Forest Avenue Library

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Location Details

Address:
1326 Forest Ave
Des Moines, IA, 50314

Directions:
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Brooke Santillan
Manager 
BASantillan@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 248-6265

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Hours:
Sunday:  Closed
Monday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM

The Forest Avenue Library features an extensive Foreign Language collection, including materials in Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Karen. The library also hosts a Language Learning Center where it provides computers to access Rosetta Stone, Pronunciator, and English Language Learning materials.

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 "Children" group.

Forest Avenue Calming Room

October 23, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Do you need a calm place to play? Then come to the Forest Avenue Calming Room for a sensory interactive experience! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program for youth. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old....
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Storytime

October 23, 2019
10:15am - 11:00am
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, movement, and more!...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Youth Makerspace-Kinetic Sand

October 23, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Kinetic Sand is magical, moldable and mesmerizing sand! Mix it, cut it, squish it, and let it flow. The creative possibilities are endless with Kinetic Sand! Ages 8-12....
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Play, Grow, Learn!

October 24, 2019
10:15am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library's space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in p...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

SCI Code Camp: Robotics

October 24, 2019
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Forest Avenue Library
Registration
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Join the Science Center of Iowa for the second in a three-part camp series. In this class students will learn new coding skills to program robotics kits like Sphero and Hummingbird. They will brainstorm ideas and utilize this technology to bring thei...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos en Español e Inglés Para Toda la Familia

October 24, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Celebremos El Dia de Las Naciones Unidas con canciones, rhymes, songs and crafts in Spanish and English. Estaremos creando arte con frijoles (Bean Art). ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Forest Avenue Calming Room

October 28, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Do you need a calm place to play? Then come to the Forest Avenue Calming Room for a sensory interactive experience! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program for youth. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old....