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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.  ...

Disclaimer(s)

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...

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.

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. ...

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.

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.  ...

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 "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...

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 "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. ...

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.

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

COVID Vaccine Clinic with Primary Health Care

3:30pm - 6:30pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Come to Franklin Avenue Library and receive your first or second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine. The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with Primary Health Care, Polk County Health Department, Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidar...

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.

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.

Cancelled: After-School Club: Scratch Animation

4:00pm - 5:00pm
North Side Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Tweens and Teens ages 10-18 can join us after school to code together. We will use Scratch coding to animate our names! ...

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: Off Site
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Bring your family and your imagination to Tower Park! Join Miss Donna for Family Storytime at 6:15 PM. Listen to stories, sing songs, and move to the music before you say goodnight.    ...

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.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Learn to Play the Ukulele

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 6
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 "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Pat Mora Art Day!

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Drop-in to Rosie's Ocean to celebrate the art of some amazing illustrations of some of our favorite picture book authors and artists!  Today we will watercolor pumpkins based on a poem from on Yum! ¡MmMm! ¡Qué Rico!: Americas’ Sproutings by Pat ...

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 on the Lawn

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
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 on the Library Lawn. For youth ages 18 to 36 months. In case of rain, storytime will be cancelled.  ...

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.

Baby Rhyme Time

10:15am - 10:45am
Central Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us at 10:15 a.m. at Central Library for Baby Rhyme Time, with rhymes, songs, bounces, and books!  Baby Rhyme Time is aimed toward children 18 months and younger. ...

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.

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

10:15am - 10:45am
Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
*Update: Storytime will remain outdoors while weather permits.   Listen to silly stories, meet adorable puppet friends and move to fun songs!  Join Miss Becky at Forest Avenue Library for Family Storytime at 10:15 A.M.!...

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. 

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.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Bring your imagination to Tower Park and join Miss Donna as we read books, sing, and move our bodies in this playful story time about the world we live in.  Ages 18 Months to 3 years old, but older siblings are welcome.  ...

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

CANCELLED: Play, Grow, Learn!

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Franklin Avenue Rosie's Rocket
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Rosie's Rocket
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
This event has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience.   Join us at the Franklin Library for this open play, come and go program.  Play, Grow, Learn is an opportunity to meet families with other young children and en...

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.