2023 AViD lineup coming Monday!

The Des Moines Public Library's 2023 Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series lineup will be announced at 12 PM on Monday, February 13! Check back here or on the library's social media platforms to see which acclaimed authors are coming to DMPL this spring and summer. 

This Week at DMPL

This Week at DMPL

Learn more at dmpl.org/events

*Registration required.

 

Monday, February 6

 

Black History Month: Authors Scavenger Hunt
January 29-February 11 | Kids | Central Library

Valentine Scavenger Hunt
February 1-14 | Ages 3+ | South Side Library

Explore Visual Black History
February 1-28 | Adults/All Ages | Forest Avenue Library

Countries of Africa Scavenger Hunt
February 6-11 | Ages 6+ | Forest Avenue Library

Toddler Storytime
10 AM | 18-36 Months | East Side Library

Preschool Storytime
10:15 AM | Ages 3-5 | Franklin Avenue Library

The Outreach Project
1-3 PM | Adults | Central Library

Tech Basics: Computer Basics (Windows 10 and 11)*
3 PM | Adults | North Side Library

Perler Bead Valentines
4 PM | Kids | Forest Avenue Library

Writers' Workshop 2023
5:30 PM | Adults | Central Library

Family Storytime
6:30 PM | Families | South Side Library

Paris: History of a Modern Capital, Part II
6:30 PM | Adults and Teens | Franklin Avenue Library

 

Tuesday, February 7

 

Black History Month: Authors Scavenger Hunt
January 29-February 11 | Kids | Central Library

Valentine Scavenger Hunt
February 1-14 | Ages 3+ | South Side Library

Explore Visual Black History
February 1-28 | Adults/All Ages | Forest Avenue Library

Countries of Africa Scavenger Hunt
February 6-11 | Ages 6+ | Forest Avenue Library

Play, Grow, Learn!
10 AM | Ages 0-5 | South Side Library

Baby Rhyme Time
10:15 AM | 0-18 Months | Franklin Avenue Library

Baby and Toddler Rhyme Time
10:30 AM | Ages 0-2 | North Side Library

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's
2 PM | Adults | South Side Library

Creative Readers - From Book to Art
4 PM | Ages 3-8 | Franklin Avenue Library

After-School Club: Marble Run Challenge
4 PM | Ages 10-18 | North Side Library

Level Up
4 PM | Ages 8+ | Forest Avenue Library

 

Wednesday, February 8

 

Black History Month: Authors Scavenger Hunt
January 29-February 11 | Kids | Central Library

Valentine Scavenger Hunt
February 1-14 | Ages 3+ | South Side Library

Explore Visual Black History
February 1-28 | Adults/All Ages | Forest Avenue Library

Countries of Africa Scavenger Hunt
February 6-11 | Ages 6+ | Forest Avenue Library

Baby Rhyme Time
9:30 AM | 0-18 Months | Central Library

Family Storytime
10 AM | Ages 1-6 | Forest Avenue Library

Job Seekers Help with the Financial Empowerment Center
10 AM – 1 PM | Adults | North Side Library

Job Seekers Help with the Evelyn K. Davis Center
10 AM – 2 PM | All Ages | South Side Library

Toddler Stories, Songs, and Movement
10:15 AM | 18-36 Months | Franklin Avenue Library

AARP Tax Preparation Assistance
10:30 AM-3:00 PM | Adults | East Side Library

Anime & Manga Meetup
4 PM | Ages 12-18 | South Side Library

Central VolunTeens
4 PM | Ages 12-18 | Central Library

Creative Readers - Hello Rain
5:15 PM | Grades K-5 | North Side Library

Acupressure to Improve Health and Wellness
6:30 PM | Adults | Forest Avenue Library

 

Thursday, February 9

 

Black History Month: Authors Scavenger Hunt
January 29-February 11 | Kids | Central Library

Valentine Scavenger Hunt
February 1-14 | Ages 3+ | South Side Library

Explore Visual Black History
February 1-28 | Adults/All Ages | Forest Avenue Library

Countries of Africa Scavenger Hunt
February 6-11 | Ages 6+ | Forest Avenue Library

Preschool Storytime
10 AM | Ages 3-5 | South Side Library

Glowforge Training*
10 AM | Adults | Central Library

Bilingual Job Seekers with the Financial Empowerment Center
10 AM-2 PM | Adults | South Side Library

Wiggles and Giggles
10:15 AM | Ages 0-5 | Central Library

Preschool Storytime
10:30 AM | Ages 3-5 | North Side Library

English Practice
3:30 PM | Adults | North Side Library

Music Moment
3:30 PM | Kids | Central Library

Iowa Author Spotlight: Nick Holmberg
5:30 PM | Adults | Central Library

Family Storytime: Valen-Slime
6:30 PM | Ages 6+ | Forest Avenue Library

Reading on the Margins
6:30 PM | Adults | Franklin Avenue Library

 

Friday, February 10

 

Black History Month: Authors Scavenger Hunt
January 29-February 11 | Kids | Central Library

Valentine Scavenger Hunt
February 1-14 | Ages 3+ | South Side Library

Explore Visual Black History
February 1-28 | Adults/All Ages | Forest Avenue Library

Countries of Africa Scavenger Hunt
February 6-11 | Ages 6+ | Forest Avenue Library

The Outreach Project
1-3 PM | Adults | Central Library

 

Saturday, February 11

 

Black History Month: Authors Scavenger Hunt
January 29-February 11 | Kids | Central Library

Valentine Scavenger Hunt
February 1-14 | Ages 3+ | South Side Library

Explore Visual Black History
February 1-28 | Adults/All Ages | Forest Avenue Library

Countries of Africa Scavenger Hunt
February 6-11 | Ages 6+ | Forest Avenue Library

Art Cart: Valentines
Kids | East Side Library

Saturday Sensory Play
10:30 AM | Ages 0-5 | Central Library

AARP Tax Preparation Assistance
10:30 AM-3 PM | Adults | East Side Library

Palentines Celebration: A Movie and DIY Cards
1:30 PM | Adults | Central Library

Nancy Drew's Hunt a Killer: Mystery at Magnolia Gardens*
2 PM | Adults | South Side Library

 

Sunday, February 12

 

No Events or Programs

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Visit the Central Library Children's Area for a scavenger hunt celebrating Black authors! ...

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.

Valentine Scavenger Hunt

All Day 2/1 - 2/14
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Kids! Visit South and try our Scavenger Hunt! Drop in and search the library for all of the items on the sheet and win a prize. For youth ages 3 and up.  ...

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.
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 "Adults" group.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

2:00pm - 3:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Become familiar with the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and the differences between normal aging, hear from people who have the disease, and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others. ...

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 "Children" group.

Creative Readers-From Book to Art!

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Children will listen to a story and then create a masterpiece while exploring with art and STEM activities. Ages 3 to 8 years old, but younger and older siblings are welcome.    ...

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 "Teens" group.

After-School Club: Marble Run Challenge

4:00pm - 5:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Tweens and Teens ages 10-18 can compete against the clock to create a successful marble run using everyday objects! ...
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+. ...