Belin Quartet: Children's Concert

Enjoy a lovely morning featuring some of Des Moines’ best musicians! The Belin Quartet is putting on their annual children’s concert on the lawn of the Central Library. Our staff and other community partners will be there, providing plenty of crafts, games, and other activities. Join us as we celebrate All Summer Long, our summer reading program. Grab your lawn chairs and get there early—the lawn always fills up fast for this popular event!

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.

Lotería: Bilingual Bingo!

¡Acompáñennos y disfruten de un juego de lotería para toda la familia en la biblioteca East Side! ¡Vengan para la diversión, quédense para los premios!
Bring your family and enjoy a game of Bingo in Spanish and English at East Side Library! Come for the fun, stay for the prizes!

DIY Plant Bar

Jul 20
Friday 4:00 pm
Learn the art and craft of keeping happy house plants as Andrea, co-owner of Art Terrarium, guides us through picking out the perfect plant for your space and repotting it into a planter. Plants, soil, rocks, and moss will be provided. You may bring your own planter or use the provided terra cotta planter. Registration is required.

Sensory Saturdays

Jul 21
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!

Saturday Art Special: Monster Creations

Kids and families! Drop in at South from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for our make and take crafts in the Children's Area! This week, kids can get creative and make a paper monster using our supplies! For youth ages 5-11. This is a drop-in, unsupervised program. Parent or guardian must be present with children. Crafts are available while supplies last.