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 "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 "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 "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Color Our Pride Banner!

June 3, 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 pride 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...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Youth Makerspace

June 3, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us every Wednesday as we explore different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities.  Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Break or Make Lab: Create a Monster

June 3, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Event Details:
Join us for a very special edition of Make or Break Lab where we create our own monsters from the wreckage during our Monster Week!  It's time to break it and make it! Do you wonder how things are made? Join us for a monthly deconstruction lab w...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Sit n' Stitch

June 6, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Spend a few hours with other crafters and work on your knit, crochet, or needle craft projects. Please bring your own supplies and projects with you. Snacks, beverages, and pleasant company provided. Please note: No formal instruction is provided....

Disclaimer(s)

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 Comics Creators

June 8, 2020
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
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...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED After-School Switch Gaming

June 8, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Hang out at North Side and enjoy some time playing games on our Nintendo Switch. Snacks may be provided as they last. This program is for ages 10-18. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Barn History and the Iowa Barn Foundation

June 8, 2020
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
The Iowa Barn Foundation's Ober Anderson will discuss the important role of the American all-purpose barn from 1650-1950 and why we should preserve examples of these buildings for the future. Few, if any, all-purpose barns were constructed after the ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Mighty Girl Empowerment Series

June 9, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Are you a mighty girl*? Ready to become a mighty woman, but have questions? Then come to Central Library, meet community experts, and get your questions answered in this four-session series! Know your body, know yourself, get empowered. Today's To...

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

CANCELLED Level Up!

June 9, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting 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 "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Pokémon Club

June 9, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Do you love all things Pokémon?  Catch 'em all at our monthly Pokémon Club.  Enjoy snacks, trade cards, watch the show, and hang out after school with other fans.  Drop in anytime between 4:00-5:00 for snacks, fun, and more every secon...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Teens" group.

CANCELLED K-Pop Extravaganza

June 10, 2020
2:30pm - 4:00pm
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, Gaming
Event Details:
Teens! Celebrate the world of K-Pop with our K-Pop Extravaganza! Teens and Tweens can drop in from 2:30-4:00 PM to decorate dolls in our Fashion Station, make a BTS mask, create fandom buttons, listen to music from your favorite bands, learn Korean w...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED International Candy Tasting

June 10, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Stop by our International Candy Tasting and taste test different candies from around the world and learn more about the country they are from.  Vote on your favorites and complete a scavenger hunt on the countries taste tested to win a small pri...

Disclaimer(s)

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 PRIDE Buttons

June 10, 2020
4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Be proud at your library! Bring all your friends and together we will create LGBTQIA+ buttons to wear for 2020 PRIDE FEST WEEKEND. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Youth Makerspace

June 10, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us every Wednesday as we explore different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities.  Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Healthy Desserts for Teens with Hy-Vee

June 11, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Does your teen have a sweet tooth? Sign your teen up for our Healthy Teen Desserts event with Hy-Vee! Registered dietitian Anne Cundiff of the Fleur Drive Hy-Vee will help teens make three kinds of healthy desserts. Participants will get to taste tes...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "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.

CANCELLED Dogman Party!

June 12, 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, Teens, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Celebrate our favorite half-man, half-dog crime fighting hero with games, crafts, and other fabulous fun at our Dog Man Party! Drop in from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. All ages are welcome! ...

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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Comics Creators

June 15, 2020
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
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...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Minecraft Club

June 15, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Come build with us! Computers and iPads provided: just bring your imaginations. Ages 7-18. ...

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 "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Teen Henna Workshop

June 15, 2020
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join our Henna Workshop led by Sarah Norman of Alternative Artistry to learn the various uses, history, and application of henna dye. This program is for ages twelve to eighteen. Online registration is required. Limit of 16 participants. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Mighty Girl Empowerment Series

June 16, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Are you a mighty girl*? Ready to become a mighty woman, but have questions? Then come to Central Library, meet community experts, and get your questions answered in this four-session series! Know your body, know yourself, get empowered. Today's To...

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

CANCELLED Level Up!

June 16, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting 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 "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Spark Stories

June 17, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us over the lunch hour to meet a local leader or volunteer.  You'll hear the “spark story” that motivated the person to make the Des Moines Metro a better place to live. The program takes place between 12:15-12:45, with unstruc...

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.

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

CANCELLED Neighbor Week: DIY Lego Neighbors

June 17, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Celebrate Neighbor Week by making your own tiny Lego mini-figure.  Lego-fy a community helper or neighbor using our tiny lego mini figures and sharpies or paint.  Create your own design or choose from one of our examples.  Materials av...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Youth Makerspace

June 17, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us every Wednesday as we explore different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities.  Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Harry Potter Escape Room

June 18, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Join us at South and travel to Hogwarts as we unlock the secrets in our Harry Potter Escape Room! Grab your friends and make potions, unlock the clues and become a wizard and win prizes! For youth ages 8-18.  ...