Play, Grow, Learn!

Join us at the East Side Library for open play and more! Meet families with other young children, check out our awesome picture books, and engage in the five simple steps to success - Read, Write, Sing, Play, and Talk! We will have a variety of toys and more that promote learning for little ones.

Botanical Garden: Bulb Beauties

During the coldest time of year, learn all about bulbs and how to force them into bloom. Plant and take home your very own crocus bulb to make Spring come early. K-5. Children in grades K-2 should have an accompanying adult to assist them. Preregister to guarantee supplies. Location:Imagination Station.

Art Cart

Feb 24
Saturday (All day)
Art supplies will be available all day in the Children's Area. Bring your imagination and creativity and make something amazing!

Saturday Art Special: Art Day!

Bring the family to South Side Library on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for our make-and-take crafts in the Children's Area! This week, kids can use our supplies and materials to make and take a picture! Create whatever you choose! For youth ages 5-12. This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Parent/guardian must be present with children. Materials are available while supplies last.

Miss Nelson Is Missing Sneak Preview

Come to the library for a special sneak preview of the Des Moines Community Playhouse production of Miss Nelson Is Missing, based on the classic story by Harry Allard. Miss Nelson’s class is the worst behaved in the whole school, but the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson turns up missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp, a scary substitute teacher. Enjoy the performance and register to win free tickets to the play!

AARP Tax Preparation Assistance

Feb 24
Saturday 10:30 am
Visit the East Side Library every Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm for tax preparation assistance from AARP. All help will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

(On Wednesdays, the meeting room will be open for tax assistance only; no library services will be available.)

Teen Scholarship Search 101

Feb 24
Saturday 11:00 am

High school students and parents! Come to South's Teen Scholarship Search 101 and learn where, and how, to search for scholarships for college! Learn about online scholarship databases, view our selection of scholarship books for checkout, and teens will receive a list of resources to take home! For Teens entering Grades 9th - 12th and their parents.

Forest Flicks - Black History Month Film Series: Loving

Feb 24
Saturday 2:00 pm
Join us for Loving, the second movie in the Forest Flicks - Black History Month film series. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star in this retelling of the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision, Loving v. Virginia.


Stop by the Children's area at Central Library to explore, create,and play! This is an unstaffed program where activities are self-led. Parent/Guardian must be present with child, and supplies may be limited.