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Art Camp Workshop

1:30pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Calling all young artists and creative teens!  Join us for a  week long workshop  for teens outside at the East Side Library.  Each day we will hear from a local artist or creator, get inspired by their work, and then use our supp...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Teens" group.

Art Camp Workshop

1:30pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Calling all young artists and creative teens!  Join us for a  week long workshop  for teens outside at the East Side Library.  Each day we will hear from a local artist or creator, get inspired by their work, and then use our supp...

Disclaimer(s)

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

Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational, Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 35
Event Details:
Have you ever wanted to slay a dragon, raid a dungeon treasure room, or even save a village from an evil bandit horde? Always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, but didn’t know where to start? Join us as we learn the basics of how to get started ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Youth Art Kits To Go!

All Day 6/24 - 6/25
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Celebrate the arts at the South Side Library with a youth art kit! Stop in to pick up an art kit at the Information Desk and make a craft at home. Kits are available while supplies last. For youth ages 5 and up. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Art Camp Workshop

1:30pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Calling all young artists and creative teens!  Join us for a  week long workshop  for teens outside at the East Side Library.  Each day we will hear from a local artist or creator, get inspired by their work, and then use our supp...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Teens" group.

Teen Resume Basics with Connect 2 Careers

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Tech Hub
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Tech Hub
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:
Learn how to create an awesome resume from presenters at Connect 2 Careers! Whether you’re looking for a job, working on school applications, or applying to experience programs, a resume will help you stand out from the crowd. Our partners at C2C wil...

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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.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Art Camp Workshop

1:30pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Calling all young artists and creative teens!  Join us for a  week long workshop  for teens outside at the East Side Library.  Each day we will hear from a local artist or creator, get inspired by their work, and then use our supp...

Disclaimer(s)

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

Giant Board Games

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Have you ever played a game so big that you were the pieces?  Drop-by the library and play our Giant Candyland, Snakes and Ladders, and more to win candy prizes!   ...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Teens" group.

Teen Pride Series

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
This Pride Month, join DMPL and our partners at Iowa Safe Schools and UCS Healthcare to talk about LGBTQ issues, ask questions, and discover awesome resources! In this four-session series, you’ll meet other teens in the community like you who are int...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Awesome Interviews with Connect 2 Careers

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Tech Hub
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Tech Hub
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Thinking of applying for a summer or after-school job? Chances are you’ll have to go to an interview. Learn how to give an awesome one from presenters at Connect 2 Careers. They’ll teach you everything you need to know, from professional communicatio...

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.

Pokémon Scavenger Hunt

All Day 7/6 - 7/10
South Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Gotta Catch 'Em All! Pokémon are running loose at the library. Pick up your Pokédex at the Information Desk and find all the missing figures to win a prize! For kids ages 6-12. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn How to Play

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
Get started on the ukulele and quickly learn to play familiar tunes while having fun! Play your own ukulele or borrow one of North Side Library's soprano ukuleles with your library card. Natalie Steenson will facilitate this 4-week class, t...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational, Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 35
Event Details:
Have you ever wanted to slay a dragon, raid a dungeon treasure room, or even save a village from an evil bandit horde? Always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, but didn’t know where to start? Join us as we learn the basics of how to get started ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Messy STEM-Chemical Reactions

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us on the Forest Lawn as we learn about chemical reactions.  Ages 8 and up.  In case of rain this event will be cancelled and the materials for this project will be available for pick-up at the Forest Avenue Library to complete...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Seems Sus: Deduction Gaming with The Dealt Hand!

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Central Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Lawn
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 30
Event Details:
Do you love games likes Among Us, watching for who’s acting sus, and putting together clues? Then you’ll want to join us on the Central Library Lawn to play awesome deduction games from our local gaming partner The Dealt Hand! Can you find the imp...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

Outdoor Obby

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Visit the Forest Avenue Library for a sidewalk obstacle course! We will have stations set up with varying levels of difficult and prizes for completion. ...

Disclaimer(s)

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

Pikachu Take and Make

All Day 7/13 - 7/16
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Stop by the South Side Library to grab a Pikachu figurine and Pokémon materials to take home and color! Items are available while supplies last!  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn How to Play

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
Get started on the ukulele and quickly learn to play familiar tunes while having fun! Play your own ukulele or borrow one of North Side Library's soprano ukuleles with your library card. Natalie Steenson will facilitate this 4-week class, t...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Spark Stories: Nate Evans

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Nate Evans will share his spark story—or what inspired him to step up and make Des Moines a better place to live.  Nate founded Woodworking with a Purpose which makes and donates desks and furniture to families in need.  When many scho...

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

Pop-Up Fun: Outdoor Obstacle Course

1:00pm - 2:00pm
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Drop-by the South Side Library for our Pop-Up series of fun activities! This week, drop-by the library and challenge yourself with our outdoor obstacle course on the Library Lawn! For youth ages 5-12.  ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

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.

Tie-Dye Extravaganza!

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Lawn
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:
Join us on the Central Library Lawn for some Tie-Dying fun! We’ll provide the all the supplies you need to create beautiful tie-dye designs, including blank cotton totes. However, if you have something special of your own you’d like to tie-dye, such ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

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.
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Stop by the South Side Library to grab a Coloring Take and Make craft bag filled with posters, bookmarks and other fun items to color and doodle at home! These bags are available while supplies last! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Minute to Win It Take and Make

All Day 7/19 - 7/24
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:
Beat the clock with our minute to win it bags.  Each take home kit includes goofy challenges which will crack you up as you try to finish in under a minute.  As supplies last! ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

The Natural Landscaping at the Franklin Avenue Library

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Franklin Avenue Outdoor Program
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Outdoor Program
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Joel Van Roekel, supervisor of environmental education for Des Moines Parks and Recreation, will speak about the native plant species and the benefits they provide in the natural landscape that surrounds the Franklin Avenue Library. This is an o...