Franklin Avenue Library

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Location Details

Address:
5000 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA, 50310

Directions:
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Nicki Hayter
Manager 
NMHayter@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 248-6275

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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.

Toddler Storytime

October 23, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
Franklin Avenue Library
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Event Details Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and more, followed by a craft. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Meeting Room. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Art in the Library: Rock Photo Holders

October 23, 2019
4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Event Details:
This month's project will take rocks and turn them into a place to display your pictures. Ages 6-12. Younger siblings may attend if accompanied by an adult. Please preregister for this program. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Dollar-a-Day Boys: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps

October 23, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Michigan-based singer/storyteller Bill Jamerson will provide a history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, one of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal initiatives. Operating between 1933 and 1942, in Iowa alone, the CCC employed over 49,000 men between the ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

LEGO Fridays

October 25, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
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 "Children" group.

Spooky Scavenger Hunt

All Day
Franklin Avenue Library
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Halloween, Gaming
Event Details:
Visit the Children's Area October 26-31 to take part in our Spooky Scavenger Hunt. Find all of the pictures and receive a prize. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Furry Tales with Shanti

October 26, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Franklin Avenue Library
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...