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Family Storytime

6:00pm - 6:30pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes for the whole family! Afterwards, we will enjoy a craft or open play together. ...

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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.

Storytime Disclaimer

Masks are encouraged for attendees 2 years and older. Please observe social distancing when possible and visit us another day if you or your child are not feeling well.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Community Reads with DMPS at DMPL

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue 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 "All Ages" group.

DMPS Community Reads

6:00pm - 7:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South 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 Rea...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Dia de Muertos / Day of the Dead Ofrenda Crafting Session

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Central Library Study Room 1
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Study Room 1
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Join the Des Moines Public Library & Latinx Immigrants of Iowa each Wednesday evening in October to make paper flowers and other decorations for our Day of the Dead ofrenda, which will be on display at the Central Library from October 26 through ...

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

Spark Stories

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
What's the "spark" that shaped the lives of our local leaders? Hear from a different speaker each month as they share their "Spark Story,"  the specific experience that sparked them to create change in the community. In ...

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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.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
Are you supporting someone dealing with stalking or domestic violence? Think you might need to in the future? Just want to be a little more secret online? Come here and learn some tips to help out your friends. ...

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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers can join Miss Janee Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. for a 30-minute storytime with stories, musical activities and take-home activities that prepare your child for school.   ...

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.

Storytime Disclaimer

Masks are encouraged for attendees 2 years and older. Please observe social distancing when possible and visit us another day if you or your child are not feeling well.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Glowforge Training

10:00am - 11:00am
Central Library Tech Central
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Tech Central
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Computers & Technology, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:
Learn how to use the Glowforge Plus Laser Engraver at Tech Central! This program takes the place of the 1 on 1 Glowforge tutorial, so you will be fully qualified to book and use the Glowforge on your own after this program. You can also make an acryl...

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.

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 Computer Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
Staff from the Financial Empowerment Center and Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families are ready to provide one-on-one job search and resume assistance to job seekers. A career coach can guide you through resume building, applying for jobs, ...

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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

Wiggles and Giggles

10:15am - 10:45am
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us at the Central Library for a fun storytime featuring movement, music, and rhyming! The storytime will take place in the meeting room to allow for social distancing.   ...

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.

Storytime Disclaimer

Masks are encouraged for attendees 2 years and older. Please observe social distancing when possible and visit us another day if you or your child are not feeling well.

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

Fire Safety Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us at North Side Library for a very special storytime with the Des Moines Fire Department! Hear fire safety stories, learn fire safety tips, and see a fire engine up close! Ages 3 and up.  ...

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.

Storytime Disclaimer

Masks are encouraged for attendees 2 years and older. Please observe social distancing when possible and visit us another day if you or your child are not feeling well.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Buy. Eat. Live Healthy

1:30pm - 3:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 14
Event Details:
Save Money: Shop Smart and waste less food. Save Time: At the store and in the kitchen Help Picky Eaters: try new foods Learn how to make easy and low-cost recipes with ISU Extension in this 8 week class where we’ll get hands-on in the kitch...

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Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

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.

Hexbug BattleBots

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Which BattleBot will survive in the arena? We will experiment with a variety of Hexbug BattleBots to see which one is worthy of being crowned the champion. Ages 10 and up.  ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Flu Vaccine Clinic with Polk County Health

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Get your flu vaccine at Franklin Avenue Library with Polk County Health Department! For more information or to register for an appointment visit https://www.immunizepolk.com/.  ...

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 "Teens" group.

TeenTober: Jack Skellington ornaments

4:30pm - 5:15pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Are you a Nightmare Before Christmas fan? Join us for a Jack Skellington ornament craft! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Fire Safety Storytime with DMFD

6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
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...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Family Storytime: Ghostly Slime Making

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:
Learn to make this gooey science experiment with a fall twist.  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 "Adults" group.

Reading on the Margins Book Discussion

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us once a month to discuss books by underrepresented authors. Our goal is to amplify these voices and experiences while discussing social issues in the context of fiction and non-fiction books. 'There's really no such thing as the 'voiceless....
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 "Adults" group.

Friday Flicks at Franklin – West Side Story

1:30pm - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Steven Spielberg directed this adaptation of the 1957 musical, which explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage New York City street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. Rated PG-13. ...

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.

School of Beats

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Event Details:
All your friends will want you spinning at their parties! At this hands-on class we will learn the skills needed to become a DJ. We provide the equipment, you bring the creativity. Ages 12+.  ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Bilingual Storytime with Viet Advocacy

10:00am - 11:00am
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Chúng tôi vô cùng vui mừng giới thiệu một chương trình mới để giúp trẻ em Việt gìn giữ và tôn vinh Bản sắc Việt của chúng em. Cùng hợp tác với Des Moines Public Library, Viet Advocacy mang đến cho quý vị Kể Chuyện Song Ngữ cho trẻ em từ 2-7 tuổi. Mục...

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 "All Ages" group.

Friends of the North Side Library Rummage Sale 8 AM-1PM

10:00am - 4:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Exhibits
Event Details:
The Friends of the North Side Library Rummage and Bake Sale from 8 am to 1 pm. ...