Forest Avenue Library

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Location Details

Address:
1326 Forest Ave
Des Moines, IA, 50314

Directions:
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Brooke Santillan headshot

Brooke Santillan
Manager 
BASantillan@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a Forest Avenue Library meeting room

In-Person Services
  • 10:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday-Thursday
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Friday
  • 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday
  • Closed Sunday
Curbside Pickup
  • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Monday-Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

The Forest Avenue Library features an extensive Foreign Language collection, including materials in Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Karen. The library also provides computers to access language learning materials, including Mango.

Children will be delighted with Rosie's Forest, the library’s early literacy center, which includes artwork done by Sticks and a wide variety of early literacy stations where children can come to learn and play.

Located in a vibrant neighborhood, the Forest Avenue Library welcomes community groups and individuals to use our meeting spaces and take advantage of everything the library has to offer.

Upcoming Events

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

Self Guided Metro Mural Tour

All Day 4/1 - 5/1
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Des Moines is home to some amazing artwork, and staying socially distant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what the city has to offer! Use this challenge to find your way to some incredible murals in your neighborhood and around Des Moines. Head to each l...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Library Learning Bags: April Edition

04/10/2021 @ 10:00am - 04/17/2021 @ 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: Earth Day Edition Stop by Curbside or DMPL Express Service at any of our six branches to pick up a Library Learning Bag. This month's bag includes a plant related craft in celebration of Earth Day on April 22.  The...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

AViD Presents: Hanif Abdurraqib

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Author Visits
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 152
Event Details:
Hanif Abdurraqib is an award-winning poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in 2017, and his second nonfiction book, Go Ahead In The Rain:...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED - DMPL Virtual Teen Book Club

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for this meeting of the DMPL Teen Book Club where will be discussing American Street by AVID author, Ibi Zoboi. This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual YA for Adults Book Club

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual YA for Adults Book Club.  This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the link and password to the Zoom meeting.    ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Rosie and Miss Mary will be joined for this storytime by Mr. Jay.  He is an ASL certified interpreter at Capitol View Elementary in Des Moines.  We will sing, do some rhymes and read a story all with sign language interpretation by Mr....
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Storytimes
Event Details:
Enjoy a virtual storytime English and Spanish celebrating Earth Day! ¡Disfruten de un cuento virtual en inglés y español celebrando el Día de la Tierra! facebook.com/dmlib ...

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.