All Ages

Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn How to Play

Apr 23
Tuesday 6:00 pm
It’s time to strum it out! Learn to play the ukulele at the North Side Library! The small string instrument has seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years as an alternative for guitars, especially for beginners. You’ll learn basic chords and strumming patterns through the four weeks. Soprano ukuleles will be available to check out with your library card when you register. Please preregister for the class by calling 283-4152 ext. 3 or emailing Sign up soon – this class fills up quickly!


May 5
Sunday 1:00 pm

Con one, con all for our annual MyDMPL Con, a one-day event where all the activities are free! Travel to Hogwarts to make remembralls. Take pictures with daring luchadores, and meet your  favorite heroes, princesses, and Paw Patrol puppies! Teens can test out an air bazooka and learn to do gory zombie cosplay while competing at old-school video-games.  Littles can enjoy sensory activities and LEGO fun!  Check out local artwork or get your face painted. Let your cape fly at the Des Moines Public Library!

East Side Pride Fashion Show

Jun 29
Saturday 3:00 pm
Join us for a family-friendly fashion show to close out Pride Month at the East Side Library! Des Moines Public Library, Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition, and One Iowa invite you to an unforgettable event celebrating fashion, identity, and being your true self.

¡Acompáñennos para un desfile de moda para toda la familia, en celebración del fin del Mes de Orgullo LGBT! La Biblioteca de Des Moines, La Coalición Queer de Comunidades de Color, y One Iowa les invitan a un evento inolvidable celebrando moda, identidad, y el ser el tu verdadero.

Sensory Saturdays

Apr 20
Saturday 9:00 am
Between 9:00 AM-10:00 AM, the East Side Library invites families and children with special needs to borrow materials and enjoy the library’s sensory stations. We will reduce the lighting and have areas set up to encourage activity or provide calming spaces. Our friendly staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you find materials that are perfect for your family!

Free Friday Flick: The Princess and the Frog (G)

Apr 19
Friday 3:30 pm
A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.

Bring blankets, pillows, and drinks (with lids!), and we’ll provide the popcorn.

If you're a fan of Tiana and Disney, follow this link to find out more about our annual MyDMPL Con on Sunday, May 5th. You'll be able to meet Tiana, other princesses, make crafts, and more!

Earth Day Terrariums/ Terrario del Día de la Tierra

Celebrate Earth Day, and design your own world for a plant by making a terrarium with recycled containers at the East Side! A terrarium is like an aquarium, but for plants instead of fish. We will provide the basic supplies (plant, dirt, rocks, container, etc.) but feel free to bring in our own small objects to decorate your jar!


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