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DSM Counts: The 2020 Census and You

March 20, 2020
11:30am - 1:30pm
Central Library Gateway Gallery
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Gateway Gallery
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Every 10 years the U.S. Constitution mandates a count of every person in the United States. Come and learn how this count will affect you, your community, and your city for the decade to come. Census staff will be in attendance to answ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

LIBBY App Basics part 2

March 20, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
Join us for a two part class to walk through how to use Overdrive’s new e-book/e-audiobook app LIBBY! *You must be a resident of Des Moines with a valid DMPL card for access to Libby. *Libby is available for Apple iOS 9+, Android 4.4+, and Wind...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Virtual Vacation

March 20, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Event Details:
Take a virtual vacation! Come to the library to ride roller coasters, catch fish, explore outer space, and more! Kick back and relax with our Oculus Go virtual reality headsets. Wii games will also be provided. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Move & Make Hula Hooping Workshop

March 20, 2020
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Performances
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 18
Event Details:
Join local hula hoop artists to learn the basics of hula hooping and hoop tricks using a hula hoop you'll make yourself! By the end, you'll take home all the right moves and a custom hoop you can keep practicing them with. ...

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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 "Children" group.

STEM Spring Break: Ice Sculptures

March 20, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Are you a scientist? Then come Forest Avenue Library and get ready to experiment and explore STEM concepts as we make multi-colored ice sculptures! Activity available while supplies last. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Paper Plate Hovercrafts

March 20, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Create a flying machine with a paper plate, balloon, and straw! ...

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.

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.

Sensory Saturday with an ARL Therapet

March 21, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am
East Side Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us for a special visitor from the Animal Rescue League's Therapets program today at 9:30 AM! During our Sensory Saturday, the East Side Library invites families and children with special needs to borrow materials and enjoy the library. We will r...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

LEGO Saturday

March 21, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Bring the family to the South Side Library to play and build with LEGOS and Duplos in the Elementary Area from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.! For youth ages 3-12. This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Parent or guardian must be present with children. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Legos at the Library

March 21, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
East Side Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Build and create with Legos in the children’s area! All ages. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Craftivities: Toy Story's Forky

March 21, 2020
10:00am - 5:00pm
Central Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Make your very own Forky to take home and read stories about toys at the craft tables. ...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

Spring Break Scavenger Hunt

March 21, 2020
10:00am - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Some of our favorite book characters are hiding in the library.  Use your keen observation skills to find them all and claim your prize. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

AARP Tax Preparation Assistance

March 21, 2020
10:30am - 3:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Visit the East Side Library every Wednesday and Saturday from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm for tax preparation assistance from AARP. All help will be given on a first come, first serve basis. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Furry Tales with Caper

March 21, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
South Side Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Children are encouraged to read with Caper, the therapy dog, at South! Caper is a friendly Pembroke Welsh Corgi who loves to hear stories! Walk in and choose a book to read to Caper in the Children's Area! For youth ages 3-12. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Roblox Studio

March 21, 2020
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Central Library Computer Lab
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Computer Lab
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 14
Event Details:
Learn the basics of creating your own Roblox game at the library and test out each other's creations while you enjoy tasty snacks.   Disclaimer: Logins will be set to child mode. General adult supervision is provided for this program....

Disclaimer(s)

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

Roblox Studio

March 21, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Central Library Computer Lab
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Computer Lab
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
Event Details:
Learn the basics of creating your own Roblox game at the library and test out each other's creations while you enjoy tasty snacks.   Disclaimer: Logins will be set to child mode. General adult supervision is provided for this program....

Disclaimer(s)

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.

Spring Break Scavenger Hunt

March 22, 2020
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Some of our favorite book characters are hiding in the library.  Use your keen observation skills to find them all and claim your prize. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Construction Zone!

March 23, 2020
10:00am - 4:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Put on your creative construction caps and visit the East Side Library’s Meeting Room to build and explore with our Imagination Playground blocks, Legos, ramps and more! Builders of all ages welcome! ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime

March 23, 2020
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!

March 23, 2020
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 "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Family Crafternoon

March 23, 2020
11:30am - 2:30pm
North Side Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Express your creativity at North Side! Drop-in to enjoy process-based art with a variety of materials in the children’s area.   ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Basic Computer Skills

March 23, 2020
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 "Teens" group.

Healthy Teen Snacks with Southridge Hy-Vee

March 23, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:
Do you have a teen that loves to cook? Visit South and learn to make healthy snacks with Southridge Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Emily Ring! Participants will learn how to make three different kinds of snacks, taste test them and receive copies of th...

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

Comics Creators

March 23, 2020
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.

After-School Switch Gaming

March 23, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Hang out at North Side and enjoy some time playing games on our Nintendo Switch. Snacks may be provided as they last. This program is for ages 10-18. ...

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

Let's Draw Des Moines!

March 23, 2020
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Join us this spring for outdoor drawing at the Central Library. Artists will venture outside to draw at nearby downtown locations. Easels, paper, and basic drawing supplies will be provided. Open to all skill levels ages 16 and up. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

We The Interwoven: An Evening With Author Antonia Rivera

March 23, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Author Visits, Educational
Event Details:
Join us for an evening with author Antonia Rivera, one of seven authors featured in We The Interwoven: An Anthology of Bicultural Iowa. Antonia will share her story about coming to America from Mexico as a young child seeking refuge in America and ab...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Family Storytime

March 23, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Bring the family at night for stories, songs, and occasional crafts that prepares your children for school! You can even wear your jammies! All ages welcome! ...