Winter Weather Closures and Extended Deadlines

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closing at 2:00 PM today (Monday, January 25). No in-person or curbside services will be provided after that time. 

Deadlines for holds pickup and items due Monday and Tuesday have been extended until Wednesday, January 27.

Reduced Services at All DMPL Locations

All Des Moines Public Library locations have reduced in-person services at this time. Browsing will be unavailable, and public computers will only be available at Central Library by appointment. Curbside Pickup will continue at all locations. Go HERE for all the details about this decision and to see our new hours, services, and offerings at each DMPL location.

Virtual Creative Readers

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Program Type:

Arts & Crafts, Storytimes

Age Group:

Registration for this event is no longer open.

Program Description

Event Details

Cookies, Canvas and Cocoa. Enjoy some cookies and sip on hot cocoa as you listen to A Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett and create your very own watercolor and salt masterpiece. Registration required - Please register as a family if more than one child will be attending. Ages 3 +

Materials needed:

  • Scissors
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • Painting materials provided by the library-Registration is required to receive materials for craft.*
  • Water
  • Paper towels

*Registrants will receive a bag with supplies needed to make the craft and will be available for pick-up at Franklin Avenue Branch.




Children’s Program

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