truffaut's 1966 adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic futurist novel Fahrenheit 451 will be screened. The Des Moines Film Society's Ben Godar will provide introductory remarks and lead a discussion after the movie. ...

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 "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 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 bags ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Baby & Toddler Mini Costume Parade

10:30am - 11:00am
East Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us for a baby & toddler mini costume parade around the library!  Bundle up and show off those cute costumes and we will meet by the picnic table on the Library Lawn, and march in our own parade to the front of the library where we will ...

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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 "Teens" group.

Level Up!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Level Up your gaming skills! Use our tablets and Nintendo Switch to play Among Us, Minecraft, Roblox, and more. Ages 8+. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teens and Tweens: Spooky Gingerbread Houses

4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Event Details:
Teens and Tweens! Can you make a haunted house out of gingerbread and other foods? Visit South and create your own Spooky Gingerbread House! Snack on some goodies while you use candy, frosting, and other fun foods to craft your own haunted ...

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.

Fear Street at the Library Escape Room

5:15pm - 6:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
A creepy quest, an evil witch, and a mystery to die for! You never know what you might face in this creepy adventure. Sign up and see if you survive our Fear Street escape room! Best for kids who are not easily grossed out and enjoy a fright! Ages 12...