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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

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This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Des Moines Public Library Board Meeting

4:15pm - 5:30pm
Online Programming - Zoom
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Online Programming - Zoom
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
The Library Board of Trustees will meet at 4:15 PM at the Central Library in the Administrative Board Room. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos y Canciones Bilingües

6:00pm - 6:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and crafts in English and Spanish. Venga y disfrute cuentos, rimas, canciones, y manualidades en inglés y español. ...

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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 "Children" group.

Family Storytime

6:15pm - 6:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
The whole family can come to the library for stories, rhymes and songs. Rosie's Rocket Reading Room ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Family Storytime: TBD

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Bring the entire family together early in the evening for stories, songs and occasional crafts. It's a great way for busy parents to relax and listen to stories with their children. You can even wear your jammies! ...

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

Forest Avenue Calming Room

10:00am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Do you need a calm place to play? Then come to the Forest Avenue Calming Room for a sensory interactive experience! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program for youth. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Toddler Storytime

10:15am - 10:45am
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:
Event Details Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and more, followed by a craft. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Meeting Room. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Storytime

10:15am - 11:00am
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, movement and more! ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Toddler Storytime

11:00am - 11:30am
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:
Event Details Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and more, followed by a craft. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Meeting Room. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Spark Stories

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us over the lunch hour to meet a local leader or volunteer.  You'll hear the “spark story” that motivated the person to make the Des Moines Metro a better place to live. The program takes place between 12:15-12:45, with unstruc...

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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.

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 "Adults" group.

Drop-in Computer Help @ Central

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Computer Lab
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Computer Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
It’s never too late to feel comfortable with a computer.  Every Wednesday at the Central Library, staff will answer your questions about­­ computer basics, online Library resources, email­­­, and more.  ...

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 "Adults" group.

Friends of the Forest Avenue Library

4:30pm - 5:45pm
Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
Join us from 4:30-5:45 PM for the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Forest Avenue Library. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Family Storytime

6:30pm - 7:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs together on Wednesday nights. It's a great way for busy families to relax and listen to stories together. ...

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.

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

Play, Grow, Learn!

10:15am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library's space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in p...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Storytime

10:30am - 11:15am
North Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
On Thursdays, children and their caregivers can enjoy stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and songs together, followed by a period of free play or drawing. ...

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.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Conversations & Coffee for Families

10:30am - 11:30am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English conversation skills? The Franklin Avenue Library has partnered with Lutheran Services in Iowa to provide English conversation partners every Thursday morning. Prompts and activities will be provided to encourage c...

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.

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.

Power Play

10:30am - 11:30am
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Adults and children play together in an environment set up to promote all areas of development through open ended active play focused on the 5 Simple Steps to success strategies of read, write, sing, play and talk.  Join us for 60 minutes of Pow...

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.

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.

Children’s Program

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

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

Play, Grow, Learn!

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us at the Franklin Library for open play and more!  Meet families with other young children, check out our awesome picture books, and engage in the five simple steps to success - Read, Write, Sing, Play, and Talk!  We will have a ...

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.

This event is in the "Children" group.

LEGO Fridays

10:00am - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
The LEGO bricks will be available in the Children's Area, so bring your imagination and get ready to build. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Toddler Storytime

10:15am - 10:45am
Central Library Meeting Room 1
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for stories, songs, and movement designed to practice the 5 Simple Steps of pre-literacy:  reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing!  Best for children 18 months to 3 years old. ...

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.

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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime

10:15am - 10:45am
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:
Children ages three to five can come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and more, followed by a craft. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Play, Grow, Learn!

10:15am - 11:30am
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library's space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in p...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Basic Computer Skills

2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
  Visit the North Side Library every Monday to learn some computer basics. Each week we will focus on one topic with time for questions and personalized help. 1st Monday of the month - Mouse and Keyboard Basics; 2...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

East Side Adult Book Discussion

2:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
We will be discussing The Current by Tim Johnston. Treats and coffee will be served. Copies of the book are available at the front desk while supplies last.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Comics Creators

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Love Raina Telgemeier, superheroes, manga, graphic novels, and cartoons? Ready to let your artist flag fly? Then come to Comics Creators! We'll provide the paper and pens, you provide the creativity! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

VolunTeens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Are you looking for a great place to volunteer? Become a volunteen and help out with library projects and programs. Teens ages twelve to eighteen can pick up a teen volunteer application at the Franklin Avenue Library. Applications must be turn...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Iowans Who Fought Against the Union

6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Most Iowans believe the state was solidly pro-Union during the Civil War. After all, some 76,500 residents fought for the North. In reality, Iowa Democrats formed a spectrum of dissent. The majority of Democrats opposed abolishing slavery (and y...
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. ...