Libraries are Cooling Centers

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will once again serve as cooling centers during extreme temperatures this summer. Please check our events page for updates on any programming changes due to the weather.

Upcoming Events

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Library Learning Bags: Community Pride

06/12/2021 @ 10:00am - 06/18/2021 @ 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: Community Pride Stop by any of our six branches to pick up a Library Learning Bag. This month's bag contains several activities including materials to make a pinwheel.  Thank you to our community partners RICA (Res...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Juneteenth Take and Make

All Day 6/14 - 6/18
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Stop by Forest Avenue Library to pick up your Juneteenth celebration popper craft and button!   ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 446
Event Details:
Whether you're just starting to think about purchasing your own home or getting ready to make repairs, our handy panel of experts can help you find your way! Buying a house can be an overwhelming process, but there are several resources available ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Celebrate Juneteenth Virtual Storytime

10:15am - 10:45am
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join our guest presenter from the African American Museum of Iowa for this special virtual storytime celebrating Juneteenth. Our special guest will talk about the origins of the holiday and how it is observed today.  Then listen to the b...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Drop-In Juneteenth Fun

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States,  when you stop by the East Side Library today with a fun bilingual activity with prizes!  Celebra Juneteenth.  Es&nb...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Art Camp Workshop

1:30pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:
Calling all young artists and creative teens!  Join us for a  week long workshop  for teens outside at the East Side Library.  Each day we will hear from a local artist or creator, get inspired by their work, and then use our supp...

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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 "Teens" group.

Teen Pride Series

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
This Pride Month, join DMPL and our partners at Iowa Safe Schools and UCS Healthcare to talk about LGBTQ issues, ask questions, and discover awesome resources! In this four-session series, you’ll meet other teens in the community like you who are int...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Backyard Science: Bubble Wands

6:00pm - 6:45pm
South Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Play & Learn
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Event Details:
Join us for STEM exploration and fun with Backyard Science at South! Families will learn the science of bubbles by assembling a large bubble wand and use our bubble solution to test out their wands on the Library Lawn! For youth age...

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Children’s Program

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

Inclement Weather

This program is hosted outdoors. In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Children" group.

Fire Truck Show and Tell

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join our community helpers at the South Side Library's parking lot during our Firefighter Show and Tell from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Kids and families will get a chance to meet a firefighter from the Des Moines Fire Department, learn about their...

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Inclement Weather

This program is hosted outdoors. In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Firefighter and Fire Truck Show and Tell

12:00pm - 1:00pm
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join our neighborhood firefighters at the South Side Library's parking lot as they show us what it takes to do their job. Get a chance to see the equipment they use AND take a look around their fire truck from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The Fire ...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Adults" group.

Conversations & Coffee

12:30pm - 1:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English skills? Looking to meet new people in your community? Join community members and English language learners at Forest Avenue Library for chats and snacks! Activities are provided to prompt and encourage conversatio...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Teens" group.

Art Camp Workshop

1:30pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:
Calling all young artists and creative teens!  Join us for a  week long workshop  for teens outside at the East Side Library.  Each day we will hear from a local artist or creator, get inspired by their work, and then use our supp...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational, Heritage/History Month
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 85
Event Details:
In May 1917, the United States opens the very first Officers Training Camp for Black men in military history. The location – Fort Des Moines. Over the next six months, 1,200 Black men are trained to lead segregated commands in World War I, all the wh...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

City of Des Moines - Benchmarking DSM Training

9:00am - 11:00am
Central Library Tech Hub
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Tech Hub
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
On June 3, 2019, the Des Moines City Council passed the Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance requiring building owners of buildings 25,000 sq. ft or larger to benchmark energy and water use and submit to the City annually by July 1st. Join City...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Art Camp Workshop

1:30pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:
Calling all young artists and creative teens!  Join us for a  week long workshop  for teens outside at the East Side Library.  Each day we will hear from a local artist or creator, get inspired by their work, and then use our supp...

Disclaimer(s)

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

Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational, Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 36
Event Details:
Have you ever wanted to slay a dragon, raid a dungeon treasure room, or even save a village from an evil bandit horde? Always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, but didn’t know where to start? Join us as we learn the basics of how to get started ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

City of Des Moines - Benchmarking DSM Training

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Tech Hub
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Tech Hub
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
On June 3, 2019, the Des Moines City Council passed the Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance requiring building owners of buildings 25,000 sq. ft or larger to benchmark energy and water use and submit to the City annually by July 1st. Join...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Take & Make: Rainbow Windsock

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Let's celebrate summertime with rainbow windsocks! A windsock is made up of different materials tied onto a hoop that dances in the wind. We will provide the hoop, colorful materials to tie to the hoop, bells and twine to hang it up with for FREE wit...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Youth Art Kits To Go!

All Day 6/24 - 6/25
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Celebrate the arts at the South Side Library with a youth art kit! Stop in to pick up an art kit at the Information Desk and make a craft at home. Kits are available while supplies last. For youth ages 5 and up. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Art Camp Workshop

1:30pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:
Calling all young artists and creative teens!  Join us for a  week long workshop  for teens outside at the East Side Library.  Each day we will hear from a local artist or creator, get inspired by their work, and then use our supp...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Teens" group.

Teen Resume Basics with Connect 2 Careers

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Tech Hub
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Tech Hub
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Event Details:
Learn how to create an awesome resume from presenters at Connect 2 Careers! Whether you’re looking for a job, working on school applications, or applying to experience programs, a resume will help you stand out from the crowd. Our partners at C2C wil...

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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.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Art Camp Workshop

1:30pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:
Calling all young artists and creative teens!  Join us for a  week long workshop  for teens outside at the East Side Library.  Each day we will hear from a local artist or creator, get inspired by their work, and then use our supp...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "All Ages" group.

Blank Park Zoo presents Colorful Creatures

9:45am - 10:30am
East Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for some special guests with the Blank Park Zoo as the present "Colorful Creatures".  Learn about the uses of animals coloring and camouflage that help them thrive in their environment.   ...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Children" group.

Summer Science-Bubbles

3:00pm - 3:45pm
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Fun with Bubbles!   Visit Colby Park from 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM for this free program with Miss Jennifer where children will explore science through activities and experiments.  This time we will be blowing amazing bubbles us...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Inclement Weather

This program is hosted outdoors. In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates.