Happy Holidays! All branches of the Des Moines Public Library are closed today, December 24, and tomorrow, December 25. Our branches will open for their normal hours on Wednesday, December 26. With our doors shut for two days, we're packing in the fun the rest of the week and keeping you entertained over Winter Break. Join us for a dance party, play some bingo, and get ready for the new year with us this week.
Did you see our list of the most popular books of 2018? We released the top 10 non-fiction books last Wednesday, and the top 10 fiction books last Friday. We also had Barry Phipps on the DMPL Podcast. His photography is currently on display at the Central Art Gallery, and he'll be at the Central Library to discuss his work next month.
This Wednesday, we'll introduce you to the 2019 DMPL Reading Challenge. We'll give some hints on the categories, talk about the prizes, and let you know how easy it is to sign up. On Friday, Rosie's Corner returns. Rosie will tell us about some of the great programs happening at the library in January. We'll also reveal what new children's books will be hitting our stacks, and we'll have early literacy tips for you.
Rosie’s Winter Challenge
December 26-28, December 30, All Day, Central Library
Children’s book characters are hiding in the youth section. Can you find them all? Find where they’re hiding, answer questions, and complete our challenge activities to win a prize. While supplies last.
Basic Computer Skills
Wednesday, December 26, 11:00 AM, North Side Library
Visit us at the North Side Library every Wednesday to learn some computer basics. Create an email account, build a simple resume, and learn about the library catalog. Please register for this event by calling 283-4152 ext. 3 or by clicking here.
Thursday Morning Fever Dance Party
Thursday, December 27, 10:00 AM, Central Library
Boogie on! The dance fever is heating up again at Central Library. We’ll be playing groovy tunes so you can break it down over winter break! Join us for crafts, games, and music. We’ll bring out the parachute, bust out the bubbles, and boogie around the dance floor with our friends and family. Don’t miss out!
Play, Grow, Learn!
Thursday, December 27, 10:15 AM, Forest Avenue Library
Use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library's space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in playtime where parents and caregivers are encouraged to interact with their children.
Harry Potter Bingo
Thursday, December 27, 2:30 PM, South Side Library
How well do you know your Harry Potter characters? Show off your knowledge during our fun Bingo game. We’ll award prizes to all the winners, and all ages are welcome. Feel free to dress up as your favorite character and/or wear your house colors proudly.
New Year’s Art Cart
Saturday, December 29, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, East Side Library
Celebrate the New Year with sparkle! Our art cart will be available from 10AM-4:30PM in our Children's area for you to make your own creation and we will provide some fun New Year's themed crafts as well.
Design a Party Hat
Saturday, December 29, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Franklin Avenue Library
Get ready to ring in the New Year with your very own party hat. We will have hats available and supplies to make them fancy. This craft will be available as supplies last.