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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Primary Health Care COVID Vaccine Clinic

3:00pm - 6:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Visit the South Side Library on Wednesday, August 4 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine. The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with Primary Health Care and the Polk County Public Health Department to provide the Pfizer COVID-19 vac...

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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.

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.

Sunshine Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Kids and families! Join Miss Janee outdoors at South for Sunshine Storytime at 10:00 a.m.! Bring a blanket, chair or tarp and listen to silly stories and move to fun songs outside on the Library Lawn under the trees! All ages are welco...

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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.

Scooby-Doo Scavenger Hunt!

All Day 8/9 - 8/14
South Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Zoinks! Scooby-Doo and all of his friends and villains are hiding inside the library. Jinkies! Pick up your scavenger hunt card at the Information Desk, find all of the characters in the library, and win a small prize! For youth ages 5...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Backyard Science: Bubble Snakes!

6:00pm - 6:45pm
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us for STEM exploration and bubble fun with Backyard Science at South! Families will learn to assemble a bubble snake device to take home and use our bubble solution to make bubble snakes on the Library Lawn! For youth ages 5-10. ...

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

Sunshine Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Kids and families! Join Miss Janee outdoors at South for Sunshine Storytime at 10:00 a.m.! Bring a blanket, chair or tarp and listen to silly stories and move to fun songs outside on the Library Lawn under the trees! All ages are welco...

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.

Criminal Justice Reform with Iowa ACLU

6:00pm - 7:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for an evening to learn more about criminal justice reform with the ACLU. ...

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

Sunshine Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Kids and families! Join Miss Janee outdoors at South for Sunshine Storytime at 10:00 a.m.! Bring a blanket, chair or tarp and listen to silly stories and move to fun songs outside on the Library Lawn under the trees! All ages are welco...

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

Family Storytime

6:30pm - 7:00pm
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! Bring a blanket and join Miss Janee outside on the Library Lawn for stories, songs and fun! You can even wear your jammies. All Ages. In case of rain, storytime will be held in the Meeting Room.  ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Toddler Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy introductory stories, songs, music, movement with Miss Janee. For youth ages 18 to 36 months.  ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Preschoolers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, music and activities that promote preliteracy and school readiness skills with Miss Janee.  For children ages 3-5. ...

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.

Toddler Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy introductory stories, songs, music, movement with Miss Janee. For youth ages 18 to 36 months.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

South VolunTeens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Teens! Do you need volunteer hours? Students ages 12-18 may volunteer at the South Side Library with Miss Janee for 1 hour performing various tasks during our South VolunTeens program! This is a great way to earn volunteer hours! All studen...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Preschoolers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, music and activities that promote preliteracy and school readiness skills with Miss Janee.  For children ages 3-5. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Jovenes Embajadores

6:30pm - 7:15pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Educational, Performances
Event Details:
Families! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at South by watching a performance from Los Jovenes Embajadores (The Young Ambassadors). Participants can enjoy music, watch the group perform traditional Folkloric dances and kids and f...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Toddler Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy introductory stories, songs, music, movement with Miss Janee. For youth ages 18 to 36 months.  ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Preschoolers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, music and activities that promote preliteracy and school readiness skills with Miss Janee.  For children ages 3-5. ...
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...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

Family Storytime

6:30pm - 7:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Caregivers! Family Storytime is back! Join Miss Janee for stories, songs, rhymes, and a fun craft! You can even wear your jammies. All Ages.  ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Toddler Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy introductory stories, songs, music, movement with Miss Janee. For youth ages 18 to 36 months.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

South VolunTeens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Teens! Do you need volunteer hours? Students ages 12-18 may volunteer at the South Side Library with Miss Janee for 1 hour performing various tasks during our South VolunTeens program! This is a great way to earn volunteer hours! All studen...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Preschoolers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, music and activities that promote preliteracy and school readiness skills with Miss Janee.  For children ages 3-5. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Kid's Book Character Scavenger Hunt

All Day
South Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Educational, Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Kids! All of your favorite book characters are hiding inside the library at South! Pick up a Scavenger Hunt Card at the Information Desk, find all of the characters hidden inside the library, and turn your card in for a small prize. For kids ages 3-1...

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 "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Educational, Performances
Event Details:
Kids and families can learn about the monarch butterflies in this special program at South! Join Parks and Recreation Supervisor Joel Van Roekel as he shares information about monarch butterflies. Afterwards, kids can participate in a ...