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Dinosaur Discovery!

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
ROAR! The Dinosaurs are back. Join us in the meeting room for activities, games, and crafts that are all about everyone's favorite creatures. Ages 3+. Meeting Room. DART Bus: #5   ...

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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.

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

Book Binding: Open Spine Binding with Book Tape

6:30pm - 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 non-adhesive book tape and stitching. In this third book binding program, we'll combine some skills we used in the long stitch and coptic binding classes, incorporate tape and endpapers, and learn a new binding st...

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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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

Lil' Crafts

All Day
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Every week enjoy a different drop-in craft for our littlest readers.  From paper bag puppets to process-based art, these activities will help kids combine learning and play using the five simple steps of literacy: read, write, talk, sing, play!&...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Glowforge Training

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Central Library Glowforge Station
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Glowforge Station
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Computers & Technology
Event Details:
Glowforge training ...
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: 6
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...

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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.

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.

Japanese Festival & Characters with Tanis Sotelo!

4:00pm - 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, Educational, Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 11
Event Details:
Join us at Central Library for a very special Anime Club with CultureAll Ambassador Tanis Sotelo, who will share with us the rich and awesome history, culture, and art of traditional Japanese characters, festivals, and samurai!  If you love a...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Manualidades at Forest Ave Library (La Biblioteca)

4:45pm - 5:45pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Stop by Forest Avenue Library for a bilingual craft activity series hosted by our very own bilingual library assistant, Mrs. Les. Different types of crafts, dances, and music will be explored. The program is bilingual, where instructions will be give...

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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.

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.

Slap Bracelets Drop-In

All Day
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Celebrate Summer Reading by decorating your own slap bracelet!  Stop by the Forest Avenue library and use markers in the children's area or take one home.  Best for ages 6+.  As supplies last! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Art Cart: Colorful Suncatchers

10:00am - 5:00pm
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Stop by the children's area to make a colorful suncatcher using contact paper and tissue paper!  This is an unstaffed activity. All materials and instructions are provided.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Sit n' Stitch

1:30pm - 3:30pm
North Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:
Spend a few hours with other crafters and work on your knit, crochet, or needle craft projects. Please bring your own supplies and projects with you. Pleasant company is provided to share ideas and inspiration! This program happens the first Satur...

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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.

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.

Duct Tape Art

3:30pm - 4:30pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Tweens and teens ages 10-18 can use colorful duct tape to make pencil pouches, wallets, bracelets, and more! ...

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.

Lil' Crafts

All Day
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Every week enjoy a different drop-in craft for our littlest readers.  From paper bag puppets to process-based art, these activities will help kids combine learning and play using the five simple steps of literacy: read, write, talk, sing, play!&...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Yarn Weaving

2:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Join us at the East Side Library to create a yarn weaving! This is a DIY weaving class from creating the loom to the design. Haley will help walk you through step by step to create your own coaster or coffee cup sleeve. ...
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: 6
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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

DIY Stained Glass Window Decorations

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Join us at Central Library to make our own stained glass window decorations. This is fun for all ages and levels of artistic ability!  ...

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.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Comics

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 94
Event Details:
Scott “Diablo” Marcano is a comic book publisher and filmmaker. In this Zoom program, he will be showing the history of comics, how they’re made and give participants insight on how to get started in the industry. ...

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Email Required

Please make sure you have entered a valid email address as the online event details will be sent to you prior to the event. If you have not received a confirmation email your inbox, please check your spam folder.

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

3-D Printed Among Us Dioramas

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Computers & Technology
Event Details:
Set the sus' scene at Forest Avenue Library!  We will be building and painting our own mini dioramas showing a happy crew or a villainous imposter.  Use 3-d printed crewmates to stage your game!  As supplies last!  Best for ages 8...

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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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Shrinky Dink Drop-in Art

10:00am - 4:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Drop in to North Side to enjoy Shrinky Dink art! Create your design and we will shrink it for you. We'll have supplies for you to create earrings, a keychain, or a zipper pull charm with your art. ...

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 "Children" group.

Art Cart: Rainbow in a jar

10:00am - 5:00pm
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Stop by the children's area to make a rainbow in a jar using salt and sidewalk chalk! This is an unstaffed activity. All materials and instructions will be provided. Children may need assistance from their accompanying adults. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Dog Man Celebration

2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Celebrate our favorite half-man, half-dog crime fighting hero with games, crafts, and other fabulous fun at our Dog Man Celebration! Drop in at South from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. All ages are welcome! ...

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.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Gaming
Event Details:
Do you like scavenger hunts? Discover the art of Letterboxing by using clues to search the park for treasure boxes where you collect stamps in your logbook and leave your own stamp at each letterbox you find. Ages 3+  In case of inclemen...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

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

Lil' Crafts

All Day
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Every week enjoy a different drop-in craft for our littlest readers.  From paper bag puppets to process-based art, these activities will help kids combine learning and play using the five simple steps of literacy: read, write, talk, sing, play!&...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime Manga Meetup!

2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
Love anime and manga? Want to nerd out about it with other people who love it, too? Then join us for the Teen Anime/Manga Meetup! We’ll get together and discuss all things anime and manga, do crafts, play games, watch anime, and more! Ages 12-18...

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: 6
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.