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 "Adults" group.
    This event is in the "All Ages" group.

    Explore Visual Black History

    All Day 2/1 - 2/28
    Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
    Age Group: Adults, All Ages
    Program Type: Exhibits
    Event Details:
    Drop by the Forest Avenue Library to look at photo books, graphic novels, and other visual records of Black history. These books are available to check out year-round! For now, we're pulling them out with tables, chairs, and supplies to reflect if yo...

    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 "Children" group.
    This event is in the "Teens" group.
    Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
    Age Group: Children, Teens
    Program Type: Gaming
    Event Details:
    Travel around the world this week at Forest with a Countries of Africa scavenger hunt! Kids can learn about the people, history, and culture of different countries in Africa and if they find them all they 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 "Children" group.

    Perler Bead Valentines

    4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
    Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Age Group: Children
    Program Type: Arts & Crafts
    Event Details:
    Create your own Valentine’s Day magnets using pixel art and perler beads.  Be they silly or sweet, you’re sure to make a one of the kind message for someone you know! As supplies last! ...
    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.
    This event is in the "Children" group.

    Family Storytime

    10:00am - 10:30am
    Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
    Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
    Program Type: Storytimes
    Event Details:
    Listen to silly stories, meet adorable puppet friends and move to fun songs!  Join Miss Becky at Forest Avenue Library for Family Storytime at 10:00 A.M.! Family Storytime is aimed at children ages 18 months-6 years old, but all a...

    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.

    Acupressure to Improve Health and Wellness

    6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
    Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
    Age Group: Adults
    Program Type: Health & Wellness
    Event Details:
    Acupressure has its roots in East Asian medicine and is related to acupuncture. Both are based on the idea of natural energy pathways flowing through the human body. According to this philosophy, health can be improved and ailments relieved by removi...

    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.

    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 "Birth-Preschool" group.
    This event is in the "Children" group.

    Family Storytime: Valen-Slime

    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:
    Make a glitter-slime for someone special in your life and enjoy a story. The perfect valentine for friends or enemies.  Best for ages 6+ as supplies last. ...

    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.