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Self Guided Metro Mural Tour

All Day 4/1 - 5/1
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Des Moines is home to some amazing artwork, and staying socially distant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what the city has to offer! Use this challenge to find your way to some incredible murals in your neighborhood and around Des Moines. Head to each l...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

VIRTUAL PEEPS DIORAMA CONTEST

04/01/2021 @ 8:00am - 04/23/2021 @ 5:00pm
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Make an original shoebox-sized diorama using iconic PEEPS marshmallow candies. Create your family friendly entry using current events, themes from your favorite book, movies/television, or clever “peeps” puns! A limited number of diorama kits (sui...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Library Learning Bags: April Edition

04/10/2021 @ 10:00am - 04/17/2021 @ 5:00pm
All Locations
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Library Learning Bags: Earth Day Edition Stop by Curbside or DMPL Express Service at any of our six branches to pick up a Library Learning Bag. This month's bag includes a plant related craft in celebration of Earth Day on April 22.  The...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

AViD Presents: Hanif Abdurraqib

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Author Visits
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 152
Event Details:
Hanif Abdurraqib is an award-winning poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in 2017, and his second nonfiction book, Go Ahead In The Rain:...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED - DMPL Virtual Teen Book Club

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for this meeting of the DMPL Teen Book Club where will be discussing American Street by AVID author, Ibi Zoboi. This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual YA for Adults Book Club

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual YA for Adults Book Club.  This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the link and password to the Zoom meeting.    ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Rosie and Miss Mary will be joined for this storytime by Mr. Jay.  He is an ASL certified interpreter at Capitol View Elementary in Des Moines.  We will sing, do some rhymes and read a story all with sign language interpretation by Mr....
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Storytimes
Event Details:
Enjoy a virtual storytime English and Spanish celebrating Earth Day! ¡Disfruten de un cuento virtual en inglés y español celebrando el Día de la Tierra! facebook.com/dmlib ...

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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.

Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn to Play!

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
  THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. Please look out for another offering this summer! Get started on the ukulele and quickly learn to play familiar tunes while having fun! Play your own ukulele or borrow one of North Side Library's s...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Chefs: All Things Pizza with Natural Grocers

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 30
Event Details:
Calling all pizza lovers! What if you have a pizza craving, but no pizza? Natural Grocers has ideas to support your pizza habit. Let's join forces and make pizza and pizza-like snacks! By definition pizza is made of dough, tomato sauce, cheese, ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

3-D Printing Basics 5: Bobbleheads (CLASS A)

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:
Learn how to design your own 3-D Prints!  This class will cover designing a Minecraft bobblehead using a spring   Each round of classes consists of 5 projects that build on each other to grow your computer assisted design knowledge.&n...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Virtual Build a Story!

10:15am - 10:45pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 18
Event Details:
Do you have someone who loves to build and read?  Join us for a special storytime where we combine both!  Get out your materials or request a kit to check out and build the day away as we hear stories from a librarian and build our own cool...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Join us in the Battle Arena! Ages 10-18 can participate in this event if you have a Nintendo Switch with a Nintendo Online subscription, and a copy of Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Registrants will be emailed instructio...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual Book Club. This month, we will be discussing The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan.  This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirm...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn to Play!

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
  THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. Please look out for another offering this summer! Get started on the ukulele and quickly learn to play familiar tunes while having fun! Play your own ukulele or borrow one of North Side Library's s...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Virtual VolunTeens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 16
Event Details:
Join us for Virtual VolunTeens on Zoom, where you'll work with our Youth Librarians to help accomplish library goals, all while gaining resume-worthy skills and making new connections! Virtual VolunTeens is a regular, once-a-month meet...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Spark Stories: Monika Owczarski

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Monika Owczarski is an accidental farmer. She grew up in central Iowa and she is a first generation farmer. She has no history or formal training in farming, and used to be a social worker. Monika worked with the Parks and Rec Department to tran...

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.
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Lesson 2 of the 3-D-printing Basics (Class C) program is all about figure building. We'll learn how to combine and connect shapes in Tinkercad in order to create a simple animal figurine. We'll create our figurines together in class, t...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DSM Book Festival Book Club: The Midnight Library

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with the DSM Book Festival's DSM Book Club to cohost its online book discussion. The book being discussed is "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig. The DSM Book Club is an online sharing session desig...
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
April 30th is Día del Niño, a celebration of the joy of childhood and reading across all borders, ethnicities, and languages. Stop at any branch of the Des Moines Public Library to pick up a Día Edition Library Learning Bag to make your own piñata an...
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us on Facebook for a special edition of Bilingual Storytime with Ms. Les in recognition of Día del Niño! Día celebrates the joy of childhood and reading across all borders, ethnicities, and languages through sharing multi-cultural stories, music...
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Día is an international celebration of the joy found in early childhood and reading. This year the library and its community partners are celebrating together! Meet helpers from the Library, Fire, Police, Parks & Recreation, and Public Work...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Mindfulness Walk/Paseo Consciente

All Day
East Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Come together and complete a mindfulness walk exploring your senses around our building, indoors or out, and head in to receive a special surprise, while supplies last.  This activity will be available all month long! Vengan y participen en u...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:
Learn to grow new plants from your existing plants with stem and leaf cuttings! Register to receive the training video from the ISU Extension. Then stop by the Forest Avenue library between May 3 and May 8 to pick up a container, potting mix, an...