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South Side Library

South Side exterior shot

Location Details

Address:
1111 SW Porter Avenue 
Des Moines, IA, 50315

Directions:
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Brenda Hall headshot

Brenda Hall
Manager 
BKHall@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a South Side Library meeting room

Hours:
Sunday:  Closed
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 South Side Library features a wide collection of materials and a large updated children's area: Rosie's Zoo. The teen loft hosts an extensive teen book collection and comfortable seating, as well as a study area with tables containing built-in outlets. The South Side Library welcomes community groups to take advantage of its spacious meeting room.

For Volunteer Opportunities: Please contact Rebecca Cloud at RLCloud@dmpl.org

Upcoming Events

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

CANCELLED: Preschool Storytime: Honey Bee Storytime

April 2, 2020
10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Children and families are welcome to join us for a very special Preschool Storytime! We'll be hosting a Honey Bee Storytime with Iowa Honey Queen, Abigail Kelly! Kids can listen to stories about bees and learn about beekeeping. We'll even have a spec...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED South Side Book Discussion

April 2, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us to discuss the book The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Copies are available at the previous book discussion and the Information Desk thereafter (while supplies last). ...

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Kid's Craft Day: Poster Coloring Day

April 4, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Kids and families! Stop at the South Side Library from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for our Kid's Craft Day! This week, we'll have posters for kids to color in the Elementary Area! Select your poster, color it and take it home! For youth ages 5 and up. This i...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED: Family Storytime

April 6, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Bring the family at night for stories, songs, and occasional crafts and activities that prepares your children for school! You can even wear your jammies! All ages. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED: Toddler Storytime

April 8, 2020
10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, occasional crafts and a little playtime with Miss Janee. For toddlers ages 18 months - 3 years. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED: Power Play!

April 8, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Adults and children play together in an environment set up to promote all areas of development through open ended active play focused on the 5 Simple Steps to Success strategies of read, write, sing, play and talk. Join us for 60 minutes of Power Pla...