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 "Children" group.

Mini Haunted House Craft

All Day 10/18 - 10/23
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Build your own mini haunted house with the provided supplies or branch out and use your own.  As supplies last, best for ages 6+. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Calling all makers! Can you complete our weekly challenge to build, play, or create?  Each week we will have a different activity set up in the children's area and finishers can claim a prize. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Goosebumps Scavenger Hunt

All Day 10/25 - 10/30
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Watch out for the things that go bump in the night.  Monsters, ghosts, vampires and more are hiding around the library.  Finish the scavenger hunt and win a gooey prize! ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Day of the Dead with the Des Moines Art Center

All Day 10/25 - 10/31
All Locations
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Heritage/History Month, Take & Make
Event Details:
Celebrate Day of the Dead with the Des Moines Art Center What is Day of the Dead? Day of the Dead is a holiday that is celebratory, yet respectful of death, and has been practiced in parts of Latin America for centuries. Families honor their ance...
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 a There, There by Tommy Orange. 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 "Teens" group.

Level Up!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: 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 "Adults" group.
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
¡Para estudiantes con discapacidades y sus familiares, el sistema de educación especial puede sentirse como un laberinto! Los acrónimos, páginas y páginas de datos, evaluaciones, y las frecuentes reuniones del equipo del IEP (plan individuo de educac...

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.