Mother Goose on the Loose!

“Mother Goose on the Loose”, is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies' and toddler's foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement. Following the program we will have open play available.

Conversations & Coffee

Jul 23
Tuesday 12:30 pm
Do you want to practice your English skills? Looking to meet new people in your community? Join community members and English language learners alike at Forest Avenue Library and enjoy light refreshments and sparkling conversation! Activities are provided to prompt and encourage conversation. This program is open to all English speaking skill levels. For additional information please contact Dana Smith at

Gaming Unplugged

Are you a gamer? Then come to Forest Avenue Library and play some classic board games! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children under ten years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

Raising School Ready Readers- Español

La investigación muestra que buenas habilidades de alfabetización tiene un impacto a largo plazo en el desarrollo de su hijo/a. Dominar la lectura en el grado tercero es el factor más importante que pronostica la graduación de la preparatoria y el éxito profesional. También, niños que tienen buenas habilidades de alfabetización tienen menos probabilidades de repetir el año, fracasar o dejar la escuela, o tener comportamiento delincuente. Cuando se convierten en adultos, tienen una probabilidad mayor de tener empleos

CANCELLED Computer Basics @Central

Jul 23
Tuesday 2:00 pm
It’s never too late to feel comfortable with a computer. Whether you need new skills for a job hunt or just want to learn to communicate with family over the internet, this class is for you. A staff member from the Evelyn K. Davis Center will show you everything you need to know, including basic computer use, the Microsoft Office suite, how to fill out online job applications, using social media, and more.

Franklin Summer Reading Carnival

It’s one of our most popular events of the year! As All Summer Long nears an end, join us for tons of fun at the Franklin Avenue Library! We’ll have lots of games set up around the meeting room, with an opportunity to win prizes. There will also be a craft and refreshments. Help us celebrate a successful summer at the annual carnival!

CSI Des Moines: Crime Scene Investigation

Jul 23
Tuesday 4:15 pm

It’s not as simple as it looks on TV. Jump into the universe of blood spatter, bullet fragments, and fingerprints during CSI Des Moines. Retired DMPD Crime Scene Investigator Greg Gourd will share stories about real-world challenges of forensics and procedures that investigators use to collect and document evidence at a crime scene.