Curbside Pickup Service Begins Monday, June 1

All Des Moines Public Library buildings will be closed to the public until further notice as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Patrons can now place new holds on materials, and curbside pickup service begins June 1. Read more about that HERE

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Events
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This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Primary Election Polling Place

June 2, 2020
7:00am - 8:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
The East Side Library Meeting Room is reserved as a Polk County Polling Place. The Meeting Room will open to the public at 7:00 AM and will close to the public and voting will cease at 8:00 PM. Regular library services will not be available due to th...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Book Club On the Go

June 2, 2020
9:00am - 8:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The book club for those on the go: anytime, anywhere.  This month we'll be reading Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. Pick up your copy the first Tuesday of the month at the Central Library circulation desk, or check out a d...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Summer Reading Kickoff: Scavenger Hunt

June 2, 2020
9:15am - 7:45pm
Central Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Kick off Summer Reading in style at Central Library.  You can sign up for our all-summer reading challenge and pick out your own prize book to keep forever.  Then try your hand at our summer scavenger hunt to win candy.   ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Baby Rhyme Time

June 2, 2020
10:15am - 11:00am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for rhymes, bounces, songs, and a story. For caregivers and babies from newborns up to eighteen months. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Loose

June 2, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Early literacy for babies and toddlers through songs, stories, movement, and music!   ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Grass with Rosie Reader!

June 2, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for a very special edition of Mother Goose on the Loose out on the library lawn with Rosie Reader, our library monster mascot!  Celebrate the summer, monsters, and the great outdoors as we read, sing, and play outside!  In case of r...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Swim Storytime!

June 2, 2020
12:15pm - 12:45pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Kids and families! Join Miss Janee for a special 30-minute storytime at Nahas Aquatic Center! Participants can listen (and splash) to fun stories and songs. After storytime, families can stay and swim in the pool as long as you’d like! $4 for adults;...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Conversations & Coffee

June 2, 2020
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
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 pro...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Gaming Unplugged

June 2, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
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. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Color Our Pride Banner!

June 2, 2020
2:30pm - 4:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Teens! Want to help us decorate our banner for staff to hold in the Pride Parade? Visit the South Side Library from 2:30-4:30 PM and help us color our pride banner! Teens can use our supplies to decorate our banner, make custom buttons with our butto...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Sensory Play Spectacular!

June 2, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Kick off summer reading by delighting all of your senses at our Sensory Play Spectacular.  Activities will be set up around the meeting room where children will see, hear, touch, taste, and smell all kinds of different things.   ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Level Up!

June 2, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Conference Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Join us every Tuesday as we play Roblox, Minecraft, and more. Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Great Americana Book Club

June 2, 2020
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us for a discussion of bestselling books from a variety of genres. This month's book is The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Copies are available at the Central Library circulation desk while supplies last as well as in eBook and eAudiobook on&n...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos y Canciones Bilingües

June 2, 2020
6:00pm - 6:30pm
East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and crafts in English and Spanish. Venga y disfrute cuentos, rimas, canciones, y manualidades en inglés y español. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Financial Blunders-Lessons We Never Learn

June 2, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Find out more about the following: How to avoid losing up to 40% of your retirement plan on the day you walk away How naive we are in understanding the market...great opportunities, great risks How to "preserve" and "protect" our assets aga...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime

June 2, 2020
6:15pm - 6:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
The whole family can come to the library for stories, rhymes and songs. Rosie's Rocket Reading Room ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime: Rainbow Slushy Science

June 2, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Enjoy some colorful stories and make a delicious sugar drink! ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Summer Reading Kickoff: Scavenger Hunt

June 3, 2020
9:15am - 7:45pm
Central Library Teen Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Teen Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Kick off Summer Reading in style at Central Library.  You can sign up for our all-summer reading challenge and pick out your own prize book to keep forever.  Then try your hand at our summer scavenger hunt to win candy.   ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Loose

June 3, 2020
9:30am - 10:00am
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
“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...

Disclaimer(s)

Central Parking

Free library parking is available in Central's underground parking garage for two hours per visit. Parking around the library is metered at various costs from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 3, 2020
10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, occasional crafts and a little playtime with Miss Janee. For toddlers ages 18 months - 3 years. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Forest Avenue Calming Room

June 3, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Do you need a calm place to play? Then come to the Forest Avenue Calming Room for a sensory interactive experience! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program for youth. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Baby Rhyme Time

June 3, 2020
10:15am - 10:45am
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us weekly for rhymes, songs, bounces, stories, and a little playtime. For caregivers and babies ages 0 - 18 months. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Central Parking

Free library parking is available in Central's underground parking garage for two hours per visit. Parking around the library is metered at various costs from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 3, 2020
10:15am - 10:45am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Event Details Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and more, followed by a craft. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Meeting Room. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Storytime

June 3, 2020
10:15am - 11:00am
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, movement and more! ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Power Play!

June 3, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Adults and children play together in an environment set up to promote all areas of development through open ended active play focused on the 5 Simple Steps to Success strategies of read, write, sing, play and talk. Join us for 60 minutes of Power Pla...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 3, 2020
11:00am - 11:30am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Event Details Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and more, followed by a craft. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Meeting Room. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Drop-in Computer Help @ Central

June 3, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Computer Lab
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Computer Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
It’s never too late to feel comfortable with a computer.  Every Wednesday at the Central Library, staff will answer your questions about­­ computer basics, online Library resources, email­­­, and more.  ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Central Parking

Free library parking is available in Central's underground parking garage for two hours per visit. Parking around the library is metered at various costs from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.