The Monarch Butterfly Migration

Sep 16
Monday 10:00 am
Monarch butterflies are especially attracted to the nectar of the native Iowa plants outside the Franklin Library. Joel Van Roekel, supervisor of Environmental Education with Des Moines Parks and Recreation, will be catching, tagging, and releasing monarch butterflies between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to learn about and participate in this process.

Play, Grow, Learn!

Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to 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. Many items will be available for free exploration and play.

Comics Creators

Love Raina Telgemeier, superheroes, manga, graphic novels, and cartoons? Ready to let your artist flag fly? Then come to Comics Creators! We'll provide the paper and pens, you provide the creativity! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old. For grades 4-12

South VolunTeens

Sep 16
Monday 4:00 pm
Teens! Are you looking for a place to volunteer? Become a VolunTeen at the South Side Library! Teens ages 12-18 can volunteer at South and complete various library projects with the youth librarian from 4:0 to 5:00 p.m. Applications can be picked up at the Information Desk at South. All teens must complete an application and return it to South before volunteering.


Are you looking for a great place to volunteer? Become a volunteen and help out with library projects and programs. Teens ages twelve to eighteen can pick up a teen volunteer application at the Franklin Avenue Library. Applications must be turned in and approved before attending this program.

Instrument Petting Zoo with the Des Moines Symphony Academy

Sep 16
Monday 6:30 pm

Help us welcome the Des Moines Symphony Academy’s "Instrument Petting Zoo" to the South Side Library! Children will have the chance to "pet" and play a violin and cello, listen to kid-friendly tunes, and learn more about classical instruments. We'll also have a music note scratch art craft, too! For youth ages 3-12.