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 "Children" group.

CANCELLED Pop-Up Playground

June 5, 2020
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Create your own play structures, games, art, and more at Pop-Up Playground on the green space at EK Davis Park! We’ll provide a selection of materials to inspire your imagination so you can design and play on your perfect playground.  In the ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Free Friday Flicks at Franklin - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

June 5, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Writer Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) is tasked with creating a profile of Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks), the creator and star of the successful children's program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. When the interviewee suddenly becomes the interviewer, magic begins...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Summer Reading Kickoff Party

June 5, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Bring the family to the South Side Library and help us kick off the Summer Reading Program with our outdoor party! • Meet Spider-Man! • Sign up for the Summer Reading Program. • Play our outdoor games. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Craft with PRIDE-Frida Kahlo

June 6, 2020
10:00am - 2:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Celebrate Pride Month by doing a craft that highlights a famous LGBTQ artist.  Today you can come to the library and make a craft about acclaimed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. ...

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.

CANCELLED Kid's Craft Day: Decorate Your Own Slap Bracelet

June 6, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Kids! Stop in at South from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for our Kid's Craft Day to make and take a craft home in the Elementary Area! This week, kids can stop in and decorate their own slap bracelet with our stickers and supplies! For youth ages 3-12. Parent...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Craftivities: Rainbow Butterflies

June 6, 2020
10:00am - 5:00pm
Central Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Come to the Central Library's children's area to create a beautiful butterfly!  Please note that this craft will be available while supplies last. ...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Animal Show & Tell with the Blank Park Zoo

June 6, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join us for a wild time with the Blank Park Zoo and 4 of the zoo's animal ambassadors!  A zoo educator will visit all ages to teach them some of the fun things that make the animals unique as a species and as an individual! ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Crafternoon: Awesome Animals

June 6, 2020
12:00pm - 4:00pm
East Side Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Drop in to make and take a fun scratch art zoo animal! ...
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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED PRIDE Preschool Storytime

June 8, 2020
10:15am - 10:45am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Children ages three to five can come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and more. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Play, Grow, Learn!

June 8, 2020
10:15am - 11:30am
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library's space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in p...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Cubbie Bear Visits the Library!

June 8, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, All Ages
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for a storytime with special guest Cubbie Bear from the Iowa Cubs!  We will read stories about sports and children will have a chance to get their picture taken with Cubbie Bear. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Basic Computer Skills

June 8, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
  Visit the North Side Library every Monday to learn some computer basics. Each week we will focus on one topic with time for questions and personalized help. 1st Monday of the month - Mouse and Keyboard Basics; 2...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Mikayla Oz Magic Show

June 8, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
TBD ...

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.

CANCELLED STEM Mondays: Mad Science with SC STEM Hub

June 8, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Are you a mad scientist who loves to solve puzzles and create experiments? Do you love asking questions about the world? Then join us at Forest Avenue Library with educators from SC STEM Hub to explore fun STEM activities that get your brain working!...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Book Character Bingo!

June 8, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Kids! Play the game of Bingo with our Book Character Bingo event! Spot the well known and classic book characters during rounds of Bingo and win prizes! For youth ages 5-12.   ...
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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime

June 8, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Bring the family at night for stories, songs, and occasional crafts that prepares your children for school! You can even wear your jammies! All ages welcome! ...
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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Baby Rhyme Time

June 9, 2020
10:15am - 11:00am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for rhymes, bounces, songs, and a story. For caregivers and babies from newborns up to eighteen months. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Loose

June 9, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Early literacy for babies and toddlers through songs, stories, movement, and music!   ...

Disclaimer(s)

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.

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

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Loose!

June 9, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library 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 three-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies' and toddler's foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement.  ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Conversations & Coffee

June 9, 2020
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
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 alike at Forest Avenue Library and enjoy light refreshments and sparkling conversation! Activities are pro...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Gaming Unplugged

June 9, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Are you a gamer? Then come to Forest Avenue Library and play some classic board games! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children under ten 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 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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Dog Man Party!

June 9, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Celebrate our favorite half-man, half-dog crime fighting hero Dog Man with games, crafts, and other fabulous fun at our Dog Man Party from 2:30-3:30 PM! All Ages Welcome! ...