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TeenTober Take-and-Make Bags!

All Day 10/3 - 10/17
All Locations
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Teens! Help us celebrate TeenTober at the library! Stop by any of our six branches to pick up a TeenTober Take-and-Make Bag with fun swag and one piece of a very special community project! We’ve partnered with the student-led organizatio...
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 "Children" group.

Creative Readers-From Book to Art!

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich. Children will listen to a story and then create a masterpiece while exploring with art and STEM activities. Ages 3 years old to 8 years old, but younger and older siblings are welcome. Meeting Room.   ...

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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 "Teens" group.

After-School Club: Light-up Paper Jack-O-Lanterns

4:00pm - 5:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Tweens and teens ages 10-18 can make a glowing 3-D paper Jack-O-Lantern! We will be using LED lights and circuits to make our pumpkins light up. ...

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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.

DIY Neon Light signs for Teens

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Join us at Central Library to learn how to make your own Neon Signs with Electroluminescent wire! ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime/Manga Meetup: Candy Sushi

4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Exhibits, Movies
Event Details:
Join us for the Teen Anime/Manga Meetup! We’ll get together and discuss all things Anime and Manga! This week - bring your appetite and learn how to make Candy Sushi!  Ages 12-18.  All Manga and Anime in this program is rated T for Te...

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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: 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 from 6-7 p.m. in October to make paper flowers and other decorations for a Day of the Dead ofrenda, which will be on display at the Central Library from October 26 thro...

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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.

Book Binding: Long Stitch Binding

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Come learn to bind a book using long stitch binding with a heavy paper cover. This binding technique is simple but allows for plenty of variation in style and can be adapted to other materials you might like to use at home. Plus we'll experiment with...

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.

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 "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...

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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 "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 "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.
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 "Children" group.

Creative Readers-From Book to Art!

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Dozens of Doughnuts by Carrie Finison. Children will listen to a story and then create a masterpiece while exploring with art and STEM activities. Ages 3 years old to 8 years old, but younger and older siblings are welcome. Meeting Room.   ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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

Art 101: Jack-O-Lantern Jars

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, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:
Join artist and library staff member Fueche Vang as he guides participants in creating Jack-o-Lantern Jars! We’ll start with a basic pumpkin design then get creative from there! Materials will be provided. No experience necessary. This educational...

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 "Children" group.

Creative Readers-From Book to Art!

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Spoonful of Frogs by Casey Lyall. Children will listen to a story and then create a masterpiece while exploring with art and STEM activities. Ages 3 years old to 8 years old, but younger and older siblings are welcome. 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 "Teens" group.

After-School Club: Stranger Things Party

4:00pm - 5:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Tweens and teens ages 10-18 can join us for a trip to the Upside Down. We will enjoy Stranger Things inspired STEM activities, crafts, and snacks! ...

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 "Children" group.

Kid's Maker Lab: Pumpkin Volcanoes

4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Exhibits
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 14
Event Details:
Join us at South for our Kid's Maker Lab - a program for kids ages 6 to 12 - to explore science concepts and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities.  This month, participants can make a pumpkin volcano!  Children ca...

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.

Storytelling Workshop 1: Find Your Story

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Tap into your creative talents and abilities as you explore the art of storytelling with professional storyteller Bettie Jane Bibler. Learn about the basics of story structure, examine ways to craft your own version of traditional tales, discover how...

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.

Art in the Library: Mini Animal Friends

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:
This month we will be creating miniature animals out of glass gems.   Art in the Library is for children ages 6-12 and requires preregistration.     The Franklin Library is located on DART Route #5. ...

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Children’s Program

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