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 "All Ages" group.

LULAC Spanish/English Voting Registration Event

October 18, 2019
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
LULAC organization coming to Forest Ave Library to help with voting registration in Spanish/English. Bilingual voting reegistration event.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Forest Avenue Calming Room

October 19, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Age Group: Teens, 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.

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

October 19, 2019
10:15am - 11:15am
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 del Cocinero con cuentos, rhymes, songs and crafts in English and Spanish.  ¡Vamos a hacer sombreros de cocineros y guacamole! Te esperamos.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Forest Flicks - Kids: Corpse Bride

October 19, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Johnny Depp, Emily Watson, and Helena Bonham Carter give voice to characters dead and undead in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Shy, timid Victor Van Dort loves Victoria Everglot, but when he practices his wedding vows over the Corpse Bride’s grave s...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Forest Avenue Calming Room

October 21, 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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

Play, Grow, Learn!

October 21, 2019
10:15am - 11:30am
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 "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Comics Creators

October 21, 2019
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Teens, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Love Raina Telgemeier, superheroes, manga, graphic novels, and cartoons? Ready to let your artist flag fly? Then come to Comics Creators! We'll provide the paper and pens, you provide the creativity! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children...