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World Food Festival Activities at the Central Library

All Day 9/13 - 9/19
Central Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Celebrate the 2021 World Food Festival with some interactive games and handouts.  This is a program that parents and children can do on their own to learn about world flags and food.  Activities will be available in the youth area at Centra...

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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.

Children’s Program

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

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

BIG Book Sale

09/13/2021 @ 9:00am - 09/18/2021 @ 5:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Book Sales
Event Details:
Join us for our biggest library book sale ever! This book sale will take place in Central's meeting rooms with items from all of our branches. Items include: books, CDs, DVDs, shelving, tables and more! Stop by Monday - Saturday for extra deals and s...
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Calling all makers! Can you complete our weekly challenge to build, play, or create?  Each week we will have a different activity set up in the children's area and finishers can claim a prize. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Mid Autumn Festival with Viet Advocacy

10:00am - 11:00am
Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
The Mid-Autumn Festival or Tết Trung Thu in Vietnamese is a traditional festival celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian people. It is held on the 15th in the eighth lunar month, corresponding to mid-September to early October. The festival honor...

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

ISU Insect Zoo

10:00am - 12:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Exhibits, Play & Learn
Event Details:
The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their creepiest bugs to the South Side Library! Drop in between 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM to see creepy, crawly, LIVE insects up close with ISU students. They will be sharing information about...

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Children’s Program

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

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

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

Cancelled: Legos at the Library

10:00am - 4:30pm
North Side Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Come build with us at North Side! Drop-in to the library to enjoy our large Lego collection. ...

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Children’s Program

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

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour

11:00am - 12:30pm
North Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 2
Event Details:
The Des Moines Historical Society and DMPL North Side are offering walking tours of this historic neighborhood. Tours begin in the Meeting Room. Ken Boatwright will be your tour guide. A presentation will take place in the Meeting Room in the ca...

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Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour

1:00pm - 2:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Event Details:
The Des Moines Historical Society and DMPL North Side are offering walking tours of this historic neighborhood. Tours begin in the Meeting Room. Ken Boatwright will be your tour guide. A presentation will take place in the Meeting Room in the ca...

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Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

ISU Insect Zoo

1:30pm - 3:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, Teens, All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their creepiest bugs to the library! Drop in anytime between 1:30-3:30 PM to hold and see more than 100 species of creepy, crawly, LIVE insects. All ages welcome!  ...

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Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Heath Alan (Pattschull) is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Des Moines, Iowa. Heath was nurtured and mentored by some of Iowa's greatest talents including Patrick Hazell, Joe Price, Denny Garcia, Rush Cleveland, Roger Miller, Bob D...

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Inclement Weather

This program is hosted outdoors. In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Among Us Scavenger

All Day 9/20 - 9/25
Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Some of your crewmates are acting sus, find them hiding around the library.  If you can locate all the colors you will win a prize! ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Miss Jennifer at Tower Park for Preschool Storytime on Monday mornings at 10:15 a.m.  There will be stories, rhymes, music, and more. This storytime is recommended for ages three to five, but all children are welcome to attend. ...

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Children’s Program

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

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Adults" group.

The Outreach Project

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Gateway Gallery
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Gateway Gallery
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with area organizations to connect people with community resources. Community advocates will provide information about community resources like meal sites and shelters. They may also offer support and ...

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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.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

East Side Book Discussion Group

2:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
Join us as we reconvene in-person for East Side's Book Discussion Group. We will be talking about Elizabeth Berg's novel, The Confession Club. You may pick up a copy of the book at East's Circulation desk. Coffee and a treat will be served....

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Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Typing Club

3:00pm - 4:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Would you like to learn how to type or improve your keyboarding skills at your own pace? The library can help! Visit the North Side Library every Monday at 3pm to practice and get one on one assistance. Laptops will be provided. All skill levels welc...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime Club

5:30pm - 6:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs, Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 11
Event Details:
Stop by our East Side Library Anime Club!  We will watch anime on our big screen, talk manga, work on drawing and kawaii crafts, and eat Ramen noodles.  We also have the opportunity to discuss future anime club programs, add to our manga co...

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Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

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

Family Storytime on the Lawn

6:15pm - 6:45pm
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Caregivers! Family Storytime is back! Join Miss Janee for stories, songs, rhymes, and outdoor activities! All ages welcome. In case of rain, storytime will be cancelled.  ...

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Inclement Weather

This program is hosted outdoors. In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Franklin Cinema Club

6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
September's film selection is the American indie drama Columbus (2017). Hash out critically acclaimed and noteworthy films at the Franklin Cinema Club, a discussion series held on the third Monday of each month. Participants view th...

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Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

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

Sunshine Storytime

10:00am - 11:30am
East Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Ms. Maddie outdoors for fun songs, finger plays and stories that encourage the Five Simple Steps!    After storytime will be a chance to play and create at different self led stations. ...

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Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

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

Baby Rhyme Time in the Park

10:15am - 11:00am
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Miss Jennifer on Tuesdays at Tower Park for rhymes, songs, bounces, and a story. This program is recommended for caregivers and babies ages newborn to eighteen months.  ...

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Children’s Program

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

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Friends of the North Side Library

12:00pm - 1:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
Friends of the North Side Library Meeting.  New members welcome! ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Conversations & Coffee

12:30pm - 1:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Lawn
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 at Forest Avenue Library for chats and snacks! Activities are provided to prompt and encourage conversatio...

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Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Adults" group.

North Side Book Discussion

1:30pm - 2:30pm
North Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
This month we will be reading and discussing Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Copies of the book are available at the North Side Library. Audiobook copies are available upon request and e-audiobook copies are available on Libby. ...

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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.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Level Up!

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Conference Room
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Conference Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Level Up your gaming skills! Use our tablets and Nintendo Switch to play Among Us, Minecraft, Roblox, and more. Ages 8+. ...