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Community Reads with DMPS at DMPL

6:00pm - 7:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Schools invite families and community members to join a discussion of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. This book is part of fifth grade curriculum, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Community Reads book di...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

VolunTEENS: Volunteer Work Time

6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Calling current VolunTEENS and any teens between the ages of 12-18 who are interested in volunteering! Stay after the Word Play activity or come in at 6:00 to learn about volunteering and help out with library projects.  ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Family Storytime: Pumpkin Painting

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
 Decorate mini pumpkins and listen to a story!  Family Storytime is aimed at elementary ages, but all ages are welcome to join in.        ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

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

Family Art Studio: No Paintbrushes Allowed!

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
The whole family can join us at the library to create a one-of-a-kind art project.  Bring your imagination and we will provide the supplies. This month we are painting with everything BUT a paintbrush!  Q-tips, cotton balls, sponges, toy ca...

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.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Halloween Craft Night

6:30pm - 7:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Love both Halloween and crafting? Then let the South Side Library help you get in the Halloween spirit with an evening of easy and "eerie-sistable" crafts. All materials will be provided. Come alone or bring some friends - no registration necess...

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.

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

Maker Day Challenge

10:00am - 5:30pm
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
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.

The Outreach Project

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Cafe Gallery
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Cafe 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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

3-D Printing Basics: UFOs

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Learn how to design your own 3-D prints! Join us for a 3-D Printing basics class, where we will design our own glowing UFO models with Tinkercad. You will be able to select a pre-printed UFO to take home! Space is limited, registration r...

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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.

SEEDS and DMPL present: Swan

10:00am - 11:00am
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Come ready to stretch, dance, and learn the beginner steps of ballet at Forest Avenue Library!  SEEDS Youth Creative Development will host this free class every second Saturday of the month from 10-11AM.  School-age kids will expe...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

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.

Community Table: a Storytelling and Local Food Festival

10:00am - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness, Performances
Event Details:
Community Table: a Storytelling and Local Food Festival The Des Moines Public Library is excited to invite you to participate in the inaugural Community Table: Storytelling & Local Food Festival on Saturday, October 8 from 10 AM to 6 PM. This ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Latinx Heritage Movie Series: Coco (2017)

11:00am - 1:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Come watch Coco as part of DMPL's Latinx Heritage movie series during Hispanic Heritage month! Movie will be screened in English with Spanish subtitles. Summary: Aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journ...

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.

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.

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.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Plant Swap!

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Need something alive for the winter? Have too many plant babies after a summer growth spurt? Come by the Forest Avenue Library for a plant swap and take home a new green pal. Bring houseplants or outdoor plants that can go in the ground in October; l...

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.

An Afternoon with Iowa City Ghost Hunters

2:00pm - 4:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Has something happened at your home that you just can’t explain? Always wondered how people research the paranormal? A true believer or a skeptic? Join us for an afternoon with the Iowa City Ghost Hunters to learn about paranormal investigations 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.

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 "Children" group.
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
¡Ven a ver Coco como parte de la serie de películas latines de DMPL durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana! La película será presentada en español con subtítulos en inglés.  Sumario: Miguel, un niño que sueña convertirse un...

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.

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.

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

Jack o' Lantern Scavenger Hunt

All Day 10/10 - 10/15
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
12 grinning Jack o' lantern's are hiding around the library!  Find them all to win a prize!  Best for ages 6+ ...

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.

Practica de conversación en inglés | English Conversation Practice

10:00am - 11:00am
Central Library Meeting Room 3
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 3
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
¡Ven a la biblioteca Central a practicar tu inglés conversacional! Tendremos actividades para empezar y seguir la conversación y actividades para niños acompañantes. Hablantes de todos niveles estan invitados a venir. Para gente edades 18+. No nec...

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.

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.

Ofrenda Flowers (Flores)

10:00am - 8:00pm
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Help us make paper flowers for our Day of the Dead Ofrenda decorations, which will be on display from October 24 through November 3.  Ayúdanos a hacer flores de papel para decorar nuestra Ofrenda del Día de los Muertos, que estará en exhibici...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Fire Safety Storytime

10:15am - 10:45am
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
The Des Moines Fire Department is joining us for a special storytime during Fire Prevention Week!  Hear stories, learn more about fire safety, and see a fire truck up close. This storytime is recommended for ages three to five, but all childr...

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.

Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
October's selection is The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson. The Franklin Afternoon Book Discussion is a regularly scheduled book club meeting on the second Monday of the month. Titles are selected from various genres and copies of the next mo...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

The Outreach Project

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Cafe Gallery
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Cafe 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 "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...

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.

Franklin VolunTeens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Library Meeting
Event Details:
Are you looking for a great place to volunteer? Become a volunteen and help 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 turned in...

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.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Cozy Campfire Storytime!

6:00pm - 6:30pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us at Central for a special Campfire Storytime! We'll gather around a cozy, pretend fire, sing campfire songs, read some stories, and have a yummy snack! ...

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.

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.

Manga Design with Procreate

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Forest Avenue Conference Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Conference Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Event Details:
Are you interested in drawing your favorite manga characters or creating your own? We will use Procreate on iPads to design professional looking manga. For ages 12 and up.  ...