South Side Library construction update

Road construction work near South Side Library has closed Porter Avenue between Southwest 12th and Southwest 14th Streets for the next few days. However, the South Side Library remains open during this work! Please enter from Southwest Ninth Street and Porter Avenue.

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All About Oceans Library Learning Bag

08/02/2021 @ 11:00am - 08/07/2021 @ 5:00pm
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Drop in to pick up a special Library Learning bag geared all about the ocean!  Available while supplies last. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Eulenspiegel Puppets presents Magical Fish and Mermaids

11:00am - 12:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Performances, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us to celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a magical puppet show from the renowned Eulenspiegel puppets.  Visit Rosie's Ocean to hear special event called Magical Fish and Mermaids.  Perfect for all ages and fun for all! ...

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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.

Blank Park Zoo presents Colorful Creatures

10:00am - 10:45am
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for some special guests with the Blank Park Zoo as the present "Colorful Creatures".  Learn about the uses of animals coloring and camouflage that help them thrive in their environment.   ...

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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 "Teens" group.

Teen Mindfulness Kit

08/16/2021 @ 11:00am - 08/21/2021 @ 6:00pm
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take & Make
Event Details:
Teens!  Stop by before schools starts and take a minute to focus on yourself. Take home a mindfulness kit to help settle your mind while enjoying some stress relieving activities. Available while supplies last!   ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Epic Graphic Novel Club: Doodleville

4:30pm - 5:15pm
East Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Join  us for our EPIC BOOK CLUB on the East Side Library Lawn for ages 8-12.  Sign up here and pick up your very own copy of Doodleville by Chad Sell (copies will also be handed out at the Epic Graphic Novel Book Club on Friday July 30...

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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.

An Introduction to Overnight Oats

6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 16
Event Details:
Loaded with superfoods and super flavor, overnight oats are a healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack. Learn how easy it is to make, discover how power packed each serving can be, then create your own customized jar to take home to eat the n...

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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.

Labor Day

All Day 9/4 - 9/6
Branches:
Central Library, East Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, Franklin Avenue Library, North Side Library, South Side Library, Off Site, DMPL Virtual
Description:
All locations will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday in observance of Labor Day.  ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Mother Goose on the Loose

10:00am - 11:30am
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
 “Mother Goose on the Loose”, is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to two-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies' and toddler's foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement.  Join us for...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

Toddler Storytime

10:00am - 10:45am
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Ms. Maddie for fun songs, finger plays and stories that encourage the Five Simple Steps!  Best for toddlers, but older & younger siblings welcome.  After storytime will be a chance to play and create at different self led stat...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Children" group.

Epic Graphic Novel Club: Lunch Lady

4:30pm - 5:15pm
East Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Join  us for our EPIC BOOK CLUB on the East Side Library Lawn for ages 8-12.  Sign up here and pick up  copy of The Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (copies will also be handed out at the Epic Graphic Novel Book Club on Fri...

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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.

Mother Goose on the Loose

10:00am - 11:30am
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
 “Mother Goose on the Loose”, is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to two-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies' and toddler's foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement.  Join us for...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

Toddler Storytime

10:00am - 10:45am
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Ms. Maddie for fun songs, finger plays and stories that encourage the Five Simple Steps!  Best for toddlers, but older & younger siblings welcome.  After storytime will be a chance to play and create at different self led stat...

Disclaimer(s)

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.
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 "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 "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...

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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

Mother Goose on the Loose

10:00am - 11:30am
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
 “Mother Goose on the Loose”, is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to two-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies' and toddler's foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement.  Join us for...

Disclaimer(s)

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

Pokémon Club

4:00pm - 5:00pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs, Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
Event Details:
Stop by our East Side Library Pokémon Club.  There is an opportunity to trade with others, work on crafts and drawing, eat snacks and enjoy our large collection of Pokémon books while snacking with friends.   ...

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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

Toddler Storytime

10:00am - 10:45am
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Ms. Maddie for fun songs, finger plays and stories that encourage the Five Simple Steps!  Best for toddlers, but older & younger siblings welcome.  After storytime will be a chance to play and create at different self led stat...

Disclaimer(s)

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: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Heritage/History Month
Event Details:
Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month on the first day of the Des Moines Latino Heritage Festival! Enjoy crafts, bag toss games, and music in our meeting room.  Drop in anytime and check out our fabulous bilingual and Spanish collections while you vis...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Mother Goose on the Loose

10:00am - 11:30am
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
 “Mother Goose on the Loose”, is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to two-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies' and toddler's foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement.  Join us for...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

Toddler Storytime

10:00am - 10:45am
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Ms. Maddie for fun songs, finger plays and stories that encourage the Five Simple Steps!  Best for toddlers, but older & younger siblings welcome.  After storytime will be a chance to play and create at different self led stat...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

East Side Puzzle Challenge

6:30pm - 7:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 39
Event Details:
Join us for a spirited evening of puzzle piecing at the second annual East Side Puzzle Challenge! Ten teams will work the same 150-piece puzzle, competing against a 60 minute clock. The top three teams to complete the puzzle....or to c...

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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.

Mother Goose on the Loose

10:00am - 11:30am
East Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
 “Mother Goose on the Loose”, is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to two-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies' and toddler's foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement.  Join us for...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Children" group.
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Exhibits, Heritage/History Month, Storytimes
Event Details:
Acompáñennos para una celebración de Herencia Latina! Aprenderemos sobre una costumbre de un  país dentro de Latinoamérica. Para toda la familia. Favor de aprender sobre las recomendaciones del CDC sobre precauciones para prevenir el c...

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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.

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.

Food Allergies

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