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All Des Moines Public Library buildings remain closed to the public until further notice as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Patrons can now place new holds on materials, and curbside pickup service is available at all locations. Read more about that HERE

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Events
Registration Type

Start Time

Age
Program Type
Library Branch
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Crafternoons

2:15pm - 2:30pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Crafternoons: Homemade Drums A simple craft using recycled materials that you have around the house to encourage music exploration and is a great activity for multiple ages.    Links YouTube ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Grab-and-Go Thursday

10:00am - 4:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Thursdays are Grab-and-Go at DMPL! Stop by any DMPL branch during their curbside hours to pick up your Summer Reading Grab-and-Go Bag, full of take-home crafts and activities appropriate for *ages 2 to 12, as well as a Summer Read...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

RPG 101: Get in the Game

3:00pm - 6:00pm
Online Programming
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Interested in RPGs (role-playing games) but missed our last RPG 101 session? Fear Not! Joe from The Dealt Hand is back for another beginner’s round of Dungeon World! Joe will be the Gamemaster, leading participants on a fantastical journey while also...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Imagine That with Tim Read

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Join Iowa's own Tim Read for a series of videos all about imagination! Tim Read is a children's illustrator and designer. The "Imagine That" view series combines art and storytelling for a unique experience that the whole family c...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Virtual Storytime

10:15am - 10:45am
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Youth Librarian Miss Janee virtually for our Virtual Storytime Friday mornings at 10:15 AM! Gather the family for a special music-themed storytime, view what's inside Rosie's Bag, and sing songs under Rosie's Reading Fort!  Links Y...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Dancing Raisins Experiment

10:15am - 11:00am
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Watch as Miss Jennifer demonstrates how to make raisins dance. You will need: A clear glass Clear soda (7-Up or Sprite) Raisins This experiment helps children learn about density and carbonation. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Cuentos y Canciones Bilingües /Bilingual Storytime

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Educational, Storytimes
Event Details:
¡Acompañennos para un programa de Cuentos y Canciones Bilingües sobre el mar! ¡Programa será presentado en línea, para toda la family! Join us for a Bilingual Storytime about the ocean! Program will be presented online, for the whole family! ...

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 "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual Book Club

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual Book Club. This month, we will be discussing Sourdough by Robin Sloan.  This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the lin...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Take & Make: Learn to Crochet

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:
Join us online for Take & Make: Learn how to crochet! Registrants will receive a FREE bag with all the supplies needed to learn to crochet. The bags will be available for pickup at Central Library's Pickup Window during cur...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Crafternoons

2:15pm - 2:30pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Crafternoons: Fruit and Veggie Prints Choose your favorite fruits and veggies to print with on lots of different kinds of papers. Blank notecards, brown craft paper, colored paper and more...experiment and have some fun! This projec...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Grab-and-Go Thursday

10:00am - 4:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Thursdays are Grab-and-Go at DMPL! Stop by any DMPL branch during their curbside hours to pick up your Summer Reading Grab-and-Go Bag, full of take-home crafts and activities appropriate for *ages 2 to 12, as well as a Summer Read...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

RPG 101: Get in the Game

3:00pm - 6:00pm
Online Programming
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Ready to venture forth into the world of RPGs with your friends but not sure how to run a game? Then join us as Joe from The Dealt Hand shares tips and tricks for being an awesome Gamemaster and creating the most epic campaigns.   R...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual YA for Adults Book Club

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the first meeting of the DMPL Virtual YA for Adults Book Club! At this meeting, we will chat about what everyone has been reading during the pandemic, how and if your reading habits have changed, share recommendatio...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Virtual Storytime

10:15am - 10:45am
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Youth Librarian Miss Janee virtually for our Virtual Storytime Friday mornings at 10:15 AM on Facebook! Gather the family for a special lunch/food theme as she reads the story, Lunch by Denise Fleming while kids view real fruits and vegetables, ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Soap Powered Boat

10:15am - 11:00am
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join Miss Jennifer as she shows everyone how to make a boat that runs on soap. Supplies you will need: Thin styrofoam (from a meat tray or egg carton) or thin, non-corrugated cardboard Pan or tray filled with water Liquid dish soap ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DNA with DCI Crime Lab

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 48
Event Details:
We're celebrating National DNA Day just a few months late! Our presenter, Paul Bush, will cover aspects of DNA related to the DCI Crime Laboratory located in Ankeny, IA. He has almost 40 years of experience with DNA. He has worked at D...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Crafternoons

2:15pm - 2:30pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Crafternoons: Paper Bag Super Hero Cape Everyone needs a superhero cape and they are so easy to make at home with supplies that you have on hand!  what you'll need: 1 large brown paper grocery bag markers or cra...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Animal Ambassadors Live with the Blank Park Zoo

6:00pm - 6:30pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us on our Facebook page at 6 pm on July 30 for a LIVE program with with Blank Park Zoo. The zoo will be showing off some of their animal ambassadors. You will get a chance to meet a blue and gold macaw, giant rabbits, alligators and much more!&n...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Virtual Storytime: All About Jobs!

10:15am - 10:45am
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Youth Librarian Miss Janee virtually for our Virtual Storytime Friday mornings at 10:15 AM on Facebook! Gather the family for a special jobs theme as she reads the story, Kitten Red, Yellow, Blue by Peter Catalanotto and play the guessing flanne...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Surprise Animal Rocks

10:15am - 11:00am
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join Miss Jennifer as she teaches everyone how to make surprise animal rocks. Supplies you will need: Baking Soda Water Bowl Something to put inside the rocks like a small plastic animal (make sure it is something that can get wet) S...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual Genre Voyager Book Club

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
What do the terms romance, mystery, fiction, sci-fi bring to mind? Have you ever wondered if there is more to these terms than what meets the eye? Are you looking to expand your reading horizons? Every season, roughly every 3 months, we move on to...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual Genre Voyager Book Club

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
What do the terms romance, mystery, fiction, sci-fi bring to mind? Have you ever wondered if there is more to these terms than what meets the eye? Are you looking to expand your reading horizons? Every season, roughly every 3 months, we move on to...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Virtual Storytime: Mermaid Fun!

10:15am - 10:45am
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Youth Librarian Miss Janee virtually for our Virtual Storytime Friday mornings at 10:15 AM on Facebook! Gather the family and go under the sea with mermaids when kids listen to the story, Three Little Mermaids by Mara Van Fleet and count the sea...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Leak-Proof Bag Experiment

10:15am - 11:00am
Online Programming
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Watch as Miss Jennifer shows you how to poke holes in a plastic bag without causing any leaks. Supplies you will need: Water Plastic bag that seals Sharpened pencils Tray or bowl  This deals with the science concepts of polym...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual Book Club

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual Book Club. This month, we will be discussing Trust Exercise by Susan Choi.  This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the link...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Book Club On the Go

9:00am - 8:00pm
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The book club for those on the go: anytime, anywhere.  Check back for this month's title.  Book Club On the Go does not meet in person, but we still hope to hear from you! Join our Facebook group and join the discussion. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Baby Rhyme Time

10:15am - 11:00am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for rhymes, bounces, a story, and a short playtime. For caregivers and babies from newborns up to eighteen months. ...