CSI Des Moines

Feb 7
Tuesday 6:00 pm
Greg Gourd, retired DMPD Crime Scene Investigator, will discuss the real world of forensics. Find out about procedures used through documentation and collection of evidence during a criminal investigation. See a demonstration on procedures for fingerprinting.

Book Ball 150

Sep 30
Friday 6:30 pm
A benefit for the Des Moines Public Library Foundation. An evening to celebrate the Des Moines Public Library's 150th Anniversary. The venue is the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA. Black Tie Optional. Program will include the 2016 Iowa Author Award for Patricia T. O'Connor, a pause for poetry with Jim Autry, and special recognition for former Director of the DMPL, Elaine Estes. Meredith Corp. will also be honored with the 2016 Friend of Literacy Award. Tickets $200. The host for the evening is Kim Walker.

History of the Colleges in Highland Park

Dec 14
Wednesday 6:00 pm
Lisa (Elm) Taber, a graduate of Drake University with a major in history, while researching information for a novel, came across David Wiggin's, The Fall of Old Des Moines U. There wasn't much online, so she started a blog collecting information about the college ever since. Lisa is a member of the Des Moines Historical Society. Join us as she shares her research on the history of Highland Park College and Des Moines University as we celebrate 150 years of the Des Moines Public library. Space is limited. Please pre-register at or call 515-283-4152 press 3.

Glimpses of Iowa's Capitol: Its History, Art, Architecture and Restoration

Dec 10
Saturday 2:00 pm
Join history detective and former state restoration painter Rosa Snyder as she divulges untold stories and reveals hidden treasurers of Iowa's most recognized landmark. Tools of the trade will be on display and the intricate restoration process explained. Several before and after photos of its one-of-a-kind artwork will be shown, interesting historical tidbits shared and photos of areas not normally seen by visitors. Voted #1 as the most beautiful state capitol. Space is limited. Please preregister online at or call 515-283-4152 press 3.

Free Advice for Your Device

Sep 12
Monday 2:00 pm
Get the lowdown on your library's downloadables! Bring your mobile device (smartphone, tablet or e-reader) to one of our classes and get some advice and help installing the library's apps for e-books, downloadable audiobooks and e-magazines. Classes and apps are all free. Your gadget must have basic setup done (out of the box, set up, passwords entered, charged and know the basics) as a prerequisite to this class. You will need your library card and PIN, and you may need the password for your App Store on your device. Pre-register as class size is limited so we can give one-on-one attention.


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