Come to the library and hang out with therapy dog Shanti. Shanti is a licensed therapy dog who is excited to meet some new friends. He will be in the Children's Area from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for kids to come in and read to him, give him a snuggle, or just say hi.
Join us for a special visit from our library book monster, Rosie Reader and visitors from the Blank Park zoo will join us as well, along with stories, songs, crafts and games! Storytime begins at 11:00 AM with activities following storytime.
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!
The organization SOAR, Saving Our Avian Resources, will be bringing two live raptors to this family event. This program will provide information about the birds as well as ideas about how we can help preserve and protect them in the wild. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Library.
Iowa's premier improv comedy troupe Comedy XPeriment will be presenting several improvisation games and exercises at this workshop for teens. CXP has been performing improv comedy in Des Moines for over 15 years. Registration is required.
Come to the central Library to play, dance, sing and meet your favorite mouse Maisy
Visit the North Side Library to learn more about frogs! Polk County Conservation joins us to teach us more about these hoppy friends! A live frog will visit if available.
Join us immediately after storytime to make a mess and enjoy sensory play together. Each week we'll have different textures, colors, sounds, scents, and shapes for families to explore and manipulate. We will meet outside and have aprons for our messier activities.
Join us to celebrate our new hours! North Side will be open on Monday from here on out. We'll have snacks, crafts, and more throughout the day.
Join us at the South Side Library for open play and more after Toddler Storytime! Meet families with other young children, check out our awesome picture and board books, and engage in the five Simple Steps to Success - Read, Write, Sing, Play, and Talk! We'll have a variety of toys and more that promote learning for little ones. Ages 0-3.