Forest Avenue Library

Forest Avenue Library exterior shot

Location Details

Address:
1326 Forest Ave
Des Moines, IA, 50314

Directions:
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Paige Knotts

Paige Knotts
Manager 
PKKnotts@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a Forest Avenue Library meeting room

In-Person Services
  • 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Monday-Thursday
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Friday
  • 10:00 AM-5:00 PM 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 "Teens" group.

DIY Infinity Cube

All Day 5/23 - 5/24
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Take & Make
Event Details:
Stop by the Forest Avenue Library and grab supplies for making your own infinity cube. An infinity cube is a fun take on a fidget spinner and perfect for keeping hands busy. Best for ages 10+ as supplies last.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Minions Scavenger Hunt

All Day 5/23 - 5/28
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
The minions are running amuck at Forest Avenue Library.  Become their leader and unite them to win a prize!  Best for ages 6+ ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Forest Avenue Library Book Discussion

6:00pm - 6:45pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us for a discussion of The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. Ask at the information desk for a copy of the book. ...

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.

Reading Challenge 2022 Book Club

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 11
Event Details:
Welcome to the 2022 Reading Challenge Book Club! Each month we'll read a title that fulfills at least one of the 12 categories and then talk about what we think! Participate each month and you'll be all set for the challenge! Our May book is a "Bo...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Adults" group.

Business Model Canvas

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 29
Event Details:
This three week workshop will give your business a boost!  You will learn: What is a business model canvas and how does it help? Customer Segment and Value Propositions Customer Relationships, Channels, and Revenue Streams Key Partne...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Level Up!

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Gaming
Event Details:
Level up your gaming skills! Use our tablets and Nintendo Switch to play Among Us, Minecraft, Roblox, and more. Ages 8+. ...
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!&...