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 "Children" group.
    This event is in the "Teens" group.
    Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
    Age Group: Children, Teens
    Program Type: Gaming
    Event Details:
    Travel the world and find the hidden wonders around the Forest Avenue Library!  From the Eiffel tower to the great pyramids of Giza, each one includes a fun fact that you may not know?  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 "Birth-Preschool" group.
    This event is in the "Children" group.

    Family Storytime: Balloon Creations

    6:30pm - 7:00pm
    Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
    Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
    Program Type: Storytimes
    Event Details:
    Every week enjoy a different activity and story.  This week learn to make your own balloon creations to take home.  Family Storytime is aimed at children ages 6+, but all ages are welcome to join in.        ...

    Disclaimer(s)

    Children’s Program

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

    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 "Children" group.
    This event is in the "Teens" group.

    Maker Day Challenge

    10:00am - 5:30pm
    Forest Avenue Children’s Area
    Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
    Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
    Age Group: Children, Teens
    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.

    Shrek Movie Party

    4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
    Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Age Group: Children, Teens
    Program Type: Computers & Technology
    Event Details:
    Go on an epic adventure with Shrek and his friends across a fairytale land with this classic movie.  We will make our own fairy or ogre popcorn and make mini swamp terrariums with 3-d printed figures while we watch! Best for ages 7+   ...

    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 "Children" group.

    SEEDS and DMPL present: Swan

    10:00am - 11:00am
    Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
    Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Age Group: Children
    Program Type: Health & Wellness
    Event Details:
    Come ready to stretch, dance, and learn the beginner steps of ballet at Forest Avenue Library!  SEEDS Youth Creative Development will host this free class every second Saturday of the month from 10-11AM.  School-age kids will expe...

    Disclaimer(s)

    Children’s Program

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

    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.
    Registration
    Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
    Room: Zoom Program Room
    Age Group: Adults
    Program Type: Book Clubs
    Registration Required
    Seats Remaining: 8
    Event Details:
    Join our Fireside Fiction Coffee Club during the cold month of December and receive a free sample size of coffee beans or ground coffee when picking up the book The Woman in the Library at the Central Library Pickup Window. Our grou...

    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 "Children" group.
    This event is in the "Teens" group.

    Snowman Scavenger Hunt

    All Day 12/12 - 12/17
    Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
    Age Group: Children, Teens
    Program Type: Gaming
    Event Details:
    Silly snowmen are hiding around the Forest Avenue Library!  Each one has a different identity, can you find them all 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.