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Franklin Avenue Library

Franklin Avenue exterior shot

Location Details

Address:
5000 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA, 50310

Directions:
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Nikki Hayter headshot

Nikki Hayter
Manager 
NMHayter@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a Franklin Avenue Library meeting room

Hours:
Sunday:  1 PM - 5 PM
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 Franklin Avenue Library on Des Moines’ west side, serves the needs, wants, and tastes of its community of patrons with a collection of over 100,000 items. The many available media formats include books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, magazines, and electronic resources, as well as over 40 public internet computers for easy online access.

For Volunteer Opportunities: Adult volunteers, please contact Sarah Early, sdearly@dmpl.org. Teen volunteers, please contact Jennifer Leveck, jkleveck@dmpl.org.

Upcoming Events

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

CANCELLED Play, Grow, Learn!

April 2, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
This event has been cancelled.  We are sorry for any inconvenience. Join us at the Franklin Library for open play and more! Meet families with other young children, check out our awesome picture books, and engage in the five simple steps...

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED LEGO Fridays

April 3, 2020
10:00am - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
This event has been cancelled.  We are sorry for any inconvenience. The LEGO bricks will be available in the Children's Area, so bring your imagination and get ready to build. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Free Friday Flicks at Franklin - Downton Abbey

April 3, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early twentieth century, moves from the small screen to the big screen, under the guidance of director Michael Engler. The original cast st...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED DIY Picture Frame

April 4, 2020
10:00am - 2:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
This event has been cancelled.  We are sorry for the inconvenience. Come to the library and decorate a colorful picture frame to take home.  Craft will be available while supplies last. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Furry Tales with Shanti

April 4, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Come to the library and hang out with therapy dog Shanti. Shanti is a licensed therapy dog who is excited to meet some new friends. He will be in the Children's Area from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for kids to come in and read to him, give him a snuggle, or ju...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Preschool Storytime

April 6, 2020
10:15am - 10:45am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Children ages three to five can come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and more. ...