Library Closed Monday

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday, December 6 for a staff training day. The library will reopen on Tuesday, December 7.

Upcoming Events

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This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Elf on the Shelf!

All Day 12/7 - 12/18
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Can you find the Elf on the Shelf? Bring your sleuthing skills to the South Side Library and help us find the Elf! Kids can grab a sheet at the Information Desk to find the Elf and his favorite things and win a small prize! All ages welcome!  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Holiday Soapmaking

4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:
Tweens and teens ages 10-18 can learn the science of soapmaking at South! Students can choose their scents, create custom bars of soap and wrap their creations as gifts for a loved one, friend, or yourself! Pre-registration required. Space is limited...

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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.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Spark Stories: Rob Zlomke

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 addition, we’ll hear details ab...

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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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
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 "Children" group.

Creative Readers Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Stop by the North Side Library to pick up your take-home edition of Creative Readers! Enjoy a paper chain snake craft, inspired by the book, Zonia's Rainforest, by Juana Martinez-Neal. Visit dmpl.org or call us at 515-283-4152 to place a hold on...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Creative Readers Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Stop by the North Side Library to pick up your take-home edition of Creative Readers! Enjoy a paper chain snake craft, inspired by the book, Zonia's Rainforest, by Juana Martinez-Neal. Visit dmpl.org or call us at 515-283-4152 to place a hold on...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Writers' Workshop ONLINE

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Writer's Workshop on the first* Monday of the month from 5:30-6:30 PM. Share samples of your work and receive feedback from other writers in the group.  If you would like to share your writing with the g...

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 "Children" group.

Creative Readers Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Stop by the North Side Library to pick up your take-home edition of Creative Readers! Enjoy a paper chain snake craft, inspired by the book, Zonia's Rainforest, by Juana Martinez-Neal. Visit dmpl.org or call us at 515-283-4152 to place a hold on...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Tween Writing Meetup

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 18
Event Details:
Do you love writing, coming up with awesome characters, and telling great stories? Then the Tween Writers Meetup is for you! We'll get together on Zoom to learn and practice storytelling techniques and meet other folks like you who love writing! &...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Creative Readers Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Stop by the North Side Library to pick up your take-home edition of Creative Readers! Enjoy a paper chain snake craft, inspired by the book, Zonia's Rainforest, by Juana Martinez-Neal. Visit dmpl.org or call us at 515-283-4152 to place a hold on...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

South VolunTeens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Teens! Do you need volunteer hours? Students ages 12-18 may volunteer at the South Side Library with Miss Janee for 1 hour performing various tasks during our South VolunTeens program! This is a great way to earn volunteer hours! All studen...

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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 Tech Central
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
Aprenda a usar la computadora, navegar la red, y usar varios servicios y programas digitales. Para gente adulta (edades 18+). No necesita apartar lugar. Se requiere seguir las sugerencias del CDC para prevenir el contagio de COVID-19. Estacionamiento...

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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.

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.

Science Project To Go Bags

All Day
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by the Franklin Library and pick up a Science Project To Go Bag.  The bags will contain a science activity you can do at home that will let you explore different STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering, and math).  These activi...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Creative Readers Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Stop by the North Side Library to pick up your take-home edition of Creative Readers! Enjoy a paper chain snake craft, inspired by the book, Zonia's Rainforest, by Juana Martinez-Neal. Visit dmpl.org or call us at 515-283-4152 to place a hold on...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Conversations and Coffee

3:30pm - 4:30pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English and meet new people in the community? All English levels welcome! ...

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.

Creative Readers Take and Make

10:00am - 5:00pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Stop by the North Side Library to pick up your take-home edition of Creative Readers! Enjoy a paper chain snake craft, inspired by the book, Zonia's Rainforest, by Juana Martinez-Neal. Visit dmpl.org or call us at 515-283-4152 to place a hold on...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Library Learning Bag: Lego Minifigures

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop in anytime on or after December 22nd to pick up a library learning bag where you can design your very own Lego minifigure, then paint a resign one included in your bag.  Also included are some ideas for Lego science experiments and books al...
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Play & Learn, Take & Make
Event Details:
Families! Celebrate STEM and New Year's Eve with a special Take and Make bag! Stop by the South Side Library to pick up a bag. Each bag contains science and art activities you can do at home that will let you explore different STEM concepts (scien...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Franklin Volunteens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Library Meeting
Event Details:
Are you looking for a great place to volunteer? Become a volunteen and help with library projects and programs. Teens ages twelve to eighteen can pick up a teen volunteer application at the Franklin Avenue Library. Applications must be turned in...

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.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Birds and Bird Feeding with Polk County Conservation

2:00pm - 2:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for a special presentation from our friends at Polk County Conservation on Birds and Bird Feeding: Winter is a great time to feed and watch birds. We’ll learn about some common Iowa birds and ways to keep our feathered friends well fed. ...

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.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Storytime To Go Bags

All Day
South Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Storytimes, Take & Make
Event Details:
Visit the South Side Library each week to pick up a different Storytime To Go Bag.  Each bag will include rhymes, songs, and book suggestions for babies and preschoolers along with literacy activities.  The storytime bags are recommended fo...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

January Lego Challenge

All Day 1/3 - 1/8
Library Branch: North Side Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Drop-in to North Side anytime during the month of January and complete a Lego Challenge! Then, we will put your completed project on display here at the library. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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